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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

53. Eructation

the letters – 10 | syllables – 4
scrabble score – 12

🅽  (of volcanoes) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so formed)

🅽  a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth.
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Painting of a VoLlano about to erupt.
(Image c/o thiagodr - pixabay)


🅽 an act or instance of belching

Etymology of Eructation

"belching," 1530s, from Latin eructationem (nominative eructatio) "a belching forth," noun of action from past participle stem of eructare "to belch forth, vomit," from assimilated form of ex "out" (see ex-) + ructare "to belch," from PIE *reug- "to belch" (source also of Lithuanian rugiu "to belch," Greek eryge, Armenian orcam), which is probably imitative. Related: Eruct. Etymonline

I encountered the following excerpt while studying Arianism (a form of gnosticism that disavows the trinitarian view of the Catholic Church): 
"Some of them say that the Son is an eructation, others that he is a production, others that he is also unbegotten. These are impieties to which we cannot listen, even though the heretics threaten us with a thousand deaths.
But we say and believe and have taught, and do teach, that the Son is not unbegotten, nor in any way part of the unbegotten; and that he does not derive his subsistence from any matter; but that by his own will and counsel he has subsisted before time and before ages as perfect as God, only begotten and unchangeable, and that before he was begotten, or created, or purposed, or established, he was not. For he was not unbegotten. We are persecuted because we say that the Son has a beginning but that God is without beginning."
— Theodoret: Arius's Letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia, translated in Peters' Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe, p.
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