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! These are my final words from Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
1. agonal – “The other patient was agonal, his pupils fixed and dilated.”
Agonal isn’t a very pleasant word. It means of, relating to, or associated with agony and especially the death agony.
2. coir – There is much to be made in coir.”
Coir is a stiff coarse fiber from the outer husk of a coconut. I found some interesting pictures when I searched for images of coir.
3. aliquot– “In the kitchen, I took out my dinner, which was a foil packet labeled FRIDAY in my handwriting; it was the last of what I had cooked, frozen, and packed in aliquots many weekends ago.”
According to my dictionary, aliquot means contained an exact number of times in something else or fractional. This doesn’t seem to quite fit the sentence, but I couldn’t find another definition that does. Do you know of another meaning for aliquot?