Tag Archives: Pheromone

WORD: EXCRESCENCE


excrescence 

Definition: (noun) Something that bulges out or is protuberant
or projects from its surroundings.
Synonyms: extrusiongibbosityhumpjutbulgeprotrusion,
protuberance,swellingbumpprominence
Usage: A roof, Richard contended, was a part of the edifice that the ancients always endeavored to conceal, it being an excrescence in architecture that was only to be tolerated on account of its usefulness. Discuss.
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THE FLEHMEN RESPONSE


The Flehmen Response

In human courtship, a grimace is not generally something one wants to see from a potential love interest. Not so with animals. Cats, horses, llamas, and giraffes are just some of the animals that exhibit the flehmen response, a grimace-like curling of the upper lip and extension of the neck that facilitates the detection of scents—and pheromones—through the vomeronasal organ located in the roof of the mouth. Where does the name “flehmen” come from? More… Discuss