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In a word: Evaginate

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:

EVAGINATE

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When the clothes dryer turns the pockets of your pajamas inside out, there is a word for the phenomenon. They have been

evaginated

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.

Evaginate

(pronounced uh-VAJ-uh-nate) is a word more commonly used in biology or physiology, meaning to turn a tubular or pouch-shaped organ or structure inside out,

The New Oxford American Dictionary

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advises.

The etymology, as you may already have suspected, traces back to the Latin

evaginare

:

e

, "out of,"

vagina

, "sheath."

Example:

In Monopoly, the "Pay poor tax" chance card shows Mr. Monopoly shrugging, with his trouser pockets evaginated.

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