Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Cluster; resembling a cluster: staphylococcus.
  • The uvula: staphyloplasty.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Greek staphulē, bunch of grapes.

Examples

  • As for the kittens she stole, all five of Tohru's kittens have been found --- one, scared out of its wits, was in the goat pen being tended by a mother goat --- but one kitten of The Grey One seems to be gone for good --- luckily The Grey One has another kitten left.

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  • (Another mother cat, Tohru, is tending the surviving kitten, while Kitten-thief is busy stealing Tohru's eight-week-old kittens and hiding them in the basement.)

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  • And despite the fact that much of the action revolves around the males who are for one reason or another fascinated with our heroine, it is always emphasized that the most important relationships in Tohru's life are with her mother and her two best girl friends.

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  • Coming from a person who has never shed a single tear during an anime series or movie, and was sniveling and aching midway through the disc, the guarantee can be made that the series certainly has the power to drag out latent emotions in almost everyone, allowing them to feel Tohru's pain seep through the screen and jab them in the chest.

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  • Through Tohru's endearing stream-of-consciousness prattle and willingness to help each Sohma's personal problems, the inner secrets and depth of personality of each character is developed and strengthened in a time frame as quick as one episode.

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  • Tohru's innocent nature is portrayed perfectly by the gentle voice of Horie, and the different Sohmas 'characters are dynamically presented by the equally talented actors.

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  • While Tohru's grandfather and Momiji nudge Kyo in Tohru's direction, even going so far as to reveal deep family scars, Tohru is in an agony of doubt, denial and self-recrimination after realizing she may care more about Kyo than her deceased mother, throwing the carefully maintained order of her emotional world into chaos.

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  • However, it is perhaps telling that, even in the midst of Kakeru's big chapter, it's the sight of Tohru's gentle, sad smile that steals your heart.

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  • Tohru's attempts to reconcile her current feelings and goals with the trauma that forged her personality, Kyo's conflicting despair and affection, and Tohru's desperate grappling with the depth and true darkness of the Sohma curse twist together to form a formidable web of dripping angst.

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  • Those who found the last few volumes, with their lengthy explorations of secondary characters and fleeting, tantalizing glimpses of Kyo and Tohru's slowly evolving relationship, to be exquisite torture, will find this volume to be giddy, triple-hanky bliss.

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