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Friday, September 13, 2013

anfractuous

\an-FRAK-choo-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous: an anfractuous path.
Quotes:
Down high anfractuous rocks flowed the odor of rotten eggs from nests deserted by the hawks.
-- Jean Giono, The Horseman on the Roof, 1982
At the foot of this anfractuous path which leads to the summit of Sam's Island lies the incredible Black Bay.
-- Ishmael Reed, The Free-Lance Pallbearers, 1967
Origin:
Anfractuous is a back formation of the word anfractuosity meaning "a winding bend."
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