Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] A green pigment excreted in bile. It is an oxidized derivative of bilirubin.
- ‘While the carbon monoxide either is carried in the blood in the form of carboxyhemoglobin or is excreted by the lungs, the biliverdin is converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase.’
- ‘This hypothesis is based on the antioxidant qualities of the blue-green eggshell pigment biliverdin and on the differential allocation version of sexual selection proposed by Burley as applied to female signals.’
- ‘Destruction of these cells releases haem from their haemoglobin, which is quickly metabolized in the liver to biliverdin and, in turn, to bilirubin.’
- ‘Her jaundiced skin now shimmered with a light green hue from biliverdin.’
- ‘This finding implied that the mutants are defective in heme-oxygenase, an enzyme that converts heme into biliverdin.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin bilis bile + French vert green + -in.
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.