Set 7 – Five New Words For Nov 6

Theme: Words derived from Goats

1. tragus (TRAY-guhs)

MEANING:
noun: The small fleshy projection at the front of the external ear, slightly extending over the opening of the ear.

USAGE:
“Vince leaned over to his left, caught a streetlight glint off Sarah’s ringed tragus-piercing.”

2. chimera (ki-MEER-uh, ky-)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A fanciful fabrication; illusion.
2. An organism having genetically different tissues.

USAGE:
“The moonlight silvering the delicate trunks made this a vision of beauty, more chimera than reality.”

chimera
3. aegis (EE-jis)

MEANING:
noun: Protection, support, guidance, or sponsorship of a particular person or organization.
(Aigis was the name of the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena in Greek mythology. It was made of goatskin.)

USAGE:
“The French hope that by April an African force will have come under the UN’s aegis.”

4. chevron (SHEV-ruhn, -ron)

MEANING:
noun: A pattern in the shape of a V or an inverted V.

USAGE:
“Tommy watched a flight of geese fly overhead in chevron formation.”

5. chagal (CHAH-guhl)

MEANING:
noun: A bag, usually made of canvas or leather, used for carrying water.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hindi chhagal, from Sanskrit chhagala (of a goat).

USAGE:
“The man was drinking thirstily from a chagal of water.”

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