Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday @ BermudaOnion What new words have you learned this week? These are new to me, from Elephant Run, Come to the Table, and Kabul 24.

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Burmese dah 1. dah
(n) (dä)

Definition—(Burmese) long knife

Use“I can get you some water, but I didn’t bring my dah so food will be more difficult.” 
~ Elephant Run

elephant in musth 2. musth
(n) [muhst]

Definition—an annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants, during which violent frenzies occur.

Use“The rage is upon him,” Tin answered. “He’s in musth, or as we call it in Burmese, mone.”
~ Elephant Run

 pangolin 3. pangolin
(n) [PANG-guh-lin]

Definition—toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites

UsePangolin. Harmless insectivore. The young have the same armor plating, but in miniature.”
~ Elephant Run 

4. concomitant
(adj) [kon-KOM-i-tuhnt]

Definition—existing or occurring together

Use“The altar and the concomitant “passing” ritual were followed by a table of joy and celebration.”
~ Come to the Table

5. fricative
(n) [FRIK-uh-tiv]

Definition—a consonant, such as f or s, produced by the forcing of breath through a constricted passage. Also called spirant

Use“He grabbed the handle, his voice bellowing in the harsh, fricative Pashtun dialect, and threw open the front door.”
~ Kabul 24

Pashtun 6. Pashtun
(n) [pŭsh'tōōn]

Definition—a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan

Use—[see # 5]

7. Kalashnikov
(n) [kə-LASH-nə-kôf']

Definition—any of a series of assault rifles of Soviet design, especially the AK-47 KalashnikovAK47

Use“A Talib armed with a Kalashnikov leaped from the vehicle and forced himself into the backseat of the taxi.”
~ Kabul 24


bermudaonion said...

Wow, you found a lot of words in that book! Who even knew there was a word for something like musth. Somehow I don't think I'll ever have the opportunity to use it. Thanks for participating.

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

Your words give me the real spirit of the book. Good teasers. I like concomitant. I'm going to try to use that one and add it to my vocabulary.

Snowbell said...

Great words, there were actually a few I didn't know! Thanks for expanding my vocab :)

Tea said...

I wouldn't want to run into a Pangolin. All good words, thank you.


G said...

i actually knew pangolin, hard to think of a mammal without teeth and with scales instead of hair, but God made the platypus too, i love when He does special stuff like that

and concomitant is one of those $5 words that academics throw around a lot, so i'm learning to recognize it more readily


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