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  • adj. changeable; protean; having a form, nature or appearance that changes often


Formed from versi- ‘turning, changing’ (combinatory form of Latin versus ‘turn’) + ultimately Latin pellis ‘skin’. (Used initially as a word of unknown origin in Nathaniel Ward's Discolliminium, or A Most Obedient Reply to a Late Book called 'Bounds and Bonds' By B) (Wiktionary)


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  • A convenient faculty indeed!

    August 6, 2008

  • Having the faculty of changing the skin (from Latin versipell-is, fr. versĕre, vertĕre, to turn + pellis, skin).

    August 6, 2008