Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer was most notably to me for exposing me to the greatest vocabulary heretofore known. As a tribute I will use this space as a glorified Words of the Day: March.

taiga
[tahy-guh, tahy-gah]
noun
the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia.

peregrination
[per-i-gruh-ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
travel from one place to another, especially on foot.
2.
a course of travel; journey.

fulminate
[fuhl-muh-neyt]  verb, ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing, noun
verb (used without object)
1.
to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
2.
to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against ): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

amalgam
[uh-mal-guhm]
noun
1.
an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals.
2.
an alloy that consists chiefly of silver mixed with mercury and variable amounts of other metals and is used as a dental filling.
3.
a rare mineral, an alloy of silver and mercury, occurring as silver-white crystals or grains.
4.
a mixture or combination: His character is a strange amalgam of contradictory traits.

muskeg
[muhs-keg]
noun
a bog of northern North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.

cordillera
[kawr-dl-yair-uh, -air-uh, kawr-dil-er-uh]
noun
a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.

ford
[fawrd, fohrd]
noun
1.
a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.

contumacious
[kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo-]
adjective
stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

foot loose
[foot-loos]
adjective
free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities.

mawkish
[maw-kish]
adjective
1.
characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
2.
having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.

plebs  (plbz)
n. pl. ple·bes (plbz)
1. The common people of ancient Rome: the plebs and the patricians.
2. The common people; the populace.

mien
[meen]
noun
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.: a man of noble mien.

jetsam
[jet-suhm]
noun
goods cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten a vessel or improve its stability in an emergency, which sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore.

upbraid
[uhp-breyd]
verb (used with object)
1.
to find fault with or reproach severely; censure: The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.
2.
(of things) to bring reproach on; serve as a reproach to.

tarpaulin
[tahr-paw-lin, tahr-puh-lin]
noun
1.
a protective covering of canvas or other material waterproofed with tar, paint, or wax.
2.
a hat, especially a sailor’s, made of or covered with such material.
3.
Rare . a sailor.

egress
[n. ee-gres; v. ih-gres]
noun
1.
the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
2.
a means or place of going out; an exit.
3.
the right or permission to go out.
4.
Astronomy . emersion ( def. 1 ) .
verb (used without object)
5.
to go out; emerge.

sere
1    [seer]
adjective
dry; withered.

rheum
[room]
noun
1.
a thin discharge of the mucous membranes, especially during a cold.
2.
catarrh; cold.

turgid
[tur-jid]
adjective
1.
swollen; distended; tumid.
2.
inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic: turgid language.

consignment
[kuhn-sahyn-muhnt]
noun
3.
Commerce . property sent to an agent for sale, storage, or shipment.

Hegira
 [hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh]
noun
1.
Islam . Hijra.
2.
( lowercase ) Also, hejira. any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.

brogue
1    [brohg]
noun
1.
an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
2.
any strong regional accent.

alloy
[n. al-oi, uh-loi; v. uh-loi]
noun
1.
a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
2.
a less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one.
3. standard; quality; fineness.
4. admixture, as of good with evil.
5. anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.
verb (used with object)
6. to mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
7. to reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.
8. to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.

fil·i·gree
[fil-i-gree] noun, adjective, verb, fil·i·greed, fil·i·gree·ing.
noun
1. delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers’ work of scrolls and arabesques.
2. anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.

seine
[seyn] noun, verb, seined, sein·ing.
noun
1. a fishing net that hangs vertically in the water, having floats at the upper edge and sinkers at the lower.

cor·nice
[kawr-nis] noun, verb, cor·niced, cor·nic·ing.
noun
1. Architecture .
a. any prominent, continuous, horizontally projecting feature surmounting a wall or other construction, or dividing it horizontally for compositional purposes.
b. the uppermost member of a classical entablature, consisting of a bed molding, a corona, and a cymatium, with rows of dentils, modillions, etc., often placed between the bed molding and the corona.
2. any of various other ornamental horizontal moldings or bands, as for concealing hooks or rods from which curtains are hung or for supporting picture hooks.
3. a mass of snow, ice, etc., projecting over a mountain ridge.

atavism
[at-uh-viz-uhm]
noun
1. Biology .
a. the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
b. an individual embodying such a reversion.
2. reversion to an earlier type; throwback.

yawp
[yawp, yahp]
verb (used without object)
1. to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl.
2. Slang . to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly.

vermilion
[ver-mil-yuhn]
noun
1. a brilliant scarlet red.
2. a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.

monomania
[mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
noun
1. (no longer in technical use) a psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.
2. an inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.

clemency
[klem-uhn-see]
noun, plural clem·en·cies.
1. the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.
2. an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
3. (of the weather) mildness or temperateness.

choler
[kol-er]
noun
1. irascibility; anger; wrath; irritability.

extemporaneous
[ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uhs]
adjective
1. done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech.
2. previously planned but delivered with the help of few or no notes: extemporaneous lectures.
3. speaking or performing with little or no advance preparation: extemporaneous actors.
4. made for the occasion, as a shelter.

pellucid
[puh-loo-sid]
adjective
1. allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
2. clear or limpid: pellucid waters.
3. clear in meaning, expression, or style: a pellucid way of writing.

carrel
[kar-uhl]
noun
1. Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
2. a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.

recalcitrant
[ri-kal-si-truhnt]
adjective
1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

keening
[kee-ning]
noun
1. the act of a person who keens.
2. a wailing lament for the dead; keen.

diorite
[dahy-uh-rahyt]
noun
a granular igneous rock consisting essentially of plagioclase feldspar and hornblende.

inveigle
[in-vey-guhl, -vee-]
verb (used with object), in·vei·gled, in·vei·gling.
1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into ): to inveigle a person into playing bridge.
2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from  or away ): to inveigle a theater pass from a person.

desiderate
[dih-sid-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), de·sid·er·at·ed, de·sid·er·at·ing.
to wish or long for.

stratagem
[strat-uh-juhm
noun
1. a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
2.any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.

Hector
[hek-ter]
noun
1. Classical Mythology . the eldest son of Priam and husband of Andromache: the greatest Trojan hero in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles.
2. ( lowercase ) a blustering, domineering person; a bully.

trestle
[tres-uhl]
noun
1. a frame typically composed of a horizontal bar or beam rigidly joined or fitted at each end to the top of a transverse A-frame, used as a barrier, a transverse support for planking, etc.; horse.
2. Civil Engineering .
a. one of a number of bents, having sloping sides of framework or piling, for supporting the deck or stringers of a bridge.
b. a bridge made of these.

ambulate
[am-byuh-leyt]
verb (used without object), am·bu·lat·ed, am·bu·lat·ing.
to walk about or move from place to place.

perambulate
[per-am-byuh-leyt] verb, per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.
verb (used with object)
1. to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
2. to traverse in order to examine or inspect.

valise
[vuh-lees or, especially Brit., -leez]
noun
a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand, used to hold clothing, toilet articles, etc.; suitcase; traveling bag.

bivvy
— n  , pl -vies
slang  a small tent or shelter

[C20: shortened from bivouac ]

meringue
[muh-rang]
noun
1. a delicate, frothy mixture made with beaten egg whites and sugar or hot syrup, and browned, used as a topping for pies, pastry, etc.
2. a pastry or pastry shell made by baking such a mixture, sometimes filled with fruit, whipped cream, etc.

laconic
[luh-kon-ik]
adjective
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.

terminus
[tur-muh-nuhs]
noun, plural ter·mi·ni  [-nahy]  ter·mi·nus·es.
1. the end or extremity of anything.

2. either end of a railroad line.
3. British . the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route.
4. the point toward which anything tends; goal or end.

rictus
[rik-tuhs]
noun, plural ric·tus, ric·tus·es.
1. the gape of the mouth of a bird.
2. the gaping or opening of the mouth.

molder
1    [mohl-der]
verb (used without object)
1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.

sojourn
[n. soh-jurn; v. soh-jurn, soh-jurn]
noun
1. a temporary stay: during his sojourn in Paris.
verb (used without object)
2. to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily: to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.

hauteur
[hoh-tur; Fr. oh-tœr]
noun
haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.

sobriquet

[soh-bruh-key, -ket, soh-bruh-key, -ket]

a nickname.

analysand

[uh-nal-uh-sand, -zand]

noun, Psychiatry.

a person undergoing psychoanalysis.

hoary

[hawr-ee, hohr-ee]

adjective, hoar·i·er, hoar·i·est.

1. gray or white with age: an old dog with a hoary muzzle.

2. ancient or venerable: hoary myths.

3. tedious from familiarity; stale: Please don’t tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.

vitiate

[vish-ee-eyt]

verb (used with object), vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing.

1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.

2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.

3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.

nebulous

[neb-yuh-luh s]

adjective

1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.

2. cloudy or cloudlike.

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