Word of the day



Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving.
Botany. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.


And I was afraid of being grounded, sessile —stuck in one spot for eighteen years of oboe lessons and math homework that I couldn’t finish the first time around.
— Ariel Levy , “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” The New Yorker , Nov. 18, 2013

Alfred was stretched out his full length in the sword of sun that shone through the thick branches of the sessile oak trees.
— Catherine Coulter , Rosehaven , 1997


Sessile stems from the Latin word sessilis which had a range of meanings including “fit for sitting on, low enough to sit on, and dwarfish (when referring to plants).” It entered English in the early 1700s.


It’s Thursday! The end of the week is near! So enjoy your quote of the day!


Poetry has been the longest pleasure of my life.

Shirley Hazzard

January 30, 1931: Happy 83rd birthday, Shirley Hazzard! The well-traveled novelist was born in Australia, lived in Hong Kong as a child, and now splits her time between Capri and New York City. In 2003 she won a National Book Award for The Great Fire.