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These words are all taken from Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange.
1. DENUDED: "There was a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, splendid in size and shape, but so denuded of candles that it gave out no more than a dim glow."
To make naked or bare; strip. Origin: 1505–15 from Latin dēnūdāre. I figured this was the definition, but I don't think I've ever heard this one before.
2. INIMICALLY: "'You knew I was going to marry her,' said Darcy inimically."
Unfriendly, hostile. Origin 635–45; from Latin inimīc(us). Once again I guessed at this since it closely resembles enemy, but once again had never actually heard it before.
3. GENTIANS: Origin 1350–1400; Middle English gencian from Latin gentiāna; said to be named after Gentius, an Illyrian king.
4. HAREBELLS: Origin 1350–1400; Middle English
5. SAXIFRAGE: Origin 1400–50; late Middle English from Latin saxifraga (herba) stone-breaking (herb), equivalent to saxi-, combining form of saxum stone + -fraga, feminine of -fragus breaking
These last three are obviously flowers that I'd never heard of before so I'd thought I'd add the pics so now you know what they are too!