Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Evanescent

This word is from one of the books that I am now reading, Mark Jerome Walters’ Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinctions on a Hawai’ian Island. This book is a fascinating portrayal of the myriad difficulties involved with trying to save an endangered species.

Evanescent (ev-uh-NES-uhnt) [Latin ēvānēscent- (s. of ēvānēscēns): vanishing, disappearing.]

adj.

  1. vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
  2. tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.

Usage: The bird, I sometimes imagined, were I to fully comprehend its many dimensions, could deepen my understanding of both culture and biology and, perhaps, even my own evanescent presence on an ancient planet.

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