grape·shot, ho·mun·cu·lus, I·chor·id

Posted in Feature on February 8, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

grape·shot

Grapeshot Catapult

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Date: 1747
1 : an antipersonnel weapon consisting of a cluster of small iron balls shot from a cannon

ho·mun·cu·lus

Sneaky Homunculus

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural ho·mun·cu·li
Etymology: Latin, diminutive of homin-, homo human being
Date: 1656
1 : a little man : manikin
2 : a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size

I·chor·id

Ichorid

From Rei Nakazawa, Magic creative text writer:
Function: noun
Etymology: Can't figure out how to pronounce this name? It'll help if you know the root word, ichor, which means "a watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer." Since this horrific creature feeds on the recently dead, it would feed on ichor, therefore its name.

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