“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 have come 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

  12 comments for “whatchamacallit

  1. November 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    I adore your posts! They are so informative!

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  2. November 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    You out smarted me on this challenge. I have photos of a leaf with those thorns. Dah, I didn’t think of that.

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  3. November 19, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Well thank you very much for informing me on something I didn’t know I wanted to know.
    Love the stuff

    Laugh more than yesterday

    Liked by 1 person

  4. November 19, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Amazing photo!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 21, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Brilliant! And ouch! isn’t nature clever – it can look very appealing and yet also be well armoured.

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