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.
- Writing Advice: When to Break Out the Thesaurus (fastpencil.wordpress.com)
- Evolution of English Language (socionet123.wordpress.com)