Set 56 – Five New Words For Dec 26

Theme – Illustrated words

1. bursiform (BUHR-suh-form)

MEANING:
adjective: Shaped like a pouch or a sac.

USAGE:
“Our results indicated that mononuclear cells … developed a bursiform shape.”

2. concinnity (kuhn-SIN-i-tee)

MEANING:
noun: A harmonious arrangement of various parts.

USAGE:
“There was a moment of inner peace in which belief and doubt merged into a strangely comforting concinnity.”

3. lachrymal or lacrimal (LAK-ruh-muhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to or inducing tears.

USAGE:
“She wiped his tears with the edge of her garment, but that made him more lachrymal.”

4. wassail (WOS-uhl, wo-SAYL)

MEANING:

verb tr.:    To toast.

verb intr.:    To go from house to house singing carols at Christmas.

noun:    1. A toast to someone’s health.
2. A festivity with much drinking.
3. A drink for toasting, especially spiced ale.
4. The singing of Christmas carols going from house to house.

USAGE:
“Cows and oxen used to be wassailed too for the same reason, to bring luck and encourage good health in the coming year.”

5. phantasmagoria (fan-taz-muh-GOR-ee-uh)

MEANING:

noun:
1. A shifting scene made up of many elements.
2. A sequence of fantastic imagery, illusions, etc.

USAGE:
“We are increasingly immersed in a phantasmagoria of screens and streams and tunes.”

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