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nuncupative. adjective. [L. nuncupativus nominal: cf. F. nuncupatif.]

1. Publicly or solemnly declaratory. [Obs.]

2. Nominal; existing only in name. [Obs.]

3. Oral; not written. Nuncupative will/testament, a will or testament made by word of mouth only, before witnesses, as by a soldier or seaman, and depending on oral testimony for proof. [from Blackstone]

(Above definition from the ARTFL's on-line 1913 Merriam-Webster dictionary.)

'Nuncupative' found in Matthew Hughes' story, "The Gist Hunter," in the June F&SF (um, yeah, I'm a bit behind in my reading). In the story it seems to be used in the second sense above, which appears to have been obsolete even in 1913, and that meaning is not even mentioned in current dictionaries. Is there anyone who will understand this word when they read it without having to look it up? Heh.

Interesting story, btw. Strongly reminiscent of Jack Vance's 'Dying Earth' stories, both in setting and in prose style. Vance also liked oddball words with lots of personality.


meaning: rest

少憩== shoukei == (noun) short rest, recess
休憩所 == kyuukeijo==  (noun) restroom, lounge

Left upper radical is 'tongue' (舌), bottom radical is 'heart' (心), top right radical is 'nose' (自). Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Tongue, nose and heart all take a rest.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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