Words from my reading

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

terai, n A wide-brimmed felt hat, typically with a double crown, worn chiefly by travelers in subtropical regions
page 104, Everything Is Broken by Emma Larkin
“The models were of an enormous army-issue drinking water bottle, a floppy terai hat the size of a bed, and a pair of leather boots big enough for a grown man to stand inside.”

prelapsarian, adj Characteristic of the time before the Fall of Man, innocent and unspoiled
page 111, Everything Is Broken by Emma Larkin
“Bordered with gold and mother-of-pearl inlay, the floor-to-ceiling mural depicts Pagan’s pagodas glittering golden and resplendent in a forested prelapsarian landscape.”

laburnum, n A small European tree that has hanging clusters of yellow flowers succeeded by slender pods containing poisonous seeds, the hard timber of which is sometimes used as an ebony substitute
page 114, Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers
“Roses climbed the Pergola and giant water lilies spread out across the pond while laburnum dripped sunlight-yellow streamers in celebration of spring.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
Everything Is Broken by Emma Larkin
Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

What new words have you found lately?

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2 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. what a lovely photo!

  2. The only one I knew was laburnum and that’s only because it’s poisonous! I’m trying to picture a terai – I might have to do a search of that one.

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