Pronounced: PAL-muh-ree, adj

Notes: I guessed that this may have something to do with hands (palms), but I was wrong… but also partially right

Yesterday’s word

The word leptodermous means “having a thin skin”

First usage

The word goes back to the late 1800s

Background / Comments

The word comes from the Greek words lepto- (thin) and -dermous (skin). As far as I can tell, this word is used in the literal sense of actually having a thin skin. When we speak of a person having a thin skin, or being thin-skinned, there is a figurative meaning that they take offense easily, but that figurative meaning doesn’t seem to apply to the word. It’s opposite is pachydermous.

Published by Richard

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

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