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Friday, April 23, 2021

Not that I’ll ever find a useful context for it in everyday parlance, but here’s my word discovery of the day: Nidus.

1. A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, or small animals.

2. A cavity where spores develop.

3. Pathology A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.

4. A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which salts of calcium, uric acid, or bile acid form calculi.

Basically a noun variant of nest. But it sounds a little fancier. I see potential in adding it to an expressive vocabulary arsenal: “A veritable nidus of creative energy”, etc.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/23/2010 09:17 AM
Category: Wordsmithing
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