“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’
“Uttering crooning calls, the ramapithecus forced her way into the ancient burned-over area, moving uphill.”
-from The Many Colored Land by Julian May
Ramapithecus is an extinct primate, Wikipedia article link here.
“Hudson, along with his son and seven others, was forced into a shallop without food and water. They were never heard from again, lost in that labyrinth without end.”
–House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
1 : a usually 2-masted ship with lugsails
2 : a small open boat propelled by oars or sails and used chiefly in shallow waters
Origin: Middle French chaloupe.
First use: circa 1578
“At first it seemed the Ripper affair had scarred my friend Sherlock Holmes as badly as it had the city if London itself. I would encounter him at the end of his nightlong vigils, lying upon the sofa with his violin at his feet and his hypodermic syringe fallen from long, listless fingers, neither anodyne having banished the specter of the man we had pursued for over two months.”
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
a medicine used to relieve pain
syn: analgesic, painkiller, pain pill
capable of relieving pain • the anodyne properties of certain drugs
syn: analgesic, analgetic
ORIGIN: 1543, from Middle Latin anodynus “pain-removing,” from Latin anodynus “painless,” from Greek anodynos “free from pain,” from an- “without” + odyne “pain,” a word perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to eat.”
“…I mustn’t race ahead. The affair of the curious baton of Commander Sabarmati must be recounted in its proper place. Effects must not (despite the tergiversatory nature of time in 1958) be permitted to precede causes.”
–from Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
huh. This one is almost onomatopoeic:
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
syn: beat around the bush, equivocate, prevaricate, palter
abandon one’s beliefs or allegiances
syn: apostatize, apostatise
ORIGIN: From Latintergiversor (turn one’s back, make excuses); from tergum (the back) + verso, versō, frequentive of verto, vertō, turn.