Reading Foucault’s Pendulum is a humbling experience for anybody who considers themselves remotely knowledgeable. Umberto Eco, I doff my hat to your erudition.
- an officer in a monastic order or religious house, sometimes next in rank below an abbot.
- a chief magistrate, as in the medieval republic of Florence.
- of or relating to Earth; terrestrial.
- derived from or containing tellurium, especially with valence 6.
apothegm (n): a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
zeugma (n): the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.
sefirot (n): in Kabbalah, the ten attributes that God created through which he can manifest not only in the physical but the metaphysical universe.
stylite (n): one of a class of solitary ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.
simoom (n): a strong, hot, sand-laden wind of the Sahara and Arabian deserts.
Baphomet (n): an idol or symbolical figure which the Templars were accused of using in their mysterious rites.
reliquary (n): a repository or receptable for relics.
- the area of a modern theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra.
- the stage of an ancient theater, located between the background and the orchestra.
- a proscenium arch.
fauteuils (n): an upholstered armchair, esp. one with open sides.
- Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified. Luke 23:33.
- (often lowercase) a sculptured representation of the Crucifixion, usually erected in the open air.
- (lowercase) an experience or occasion of extreme suffering, esp. mental suffering.
thurible (n): a censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies.
purulent (adj): full of, containing, forming or discharging pus.
- vermilion red.
- metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.
decan (n): any of the three divisions of ten degrees within a sign of the zodiac.
caprine (n): of or pertaining to goats.
immure (v): to enclose within walls; confine.
conventicle (n): a secret or uanuthorised meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held nuy Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centures.
bibliomane (n): bibliophile.
grimoire (n): a manual of black magic (for invoking spirits and demons).
- a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe or streak, especially one of a number in parallel arrangement.
- (architecture) a flute on the shaft of a column.
kermis, kermesse (n): a local, annual outdoor fair or festival, often for charitable purposes.