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 Cooked by Michael Pollan. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. alimentary. "But as Wrangham points out, the alimentary and digestive apparatus of Homo erectus is poorly adapted to a diet of raw meat..."
1. concerned with the function of nutrition; nutritive.
2. pertaining to food.
3. providing sustenance or maintenance.
This one sounded familiar, but I definitely did not know the definition beforehand.
2. elides. "...this definition diplomatically elides the whole vexed issue of sauce; it also hints at the sacramental quality of barbecue."
1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) from pronunciation.
2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
3. (in law) to annul or quash.
I originally thought this was a typo of "elude". The definitions are somewhat in the same ballpark--one is intentional, the other is not.
3. protean. "Fire, it seems, is protean; smoke, too."
adjective1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
2. changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba.
3. (of an actor/actress) versatile; able to play many kinds of roles.
This is another one I thought I knew, but didn't. Here, Pollan is talking about the two very different fire-based cooking methods of two chefs.