Monday, October 11, 2010

Mistress of the Art of Death Vocab

Here are some words from The Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin that I had to look up.

Catafalques: an ornamental structure sometimes used in funerals for the lying in state of the body

Unbellifers: a plant of the carrot family

Lepidopteral: belonging or pertaining to the Lepidoptera, an order of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers, that in the adult state h

Sheela-na-gig: figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva

Lesemajeste: a crime (as treason) committed against a sovereign power

Pourboires: tip, gratuity

Withies : willow; especially : osier
: a flexible slender twig or branch (as of osier)

Glaive: sword; especially : broadsword

Houri: one of the beautiful maidens that in Muslim belief live with the blessed in paradise

Dado: the part of a pedestal of a column above the base b : the lower part of an interior wall when specially decorated or faced; also : the decoration adorning this part of a wall

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