The Closing Word: Mellifluous

The Closing Word: MellifluousThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (mell-IF-floo-us)

pleasing to the ear

From “You might think that that mell in mellifluous has something to do with mellow. Actually, it’s related to Melissa. In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who discovered that you could eat the smooth, sweet stuff that bees make. Honeybees were named after her, and their tasty product was called meli. Mellifluous means to “flow as if with honey.”

“When the inspection didn’t go well, I tried to channel my most mellifluous voice in order to calm my client down.”


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