mirobolant

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From myrobolan (myrobalan), from Latin myrobalanum, from Ancient Greek μυροβάλανος (murobálanos). The fruit's name is related to mirer (to stare intensely) or mirum (wonder).

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Adjective[edit]

mirobolant (feminine singular mirobolante, masculine plural mirobolants, feminine plural mirobolantes)

  1. great, extraordinary, incredible
    L'État a dépensé des sommes mirobolantes sur ce projet.
    The State spent an extraordinary amount of funds on this project.
    • 1884, Joris-Karl Huysmans, “IX”, in À rebours, page 129:
      Son ennui devint sans borne ; la joie de posséder de mirobolantes floraisons était tarie ; il était déjà blasé sur leur contexture et sur leurs nuances ; []
      His boredom soon had no limits; the joy of possessing stunning blossoms had dried up; their hues and their contexture had become distasteful to him; []
  2. extremely unrealizable, infeasible (too magnificent or beautiful to be practicable)
    Le projet fut tout à fait mirobolant.
    The project was entirely beyond feasibility.

Descendants[edit]

Noun[edit]

mirobolant m (plural mirobolants)

  1. (rare, ironic) wonder, marvel (something extraordinary, causing amazement)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French mirobolant.

Adjective[edit]

mirobolant m, n (feminine singular mirobolantă, masculine plural mirobolanți, feminine and neuter plural mirobolante)

  1. extraordinary, incredible, magnificent

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