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Dec 22, 2011
This week's theme
Words to describe various bodily configurations

This week's words
callipygous
prognathous
mammose
platyrrhine
lissotrichous

Golden lion tamarins
Golden lion tamarins

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platyrrhine

PRONUNCIATION:
(PLAT-i-ryn, -rin)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a broad, flat nose.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek platy- (flat) + rhin (nose). Earliest documented use: 1842.

NOTES:
New World monkeys, known for broad, flat noses and prehensile tails are called Platyrrhini.

USAGE:
"Again that terse, crisp sound lashed the clear air and one nostril of her platyrrhine nose became a bloody pockmark. She ceased to move."
Russell H. Greenan; It Happened in Boston?; Random House; 2003.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm -- which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of American farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems. -Wendell Berry, farmer and author (b. 1934)

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