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Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

Thursday word: cordiform

cordiform (KAWR-duh-form) - adj., heart-shaped.

And not, as you might think, rope-shaped, nor even in the shape of a backbone -- cor being Latin for heart, which has the stem form of cordi-. Where by heart, we mean the stylized shape, rather than an actual anatomic heart. Things described as cordiform include leaves, seeds, and parts of the anatomy -- so generally a technical term, though I'd think it's be useful for other things, such as beeds or dingbats (such as our friend above) or even the irises of cartoon characters in love.

As soon as Pepe Le Pew saw the cat, his cordiform eyes popped out and he began hyperventilating.

Tags: c, latin, noun

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