bur·geon, tai·ga, a·qua·moe·ba

Posted in Feature on March 22, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

bur·geon

Burgeoning

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English burjonen, from burjon bud, from Old French, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth
Date: 14th century
1 a : to send forth new growth (as buds or branches) : sprout b : bloom
2 : to grow and expand rapidly : flourish

tai·ga

Taiga

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Etymology: Russian taiga
Date: 1888
: a moist subarctic forest dominated by conifers (as spruce and fir) that begins where the tundra ends

a·qua·moe·ba

Aquamoeba

From Rei Nakazawa, Magic creative text writer:
Function: noun
Etymology: Splitting this word up in half will make it a lot easier to see its origin: aqua-, meaning "water," and amoeba, a primitive life form which is often thought of as shapeless and changing.

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