Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vocabulary: sounds and substances

For today, I have some words that describe sounds, and others that are adjectival words, mostly derived from substances -- common substances, but uncommon words.

Sounds:
ululate - to howl
pule - to cry in the thin voice; whimper
sough - to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound.  (I imagine the sough of wind in the boughs.)
sursurrus - a whispering or rustling sound
vagitus - the cry of a newborn.  (I can think of all kinds of metaphorical applications for this.)

Materials:
ligneous - woody
flocculent - wooly
coriaceous - leathery
margaritaceous - pearly
velutinous - velvety
horrent - bristly
lacustrine - of lakes
telluric - terrestrial
chthonic - infernal or ghastly
 

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