Words from my reading

A few fun words that were new to me this week:

ouzo, adj A colorless Greek liqueur flavored with aniseed
page 148, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“An ouzo carafe full of spring squills.”

squills, pl n Sea onions (the dried bulb of white varieties of a plant of the lily family, formerly used in medicine); scilla (any of a genus of low, bulbous, perennial plants of the lily family, grown for their blue, pink, or white, bell-shaped flowers)
page 148, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“An ouzo carafe full of spring squills.”

parturient, adj Giving birth or about to give birth to young; of childbirth; on the point of coming forth with a discovery, idea, etc.
page 153, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“The parturient curves of amphorae.”

schist, n Any of a group of metamorphic rocks containing parallel layers of flaky materials, as mica or talc, and splitting easily into thin, parallel leaves
page 163, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“The hole in which he stood was an inverted ziggurat, the broad floor of the Mycenaean room cut out in the middle to reveal its foundations; the largest of the foundation stones — two solid slabs of schist — laid carefully to one side, revealing a shaft grave beneath.”

shagreen, n Rawhide with a rough, granular surface, made from the skin of the horse, seal, etc.; the hard, rough skin of a shark or dogfish, used as a polisher
page 185, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“A Damask blade with a scabbard of shagreen and lacustrine velvet.”

lacustrine, adj Of or having to do with a lake or lakes; found or formed in lakes
page 185, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“A Damask blade with a scabbard of shagreen and lacustrine velvet.”

eugenics, pl n The movement devoted to improving the human species through the control of hereditary factors in mating
page 197, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“Firstly, they inculcated fear: but Sparta also made use of eugenics among its own people, and its Hidden will have brought to their homicides a eugenic understanding of what it was they undertook.”
I had this one right, but I was guessing.

unmixed wine, n Undiluted, neat [Ancient Greeks and Romans considered it barbaric to drink wine neat.]
page 198, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“Part of a Spartan child’s education was to watch a helot humiliated by being forced to drink unmixed wine.”
The words, in this case, weren’t confusing, but I wanted to understand why is this was humiliating.

nympholept, n One who longs passionately for the unattainable
page 204, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“And you’re a classic nympholept.”
I was familiar with the prefix, but didn’t understand or know the suffix; defined in the text.

noctilucent, adj Shining in the night, said especially of high-altitude clouds that reflect twilight to the earth long after sunset or long before sunrise
page 210, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“The trees a noctilucent silver.”
I didn’t know there was a word for this!

More, more, and still more words from The Hidden. (And we’re not done yet, folks!) More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
The Hidden by Tobias Hill

What new words have you found lately?

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9 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Wow – you had a lot of new words to me. And most of them I can’t even pronounce. Nice hunting! :-)

  2. I am not sure when or how I learned it, but the only word of yours I knew this week was eugenics. :) I agree with Lisa, great words. Thanks for sharing and expanding our vocabularies!

  3. The only word I’ve heard before was ouzo. It looks like The Hidden is very rich is new words. Lots of good ones.

  4. Most of these are new to me too. I just love the word “noctilucent!”

  5. I’m wondering what it says about me that the only word I knew was ouzo.

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