Words at Play : Words For Things You Didn't Know Have Names

#5: Lunule

Definition:

lunule : a crescent-shaped body part or marking (such as the whitish mark at the base of a fingernail)

Example Sentence:

He folded his hands together to give an impression of calm, but the ragged skin below his lunules told another story.

Origin:

This mark got its name because of its shape: lunule comes from the Latin luna, meaning "moon."

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