Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] A complex organic polymer deposited in the cell walls of many plants, making them rigid and woody.→ ligno-
- ‘Impregnation of endodermal and hypodermal walls with suberin and lignin should reduce the diameter of interfibrillar spaces.’
- ‘Cytochemistry and autofluorescence observations were used to detect the presence of lignin and suberin in unfixed tissues.’
- ‘Callose, lignin and suberin are polymers that can be elicited as plant defences that reinforce cell walls of some species.’
- ‘The hypodermis of all three species has two distinct zones that contain suberin and lignin.’
- ‘While animal cell membranes decay too rapidly to be pyritised, the cellulose or lignin cell walls of plants are more resistant and may be preserved in this way.’
Early 19th century: from ligni- ‘of wood’+ -in.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.