Archive for January, 2008


This word is familiar from Diablo II, where, in Act III, in Kurast, there are buildings like ‘Disused Fane’, ‘Ruined Temple’ and ‘Forgotten Reliquary’.

fane /feɪn/

1. a temple.
2. Archaic. a church.

[Origin: 1350–1400; ME < L fānum temple, sanctuary]



I remember this word from The Second Chronicles in the phrase ‘clinquant and refulgent’.

clin·quant /ˈklɪŋkənt/

1.    glittering, esp. with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
2.    imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.

[Origin: 1585–95; < MF: clinking, prp. of clinquer (< D klinken to sound); see -ant]



Still a load of Stephen Donaldson’s erudite lexicon to get through.

cha·conne /ʃæˈkɔn, -ˈkɒn, ʃɑ-; Fr. ʃaˈkɔn/

–noun, plural connes /-ˈkɔnz, -ˈkɒnz; Fr. -ˈkɔn/
1. an ancient dance, probably of Spanish origin, in moderate triple meter.
2. a musical form based on the continuous variation of a series of chords or of a ground bass.

[Origin: 1675–85; < F < Sp chacona]



 The IPA symbols aren’t showing up on this PC – hopefully you can see them.

trav·er·tine /ˈtrævərˌtin, -tɪn/

a form of limestone deposited by springs, esp. hot springs, used in Italy for building. 

Also, trav·er·tin /ˈtrævərtɪn/

[Origin: 1545–55; < It travertino, equiv. to tra– across (< L trāns– trans-) + (ti)vertino < L Tīburtīnus, equiv. to Tīburt– (s. of Tīburs) the territory of Tibur (see Tivoli) + –īnus -ine1]



This term is familiar from articles about scanners from when I used to read PCFormat.

moi·ré /mwɑˈreɪ, ˈmɔreɪ, ˈmoʊreɪ; Fr. mwaˈreɪ/

1. (of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance. 
2. a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers. 
3. any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance. 
4. Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color. 

[Origin: 1810–20; < F; see moire, -ee]



And this is what ‘effloresce’ means.

ef·flo·resce /ˌɛfləˈrɛs/

–verb (used without object),resced, –resc·ing.
1. to burst into bloom; blossom. 
2. Chemistry. a. to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of crystallization. 
b. to become incrusted or covered with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change. 
[Origin: 1765–75; < L efflōréscere to blossom out, equiv. to ef- ef- + flōréscere to begin to bloom (flōr(i)-, s. of flōs flower + –éscere -esce)]



This is what ‘eidolon’ means.

ei·do·lon /aɪˈdoʊlən/

–noun, pluralla /-lə/, –lons.
1. a phantom; apparition. 
2. an ideal. 

[Origin: 1820–30; see idol]