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Friday, October 05, 2012

hirtellous

\hur-TEL-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
Minutely hirsute.
Quotes:
Any noticeable hirsute or even hirtellous shadings visible upon the represented, unclothed, female form, anywhere below the eyebrows, say, is, in the judgment of this Department…
-- Frank Yerby, Tobias and the Angel
A small annual herb commonly 20 to 40 cm. tall, sparingly branched above, hirtellous on the stems with small downwardly curled hairs…
-- Carnegie Institution of Washington, Botany of the Maya Area
Origin:
Hirtellous comes from the Latin word hirt meaning "hairy." The suffix -ellus is a diminutive adjective suffix.
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