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cadaverific

adjective; derivation
very extremely and obviously dead, to a greater extent than simply not being alive anymore, depicted as dead on multiple levels
 
Used to describe an exhibit of animals and ecosystems around the world in the Denver Museum of Natural Science in which a stuffed jackrabbit was used in a scene involving a hawk killing a jackrabbit. The level of dead-ness felt a little excessive, hence the invention of this word to describe the scene. Possibly influenced by similar exaggeratedly emotive words such as “terrific”.
Etymology : “cadaver” + “ify” + “ic”. “cadaver” meaning “dead body”, “ify” as a verb-forming morpheme meaning “to make”, and “ic” as an adjectival morpheme
Source : “The animal’s already dead and stuffed – did they really need to set it up so it looked dead in the exhibit too? That’s more than extremely dead – it’s like, cadaverific.” (conversation with NREL interns at Denver Museum of Natural Science trip, July 2016)
Last modified: 9 December 2016


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