Word of the Day: constellate

Happy Friday! This is the first time I’ve ever posted from my phone, so bear with me if the format looks a little different than usual – I’ll fix it later when I can use my tablet. I feel like this week flew by, and wish we could continue with these mystical words. Oh well, we’ll be back Monday for a new category – enjoy your weekeend!

constellate (KON-stuh-layt)

verb transitive, intransitive: To gather or form a cluster.

From Latin con- (together) + stella (star). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (star), which also gave us star, asterisk, asteroid, astrology, disaster, stellar, constellation, Persian sitareh (star), the names Stella and Esther, and astraphobia (an abnormal fear of lightning and thunder). Earliest documented use: 1611

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“These [men] are constellated round a centrally placed, red-sheeted double bed that acts as a kind of stage-within-a-stage.”
Paul Taylor; Tis Pity …; The Independent (London, UK); Feb 24, 2012.

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