sastruga

Pronounced: SAS-truh-guh, noun

Notes: This word is usually used in the plural (sastrugi), and is more-or-less timely for last month’s weather. Even though I grew up in northern Illinois, I did not know this word, and I’d be surprised if any native Texan knows it.


Yesterday’s word

The word ocellus means

  • a small simple eye common to invertebrates
  • an eyelike colored spot on an animal (peacock feathers, butterfly wings, fish, etc) or on a leaf of a plant
Background

The word comes from Latin ocellus (little eye), which is a diminutive of oculus (eye).

First usage

This word showed up in the early 1800s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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