Word of the Day

The word for today is…

whirligig (noun) – 1. Any of various spinning toys.
2. A carousel; a merry-go-round.
3. Something that continuously whirls.
4. A whirligig beetle.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-15th century, a child’s toy, from whirl + gig. Meaning “anything in constant motion” is from 1580s; “fickle, flighty person” is from circa 1600; as a type of water beetle, from 1713.

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