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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wondrous Words 4-15-2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. To join in the fun, post your words on your blog and then leave a message over at Bermudaonion's Blog!

My words today are from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

Porphyry - Used like this: When he chose to take a walk it was with a regular step in the entrance hall with its mosaic flooring, or in the circular gallery with its dome supported by twenty red porphyry Ionic columns, and illumined by blue painted windows.

Definition: Rock containing relatively large conspicuous crystals, especially feldspar, in a fine-grained igneous matrix.


physiognomists - Used like this: His countenance possessed in the highest degree what physiognomists call "repose in action," a quality of those who act rather than talk.

Definiton: The art of judging human character from facial features.

rubicund - Used like this: His eyes were blue, his complexion rubicund, his figure almost portly and well-built, his body muscular, and his physical powers fully developed by the exercises of his younger days.

Definition: Inclined to a healthy rosiness; ruddy.

That's all I have for today! Have you learned any new words this week?

2 comments:

avisannschild said...

Oh I mentioned porphyry in one of my earlier WWW posts! I was kinda vaguely familiar with all your words this week!

Carrie K. said...

Great words! Wish I could figure out how to pronounce the second one.... :)

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