kynnenmustuainen

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

kynnen (of a nail) +‎ mustuainen (black spot)

Noun[edit]

kynnenmustuainen

  1. A black rim of dirt under a person's fingernail.
  2. (rare) Often with verran; pinch, iota (small amount of anything)
    Hän kaatoi kynnenmustuaisen verran basilikaa pojan kämmenelle, jotta hän saisi maistaa.
    She poured a pinch of basil on the palm of the boy to let him have a taste.

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Usage notes[edit]

In addition to Finnish the "black of the nail" signifies "small amount" at least in Spanish: negro de la uña.

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