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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 23rd June 2021
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lanugo (noun) lan-OO-go

A covering of soft, downy hair.

I'd never seen such a gloriously feral-looking baby, still covered in the monkey fur they call lanugo all down his back.

Unattributed, The Guardian, 27 May 2006. Guardian

The central of the three buildings, the Tilakari Madrasah, has an azure cupola that would be indistinguishable from the sky were it not for a fringe of weeds like the fine lanugo on a newborn baby's head.

Michael Mewshaw, The New York Times, 3 March 1996. New York Times

The fine wool-like hair, or so-called lanugo, with which the human foetus during the sixth month is thickly covered, offers a more curious case.

Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man. Amazon

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