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\ bawr-buh-RIG-muhs \ , noun;
1. a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
“The stertorous borborygmus of the dyspeptic Carlyle!” declaimed Willie Weaver, and beamed through his spectacles. The mot, he flattered himself, could hardly have been more exquisitely juste.
— Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point , 1928
Then her stomach grumbled and spoiled the silence. Quickly, Patsy pressed her hand against her complaining belly, and hoped that Ray had not heard it. “Suffering from borborygmus , I hear,” Ray dead-panned dryly.
— Bonnie Gardner, Sergeant Darling , 2005
Borborygmus comes from the Greek word borborygmós which meant “intestinal rumbling.”
\ dih-KANt \ , verb;
1. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
2. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
One of Enzo’s jobs was to decant the cloudy green-gold liquid into smaller vessels for use in the kitchen.
— Nicky Pellegrino, The Villa Girls , 2011
They stood shivering in the narrow hallway, waiting for their turn to come forward and wash. Rosa would decant some of the cold water she had fetched from the well into a big tub.
— Steve Sem-Sandberg, The Emperor of Lies , 2011
Decant originally comes from the Latin word canth meaning “spout, rim of a vessel.” One of the many meanings of the prefix de- is “removal.”