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osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary

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EtymologyEdit

Coined by Thomas Love Peacock in Headlong Hall (1815). It is essentially a compound adjective that is obtained by stringing together Latin terms that describe the body.

AdjectiveEdit

osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary (not comparable)

  1. (nonce word) Having the structure of the human body.
    1822, Thomas Love Peacock, Headlong Hall
    The gentlemen accordingly tossed off their heel-taps, and Mr Cranium proceeded: "Ardently desirous, to the extent of my feeble capacity, of disseminating, as much as possible, the inexhaustible treasures to which this golden key admits the humblest votary of philosophical truth, I invite you, when you have sufficiently restored, replenished, refreshed, and exhilarated that osteosarchæmatosplanchnochondroneuromuelous, or to employ a more intelligible term, osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary, compages, or shell, the body, which at once envelops and develops that mysterious and inestimable kernel, the desiderative, determinative, ratiocinative, imaginative, inquisitive, appetitive, comparative, reminiscent, congeries of ideas and notions, simple and compound, comprised in the comprehensive denomination of mind, to take a peep, with me, into the mechanical arcana of the anatomicometaphysical universe. [...]"

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