One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Full of holes; porous.
permeable, penetrable, perviousView synonyms
- ‘The fibrous mass was soaked overnight and subsequently filtered on the foraminous plate of a Buchner funnel.’
- ‘The top of the vessel is foraminous to permit passage of the air stream.’
- ‘There may be placed within or underneath the apron a foraminous pipe, through which superheated steam or hot air at a temperature of 400° Fahrenheit is discharged against the fish.’
- ‘They are ductile and do not exhibit a foraminous structure like sponge iron.’
- ‘The fibers sucked by vacuum onto the outer surface of the foraminous cathode.’
Early 17th century: from Latin foramin- (see foramen) + -ous.
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