Set 46 – Five New Words For Nov 16

Theme – Words coined after flowers

1. lotus-eater

MEANING:
noun: A person who indulges in idle daydreaming or leads a life of luxurious ease, instead of dealing with practical matters.

[From the lotus-eaters, people in Homer’s Odyssey, who ate the lotus fruit that supposedly induced a dreamy forgetfulness. ]

USAGE:
“James Hewitt finds himself in Devon with mum, sleeping in the spare bedroom … Life as a lotus-eater in sunny climes appears to be well and truly over.”

2. primrose path

MEANING:
noun:
1. An easy life, especially devoted to sensual pleasure.
2. A path of least resistance, especially one that ends in disaster.

USAGE:
“Meanwhile, Katich clung on; the primrose path is not for him. The road is strewn with rocks.”

3. lily-livered

MEANING:
adjective: Cowardly or timid.

USAGE:
“A story of twins — one bold and the other a lily-livered cop.”

4. sub rosa

MEANING:
adverb: Secretly, privately, or confidentially.

NOTES:
In Roman mythology, Venus’s son Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to ensure his silence about Venus’s many indiscretions. Thus the flower became a symbol of secrecy. Ceilings of banquet halls were decorated with roses to indicate that what was said sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa.

USAGE:
“‘Much of this goes on sub rosa and never comes to public view,’ said Wesley Wark.”

5. amaranthine

MEANING:
adjective
1. Unfading; everlasting.
2. Of deep purple-red color.
3. Of or related to the amaranth.

USAGE:
“Garda has retained its amaranthine appeal as one of the continent’s most timeless getaways.”

“The sky was now a deep dark amaranthine — the color of blood — and it was getting progressively harder to see through the gloom.”

[From amaranth (an imaginary, undying flower)]

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