Petrichor

  • n. the scent of rain on dry earth

Athazagoraphobia

  • n. the fear of forgetting or being forgotten

Nepenthe

  • n. a drug mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as a remedy for grief

Segue

  • n. to move smoothly and unhesitatingly from one state, condition, situation, or element to another

Nivious

  • n. resembling snow; snowy

Bildungsroman

  • n. a novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character

Wunderkind

  • n. child prodigy

L'esprit de l'escalier

  • n. (idiom) the experience of thinking of a devastating rejoinder only after leaving the scene of the debate
  • the predicament of thinking of the right comeback too late

Zephyr

  • n. the west wind
  • a gentle breeze
  • something that is airy, insubstantial, passing

Eidetic

  • adj. of, relating to, or marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images
  • of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy

Susurration

  • n. a soft, whispering or rustling sound
  • a murmur

Adamantine

  • adj. having the hardness or luster of a diamond
  • unyielding
  • inflexible

Tintinnabulation

  • n. the ringing or sounding of bells

Empyrean

  • n. the highest reaches of heaven, believed by the ancients to be a realm of pure fire or light
  • the abode of God and the angels
  • paradise
  • the sky

Quondam

  • adj. that once was; former

Sotto voce

  • adv. in soft tones, as not to be overheard; in an undertone

Bucolic

  • adj. in a lovely rural setting; pastoral

Cynosure

  • n. a focal point of admiration; a centre of attraction

Riparian

  • adj. by the banks of a natural watercourse or body of water

Duende

  • n. (Spanish loanword) the mysterious power of a work of art to deeply move a person
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user picture EstroJen: Petrichor.... This may be my new favorite word. :) dec 4 2010