Unusual Word Sunday


As an author, I always love stumbling upon new words that are either unusual or have fallen out of usage.  I’m always game for increasing my vocabulary and as I tend to write fantasy, old, Middle English words tend to offer a touch of authenticity to the stories.

Today’s word is melichrous.  

Pronunciation: “mel-LEE-krooss”, or “mel-LEE-kruss”

It derives from the old Greek word melichroos and it means:  the color of honey yellow

“The big cat licked his chops as he pressed closer, his large melichrous eyes set on me as if I were his next meal.”

I love the word as I believe describing something as the ‘color of wheat’ or ‘amber’ or ‘honey’ is a little clichéd and old.  We hear it all the time.  Melichrous is fresh, dynamic…different.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and can find ways to incorporate it in your vocabulary.

Have a lovely Sunday.