Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

I finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy a couple of weeks ago and I still have a couple of words to share from this novel.

vulpine - adj. of or like a fox; crafty, cunning.
"Yet such is the vulpine slyness of Dame Nature, [...]."

lanchets, lynchets - noun. a ridge or ledge formed by prehistoric ploughing on a slope.
"[...] on the highest ground of the farm, rising above stony lanchets or lynchets [...]."

From The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

nautch- noun. a performance of Indian dancing girls.
"He produced hundreds of drawings, took to opium and nautch girls."

physiognomy - noun. 1. the features of the face: a type of face
2. the art of judging character from facial or bodily features.
3. the external features of a country etc.
"Spavin believes that character shows itself in physiognomy."

What new words came into your vocabulary this week?

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