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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 19, 2017

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!

I found one new word in ANIMAL PLANET BABY ANIMALS by Dorothea DePrisco even though the book is geared to 8 to 12 year olds.

1. tymbal – “Tymbals on the belly vibrate, making sounds to communicate with others.”

A tymbal (or timbal) is a membrane that forms part of the sound-producing organ in various insects, as the cicada.  It can also mean a kettledrum.


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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2017 7:09 am


  2. April 19, 2017 9:30 am

    Sounded familiar. But that didn’t help me.

  3. April 19, 2017 9:50 am

    Cicadas are so incredibly loud, so it’s interesting to know how that happens!

  4. April 19, 2017 12:32 pm

    I love that you found a new word in a kid’s book. I wouldn’t have known it either.

  5. April 19, 2017 1:28 pm


  6. April 19, 2017 1:48 pm

    See, you can learn new things anywhere! Thanks for sharing.

  7. beth hoffman permalink
    April 19, 2017 1:51 pm

    Another new word for me!

  8. April 19, 2017 6:53 pm

    Rhymes with symbol. Wonderful, new-to-me word!

  9. April 20, 2017 9:53 am

    I had to look up ersatz just to make sure I really *knew* it (and I happened onto it twice in the same book.) and I found out I pronounce it incorrectly. Things we learn…

  10. April 20, 2017 10:14 am

    I knew that some insects had that, I just didn’t know what it was called.

  11. Patty permalink
    April 20, 2017 12:19 pm

    I don’t think I want a tymbal anywhere near me!

  12. April 21, 2017 5:39 am

    I’ve always been able to identify with tymbal as a kettledrum. However, I never knew that it also meant a insect’s membrane!!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    April 26, 2017 7:55 am

    I knew the reference as a drum, but like others, I had no idea it was a membrane.

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