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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 8, 2018

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 this word in THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet.

1. astrolabe – “It’s an astrolabe.”

An astrolabe is an instrument formerly used to make astronomical measurements, typically of the altitudes of celestial bodies, and in navigation for calculating latitude, before the development of the sextant.


This word came from THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF SHARKS by Brian Skerry with Elizabeth Carney and Sarah Wassner Flynn.

2. barbel – “Angel sharks have whisker-like barbels near their mouth, which they use to detect prey.”

Even though the sentence explains it, I looked this up.  A barbel is a fleshy filament growing from the mouth or snout of a fish.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2018 6:16 am

    Both are new to me.

  2. August 8, 2018 7:17 am

    Both are new!

  3. August 8, 2018 9:44 am

    I at least knew that astrolabe was an instrument of some kind! But barbel, nope.

  4. August 8, 2018 10:12 am

    I thought I knew a lot about fish, but barbel is new to me. Good find, Kathy.

  5. August 8, 2018 10:25 am

    I think I’ve seen astrolabes in the collections of the Louvre. They own quite a few. Interesting part of the history of science.

    best… mae at

  6. August 8, 2018 11:11 am

    I remembered astrolabe from long-ago science classes!

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 8, 2018 11:27 am

    Once again, I was clueless!

  8. August 8, 2018 2:45 pm

    Barbel, lol, that sounds funny

  9. Patty permalink
    August 8, 2018 4:46 pm

    I only know about an astrolabe because of all of the fantasies I read!

  10. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2018 8:03 am

    Both are new to me. It’s not often that you get two words from a book in this genre!

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