- Minerra – nothing came up. Any ideas? (It’s not Minerva, btw.)
- Wherry – a light rowing boat
- Polonies* – alternate name for Poland; also means a type of bologna sausage.
- Salvolatile – type of smelling salts (i.e. solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol or ammonia water)
- Pillan – a slender freestanding vertical column
- Engoument – not sure. Any ideas? Presumably French in origin.
- Antiphlogistic (re: medicine) – reducing inflammation or fever
- Doter – to bestow excessive love or affection (from verb: to dote). Duh. Should have known that.
- Negus – title for sovereign of Ethiopia (until 1974)
- Eclaircissement – enlightenment; a cleaning up of a puzzle
- Couchant – re: heraldry – describes an animal lying down with its head raised. (Link with Fr. Verb coucher?)
- Entresol – the floor just above the ground floor of a building; mezzanine
- Calash – light small-wheeled carriage and a collapsible top
- Fredaines – mischief or escapade
- “Apples and parliament” phrase – no idea. Perhaps similar to “apples and oranges”?
- Moreen – heavy curtain fabric
I must admit to being rather impressed with Victorian vocab. 🙂
* This reminds me of the Seinfield episode where Jerry asks ‘Who had a pony when they were a kid?”… “I had a pony when I was growing up…” (Remember it?)