One of the things I often do as I'm reading a novel or short story is keep track of words whose definitions I do not know or that I find interesting. Either way, these interesting words are ones I feel might be of use in my own writing. That, and it's good to expand one's vocabulary every once in a while.
These interesting words were found in Jane Lindskold's Through Wolf's Eyes.
apothecary: a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
attar: essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers
cabochon: a highly polished convex-cut but unfaceted gem
carter: someone whose work is driving carts
citrine: semiprecious yellow quartz resembling topaz
ersatz: an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
garnet: any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive
inveigle: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
investiture: the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank
plutocracy: a political system governed by the wealthy people
sorrel: a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
sycophant: a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
tricorn: cocked hat with the brim turned up to form three points
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