Words from my reading

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

rochet, n A knee-length, narrow-sleeved, light outer garment of linen and lace, worn by prelates in some ceremonies
page 328, The Last Ember by Daniel Levin
“He wore his choir dress for Mass: a white lace rochet beneath a red cassock, and a pectoral cross on a cord.”

plastron, n A metal breastplate worn under a coat of mail; a padded protector worn over the chest by fencers; a trimming like a dickey, worn on the front of a woman’s dress; a starched shirt front; the lower, ventral part of the shell of a turtle or tortoise
page 351, The Last Ember by Daniel Levin
“Trained, cutting strokes of someone who was used to wearing the plastron of fencing gear, rather than the tin breastplate of gladiatorial costume.”

refulgent, adj Shining, radiant, glowing, resplendent
page 397, The Last Ember by Daniel Levin
“Orvieti knew that hallucination was the last stage of oxygen deprivation, but it all seemed real: his dark, wavy hair from a half-century earlier and his broad frame shining in the lamp’s refulgent gleam.”

More words from The Last Ember.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
The Last Ember by Daniel Levin

What new words have you found lately?


10 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. OK, I didn’t know any of your words except plastron – must have stuck from a visit to some museum.
    Here are my words

  2. All are new to me. Thanks!

    Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesday post!

  3. Didn’t know the first two. Thanks for posting.

  4. All new words to me. Rochet looks French – I wonder how it’s pronounced.

    • Rochet looked French to me, too, but the pronunciation doesn’t match that: \ˈrä-chət\

      Etymology I found: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old French *roc coat, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roc coat

  5. All three words were new to me. I found the first two referring to clothing very interesting.

  6. I’ve never seen any of those words. It sounds like you’re reading historical fiction.

  7. Wow – those were all brand new to me! Great words!

    My words are here.

  8. Wow, I didn’t know ANY of those words!

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