Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday - "The Lantern"

I just finished reading "The Lantern" by Deborah Lawrenson. GREAT book, by the way. It is set in a to-die-for hamlet in Provence. A full review is coming, but for now, the words.

This post has been prepared so as to participate in Wondrous Words Wednesday a fun meme over at where we discuss new-to-us words that we have encountered in our reading that week.

Here are words that I looked up (on from the book, "The Lantern":

SUSURRATION - susurration \soo-suh-RAY-shun\ , noun: A whispering sound; a soft murmur. . . .the soft susurration of the wind through a stand of whistling thorn.

ALEMBIC - a·lem·bic   [uh-lem-bik] noun 1.a vessel with a beaked cap or head, formerly used in distilling. (Note: This makes sense because they are harvesting lavender and making an essence with it.)


  1. Two great words there. I know I've seen both of them before, but I'd forgotten them both. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Never heard of these before, thanks! for sharing them.

  3. I think I learned susurration from one of the Harry Potter books. I've been able to remember it because it reminds me of a snake.

    1. Oh, yea, that's right! And, Harry was a parseltongue! ;)

  4. Hi Libby,

    I have never come across 'alembic' before, however 'sussuration' I have come across before in my reading. It is such a descriptive word, invoking both the sound and feeling of a whispering wind. It also seems such a calming and sensual word.

    Thanks for sharing,


  5. Thanks, Yvonne! I agree with what you are saying about sussuration.

    Appreciate you coming by :)

  6. The sound of the word sussuration is so descriptive in itself. would love to use this word somewhere.

  7. Two new words. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hmm..two new ones for me..I love learning new words..if I could only remember them to use them...

  9. Thanks, Libby - much appreciated!