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2005-06-04 10:49:43

BOSTON -- The worst red tide in decades idled about two-thirds of the shellfish beds in Massachusetts on Friday as the toxic algae bloom spread off the coast to Nantucket. The state shut down all shellfish beds on the island and in waters three miles around it, as well as the remaining open beds in Chatham on Cape Cod, because of unsafe levels of toxins. Don Anderson of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said it was the first time he could recall Nantucket being affected by red tide. Late...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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