Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy aka Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.
All of this week's words come from CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran:
cuirass - The king's face was beautiful in its three-hundred-year repose, his arms against the muscled cuirass were still pink with flesh and strikingly large. (p.25)
Cuirass: Also called corselet. defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.
fornices - Julia giggled. "The fornices. And they're always crowded, night or day." (p. 144)
Fornices: Archways or vaults. Roman prostitutes' habit of soliciting in archways leaves its trace in the word "fornicate."
gryphon - "Do I look like a gryphon in this thing?" he asked.
Gryphon: Also called griffin. a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
caryatid - He ran his hand lovingly lover a caryatid, pausing to rest it on the figure's marble cheek.
Caryatid: a sculptured female figure used as a column.
Did you learn any new words this week?