1 a common plant in deserts and other sandy places in Southern California, the calabazilla ( Cucurbita foetidissima ) is a member of the gourd family. Foetidissima means “very evil-smelling.” Calabazilla also is called stinking gourd. (Los Angeles Times)
2 a random word I came across in the dictionary while thinking up of a memorable-sounding domain name. Have I actually seen this plant before? No, but hey, you learn something new everyday.
An infinitesimal of the third order
A line from one of my favorite books, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, as translated by Mirra Ginsburg:
Our Integral is ready for flight: the rocket motor has already been installed and was tested today on the ground. What magnificent, powerful blasts, and to me each of them was a salute in honor of her, the only, the unique one — in honor of today.
During the first firing a dozen or so numbers from the dock neglected to get out of the way — nothing remained of them except some crumbs and soot. I record with pride that this did not disturb the rhythm of our work for even a moment. No one recoiled; both we and our machines continued our straight-line and circular motions with the same precision as before, as though nothing had happened. Ten numbers are less than a hundred-millionth part of the population of the One State; practically considered, it is an infinitesimal of the third order. Only the ancients were prone to arithmetically illiterate pity; to us it is ridiculous.