Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
An embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants, one or more of which are the first leaves to appear from a germinating seed.
- ‘However, protein biosynthesis in the axis organs and cotyledons of dicotyledonous seeds commences much earlier.’
- ‘Mutants of this class display shortened hypocotyls and small cotyledons after irradiation of seed.’
- ‘The layer between seed coat and cotyledon probably includes the wall of the embryo sac.’
- ‘The cotyledons are the ‘seed leaves’ produced by the embryo.’
- ‘They are present on the stems, leaves, cotyledons, rachises, pedicles, bracts and calyces.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a patch of villi on the placenta of mammals): from Latin, ‘navelwort’ (which has cup-shaped leaves), from Greek kotulēdōn ‘cup-shaped cavity’, from kotulē ‘cup’.
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.