Let's enjoy some rimy rhymes from Samuel Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner:"
Strictly speaking, rime is frost or frozen mist. Loosely speaking, rime is any thin coating that reminds you of frost. And figuratively speaking, rime is the "frost" or "coating" of old age, antiquity, or the passing of time.
"The hands were noteworthy. They were large-knuckled, sinewy and malformed by labour, rimed with callouses, the nails blunt and broken, and with here and there cuts and bruises, healed and healing, such as are common to the hands of hard-working men. On the back were huge, upstanding veins, eloquent of age and toil."
Explain the meaning of "rimy" without saying "chilly" or "wintry."
Fill in the blanks: "Glimpsing the rimy (white, blue, or gray) _____, I shivered."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A near opposite of RIMY is
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