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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 5, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter L.  These words came from my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. levigate – “The formula in the old pharmacopoeia first instructs the reader to levigate zinc oxide and calcium carbonate with linseed oil.”

In this case, levigate means to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition.  Somehow, I don’t think I’ll be using this word any time soon.


2. lanuginous – “The old botany text described the furry underside of the plant’s leaves as “lanuginous.””

Lanuginous is an adjective that means covered with down or fine soft hair.


3. littoral – “Since the cleanup effort began, the condition of the state’s littoral waters has shown dramatic improvement.”

Littoral is an adjective that means of, relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea.  I wish I’d known this word when I was at the beach a few weeks ago!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 4:19 am

    Littoral sounds like it should be referring to something else, lol. 🙂 My favourite word is probably lanuginous and I’ll probably be able to remember that one!

  2. June 5, 2013 8:17 am

    I wish I were at the beach with or without using littoral! LOL

  3. June 5, 2013 8:50 am

    I knew the meaning of littoral, but the others are new to me.

  4. Judy permalink
    June 5, 2013 10:15 am

    All three are new to me. I’m with rhapsodyinbooks, I wish I were at the beach! I probably won’t have a chance to use littoral in the near future….Wyoming is along way from any shore!

  5. June 5, 2013 10:22 am

    Me too! I was at the beach just last weekend!

  6. June 5, 2013 11:28 am

    New words for me also, I wish I was at the beach now lol.

  7. June 5, 2013 11:58 am

    All were new to me. Great words, Kathy!

  8. June 5, 2013 2:47 pm

    All new to me too

  9. Patty permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:08 pm

    Hmmm…lots of lovely l words! They just roll off your tongue!

  10. June 5, 2013 6:07 pm

    I don’t think I’ve even heard any of these before. I’d be happy to join everyone at the beach though!

  11. June 5, 2013 7:16 pm

    We’re off to the beach next week so littoral is going with me. All great words from your calendar.

  12. June 5, 2013 8:50 pm

    Excellent, new-to-me words, Kathy! I wish I could have done this meme today as well! I need to research littoral a bit!

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  14. June 5, 2013 10:31 pm

    Both stumped me. I should have least known littoral.

  15. June 6, 2013 12:18 pm

    Pretty sure I’ve run across the word littoral before myself. And lanuginous reminds me of a friend who would – Ok, this could be construed as creepy but hey – run her hand over little kids with crewcuts in the grocery store when moms weren’t looking. She actually isn’t a friend anymore. Long long time ago…

  16. June 7, 2013 10:36 am

    All of these are new to me and hopefully I can remember them. Good picks this week.

  17. June 9, 2013 6:27 pm

    Great words this week 😀

  18. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2013 9:47 am

    I had no idea what these words were and I’m pretty sure I won’t remember them either. LOL!

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