Words from my reading

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

internecine, adj Destructive to both sides in a conflict; of or relating to conflict within a group or organization
page 10, The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
“By junior high I could recite long passages of internecine gossip about families who traced their heritage to the House of Burgesses, but I only had one foot in that world.”

epicanthic, adj Denoting a fold of skin from the upper eyelid covering the inner angle of the eye, typical in many peoples of eastern Asia
page 104, The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
“Throwing a towel over my head, Zennie rubbed like my hair was on fire and then tied the towel into a turban so tight my eyes had epicanthic folds.”

birefringent, adj Having two different refractive indices [quartz is birefringent]
page 118, The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
“They were like birefringent blue prisms, splitting the light into playful rays.”

feculent, adj Of or containing dirt, sediment or waste matter
page 184, The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
“Feculent and brown, the water smelled of decay as he rowed away from shore.”

glaciated, n Covered or having been covered by glaciers or ice sheets
page 287, The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
“The visitor’s chair was under a bulletin board glaciated with white paper.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

What new words have you found lately?

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4 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Those are all great words. I think feculent is the only one I could slip into a conversation.

  2. I love these posts. I think I come across new-to-me words in most books I read 🙂

  3. These are some great words! Using them in a sentence would be tough but I’d love to try!They make me interested about “The Clouds Roll Away”

    ~ Amy

  4. Pingback: Which Word Wednesday: Regime vs. Regimen « filling my patch of sky

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