Monday, 4 August 2014

Cucumiform - In the Shape of a Cucumber


Adjective. Mid-19th century.
[from Latin cucumis cucumber + -FORM.]

Of the shape of a cucumber.

OK. Now let's be grown up about this. There are times when one needs to describe a shape, and it's not quite cylindrical, nor cigar-shaped, and most definitely not tubular. It is, however, cucumiform, possessing the requisite undulating asymmetry and ... umm ... knobbly bits of said cucumber. Right. That's it. Stop sniggering and go back to whatever you were doing.

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  1. The Cucumiform Holothuriæ, whose body is but little elongated, more or less fusiform, pentagonal, with tentaculiform suckers forming five ambulacra, one on each angle.

    Couldn't have described it better myself.

    1. See? Without 'cuculiform', is would be virtually impossible to know what on earth you're talking about.

      Talking of which, what are you talking about?

    2. Cucumbers of course. Those that left the land to inhabit the sea. Google Holothuria and go to Images. The variety and colours will make your mouth water. Think I will have a Holothuria Mexicana for lunch.

      Or maybe not today. I've just seen its more popular description. I'll go for a salmon and cucumber sandwich instead.

    3. Land based cucumber, that is - Cucumis sativus.

    4. Holothuria Mexicana, a.k.a Donkey Dung. Mouth-watering indeed.

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