Wednesday’s Words


I decided to go back and look at the vocabulary list my Kindle builds as I look up words. I found the following zingers:

cicatriced (from cicatrix)the scar of a healed wound, as in “…the building was cicatriced with scaffolding…” (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt)

pollarded: cut off the top and branches (of a tree) to encourage new growth at the top. (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr)

aniline: a colorless oily liquid present in coal tar used in dyes, drugs, and plastics; historically, the basis of early synthetic dyes. (A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner)

Do you recognize any of these words? Or are they new to you too?


  • Tracy Lee Karner

    I knew pollarded, because we’ve had fruit trees to maintain. The other 2, not.

    • Sherrey Meyer

      Interesting that you knew pollarded, but then I’ve never been a fruit tree grower. I just love learning new words, and I hope this series of posts is interesting to others. 🙂