Word of the day

sessile
SES-il

adjective

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.

Quotes

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

Origin

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.

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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.