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Copse (noun)

\ ˈkäps \

Definition of copse

: a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees

— called also coppice

*Source: Merriam-Webster online dictionary

Synonyms for copse

  • boscage (also boskage)
  • bosk (or bosque)
  • bosquet
  • brake
  • brushwood
  • chaparral
  • coppice
  • covert
  • thicket
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Visceral (adjective)

vis·​cer·​al \ ˈvi-sə-rəl / ˈvis-rəl

Definition of visceral

1: felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body : deep // a visceral conviction

2: not intellectual : instinctive, unreasoning // visceral drives

3: dealing with crude or elemental emotions : earthy // a visceral novel

4: of, relating to, or located on or among the viscera: splanchnic // visceral organs

*Source: Merriam-Webster online dictionary

…You hope, and you dream
But you never believe that something is gonna happen to you
Not like it does in the movies
And when it actually does
You expect it to feel different
More visceral
More real
I was waiting for it to hit me
Hit me…

–orbital: Beached
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Ranunculus: one of my most favorite flowers and names for flowers. These lovelies have dozens of paper-thin petals in watercolor tints and shades. Give them to anyone you find attractive or deem ‘radiant with charms.’ Ranunculus is also known as ‘buttercup’ or ‘Coyote eye’ and comes from the Latin meaning ‘little frog.’ Ranunculi are perennial bulb plants and a popular alternative to the rose for wedding and home bouquets. IMHO, they are the quintessential spring flower–and extremely photogenic, too. The best ones I’ve ever laid eyes on were the Japanese ranunculus at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower show, and the (perpetually sold out!) beauties over at Floret Flower Farm. You can also say ranunculuses, but I find that a bit ridiculous.

Some Floret Flower Farm beauties
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Definition of ephemera

1: something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural

2: ephemera plural: paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles

Plural: ephemera, also ephemerae

Word origin: New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros

Use it in a sentence: My friend Susan has an impressive collection of interesting ephemera that she uses for her mixed-media collage art.

Notes: I love this dreamy-sounding word; it’s soft, easy to say, and has a soothing rhythm. It feels like a sheer and gauzy material (maybe in a deep blue or purple shade). It has four syllables and sounds like a word you might hear in a Decemberists song, yet it doesn’t seem to put on any airs. I didn’t know until today that ‘ephemera’ isn’t the word’s only plural form, but if I go around saying ‘ephemerae,’ I’ll sound like I’m taking myself too seriously–and life is too ephemeral for such affectation. 😆

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemera