It's time again for BermudaOnion's Wonderous Words Wednesday. This week's unfamiliar word comes from Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (which I just finished! Soon I might shut up about it, but not yet.)
Removal of a circular piece of bone, especially of the skull, by a trephine. Also called trepanation.
We finally performed something like trephenation on our client, creating a battle-weary but still reasonably presentable hollowed-out tureen. (Page 263)
(Even Firefox doesn't recognize this word, so I'm in good company!)
*Dictionary.com didn't recognize the spelling of this word, but did have two alternate spellings which made sense. The definition above actually goes with the trephination spelling.*