Dragonfly in Amber Terms

Antimacassar — a piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt or as an ornament

Arcana — secrets or mysteries

Ardor — enthusiasm or passion

Asceticism — severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons

Avarice — extreme greed for wealth or material gain

Ballast — heavy material, such as gravel, sand, iron, or lead, placed low in a vessel to improve its stability

Bowsprit — a spar extending forward from a ship’s bow, to which the forestays are fastened

Breviary — a book containing the service for each day, to be recited by those in orders in the Roman Catholic Church

Carbolic — pertaining to, or designating, an acid derived from coal tar and other sources; as, carbolic acid

Consternation — feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected

Deliquesce — become liquid, typically during decomposition

Dishabille — the state of being only partly or scantily clothed

Foment — instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action)

Freshet — the flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow

Greensward — grass-covered ground

Impecunious — having little or no money

Insouciance — casual lack of concern; indifference

Mendacity — untruthfulness

Nacreous — relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl. having the lustre of mother-of-pearl

Pellucid — translucently clear

Pendulous —  hanging down loosely

Pennon — a long triangular or swallow-tailed flag, especially one of a kind formerly attached to a lance or helmet; a pennant

Plimsoll — a light rubber-soled canvas shoe, worn especially for sports

Postprandial — during or relating to the period after dinner or lunch

Rakish — having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance

Reticent — not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily

Semaphore — a system of sending messages by holding the arms or two flags or poles in certain positions according to an alphabetic code

Stentorian — loud and powerful

Stevedore — a person employed, or a contractor engaged, at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships

Subversive — seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution

Tarpaulin — heavy-duty waterproof cloth, originally of tarred canvas

Umbrage — offense or annoyance