Saturday, 31 March 2012

Entry: autolyzed (adj.)

In context: "Any number of good old U.S.N. anchors, and in Irish Boston sooty green shamrocks, and several little frozen tableaux of little khaki figures in G.I. helmets plunging bayonets into the stomachs of hideous urine-yellow bucktoothed Oriental caricatures, and screaming eagles with their claws faded blunt, and SEMPER FI, all autolyzed to the point where the tattoos look like they're just under the surface of a murky-type pond."

Definition: From autolysis (n.): The destruction of cells or tissues by enzymes present within them, occurring after death or as part of a pathological process.


SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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