Lexicon: Ice Age/Alliances Edition

Posted in Arcana on June 26, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to a special pre-Coldsnap edition of the Lexicon, in which we revisit the Ice Age and Alliances sets and explore the meanings of some of the more obscure words we use in the names of those cards. While many offbeat names in Magic (like "Shyft") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration.

Aurochs

aur•ochs
noun, both singular and plural

  1. European bison having a smaller and higher head than the North American bison.
  2. A large, recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle.
Ashnod's Cylix

cy •lix
noun

  1. A shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece.
Foxfire

fox•fire
noun

  1. A phosphorescent glow, especially that produced by certain fungi found on rotting wood.
Fumarole

fu•ma•role
noun

  1. An opening in the Earth’s crust, often near a volcano, that emits steam and gases.
Fylgja

fyl•gja
noun

  1. In Scandinavian mythology, a supernatural creature, usually in the form of an animal, who accompanies a person.
Hipparion

hip•pa•ri•on
noun

  1. An extinct genus of Tertiary mammals allied to the horse, but three-toed, having on each foot a small lateral hoof on each side of the main central one.
Jokulhaups

jo•kul•haups
noun

  1. A type of mudslide that occurs when a volcano erupts under a glacier, sending a mixture of glacial water, mud, and volcanic debris flowing downhill.
Thermokarst

ther•mo•karst

  1. A land surface that forms as ice-rich permafrost melts.

Sources: dictionary.com, wikipedia.com

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