Friday, December 11, 2015

Word of the day: flinders

The word of the day is flinders:
  1. splinters; small pieces or fragments.
mid-15c., Scottish flendris, probably related to Norw. flindra "chip, splinter," or Du. flenter "fragment," ult. from the same PIE root that produced flint (q.v.).


"Soon after 1000 A.D. Tiwanaku split into flinders that would not be united for another four centuries, when the Inka swept them up."

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

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