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  • This ghost doesn't haunt the dictionaries I've tried, but I found one case of usage in which, as you'd expect, it's apparently a back-formation from uxorious: 'Would I have recognized, during that moment at the lake, what was happening if it had been spelled out to me? U-X-O-R-I-O-U-S. Would I have wanted to know, stripping the moment of its mystery? What I know now is that the apples on the trees were hard, heavy knots, and cat tails were blowing their starry filaments over the water. The towel around me was sienna-colored. You take your uxory where you can find it.'

    December 1, 2008

  • Surprisingly, I have a list for this word. *adopts it*

    December 1, 2008

  • Could we use this as a collective for "wives"?

    December 2, 2008

  • Harem won't do? (Okay, I know it doesn't cover wives in general, and concubinage doesn't imply marriage.)

    December 2, 2008

  • "Harem" only works if all the wives have the same husband. I was thinking more along the lines of:

    "While the marity smoked cigars in the library, the uxory had margaritas in the sitting room."

    (Marity is formed by analogy from "maritus", the Latin word for "husband".)

    December 2, 2008

  • Niiice.

    "Harem" won't do until there's an equivalent for men.

    December 2, 2008

  • See uxoreos.

    December 2, 2008