The Death Star


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Cagastrical is an adjective used to describe diseases such as plague and fever, which were once thought to be caused by the influence of malignant stars.

 

 

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(No, I am not making this up, although I am a fan of Star Wars movies!) The word comes from Greek root words meaning “evil star”.

 

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This word was found in the wonderful and often hilarious book:  Weird and Wonderful Words, edited by Erin McKean

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