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.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

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2 Responses to Wondrous Words #174

  1. I think I’ve heard hectoring used before but not very often and if I’d tried to define it from the sentence, I would have guessed she’d been teasing instead of bullying. I will try to use it soon!

  2. Staci says:

    I only knew 1 and 4 but I still feel pretty smart!

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