Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen, Edition 13

13 Words I didn't know that start with the letter Q.
These were found in the 1828 version of Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language. I found them here.

1. Quondam:
QUON'DAM, used adjectively. [L.] Having been formerly; former; as a quondam king or friend.

2. Quoin:
QUOIN, n. [See Coin].
1. A corner.
2. An instrument to raise any thing; a wedge employed to raise cannon to a proper level, and for other purposes.
3. In architecture, the corner of a brick or stone wall.

3. Quitter-bone:
QUIT'TER-BONE, n. In farriery, a hard round swelling on the coronet, between the heel and the quarter, usually on the inside of the foot.

4. Quirpele:
QUIRP'ELE, n. The Indian ferret, an animal of the weasel kind.

5. Quintal:
QUINT'AL, n. [l. centum, a hundred.] A hundred pounds in weight; or a weight of that number of pounds; sometimes written and pronounced kentle.

6. Querulous:
QUER'ULOUS, a. [L. querulus, from queror, to complain. See Quarrel.]
1. Complaining or habitually complaining; disposed to murmur; as a querulous man or people.
2. Expressing complaint; as a querulous tone of voice.

7. Quacksalver:
QUACK'SALVER, n. One who boasts of his skill in medicines and salves, or of the efficacy of his prescriptions; a charlatan.

8. Quadrel:
QUAD'REL, n. In architecture, a kind of artificial stone made of chalky earth and dried in the shade for two years; so called from being square.

9. Quartern:
QUART'ERN, n. The fourth part of a pint; a gill.

10. Quassation:
QUASSA'TION, n. [L. quassatio.] The act of shaking; concussion; the state of being shaken.

11. Quaternity:
QUATERN'ITY, n. [supra.] The number four.

12. Quiddany:
QUID'DANY, n. [L. cydonium.] Marmalade; a confection of quinces prepared with sugar.

13. Quindecagon:
QUINDEC'AGON, n. [L. quinque, five Gr. ten, and angle.]
In geometry, a plain figure with fifteen sides and fifteen angles.


Christine said...

Would these words count in a game of scrabble?

The Invisible Mo said...

I would think they would. Some of them in the actual dictionary on the site are listed as obsolete, but the ones I picked for the blog are all still in use.