versipellous

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Formed from versi- ‘turning, changing’ (combinatory form of Latin versus ‘turn’) + ultimately Latin pellis ‘skin’. (Used initially as a word of unknown origin in Nathaniel Ward's Discolliminium, or A Most Obedient Reply to a Late Book called 'Bounds and Bonds' By B)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vɜːˈsɪpələs/

AdjectiveEdit

versipellous (comparative more versipellous, superlative most versipellous)

  1. (rare) changeable; protean; having a form, nature or appearance that changes often
Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 18:36