January 4th, 2011

Corbeau

Corbeau
adjective


Pronunciation:
[
kɔʁbo]

Definition:
French for "raven". In English used to refer to a black-green colour similar to the sheen of oil, or that of a raven's feathers.

 

Etymology:
From the Latin corvus meaning raven.

 Usage:

"After finishing her greatest painting yet, "Green Cow Travels Through Black Hole" Alison marvelled at the corbeau water swirling in the jar she used to clean her brushes. She was very, very high."



Love Tahlia, no spiel today because I'm too tired.

fear of abandonment Tuesday

I'm filling in for rainbow_yarn  today, but will spare you my usual poetry addendum.

relict \'re likt\ or \'rel ikt\, noun.
1. widow
2. (ecology) a. a persistent remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna or kind of organism.
   b. something that has survived
3. (geology) a. a relief feature or rock remaining after other parts have disappeared.
   b. something left unchanged

Etymology:  in sense 1, Middle English relicte, from Medieval latin relicta, feminine past participle of relinquere, to leave behind;
in senses 2 and 3, from Latin relict, residual, from Latin relictus, left behind.

relic (remains, souvenir, memento),
derelict (abandoned, run-down, vagrant, negligent),
and relinquish (leave behind, give up, yield)
all have similar word origins