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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy over at bermudaonion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. All of my words this week come from Odd Hours by Dean Koontz.

"As inch by inch I pulled myself out of the water, the calcareous shells of the crustaceans cracked and splintered, so the air smelled and tasted chalkier than ever."

calcareous--just what it sound like....consisting of, or containing, calcium carbonate or carbonate of lime.

"Hecate's Canyon was a defile, but wider than some, and deep, with a stream at the bottom."

defile--A narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement

What new words have you discovered?

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bermudaonion said...

Sometimes I can figure a word out by the context, but I love to look them up and confirm it. It makes me feel smart. Thanks for playing along.

Jo-Jo said...

Great words! That is an interesting definition of defile.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard defile used with that definition before. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I knew about "defile" (I must have read some book or other where people were walking through such a gorge), but "calcareous" was totally new.

It's a good example of how far you might get in defining a word if you know at least some of the original roots, isn't it?

Meanwhile, mine are here.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Interesting; I didn't know that definition of defile.

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