14 June 2017 - LOST WORDS





LOST WORDS

G'day folks,

Here are some more words that seem to have disappeared from use. Brace yourself ...



gumfiate
v
1820 -1820
to cause to swell; to puff up
He just had his wisdom teeth extracted, so his cheeks are gumfiated.

gutturniform
adj
1886 -1886
shaped like a water pitcher
She was never able to mould the clay into a proper gutturniform shape.

gypsation
n
1656 -1681
action or process of plastering with gypsum
The gypsation of the room took much too long and irritated his allergies.

habroneme
adj
1886 -1886
having the appearance of fine threads
Her habroneme hair was admired by many hairstylists for its fine texture.

halatinous
adj
1886 -1886
saline; salty
The halatinous mist brought back memories of his childhood at the seashore.

hecatologue
n
1894 -1894
code consisting of 100 rules
The teen whined that her parents' list of rules was practically a hecatologue.

helctic
adj
1658 -1658
acting to drag or draw out; drawing
While leechcraft is derided, it is medicinally useful from a helctic perspective.

hemerine
adj
1854 -1886
daily; quotidian
The hemerine ritual of walking her dog kept her in good physical shape.

hercotectonic
adj
1672 -1672
of or pertaining to the construction of fortifications or walls
The fort's hercotectonic strength was insufficient to repel cannon-fire.

hirculation
n
1656 -1721
disease of vines where they grow no fruit
Despite a fantastic growing season, the vineyard was crippled by hirculation.

hirquitalliency
n
1652 -1652
strength of voice
The wrestler's hirquitalliency compensated for his lack of strength and talent.

historiaster
n
1887 -1894
petty or contemptible historian
While Foucault is widely praised today, he was no more than a historiaster.

hiulcity
n
1681 -1681
an opening or cleft
They stepped into the hiulcity in the cliff face, unaware of the danger within.

homerkin
n
1662 -1663
old liquid measure for beer
"I'm so thirsty I could drink a homerkin of beer," Simpson lamented.

hymnicide
n
1862 -1862
killing of hymns through alterations
Many accused the revisionists in the Church of committing hymnicide.

hyometer
n
1886 -1886
rain gauge
Her homemade hyometer was overwhelmed and destroyed by the deluge.

hypenemious
n
1855 -1886
full of wind; windy; of an egg, malformed
Let us protect ourselves against the hyenemious assault of the hurricane.

icasm
n
1664 -1664
figurative expression
He protested at his trial that the death threat he delivered was only an icasm.

ichorescent
adj
1684 -1684
growing or becoming ichorous
After several months, the carrots were disgustingly ichorescent.

ichthyarchy
n
1853 -1853
the domain or rule of fishes
Despite his ichthyarchy, Aquaman is really a very pitiful superhero.

ictuate
v
1822 -1822
to emphasize; to put metrical stress on 





Clancy's comment: Mm ... Is it any wonder they have slipped out of fashion? Hymnicide? Wow, that's a cracker.

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