excelsior

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noun ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, -ȯr\

Definition of excelsior

  1. :  fine curled wood shavings used especially for packing fragile items

Origin and Etymology of excelsior

trade name, from Latin, higher, comparative of excelsus high, from past participle of excellere


First Known Use: 1868


excelsior

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Latin adverb ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, eks-ˈkel-sē-ˌȯr\

Definition of excelsior

  1. :  higher —motto of New York


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