Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In mineralogy, exhibiting a fibrous structure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Min.) Having the form of threads; fibrous.

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  • adjective mineralogy Having the form of threads; fibrous.

Etymologies

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Latin nema thread.

Examples

Comments

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  • Thread-like.

    November 28, 2007

  • Thread-like and all bunched up in the middle of the alphabet. Personally I like words to be a little more adventurous when it comes to consonants.

    November 29, 2007

  • Gosh, sionnach--I didn't realize you'd have such a strong reaction to this word. :-)

    November 29, 2007

  • You have to admit it's not a very impressive word. Sounds like a brand name for a drug that cures burping or something equally life-threatening.

    November 29, 2007

  • Granted. We should shoot the person who coined this word. ;-)

    November 29, 2007

  • I think it sounds like a semi-precious stone. Like tourmaline. Only uglier.

    November 29, 2007

  • It does sound like a lame brand name. I even checked to be sure. However, it does have the same root as nematode, which is a great word.

    November 29, 2007

  • It's all a bit conventional though. The nematode the nemaline.

    November 29, 2007

  • It's decided, then. This is almost as bad as the s-word.

    November 29, 2007

  • Oh it is not. You're overreacting. There are plenty of stupidisms alone, for example, that top this poor unoffending word. It can't help it that it was born ugly!

    November 29, 2007