English Vocabulary: Nouns Misc Unsorted

• sapling → as with yearling, youngling, we have sapling, usually of one year old.

• sapwood → we have sapwood and heartwood. Sapwood is on the outside, heartwood is inside.

• scripture → “Holy shit, the president is reading the Holy Scripture”

• semaphore → flags or lights used to signal by arm movement, is in airplane take off, railroad, or military

• toga → as he rises, he wraps the sheet over his shoulder like a toga.

• promontory → It was a great big house that had a horse fence around it and sat on a little promontory.

• arabesque → Another distinct pattern type perfected in Islamic art is the arabesque. This comprises curvilinear elements resembling leafed and floral forms. In such patterns spiral forms intertwine, undulate, and coalesce continuously.

• Pharaoh → In the land of the Pharaoh, you did what you were told, whether in erecting a colossal temple or in solving a math problem. [describing ancient Egypt]

• commode → …The Animal Hour which features a woman's head being severed and stuffed into a commode.

• quatrain → Your aid I want, nine trees to plant. In rows just half a score; And let there be in each row three. Solve this: I ask no more. —Rational Amusement for Winter Evenings, London, 1821. John Jackson

• sarcophagus → The marble sarcophagus in which the body of General Washington now rests was a gift from a Philedelphia stonemason in 1837.

• vignette → A series of autobiographical vignettes.

• finch → a class of bird, including sparrow, cardinal, canary and others.

• gangplank → Louis Lumiére had photographed the members of the Photographic Congress disembarking from a gangplank at Neuville-Sur-Saone.

• coriander → an aromatic annual Eurasian herb in the parsley family. Also called Chinese parsley, cilantro. I love the smell of it. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander

• dredging → For the past month, divers have been clearing away 3 ft. of sediment from on top of the 40-ft.-long sub and dredging an excavation trench around it. … [Time Mag. 2000-06-19. p. 58, "Raising the Hunley"]

• pew → the row of benchs in church

• catamaran → “You know I really like to sail on those catamarans.”

• sedge → don't we have a cartoon character call Sonic the Sedge Hog? (or was it Hedgehog) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedge)

• scull → nautical: boat jargon: oar like row

• sash → ribbon like worn over waist or shoulder, like worn by beauty pageant contestants or StarTrek's Wulf

• sarsaparilla → root bears are made of

• barge → Once recovered, the sub will be barged upriver to a conservation facility, … [Time Mag. 2000-06-19. p. 58, “Raising the Hunley”]

• libretto → music lingo, the text of an opera

• jersey → a fabric

• nodule → e.g. clitoris is a nodule of the flesh

• rump → buttocks

• seraph → a type of angle

• psalm → god-awful songs

• parakeet → parrot of a kind

• regalia → the general came in full regalia

• remittance → buying an iMac now will get you a $10 remittance

• resin → kind of clear film plastered onto plastics

• mahout → keeper and driver of an elephant

• ratchet → … the crime problem has ratcheted up a few notches.

• loft → … we'll go to my loft … [dialogue from movie The Haunting (1999); said by a sluttish character.]

• lei → a garland of flowers

• prong → 3 pronged fork

• trammel → a device that draw ellipse. Often called Trammel of Archimedes.

• wheal → canning leaves wheals

• leaven

• limelight

• paean

• vegan

• treadle

• trestle

• trice

• troubadour

• trousseau

• trowel

• tundra

• venison

• ventricle

• vesicle

• vestry

• vinyl

• vole

• wayfarer

• winch

• legume

• jowl

• napalm

• whirligig

• yammer

• yeoman

• shogun

• shuck

• fleck

• dilettante

• booty

• ocher

• monograph

• litmus

• livery

• longitude

• dewberry

• magnum

• harness

• mangrove

• hedge


• parasol

• pumice stone

• thistle

• origami

• orchard

• parchment

• orangutan

• plumb

• scullery

• omnibus

• hobbyhorse

• planetoid

• aerie

• aerosol

• allergen

• ballast

• boondocks

• chassis

• chiffonier

• dowel

• emcee

• friar

• geisha

• gaggle

• granola

• lentil

• limbo

• mace

• midget

• obelisk

• pantheon

• placard

• screwball

• trough

• tarpaulin

• goulash

• butte

• lectern

• cartouche

• evisceration

• posy

• solon

• cowl

• trawl

• marsupial

• bard

• coelenterate

• ebonite

• ecdysiast

• fiord

• fresco

• knickers

• laudanum

• lied

• plowshare

• sheikh

• buggy

• artisan

• badger

• crypt

• grotto

• hostelry

• sluice

• vane

• decathlon

• ecru

• fuselage

• tumbril

• winch