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2008-08-29 15:00:30

The last member of a protected brown bear species living on Greece's Mount Olympus appears to have been killed, conservationists say. Members of the environmental organization Callisto said the carcass of the bear was found at the foot of the mountain with its mouth frozen open and with suspicious wounds to its chest, Kathimerini reported Friday. The conservationists say those physical characteristics are indicative of the animal either being shot or poisoned. The Callisto group, which...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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