Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anemone

Suggested by Kristen P.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, having petal like sepals and including several wild species with white flowers as well as others cultivated for their showy flowers in a variety of colors
2. sea anemone (any sedentary marine animal of the phylum Coelenterata, having a columnar body and one or more circles of tentacles surrounding the mouth)

Examples: (from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo)
"...and the sea cucumber turns to the mollusk and says, 'With fronds like these, who needs anemones?'"
"All new explorers must answer a science question. You live in what kind of home?" "An anemonemone. Amnemonemomne." "That's okay kid, don't hurt yourself."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"flowering plant genus, 1550s, from Middle French anemone (16c.) and directly from Latin anemone, from Greek anemone 'wind flower,' literally 'daughter of the wind,' from anemos 'wind' (cognate with Latin anima; see animus) + -one feminine patronymic suffix. According to Asa Gray, so called because it was thought to open only when the wind blows. Klein suggests the flower name perhaps originally is from Hebrew (cf. na'aman, in nit'e na'amanim, literally 'plants of pleasantness,' in Is. xvii:10, from na'em 'was pleasant'). Applied to a type of sea creature (sea anemone) from 1773."

Awkwardness rating: 3

Nemo and his "anemonemone." (animatedviews.com)

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