ampelopsis
climbing shrub of the grape family
apse
semi-circular recess at the altar end of a church or cathedral
chimaera
an unpleasant product of the imagination
desuetude
a state of no longer being used
dromedary
the one-humped, Arabian camel
euphonious
having a pleasant sound
gewgaw
a gaudy trinket
intransigent
not capable of being moved
Japanese Cloisonné
decorative Japanese enamelware
jardiniere
an ornamental flower pot
jonquils
a yellow or white flowering plant
Lethe
In Greek myth, a river in Hades, the water of which brings about forgetfulness
mawkishness
exaggerated or insincere emotion
neuralgia
acute spasms of nerve pain
pianissimo
a musical term directing the player to play softly
plenitude
a complete or an adequate amount
porphyry
a brown igneous rock containing glittering crystals
protozoa
one-cell organisms
reconnoitre
to explore or to discover
reredos
a decorated screen above or behind an altar in a church or cathedral
Sibylline
prophetic, as in the Sibyl, a female prophet of Greek myth
tabellion
a tablet or written document
the demi-monde
women on the fringes of polite society, supported by a lover or lovers
Vichy water
a naturally sparkling mineral water from a spring in the south of France