Fistfuls of interesting words.

Curious objects. Jupiter Trojans. Sungrazer comets. Centaur minor planets. Shatter cones. Shocked quartz. Mother of thousands / devil’s backbone. Hen and chicks.

Senegalese male names. Khadim. Adama. Kalidou. Youssouf. Lamine. Moussa. Idrissa. Salif. Cheikh. Cheikhou. Alioune. Sadio. Moussa. Diafra. Ismaila. Mbaye. Keita. Cisse.

Praise. Panegyric. Qasida. Praise-Poem. (African praise-poetry is amazing. Kudos to the African music show at my local independent music radio station for introducing it to me in a moving, visceral way. The DJ interviewed a musician, and the latter improvised a praise-poem extolling the radio show. He was speaking in his native language, but my hair stood on end at the fierce passion in his voice.)

Sanskrit. Brahmin. avatar. tarati (“he crosses”). pundit/pandit. karma. swami. Lashkar. dharma. mantra. ahimsa. sutra. nirvana. “re” (“oh” - interjection in Hindi).

Miscellaneous. deasil/dessel (clockwise). tantivy. satori (Japanese, sudden enlightenment or intuitive understanding). hegira (Arabic). fain.

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