Word of the Day: Wax

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Wax has several meanings. The noun refers to oily substances that are soluble in organic solvents but not in water. You can use wax on your car (or wax the car), for instance. The verb to wax, however, can also mean to increase or advance, as in “waxing moon.”

Applying a coating of wax to fruits and vegetables may also help to slow the loss of some nutrients. (NYTimes.com)

Immortal were the Elves, and their wisdom waxed from age to age, and no sickness nor pestilence brought death to them. (J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion)

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3 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Wax”

  1. Daniel,
    I love this word “wax” in the sense of “the waxing moon.”
    I like its opposite “wane” as well.

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