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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Definitions for quaquaversal

  1. (of a geological formation) sloping downward from the center in all directions.

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Citations for quaquaversal
"Your yard is one piece of granite. It's like living on Stone Mountain." He stood at the apex of our land and said, "The term 'quaquaversal' comes to mind. ..." George Singleton, Work Shirts for Madmen, 2007
His Father, George Dixon, Sr., having ridden in late to Quarterly Meeting--a wet night, ev'ryone gone to bed, a pile of Shoes left out to be clean'd,--in all the great quaquaversal Array, he sees only the pair belonging to Mary Hunter. Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon, 1997
Origin of quaquaversal
The Latin adverb quāquā “whithersoever, wheresoever, wherever” does not occur in the literature of the Classical Latin period (1st century b.c. to the 2nd century a.d.) but does occur in early, preclassical Latin literature, e.g., in the comedies of Plautus (c254–184 b.c.) and in Late Latin, e.g., in the satires of Apuleius (a.d. 125?–180). Latin versus is the past participle of the verb vertere “to turn” and is used frequently in all periods of Latin as an adverb “turned in the direction of, toward” and follows the word it qualifies. (Latin versus and the English suffix -ward, as in homeward, agree in meaning and origin—the Proto-Indo-European root wert- “to turn.”) Quāquā, reinforced by versus, means “turned to wheresoever, facing everywhere.” Quaquaversal entered English in the late 17th century.