Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cross Words: Striae


[strahy-ee] noun 1. slight or narrow furrows, ridges, stripes, or streaks, esp. many in parallel arrangement: striae of muscle fiber. (Plural form of stria. See dictionary.com page for unadulterated definition.)

Etymology: From classical Latin stria, meaning "furrow, channel, flute of column." The etymology seems to be a bit complicated, and I would encourage you to check it out for yourself.

Found in Fearsomely Frightful Crosswords from The New York Times. Puzzle #102. "Narrow grooves."

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1 comment:

  1. "Striae" is often used in the context of ballistic tests to see if a bullet is fired from a particular gun. The mark on the side of a bullet is called a striation.