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Lookups spiked 100,000% on July 8-9, 2021
Murraya spiked in lookups on July 8th, 2021, after it was the winning word in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, spelled correctly by Zaila Avant-garde.
Louisiana teen Zaila Avant-garde correctly spells 'M-U-R-R-A-Y-A' to win Scripps National Spelling Bee
— (headline) ESPN, 8 Jul. 2021
We define Murraya as “a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees (family Rutaceae) having pinnate leaves and flowers with imbricated petals.” The word comes from New Latin, and was named after Johan A. Murray, an 18th century Swedish botanist. There are a number of other words in English that have come from someone named Murray; most of these, however, are named after people whose first name was Murray (as in the Raney nickel, named after Murray Raney, or Barr body, after Murray Llewellyn Barr), and so the Murray connection is often hidden.
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