Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
My words this week are from Michael Scott's The Magician.
1. Traceries (Noun)
Rattling traceries of light darted up and down the metal.
i) A pattern of interlacing ribs, especially as used in the upper part of a Gothic window, etc
ii) Any fine pattern resembling this. The Free Dictionary.
2. Greaves (Noun)
It hardened and solidified, becoming metallic and reflective, molding itself into a breastplate and greaves, gloves and boots, before finally solidifying into a complete medieval suit of armor.
An odd word, clearly greaves here refers to a part of armour. And indeed the armour covering shins are called greaves. In a different world to mine it seems that there is a vibrant market for greaves, google is flooded with images of them in metal and leather. All for sale. I'm not sure where you wear them though these days.
But when you look up dictionaries you get this:
The unmelted residue left after animal fat has been rendered. The Free Dictionary.
3. Cantrips (Noun)
Once she was in the open air, she could use any of a dozen simple spells, cantrips and incantations she knew that would make the sphinx's existence a misery.
i) Scots. A magic spell; a witch's trick.
ii) Chiefly British. A deceptive move; a sham. The Free Dicitonary.
He commanded an army of human, inhuman and abhuman agents; he had access to the birds of the air; he could command rats, cats and dogs.
I'm not exactly sure how abhuman differs from inhuman. Wiki has an abhuman entry, where it is described as a term first used by William Hope Hodgson in several of his novels, but then it doesn't really describe how he used it. I hadn't heard of Hodgson before, horror isn't really my genre either, even if it was written 100 years ago. Apparently, abhuman is used in the Warhammer games, of which I only hold vague notions, to mean mutated descendents of humans.