I love to read the notes in the margins of used books — it's like literary forensic work. It's even more telling to read a marked up dictionary — especially when the dictionary in question belonged to the late David Foster Wallace. Slate has posted a complete list of words that Wallace circled in his dictionary; and a quick perusal has turned up something akin to FIVE that I actually recognize. (I was a Latin student, so Ablative Absolute was kind of a gimme.) Here are a few of my favorites — new favorites, I should say.
A salted and cured side of bacon.
A longitudinal cut from the trunk of a tree.
One of several planks secured together to form a single beam.
A tree or shrub that is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall, often in a symmetrical pattern.
A trellis or other framework on which an espalier is grown.
Ecology An organism or species of an earlier time surviving in an environment that has undergone considerable change.
Something that has survived; a remnant.
*Yes, that's the archaic of enucleate.