Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

Thursday word: fimicolous

fimicolous (fuh-MIK-uh-luhs, fai-MIK-uh-luhs) - adj., (Biology) growing in or on dung.


Or as my toddler calls it, poop *giggle*! This is used especially of fungi, but I assume it also applies to, say, the larvae of dung beetles, which live inside the ball of the stuff that their parents roll up and then lay eggs inside. Coined in 1874 from Latin roots fimus, dung + colere, to inhabit. First citation in the OED, from a treatise on fungus:

Only seven or eight ... do not occur on dung, whilst fifty-six are fimicolous.

---L.
Tags: adjective, f, latin
Subscribe

  • Wednesday Word: Frustum

    Frustum - noun. Another lovely and unique word from the math and science world. Simply put, a frustum (plural frusta or frustums is a cone or…

  • Sunday Word: Voluptuary

    voluptuary [v uh- luhp-choo-er-ee] noun: a person whose life is devoted to luxury and sensual pleasures adjective: of, relating to, or…

  • Wednesday Word: Alla prima

    Alla prima - noun. If you want to sound sophisticated at an artsy gathering, you may want to brush up on (no pun intended) alla prima works such…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 2 comments