Welcome back, wordy friends!
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.
Here are three of my favorite new-to-me words from Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. All definitions from Dictionary.com (except where noted).
1. carnelian. "Like every other boathouse in Hasselosund, ours was painted a carnelian red with an even darker red pitched roof and white trim around the eaves, doors, and windows."
a red or reddish variety of chalcedony, used in jewelry.
And apparently "chalcedony" is a variety of quartz.
2. tastevin. "A sommelier with a sterling silver tastevin around his neck stood by the bar, ready to guide guests through the extensive French wine list."
a small, very shallow silver cup or saucer traditionally used by winemakers and sommeliers when judging the maturity and taste of a wine.
I actually got this definition from Wikipedia, because dictionary.com didn't have it. A neat word for the wine lovers out there!
3. coffered. "Finally, we passed a dining room far more opulent than Belle Avenue's, with upholstered chairs and coffered ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and columns carved from marble."
Not helpful, dictionary.com! "Coffers" are sunken panels seen in ceilings...had to look that one up.