Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Entry: ectoplasm (n.)

In context: "...Enfield's Finest had come and peered around and drawn a chalk ectoplasm around Clipperton's sprawled form..."

Definition: The OED isn't so helpful here:

1. (See quot.)

1883   J. E. Ady in Knowl. 15 June 355/2   Its [Amœba's] jelly-like body becomes faintly parcelled out into an outer firm (ectoplasm) and an inner soft (endoplasm) layer.

The etymology does help, though:

Etymology:  Greek πλάσμα something moulded or formed.

And a more common usage of the term, I think, is:

2. A viscous substance which is supposed to emanate from the body of a spiritualistic medium, and to develop into a human form or face.


SNOOT score: 1
Page: 433

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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