verbosity, ramosity

The leaves are green, the nuts are brown.

They hang so high they won’t come down.

Leave them alone till frosty weather,

then they will all come down together.


I recalled this old autumnal rhyme

Just in the nick of frosting time!

Okay, enough with the verse.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Thunk.

But, really …

Can you believe we’re already cuddling up to November?

As I peer out the window through the soft shadows of an early morning,

I can see …

a velvet layer of frost

(yesterday it snowed)

decorating the fences and fields.

As the old poem predicts,

the leaves have all been whisked away from deciduous branches by now,

exposing the ramosity of barren trees that are silhouetted against the awakening sky.

Overcast and very windy day. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Terry Korte












Yup, ramosity.

The closest guess I could come up with was verbosity.

But, no, the two have little in common.

Ramosity [ruh-mos-i-tee] stems from ramose,

pronounced rey-mohs or ruh-mohs,

whichever you prefer.

Either way, it’s an adjective that means

branching, or having many branches.

So, as you can see,

A leafless tree

reveals its true


Leave a comment 2 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is a new word to me but the tree just explains what it means. With it being in the 80s still here every day, I cannot imagine what it must look like out your window. I have always loved the black starkness of leafless trees against the azure blue sky of a cold day. Breathtaking!!

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I love those words & I’m going to add them to my “dictionary” of new words to learn & use. We are traveling to Connecticut to visit our son & daughter-in-law & it is still in the high 70’s!!!

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