“Your Allergy Alert(TM) For Aug 19, 2011:
Forecast for ENTERPRISE, AL (on a scale of 1-12):
Today’s allergy levels: Friday – 7.8/Medium-High
Today’s predominant pollen: Ragweed, Chenopods and Nettle.
Tomorrow’s allergy levels: Saturday – 7.8/Medium-High”
The first time I ever heard of chenopods was last year when I got a similar allergy alert. I’d heard of ragweed (who hasn’t) and nettle. Never heard of those chenopods, though. I’m familiar with other ‘pods. Bugs are arthropods. So are spiders…yecchh…chills. Let’s change the subject. Shrimp and lobster are arthropods…tasty, tasty arthropods! Much better!
The suffix “-pod” means “foot” and is contained in 44 words:
How many of those have you heard of? You can look the meanings up yourself, like I did for monkeypod. For fun, make up your own definitions, first.
So, chenopod [ˈkiːnəˌpɒd ˈkɛn-] noun
(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) any flowering plant of the family Chenopodiaceae,which includes the beet, mangel-wurzel, spinach, and goosefoot.