Main Entry: xe·ric
Pronunciation: 'zir-ik, 'zer-
Function: adjective: characterized by, relating to, or requiring only a small amount of moisture
So I suppose it's a scientific word, which is why it is uncommon.
The other new words are mostly culinary. I discovered:
- mascarpone (a kind of cheese)
- pine nuts (where can we get them in India?
There were lots more, but these are some that stayed in my head.
Before this book I hadn't heard of Etruscans (they lived in Italy way before the conquering Romans) or even Cortona, and now I feel as if I can walk down the streets there and know what I can expect to see.
Such literary out-of-body experiences make me marvel at, and be grateful for the concept of writing and books again and again. Even if I never travel outside my country I will still know a little about the lands beyond my reach.