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Nov 26, 2012
This week's theme
Illustrated words

This week's words
bursiform
concinnity
lachrymal
wassail
phantasmagoria

bursiform
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Common wisdom says: Show, not tell. Usually we only tell you about the words, but this week we can show you as well. Artist Leah Palmer Preiss (curiouser at mindspring.com) has illustrated this week's words with vivid colors and imagination. To see more of her work, check out the week of words she illustrated for AWAD last year. Also, don't forget to visit her blog Oddments & Curiosities and her Etsy shop.

bursiform

PRONUNCIATION:
(BUHR-suh-form)

MEANING:
adjective: Shaped like a pouch or a sac.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin bursa (bag, pouch), from Greek byrsa (skin, hide). Earliest documented use: 1835.

USAGE:
"Our results indicated that mononuclear cells ... developed a bursiform shape."
Bone Research; Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week; Jun 9, 2012.

See more usage examples of bursiform in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it. -Lois McMaster Bujold, writer (b. 1949)

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