I had completely forgotten about BermudaOnion‘s weekly meme, but I was looking for a way of sharing new, beautiful words and I stumbled across it again. A meme after my own heart (if my blog’s title is in any way significant, and it is!). So here we go!
This week’s words all come from museums and archaeological sites around Greece. Unfortunately I cannot give you the words in context, because I didn’t jot the context down, but most of them had no context whatsoever.
Chryselephantine: adj. (of ancient Greek sculpture) overlaid with gold and ivory.
Ladle: noun (1) a large long-handled spoon with a cup-shaped bowl, used for serving soup or sauce. (2) a container for transporting molten metal in a foundry.
Codpiece: noun a pouch to cover the genitals on a pair of man’s breeches, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Light well: noun an open area or vertical shaft in the centre of a building, typically roofed with glass.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com)