1938, back-formation from inept, usually with an attempt at comical effect. Related: Eptitude; eptly.
emergency power unit
/ɛˈpuːlɪs/ noun 1. (pathol) a swelling of the gum, usually as a result of fibrous hyperplasia 2. (vet science) a benign tumour attached to the jaw of an animal, esp a dog epulis e·pu·lis (ĭ-pyōō’lĭs) n. Inflammatory cellular proliferation or a tumorlike growth of the gum that may be present at birth. ep’u·loid’ (ěp’yə-loid’) adj.
[ep-yuh-loh; Latin ep-oo-loh] /ˈɛp yəˌloʊ; Latin ˈɛp ʊˌloʊ/ noun, plural epulones [ep-yuh-loh-neez; Latin ep-oo-loh-nes] /ˌɛp yəˈloʊ niz; Latin ˌɛp ʊˈloʊ nɛs/ (Show IPA) 1. (in ancient Rome) a member of a body of priests who performed sacred rites during sacrificial banquets in honor of the gods.