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Thursday, October 7



Part of speech: noun (plural)

Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century


Small fragments or splinters.

Examples of Flinders in a sentence

"The glass slipped from his hand and shattered into flinders."

"When Scott rubbed his hand against the wood railing, he got a few flinders in his palm."

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About Flinders

This word comes from the Scottish “flendris,” which is likely related either to the Norwegian “flindra,” meaning “chip, splinter,” or the Dutch “flender,” meaning “fragment.”

Did you Know?

Matthew Flinders was an English explorer who circumnavigated Australia in the early 19th century for the Royal Navy and charted much of its west coast for the first time. The Flinders River in Queensland, Australia was named in honor of him.

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