a-belderin
Crying
a deux mains
In both hands (French)
air-blebs
Bubbles
al fresco
In the open air (Italian)
anaemic
A lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood - gives sufferers a pale appearance
autopsy
Examination of a corpse to find out cause of death
backsheesh
Bribe
bairns
Children
bans
Curses
bar-guests
Harbingers of Death
belly-timber
Food
beuk-bodies
Learned people
Bistritz
(Bistrita) A town in Transylvania near Castle Dracula
blood transfusion
The transference of blood from one person directly into the circulatory system of another (medical procedure)
bloofer lady
Beautiful lady
bogles
Hobgoblins
boh-ghosts
Apparitions
Borgo Pass
A high mountain pass in Transylvania and home to Castle Dracula
Boyar
Highest feudal rank below the Prince
brool
Deep, murmuring sound
caleche
(calash) A horse-drawn carriage with a folding top
Carpathians
A large mountain range in Central and Eastern Europe
chapelle ardente
'Burning Chapel' (French) Chapel filled with candles, for laying important people to rest
chaplet
Ornamental wreath of flowers worn on the head
chivyin'
Harrassing
Chloral
(Chloral Hydrate) A sleep inducing drug
clegs and the dowps
Horse flies and carrion crows
counterpane
A type of quilt
crammle aboon the grees
Hobble down the steps
creed aught
Believe anything
crucifix
A religious symbol showing Christ crucified on the cross
cum grano
(Cum grano salis) With a grain of salt (Latin)
Danube
A very long river in Europe, originating in Germany and flowing eastwards to the Black Sea
drouth
Thirst
embrasure
A wedge-shaped opening in the wall of a room, at the window.
euthanasia
'Good Death' (Greek) Ending a life in order to relieve suffering
evil eye
A look that can cause harm or bad luck for the person it is directed at. Evil eye amulets or the Sign of the Horns may protect from the evil eye
fash masel
Fuss myself
feet-folks
Tourists who walk rather than ride in carriages
Fly
Horse-drawn public cab
go to grass
Collapse and die
Hansom
A fast and light horse-drawn cab, seen as rather 'racy.'
hobnails
A short nail sticking out of a boot's sole in order to increase its durability
in camera
Secretly (Latin)
jugular
The main vein in the neck
Kodak
A camera
Kukri
A curved knife
lanthorns
Lanterns
Laudanum
Tincture of Opium. Medicine used for a variety of ailments, but mainly as a pain reliever
leiter-wagon
A peasant's cart
London cat's meat
Horseflesh sold by London street dealers as cat food
maelstrom
A powerful, swirling vortex of water
Magyars
Ethnic group of Hungary
mattock
A large pick for loosening soil
Morphine
A pain relieving drug
mortmain
'Dead Hand.' Legal term for the right of ownership over property or land (French)
narcotic
A drug that relieves pain, dulls the senses, and can induce sleep
New Woman
A 'progressive woman' who asserts her independence
pabulum
Food (Latin)
paroxysm
A sudden fit, attack or spasm
parti
Marriage prospect (French)
petticoats
A woman's undergarment, worn under a skirt or dress
phonograph
A device for playing sound recordings
physiognomy
Assessment of a person's character and personality from the appearance of their face and head
pop
Popular concert, priced for the masses
portmanteau
A type of travel bag popular in the 19th century
quare scowderment
Queer commotion
Romany
(Romani or Gypsies) An ethnic group spread around Europe, who trace their origins to medieval India
sanguine
Having blood as the predominant body humour. Sturdy, cheery, with good colour.
Satan
The devil of Abrahamic religions - a fallen angel according to Judeo-Christian belief, and a Jinn in Islamic belief. God's advesary, lord of Hell, tempter of humans, and the source of black magic and evil creatures such as vampires and witches.
saturnine
cold and steady/slow to act or change/gloomy or surly
Saxon
West Germanic people
Servian
Archaic term for Serbian
simoom
Desert wind
skeer an scunner hafflin's
Scare half-wits
skeleton keys
A key made to open/bypass any lock
Slovaks
A Western Slavic people who mainly inhabit Slovakia
smuts
smogs
solicitor
A lawyer who deals with a variety of legal matters but does not go to court
sperm
Candle wax made from the oil of a sperm whale
stenography
Shorthand
swoon
Faint
Szekelys
An old people of Transylvania
telegram
A long distance transmission using an electrical telegraph
the Stores
Harrods
toilet
(making toilet) Grooming oneself
toilet glass
A hand-mirror for grooming purposes
top-hammer
Upper masts, sail and rigging of a ship
traps
luggage, belongings
trephine
Drill a hole in the skull to relieve blood pressure
trituration
Rubbing or bruising
Turk
People from Turkey
typewriter
A device with a set of keys, that when pressed will print letters onto paper
vampire
A cursed, 'Un-dead' creature that sucks the blood of living people. Can be repelled with holy objects and killed with a wooden stake. A vampire bite will turn the victim into a vampire.
Varna
A port in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea
Victoria
An elegant horse-drawn carriage
Voivode
Slavonic title for 'Commanding Prince'
wafts
Ghosts
Wallachian
A Romanian
wan
pale
werewolf
A supernatural creature - a man that can turn into a wolf, usually at the Full Moon. Silver will repel and kill them.
Whitby
A town in North Yorkshire on the East coast of Britain
Winchester
A rifle
Yabblins!
Possibly!
zoophagous
Feeds on animals