A few fun words that were new to me this week:
camlet, n A garment made from rich cloth of Asian origin, supposed originally to have been made of camel’s hair and silk and later made of goat’s hair and silk or other combinations
page 68, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“So quiet, so cool the morning, Julian dressed in a robe of camlet and boots of a high black leather; he slung a quiver of arrows over his back, hooked his yew bow to that, then went down the interior stairs, down the stairs of the fore-building, and out the porch door to make first tracks in the pristine snow, to walk in pleasant solitude.”
holm, n Holly; an island in a river (chiefly British); an islet, sometimes with holly bushes
page 74, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Every house in the villages, every parish church in the lord’s demesne, and the castle chapel too, and all the rooms in the castle itself were merrily decked with holm and ivy and bay and whatsoever the season afforded to be green.”
mummers, pl n Masked or costumed merrymakers, especially at a festival; mimes; actors
page 76, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Mummers came on the twenty-seventh.”
tarn, n “A pool of green water into which salts and deadly minerals had leached”
page 166, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“It is as still as crystal, for nothing can live in such a tarn.”
This concludes my list of words from Saint Julian! I think I only have words from one other big one stacked up, but perhaps next week a brief interlude of a lighter book?
What new words have you found lately?
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