Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (16)

Welcome back, wordy friends!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words, from some of my recent reads. All definitions from

1. pellucid. "The first pellucid rays shone directly through the window, isolating a few golden motes as it fell in a shaft to the white linen sheet that was pulled up to Mike Ryerson's chest." (from 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King)

1. allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
2. clear or limpid: pellucid waters.
3. clear in meaning, expression, or style: a pellucid way of writing.

2. antediluvian. "There was an antediluvian ice-auger, as well." (from Dreamcatcher by Stephen King)

1. adjective
    -of or belonging to the period before the Flood. (Gen 7,8)
    -very old, old-fashioned, or out-of-date; antiquated; primitive.
2. noun
    -a person who lived before the Flood.
    -a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.

3. tensile. "Together, they had formed one of those tensile female bonds that men never understood." (from Bluff by Lenore Skomal)

1. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain.
2. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.

What are your new words this week?


  1. Antediluvian is one of those words that I look up reasonably often, but forget the meaning every time. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. I thought tensile had something to do with tension and was glad to see I was right! Pellucid is new to me but I like it - I won't be able to use it pertaining to the sun today since it's raining.

  3. All great words and new to me also. I can use pellucid today in Vegas where it seems the sun shines all the time.

  4. I've heard of tensile before, not the others.

  5. Yes Louise, I feel like I've looked up antediluvian quite a bit...hopefully now that I wrote it here, I'll actually remember it!

    Jackie, you are lucky, pellucid is the exact opposite of the weather here today :)

  6. Tensile has to be one of the greatest words I've heard in awhile. I love the sound of it and it so perfectly describes relationships of tension. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. I loved tensile as well! Perfect in the sentence where it was used. :)


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