Words from my reading

I think these might be the last words I pull from Godric:

gillyflower, n Carnation or a similar plant of the genus Dianthus; wallflower
page 52, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“We stood beside my father’s stone where I had laid a gillyflower down.”
This reminded me of Harry Potter!

woad flowers

woad, n An annual Old World plant (Isatis tinctoria) in the mustard family, formerly cultivated for its leaves that yield a blue dye; the dye obtained from this plant
page 54, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“Her hands were blue as Father’s lips with woad from dyeing fustian for my lord, and she seized with blue fingers round the wrists.”
Apparently you get the same indigo dye from this plant as from “true indigo,” Indigofera tinctoria, but in a lower concentration. [This plant is considered invasive in the United States.]

fustian, n Formerly, a coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax; presently, any of several thick twilled cotton fabrics, such as corduroy, having a short nap; pretentious speech or writing, pompous language
page 54, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“Her hands were blue as Father’s lips with woad from dyeing fustian for my lord, and she seized with blue fingers round the wrists.”

I just love that two of these words are related to dyeing!

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

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Book cited here:
Godric by Frederick Buechner [Amazon]*

What new words have you found lately?

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9 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I also run into many flowers or plants in my reading with which I’m unfamiliar. So many different kinds out there – it’s fun to learn more about them! Thanks for sharing. If you get a chance, my words are here.

  2. I’ve seen fustian before – maybe on someone else’s post? – but both of those flowers are new to me. I can see why gillyflower reminded you of Harry Potter.

  3. Great words, loved gillyflower.

  4. Some fantastic ‘Olde Worlde’ English words there, especially ‘fustian’.
    Makes me want to dig out some historical novels to read, although the book your words come from, sounds great, I may keep a look out for it on my travels.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’d heard gillyflower before, but had no idea it meant carnation.

    Here’s mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/05/wondrous-words-wednesday_18.html

  6. I’ve enjoyed your posts on Godric. So many new names for new flowers. The pictures have been a nice plus.

  7. I cam across woad in March, and put it in my Wondrous Words post back then. The other two were new for me.
    http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com/2011/03/wondrous-words-wednesday-30311.html

  8. Thank you for these tree words all new to me ! I like to know plants names and technical words particularly those related to threads !

  9. Great words. I would not have guessed woad was a plant. I’m confusing it with another word, I think.

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