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#96032 - Tue Mar 14 2000 11:33 AM Useful Word: Edentulous
JoJo2 Offline
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edentulous [adj. ee-DEN-chu-lus]
If you have no teeth you are edentulous. Example: "The edentulous dog at the Ford household posed no threat to the postman."

The word may not have much bite, but it has been in our vocabulary since the late 1700s. It comes from the Latin edentulus. It uses the prefix e- or ex- which meant missing or absent and the Latin dent- (tooth).

Other words using the dent- root include:
* dentist: the person who offers plastic toys for good brushing habits
* dentures: an artificial set of teeth
* dentifrice: a powder or paste for cleaning teeth
* denturist: someone who fits and repairs dentures


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#96033 - Wed Mar 15 2000 10:34 AM Re: Useful Word: Edentulous
Linda1 Offline
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Love the icon you chose for this one! It never occurred to me that our little icon up there is edentulous!

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#96034 - Wed Mar 15 2000 10:38 AM Re: Useful Word: Edentulous
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That's too funny! I didn't think that anyone would notice. I see that you found another edentulous icon!

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