New Words

Bradytely: arrested evolution or evolution at very slow rates outside the rate distribution usual for a given group of plants or animals

Horotely: biological evolution at rates within the range or rate distribution usual for a given group of plants or animals

Tachytely: evolution at a relatively rapid rate tending to result in speedy differentiation and fixation of new types

1493 – C. Mann

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.

23: plinth
The base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests

33: sigils
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.

36: optative
Expressing a wish or choice

37: immiserated
To make miserable

54: anodyne
Not likely to provoke dissent or offense; uncontentious or inoffensive

61: heave “‚Ķleaving a heave of blackened stumps.”
A lifted area (I think).

69: fanfaronade
Bragging or blustering manner or behavior

76: abrogated
To abolish by authoritative action

78: otiose
1. Serving no practical purpose or result
2. Indolent; idle

79: inanition
Lack of mental or spiritual vigor and enthusiasm

81: dolorous
Feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress

96: manse
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.

119: threnodies
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

227: febrile
Having or showing the symptoms of a fever

269: ineluctably
Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable

325: sybaritic
Devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury