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  • adj. nesting on the ground


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  • Iike many a person's Xbox 360, an object said to be pulveratricious (not only objects) is said to be covered in dust.

    November 18, 2008

  • Oh, but but.

    The now-defunct Linnean classification pulveratores (Latin pulvereus dusty + -ator, pl) comprised birds so named for their habit of rolling around in the dust to dislodge little bugs stuck in their feathers. Pulveratricious carries 'dust-colored, 'dust-covered,' etc. specifically through meaning 'like birds that roll themselves in dust.'

    I take great pleasure in being able to slip 'bird-like by association' into any one-word description!

    July 8, 2008

  • An adjective meaning 'covered with dust'.

    'Gosh, Bob, that desk of yours is all pulveratricious!'

    June 14, 2008