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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

All of my words this week comes from The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine.

1. gesso – “She had discovered the mantel with its towering mirror and decorative gesso detail at a salvage yard decades ago.”

Gesso is gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding.

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2. jalousie – “The steps, two cracked concrete squares of faded gray, led up to the sunporch, several missing louvers of its jalousie windows gaping darkly.”

A jalousie is a window with glass louvers or a shutter made of angled slats.

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3. cabochon – in reference to a gold-and-emerald bracelet “They’re cabochon, that tones it down.”

A cabochon is a highly polished gem that is cut convexly without facets.

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4. tautological – “Everywhere Miranda looked, she saw the world she insisted upon. This was her great tautological strength.”

Tautological is the repetition of same sense in different words – ‘a beginner who has just started.’

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Have you discovered any new words lately?

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