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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 12, 2016

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!

I found one more word in BIRDSEYE: THE ADVENTURES OF A CURIOUS MAN by Mark Kurlansky.

1. bagasse – “It took six months to dry the bagasse enough to use it for papermaking.”

Bagasse is the pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane.


I found quite a few words in WHEN IN FRENCH by Lauren Collins.

2, 3. gadroon, mammatus – “You can, but the carved edge of a table seems more conspicuous once you know it’s gadrooning, a pouchy cloud more memorable once you can call it a mammatus.”


Gadroon is a decorative edge made of metal or wood, usually made with inverted flutings.  The edge of this tray is gadrooned.

Mammatus is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud.  You can find some beautiful examples of this online.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 12, 2016 7:04 am

    Wow! Those are totally new to me and I’m not even sure I can figure out how to use them!

  2. October 12, 2016 8:19 am

    I have a gadrooned tray much like the one in the photo!

  3. October 12, 2016 9:09 am

    A very solid 0-3!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 12, 2016 11:39 am

    I knew gadroon. I’m fond of it on the edges of antique desks and tables.

  5. October 12, 2016 12:47 pm

    We received several gadrooned silver trays as wedding gifts many decades ago. I love the look on my trays and other special items we’ve collected over the years.

  6. October 12, 2016 2:09 pm

    I have a tray exactly like that, interesting.

  7. October 12, 2016 5:43 pm

    These words are new to me as well, although I’ve seen gadroons before.

  8. October 12, 2016 6:12 pm

    Both words are new to me. And I’m with bookingmama- not sure how I’d use them in my daily life!

  9. October 12, 2016 7:03 pm

    I’m with Beth, I fond of table edges. Great words, didn’t know either.

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