Wondrous Words #174
Thanks for checking on the new words I found in my reading. My words, again, come from My Antonia by Willa Cather. This is finally the last of the list. Here they are:
1. hectoringly: “Maybe you lose a steer and learn not to make somethings with your eyes at married men,” Mrs. Shimerda told her hectoringly.
Hectoringly means to talk to someone in a bullying way.
1. freshet: Nina used to coax Antonia to tell her stories — about the calf that broke its leg, or how Yulka saved her little turkeys from drowning in the freshet, or about old Christmases and weddings in Bohemia.
A freshet is the flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow.
3. aigrettes: She was formal in manner, and made calls in rustling, steel-grey brocades and a tall bonnet with bristling aigrettes.
An aigrette is a headdress consisting of a white egret’s feather or other decoration such as a spray of gems.
4. arnica: She spent the whole morning bathing and poulticing me, and rubbing me with arnica.
Arnica is a plant of the daisy family that is sometimes used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises.
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