Kindle Vocabulary Builder (Week 1)

If you have a Kindle, then you probably know about the cool vocabulary builder feature it has! Anytime you look up a word’s definition, it’s automatically added to the vocabulary builder, that way you can review, study, and master the words at a later date.

Super cool, right?

I haven’t always been consistent about reviewing the words again after I’ve looked them up, but I thought it’d be fun to create a blog series about some of the words that have either stumped me or words I wanted to know the actual definition for. All definitions have been taken from Merriam-Webster. Hopefully you learn a new word!

So without further delay . . .

Word: Cosseted
Definition: to give (someone) a lot of care and attention or too much care and attention
Originally read in: Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon

Word: Tenaculum
Definition: 1: a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts (such as arteries); 2: an adhesive animal structure
Originally read in: Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon

Word: Worsted
Definition: a smooth compact yarn from long wool fibers used especially for firm napless fabrics, carpeting, or knitting
Originally read in: Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon

Word: Coalesce
Definition: 1: to grow together; 2a : to unite into a whole; b : to unite for a common end : join forces; 3: to arise from the combination of distinct elements
Originally read in: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Word: Avuncular
Definition: 1: suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality; 2: of or relating to an uncle
Originally read in: Voyager (Outlander, #3) by Diana Gabaldon

Word: Bucolic
Definition: 1: of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral; 2a : relating to or typical of rural life
Originally read in: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Word: Ilk
Definition: sort, kind
Originally read in: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Word: Ciborium
Definition: 1: a goblet-shaped vessel for holding eucharistic bread; 2: baldachin; specifically : a freestanding vaulted canopy supported by four columns over a high altar
Originally read in: Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Word: Erasure
Definition: an act or instance of erasing
Originally read in: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Word: Subcutaneous
Definition: being, living, occurring, or administered under the skin
Originally read in: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


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Which of these words is new to you? What was the last definition you looked up while reading?

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29 thoughts on “Kindle Vocabulary Builder (Week 1)

  1. Ooh, I like this feature! I have to admit I don’t use the lookup feature in Kindle very often (either I try to get it from context or I look it up somewhere else) but this might get me using it! I definitely would not have known Ciborium

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  2. That’s so cool! I had no idea Kindle had that ability. I’m definitely going to start using that. You have a great list of words! A bunch of them are new to me. I knew “worsted” because I do a lot of crafts. I also knew the word avuncular, and I distinctly remember reading it in a book, but I can’t remember which book. 😀

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      1. Ha, ha, yes it is. I looked it up on Google and it sounds like this feature is only available on Kindle Paperwhite, and I have a Kindle Fire. Oh, well. Maybe I should get a Paperwhite. 🙂

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