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Food Trivia Answer

What is longest word ever to appear in all of literature?

"The Greek name of a type of fricassee
is thought to be the longest word ever to apear in all of literature:
coined by the ancient playwright Aristophanes, the word is

Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon

Suffice it to say it's a fricassee that contains lots of ingredients [at least 16]."

For the list of ingredients see Lopado...pterygon -- Wikipedia


-- Barnette, Martha. Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies: A Lighthearted Look At How Foods Got Their Names.
NY: ASJA Press, 2005, p. 135.

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