Wondrous Words Wednesday …
Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading and elsewhere
It’s a bit of a ‘mix ‘n match’ post from me this week
First up is another of those ‘what?’ words I have encountered as answers to clues in my daily on-line crossword…
1. TIAN – (in this case the word was used with reference to the second definition)
A dish of sliced vegetables cooked in olive oil and then layered in a dish and baked au gratin.
An earthenware vessel of Provence used both for cooking and serving. The classic vessel is a truncated cone, flattened at the base and flaring outward to a wide rim. It is traditionally glazed on the inside, and unglazed on the outside. It is shallower than the cassole, the earthenware vessel characteristic of the Camargue and Languedoc. The shape has become less definitive, though the earthenware body remains key.
Tiān is one of the oldest Chinese terms for heaven and a key concept in Chinese mythology, philosophy, and religion.
Next is a word I have always been familiar with and used, but have never known its exact definition
2. FLUNKY –
A liveried manservant or footman.
If you refer to someone as a flunky, you disapprove of the fact that they associate themselves with someone who is powerful and carry out small, unimportant jobs for them in the hope of being rewarded.
And finally this time, I have a whole slew of words which were forwarded to me by fellow reader and puzzle-worker, Kelly, from a book she recently read. I’ll just share one or two words, every now and again, so as not to bombard you with them!
“One of the killers kept a notebook of ‘new words'”
3. DEPREDATE –
To plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
Depredate derives primarily from the Latin verb praedari, meaning “to plunder,” an ancestor to our words “predator” and “prey.” First appearing in English in the 17th century, the word most commonly appears in contexts relating to nature and ecology, where it is often used to describe the methodical, almost automatic destruction of life.
That’s three new to me words this time
How many of them do you recognise?
Wondrous Words Wednesday … Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.
It is hosted by Mareli, over at ‘Elza Reads‘
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.
Don’t forget that Mareli and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your own words of the week, or simply say Hi!