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Monday, 17 April 2017

Spot the Frippet: something rostrate.

No, this is easy.

I mean, this beetle is rostrate:

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Metaxyphloeus germaini

and so is this stone curlew:

File:Eurasian stone curlew.jpg
(don't worry, stone curlews always look anxious)

and so is this pillar:

File:Spb, colonne rostrate 02.JPG
photo by sailko

and this flower:

Heliconia rostrata, photo byCesarious 

and this fossil brachiopod (yes, that's just a sort of shellfish):

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photo by Hectonichus

and this creature here (and the clue's to what rostrate means is, as they say, in the name):

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illustration by John Gould

Do you know what it is, yet? Yes, that's right: something rostrate is something with a beak.

So: how long will it take you to spot one of those?

Spot the Frippet: something rostrate. This word comes from the Latin rōstrum, beak or ship's prow, from rōdere, which means rather sweetly, to nibble. 

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