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Sunday, October 07, 2012

tardigrade

\TAHR-di-greyd\ , adjective;
1.
Slow in pace or movement.
2.
Belonging or pertaining to the phylum Tardigrada.
noun:
1.
Also called bear animalcule, water bear. Any microscopic, chiefly herbivorous invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, living in water, on mosses, lichens, etc.
Quotes:
The days were long and boring as we walked a continuous almost tardigrade pace around several large buildings, again with empty carbines.
-- Stafford O. Chenevert, Amber Waves of Grain
…the soldiers were struggling and fighting their way after them, in such tardigrade fashion as their hoof-shaped shoes would allow—impeded, but not very resolutely attacked, by the people.
-- George Eliot, Romola
He rolls tardigrade, to a stop on a shoulder, stooped in sand, in its pretense as it doesn't exist and there's only desert…
-- Joshua Cohen, Witz
Origin:
Related to the common word tardy, tardigrade comes from the Latin word tardigradus meaning "slow-paced."
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