My words all come from the book I finished last week, The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter. It's one of his Chief Inspector Morse mystery series. And Morse, of course, is a lover of crossword puzzles, and anagrams, and acrostics, and just about anything having to do with words and language. So the books almost always include a few terms I've never encountered before. These are the ones I found this time. I've only included the sentences they were found in when I thought they might be helpful - in most instances, seeing the words in context doesn't really add any enlightenment. And, of course, I had to be careful not to reveal any "spoilers."
brachycephalic - short-headed or broad-headed with a cephalic index of over 80
(That would probably be a little more meaningful if I knew anything at all about cephalic indices.)
concoloration - no definition found, but concolor - of the same color; of uniform color
"Morse looked at her eyes, and for a few seconds looked deeply into her eyes - and saw a hazel-green concoloration there. . . ."
paronomasia - a Greek term for a play on words; a pun
synoptically - adverb of synoptic/synoptical: 1) affording a general view of a whole; 2) manifesting or characterized by comprehensiveness or breadth of view; 3) presenting or taking the same or common view; specifically often capitalized: of or relating to the first three Gospels of the New Testament; 4) relating to or displaying conditions (as of the atmosphere or weather) as they exist simultaneously over a broad area
"It was necessary to stand away, to see things in perspective, to look synoptically at the problem."(I knew about the "relating to the first three Gospels" definition, but didn't realize it had so many other applications.)