Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Dermatoglyphics
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) The ridge patterns of skin on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
2) The scientific study of these skin patterns.
 
Etymology:
 
Coined in 1926 by Dr Harold Cummins (1893-1976) from Greek dermato- (skin) + glyphein (to carve). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gleubh- (to tear apart), which is also the source of cleave, glyph, clever, and clove (garlic). And that’s also where we get cleavage, cleft palate, and cloven hooves. Earliest documented use: 1926.