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Saturday, January 05, 2008

lacuna

\luh-KYOO-nuh\ , noun;
plural lacunae \luh-KYOO-nee\ or lacunas
1.
A blank space; a missing part; a gap.
2.
(Biology) A small opening, depression, or cavity in an anatomical structure.
Quotes:
Like most other writers of his generation, he was a profoundly apolitical being, not from any lacuna in his education but as a matter of principle.
-- Walter Laqueur, "The Artist in Politics", New York Times, May 15, 1983
Between the time of my first memory . . . and my second and third memories, I remember nothing. The lacunae of these years I've been able to fill sketchily from the entries in my baby book, which notes such incidents as my first smile.
-- Jaime Manrique, Eminent Maricones
The exodus of wives, relatives, friends and hangers-on had left a big howling lacuna which wrapped the homestead in webs of glorious nostalgia.
-- Moses Isegawa, Abyssinian Chronicles
Origin:
Lacuna is from the Latin lacuna, "a cavity, a hollow," from lacus, "a hollow."
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