The following sentences reports on Thomas Jefferson’s comment on a draft book by William Wirt (later U.S. Attorney General), titled Sketches of the Life of Patrick Henry:
They would appeal to the young, [Jefferson] said, but would be better liked by the old if some of their excrescences were removed. (emphasis added)
[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 228.]
Definition from Dictionary.com: n. an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading. These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.