|About | Media | Search | Contact|
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
The planet is getting warmer. Glaciers are melting. Then and now pictures leave no doubt about the severity of the problem. When glaciers retreat, they carve out landforms in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
In this week's words we take the time to explore some of the formations resulting from the glacial melt. These words derive from languages that are as varied -- Irish, French, and Norwegian -- as the diversity of the forms sculpted by the glaciers.
MEANING:noun: A long, narrow, whale-shaped hill of gravel, rock, and clay debris, formed by the movement of a glacier.
ETYMOLOGY:From Irish druim (back, ridge) + -lin, a variant of -ling (a diminutive suffix, as in duckling).
USAGE:"The bluffs are actually the ends of drumlins, the elongated hills shaped centuries ago by retreating glaciers. Drumlins are common in Western New York, but almost all are covered with trees, shrubs, grapevines, and other vegetation."
Martin Naparsteck; Lake Ontario Exposes Natural Wonders; The Buffalo News (New York); Jun 13, 2010.
See more usage examples of drumlin in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Poetry is the art of saying what you mean but disguising it. -Diane Wakoski, poet (b. 1937)