Lex of Tex

Some time back, I read an article about Tommy Lee Jones. Aside from having the good taste to live in San Antonio, it was reported that Jones was in the habit of dropping whatever book he was reading and looking up any unknown words right then and there. He was that kind of take-charge man. I may not be as resolutive as all that... I usually jot down the words in question on a scrap of paper. The scrap goes into orbit somewhere on my desk and gets dealt with sooner or later. I'm like Tommy Lee in "The Fugitive"... it may take some time, but I get what I'm after. Here's a token offering.

Word Definition
saltpetre

potassium nitrate, chief ingredient of gunpowder, also used in medicine (SP - salitre)

tabescent

wasting away, emaciated (escuálido)

undercroft

crypt of church, underground vault or chamber

verdigris

patina formed on copper, brass or bronze; copper sulphate (Sp. verdín, Ca. verdet)

wattles

fleshy lobe hanging from head of fowl, like a turkey (Sp. & Ca. - carúncula)

zizz

a short sleep, a nap