Innistrad Lexicon

Posted in Arcana on December 14, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Welcome to the Innistrad edition of the Lexicon, in which we explore the meanings of some of the more unusual words we use in the names of those cards. While many offbeat names in Magic (like "moldgraf") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration.

Abattoir Ghoul

ab•at•toir
noun

a slaughterhouse.

Ulvenwald Primordials

pri•mor•di•al
noun

  1. constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary: primordial forms of life.
  2. Embryology. first formed.
  3. pertaining to or existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter.
Bloodcrazed Neonate

ne•o•nate
noun

a newborn child, or one in its first 28 days.

Paraselene

par•a•se•le•ne
noun

a bright moonlike spot on a lunar halo; a mock moon.

Trepanation Blade

tre•pan
noun

  1. a tool for cutting shallow holes by removing a core.
  2. Surgery. an obsolete form of the trephine resembling a carpenter's bit and brace.
Morkrut Banshee

ban•shee
noun

(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.

Source: dictionary.com

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