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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 17, 2018

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 several words in ANIMAL ZOMBIES by Chana Stiefel.

1. siphonophore – “Scientists call this type of creature a siphonophore.”

A siphonophore is a marine animal that appears as a single organism but is actually a colonial organism made up of several individual animals.


2. chitin – “The limbs draw the meal into the monster’s beaklike mouth, which is made of chitin, the same hard material in lobster and crab shells.”

Chitin is a fibrous substance consisting of polysaccharides and forming the major constituent in the exoskeleton of arthropods and the cell walls of fungi.  I understand the explanation in the book better than the definition.


3. matriphagy –  “A mother caecilian, wormlike amphibian that lives underground, engages in matriphagy, feeding her own body to her offspring.”

Matriphagy is the consumption of the mother by her offspring.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2018 6:53 am

    I’m thinking matriphagy is a little disgusting for everyone involved.

  2. October 17, 2018 7:36 am

    Matriphagy… yikes!!

  3. October 17, 2018 8:20 am

    That must be a very informative book with these very specialized terms for marine animals! I posted a picture of “marine” animals today but I’m doing wordless wednesday, not words today.

    best…. mae at

  4. October 17, 2018 9:41 am

    Wow. Those were particularly tough. I think I had heard chitin before but definitely didn’t know what it was.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 17, 2018 9:46 am

    I didn’t know any of those words, and frankly I’m glad … LOL!

  6. October 17, 2018 11:48 am

    What Beth said!

  7. October 17, 2018 1:36 pm

    Ditto Beth and Vicki. How’d you get through that book?

  8. October 17, 2018 4:09 pm

    I hope I don’t have nightmares tonight!

  9. October 17, 2018 4:37 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy, but I don’t care to celebrate matriphagy!

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