Words from my reading

Just a few fun new-to-me words for this week:

turtlehead, via gwarcita

turtlehead, via gwarcita


turtleheads, pl n Of a genus of perennial North American plants of the figwort family, with showy, tubular, white or pink flowers
page 22, The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
“They were near Beggar’s Bluff Trail, where pink-tipped turtleheads grew in among the ferns and rushes and where Calli would often see sleek, beautiful horses carrying their owners gracefully through the forest.”

riprap, adj A foundation or wall made of broken stones thrown together irregularly or loosely, as in water or on a soft bottom
page 37, Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines
“Several feet below him, the shoes bounced a few times off gravel riprap rock lining the slope, tumbling slowly away and out of sight.”

fervid, adj Hot, glowing; impassioned, fervent
page 47, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
“And what made his desire so fervid that he was willing to risk his freedom for it?”
Note: I’m familiar with fervent and fervor, but I didn’t know this form of the word.

lepidopterist, n A specialist in the study of lepidopteran insects (butterflies and moths, characterized by two pairs of broad, membranous wings covered with very fine scales, often brightly colored
page 67, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
“An accomplished lepidopterist, Nabokov also drew a delicate sketch of a butterfly, labeling it with what might be the most lyrical of inscriptions, ‘green swallowtail dancing waisthigh.'”

liquidambar, via martius

liquidambar, via martius

liquidambar, n Any of a genus of trees of the witch hazel family, found in Asia and North America, especially the sweet gum
page 233, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
“The Gilkeys live in a neighborhood of ranch-style houses with modest lawns bordered by rows of tall liquidambar trees shedding piles of leaves onto the sidewalks.”
Note: We had a lot of sweet gum trees in Northwest Arkansas, but I didn’t know this word for them.

bijou, n A jewel or trinket; something small and exquisite
page 3, Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney
“Katz, however, was keen to make sleepy little Cranberry Island the next bijou in his crown of elite resorts, and was throwing bundles of money at the board to encourage them to sell it to him instead.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

What new words have you found lately?

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6 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Fervid sounds like a combo word for fervor and avid. (and I’m so sad that I can’t remember the word that describes these combo words! ugh)

  2. OK, I didn’t know riprap (i quite like the sound of this one) and liquidambar. Thanks for sharing!

    Here are my words

  3. I like your use of pictures and how you are educating me about new plants and flowers. The turtleheads are so beautiful.

  4. I had heard of fervid before but not the other words. I’m learning a lot of new words today. Love the pictures!

  5. I knew bijou from French and I’ve heard riprap, but didn’t know it’s meaning. The rest of the words are new to me.

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