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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


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A few weeks ago, when I asked friends and readers of this blog to list some of their favorite words, one person wrote phosphorescent [fos-fuh-res-uhnt].  I like the word, too, especially the sound of it.  It has a certain spookiness about it.  Phosphorescent is an adjective, and it means "exhibiting phosphorescence (the property of being luminous)". Synonyms for the word include "glowing" and "shining". Here are a few example sentences:

Some marine animals, like jellyfish, 
are phosphorescent and produce their own light.

When my son turns off his gecko's lightbulb at night, 
the phosphorescent lamp surrounding it 
continues to glow for several minutes.

She used phosphorescent paint 
when making ghosts for the annual haunted house.

What other things can you think of that are phosphorescent?

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