Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky! All of my words this week come from Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
1. trephine – “She pointed at the bloody trephine and the open textbook resting by Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s belly.”
A trephine is a surgical instrument for cutting out circular sections (as of bone or corneal tissue). I really don’t want to think about that.
2. prognathic – “The big fellow with the prognathic jaw shed his fraying coat; his shorter companion pulled off his tattered sweater.”
Prognathic means being marked by a prognathous jaw. Prognathous means being or having the lower jaw projecting beyond the upper part of the face.
3. baobab– “She stands rooted like a baobab to her spot in front of the stove, a giantess compared with Rosina, and not given to sound other than deep sonorous sighs, or an occasional “Ewunuth!”–“You don’t say!” — to keep Rosina or Gebrew’s chatter going, not that either of them needed encouragement.”
I feel like I should have know this. A baobab is a broad-trunked tropical tree of the silk-cotton family that is native to Africa.