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2008-07-21 15:00:41

By Gareth Edwards BEING best known for their foul-smelling defence mechanism has given the skunk a less than appealing public image. But staff at a Lothians zoo are predicting a baby of the species will soon have curious visitors pouring into the attraction.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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