More pot luck words from the past week ...
From The Empire of Tea by Alan and Iris Macfarlane :
The women lounged in deckchairs on the ship or sat sidesaddle on shiny horses, floppy hats replaced by solar topees.
Solar topee is another word for pith helmet! According to Wikipedia
From the Hindi sola or shola, the name of a plant, and topi, a hat. The spelling "solar" probably rises from misunderstanding shola as the English solar.
|Lord and Lady Curzon. Lord George Curzon was Viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905|
and a fervent champion of British imperial interests.
We lived in white bungalows around which grew marigolds, petunias and scarlet salvias (I have disliked these ever since)
scarlet salvia aka scarlet sage (Salvia splendens)
|The fiery scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) can be found throughout India. (Source)|
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which was something of a pity since 'box wallahs' were almost hoi polloi in my family's vocabulary.
box wallah \ˈbäkˌswälə\
: (derogatory) an itinerant pedlar or salesman in India
Origi: Hindi bakswālā, from English 2box + Hindi -wālā man
[in combination or with modifier] Indian or informal
|dabbawallah: a person in India, most commonly in Mumbai, who is part of a delivery system that collects hot food in lunch boxes from the residences of workers in the late morning, delivers the lunches to the workplace|
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Oh and one other one from a difference book ...
... a mantle supported by winged caryatids that appeared more Greek than Egyptian, a distinctly Chinese screen, and an oppressive number of ornately carved tables.
caryatid \ˌker-ē-ˈa-təd, ˌka-rē-; ˈker-ē-ə-ˌtid, ˈka-rē-\
plural cary·at·ids or cary·at·ides
: a draped female figure supporting an entablature
Caryatids are sometimes called korai (“maidens”). Their male counterpart is the atlas.
Origin: Latin caryatides, plural, from Greek karyatides priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karyai Caryae in Laconia. First Known Use: 1563
entablature \in-ˈta-blə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇r\
: a horizontal part in classical architecture that rests on the columns and consists of architrave, frieze, and cornice
|Image of Porch of the Caryatids which is part of the Erechtheum at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.|