Lost Early Victorian Words

bumposopher n 1834 -1886
one learned in bumps; a phrenologist
Craniology has progressed greatly since the days of bumposophers.

devalgate adj 1851 -1883
bow-legged
The devalgate cowboy watched his old smell-hound crawl between his legs.

ecstasiate v 1823 -1957
to go into an ecstasy; to cause to become ecstatic
The arrival of the boy-band ecstasiated the pre-teen throng.

hemerine adj 1854 -1886
daily; quotidian
The hemerine ritual of walking her dog kept her in good physical shape.

hymnicide n 1862 -1862
killing of hymns through alterations
Many accused the revisionists in the Church of committing hymnicide.

kexy adj 1608 -1884
dry, brittle, withered
The rustling of the kexy leaves alerted the campers to the bear's presence.

krioboly n 1850 -1882
sacrifice of many rams; bath in blood of rams
Contrary to rumour, pagan rituals do not involve krioboly or baby-eating.

miliaceous adj 1684 -1890
like millet or the millet-seed
This miliaceous gift will keep our nation from starvation, but will not appease us.

panchymagogue n 1657 -1893
medicine purging all the humours from the body
What you need is a good panchymagogue to get you back on your feet!

phlyarologist n 1867 -1867
one who talks nonsense
He was a petty phlyarologist who could rarely hold an intelligent conversation.

sermonolatry n 1859 -1859
excessive devotion to sermons
We moved to a church across town because of our pastor's excessive sermonolatry.

snobographer n 1848 -1966
one who describes or writes about snobs
The editors scrapped the society page because it was full of pretentious snobographers.

sputcheon n 1842 -1878
metal lining of the mouth of a scabbard
The blade rang against the sputcheon as he drew it, eliminating the element of surprise.

supellectile adj 1615 -1843
of the nature of furniture
Our apartment is full of knick-knacks, but is lacking in supellectile necessities.

tolfraedic adj 1703 -1905
of reckoning one hundred as 120; duodecimal
Unfortunately, our measures still have a strong component of tolfraedic reckoning.

tussicate v 1598 -1890
to cough
He tussicated throughout the opera, annoying nearby audience members.

uglyography n 1804 -1834
bad handwriting; poor spelling
Your uglyography conceals the cogency and brilliance of your ideas. Mr. Rogers would not approve.

yelve n 1000 -1886
dung-fork; garden-fork; to use such a fork
With her yelve and hoe never far from hand, she grew her crops the old-fashioned way.