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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Definitions for torpid

  1. Having lost motion or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
  2. Dormant; hibernating or estivating.
  3. Dull; sluggish; apathetic.

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Citations for torpid
Canary Islanders are citizens of Spain, but geography asserts itself from time to time, as a reminder that this land will always be Africa's: the trade winds get interrupted by strong gusts from the east that bring hot dust and sometimes even torpid, wind-buffeted locusts. Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times
For more than twenty years--all my adult life--I have lived here: my great weight sunk, torpid in the heat, into this sagged chair on my rooftop patio. Peggy Payne, Sister India
Origin of torpid
Torpid comes from Latin torpidus, "numb, sluggish," from torpere, "to be sluggish, inert, or numb."