Lexicon: Mirrodin edition

Posted in Arcana on December 15, 2003

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 "Groffskithur") 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 Mirrodin cards.

Lumengrid Augur


  1. One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens.
  2. A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.
Empyrial Plate

em·py·ri·al variant of empyreal 

  1. Of the sky; celestial.
  2. Elevated; sublime.
Galvanic Key


  1. Of or relating to direct-current electricity, especially when produced chemically.
    • Having the effect of an electric shock: a galvanic revelation.
    • Produced as if by an electric shock: The new leader had a galvanic effect on our morale.
Hematite Golem


  1. A black or blackish-red to brick-red mineral, essentially Fe2O3, the chief ore of iron.
Mesmeric Orb


  1. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell: she had a warm mesmeric charm.
Auriok Transfixer

transitive verb

  1. To pierce with or as if with a pointed weapon.
  2. To fix fast; impale.
  3. To render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe.

Source: dictionary.com

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