New Words For Me…

  • Nepenthe – medicine for sorrow, a “drug of forgetfulness” mentioned in ancient Greek lit
  • Plutonian shore – relating to (or characteristic of) Hades or Tartarus, being of the underworld
  • Massy – having great mass or bulk. (This was said in reference to a hammer in the text.)
  • Pellucid – admitting maximum light without diffusion or distortion
  • Cuirass – piece of armor that covers the front of the torso
  • Perfidious – deceitful, betrayal
  • Elsevir – a manufacturer of text books (emph. on medical)
  • Elate (re: pinnacle) – hmm. Definitions mostly talk about “being made happy”, but this was written in the sense of being linked with a pinnacle (unless the person was happy to make it to the top? Can’t remember exact context.)
  • Spate – outburst, flood, state of overflowing. (Kinda knew this, but just needed reminding.)
  • Gamaliel – leading Jewish teacher in first half of first century
  • Porringer – soup bowl or other small bowl usually with a handle
  • Cataract (of bottles) – hmm. Not sure – only ref was to cataract of the eye…

  “A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” Emily Dickinson.

And here is a gratuitous photo of Muttley the Ancient One who is still around and Queen of All She Surveys:

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