According to Wikipedia: “Qiviuq […] is the inner wool of the muskox. In Inuktitut the same word can be used to refer to the down feathers of birds.”
Archive for New-to-me words
According to my dictionary, palliasse means “a thin straw mattress used as a pallet.”
According to Wikipedia: “Puisne […] is a legal term of art used mainly in British English meaning ‘inferior in rank.’ It is pronounced like the word puny.”
According to Wikipedia: A hypocorism […] is a diminutive form of a name. Hypocorisms include pet names or calling names[…] The article also includes lists of dozens of hypocorisms from many languages.
According to Wikipedia: A spadroon is a light sword with a straight edged blade, enabling both cut and thrust attacks.
According to Wikipedia: A mashrabiya […] is a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second storey of a building or higher, often lined with stained glass. The mashrabiya is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid-20th century.
The word orography comes from Greek words meaning hill and to write; hill-writing seems like an evocative image to me. But the word refers to, as Wikipedia describes it, “the study of the topographic relief of mountains.”
Caliginous means misty or dark.
According to Wikipedia: In British English, a milk float is a vehicle specifically designed for the delivery of fresh milk.
These are words! I promise! But probably don't try to use them in Scrabble just yet.