Sunday, 11 November 2012

Entry: coffinous (adj.)

In context: "Potentially young forms in down sleeping bags of coffinous shape were now discernible around the black remains of the night's bonfire."

Definition: A neologism, if a fairly obvious one. 

Other: coffin (n.) appears to be a very early word: c1380   Eng. Wycliffite Serm. in Sel. Wks. I. 62   ├×ei gedriden and filden twelve coffynes of relif of fyve barly loves. 

Also, since I can't resist, I should point out that I'm typing this up with some sort of chest infection.  I'm absolutely coffin up a storm.

SNOOT score: 1

Page: 530

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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