Tardigrade is the Word of the Day!

by Anne

Tardigrade was the word of the day on Sunday on dictionary.com! Thank you, Karen K. for bringing these lovable, microscopic “animalcules” into our botany demo! Here’s an image of one (from the net, not from our own scope):

(Reposted from dictionary.com)

Word of the Day Archive
Sunday October 7, 2012

tardigrade \TAHR-di-greyd\ , adjective:
1. Slow in pace or movement.
2. Belonging or pertaining to the phylum Tardigrada.

1. Also called bear animalcule, water bear. Any microscopic, chiefly herbivorous invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, living in water, on mosses, lichens, etc.

The days were long and boring as we walked a continuous almost tardigrade pace around several large buildings, again with empty carbines.
— Stafford O. Chenevert, Amber Waves of Grain

…the soldiers were struggling and fighting their way after them, in such tardigrade fashion as their hoof-shaped shoes would allow—impeded, but not very resolutely attacked, by the people.
— George Eliot, Romola

He rolls tardigrade, to a stop on a shoulder, stooped in sand, in its pretense as it doesn’t exist and there’s only desert…
— Joshua Cohen, Witz

Related to the common word tardy, tardigrade comes from the Latin word tardigradus meaning “slow-paced.”

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for tardigrade