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Thursday word: balanephagous

balanephagous or balanophagous (bay-leh-NEE-fuh-guhs) - adj., eating acorns.


Properly the first spelling, but this is sometimes altered to the second because most -phagous words are preceded by an -o-. Dictionaries say stress the third syllable, but I'll be danged if I can pronounce it that way. This was not coined from not Greek roots, as you might expect, but directly adopted from the existing Greek word balanēphagos, from balanos, acorn + -phagos, adjectival form of phágein, to eat. And, yes, the ancient Greeks did have balanephagous animals: pigs. Not to mention shadow-tails like these:


Thanks Marko Kivelä/Flickr!

But once the harvest was over, acorns were women’s work — survival literally depended on their balanophagous activities.
—Brian M. Fagan, Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants

---L.
Tags: adjective, b, greek
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