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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Definitions for torpid

  1. Having lost motion or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
  2. Dormant; hibernating or estivating.
  3. Dull; sluggish; apathetic.

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Citations for torpid
Canary Islanders are citizens of Spain, but geography asserts itself from time to time, as a reminder that this land will always be Africa's: the trade winds get interrupted by strong gusts from the east that bring hot dust and sometimes even torpid, wind-buffeted locusts. Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times
For more than twenty years--all my adult life--I have lived here: my great weight sunk, torpid in the heat, into this sagged chair on my rooftop patio. Peggy Payne, Sister India
Origin of torpid
1605-1615
Torpid comes from Latin torpidus, "numb, sluggish," from torpere, "to be sluggish, inert, or numb."