Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
Here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: hir-sute (hur-soot)
Part of Speech: Adjective
Noun: Hirsuteness (hir-sute-ness)
1. Hairy; shaggy : having a lot of body hair, especially on the face or body
2. (Biology) Covered with coarse, stiff hairs (as a hirute leaf)
bristly, bushy, cottony, fleecy, furred, furry, hairy, rough, shaggy, unshorn, unshaven, woolly, bearded, bewhiskered
bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth
Early 17th Century from Latin hirsutus (shaggy). Akin to Latin horrére, meaning to bristle and hirtus, meaning hairy.
Use in a sentence:
1. Many hirute males believe that chest hair makes them feel more manly.
2. Olaf was a large, hirsute Viking with an aggressive, blustery personality.
3. (Noun) Hirsuteness in men is often seen as a sign of attractiveness.
4. I found a really hirsute caterpillar feeding on one of our growing cabbages this morning.
I think this is a good word to use when describing hairy people, plants, insects and so on. It definitely adds a little something more to a sentence than merely saying ‘hairy’. It can be used to describe women too, of course, although, apart from ‘The Bearded Lady’* of Victorian fame it would not generally refer to facial hair. In women, the condition of excessive hair growth – usually dark and thick rather than fine and fair – is called HIRSUTISM.
* If anyone has never heard of this sad story, Ive added link to a Wiki page about one of these ladies HERE. (There are similar stories of other women who suffered this affliction.)
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