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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 26, 2011

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.


Have you come across any new words lately?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011 5:22 am

    Eep – I’ll try to erase the mental image that “trephine” conjured…

  2. October 26, 2011 5:27 am

    Yowzah! Some serious vocab power today, I must say.

  3. October 26, 2011 6:38 am

    Those are some interesting words. Great selection.

  4. October 26, 2011 6:55 am

    Some great words there Kathy. I love the shape of baobab trees.

  5. October 26, 2011 7:20 am

    Great words! I loved that book! 🙂

  6. October 26, 2011 8:25 am

    Wow, all new words and ones that I never would have guessed the definition of.

  7. October 26, 2011 8:53 am

    Great words! I learned baobab when I read The Little Prince, but the others were new to me.

  8. October 26, 2011 9:11 am

    I just knew “baobab”, the nicest word of the three ! Great and hard words !

  9. October 26, 2011 9:38 am

    I see I’m not the only one who is remember Baobabs thanks to The Little Prince.

    I was curious about prognathic so I went ahead and looked up some images. I don’t recommend it. Some pretty gnarly images. But it looked like what I thought because when I read the definition I wondered if what I had visually in my mind was accurate. It was.

  10. October 26, 2011 9:57 am

    Great words, Kathy! Cutting for Stone had so many new words I thought! I could have listed them and their definitions for months. I really liked this book but could have done without some of the surgery details!

  11. October 26, 2011 10:04 am

    Even thinking about a trephin is scary! I love being exposed to these new words, and I know all of these definitions will come in handy when I read this book. Thanks Kathy!

  12. October 26, 2011 10:14 am

    Great words this week Kathy! Thanks for hosting this meme!
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  13. October 26, 2011 10:28 am

    Like Julie, I remember baobabs from The Little Prince.

  14. October 26, 2011 10:40 am

    I love the second word. I’m repeatedly trying it on my tongue as a type 😉

  15. October 26, 2011 11:21 am

    Very interesting words, I would stay away from the trephine.

  16. October 26, 2011 12:14 pm

    Good words this week. I’ve never heard of any of these before.

  17. October 26, 2011 2:12 pm

    I like baobab. When I say it out loud it sounds solid and I wasn’t surprised at the meaning.

  18. October 26, 2011 2:14 pm

    The thought of a trephine makes me feel a little squishy!

  19. October 26, 2011 2:50 pm

    I did know baobab, but the others are new to me. The sentence for the first one was a little disturbing, though.

  20. October 26, 2011 3:37 pm

    Lol, even reading what nr 2 means just makes me go all o_O

  21. October 26, 2011 5:41 pm

    Yeah, I don’t want to think about that first word either. Ugh.

  22. October 26, 2011 6:17 pm

    The only one I knew already is baobob. I don’t blame you for not wanting to think about trephine!

  23. kaye permalink
    October 26, 2011 7:05 pm

    Oooh, I hope to never hear that word trephine from any Dr. Eeeeuuuuuwwwww.

  24. October 26, 2011 7:40 pm

    I love these words!! I’m woefully lacking a better vocabulary! 😀

  25. October 26, 2011 7:55 pm

    Wow! These are difficult words this week, Kathy! 🙂

  26. October 27, 2011 1:34 am

    more from Cutting for Stone from me too.. I have a whole list of words saved up but finally done with reading the book.. So next week, maybe will pick words from the new book I will be reading..I do thank Mr.Varghese for these new words…

  27. October 27, 2011 1:59 am

    More words I’ve never heard before. Makes me wonder how much of the english language we actually use.

  28. October 27, 2011 7:31 am

    Yay new words! I have come across ‘ewer’ a few times in my current read (People of the Book) and was able to guess the meaning (pitcher with wide spout).

  29. October 27, 2011 2:45 pm

    I just discovered your meme. I’ve been doing a Wednesday Word of the Week on my blog for several weeks now, and so I’ll try to remember to link up here from now on.

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