Sapient

SAY-pee-ənt
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English, late 15th century

1
(Formal) wise, or attempting to appear wise. (Chiefly in science fiction) intelligent.

2
Relating to the human species (Homo sapiens).

Examples of Sapient in a sentence

“Extraterrestrials are usually written to be highly sapient beings in fiction.”

“Humans are considered to be the most sapient creatures on Earth.”

Brackish

BRAK-ish
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Dutch, 16th century

1
(of water) slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries.

2
Unpleasant or distasteful.

Examples of Brackish in a sentence

“The fish we caught tasted as brackish as the water we’d pulled them out of.”

“The water in the bay was so brackish that we could smell the salt more than a block away.”

Fossick

 FAH-sik

Part of speech: verb
Origin: Australia and New Zealand, mid-19th century

1
(informal) Rummage; search.

2
Search for gold in abandoned workings.

Examples of Fossick in a sentence

“Alvin went to the flea market to fossick for interesting trinkets.”

“The prospectors went to great lengths to fossick for gold.”

Deuteragonist

 doo-də-RAH-gə-nəst

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

1
The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.

Examples of Deuteragonist in a sentence

“Tyler felt like he was a deuteragonist in his own life.”

“The role of a deuteragonist can be just as important as the protagonist.”

Yegg

yeg
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Early 20th century

  1. A burglar or safecracker.

Examples of Yegg in a sentence

“Old Jones was a former yegg who had a reputation as a master safecracker.”

“My father told me to find an honest line of work, and keep away from the yeggs trying to tempt me with the promise of easy money.”

Arenaceous

ar-ə-NEY-shəs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century

1
(Geology) Consisting of sand or particles of a substance similar to sand.

2
(Biology — of animals or plants) living or growing in sand.

Examples of Arenaceous in a sentence

“Quartz sandstone is a type of arenaceous rock.”

“Kalyn looked for arenaceous plants that would thrive in her desert locale.”

Noetic

no-ED-ik
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, mid-17th century

  1. (Formal) Relating to mental activity or the intellect.

Examples of Noetic in a sentence

“The philosophy department attracts noetic students.”

“Noah was equally athletic and noetic.”

Cavort

Part of speech: verb
Origin: American English, 18th century

  1. Jump or dance around excitedly.

Examples of Cavort in a sentence

“Each evening I watch the possums cavort in my backyard.”

“Elated partygoers cavorted beneath the light of a disco ball.”

Eidetic

Part of speech: Adjective
Origin: Greek, 1920s

  1. Relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible.

Examples of Eidetic in a sentence

“The witness recalled the things she’d seen with eidetic clarity as she told her story with those crisp images.”

“Thanks to his eidetic memory, Terry never forgets which section of the parking lot where he’s left his car.”