Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Vocabulary

Once again I have failed to make it to the end of several books without the aid of a dictionary. I do like to learn new words but if this keeps up I might have to start reading more kids' books to make myself feel smarter.

Vanishing Sculptor by Donita Paul

Obstreperous : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness stubbornly resistant to control

Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Chinoiserie : a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also : an object or decoration in this style

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Diaphanous : characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through

Faience : earthenware decorated with opaque colored glazes

Porphyry : a rock consisting of feldspar crystals embedded in a compact dark red or purple groundmass

Calcareous : 1. resembling calcite or calcium carbonate especially in hardness b : consisting of or containing calcium carbonate
2. growing on limestone or in soil impregnated with lime

Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

Arrondissement : the largest administrative division of a French department, comprising a number of cantons

Do-Over by Robin Hemley

Perspicacity : keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration

Dressage : the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement

Ashram : 1. the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement
2. the persons instructed there

M├ętier : 1. a field of work; occupation, trade, or profession
2. a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte.

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