Words from my reading

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

minikin, n A very small delicate creature (archaic); a fine mincing lass; a small sort of gut-string formerly used in the lute and viol, and various other stringed instruments: it was properly the treble string of a lute or fiddle
page 33, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“He panted beside his mother, her blue eyes oblivious of the minikin blasphemies at her feet.”

sollar, n Originally, an open gallery or balcony at the top of a house, exposed to the sun; later, any upper room, loft, or garret; an elevated chamber in a church from which to watch the lamps burning before the altars;
page 37, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“He was removed, too, from the wide attic rooms where he’d slept on pallets with the other children of the castle, and was granted a room of his own near the sollar where his parents slept.”

aurochs, n A species of wild ox or buffalo, the bonasos of Aristotle, bison of Pliny, the European bison, Bos or Bison bonasus of modern naturalists
page 50, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“He knew the rotting odor of wolves’ exhalations, the dusty smell of small-eyed bear, the leaf-moldering coat of the aurochs, the vinegar piss of fox — and even the more timid creatures of the forest he could locate by the sound of them: hares, badgers, squirrels, martens, otters.”
Some sort of animal …

wyverns, pl n Two-legged dragons having wings and barbed tails
page 51, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Pavilions filled the eastern reaches of the field, heraldic colors, banners displaying dragons, wyverns, lions, fishes, harps.”
Ditto.

anchorite, n One who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons
page 54, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“‘An anchorite,’ said the sauce cook, ‘secluding himself to meditate upon five wounds and a crown of thorns….'”

Previous words posts drawing on the vocabulary of Saint Julian:
First installment
Second installment

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.* [my review]

What new words have you found lately?

* That’s an affiliate link; I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.

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15 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I’ve heard of all but minikin….but hadn’t seen sollar spelled that way before.

    Here’s mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/03/wondrous-words-wednesday_09.html

  2. Enjoyed all your words. Unfamiliar with each one you gave. Thank you.

  3. Great words, I especially liked minikin.

  4. I think I’ve seen solar used in the way he uses sollar. The rest were entirely new to me!

  5. Minikins sounds like its first definition. I would have guessed aurochs had something to do with hearing. Great words!

  6. Haven’t heard of any of these before…very humbling when that happens!

  7. These words seem so familiar like I’ve read the words before on Wondrous Words. Am I dream walking?

    • Well, there’s always the chance that someone else posted the words or even that I repeated a word or two without realizing it, but the whole post? No. You must be dream walking. 🙂

    • Although apparently you’ve read this post before, since you’ve commented before … but I didn’t link this up again. Strange.

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