I just finished 1493 by Charles Mann (2011). By page 79 I’d run across so many words I had never seen before (not proper names, places, or foreign words, but just words) that I stared keeping track of the new vocab. Page numbers are provided for each word. Definitions were stolen from the internet.
The base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests
A seal is a device for making an impression in wax, clay, paper, or some other medium, including an embossment on paper, and is also the impression thus made.
Expressing a wish or choice
To make miserable
Not likely to provoke dissent or offense; uncontentious or inoffensive
61: heave “…leaving a heave of blackened stumps.”
A lifted area (I think).
Bragging or blustering manner or behavior
To abolish by authoritative action
1. Serving no practical purpose or result
2. Indolent; idle
Lack of mental or spiritual vigor and enthusiasm
Feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress
A house inhabited by, or formerly inhabited by, a minister, usually used in the context of a Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, United Church and other traditions.
A threnody is a song, hymn or poem of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.
207, 493: cerebration
The working of the brain; thinking
Having or showing the symptoms of a fever
Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable
Devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury