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Friday, September 30, 2016

Word of The Day

  \te-STOOD-n-l, -STYOOD-\

1. pertaining to or resembling a tortoise or tortoise shell.

Once Mrs. Buckland found herself being shaken awake in the middle of the night, her husband crying in excitement: “My dear, I believe that Cheirotherium’s footsteps are undoubtedly testudinal.” … Mrs. Buckland made a flour paste, which she spread across the table, while the Reverend Buckland fetched the family tortoise.
-- Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, 2003

Origin of testudinal 
Testudinal derives from the Latin word for "tortoise," testūdō. It entered English in the early 1800s.

1 comment:

Karen said...

I would have assumed it had something to do with time, no idea why though.