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14
Feb
2009
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 15, 2009 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>myriad</strong> &#149; \MEER-ee-ud\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : ten thousand *2 : a great number <br />
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<strong>Example sentence:</strong><br />
The newspaper office received a myriad of e-mails telling them about the three incorrect clues in Sunday's crossword puzzle.<br />
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<strong>Did you know?</strong><br />
In English, the &quot;ten thousand&quot; sense of &quot;myriad&quot; mostly appears in references to Ancient Greece, such as the following from Thirwall's <em>History of Greece</em>: &quot;4000 men from Peloponnesus had fought at Thermopylae with 300 myriads.&quot; More often, however, English speakers use &quot;myriad&quot; in the broad sense -- both as a singular noun (&quot;a myriad of tiny particles&quot;) and a plural noun (&quot;myriads of tiny particles&quot;). &quot;Myriad&quot; can also serve as an adjective meaning &quot;innumerable&quot; (&quot;myriad particles&quot;). &quot;Myriad&quot; comes from Greek &quot;myrias,&quot; which in turn comes from &quot;myrioi&quot; (&quot;countless&quot; or &quot;ten thousand&quot;). A relative of &quot;myriad&quot; is &quot;myriapod,&quot; which descends in part from the Greek word for &quot;foot.&quot; A myriapod is a creature with many feet -- a centipede or millipede, that is.

<br /><br />*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.<br /><br />
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