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2011-06-09 05:20:00

A Harvard expert in cultural heritage microbiology reports that a "fingerprint" left behind by ancient Egyptian microbes might indicate that King Tut's burial was conducted hastily. The pharaoh's tomb includes elaborately painted walls covered with dark brown spots that mar almost every surface.  However, despite nearly a century of scientific investigation, the precise identity of these spots remains a mystery.  So Harvard microbiologist Ralph Mitchell set out to find an...


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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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