Apr 25, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: SALSUGINOUS

Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

salsuginous (sahl-SOO-gihn-uhs) adj. (Botany) that which thrives in salty soil; growing in brackish water or in salt marches; growing naturally in soils that have a high salt content; surviving in a hostile environment.

The word salsuginous is derived from the Latin salsugo ("saltiness"). The term is occasionally used in a figurative sense to describe a person who succeeds where others fail.

Archaic definitions for salsuginous use the term as a synonym for "salty," but this use appears to be on the wane. Another botanical synonym for salsuginous is halophytic, which carries the same connotations.

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