[man-uh v-th ee-urth, -urth]
noun, plural men-of-the-earth, man-of-the-earths.
a morning glory, Ipomoea pandurata, of eastern North America, having white flowers and a very large, tuberous root.
What does the name of the narwhal, one of the oddest animals on Earth, literally mean?This blog always relishes a chance to write about the intersection of notable creatures and notable words. For example, when an event created an excuse to write about the zany zedonk (what the heck is that? Find out here.) celebration ensued. Now, one of the few creatures that can top the zedonk for linguistic and zoological oddness has surfaced in the media. That creature of …
When to Capitalize “Earth”When it comes to writing, this common English word confuses many native speakers who aren’t sure whether to use Earth or earth. Why is this an issue? Earth can be either a proper noun or a common noun. In English, proper nouns (nouns which signify a particular person, place, or thing) are capitalized. Following this rule, when Earth is discussed as a specific planet or …
- man-o'-war bird,
- man-of-war bird,
- man-of-war fish,
Origin of man-of-the-earth
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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