“You don’t know, what you don’t know” Socrates

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Whatchamacallit as ‘something that is hard to classify or whose name is unknown or forgotten’ (Thingamajig)

It is also used to refer to gadgets or parts of things that might not even have a commonly known name.

In the above photo, I came across leaves having thorns. I don’t know what this tree is and the first time I have come across leaves with projecting spikes.

This reminded me of the famous idiom ‘Thorn in the Flesh’

“Thorn in the flesh is nothing compared to a thorn in the conscience”  Adrian Rogers

Later I realized that they are not thorns. They are spines. Botanical Jargon!

What are thorns, spines, and Prickles?

Botanically, thorns are derived from shoots, spines are derived from leaves, and Prickles are derived from the epidermal tissue of the plant. The spines of the leaf discourage the animals from eating. 

 Thank you.


Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Debbie Smyth’s One Word Sunday – whatchamacallit


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