“Book of the Dead,” by Patricia Cornwell, had lots of new words to look up for this week.
Castigated = to punish or rebuke severely, especially by harsh public criticism
Dorsolateral = of, relating to, or involving both the back and the sides
Enigmatic = perplexing, baffling
Lividity = grayish blue, lead-colored, sometimes taken to mean pale, white or red
Palliative = excusing, extenuating
Pathognomonic = indicative or typical of a particular disease
Petechiae = a small hemorrhagic spot in the skin, mucous membrane, etc.
Pittosporum = any of a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs of the pittosporum family from Japan, Australia, etc.
Priapism = a pathological condition characterized by persistent erection of the penis, especially without sexual excitement
Trattoria = a small, inexpensive restaurant in Italy
Travertine = a light-colored limestone deposited around lakes, streams or springs