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.
All my words this week come from the Stuff Quiz. The Stuff website is a New Zealand news website. It has an excellent daily quiz. Sure, lots of it is based on a knowledge of NZ politics, or rugby. Mainly rugby. At least I usually have a 25% chance for those questions. But lots of it is a broader general knowledge, clearly broader than I currently possess, as I often learn a new word.
1. Erinaceous (Adjective)
Of, relating to, or resembling hedgehogs. The Free Dictionary.
The European hedgehog's scientific name is Erinaceus europaeus.
2. Bodger (Noun)
A labourer who traditionally lived and worked in the forest, making chairs from felling trees. The Free Dictionary. Other sites talk of bodgers making things of beech wood, or green, unseasoned wood.
This makes me wonder at the origin of an Australian word bodgy, meaning dodgy or of poor workmanship, it must be related I should think.
3. Culverin (Noun)
i) A long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th century.
ii) A medieval musket.
|Actually a demi-culverin. Picture source.|
A Maori burial site.