yukari (sakai_yukari) wrote in 1word1day,


Tappen [tæp-pən]

A plug of indigestible materials that forms in a bear's anus during hibernation.

From the Swedish/Norwegian, tapp-en, 'the plug'.

That cork is stuck in that wine bottle tighter than a tappen in a bear's behind.

Notes/Additional Info:
And now it's possible that you all hate me for that mental image. You are welcome. There are many theories as to why a tappen forms, including that it prevents insects from entering the bear's digestive tract or prevents the bear from defecating and attracting scavengers or predators. Apparently passing the tappen post-hibernation is quite painful, although I am unsure as to how we know this. Most useless word ever, woo hoo!
Tags: norwegian, noun, swedish, t, wordsmith: sakai_yukari

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