Archive for December, 2010

Word of the day: ossarium

(o-sā’ri-um), n,; pl. ossaria (-iä). [LL.: see ossuary.] An urn or other receptacle for the bones or ashes of the dead; an ossuary.

Source: Century Dictionary Online.

“Keep your eye on that spot,” William said to me. “There could be a passage leading to the Aedificium.”

“Under the cemetry?”

“And why not? In fact, now that I think about it, there must be an ossarium somewhere; they can’t possibly have buried all their monks for centuries in that patch of ground.”

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

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Word of the day: yantra

Pronunciation

IPA: /jəntrə/

Etymology

Sanskrit.

Noun

yantra (plural yantras)
1. A geometrical diagram used as a meditation aid in tantric worship.
2. (religion) Any object used as a meditation aid in tantric worship.

Source: Wiktionary.

He watched her dance, a random cipher drawing its signature across the time-slopes of this dissolving yantra, a symbol in a transcendental geometry.

Source: The Atrocity Exhibition by J G Ballard.