What a wealth of unusual, old words I found in 'The Mystery of 31 New Inn' by R. Austin Freeman, published in 1912! Here are a few of them!
'Though the full enjoyment of the matutinal pipe precluded fluent conversation' pg. 89
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Of, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early.
'The harsh rattle of granite setts, the soft bumpiness of macadam, the smooth rumble of wood-pavement,' pg. 7
Pavement made of layers of compacted broken stone, now usually bound with tar or asphalt.
[After John Loudon Mcadam (1756-1836), Scottish civil engineer.]
'With a muttered anathema of the unknown Mr. Graves and the unrestful life of a locum tenens, I stepped into the uninviting vehicle.' pg. 6lo·cum te·nens n.
A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.
'His eyebrows were large and beetling, overhanging deep set eyes,' pg.13
Jutting; overhanging: beetle brows.
intr.v. bee·tled, bee·tling, bee·tles
To jut; overhang: "The rocks often beetled over the road"
[From Middle English bitel-brouwed, grim-browed : bitel, sharp (probably from Old English *bitol, biting, from Old English bite, bite; see bit2) + brouwed (from brow, brow; see brow).]