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CBS Bay Area Word Of The Day – February 26th

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Speller Kavya Shivashankar (C) of Olathe, Kansas, receives a group hug from her father Mirle, her mother Sandy and her younger sister Vanya after she won the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Speller Kavya Shivashankar (C) of Olathe, Kansas, receives a group hug from her father Mirle, her mother Sandy and her younger sister Vanya after she won the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

KPIX 5 and KCBS are teaming up to host the CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee, an event to determine the Bay Area representative to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

On March 15th, finalists from across the Bay Area will be asked to conjure the correct spelling of some of the most obscure words in the English language. We wanted to know, would you be up to the challenge?

Each day we will provide the definition and origin of a word that ended the national spelling bee to see if you can spot the correct answer among 4 options.

Today’s word is of 17th century religious origin and means a “halfhearted or lukewarm with regards to politics or religion.” It was spelled correctly by Kavya Shivashankar to win the 2009 final. Do you know it?

Scroll below the judge for the correct spelling

Pronouncer and 1980 champion Dr. Jacques Baily listens during the championship round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Pronouncer and 1980 champion Dr. Jacques Baily listens during the championship round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The correct spelling is of the word of the day from the 2009 final is – laodicean.

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