A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ASIAN

Sun, 22 May '22
Kind of pear that resembles an apple
Wed, 23 Feb '22
Like almost two-thirds of the earth's population
Mon, 1 Nov '21
Like Russia, east of the Urals
Fri, 30 Jul '21
Like sun bears and sloth bears
Tue, 16 Mar '21
Like pandas, yaks and snow leopards
Wed, 10 Mar '21
___-American (like about 6% of the U.S.)