Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday - November 11, 2009

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.

PERFECT TIMING by Jill Mansell

gannets - They ate like gannets too. (p. 23)

gannets: any large, web-footed, seabird of the family Sulidae, having a sharply pointed bill, long wings, and a wedge-shaped tail, noted for its plunging dives for fish.

trilby - The next moment she lost her balance and toppled over, losing her trilby in the process. (p. 245)

trilby: a hat of soft felt with an indented crown.


peripatetic - However peripatetic our wandering of the past weeks may seem, there is a genuine method to it. (p. 187)

peripatetic: walking or traveling about; itinerant.

parfleches and travois - The women do all the work of packing the parfleches, dismantling the lodges, rigging and loading the horses and travois, and at the end of the day's travel, remaking the camp in exactly the same formation as the last. (p. 187)

parfleches: a rawhide that has been dried after having been soaked in a solution of lye and water to remove the hair; or an article or object, as a case, pouch, etc., made of such rawhide.

travois: a transport device, formerly used by the Plains Indians, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and drawn by an animal.

What new words did you discover this week?


WordLily said...

I recognize trilby; I had it in one of my words posts earlier this year! :D

bermudaonion said...

Trilby sounded familiar, but I didn't know it's meaning. It's interesting that a travois is used by the Plains Indians - I would have guessed it was French. Thanks for participating!

Jo-Jo said...

These are some great words. I never would have guessed that trilby was a hat.

gautami tripathy said...

I knew trilby was hat but other words are all new!

Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesday post!