"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 21 January 2013

Fulgor and fulgurous

Fulgor is an archaic word meaning dazzling brightness, splendour.   

Its adjective, fulgurous, is not mentioned as being archaic and therefore is presumably in current usage.  (Note the change of the 'o' to a 'u' in the word).  It is described as meaning dazzling; amazingly impressive; eye-popping; suggestive of the flashing of lightning or the cracking of a whip; emitting flashes of lightning or similar to lightning.


  1. I recognized this one easily because of the Italian word fulgore, by the same meaning as fulgor. It is used in the bible.

    1. Now, there's a thought, Meike. A few chapters of the Bible would give me a lot of interesting words, wouldn't it.