It could just be the word for a dress fabric of ribbed crepe, made of silk or wool or both.
But it's not.
It's the word that broke an intense streak of ties -- the word that brought 12-year-old Ananya Vinay from Fresno, California, the youngest finalist at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, to victory.
"It was kind of intense," Vinay said in an interview after beating eighth-grader Rohan Rajeev from Oklahoma. Vinay and Rajeev competed in 21 rounds before Rohan stumbled on the word "marram."