Friday, December 11, 2015

Word of the day: roach

The word of the day is roach:


  1. Nautical.
    1. the upward curve at the foot of a square sail.
    2. (loosely) a convexity given to any of the edges of a sail; round.
  2. hair combed up from the forehead or temples in a roll or high curve.

"But sometimes they cut their hair into such wild patterns that attempting to imitate them, Wood sniffed, 'would torture the word of a curious barber.'  Tonsures, pigtails, head completely shaved but for a single forelock, long sides drawn into a queue with a raffish short-cut roach in the middle—all of it was prideful and abhorrent to the Pilgrims."

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

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