Thursday, January 3, 2013

Word of the Day: Parietal

Parietal (pa-ri-e-tal) \puh-RYE-uh-tul\

1 a : of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity  
1 b : of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head

2 : attached to the main wall rather than the axis or a cross wall of a plant ovary — used of an ovule or a placenta

3 : of or relating to college living or its regulation; especially : of or relating to the regulations governing the visiting privileges of members of the opposite sex in campus dormitories

Word Origin:
Middle English, from Medieval Latin parietalis, from pariet-, paries wall of a cavity or hollow organ, from Latin, wall
First Known Use: 15th century

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