Lexicon: Tenth Edition Edition

Posted in Arcana on August 6, 2007

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 "Scalpelexis") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration. Since many of Tenth Edition’s cards came from sets that never had an edition of the Lexicon devoted to them, check out these words drawn from old favorites in Tenth.

Discombobulate

dis·com·bob·u·late
verb

  1. To confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate.
Squee, Goblin Nabob

na·bob
noun

  1. Any very wealthy, influential, or powerful person.
  2. A person, especially a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East.
Pariah

pa·ri·ah
noun

  1. A social outcast.
  2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
Pithing Needle

pith
verb

  1. To remove the pith from (a plant stem).
  2. To sever or destroy the spinal cord of, usually by inserting a needle into the vertebral canal.
Scoria Wurm

sco·ri·a
noun

  1. Porous cinderlike fragments of dark lava.
  2. The refuse of a smelted metal or ore; slag.
Scion of the Wild

sci·on
noun

  1. A descendant or heir.
  2. A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.

Source: dictionary.com

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