The obscure word of the week is -notus

This week’s obscure English word is –notus. It’s actually only a part word – a combined noun derived from the Greek notos, which has to be added to another word to have meaning. It’s often used in paleontology to describe a specific kind of back bone. One example is Tribolonotus Novae-Guineae, which is a small lizard with a prominent keeled spine.

The other meaning of notus is as a full word which has leaked into English from the ancient Greek. Notus the god of the south wind – and far better known to them than Diana of Themyscira.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

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