Words from my reading

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

panoply, n A complete suit of armor; any protective covering; any complete or magnificent covering or array
page 60, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“Or more than that, like a panoply: both armour and weapon.”

cockerel, n A young rooster, less than a year old
page 62, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“He is a dirty vain old cockerel.”

chthonian, adj Designating or of the underworld of the dead and its gods and spirits
page 64, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
Poseidon himself then begot from Hera, other gods within the heavens, both celestial offspring of the stars and then the chthonian offspring of the spirits who are close by us …”

murex, n Any of a genus of flesh-eating snails, found in warm salt waters and having a rough, spiny shell (some species yield a purple substance formerly valued as dye
page 75, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“They would sail to Gythion, buy their souvenirs of purple murex and porphyry, and ride the twenty miles north to the city of King Leonidas.”

porphyry, n Originally, an Egyptian rock with large feldspar crystals contained in a purplish groundmass; any igneous rock with large, distinct crystals, especially of alkali feldspar, embedded in a fine-grained matrix
page 75, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“They would sail to Gythion, buy their souvenirs of purple murex and porphyry, and ride the twenty miles north to the city of King Leonidas.”

immured, v Shut up within or as within walls, imprison, confine, or seclude; to entomb in a wall
page 76, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“The elders ruled that the regent be immured.”

fillip, n The snap made by a finger which is held down toward the palm by the thumb and then suddenly released; a light blow or tap given in this way; anything that stimulates or livens up
page 76, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“A century ago, a potsherd was a fillip, an X marking the spot where true treasures might be buried.”
Defined in text, except that doesn’t seem to match the dictionary definition.

middens, pl n British, a dunghill or refuse heap; short for kitchen middens
page 77, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“The Dutch sieved the rivers and ransacked old middens, and the British — always the British — did all of that and came again to dig at the Basilica of Nikon the Repenter.”

mooks, pl n Disagreeable or incompetent people
page 96, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“Which made all us mooks happy, of course, more monkeys means less shoveling.”

sarky, adj British colloquialism, sarcastic
page 98, The Hidden by Tobias Hill
“Don’t get sarky then, he said, rising to the bait despite himself, and Jason cackled and put up his hands.”

More words from The Hidden. 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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8 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Those are great words! I love sarky and will use it today!

  2. Because I have the big feast on my mind this week, I immediately visualized an apron as a form of panoply. I definitely see my apron as a panoply – protective covering and sometimes weapon. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. I didn’t know that a “fillip” actually had a name. You found lots of new words to me. Great list!

  4. Very nice words! That’s why this meme rocks!

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