Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
My first word this week is from Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe.
1. panicle – “Now it was fall and they were tall and amber, their long, dangling panicles catching the wind and sending tawny seeds out to colonize the dunes.”
In this case, panicle means a pyramidal loosely branched flower cluster.
My second word comes from Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer.
2. portcullis – “He tugs me forward, and as if by magic, the metal portcullis rises and four heralds trumpet my arrival.”
Because of the context and the prefix, I thought portcullis had something to do with a door, but I looked it up to be sure. A portcullis is a grating of iron hung over the gateway of a fortified place and lowered between grooves to prevent passage.