|Ballpoint and pencil drawing by Andrea Joseph|
Adjective. Mid-19th century.
Oh praise be! I was so fed up with the lack of adjectives in my vocabulary to describe purse-shaped objects. Just think of all the calzones, pasties, pittas ... umm ... those egg-case things that wash up on the beach ... oh, and purses, of course ... whose shape I've never been able to succinctly describe. Well now I can: "My compliments to the chef on his flawlessly bursiform spinach calzone," or "These, my dear, are actually the egg-sacks of skates, and it is their bursiform structure that gives them the colloquial name mermaid's purses." Wow. How ever did I hold a conversation? Thank you, bursiform.
|A skate's egg case|
(photo by Xtylee)
What other bursiform bodies are there?
How did you survive without it?
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