Word + Quiz: somnolent

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Word + Quiz: somnolent

1. inclined to or marked by drowsiness

2. likely to bring about sleepiness

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The word somnolent has appeared in 12 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 11 in “Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign” by Andrew Higgins:

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people protested in Russia’s Far East on Saturday in a rare display of opposition to President Vladimir V. Putin in the country’s vast hinterland, chanting “Putin Resign” and demanding the release of a regional governor arrested this past week on suspicion of multiple murders.

The protests in Khabarovsk, a city bordering China, and several other towns were the largest in Russia’s usually somnolent provinces in many years, rivaling or even exceeding in size demonstrations last summer in Moscow, the main center of opposition to the Kremlin.

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