Amazing Adjectives, Number Nine!

I remember first encountering this word while reading a book (unfortunately, I don’t remember which book).  And while I should have been able to figure out the meaning just from context, I looked it up nonetheless.  “About all he remembered of the lovely woman were her dark amygdaline eyes . . . ”


uhmig-duh-lin, -lahyn \, adjective;

 1.  of, relating to, or resembling an almond.

This word is from the Latin amygdalinus  and the Greek amygdálinos, menaing “of almonds.”

Some related adjectives include: amygdaloid, amygdalate, amygdaliform, and amygdalaceous.

Source: and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.


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