Buskin

 BUS-kən

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old French, 16th century

  1. (mainly historical) A calf-high or knee-high boot of cloth or leather.
  2. A thick-soled laced boot worn by an ancient Athenian tragic actor to gain height.

Examples of Buskin in a sentence

“Martha dressed in period costume down to her feet, on which she wore leather buskins.”

“Wearing buskins onstage is generally seen as a nod to classical Greek tragedy.”

Dragoman

DRAG-ə-mən

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old Arabic

  1. An interpreter or guide, especially in countries speaking Arabic, Turkish, or Persian.

Examples of Dragoman in a sentence

“They were met at the railway station by a dragoman who helped them find a place to stay.”

“The dragoman at the embassy spoke English with a British accent.”

Infrangible

in-FRAN-jə-bəl

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: French, late 16th century

1
Unbreakable; inviolable.

Examples of Infrangible in a sentence

“Tatiana had an indomitable, infrangible spirit.”

“Marissa bought infrangible plates for her toddler.”

Autogenous

ə-TAH-jən-əs

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century

1
Arising from within or from a thing itself.

2
(Of welding) done either without solder or with a filler of the same metal as the pieces being welded.

Examples of Autogenous in a sentence

“Dominique placed a lot of autogenous pressure on herself.”

“Adam felt autogenous welding was simpler and less wasteful.”

Mudlark

MUD-lark

Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 18th century

1
A person who scavenges in river mud for objects of value.

2
(Historical) A street urchin.

Examples of Mudlark in a sentence

“Wendall wanted to be a modern mudlark.”

“Milton found many accounts of mudlark life in The London Library.”

Transmarine

tranz-mə-REEN

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1
Situated or originating on the other side of the sea.

2
Of or involving crossing the sea.

Examples of Transmarine in a sentence

“The marine biologist put together a crew for a transmarine exploration.”

“Some bird species make yearly transmarine migrations.”

Scud

skəd

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Unknown origin, mid 16th century

1
(Mainly literary) A formation of vapory clouds driven fast by the wind. A mass of windblown spray; a driving shower of rain or snow; a gust.

2
The action of moving fast in a straight line when driven by the wind.

Examples of Scud in a sentence

“The scud of clouds raced quickly across the sky.”

“The water vapor formed a scud of fog that billowed across the field.”

Circumfluent

sər-KUM-floo-wənt

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 16th century

1
Flowing around; surrounding.

Examples of Circumfluent in a sentence

“At the top of the mountain, the circumfluent air is cold and clean.”

“The circumfluent waters around the boat were calm.”

Kinesis

kə-NEE-sis

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, early 17th century

1
Movement; motion.

2
(Biology) An undirected movement of a cell, organism, or part in response to an external stimulus. (Zoology) Mobility of the bones of the skull, as in some birds and reptiles.

Examples of Kinesis in a sentence

“Sam focused his study on biological kinesis.”

“Natalie possessed a great amount of kinesis and flexibility.”

Athenaeum

ath-ə-NEE-əm

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid 18th century

1
Used in the names of libraries or institutions for literary or scientific study.

2
Used in the titles of periodicals concerned with literature, science, and art.

Examples of Athenaeum in a sentence

“Lauren went to the athenaeum that housed the rare, specialized books she needed.”

“The literary society recently published the first edition of “Athenaeum.””