Lexicon: Ravnica Edition

Posted in Arcana on October 5, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

The goal of the Lexicon is to teach players the meanings of some of the more obscure words we use in card names. While many of the offbeat names (like "Drooling Groodion") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration. Check out these Lexicon entries drawn from Ravnica: City of Guilds cards.

Cloudstone Curio

cu·ri·o
noun

  1. A curious or unusual object of art or piece of bric-a-brac.
Cyclopean Snare

cy·clo·pe·an
adjective

  1. Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops: a great Cyclopean monocle.
  2. Very big; huge: has a cyclopean ego.
  3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterized by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size.
Selesnya Evangel

e·van·gel
noun

  1. An evangelist.
Flame Fusillade

fu·sil·lade
noun

  1. A discharge from a number of firearms, fired simultaneously or in rapid succession.
  2. A rapid outburst or barrage: a fusillade of insults.
Grayscaled Gharial

gha·ri·al
variant of ga·vi·al
verb

  1. A large reptile (Gavialis gangeticus) of southern Asia, related to and resembling the crocodiles and having a long slender snout.
Selesnya Sagittars

sag·it·tar
variant of sag·it·ta·ry
noun

  1. (Myth.) A centaur; a fabulous being, half man, half horse, armed with a bow and quiver.

sag·it·ta·ry
adjective

  1. Pertaining to, or resembling, an arrow.

Source: dictionary.com

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