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Dec 8, 2021
This week’s theme
Illustrated words

This week’s words
daedal
involute
xylophilous
seraphic
lentic

xylophilous
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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xylophilous

PRONUNCIATION:
(zy-LOF-uh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Growing on or living in wood.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek xylo- (wood) + -philous (liking). Earliest documented use: 1862.

USAGE:
“Almost any type of nook or cranny may be used, but the most common are tubes in the hollowed pith of twigs or vacant insect borings in dead wood (xylophilous wasps).”
Kenneth G. Ross and Robert W. Matthews; The Social Biology of Wasps; Cornell University Press; 1991.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (8 Dec 1894-1961)

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