Friday, December 25, 2015

Word of the day: fissiparous

The word of the day is fissiparous:
  1. reproducing by fission.

"According to Haudenosaunee tradition, the alliance was founded centuries before Europeans arrived.  Non-Indian researchers long treated this claim to antiquity with skepticism.  The league, in their view, was inherently fragile and fissiparous; if it had been founded a thousand years ago, it would have broken up well before the Pilgrims."

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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