I had never heard of the word before and was intrigued to know the meaning, although being a literary word perhaps I should have known the definition.
I shall be most interested to discover how many of you out there are aware of the phrase, although perhaps that is only going to depress me and highlight the gaps in my literary knowledge even more.
The most comprehensive definition of the word I found, comes from the site:
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog. You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection. Just don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well!!