Inimitable

Posted: August 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Animals and Nature | Tags: | No Comments »

Opposing thumbs have long been praised as that inimitable human trait by which we alone can use tools and manipulate our environment. But elephants aren’t too far behind. A group of six elephants in Thailand have been trained by artists to paint a variety of pictures, including self-portraits, by holding regular paint brushes in their trunks. They complete their paintings in just 5 to 10 minutes in front of an audience, several of which have gone on display in the Edinburgh gallery in Scotland.

Inimitable (pronounced “ih-NIM-ih-teh-bul”)

Defying imitation; matchless.

Etymology

From Latin imitari, “to copy, imitate”, which is also the root of image, imitation, and imitable.

Synonyms

unparalleled, incomparable, nonpareil

Source

Photo by: YuvalH | BBC News

Opposing thumbs have long been praised as that inimitable human characteristic which allow us to use tools and master our environment like no other species

The Not-so-Inimitable Opposable Thumb

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Animals and Nature | Tags: | No Comments »

Photo by: YuvalH

Opposing thumbs have long been praised as that inimitable human trait by which we can use tools and master our environment like no other species. Unless that other species is an elephant. A group of six elephants in Thailand have routinely demonstrated the ability to paint a variety of pictures, including self-portraits, with regular paint brushes. They are trained by a group of artists and perform their paintings in just 5 to 10 minutes before an audience. Several of their pictures have gone on display in the Edinburgh gallery.

Inimitable (pronounced “ih-NIM-ih-teh-bul”)

Defying imitation; matchless.

Synonyms

unparalleled, incomparable, nonpareil

Source

BBC News


Opposing thumbs have long been praised as that inimitable human characteristic which allow us to use tools and master our environment like no other species.