Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)
My words for this week come from A Separate Country by Robert Hicks.
1. louche – “I spend my days in our house, or walking the fragrant wet streets, louche with jasmine and camellias and gardenias and unnameable strange rambling vines winking their purple and red and yellow blossoms at the sun.”
I found several definitions for louche – the one that best fits this sentence is decadent.
2. hawsers – “Negro stevedores and roughnecks hauled the boats to the dock with thick hawsers in their hands and thrown over their shoulders, their arms and backs straining and shining.”
A hawser is a large rope for towing, mooring or securing a ship.
3. ambuscade – “The earth there was broken into slabs thrust up in every direction and concealing the dark and narrow avenues of ambuscade.”
An ambuscade is an ambush; a trap laid for an enemy.
What new words have you encountered lately?