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1historical, rare A proposed unit of the intensity of solar radiation. rare. Now historical.
Zoology. Each of the rays or points of a sponge spicule.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Herschel (1792–1871), mathematician and astronomer. From ancient Greek ἀκτῖν-, ἀκτίς ray. With use in sense 1 compare quot. 1837, and also German † Actine.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.