from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pl. scalpella (-ä). One of the four filamentous organs or hair-like lancets contained in the promuscis of hemipterous insects. The upper pair of scalpella are homologous with mandibles, the lower pair with maxillæ.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of thoracic cirripeds of the family Pollicipedidæ, related to Ibla, and notable in presenting in some species the sexes distinct, in others hermaphrodites with complemental males.


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  • "Bibliological Maledictions Revisited" in Maledicta (1978), featuring a dozen multilingual book curses that would have rounded out this introduction with such unusual macaronic curses as ... in ventrem illius I'll stick my scalpellum/And teach him to steal my little libellum, or William Barnes's four-line curse in Italian, Latin, French, and English.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3


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