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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

falcate

\FAL-keyt\ , adjective;
1.
curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform.
Quotes:
...Mario did the choreography and most of the puppet-work personally—his little S-shaped arms and falcate digits are perfect for the forward curve from body to snout of a standard big-headed political puppet...
-- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996
The adult leaves are lanceolate, falcate, almost equally green on both sides.
-- Murray Bail, Eucalyptus: A Novel, 1998
Origin:
Falcate entered English in the 1800s from the Latin falcem meaning "sickle."
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