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 Word of the Day
 Wednesday, August 09, 2017
ventifact 

efinitions for ventifact 
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1. Geology. a pebble or cobble that has been faceted, grooved, and polished by the erosive action of wind-driven sand.
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Citations for ventifact 
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The surface was a fine trash of ventifacts --stones that had been polished into smooth facets by blowing grit ...  Sarah Andrews, In Cold Pursuit, 2007
 
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A little world, and completely filled with small black boulders, like fossil balls from various sports, only all black, and all faceted to one extent or
another. They were ventifacts.  Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars, 1994 
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Origin of ventifact 
Latin
1910-1915 
Ventifact, “stone shaped by the wind or sandstorms,” is a rare word, used in geology and physical geography, and is modeled on the much earlier noun artifact
(artefact), which dates from the mid-17th century. Ventifact derives straightforwardly from Latin ventum “wind” ( venti- is the Latin combining form) and
factum, the past participle, also used as a noun, of the verb facere “to make, do” (with as many senses as the English verbs). Latin ventum is related
to English wind, winnow, and weather. Latin facere and the adjective facilis “easy, easy to do” derive from a very common Proto-Indo-European root dhē-
“to put, place, set,” from which Germanic (English) derives do and deed, Greek tithénai “to set, put,” and Slavic (Polish) dzieje “history” (i.e., things
done, deeds). Ventifact entered English in the early 20th century.

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Definition of solander in English:
solander
(also solander box)
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A protective box made in the form of a book, for holding such items as botanical specimens, maps, papers, etc.

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‘The books are bound in Maziarczyk pastepaper covered boards and the solander boxes, in red cloth, are by Chris Hicks.’
‘Greater security is afforded by our two tray and solander boxes, which are also built specifically to fit the contents.’
‘I also planned to use another paper, though I was not sure which, on the outside of the solander box which would hold the seventy-two illustrations and
their index sheets.’
‘These large brown solander boxes in front of us are from that and then we also have material from Cook's second and third voyages in the collection, made
up of quite some thousands of drawings.’
‘The ultimate solander box for prints and drawings, documents and books provides maximum accident protection in a stable acid-neutral environment.’
‘Currently, solander boxes are made from a variety of materials some of which are not acid-free.’
‘For the protection of your valuable books, documents and objects; or as an added feature in the binding of an edition, Praxis Bookbindery can fabricate
a drop spine box, solander box or a slip case.’
‘The preserved fragments are arranged on acid-free cardboard, attached with hinges of Japanese tissue paper and stored in solanders in the climate-controlled
storeroom.’
‘They may be decreasing in significance (in the form of specimens stored in the solander boxes of the herbarium) within the domain of botanical science,
but as they do, so they enter ever more into its history, and a history of intellectual thought and aspiration.’
‘The wrapped rolls were arranged either in rows on shelves or in batches in solander boxes or poor quality, dilapidated card boxes.’
‘The Moroccan-leather-bound edition, limited to 50 numbered copies, is encased in a silver buckram drop-back solander box (£750 inclusive of delivery).’
‘On top is the first of the ‘specials’ - a solander box that opens out to display both books; there is a close-up below.’
‘Where items need to be transported to and from the repository they should be in appropriate containers designed to limit exposure to environmental factors
and handling damage (eg. folders, archive boxes, plan and art folios, phase and solander boxes).’
‘Forty special copies housed in a solander box are accompanied by signed prints of six of the best drawn bookplates, price £224, but this edition went
straight out of print.’
‘Atlas Gallery commissioned this unique solander box to house a series of mounted photographs from their collection.’
‘The solander box is made by Smith Settle in Otley, Yorkshire.’
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Origin

Late 18th century: named after Daniel C. Solander (1736–82), Swedish botanist.
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Pronunciation
Key to pronunciations (British and World English dictionary)
solander
/səˈlandə/
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https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/solander

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i'd like a ventifact. no, make that a grandefact please.
name is miserly

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Bob tried to deny farting in the elevator, but it was a ventifact and everyone knew it.

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<heavy accent>

I ven ti factory and den i vork

</heavy accent>

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Airline pilot Bob "Kangaroo" Smith was a so solander, very average.

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Don't mess with Lisbeth Solander or she'll kick your ass in ways you never dreamed.

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On an episode of Conan O'Brien's "If They Mated" Han Solo and Lando Calrissian spliced clones of themselves together to create their love child, "SoLander".

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Solander? Is it like Highlander?

"There can be only one! ... or so ..."

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After every event I fact check reviews of the photographer, since solandering them with false accusations could cost a million dollars 

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enterkey said:   Solander? Is it like Highlander?

"There can be only one! ... or so ..."

Can't be better than the Outlander.

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MilleniumBuc said:   
enterkey said:   Solander? Is it like Highlander?

"There can be only one! ... or so ..."

Can't be better than the Outlander.

  Just consider yourself lucky it wasn't the Zoolander... which there probably shouldn't have even been one of

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solander was a man who thought he was a loner
but he knew it wouldn't last
solander left his home in tucson, arizona
for some california grass

ventifact
ventifact
ventifact to where you once belonged

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The hieroglyphs on the cave wall were ventifacts that ancient beings once visited there.

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i vent, i fact, to replace the master solander
-dracula mechanic

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Lidocaine topical aerosol and erection pills such as Viagra might help with that E.D problem.

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The yellow-spotted solander looks poisonous but is actually harmless.

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Solipsist said:   MilleniumBuc said:   
enterkey said:   Solander? Is it like Highlander?

"There can be only one! ... or so ..."

Can't be better than the Outlander.

  Just consider yourself lucky it wasn't the Zoolander... which there probably shouldn't have even been one of

Yyou need to attend the school for ants if you dont think Zoolander 1 was good.

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