Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Coriaceous – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/10/2019

Long on Letters Blessedly Short Definition 

Short on time, I opened the dictionary and asked for a quick and simple word for today’s offering. Voilà!

CORIACEOUS (kōʹrē āʹshɘs) adj. – of or like leather. [WW #211]

Friend Vicki's "Roger the Rubber Plant"
Now, the dictionary definition is rather vague and doesn’t narrow its scope in any way. However, per Wiki,coriaceous is a botanical term applied specifically to plants: “coriaceous – Leathery; stiff and tough, but somewhat flexible.” Of course, the rubber plant comes easily to mind.

The beauty of the English language is that we can take a word like coriaceous out of its original context and send it in a completely different direction with intriguing results. “Weathered and wrinkled, Grandpa Jerry raised a coriaceous hand gently to my cheek.”

Word Challenge: CORIACEOUS. What context, other than plants, can you dream up for this interesting word? Put your muse and imagination to work, as you fit coriaceous into your week of fiction or nonfiction fibrous writing.

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? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

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 about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. The true behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts 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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