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plethora

PLETH-er-uh

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We have a plethora of tomatoes, for it seems that there is no end to these red orbs growing on the vines! This overabundance or plethora has us overrun, and we are finding a need to be creative in their use. We have already given a plethora or excessive amount to the neighbors, who thanked us for the overflowing bag. We have made 5 gallons of tomato sauce and also a plethora of salsa—it seems we could open our own Italian and Mexican restaurants!

Quiz: What is an example of a plethora of something?

  • A nice variety of apples in a store from which customers can choose.
  • A rotten crate of apples that leads to a shortage in a store that week.
  • An extra shipment of apples to a store so there are too many to sell that week.

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A Plethora of Plethorasplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethoraplethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora plethora

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  • When money was cheap a plethora of companies, many from the former Soviet Union, raised hundreds of millions of pounds by listing their shares in London. —The Economist
  • All tea plants belong to the same species but varying climates, soils, etc. combine in different ways to create a plethora of distinctive leaves. —Epicurious
  • Unbecoming a site devoted to the plethora of choices available to the palate, appetite and many moods we all enjoy when it comes to dining. —Epicurious
  • Compared with a decade ago, there’s a greater chance now that you'll need to check a bag when you fly, thanks to a plethora of new and often arcane security rules. —USA Today

Word Ingredients
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pleth be full
-a forms a Latin noun

A plethora of something is “being” too “full.”

Word Theater
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The Three Amigos Not knowing what a plethora of pinatas actually is can get you into trouble!
Plethora

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