I love to pick up this "reverse dictionary" and just browse it, something that I do frequently since it sits within reach, at my desk. It is without any doubt a rich and fabulous source of general knowledge, of trivia and of words. If you are at a temporaty loss about whether it is the "stamen" or the "stigma" of a flower, you might resolve your confusion with this book. I say you "might" advisedly, because the book is infuriating in its lack of correspondence between its list of words and those found in many of the lush and wonderful illustrations it contains. If you look up stigma, you will find no entry by that name; if you try "stamen" you will find only "stamens" with a cryptic "of a flower ANDROECIUM." Of course, there is no entry for "androecium." But if you persist and have the instinct of a dowser you will, sooner or later, come across a picture of a flower, in full color, with all of its parts neatly labeled, including the stamen and the stigma.
This is a tricky book, capable of giving you fits. It rates only three stars because its riches are very difficult to get to, so that it is an impractical book from which to extract specific information when you need it. I recently tried to remember "alb," and I approached it by looking at vestment, priest, miter, even Pope, but I could find nothing until (by chance) I found a picture of "Papal Vestments." In these days of computer ease there is no reason why the book should not contain a list including every single word that appears in the book and the page on which it is found. It is disgraceful that this one does not. But...did I tell you that I love this book?