Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
houri (n) 1 : one of the beautiful maidens that in Muslim belief live with the blessed in paradise. 2: a voluptuously beautiful young woman. "Its walls were lined with rare editions, and its chairs and Chesterfield sofa suggested the embraces of the houris." (p. 13)
quiddity (n) 1. a: a trifling point : quibble. b: crotchet, eccentricity. 2: whatever makes something to be of the type that it is : essence. "Well, I'm glad the little man has so much of an alibi, said Lord Peter, though if you're only gluing your faith to cadaveric lividity, rigidity, and all the other quiddities, you must be prepared to have some sceptical beast of a prosecuting counsel walk slap-bang through the medical evidence." (p. 19) Odd that this word means both essence and trifle--I think Sayers means both here.
Words are from Whose Body? by Dorthy L. Sayers. Definitions are from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.