黒田 歩 Kuroda Ayumi (turquoiseczech1) wrote in vocab_place,
黒田 歩 Kuroda Ayumi
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I had to tell someone about this..

Ok. So, I like to look up words in the dictionary. Often times it will lead me in search of other word definitions, but never has the search been so long before...

I looked up the word perilla because I'd looked up a Japanese word that had it as a one of the definition and I had NO idea what it was and it says:

"any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets"

and I'm like OO! what?! and I start cracking up cuz I'm like what IS any of that stuff?!?!

So I look up calyx because I saw it earlier in a recipe involving strawberries.

It says:

"the usually green outer whorl of a flower consisting of sepals"

I am like WHAT are sepals, so I look up the diagram of a flower as referenced on m-w.com. I find out it's the leaves of the green thing (what is the calyx) on strawberries or other plants.

Ok. calyx: CHECK.

Then I figure that nutlets would be a good choice next. It says (I kid you not):
A small nut.

u_u;

Definition 2:
the stone of a drupelet

X_X;

Ok, next look-up: drupelet.
A small drupe. (also including the words "one of the individual parts of an aggregate fruit (as the raspberry)". Ok. Thanks.)
At this point, I am like I AM NEVER GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT PERILLA IS!!!

I give in and click 'drupe.'
Definition of drupe:
a one-seeded indehiscent fruit having a hard bony endocarp, a fleshy mesocarp, and a thin exocarp that is flexible (as in the cherry) or dry and almost leathery (as in the almond)

I am WTF-ing all over the place at this point and then suddenly I'm like.. OK. Prefixes. Use prefixes. :effort: Ok. Endo- = Inside.. right? Ok, hard bony endocarp.. ok.. a pit? Ooh, a nutlet is a pit! Ok.. mesocarp.. I'm guessing that's the middle one lol.. ok the cherry reference makes sense.. they have fleshy stuff.. and exo- = outside, so.. I am totally distracted at this point lol by 'drupe.' I think, "Wait, where am I? What was I trying to understand?" Oh, right. I figured out that a nutlet refers to the pit. oO;

Ok, nutlet: CHECK.

Back to Perilla.

"any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets"

Ok.. so now for "rugose" and "bilabiate" Oo Oo Oo

Rugose: full of wrinkles.
Ok.. wrinkley nutlets.. (I start cracking up at this point..)

So, what does bilabiate mean?
Means having two lips.
Uh.. this mint plant is sounding really sexual... xD;;;; (or maybe I'm just perverted :P)

In the end, I came to the conclusion that "Perilla" refers to any of the genus Perilla of Asian mints that have a green leafy thing that bears two-lipped fruits that have wrinkly pits in them. xD

Looking back, I already knew it was an asian variety of the mint plant, but those crazy words that I didn't understand at all... I just had to find out what they meant lol.

What a trip. =P

(I just realized I still want to know what indehiscent means.)
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