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.
THE CALLIGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER by Eugenia Kim
susurrus - "Mother spoke softly as the susurrus of thread being pulled through fabric." (p.42)
susurrus: a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.
conscription - "But students are supposed to be exempt from labor conscription!" (p. 183)
conscription: compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.
THE WIDOW'S WAR by Mary Mackey
manioc - "...The hunters will have to stop hunting, and the women will have to quit hoeing their manioc patches." (p.21)
manioc: cassava - any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Manihot, of the spurge family, as M. esculenta (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava), cultivated for their tuberous roots, which yield important food products
gimbals - To her left, a small glass inkwell dances on brass gimbals. (p. 67)
gimbals: a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship's compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped
caracole - "How ill?" Carrie asks as they step into the front hall and begin to wind their way up the great caracole of stairs that fills the center of the house. (p.91)
carocole:a winding staircase (rare usage)
What new words did you discover this week?