Lexicon: Time Spiral Edition

Posted in Arcana on December 13, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to the Time Spiral edition of the Lexicon, in which we 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 “Herd Gnarr”) are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration.

Blazing Blade Askari

as•ka•ri
noun

  1. Arabic, Persian and Swahili word meaning “soldier.”
  2. A native African police officer or soldier, esp. one serving a colonial administration.
Basal Sliver

ba•sal
adjective

  1. Of, at, or forming the base.
  2. Forming a basis; fundamental; basic.
  3. Physiology.
    1. Indicating a standard low level of activity of an organism, as during total rest.
    2. Of an amount required to maintain this level.
Conflagrate

con•fla•grate
verb

  1. Cause to start burning.
  2. Start to burn or burst into flames.
Errant Doomsayers

doom•say•er
noun

  1. A person who predicts impending misfortune or disaster.
Sengir Nosferatu

nos•fer•a•tu
noun

  1. A hideously ugly vampire.
Pentarch Paladin

pen•tarch
noun

  1. Member of a pentarchy.

pentarchy
noun

  1. a government by five persons.
  2. a governing body of five persons.
  3. a federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.
Penumbra Spider

pe•num•bra
noun

  1. Astronomy.
    1. The partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the light from the source of illumination is only partly cut off.
    2. The grayish marginal portion of a sunspot.
  2. A shadowy, indefinite, or marginal area.
Phthisis

phthi•sis
noun

  1. A wasting away.
  2. Pulmonary tuberculosis; consumption.
Scion of the Ur-Dragon

sci•on
noun

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

spin•ner•et
noun

  1. An organ or part by means of which a spider, insect larva, or the like spins a silky thread for its web or cocoon.
  2. A metal plate or cup with tiny holes through which a chemical solution is extruded to form continuous filaments, as of rayon, nylon, or polyester.
Viscid Lemures

vis•cid
adjective

  1. Having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive; viscous.
  2. Botany. Covered by a sticky substance.

Sources: dictionary.com; wikipedia.com

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