Wondrous Words Wednesday
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Once again, I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar. I think I might need to read something a little more challenging.
1. mucro – “The plant had long, slender leaves, each measuring about six inches from the stem to the mucro.”
A mucro is an abrupt sharp terminal point or tip or process (as of a leaf).
2. ambuscade – “They were apprized of the ambuscade by one of the flanking party, before the Indians fired upon them . . .” —George Washington, letter, August 4, 1756
An ambuscade is a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise; also the persons so concealed or their position.
3. colligate – “After contemplating the facts of the case, the investigator colligated them into a plausible hypothesis.”
Colligate means to subsume (as in isolated facts) under a general concept.