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Adventitious can mean either occurring at irregular intervals or in an unusual spot; or occurring by chance, rather than by design or because it is an inherent part of nature.

Is it just me or is adventitious one of those words that sounds like it should mean something other than what it does mean? To me, adventitious sounds like it should be a synonym for, or at least closely related to, advantageous. It’s not. I wonder, did that occur by design or did it just happen by chance?

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