Thursday, October 15, 2009

Verbum, Verba

{A Handful of Good Words. Some Old, Some New}


argent |ˈärjənt|
adjective poetic/literary & Heraldry
silver; silvery white : the argent moon.
noun Heraldry
silver as a heraldic tincture.
ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting silver coins): via Old French from Latin argentum ‘silver.’


ursine |ˈərˌsin; -ˌsēn|
adjective
of, relating to, or resembling bears.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin ursinus, from ursus ‘bear.’


glaucous |ˈglôkəs|
adjective, technical or poetic/literary
1 of a dull grayish-green or blue color.
2 covered with a powdery bloom like that on grapes.
ORIGIN late 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek glaukos ‘bluish-green’ + -ous .


obstreperous |əbˈstrepərəs; äb-|
adjective
noisy and difficult to control: the boy is cocky and obstreperous. See note at vociferous.
ORIGIN late 16th cent.(in the sense [clamorous, vociferous] ): from Latin obstreperus (from obstrepere, from ob- ‘against’ + strepere ‘make a noise’ ) + -ous.


crepuscular |krəˈpəskyələr|
adjective
of, resembling, or relating to twilight.
• Zoology (of an animal) appearing or active in twilight.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin crepusculum ‘twilight’ + -ar 1.

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5 comments:

  1. this is FANTASTIC! i love it. these little goodies will help me study for the GRE ;)

    so glad you visited me on my blog...now i have found you! beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  2. The more I read your blog the more I wish we didn't live so very far apart. This is a great post. Did/do you, like me, read the dictionary for fun? When I was a kid I used to read entry after entry. Still love to. xoxo

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  3. very enlightening, thank you.

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  4. Gah! Now I will love you forever.

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  5. So wonderful. Perfect word choices for splendid photos. Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo H

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