Wondrous Words #161

Hello fellow word-lovers. After three weeks off to mend my aching hand, I’m back to share a few words I’ve discovered in my reading. While reading The Red Pony I found some interesting new-to-me words:

1. bandy-legged: He was a broad, bandy-legged little man . . .

A person who is bandy-legged is someone whose legs curve out at the knees. I’ve heard of bowlegged, but bandy-legged was different.

2. carrion: Jody hated them (the buzzards) as all decent things hate them, but they could not be hurt because they made away with carrion.

Carrion is the decaying flesh of dead animals.

3. Singletree: They marched past the cypress, where a singletree hung from a limb to butcher the pigs on.

A singletree is a crossbar pivoted in the middle, to which the traces are attached in a horse-drawn wagon or plow.

Wondrous Words is the creation of Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Please visit Kathy for ore new words.

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