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Word of the day: Flinders

Flinders

[FLIN-dərz]

Part of speech: noun (plural)

Origin: Late Middle English, early 16th century

Small fragments or splinters.

Examples of flinders in a sentence

"The glass slipped from his hand and shattered into flinders."

"Scott rubbed his hand against the wood railing and got a few flinders in his palm."

About Flinders

This word comes from the Scottish “flendris,” which is related to the Norwegian “flindra,” meaning “chip, splinter,” or the Dutch “flender,” meaning “fragment.”

Did you Know?

While the plural noun “flinders” is not an eponym, the surname “Flinders” might be familiar to history buffs. Matthew Flinders was an English explorer who circumnavigated Australia in the early 19th century for the Royal Navy and charted much of its west coast for the first time. The Flinders River in Queensland, Australia, was named in honor of him.

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