In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Later I was in the living room watching dust motes circulating through a shaft of sunlight when the phone rang.
- But a Leonid meteor is tiny, a supersonic mote of dust.
- Over the past century, physicists have pushed back the frontier of the small - from dust motes to atoms to protons and neutrons to quarks.
- There's a constant stream of planktonic motes going past.
- ‘Sorry,’ I said, trying to find my wallet in my coat pockets, retrieving dust motes and chocolate instead.
- Tiny water droplets are borne on the air like dust motes, sparkling in the glare from the banks of fluorescent lights in the canopy above the petrol pumps.
- I could see dust motes in a shaft of light that cut across my cubicle.
- Sometimes the light outside penetrates the shadows in shafts, and dust motes float in the silence, flying like fairies… or miracles.
- A beam of light had broken through the canopy and caught the motes of dust and tiny midges floating around in the golden light.
- This little speck of a girl - no more than a mote of dust in the cosmic sense of things - was questioning her operation and her wisdom, her very essence of being.
- Many scenes are heavily marred by dust motes, particularly those which take place at night or in shadow.
- Flatten yourself against the window, and let the world tilt forward until you're gazing down through the fine transparent barrier, scattered with reassuring dust motes and the glimmer of reflection.
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