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22 September 2014 @ 11:36 pm
Old words of the day - electrum, noceur, and steampunk  
electrum, n. - [‘ Amber. Now hist. and rare.’] 1. a. Amber. Now hist. and rare.†b. fig. of tears. Obs. With reference to the classical myth of Phaethon, whose sisters (the Heliades), upon his death, were turned into trees, and their tears of grief into amber; 2. Min. A naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver containing trace amounts of copper and other elements; (also) a pale yellow artificial alloy of gold and silver, formerly much used for jewellery and coinage. 3. Metall. An alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel Cf. German silver n.

noceur, n.[‘ A reveller; a rake, a libertine; a person who stays up late at night.’]Pronunciation: Brit. /nɒˈsəː/, U.S. /nɑˈsər/
Etymology: <  French noceur (1834) < nocer to celebrate, carouse (mid 19th cent.; late 12th cent. in Old French in sense ‘to marry’; < noce, noces: see noces n.) + -eur -er suffix1.Not fully naturalized in English. A reveller; a rake, a libertine; a person who stays up late at night.

steampunk n
science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
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