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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

mucro

\MYOO-kroh\ , noun;
1.
A short point projecting abruptly, as at the end of a leaf.
Quotes:
The outward surface of it was extremely slippery, and the mucro, or point, so very cold withal, that upon endeavoring to take hold of it, it glided through the fingers like a smooth piece of ice.
-- Richard Hughes, Spectator, No. 281
Munro holds that it must be "from the mucro or point of the stylus setting a mark at each end of any length you wish to note."
-- William Ellery Leonard, De Rerum Natura
Origin:
Mucro stems from Latin word mucrō meaning "sharp point."
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