Monday, March 13, 2006

Today's Word: Anserine

Speaking of geese, if you want to describe something "goose-like," you can always call it anserine. It's from Latin anser, meaning "goose," and is pronounced either "ANN-suh-ryn," or "ANN-suh-rinn" (as in "I just left a message on your answerin' machine"). Incidentally, Dorland's Medical Dictionary defines cutis anserina as "a transitory localized change in the skin surface caused by elevation of the hair follicles as a result of contraction of the arrectores pilorum muscles, a reflection of sympathetic nerve discharge. Called also goose flesh."

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