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today's wwftd is... oicotype

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    the worthless word for the day is: oicotype [fr. Gk oikos : house, dwelling + type] /OY ko type/? cf. ecotype* a term proposed by Carl Wilhelm von Sydow to
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      the worthless word for the day is: oicotype

      [fr. Gk oikos : house, dwelling + type] /OY ko type/?
      cf. ecotype*
      a term proposed by Carl Wilhelm von Sydow to designate
      a local or regional form of a migratory folktale

      "The final chapter of the study includes an attempt to
      establish oicotypes by linking the variation of the
      story to their geographical distribution."
      - Leho & Maglaughlin (Compilers),
      Kurdish Culture and Society (2001)

      "...the concept of oicotype is a major theoretical
      construct in folkloristics even though admitedly it is
      not widely known outside the ranks of folklorists."
      - Alan Dundes, Life Is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder (1984)

      *a subdivision of an ecospecies adapted to an environment

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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