LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave
satsumas - The mother -- long auburn hair with rather frazzled ends -- sat cross-legged and barefoot, surrounded by the peelings and the uneaten segments of satsumas. (p. 235)
satsumas: a kind of mandarin orange.
THE CREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen
chopines - I told them how in Rome women teetered around on twelve-inch-high chopines, claiming the need to keep above the mud and refuse littering the cobblestones but in truth wishing to show off the jewels encrusted on their heels. (p. 32)
chopines: a shoe having a thick sole, usually of cork, suggesting a short stilt, worn esp. by women in 18th-century Europe after its introduction from Turkey.
civet - From her girdle, she wore a silver pomander the size of a lime, from which excluded the musky scent of civet. (p. 51)
civet: 1. a yellowish, unctuous substance with a strong musklike odor, obtained from a pouch in the genital region of civets and used in perfumery.
2. any catlike, carnivorous mammal of the subfamily Viverrinae, chiefly of southern Asia and Africa, having a coarse-haired, spotted coat, rounded ears, and a narrow muzzle.
What new words did you discover this week?