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#102394 - 05/02/03 10:53 AM p. 100
From WorldWideWords, Quinion:
Having straight hair.
Don't expect to find this word turning up in your newspaper any
day soon, as it is now rare to the point of complete disuse. It
comes from Greek leios, smooth, plus trikhos, hair.
That it exists at all is due to the French naturalist Baron Jean
Baptise Genevieve Marcellin Bory de Saint-Vincent, who
travelled the world at the beginning of the nineteenth century
studying plants. He also made a stab at classifying peoples into
races. He is now hardly remembered, but in a once-influential
book Homo: essai zoologique sur le genre humain, published in
Paris in 1827, he attempted to classify humans with straight and
wavy hair into the Leiotrichi and those with woolly or tufted hair
into the Ulotrichi, with many sub-groups below these headings.
His classification was seriously studied for several decades, being
quoted-for example-by both Thomas Henry Huxley and
Charles Darwin. The adjective ulotrichous (Greek oulos, woolly),
from his other main category is also rare, but the related
lissotrichous, smooth-haired, is still to be found in the vocabulary
of some specialists, especially zoologists; this comes from Greek
lissos, which also means smooth. A third category is that of
wavy-haired or cymotrichous people (from Greek kuma, wave).
These last three adjectives have been used to classify types of
hair, for example in forensic identification.
5Gr lepidbtos < lepis (gen. lepidos), a scale: see LEPIDO36 Biol. covered with small flakes, scales, or scalelike hairs; scurfy
5LEPTO3 + DACTYL + 3OUS6 having slender toes, as some birds
leucotomy - Over 50 years ago some very disturbed schizophrenics were subjected to
brain surgery. The side effects were almost worse than the symptoms that were abolished.
gas Moniz (University of Lisbon, Neurological Institute) won the prize "for his discovery of
the therapeutic value of leucotomy in certain psychoses".
limpa - a traditional Swedish bread
5ME lempet < OE lempedu < ML lempreda, limpet, LAMPREY6 a gastropod mollusk of various families, mostly marine, with a single, low, cone-shaped shell and a thick, fleshy foot, by means of which it clings to rocks, timbers, etc.
In naval warfare, an explosive charge that can be attached to bottom of hull of a ship by a frogman.
5LIMP1 + 3KIN: from its walk6 a gruiform bird (Aramus guarauna) of a family (Aramidae) with only one species, found in Florida, Central America, the West Indies, and South America
pl. 3li# 73lj#8 5ModL < L limulus, dim. of limus, oblique + 3OID6 HORSESHOE CRAB
pl. 3cod# or 3cods# 5LING1 + COD16 >a large greenling fish (Ophiodon elongatus) of the N Pacific
Many vegetable oils will dry to form an adhesive film, either by
themselves or when mixed with other ingredients. These oils do not
"dry" as we know it by evaporation. They dry by oxidation or
absorption of oxygen to form a layer of linoxyn. Other complex chemical
changes take place in this process but the oxidation process is the
#102395 - 05/02/03 11:32 AM Re:linolium
Loc: rego park
What you stopped short and didn't include linolium!
it uses linoxyn processes and results in a sterile floor covering.
nowdays the word linolium is almost a synanym for "vinyl sheet floor covering" and is considered ho-hum, but in reality, linolium was a premieer floor covering when it first came out.. it is made from cork, and oxiodized oil covering.. the chemical changes make the floor covering antibacterial-- so it was considered excellent for hospitals, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens.._________________________
my other obsession
#102396 - 05/02/03 12:24 PM Re: Lingcod
Loc: Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
a large greenling fish
What, may I ask, is a greenling fish?
#102397 - 05/02/03 01:08 PM Re: Greenling fish
#102398 - 05/02/03 01:49 PM Re: Greenling fish
Loc: Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
Any of various marine food fishes of the family Hexagrammidae, which frequent rocky coastal areas of the northern Pacific. ~AHD via Faldage
Food fishes. Specifically Hexagrammidae food fishes. Now to find out what specifically makes one of the Hexagrammidae a Hexagrammidae fish. Hexagram? Weird. Wonder whether there's a pattern in its scales...
#102399 - 05/03/03 11:09 AM Re: p. 100
Loc: Oregon, USA
he attempted to classify humans with straight and
wavy hair into the Leiotrichi and those with woolly or tufted hair into the Ulotrichi
#102400 - 05/03/03 11:17 AM Re: p. 100
Loc: this too shall pass
it is also a little known fact that French naturalist Baron Jean Baptise Genevieve Marcellin Bory de Saint-Vincent suffered from acute trichotillomania.
-joe (tetrapyloctomy is an art) friday
#102401 - 05/03/03 12:20 PM Re: p. 100
Trying to remember all those names would make anybody tear their hair out.
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