June 30th, 2011

words are sexy

lentiginous

lentiginous (len-TI-jin-uhs) - adj., of or pertaining to lentigo; freckled.


Despite my conviction that this ought to mean shaped like a lentil, or little lens -- but no, it means having spots that look like lentils: lentigo being the technical medical term for a freckle. Or, to be even more technical, any other pigment spot. But there, I've gone and given you the entire etymology in the first sentence, giving me nothing else to do but give a usage example:

I opened the door and found two lentiginous carrot-heads offering to procure for me some Girl Scout cookies.

---L.