Crinose and Pulchritudinous (Wolverine and Jean Grey)

Crinose and Pulchritudinous were past August ‘word of the day’ on Looking at these words, I couldn’t help but think of Wolverine and Jean Grey from Marvel’s X-Men and the contrast!

I love the word crinose, it reminds me of hirsute!
And I love the word pulchritudinous, but I think I will stick to ‘beautiful or comely’ since they are easier to pronounce (and remember!)

crinose \ KRAHY-nohs, KRIN-ohs \ , adjective;
1. hairy.

… it must be allowed that the title has not devolved upon a beardless boy; for if crinose appearance give an imposing air, his Grace has strong pretensions to consequence on that score.
— Thomas Brown, the Elder, Bath: A Satirical Novel ,1818

Crinose finds its origin in the Latin crinīs meaning”hair.” The suffix –ose is used in formation of adjectives borrowed from Latin to denote “full” or “abounding in.” Crinose entered English in the 1720s.

pulchritudinous \ puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uhs, -TYOOD- \ , adjective;
1. physically beautiful; comely.

Jazz buffs with glorious vocabularies wrote long andoften boring tributes to the pulchritudinous Lady Day,her phrasing and incredibly intricate harmonics.
— Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman , 1981
Pulchritudinous is built on the Latin word for “beautiful,” pulcher. The noun pulchritude entered English in the mid-1400s; pulchritudinous did not gain traction in the US until the late 1800s.


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