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Word of the Week: Smeuse
May 30, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

A smeuse in High Park's Black Oak Savannah! Who do you think has been here? (Photo credit: Kami Valkova)

Smeuse [smyooz] (noun): The gap in the base of a bush or hedge made by the frequent passage of small animals.

In Toronto the passage of raccoons, Eastern cottontail rabbits, squirrels, mice, and rats can create a noticeable smeuse. Make a point of looking for one in your neighbourhood or next time you are in the park! After you notice a smeuse once you are likely to start seeing them everywhere.

FUN FACT: The word "smeuse" is in the bottom 20% of words used

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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