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Roald Dahl Word of the Week: luctuous

luctuous (adjective)

A luctuous place is rich and fertile and produces good things to eat (like juicy chiddlers).

‘England is a luctuous land and we is fancying a few nice little English chiddlers.’ – The BFG

Did you know?
To make the word luctuous, Roald Dahl may have joined together luscious, meaning ‘delicious’, and sumptuous, which means ‘luxurious’. (He could have said lumptuous, but that sounds like lumpy, which is not so good). The beginning also makes you think of lucky, as you would be lucky to live in a luctuous land.

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