Anatomy and Philology: Text as Virtual Body Built Around a Critical Wound

(aerial view)


* Main Entry: la·goon
* Pronunciation: \lə-ˈgün\
* Function: noun
* Etymology: French & Italian; French lagune, from Italian laguna, from Latin lacuna pit, pool, from lacus lake
* Date: 1673

1 : a shallow sound, channel, or pond near or communicating with a larger body of water
2 : a shallow artificial pool or pond (as for the processing of sewage or storage of a liquid)


* Main Entry: la·cu·na
* Pronunciation: \lə-ˈkü-nə, -ˈkyü-\
* Function: noun
* Inflected Form(s): plural la·cu·nae \-ˈkyü-(ˌ)nē, -ˈkü-ˌnī\ also la·cu·nas \-ˈkü-nəz, -ˈkyü-\
* Etymology: Latin, pool, pit, gap — more at lagoon
* Date: 1652

1 : a blank space or a missing part : gap (the evident lacunae in his story — Shirley Hazzard); also : deficiency 1 (despite all these lacunae, those reforms were a vast improvement — New Republic)
2 : a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

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