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Tartarean (tahr-TAR-ee-uhn) adjective
[From Latin tartareus, from Greek tartareios, from Tartaros. In Greek mythology, Tartarus was the place in Hades reserved for punishing the worst.]
"The hatch, removed from the top of the works, now afforded a wide hearth
in front of them. Standing on this were the Tartarean shapes of the pagan
harpooneers, always the whaleship's stokers."
"The late-afternoon skies over lower downtown Denver were Stygian dark
and Tartarean dreary, as had been the Rockies in the series with the
omnipotent Yankees, when Todd Zeile approached the plate in the
culmination of the 10th inning, and there was a fulmination and
fulguration of thunder and lightning."
This week's theme: toponyms, or words derived from the names of places.
A nation, like a tree, does not thrive well till it is engrafted with a foreign stock. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)