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#975 - 03/29/00 04:25 AM Limose  
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The word "limose" is not in my dictionary. The sentence is "I wish we were out of this awful, nameless, limose place." What does it mean? Does this word give the sentence added meaning? Thank you.

#976 - 04/01/00 08:58 PM Re: Limose  
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OK--checked my husband's American College Encyclopedic Dictionary (1955!!), and found: "-ose,an adjective suffix meaning 'full of', 'abounding in', 'given to', or 'like', as is frondose, globose, jocose, otiose, verbose".

Also that 'limy' can mean "smeared with bird lime". This
would seem to fit with the speaker's feeling. Could also
refer to those calcified deposits of lime, or possibly

My first thought was that this was a corruption of the word lachrymose, or at least having the same feeling.

Another possibility from the dictionary is that it is a corruption of "Lime-house: a district in the East End of London, noted for its squalor".

Good luck!

#977 - 04/02/00 06:05 PM Re: Limose  
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The OED says that it refers to mud or the nature of mud.

#978 - 04/03/00 04:19 PM Re: Limose  
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in this context, read 'slimy'...

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