Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Frugivorous – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/20/18

Yum, Summer Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Mangoes 

Do you eat meat all winter while you’re hibernating, and go light with summer fruits when the sun shines on long days?

Or, does this week’s word describe your year-round eating regimen?

FRUGIVOROUS (frōō jivʹɘ rɘs) adj. – fruit-eating. 😊 [WW #169]

“One of them ten-dollar words,” my family is fond of saying of those big, spelling bee-types. It’s so big, even the Webster’s dictionary scribes don’t think frugivorous needs more than a one-word definition.

The elongated roll-off-your-tongue word to describe a simple habit or innate eating practice, deserves a vigorous, lengthy noun—like um, Triceratops.

It was suggested in one reference that although there wasn’t much but leaves or each other to eat back in their day, the last of the herbivore dinosaurs likely became frugivorous at some point, adding primitive versions of fruit to their meals.

Yes, I can see it now. An adolescent frugivorous Triceratops playfully grasps an ancient fleshy progenitor of the gingko in its numerous teeth and plucks it from the woody stem.
The Flintstones by Hanna-Barbera 1960-1966
This would have been somewhere in the Early Cretaceous period, long before Dino swiped watermelon and such from The Flintstones’ summer picnic table. Yabba dabba doo!

You can probably learn lots more about the difference between the frugivorous Triceratops and their carnivorous T-Rex mortal enemy in the June 22nd premier of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

Word Challenge: FRUGIVOROUS. Amaze your friends and associates with a new word for your fruit-filled summer diet, as you fit frugivorous into your week of nutritious writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost simple joy. Do you feel that way too? Share your comments below, about Wordplay Wednesday or learning in general. What’s your inspiration?

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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