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    The Buzzword of the Day for 08/15/2012 is:

    hydrofoil (noun)


    What does it mean?

    : a boat that has fins attached to the bottom by braces for lifting the hull clear of the water to allow faster speeds

    How do you use it?

    The first efficient hydrofoil ship was built in Italy about 100 years ago, but hydrofoils were not widely used until the 1950s, when military and commercial models were built.

    Are you a word wiz?

    "Hydro-," meaning "water," is a prefix used in "hydrofoil" and a bunch of other English words. We've listed some other "hydro-" words here, but one of them isn't real. Which of the following do you think is NOT a real "hydro-" word?

    A. hydroelectric
    B. hydrosynthesis
    C. hydroplane
    D. hydrophobia
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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