Word Nerd 2.4 – Integumented

Source: The October Country by Ray Bradbury, page 78, from the short story “Skeleton”

In Context: “On Tuesday and Wednesday it bothered him terrifically that his epidermis, hair and other appendages were of a high disorder, while his integumented skeleton of himself was a slick clean structure of efficient organization. Sometimes, in certain lights with his lips drawn morosely down, weighted with melancholy, he imagined he saw his skull grinning at him behind the flesh.”

It’s worth mentioning that Bradbury is either unknowingly or creatively misusing this word here. An “integument” is a cover, so when he says his bones are “integumented” he’s saying they’re covered with skin. The word “integumented” isn’t strictly a word.

In Their Words:

in·​teg·​u·​ment | \ in-ˈte-gyə-mənt  \ noun
something that covers or encloses
an enveloping layer (such as a skin, membrane, or cuticle) of an organism or one of its parts

 

In My Words: A thin covering that cover the entire object underneath. 

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