1. To open at definite places, discharging seeds, pollen, or other contents, as the ripe capsules or pods of some plants.
  2. To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
  3. To gape; to open by dehiscence.

[Thomas Baker-Rabe, in conversation]



  1. a girl or woman who behaves in a sexually provocative and permissive way without yielding her virginity

Also called: demi-virgin

[“The Magus: A Revised Version by John Fowles” — Scott Manley Hadley, Triumph Of The Now]


des·ue·tude /ˈdeswəˌt(y)o͞od/
  1. a state of disuse. “the docks fell into desuetude



  1. a quality of passion and inspiration.
  2. A spirit. A duende is a creature somewhat like a human from Iberian, Latin American, and Filipino folklore. The Spanish term duende originated as a contraction of the phrase dueño de casa or duen de casa, “possessor of a house”, and was originally conceptualized as a mischievous spirit inhabiting a house
[Funny Weather — Olivia Laing]