Category: "Plants"

Огород

July 13th, 2012
The word огород means a chunk of land near your house where you grow vegetables, in other words a vegetable garden, although in English we usually just say garden. It might also have berries and apples, but it's essential to have either vegetables or… more »

Всходы

July 31st, 2009
Всходы is a fun little word. The prefix вс- means upward. The root ход- means go. When you put them together into a word that is only used in the plural, it means sprouts, i.e. the tiny little beginnings of plants that have just come up out of the… more »

Перекати-поле

June 29th, 2009
Growing up in Arizona, every time the wind blew I would see tumble­weeds. In American movies they are a symbol of the vast and empty West, or sometimes of eco­nomic deso­lation in the country. Despite their asso­ciation with the… more »

Приствольные круги

February 27th, 2009
Every once in a while it's simply a great joy to know an incredibly obscure piece of Russian vocabulary. The wife of one professor of Russian I know prides herself on knowing the Russian phrase for werewolf. (There are quite a few shape-shifters in… more »