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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

Today’s one word comes from The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby.

lichen–“The fact is he can recognize the desperation on a man’s face as easily as he can spot lichen on a sugar maple and it makes him uncomfortable.”

Lichen is an organism that is formed by the symbiotic association of a fungus and an alga or cyanobacterium and occurs as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks, bare ground, etc. Lichens are now classified as a phylum of fungi (dictionary.com)

This is one of those words I kind of knew but not exactly so I finally looked it up and I was mostly right.