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paquetería

paquetería  n.— «Known in Spanish as paqueterías, the courier services tap into the nostalgia market, filling an aching void between New York’s poorer immigrants, many not legal residents, and the people they left behind...

Amexica

Amexica  n.— «Poverty and race also define the country I call ‘Amexica’ that runs along either side of the Mexican border, belonging to both countries and neither.» —“Farewell America” by Ed Vulliamy Observer (U.K...

stigmergy

stigmergy  n.— «La coordination des tâches, la régulation des constructions ne dépendent pas directement des ouvriers, mais des constructions elles-mêmes. L’ouvrier ne dirige pas son travail, il est guidé par lui...

sim con

sim con  n.— «But several customers wandered off to look at other cars: DeVilles with vinyl and fabric tops. “They’re sim cons,” said Elliott Moorman, a salesman. “Simulated convertibles. The factory doesn’t do those...

ecotone

ecotone  n.— «An ecotone is a term from the field of ecology. It is a place where landscapes meet—like field with forest, or grassland with desert. The ecotone is an area of increased richness and diversity where the two communities...

femtosecond

femtosecond  n.— «The shortest visible and infrared laser pulses are typically just a few femtoseconds…in duration and contain just a few cycles of the laser field.» —“Beating the femtosecond limit” Physics...