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Zodiac
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Zodiac -- The Zodiac (from Greek zoon, "animal") is an imaginary belt in the heavens extending approximately 8 degrees on either side of the Sun's apparent path, and including the apparent paths of the Moon and the major planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Imaginary divisions of the zodiac represent, in astronomy, constellations, and in astrology, signs. There is a zodiac in...

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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'