anastomosis
a network of streams that branch out and reconnect, like leaf veins or blood vessels.
azotea
flat roof or terrace roof
barin
landowner
botonee cross
a Greek cross characterized by a trefoil or triple scallops at the end of each arm
cacahuète
peanut
cachou pellets
cachous were lozenges taken to sweeten the breath
camphine
Rectified oil of turpentine, used for burning in lamps, and as a common solvent in varnishes
chamfrained
chamfrain, also spelt chanfron and chamfron, means 'a piece of armour for a horse's head'
charabanc
a horse-drawn vehicle or early motorcar, usually open-topped
cul de jatte
legless cripple
decalcomania
the decorative technique by which engravings and prints may be transferred to pottery or other materials
durachki
literally: "little fools". A card game
fata morgana
a mirage, an optical illusion which results from a temperature inversion
guano
the excrement of seabirds, bats and seals
Gymnasium
German for high-school
hiemal
of or relating to winter
knutishko
a knout or small whip
landau
a four-wheeled carriage drawn by a pair, or four horses
Landjunker
esquire, country squire
monongahela
Nabokov must be referring to the Monongahela River in north-central west Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. It is strange that he doesn't capitalise the name here
mystagogue
someone who initiates others into mystic beliefs
nankeens
A sturdy yellow or buff cotton cloth, or trousers made of this cloth
necessaire
a sort of travelling case for toiletries or a manicure kit, for example
nictitating
(from Latin nictare, to blink) Winking, blinking, fluttering
ovipositor
an organ used by some animals for laying eggs
palpebral
relating to the eyelids
photism
A luminous image or appearance of a hallucinatory character
point de repere
guiding mark
quinquennium Neronis
The first five years of Roman emperor Nero's reign, generally regarded to have been an example of fine administration
samara
A dry, indehiscent, winged, often one-seeded fruit, as of the ash, elm, or maple. Also called key fruit.
Schnell Zug
Express train
soomerki
dusk
systole
lit: a term used to describe the entry of imagination into a text. med: a term describing a contraction of the heart
tarlatan
a thin, stiff open-weave muslin
Terrains à vendre
plots of land for sale
troika
a sled or carriage drawn by three horses
ulster
heavy-duty, double-breasted coat
zakuski
Russian hors doeuvres