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Today's word is:

myriad

|ˈmirēəd|

poetic/literary

noun

  • A countless or extremely great number: networks connecting a myriad of computers.
  • (chiefly in classical history) A unit of ten thousand.

adjective

  • Countless or extremely great in number: the myriad lights of the city.
  • Having countless or very many elements or aspects: the myriad political scene.

ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (sense 2 of the noun) : via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi '10,000.'

Myriad is derived from a Greek noun and adjective meaning 'ten thousand'. It was first used in English as a noun in reference to a great but indefinite number. The adjectival sense of 'countless, innumerable' appeared much later. In modern English, use of myriad as a noun and adjective are equally standard and correct, despite the fact that some traditionalists consider the adjective as the only acceptable use of the word.

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