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Monday, 12 March 2018

Spot the Frippet: something crinite.

You won't have to look far to find something crinite.

Crinite is a biological term meaning covered with soft hairs or tufts...

...a child's arm, perhaps, or a lady's cheek.

A leaf, a flower:

Calochortus coxii (Cox's mariposa lily) (32871534640).jpg
The critically endangered crinite marposa lily, found only in a single country of Oregon. And so beautiful!

A seed pod:


gorse seed pods, photo by 


a moth:

File:(1995) Puss Moth (Cerura vinula) (5731102080).jpg
photo of a puss moth by Ben Sale.


On the other hand, crinite can be a rock made up of the skeletons of sea lilies and feather stars:

File:Isocrinus nicoleti Encrinite Mt Carmel.jpg
photo by Wilson44691

But I must admit you're not likely to have any of that to hand.

Spot the Frippet: something crinite. The hair word comes from the Latin crīnītus, which means hairy. The rock word comes from the Greek krinon, which means lily.

Any connection is probably coincidental.



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