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Jul 16, 2019
This week’s theme
Words originating in the moon

This week’s words
superlunary
meniscus
moonstruck
blue moon
lunule

meniscus
Meniscus of the knee
Image: Andrew Meyerson / Wikimedia

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meniscus

PRONUNCIATION:
(mi-NIS-kuhs)

MEANING:
noun
1. The curved surface of a column of liquid.
2. Something having a crescent-shape.
3. A lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other.
4. A thin cartilage disk between bones in a joint, such as in a knee or wrist.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin, from Greek meniskos (crescent), diminutive of mene (moon). Earliest documented use: 1686.

USAGE:
“My father listens silently, but I can feel a meniscus of rage rising in him, coating his throat with bile.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee; Runs in the Family; The New Yorker; Mar 28, 2016.

See more usage examples of meniscus in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every student needs someone who says, simply, "You mean something. You count." -Tony Kushner, playwright (b. 16 Jul 1956)

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