I can stand here in the old pasture where there’s nothing but sun and rain, wild oats and thistles and crazy salsify, no cattle grazing, only deer, stand here and shut my eyes and see: the dancing place, the stepped pyramid roofs, a moon of beaten copper on a high pole over the Obsidian.
Always Coming Home, Ursula K LeGuin
edible root of the salsify plant
syn: oyster plant
Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
syn: oyster plant, vegetable oyster, Tragopogon porrifolius
either of two long roots eaten cooked
ORIGIN: 1675, from French salsifis, from Italian erba salsifica, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin sal “salt” + fricare “to rub.”
(Found my dictionary… you’re relieved, I’m sure.)
Forced into a relaxing vacation away from the city, Vimes makes the best of a miserable situation and takes a walk in the countryside, quite out of his element:
After ten minutes of walking, Vimes was lost. Not physically lost but metaphorically, spiritually, and peripatetically lost.
–Snuff, Terry Pratchett
noun: a person who walks from place to place
adjective: of or relating to Aristotle or his philosophy
syn: Aristotelian, Aristotelean, Aristotelic
traveling especially on foot • peripatetic country preachers
ORIGIN: early 15c., from Latin peripateticus “disciple of Aristotle,” from Greek peripatetikos “given to walking about,” from peri- “around” + patein “to walk.” Aristotle’s custom was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens. In English, the philosophical meaning is older than that of “person who wanders about” (1617).
” ‘It seems they do. Amadou’s mother was born into a princely Fula heritage. His father’s father was also of noble Fula birth. They are bankers, too, hugely wealthy.’ ”
— Cold Magic, Kate Elliott
Fu•la: (n) the Benue-Congo language of the Fulani people, spoken as a first language by about 10 million people and widely used in West Africa as a lingua Franca.
“She saw now that the anteroom had been built like a turret against the back wall of the Aisle long after the Keep’s original construction as an entrance-hall to the sanctuary itself. To Gil’s historian’s eye, this type of excrescence denoted some period of overcrowding in the Keep’s history, the same overcrowding that had caused the original passageways and cells to proliferate and tangle so alarmingly.” -Barbara Hambly, The Walls of Air
something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings • the bony excrescence between its horns 🔗
syn: bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion
(pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
“We came to be judged by the Furnace, and by those already here, the creatures and the plants, the spirit of dust and scirocco and shadow.”
–from Scorn of the Perigrenator by John E.O. Stevens , published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-scorn-of-the-peregrinator/
From Italian scirocco = the south-east wind; (from Arabic)
sirocco (plural siroccos)
A hot southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
1814 George Gordon, Lord Byron Corsair, i:14
But come, the board is spread ; our silver lamp / Is trimm’d, and heeds not the sorocco’s damp.
A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.
(colloquial) 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Random House, ISBN 0609608444, page 113:
In the hearth at the north wall a large fire cracked and lisped, flushing the room with a dry sirocco that caused frozen skin to tingle.
ghibli (in Libya)
jugo (in Croatia)
marin (in France)
“The Furnace seemed to glare down more vivaciously upon my back, emblazoning it with more passion than it, or I, could endure. I bent lower and hissed my moan into the calescent dirt.”
–from Scorn of the Perigrenator by John E.O. Stevens, at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-scorn-of-the-peregrinator/
calescent (comparative: more calescent, superlative: most calescent)
“My twelfth-cousin stood beside my third-aunt and cleared her throat; on her tahori she wore the buckle of a myrmidon, passed from her father and to from his mother.”
-from Scorn of the Perigrenator by John E.O. Stevens , published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-scorn-of-the-peregrinator/
a follower who carries out orders without question
1 plural: myrmidones
ORIGIN: late Middle English, from Greek Myrmidones, Thessalian tribe led by Achilles to the Trojan War, fabled to have been ants changed into men, from Greek myrmex “ant.” Transferred sense of “faithful follower” is from 1610.
“The laterite road ended a few minutes later at Yugiri’s entrance.”
–from The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
a red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides
“It resembled a large ring, but was really two conjoined semicirclets of twisted gold, thick as a finger and rounded, incised with tortuous little markings like the borings of gribbles in a sea-logged wood.”
-from The Many-Colored Land by Julian May
grib·ble \ˈgri-bəl\ noun: either of two small wood-boring marine isopods (Limnoria lignorum and L. tripunctata)
Origin: perhaps alteration of grub.
First use: 1838
(I’ll stop with this one. As this is only page two, I suspect the new words will continue to be frequent.)
“Far along the rim of the astrobleme, in both directions, she could see other such birds standing widely spaced, all looking into the dark-mirrored depths.”
-from Julian May The Many-Colored Land
as•tro•bleme n. [GEOLOGY] an eroded remnant of a large crater made by the impact of a meteorite or comet. mid 20th cent.: from Greek astron ‘star’ + ‘wound’