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theiform

theiform (THE-uh-form) - adj., having the form of tea.


Yes, really. Adopted from French from Late Latin thea, tea + -form, but I can't at the moment dig up when. It can also mean having the form of the tea plant, but that seems to be a less-used sense -- insofar as this is still used today. And to be honest, I can think of only one possible use:

Arthur Dent stared into the cup at a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely anti-theiform.

Related trivia: caffeine was first extracted from coffee by a German chemist, who named it that from German kaffee, coffee. A little later, a similar substance was extracted from tea by a french chemist, who called it theine from French thea. It was only later that the two were proved to be identical. But think of the possible alternate histories ...

---L.
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