Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Wordnik Word of the Day: Eyewall

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eyewall

(noun) A ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather of a cyclone occurs.

The 'eye' of a cyclone or hurricane is a circular area of relative calm.

Wordnik Word of the Day: Bellarmine

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bellarmine

A large stoneware jug with a capacious belly and narrow neck, decorated with the face of a bearded man, originally designed as a caricature of Cardinal Bellarmin, who made himself obnoxious to the Protestant party in the Netherlands as an opponent of the Reformation, in the end of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth.

The ‘bellarmine’ is also referred to as a ‘graybeard’ or ‘longbeard.’

Wordnik Word of the Day: Necrolatry

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necrolatry

(noun) Worship of the dead; worship of the spirits of the dead, or of ancestors; excessive veneration or sentimental reverence toward the dead.

‘Necrolatry’ comes from the Greek ‘nekros,’ dead body, corpse, dead person, plus ‘latreia,’ worship, service paid to the gods, hired labor.

Wordnik Word of the Day: Burgee

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burgee

(noun) Nautical, a swallow-tailed flag or pendant: in the merchant service it generally has the ship's name upon it.

(noun) A kind of small coal used for burning in engine-furnaces.

'Burgee' may come from the French dialectal 'bourgeais', shipowner.