Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Word Wednesday is hosted by Kathy of BermudaOnion

From the poem Docks by Carl Sandburg

Strolling along
By the teeming docks,
I watch the ships put out.
Black ships that heave and lunge
And move like mastodons
Arising from lethargic sleep.....



Any of several very large, extinct proboscidian mammals of the genus Mammut (sometimes Mastodon), resembling the elephant but having molar teeth of a different structure.

[New Latin Mastodōn, genus name : Greek mastos, breast, nipple + Greek odōn, odont-, tooth (from the nipple-shaped protrusions on the crowns of its molars).]

mastodonic mas'to·don'ic adj.


Julie P. said...

I guess it's related to mastodon!

Unknown said...

This one is new one to me....
Here are my words

Tea said...

Thank you! I can take this one to the zoo or Alaska???

SmilingSally said...

I think of an elephant whenever I see this word; I guess I was close.

Jo-Jo said...

That's a great word this week!

bermudaonion said...

I think I remember this from when my son was in school. Thanks for participating!

Margot said...

I like both the poem and your new word.

Lisa notes... said...

It really helps to understand what Mastadon means when you read that poem. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

That's a lovely poem - thanks for posting it.

My words are here.