A narrow and untrodden cavern at the bottom connects it with the outer sea; they could even then hear the mysterious thunder and gurgle of the surge in the subterranean adit, as it rolled huge boulders to and fro in darkness, and forced before it gusts of pent-up air. Westward Ho!
“Shh!” said an older child, cocking his head and listening very hard, his eyes never moving from the cloud exuding from the adit. Dragon’s Kin
After the last verse Taita turned and, with every eye fixed avidly upon him, strode back down the adit until he stood before the blue-grey wall of newly exposed rock at the end. Warlock
Then he’ll be needed at the mine, when we’ve got the adit cleared. The Rowan
The word ‘adit’ comes from a Latin word meaning “entrance, access”.
The last streak of light had faded from the west, and a pale lustre kindling in the eastern portions of the sky, became brighter and brighter till the white falcated moon was lifted up above the horizon; while uncountable stars appeared to reflect their brilliancy in the waters below. By Water to the Columbian Exposition
In the commedia dell’arte, Scaramouch was a stock character who was constantly being cudgeled by Harlequin, which may explain why his name is based on an Italian word meaning “skirmish,” or “a minor fight.” The character was made popular in England during the late 1600s by the clever acting of Tiberio Fiurelli. During that time, the name “Scaramouch” also gained notoriety as a derogatory word for “a cowardly buffoon” or “rascal.” Today not many people use the word (which can also be spelled “scaramouche”), but you will encounter it while listening to Queen’s ubiquitous rock song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” in the lyric “I see a little silhouetto of a man / Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?”
French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia skirmish
Breathless messengers, fugitive Swiss, denunciatory Patriots, trepidation; finally tripudiation! The French Revolution
Till champagne and tripudiation do their work; and all lie silent, horizontal; passively slumbering, with meed-of-battle dreams! The French Revolution
The word ‘tripudiation’ comes from the Latin word for a type of religious dance, probably from roots meaning “three” and “foot”.
I’m a bit skeptical about a word for dancing which starts with ‘trip.’
Due to the time involved, I am going to have to stop doing a word every day – at least for now. I will be doing Tuesday’s Word of the Week instead. When time gets better, I hope to go back to Word of the Day. Thanks to all who have enjoyed the words.