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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 29, 2020

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!

No new words in my reading so these are from my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. poikilotherm – “The researcher studied the habits of frogs and other poikilotherms on both sunny and rainy days.”

I’m sure I’ll never have a reason to use this noun.  Poikilotherm means an organism with a variable body temperature that tends to fluctuate with and is similar to or slightly higher than the temperature of its environment.

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2. debouch – “We pulled our kayaks out of the river several miles before the point where it debouches into the ocean.”

Debouch is a verb that, in this case, means to march out into open ground: emerge, issue.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2020 3:44 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Both new words to me. Loved the first one, once I got my tongue around how to say it! It might possibly refer to me on a bad day, but apart from that not too sure when I would get to use either word in general conversation, although ‘debouch’ does have a certain panache to it!

    No post from me this week, although I do have a couple prepared for May. Stay Safe and thanks for hosting 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

  2. April 29, 2020 6:59 am

    I saw Yvonne’s retweet on Twitter and thought I’d come and have a look at your words. I had not heard of that first one and how to say it is another mystery. LOL! The second one I believe I have heard somewhere but can’t say where or when, although it’s quite possible I’m mixing it up with another similar word. Naturally I can’t think what that is either at the moment. Interesting ‘Wondrous Words’ post, I always enjoy Yvonne’s when she does them.

  3. April 29, 2020 7:05 am

    Of the two I’d be likely to use the second word but I wish I could slip the first into conversation 🙂

  4. April 29, 2020 7:18 am

    I believe I can use both of these, one with my kayaking buddy (who is also a word nerd), and the other with my naturalist friends. Excellent.

  5. April 29, 2020 7:47 am

    I for one am happy not to have to use poikilotherm – I am not a fan of frogs! But cool word!

  6. April 29, 2020 10:44 am

    Hi,
    Poikilotherm….I can’t even pronounce…lol. The second word I would never use as I don’t get in water over my head. Fear of drowning rules that one out…lol…thanks for sharing your words. Have a great day!

  7. Lloyd Russell permalink
    April 29, 2020 10:54 am

    2 emphatic No’s!

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 12:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” 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. ” >

  8. April 29, 2020 1:55 pm

    I didn’t know either but loved learning what they mean.

  9. May 3, 2020 2:37 am

    New to me

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