intercalate was our Word of the Day on 01/25/2012. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of intercalate in a Sentence
between the recipes for hearty peasant dishes, the author intercalates fond reminiscences of her year in the French countryside
Did You Know?
Intercalate was formed from the Latin prefix inter-, meaning "between" or "among," and the Latin verb calare, meaning "to proclaim" or "to call." It was originally associated with proclaiming the addition of a day or month in a calendar. An instance of intercalation occurred in the earliest versions of the Roman calendar, which originally consisted of 304 days and 10 months and was determined by the lunar cycle. When the Romans realized that they had overlooked a two-month cycle during the winter, the king "intercalated" the months January and February. Eventually, the word's use broadened to include other kinds of insertion.
Synonym Discussion of intercalate
- introduced a new topic into the conversation
- inserted a clause in the contract
- insinuated himself into the group
- interpolated her own comments into the report
- new chapters intercalated with the old
- interpose barriers to communication
- interjected a question
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