Words

If I could just say a few words… I’d be a better public speaker.

Homer Simpson

A collection of interesting words in English.

Words

A

acnestis
The part of an animal’s back that it cannot reach to scratch itself.
apeirogon
A polygon having an infinite number of sides and vertices.

C

chestnut
A worn-out joke or subject.
costate
Having ribs or the appearance of ribs. (virgular quinquecostate ogham writing – James Joyce, Ulysses)

F

firth
A narrow inlet of the sea; an estuary. (I picnic in virgin firthsEunoia)
fuliginous
Sooty, dusty.
furphy
(Australian English) A rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.

G

greeble
A fine detailing added to the surface of an object to make it appear more complex and visually interesting.

L

limpid
Completely clear and transparent. (Kingbirds flit in gliding flight, skimming limpid springsEunoia)
(Of music) Clear and accessible or melodious.
lunula
Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon, especially the pale area at the base of the fingernail.

M

morbs
Victorian slang: got the morbs. Temporary melancholia. (Abstract noun coined from morbid.)

P

perilune
The closest point in an orbit around the Moon. (See apsides.)

S

somnolent
Sleepy, drowsy. (the passengers seemed subdued to the point of somnolence – Alastair Reynolds, Chasm City)

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