Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A small sphere.
ball, pellet, pill, globule, spheroid, spherule, sphere, oval, ovoid, orb, round, pearlView synonyms
- ‘Biopsy of the lobulated mass revealed chronic inflammation and many spherules consistent with coccidioides immitis.’
- ‘At a conference, Grossman heard a presenter claim that the spherules could not have formed from the plume of vaporized rock.’
- ‘Collagenous hyaline deposition was variable, and collagenous spherules could be seen.’
- ‘The smear revealed numerous spherules admixed with acute inflammatory cells.’
- ‘The impact record would be preserved in spherules - microscopic glass beads formed when droplets of molten basalt splashed out of a crater.’
- ‘Some of the volcanic lava erupted as fiery fountains, forming heaps of glass spherules.’
- ‘Within the dermis were multiple aggregates of faintly basophilic spherules.’
- ‘The species are dimorphic, living as hyphal saprobes in the desert soil or as unicellular pathogens that convert into multicellular sporulating spherules in the mammalian host.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin sphaerula, diminutive of Latin sphaera (see sphere).
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.