Words from my reading

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.”

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

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?

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?

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10 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I knew mummers from reading Christmas novellas during the season. The rest are new to me!

  2. I think of the Mummer’s parade in Philadelphia for New Year’s Day. It’s called the Mummer’s Parade. The word “holm” confused me. It’s an island? Then, in the sentence I thought it was a type of climbing plant. I’m easy to get confused. Don’t worry.

  3. I love Mummer’s Parades, I think Chicago has one too. The others are new to me. Tea, holm confused me too. I wonder if it has another meaning?

  4. I knew mummers from the Mummer’s Parade too!

  5. I like camlet. It brings to mind a beautiful piece of fabric that would make a wonderful coat. It’s probably both warm and soft.

  6. I knew mummers. But the rest are new to me. Camlet makes sense, once you know the definition.

    I’m late to the party this week. But finally got mine up: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/03/wondrous-words-wednesday-on-thursday.html

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