Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shades of Grey Vocabulary

Once again I found that my vocabulary skills were not equal to the task. This time it was Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.

Pergolas: an arbor formed of horizontal trelliswork supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained.

Sycophancy: self-seeking or servile flattery

Retrousse: (esp. of the nose) turned up

Fenestrated: having windows; windowed; characterized by windows

Conurbation: an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities

Recce: (esp. in British military use) reconnaissance

Parochial: of or pertaining to a parish or parishes.

Tympanum: the recessed, usually triangular space enclosed between the horizontal and sloping cornices of a pediment, often decorated with sculpture

Insouciant: free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant

Ameliorated: to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate

Cloche: a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force its growth

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