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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 15, 2014

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!

Once again, I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar.  I think I might need to read something a little more challenging.

1. mucro – “The plant had long, slender leaves, each measuring about six inches from the stem to the mucro.”

A mucro is an abrupt sharp terminal point or tip or process (as of a leaf).

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2. ambuscade – “They were apprized of the ambuscade by one of the flanking party, before the Indians fired upon them . . .” —George Washington, letter, August 4, 1756

An ambuscade is a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise; also the persons so concealed or their position.

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3. colligate – “After contemplating the facts of the case, the investigator colligated them into a plausible hypothesis.”

Colligate means to subsume (as in isolated facts) under a general concept.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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  1. Brona permalink
    January 15, 2014 5:32 am

    Ambuscade? I wonder if that’s where the word ambush comes from?

  2. January 15, 2014 7:44 am

    You got me on all three of those words- thanks for the education.

  3. January 15, 2014 8:55 am

    Great words! I might be able to use colligate in my everyday language, but probably not the others. I am going to try it.

  4. January 15, 2014 8:59 am

    Ambuscade! What a great word!

  5. January 15, 2014 9:06 am

    So many plant words we just might never use! LOL

  6. January 15, 2014 9:28 am

    Nice new words :)

  7. January 15, 2014 9:40 am

    Every Wednesday morning I say “This is the day I will know at least one word, maybe more.” Wrong again.

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 15, 2014 9:46 am

    Ambuscade really threw me!

  9. January 15, 2014 12:09 pm

    I’m going to hang on to mucro. We are gathering seed catalogs and making lists for all the plants we want to grow in the seasons ahead. I’m sure it will come in handy.

  10. January 15, 2014 12:10 pm

    Kathy, I also used my calendar for this meme (but not apologetically! :) ). Your words are terrific. Colligate is a rgood one to know and use.

  11. January 15, 2014 3:55 pm

    Again new and interesting words, I wish I could remember them all.

  12. January 15, 2014 6:41 pm

    Ok…I could not even picture what a mucro might look like!

  13. January 15, 2014 11:55 pm

    Interesting words! Ambuscade definitely sounds like ambush to me!

  14. January 16, 2014 7:36 pm

    Hello there, Bermuda Onion! It’s been too long. After life exploded for a year, I’m back to blogging, and stopping in to say hello to old friends. No Words for me this week, but hopefully soon. Btw, ambuscade was the only one of yours I already knew; well done!

  15. January 16, 2014 9:29 pm

    These are tough words this week! Colligate seems like it will come in handy.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    January 18, 2014 3:37 pm

    I wasn’t even close to recognizing any of these! Good ones!

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