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Sunday, September 02, 2001

tremulous

\TREM-yuh-luhs\ , adjective;
1.
Shaking; shivering; quivering; as, a tremulous motion of the hand or the lips; the tremulous leaf of the poplar.
2.
Affected with fear or timidity; trembling.
Quotes:
With an address for his father at last in his possession, Sead could scarcely contain a tremulous excitement.
-- Roger Cohen, Hearts Grown Brutal
In any event, when I thrust myself out of bed so violently, my heart became tremulous, . . . and I had the direst sense of mortality I have ever experienced.
-- Jim Harrison, The Road Home
Origin:
Tremulous comes from Latin tremulus, from tremere, "to tremble."
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