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My first word is from Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davies.

qiviut– the soft, dense, light-brown woolly undercoat of the musk ox, used in making fabrics.

“Arctic musk oxen have the warmest wooly coats. Their wool grows right down to their ankles and is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool. (It even has a special name: qiviut, pronounced KEE-vee-ut.)”

 

My other word is from Dark Hunger by Rita Herron.

turgid- swollen; distended; tumid. swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated.

“To feel the turgid peaks of her nipples against the pads of his thumbs.”

I understand what she was saying but personally think it was not the best choice of wording. What do you think?

 

What new words did you run across this week?