American Literature

blae bluish black, blue gray
blae bluish black, blue gray
bight the middle part of a rope
fissirostral having a deep cleft in a bill or beak
fissirostral having a deep cleft in a bill or beak
exeunt they go off stage
ejecta matter that is ejected as from a volcano
diurnal of or pretaining to a day; daily
cribbing an injurious habit by which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air
cineradiography the filming of motion pictures through an x-ray machine
Eskimo aluet a group of languages consisting of Eskimo and aluet
drivage a horizontal or inclined length of highway under construction
doyenne a woman who is a senior member or high rank
dochandorac drink of the inn
contactant any substance that might induce an allergy
decalomania the art of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to wood, metal, glass, etc...
coromandel the hard brownish wood of a tropical asian tree
pourpoint a triangular ruffle popular on men in the 14th to 17th century
petsai chinese cabbage
corolla the inner envelope of floral leaves
oxytacia rapid childbirth
golden buck a dish consisting of welsh rarebit with a poached egg on top
whitesmith tinsmith
wedein a style of skiing involving rapid turns on parallel skis
lupus a southern constellation, the wolf
mea culpa through ny fault
organotropism the atrraction of simple micro organismsms or chemicaalstto certain cells of the body
markhor a wild goat
Washo a north american indian
hap ones luck or lot
LIFO last in; first out
judaist an adherent to judaism
high treason treason against a sovereign state
hawser a heavy rope used for towing or mooring
goniometer an instrument for measuring angles as on a crystal
jingo a person who espouses his or her patriotism loudly and excessively
homogamy interbreeding of individuals with like characteristics
hempen of or pretaining to hemp
gobbet a fragment or piece of raw flesh
giocoso musc. merry, playful
geophious zool. territorial as of certain snails
fondu ballet. a slow bending of the supporting leg
Favonius Roman personification of the west wind
extremum math. a maximum or minimum value of a function in a given neighborhood
gracile gracefully slender
heathcock the maleof the black grouse
icosacohedren a solid figure having 20 faces
imaret a hospice for pilgrims, travelers, etc...
Hanover a member of englands royal family 1714-1901
a payment; tax
incurious not curious
dement to make mad or insane
cramoisy crimson cloth
sociocracy a theorhetical system of government in which the interests of all are met equally
reclinate bending or curved downward
prismatic like light flowing from a prism; spectral in color
spile a peg or a plug of wood, especially a spigot
penultimate next to the last
penury extreme poverty; destitution, dearth
tarantass a large four wheeled Russian carriage mounted without springs
tiddly slightly drunk
shako a military cap in the shape of a cylinder
vatic of, pretaining to, or charachterized by a prophet
sardonic/sarcastic sardonic characterized by bitter or scornful derision sarcastic a sharpley ironical taunt, sneering or cutting remark
pathos evoking a feeling of compassion or pity
pandurate shaped like a fiddle as a leaf
noria a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel for raising water
medulla the soft marrowlike center of an organ
oviporous producing eggs the mature and hatch outside the body
lunitidal pertaining to the part of the tidal movement dependant upon the moon
plumbism lead poisoning
plumcot a hybred of a plum and an apricot tree
diamante' a sequin or rhinestone
decalescence absortion of heat without a corresponding increase in temperature
comedist one who writes comedies
chlamys a short fine woolen mantle worn by men in ancient greece
cannikin a small can or drinking cup
doyen the senior member as in age, rank, seniority etc...
ethnarc the ruler of a people, tribe, or nation
berme the horizontal surface between the rampart and the moat
cosset to treat as a pet; coddle
dalles the whitewater between the walls of a caynon or gorge
comedo a thickened secretion plugging a duct of the skin
cinerary holding or intended for ashes
diamorphine heroin
fume' smoked
geez a Semetic language of ancient Ethiopia
grex a numerical system for measuring the size of fibers, filiments, or yarns based on the weight in grams
imago an adult insect
putative commonly regarded a so; reputed; supposed
Sabaton a foot defense of mail or lames
sceleroma a tumor like hardening of tissue
quintessence the pure and concentrated essence of a substance; the most perfect embodiment of something
settlor a person who settles
subsume to include as a part of a whole idea
telolecithal having an accumulation of yolk near the vegital pole
vegetal of the nature of plants
Velovis a god of the dead
perhydronate to hydronate as completely as possible
papyracerous papery
oppidan of a town; urban
obsecrate to entreat solomnely; beseech; supplicate
neuroleptanalgesia a semiconconscious nonreactive state induced by certain drug interactions
naiad any of a class of nymphs presiding over rivers or springs
mutatis mutandis the necessary changes having been made
phylogenetic pertaining to the development of leaves
exscind to cut off or out
earreach earshot
Eudoxus a crater in the first quadrant of the moon about 40 mi. in diameter
deflagrate to burn down suddenly or violently
cinereous in the state of or reduced to ashes
canaille riffraff, rable, equivalent to a pack of dogs
fleurette a small conventionalized flower
Jingoism the spirit, policy, or practice of chauvanism
dudeen a small clay tobacco pipe
duddy ragged or tattered
dockominium a dock or boatslip bought as real property
Actaeon a hunter who having seen Diana was turned into a stag and torn to pieces by his own hounds
abrogate to abolish by authority
pig boat a submarine
paiute a member of a group of N. Am. indians
polemology the analysis of human warfare
pinafore a child's apron
pavane a stately dance dating back to the 16th century
oppugn to assail by criticism
opprobriam shameful; reproachful
pronunciamento an edict
tartanism a mania characterized by the uncontrollable desire to dance
stridor a harsh grating or creaking sound
strigil an instrument with a curved blade used by the Greeks and Romans for scraping skin at the baths in the gymnasium.
iodous containing iodine
iconostasis a partition on which icons are placed seperating the sanctuary from the main part of the church
ductor the roller that conveys ink in a press
leglen a milk pail
lupercalia a celebration on February 15 in ancient Rome to promote fertility
molinism the theological doctrine that the consent of the human will is necessary for divine grace to be effective
oneiromancy divination through dreams
pavid timid fearful
cosmism the philosophy of cosmic evolution
decrescendo to gradually reduce force or loudness
emolument profit salary or fees from services rendered
faddy fadish
flexuos having bends or curves
gamic sexual
brigand a bandit
bacchae the female attendants of Bacchus
bargestone any of several stones forming the edge of a gable
canatille a silver or gold thread
chimb chime
cooee a prolonged shrill clear call used for a signal among aborigines derogate to detract from
bruxism teeth grinding
bursa an animal's pouch
canid any animal of the dog family
erasion the act of erasing
fishpound a submerged net used in fishing
gonycampsis abnormal curvature of the knee
hernshaw a heron
hydroa any skin condition characterized by red vascular areas
microphyte a microscopic plant
milch yielding milk
occulation the passing of one celestial body in front of another
osculate to come in close contact or union with; to kiss
pelting paltry; petty mean
maenad a frenzied or harried woman
locus in quo the place in which
knaggy knotty, rough with knots
massassuaga a small rattlesnake
mesodont having medium sized teeth
importune to beset with solicitations
grisette a young french working women
gonopore the opening though which eggs and sperm are passed
gladiate swordshaped
gaffle to take as one's own
friable easily crumbled or reduced to powder
fletcherize to chew thorourghly
griskin a chop or a steak
sattvic having a serene, balanced mind, or attitude
rudd a european freshwater fish
laniary of teeth, adapted for tearing
semiarch a half arch
solecism a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage such as unflammable and they was
isometropia equility of refraction in the two eyes of an individual
maloclusion irregular meeting of the teeth
saltarello a lively Italian dance for one or a couple
rouleau a strip of something, as a band on a hat
remuda a group of horses from which ranch-hands choose a horse for the day
propaeduetic pertaing to preliminary instructions
potvaliant brave only as a result of being drunk
perpend to consider
semidiurnal pertaining to a half of a day
sika a small reddish deer native to eastern Asia
gelada a large cliff dwelling monkey
flexion the act of bending a limb
exsanguine bloodless; anemic
entrelac a decorative border of interlaced garlands and leaves
condisciple a fellow student or disciple
chondroid cartaliginous or resembling cartilage
exunt omnies they all go out
grue to shudder
scarious a thin dry membrane
scarcement a footing or ledge fromed by a setoff in the wall
rota a round or rotation of duties
rebec a renaissance fiddle
pergola an arbor formed of columns and posts
pang a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress
hippophagist an eater of horse flesh
bellicose inclined to fight
oriel in medieval arch. a large bay window of a hall or chamber
monocoque a type of boat, aircraft, or rocket in which the shell carries most of the stresses
mickle great; large; much
kolinsky an asian mink having buff or tawney fur
index liborum prohibitorum a list of books forbidden to be read
gasolier a chandeliier furnished wittth gaslights
pakapoo ticket something that is indecipherable or confusing
mephitis the smell of rotting flesh
pixilated slightly eccentric
majuscule written in capital letters
hydrodynamics the branch of fluid dynamics that deals with water
granadilla the edible fruit of the passionflower
extrados the exterior curve or surface of an arch or vault electrodermal electrical properties of the skin
dolus fraud, deceit
constrictor constrianing
domicillar an increased production of urine
derry a meaningless refrain or chorus
cusp a point or pointed end
exsect to cut out
epilithic growing on stones
domiciller a cannon of a minor order
exiccatum intentionally dried
conker a horse chestnut
bundeswehr the armed forces of West Germany
baron a member of the lowest grade of nobility
dibatag a small gazelle
breeze block a cinder block
branchiate having gills
biscuit fired fired to harden the body
bedfast confined to bed
psychometrics the measurement of psychic traits
petroliferous rock yielding petrolium
nosophobia an abnormal fear of disease
neurogenic originating in a nerve cell
oneirocriticism the art of interpreting dreams
napier's bones an abacus like stucture used for multiplication
mecism abnormal prolongation of one or more parts of the body or the hair
pomade a scented ointment for dressing the scalp or the hair
poilu a french common soldier
penecontemporaneous formed during or slightly after the formation of the containing rock stratum
padeye a ring fixed to the structureof s ship as a hold for small lines, tackle etc..
phoresy a non parasitic reletionship in which one species is carried about by another
obreption fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain something from an official
niggard excessively miserly
divulgate to make known, to publish
come-outer an activist or very outspoken person
cinemicrograph a motion picture filmed through a microscope
catafalque a raised structure on which to rest a deceased body
cabane a mastlike structure for support of an airplane's wings
bacchant inclined to revelry
fishpound a net submerged and used to capture fish
ostracon a ballot on which one to be ostracizeds name is written
miche to lurk out of sight
labarum an ecclisiastical banner for carrying in a procession
imam the officiating priest of a mosque
higgle to bargain in a petty way; haggle
cryogen a substance for producing low tempertures
micrify to make small or insignificant
savant a person of profound or extensive learning
natatorium a swimming pool that is indoors
monobloc casting a complex item as a single piece
mazarine a rich deep blue
cain rent paid in percentage of a crop
bogle a bogy; a spectre
baccate berrylike; bearing berries
indurate to make hard, harden
ranket a double reed instument of the 16th and 17th centuries
polydipsia excessive thirst
oleaginous having the natural qualities of oil
isocohedron a solid figure having twenty faces
snaffle a two ringed jointed bit, part of a harness
kissing kin any kin close enough to be kissed upon greeting
roundel a small round pane or window
braw fine looking; finely dressed
barlybree liquor; malt liquor like whisky
au revoir until we see each other again; good-bye for the present
anlaut initial position of speaking parts for a word
appro (British) to purchase
quadrennial occuring every four years
quantum sufficit as much as suffuces; enough
pendragon the supreme leader
obi a sash worn around the waist of a kimono
phlogistic inflammatory
kith aquaintances; friends; and neighbors
knaggy knotty; rough with knots
procuress a woman who procures prostitutes
passant of a beast; represented as in the act of walking with one forepaw raised
isolato a person who is spiritually isolated from or out of sympathy with his or her times or society
slubber to perform hastily or carelessly
qui vive (French) who goes there?
prescience knowledge of things before they exist or happen, foresight;
bilon a mixture of silver or gold with a base metal used to mint coins
aboon Scotish; above
penetralia the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing
peneplain an area reduced to a plain by erosian
peneplain an area reduced to a plain by erosian
paccha a Incan wooden vessel for holding liquids
lancinate to tear to pieces
noria a device consisting of several buckets on a wheel; a waterwheel
lupus a consellation known also as the wolf haplography the accidental omission of a letter or group of letters that should be repeated as in writing missippi instead of mississippi
hap a comforter or quilt
vexillary one of a class of veteran soldiers who served under a special banner
metroplex a vast metropolitan area covering several cities and their suburbs
markhor a wild goat from Afghanistan to India
marron a large european chestnut
lesya any of six different colors given to an idividuals karma
improvident lacking foresight; incautious; wary
isomerous having an equal number of parts, markings, etc...
sluit a deep dry gulch or channel formed by heavy rains
sabbat (14-16th cen.) a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers to worship the Devil
festgium the peak of a disease
chevalet a bridge on a stringed musical instrument
chagul a bag made of goatskin for carrying water
emolument tips, wages, salaries, from a job performed.
steliferous abounding with stars
yare quick, agile, lively
froufrou over embellishment as with ribbons, lace, etc...
marut any of a group of storm gods
regle a groove or channel for guiding a sliding door.
de profundis out of the depths of sorrow
lupercalia a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15 of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters
imputrescible not liable to decomposition or putrefaction
zamarra a sheepskin coat as the kind worn by shepherds in Spain
kinotosis any condition caused by motion of the body
pitot tube an instrument for mesuring fluid velocity in a tube
valuta the value of currency as expressed in terms of its rate of exchange with another currency
threap an argument; quarrel
karateka an expert in karate
gymnasiarch a magistrate who superintended the gymnasium and certain games in aancient greece.
consentience agreement; unity of opinion
locum tenens a temporary substitute
leading tone the seventh degree of a diatonic scale
esculent edible; usually a vegetable
rosicrucian a person who belongs to a secret society laying claim to certain occult knowledge and esoteric religous beliefs
leglan a milk pail
hutment an encampment of huts
lurdan a lazy stupid loutish fellow
apodictic incontestably true; having been demonstrated proved by logic.
condisciple a fellow student or disciple hiemal pertaining to winter
liveyer a resident of newfoundland
con amore with love, tender enthusiasm, or zeal
haploid single; simple
appetence intense desire; strong natural craving
rattlepate a rattlebrain
ejecta matter ejected as from a volcano
tendentious having a definite tendancy, bias, or purpose
revulsant revulsive; see revulsion
stelliform star shaped
gonfalon a banner suspended from a crossbar
hawserlaid in rope making, cable-laid, plain-laid
bestiary a collection of moralized fables about real or mythical animals
sponsion an engagement or promise made on behalf of another
bottega studio of a major artist where spprentice artists lean by participating in the work
marl to wind a rope with a marl, every turn being secured with a hitch.
sabaoth armies; hosts
remise to give up a claim to title or deed
gnathonic sycophantic; fawning
tractate a treatise; essay
monolotry the act or practice of having only one God.
sarmentum (bio.) a slender running stem
farraginous mixed
fosse a moat or ditch
iblis in islamic mythology a wicked or evil spirit, the the chief of the wicked jinn
hieromonk a monk who is also a priest
revivisence the act of being revived
tenamin the terms of a jewish marriage
scotopia vision in dim light
plumule a down feather
sika a small reddish deer
kona a SW winter wind in hawaii often bringing rain
bete noire a hated person or thing
mort the note blown on a hunters horn to indicate the prey has been killed
langour lack of energy or vitality
puissance steeve to stuff into a ships hold
merle a blackbird
sciurine of or pretaining to squirrels
Lug ancient Irish God probably a solar diety
embar to stop or hinder
langlauf the sport of cross country skiing
latria the supreme worship given to God alone.
surcoat a garment worn over medieval armor.
paccha an incan wooden container for holding liquids
missish prim, affected, prudish mordacious given to biting
whid to move quickly and quietly
staumrel stupid; half witted
kanone an expert skier
kinchin a child
eld age; old age; antiquity
oscitant yawning with drowsiness; gaping drowsy or inattentive dull lazy or negligent eisegesis an interpretation esp. of scipture that expresses the interpreters own ideas, bias or the like rather thsn the meaning of the text.
orchitis inflammation of the testis
rien ne va plus no further bets.
hippology the study of horses
cacqueteuse a narrow upright armchair having a narrow back and wide arms
peltry fur skins collectively
windle a measure of corn wheat or other commodities equal to three bushels.
rillet a small stream
patois a regional dialect
dartle to dart or shoot forth repeatedly
coup de main a suprise attack, lit. a blow from the hand
menticide a systematic effort to undermine a person's values or beliefs.
peccary a hoofed pig like mammal
posole a thick chicken stew
hecatomb a public sacrifice of 100 oxen to the gods, any great slaughter
mesne intermediate, or intervening
quean overly forward, impudent.
prelacy the offices or dignity of a prelate.
endue to enow with a gift or quality
vaporetto n. a motorboat used as a bus in the canals of Venice
shieling n. a pasture or grazing area
lido n. a fashionable beach resort
modiste a female maker of or dealer in women's fashionable attire
intra vires within the power
chagul n. a goatskin bag used in the orient to carry water
extirpate v. to remove or destroy totally
gangue n. rock or mineral matter of no value occuring within a vein of metal.
bashaw n. a person who is imperious, self important
dispraise v. disparage, censure
Clowder adj. a group or cluster of cats
tun n. a large cask
scaphoid adj. boat shaped, navicular
skerrick n. a small piece or quantity
princox n. a self-confident fellow
ranee n. the wife of a rajah
gaff n. harsh criticism or treatment
ocarina, n. a simple wind instrument shaped like and egg
epopee, n. an epic. epic poetry
unsphere v. to remove from its or ones shere of influence
naissanse n. a birth, origination, like that of a person, organization, idea, or movement
immiscible v. not able to mixed
xeric, adj. of or adapted to a dry environment.
Haplopia, n. normal vision as opposed to diplopia.
Vanitory. n. a combination dressing table and lavatory basin.
kench. n. a deep bin in which fish and animal skins are salted.
indigested. adj. 1 without arrangement or order. 2 unformed or shapeless. 3 not duly considered.
latten. n. thin metal sheets usually used in church building
bottine, noun. a woman's boot or shoe.
khamsin, noun. an oppressive, hot, southerly wind that blows from the Sahara toward Egypt and Israel at intervals, usually in spring and early summer. Also, hamsin, kamsin, kamseen.
quicklime, noun. a white, alkaline substance obtained by burning limestone and used especially for making mortar, glass, and insecticides; lime; calcium oxide.
deaccession, transitive verb. (U.S.) to sell or auction off (a museum piece, coin collection, or other collection or part of one) in order to raise funds for new acquisitions.
quiesce, intransitive verb, -esced, -escing. to become quiet or calm.
specie, noun. money in the form of coins; metal money. Silver dollars are specie. expr. in specie, a. in kind. Ex. The power of the advocate, though ... less in degree is in specie the same with the power of the judge (Jeremy Bentham). b. in actual coin. Ex. Our coin ... whether we send it in specie ... or ... melt it down here to send it in bullion (John Locke).
retrorse, adjective. turned backward; turned in a direction opposite to the usual one.
absorbefacient, adjective, noun. adj. causing or aiding absorption. noun any substance causing or aiding absorption.
exequial, adjective. of or having to do with a funeral.
perique, noun. a strongly flavored, dark tobacco grown in Louisiana. Ex. Perique, prized because of its rich flavor, is cured by putting the leaves under great pressure (Roy Flannagan).
captation, noun. the use of artful endeavors or appeals to secure something, especially approval or applause. Ex. ... to induce candidates to rely ... less on the arts of political captation (London Daily News).
ecclesiology, noun. 1. the study of the church as an organized society. 2. the science of church architecture and decoration.
interlard, transitive verb. 1. to give variety to; mix; intersperse. Ex. The speaker interlarded his long speech with amusing stories to keep his listeners interested. There also is a heavy interlarding of music, choral and solo (New York Times). (SYN) mingle. 2. (of things) to be intermixed in. 3. to insert; interpose. Ex. When a little trifle of new matter was interlarded [in the prayer], his ear detected it (Mark Twain). 4. (Obsolete.) to insert fat into lean meat for cooking purposes; lard.
nevus, noun, pl. -vi. 1. a discolored or pigmented spot on the skin from birth, such as a mole; birthmark. 2. a tumor of the skin, usually congenital. Also, naevus.
minuend, noun. a number or quantity from which another is to be subtracted. Ex. In 100 - 23 = 77, the minuend is 100.
bonspiel, noun. a curling match or tournament.
univocal, adjective. having one meaning only; not equivocal; capable of but one interpretation.
cinereous, adjective. 1. of the nature of ashes. 2a. of an ashy hue; ash-colored; ash-gray. b. (in names of birds) having ash-colored feathers. Ex. the cinereous crow, the cinereous eagle.
exceptive, adjective. 1. that excepts. 2. inclined to object; captious.
Bodleian, noun, adjective. noun the Oxford University Library. adj. of or having to do with this library.
geniculum, noun, pl. -la. 1. (Botany.) a node or joint of a stem. 2. (Anatomy.) a sharp bend in any small organ, as that in the facial nerve passing through the temporal bone.
ab extra,(Latin.) from without. Ex. ... a spectator ab extra who can see the whole of a society simultaneously (New Yorker).
hakham, noun. a wise man (an official designation among Sephardic Jews, synonymous with rabbi).
quadrumvirate, noun. 1. a group of four men. 2. any association of four in office or authority.
humidistat, noun. an instrument for regulating the degree of humidity.
circumambulation, noun. 1. a walking around or about. 2. (Figurative.) an indirect process; a beating about the bush.
landgrave, noun. 1. a German count in the Middle Ages having authority over a considerable territory or over other counts. 2. the title of certain German princes.
excrescence, noun. 1. an unnatural growth; disfiguring addition. A corn or wart is an excrescence. Ex. (Figurative.) Many new office buildings are unsightly excrescences upon the city's landscape. 2. a natural outgrowth. Hairs and fingernails are excrescences. 3. an abnormal increase; overflow (of anything).
abatis, noun, pl. -tis. 1. a barricade of trees cut down and placed with their sharpened branches directed toward the enemy. 2. a barricade of barbed wire.
stoup, noun. 1a. a cup, flagon, tankard, or other drinking vessel. Ex. a stoup of wine. b. the amount it holds. 2. a basin for holy water, usually set in or against the wall at a church entrance. Also, stoop.
convertiplane, noun.an aircraft that operates like a conventional airplane in level flight, but which takes off and lands like a helicopter.
halazone, noun. a white powder containing chlorine, used in tablet form to disinfect drinking water.
Abaddon, noun. 1. Apollyon, the destroying angel; angel of hell (in the Bible, Revelation 9:11). 2. the place of the lost; bottomless pit; hell.
capriccioso, adjective.(Music.) denoting a free, fantastic style (used as a direction).
balistraria, noun. a cross-shaped opening in the wall of a medieval fortress through which a crossbow could be fired.
shiralee, noun.(Australian Slang.) a bundle of personal belongings; swag.
Landsturm, noun. in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria: 1. a general levy in time of war. 2. the force that consists of all men liable to call for military service and not already in the army, navy, or Landwehr.
Uriel, noun. one of the archangels in Hebrew and Christian tradition.
touchhole, noun. (formerly) a small opening in a gun or cannon through which the gunpowder inside was set on fire.
tournedos, noun, pl. -dos. one of several small slices cut from the center of the fillet of beef.
Androcles, noun.(Roman Legend.) a slave spared in the arena by a lion from whose foot he had pulled a thorn years before.
clack valve, a check valve to limit flow in one direction, usually a strip of leather reinforced by metal and fastened on one side to form a hinge, used especially in water pumps.
perilune, noun. that point in the orbit of a spacecraft where it comes closest to the moon; pericynthion.
boltrope, noun. a rope sewed around the edges of canvas sails to give shape, prevent ripping, and permit easier attachment to yards.
satrap, noun. 1. a ruler, often a tyrant, who is subordinate to a higher ruler. 2. a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
Abernethy, noun, pl. -thies. a hard biscuit sometimes flavored with caraway seeds.
ebullition, noun. 1. an outburst (as of feeling). Ex. This ebullition of feeling ... came as a real shock to Lady and Lord Valleys (John Galsworthy). 2. a boiling or bubbling up.
cithara, noun. an ancient musical instrument resembling a lyre, with a soundbox of wood and seven to eleven strings. Also, kithara.
quaestor, noun. 1. an official of ancient Rome in charge of the public funds; treasurer. Ex. During the next 20 years, Caesar climbed nimbly up the ladder of state offices--quaestor, aedile, praetor, consul (Time). 2. a public prosecutor in certain criminal cases in ancient Rome. Also, questor.
gaur, noun. a large, wild ox of India, Burma, and Malaya, with a broad, protuberant forehead and long, curved, sharp horns, probably the wild stock of the gayal.
circumflex accent, a mark over a vowel to tell something about its pronunciation. The circumflex accent was used in ancient Greek to show a rising and falling pitch.
quand meme,(French.) even though; notwithstanding; come what may.
wastrel, noun. 1. a waster; spendthrift. 2. an idle, worthless person; good-for-nothing. 3. something useless, inferior, or imperfect.
abrogate, transitive verb, -gated, -gating. 1. to abolish (a law, treaty, or custom) by an authoritative act; repeal; cancel. Ex. When war broke out, our country abrogated its trade agreements with the enemy country. The 21st amendment to the Constitution, permitting the manufacture of intoxicating liquor, abrogated the 18th amendment, which prohibited it. (SYN) annul, nullify, invalidate, void. 2. to do away with.
res gestae,(Latin.) 1. deeds; achievements. 2. (Law.) facts; accompanying facts.
quaere verum,(Latin.) seek the truth.
respondentia, noun. a loan on the cargo of a vessel, to be repaid only if the goods arrive safely at their destination.
satiety, noun. the feeling of having had too much; disgust or weariness caused by excess; satiated condition. Ex. Of knowledge there is no satiety (Francis Bacon).
caponier, noun. a work or covered passage in or across a ditch in a military fortification.
caput mortuum,(Latin.) 1. (formerly) the residuum of chemicals after distillation or sublimation. 2. (Figurative.) any worthless residue.
dealate, adjective, noun. adj. deprived of wings (said of the queens of ants or other insects whose wings are shed after the nuptial flight). noun a dealate insect.
fluvial, adjective. of or found in a river. Ex. A delta is a fluvial deposit.
circumambient, adjective. 1. surrounding; encompassing; encircling. Ex. Her journal ... bears on every page of it the traces of the Baroness and her circumambient influence (Lytton Strachey). 2. round about; circuitous. Ex. circumambient criticism. adv. circumambiently.
androsphinx, noun. a sphinx having the head of a man, as distinguished from one with the head of a ram (criosphinx) or of a hawk (hieracosphinx), one of the three types of the ancient Egyptian sphinx.
neutretto, noun, pl. -tos. any one of several elementary particles with a mass of or approximating zero, emitted in radioactive decay.
ectothermic, adjective. receiving heat from the outside; cold-blooded; poikilothermal.
taiaha, noun. a kind of club or staff about six feet long, carved at one end and frequently ornamented with feathers, used by Maori chiefs as a badge of office, and sometimes for fighting.
persiflage, noun. light, joking talk or writing. Ex. She could see, behind the screen of persiflage, that John was worried (New Yorker). (SYN) banter, raillery.
buffing, noun.(of horses) the striking of the inside of one foot at the quarter with some part of the opposite foot.
androecium, noun, pl. -cia. a name given to the whole of the male organs of a flower; the stamens of a flower (correlative to gynoecium).
uranography, noun. the science of describing and mapping the heavens and the position of the heavenly bodies. Also, ouranography.
potamic, adjective. having to do with rivers.
hymeneals, noun pl. wedding songs.
milliner, noun. 1. a person who makes, trims, or sells women's hats. 2. (Obsolete.) a dealer in fancy wares and articles of apparel, especially those originally of Milan manufacture.
grebe, noun. any one of the ducklike diving birds comprising a family related to the loons, having a short, flattened body, feet not completely webbed, a pointed bill, and short wings and tail, such as the eared grebe and the piedbilled grebe of America, and the little grebe of Europe. Its breast feathers are used to trim millinery.
quercitron, noun. 1. = black oak (def. 1). 2. its inner bark, used in tanning, which yields a yellow dye. 3. the dye itself.
consummatory, adjective. that consummates; fulfilling; satisfying. Ex. A consummatory act, such as flight at an alarm call ... is elicited readily if the animal has not recently made the response (S. A. Barnett).
captious, adjective. 1. hard to please; faultfinding. Ex. The captious might have regarded our journey as a retreat from Sweden, but we veterans regarded it as a surprise attack on Paris (Atlantic). (SYN) caviling, carping. 2. apt or designed to entrap or entangle by subtlety. Ex. captious arguments. adv. captiously. noun captiousness.
residuum, noun, pl. -sidua. 1. what is left at the end of any process; residue; remainder. 2. (Law.) the residue of an estate.
accouter, transitive verb, -tered, -tering. to furnish with clothing or equipment; equip; outfit; array, especially in military attire. Ex. Knights were accoutered in armor.
gazogene, noun. an apparatus for producing carbonated water. Also, gasogene.
Landsat, noun. a United States artificial satellite using remote-sensing apparatus to gather data about the earth's natural resources.
abreaction, noun.(Psychoanalysis.) the releasing of repressed emotions by reliving the experiences associated with them, for example by talking about them; catharsis.
acetification, noun. the action of converting into vinegar or acetic acid.
cladding, noun. 1. the process of overlaying or coating one metal with another, to give it a corrosion-resisting surface or for other purposes. 2. the overlay or coating applied. Ex. Uranium for use in reactors is given a cladding of zirconium to prevent corrosion and the escape of fission products.
intersubjective, adjective. between different subjective states or points of view. Ex. There can be wide intersubjective agreement about the values of certain subjective probabilities (Science).
diquat, noun. a herbicide activated by photosynthesis upon contact with weeds.
excitomotor, adjective. 1. exciting muscular action. 2. having to do with reflex action.
shittim, noun, or shittim wood, 1. the tough, durable wood of the shittah tree, from which the Ark of the Covenant and various parts of the Jewish tabernacle were built (in the Bible, Exodus 25:10-27:6). 2. any one of various buckthorns of the United States, especially the cascara.
edacious, adjective. 1. eating much; greedy in eating; voracious. (SYN) ravenous. 2. (Figurative:) Ex. Concord Bridge has long since yielded to the edacious tooth of time (James Russell Lowell).
ecclesiolatry, noun. worship of the church; excessive reverence for churchly forms and traditions.
andrology, noun. the study of male fertility, especially of disorders of the male reproductive system.
gault, noun. 1. (Geology,) a series of beds of clay and marl of the Cretaceous system, occurring in southern England. 2. (British,) a thick, heavy clay.
perikaryon, noun. the part of a nerve cell containing the nucleus; cell body of a neuron.
humanitarian access, the right of noncombatants to receive humanitarian aid in a time of war. Ex. Humanitarian access ... has been subtly changed to focus on the privileges of the aid-giver, rather than the rights of the recipient (Alex de Waal).
carbecue, noun. a device for melting down and compacting scrap automobiles.
carapace, noun. 1. a shell or bony covering on the back or part of the back of turtles, armadillos, and crustaceans such as lobsters and crabs. 2a. any hard outer covering. Ex. ... the large, rusting carapace of a 1957 Chevrolet (New Yorker). b. (Figurative:) Ex. Behind Baudelaire's carapace is a sensibility always struggling for transcendence (Saturday Review).
Abderite, noun. a stupid person (because the inhabitants of Abdera, an ancient town in Thrace, were known for their stupidity).
barbican, noun. a tower for defense built over a gate to a castle or bridge to a city.
flense, transitive verb, flensed, flensing. to strip blubber or skin from (a whale or seal).
dirdum, noun.(Scottish.) 1. a scolding; outcry; blame. 2. uproar; noise; din.
Laomedon, noun.(Greek Legend.) a king of Troy, and father of Priam.
Dismas, noun. the legendary name of the penitent thief crucified with Christ. Also, Desmas.
disa, noun. any one of a large genus of distinctively formed and colorful South African orchids.
tamborito, noun, pl. -tos. a Panamanian folk dance in which a man and a woman dance together in the center of a circle.
transceiver, noun.(Electronics.) a combined transmitter and receiver.
poteen, noun.(in Ireland) illicitly distilled whiskey.
clerestory, noun, pl. -ries. 1. the upper part of the wall of a church, having windows in it above the roofs of the aisles. 2. any similar structure, such as a raised section of roof on a building or railroad car, having windows, for lighting or ventilation. Also, clearstory.
bolection, noun.(Architecture.) a type of molding or combination of moldings that projects beyond the surface or surfaces which it decorates, used especially to cover the joint between surfaces of different levels. Also, bilection.
pedantry, noun, pl. -ries. 1. an unnecessary or tiresome display of knowledge. Ex. At the risk of seeming to be pedantic about an art whose most despised enemy is pedantry, let's look briefly at some of the attributes of graphic humor (Harper's). 2. overemphasis on rules, details, and other fine points, especially in learning. Ex. Pedantry proceeds from much Reading and little Understanding (Sir Richard Steele). 3. a pedantic form or expression. Ex. Vanderbilt tends to be impatient with legal pedantries and artificialities (Harper's).
darkle, verb, -kled, -kling. v.i. 1. to appear dark or indistinct. 2. to grow or become dark. 3. to become dark with anger. v.t. to make dark or obscure.
bolivia, noun. a soft, woolen cloth somewhat like plush.
echt, adjective, adverb.(German.) genuine. Ex. To the echt Harvard man of yore, a gentleman should schedule no course before 11:00 A.M. or in a classroom above the second floor (Harper's).
abducent, adjective. pulling or drawing away a part of the body from a given point or center, as a muscle does; abducting.
hatchel, noun, verb, -eled, -eling or (especially British) -elled, -elling. noun a comb used in cleaning flax or hemp. v.t. 1. to comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel. 2. (Figurative.) to annoy; torment.
abbreviationist, noun. a person who habitually forms, uses, or advocates using abbreviations. Ex. ... the continual confusing contribution of the abbreviationists (James Thurber).
internal environment,(Biology.) the fluid in which the cells of the organs and tissues of the body exist. Too much or too little water or salt in the internal environment can damage or kill cells.
Dalek or dalek, noun.(British.) a robot that talks with a rasping, monotonous voice. Ex. Like programmed daleks, the French military planners proceed to their "second generation" ... of 18 intermediate range ballistic missiles (London Times).
dipsas, noun, pl. -sades. a serpent whose bite was believed to produce a deadly thirst. Ex. It thirsted as one bit by a dipsas (Shelley).
angelology, noun. the branch of theology that deals with angels.
caratage, noun.quantity or weight in carats.
colloquy, noun, pl. -quies. 1. a talking together; conversation; conference.
Rexine, noun.(Trademark.) an artificial leather used in upholstery and bindings for books.
quetzal, noun, pl. -zals, -zales. 1. a Central American bird having brilliant golden-green and scarlet plumage. The adult male has long, flowing tail feathers. 2. the unit of money of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos. Also, quezal.
ligure, noun. an unidentified precious stone in the breastplate of the high priest, thought to be the jacinth (in the Bible, Exodus 28:19).
basal, adjective. 1. fundamental; basic. Ex. Young children learn to read from basal readers. 2. of the base; at the base; forming the base. Ex. a skyscraper built on basal rock.
maquiladora, noun. an industrial plant located in Mexico and owned by a U.S. corporation. It assembles finished products from component parts shipped in to Mexico, duty-free, from other countries. Ex. Mexican peasants drawn to the maquiladoras are paid as little as fifty-five cents an hour (Rolling Stone).
chestnitsa, noun. a Serbian Christmas cake containing a silver coin which is supposed to bring good luck to the person who finds it in his piece of cake.
dipody, noun, pl. -dies.(Prosody.) 1. a group of two feet. 2. a verse having two feet; dimeter.
Ancient of Days, God, as the Eternal Being (in the Bible, Daniel 7).
baignoire, noun. a theater box on the ground floor.
anecdota, noun historical detail which is unpublished.
Anchises, noun.(Greek and Roman Legend.) a prince of Troy and the father of Aeneas, on whose shoulders Anchises was carried from the flaming city.
ecchymoma, noun, pl. -mas, -mata. a swelling caused by blood forced out of the blood vessels into the tissues under the skin, as by a bruise.
interlingua, noun. an international language, devised by the International Auxiliary Language Association of New York City and published in 1951, based on English and Romance and having a simplified grammatical structure.
cire, adjective, noun. adj. 1. treated with paraffin or wax to give a smooth, lustrous effect. Ex. a cire fabric. 2. highly glossy, as if waxed. Ex. A chapeau of cire silk or straw (Glasgow Herald).
landfast, adjective. attached to land. Ex. A million years ago the island was either landfast or near the shore.
dalles, noun pl. 1. rapids flowing over a flat rock bottom in a narrowed portion of a river. 2. the steep, almost vertical cliffs on the sides of a canyon or ravine.
conte (2), noun, pl. contes. a short story or tale, especially of extraordinary and highly imaginative events. Ex. a complete, even a poetic, understanding of the ironic conte (London Times).
scaglia, noun. an Italian limestone, similar to the chalk of England.
ecraseur, noun.(French.) 1. a surgical instrument for removing tumors or other tissue by the gradual tightening of a chain or wire loop. 2. (literally) crusher.
cyrtometer, noun. an instrument for measuring and recording the curved surface of the chest and other parts of the body.
dishallow, transitive verb. to destroy the sacredness of; profane. Ex. Ye that so dishallow the holy sleep, Your sleep is death (Tennyson).
dipnoan, adjective, noun. adj. of or belonging to a group of fishes having both gills and lungs. noun a dipnoan fish; lungfish.
intermedin, noun. a hormone formed by the pituitary gland, that controls pigmentation, causing changes in body color.
Flemish coil,(Nautical.) a coil of rope in which each turn is laid down flat on the deck, forming a sort of mat.
trabea, noun. a toga with horizontal purple stripes, worn as a robe of state by consuls, augurs, and some other officials in ancient Rome.
circle of confusion,(Optics.) a point of light which is imaged as a small circle because of aberration of the photographic lens. The size of the circular image is used to calculate focal sharpness in photography.
halobiotic, adjective. living in a salty habitat, as the sea or seashore.
cardia, noun. the orifice which connects the esophagus and the upper part of the stomach.
talaria, noun pl.(Roman Mythology.) the winged sandals or small wings on the ankles of some gods, especially Mercury (Hermes).
machan, noun.(Anglo-Indian.) a platform built into a tree, used by hunters to await a tiger driven toward them by beaters.
excursive, adjective. 1. off the subject; wandering; rambling. (SYN) erratic, digressive. 2. of the nature of an excursion. 3. (Figurative.) desultory. Ex. excursive reading.
cittern, noun. an old instrument somewhat like the guitar, with a flat soundbox, strung with wire strings, and played with a plectrum or quill, much used in the 1500's and 1600's.
post hoc, ergo propter hoc,(Latin.) after this, therefore as a result of this (a phrase used to denote a common logical fallacy that what comes before an event must also be its cause).
intersubjective, adjective. between different subjective states or points of view. Ex. There can be wide intersubjective agreement about the values of certain subjective probabilities (Science).
hallux, noun, pl. -luces. 1. the big toe of man. 2. the hind toe of birds.
boniface, noun. 1. the keeper of an inn. 2. the owner of a hotel, restaurant, or other public house.
invidious, adjective. 1. likely to cause ill will or resentment; giving offense because unfair or unjust. Ex. invidious comparisons or distinctions. Wise teachers avoid invidious rules. The highest court stated that districts cannot be apportioned arbitrarily, irrationally, or with "invidious discrimination" (Look). (SYN) hateful. 2. (Obsolete.) envious; grudging; jealous.
straiten, transitive verb. 1. to limit by the lack of something; restrict. (SYN) hamper, impede. 2. to make narrow; contract. 3. (Archaic.) to confine within narrow limits; confine.
langlauf, noun. the act or sport of cross-country skiing.
replevin, noun, verb. noun 1. the recovery of goods taken from a person upon his giving security that the case shall be tried in court and the goods returned if he is defeated. 2. the writ by which the goods are thus recovered. v.t. to recover (goods) by replevin.
claque, noun. 1. a group of persons hired to applaud in a theater. 2. a group that applauds or follows another person for selfish reasons.
bonbonniere, noun.(French.) 1. a candy box. 2. a person or establishment that makes or sells candy.
Abbevillian or Abbevillean, adjective. of or having to do with a paleolithic culture of the glacial period in Europe, in which early recognizable stone tools, crude hand axes, were made. Formerly called Chellean.
dirdum, noun.(Scottish.) 1. a scolding; outcry; blame. 2. uproar; noise; din.
dactyloscopy, noun. the identification of criminals or other persons by means of fingerprints.
gemutlich, adjective.(German.) comfortable and contented; congenial; cozy.
carolus, noun, pl. -luses, -li. 1. an English gold coin struck in the reign of Charles I, originally worth 20 shillings. 2. any one of various coins issued under kings named Charles.
angiocarpous, adjective. having a fruit enclosed in a distinct covering.
homologous, adjective. corresponding in position, proportion, value, structure, or other property.
capsuliferous, adjective. (Biology.) bearing capsules.
balmacaan, noun. a short, loose overcoat made originally of rough wool and having raglan sleeves.
waulk, transitive verb. to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by soaking, heating, pounding, and rubbing.
intermigration, noun. reciprocal migration.
bonzer, adjective.(Australian Slang.) excellent; extremely good.
disculpate, transitive verb, -pated, -pating. to free from blame or fault; exculpate.
ozostomia, noun. an offensive breath.
ballonet, noun. a small bag inside a balloon or airship that holds air or gas to regulate ascent or descent.
cardel, noun. a barrel or cask formerly used by whalers.
wedeln, noun, verb. noun the act or technique of skiing downhill with fast, swiveling turns to the right and left while skis are kept parallel and close together. v.i. to ski in this manner; wedel. Ex. The tests cover ... the first snowplow turn to how to hold a pole to wedeln in deep powder (Newsweek).
bonce, noun.(British Slang.) the head. Ex. to get a bash on the bonce.
shogi, noun. the game of chess as played in Japan. Ex. Shogi ... where the captured piece becomes the property of the capturing side to be used for that side's offensive (Science News Letter).
clew iron, a metal ring in the clew of a sail.
hypoxia, noun. lack of oxygen, especially resulting from an inability of body tissue to absorb oxygen under decreasing pressure at high altitudes.
bombilla, noun. a small tube with a perforated bulb at one end, used in South America for drinking mate.
clinquant, adjective, noun. adj. glittering with gold or silver, or with metallic decorations, etc.; tinseled; spangled. noun imitation gold leaf; tinsel.
gee (2), intransitive verb, geed, geeing.(Informal.) 1. to go properly; fit; suit. 2. to get on or go well together.
cistvaen, noun. a prehistoric stone coffin or burial chamber; a tomb made of slabs of stone; cist. Also, kistvaen.
traduce, transitive verb, -duced, -ducing. to speak evil of (a person) falsely; slander. (SYN) defame, malign, vilify, asperse, calumniate.
a bon marche,(French.) at a good price; cheap.
periapt, noun. a charm; amulet.
echauguette, noun.(French.) a small, overhanging turret on a wall; bartizan.
damnably, adverb. 1. odiously; detestably; abominably. 2. in a manner to incur severe censure, condemnation, or damnation.
exiguity, noun. scantiness; smallness.
hydrolysis, noun, pl. -ses. a chemical process in which a compound is broken down and changed into other compounds by taking up the elements of water.
disport, verb, noun. v.t. to amuse (oneself); sport. Ex. People laughed at the clumsy bears disporting themselves in the water. v.i. to entertain oneself; play. Ex. The baby disported with the new toy in great glee. (SYN) frolic, gambol. noun (Archaic.) a pastime; amusement. (SYN) recreation, entertainment, sport.
savoir-vivre, noun. knowledge of the world and of the usages of polite society; good breeding. Ex. Our society is to have the utmost polish, ease, and grace of manner, and the completest savoir-vivre (William H. Mallock). (SYN) urbanity.
excitomotor, adjective. 1. exciting muscular action. 2. having to do with reflex action.
flexion, noun. 1. (Physiology.) a. the bending of a joint in the body by the action of the flexors. b. a being bent in this way. 2. (Especially British.) = flection (defs. 1,2).
corban, noun. a sacrificial gift made to God among the ancient Jews, especially in fulfillment of a vow.
silex, noun. 1. flint; silica. 2. a strong glass that is mostly quartz and resists heat.
malgre, preposition.(French.) in spite of.
abaca, noun. 1. a strong fiber made from the leaves of a Philippine plant, used for making rope, fabrics, and matting; Manila hemp. Ex. Many of the natives wear abaca slippers (Colby and Foster). 2. the plant itself, related to the banana and now also grown in Central America.
Hapi, noun.(Egyptian Mythology.) the Nile as a deity; the god Nilus.
concomitant, adjective, noun. adj. being together; accompanying; attending. Ex. a concomitant result. (SYN) concurrent. noun an accompanying thing, quality, or circumstance; accompaniment. Ex. Disease is a concomitant with poor sanitation.
banausic, adjective. 1. mechanical. Ex. ... alleged that the teaching of music as a manual art was banausic and degrading (George Grote). 2. practical. Ex. Chief among its many qualities is the author's concern to ask ... certain banausic but highly basic questions about the Greeks (Sunday Times). 3. materialistic. Ex. Banausic, he called them, banausic, A villainous banausic couple (Stevie Smith).
dyne, noun.the amount of force required to give a mass of one gram an acceleration of one centimeter per second for each second the force is applied. (Abbr:) d.
decury, noun, pl. -ries.in Roman history: 1. a group of ten, as of judges or scribes. 2. a group, division, or class of any size.
tout de suite,(French.) 1. at once. 2. consecutively.
fleur du mal, pl. fleurs du mal. a shocking or decadent work of art, literature, or the like.
disfranchise, transitive verb, -chised, -chising. 1. to take the rights of citizenship away from. Ex. A disfranchised person cannot vote or hold office. 2. = disenfranchise (def. 1). Also,
abactinal, adjective.(Zoology.) 1. located at a distance from the mouth or oral area: aboral. 2. lacking tentacles or rays. Ex. the abactinal end of a sea anemone.
flitch, noun, verb.noun 1. the side of a hog, salted and cured; side of bacon. 2. a steak cut from a halibut. 3. one of the planks of a beam constructed by fastening two or more planks together. 4. a slab cut lengthwise from a log. v.t. to cut into flitches or as a flitch is cut.
interpellation, noun. a formal request made in a legislature for an explanation of official action or government policy.
dernier, adjective. last; ultimate; final.
invenit,(Latin.) (he or she) invented, devised, or designed it.
hydrogasification, noun. the conversion of coal into gas by interacting it with hydrogen at high pressures to yield methane.
ex facie,(Latin.) from or on the face (of a document, coin, or the like).
conquian, noun. a card game for two, resembling rummy; cooncan.
debarrass, transitive verb. 1. = disembarrass. 2. to relieve (oneself) of; disencumber. Ex. ... debarrassing himself of his cup and saucer (New Yorker).
fowling piece, a light shotgun for shooting wild birds.
exlex, adjective.(Latin.) beyond the law; outside the law.
tanka (1), noun, pl. -ka or -kas. a Japanese poem or verse form of 31 syllables arranged in five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables.
begad, interjection. a mild oath or emphatic expletive (now chiefly in humorous use).
a bas,(French.) down with (the person or thing named). Ex. "A bas le roi!" means "Down with the king!"
cissus, noun, pl. -sus. a plant related to the grape, found mostly in the tropics.
conventicle, noun. 1. a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship. 2. a secret religious meeting or assembly of certain Protestants who dissented from the doctrines and forms of the Church of England during the 1500's and 1600's. 3. the place of such a meeting. 4. (Obsolete.) an assembly or meeting.
discalceate, adjective. barefooted; unshod.
barm, noun. a foamy yeast that forms on malt liquors while they are fermenting.
stockjobber, noun. 1. (U.S.) a stockbroker. 2. (British.) a member of the stock exchange who deals with other members, as in wholesale amounts, but does not deal with the public.
dodecaphonist, noun. a musician who specializes in music written in a twelve-tone scale. Ex. Like the majority of dodecaphonists, he presents music governed by strict logic and organization (New York Times).
elan, noun. enthusiasm or liveliness; spirit. Ex. It was his revolutionary elan, his ruthless use of organized force, that made history (New Yorker). (SYN) verve.
catenaccio, noun. a formation in soccer using four defenders in the defensive line, three players in midfield, and three on the attack. Ex. Juventus ... represents the conservative, traditional style known as catenaccio (Time).
sostenuto, adjective, adverb, noun, pl. -tos, -ti.(Music.) adj., adv. 1. sustained, as a note held for or over its full time value or a passage whose notes are thus held. 2. prolonged, as a passage played at a uniformly decreasing rate of speed. noun a movement or passage performed in this manner.
Dismas, noun. the legendary name of the penitent thief crucified with Christ. Also, Desmas. dismask, transitive verb.
resinosis, noun. an abnormal outflow of resin from a coniferous tree.
fluey, adjective. covered with flue; fluffy; downy.
abiogenic, adjective. not produced by living organisms; not biogenic. Ex. abiogenic proteins.
Oxonian, adjective, noun. adj. of or having to do with Oxford University or Oxford, a city in southern England. noun 1. a member or graduate of Oxford University. 2. a native or inhabitant of Oxford.
decalescence, noun. the sudden absorption of heat as a metal passes a certain temperature.
malpais, noun. a volcanic rock characterized by a rough and jagged surface.
coparcener, noun.a coheir or coheiress.
Nunc Dimittis, a canticle of Simeon, beginning "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace," from the words of Simeon on recognizing the infant Jesus as the Christ (in the Bible, Luke 2:25-32).
nunc dimittis,(Latin.) permission to depart; departure; dismissal.
convictive, adjective. capable of convicting or convincing.
cassolette, noun. 1. a container in which perfumes are burned; censer. 2. a box or vessel for holding perfumes, provided with a perforated cover to permit their diffusion. 3. a small casserole.
uttering, noun.(Law.) the act of intentionally putting counterfeit money, forged checks, or bogus securities, into circulation.
schiller, noun. a peculiar, almost metallic luster, sometimes with iridescence, occurring on certain minerals, such as hypersthene.
scaturient, adjective. streaming or flowing out; gushing forth.
Pentelic, adjective. of or from Mount Pentelicus, north of Athens, Greece, especially with reference to the famous marble quarried there.
preconize, transitive verb, -nized, -nizing. 1a. to proclaim; announce publicly. b. to commend publicly. 2. (of the pope) to confirm publicly and officially the appointment of (a bishop, cardinal, or other high ecclesiastic).
phytoid, adjective. of or like a plant.
bowyang, noun.(in Australia) a string or cord tied around the bottom of trouser legs to keep the cuffs from dangling.
laconic, adjective. using few words; brief in speech or expression; concise. Ex. Boccalini ... indicts a laconic writer for speaking that in three words which he might have said in two (Sir Richard Steele). (SYN) short, condensed, terse, succinct, pithy, sententious.
beadledom, noun. stupid officiousness (from the frequent portrayal in literature of beadles, especially church beadles, as pompous and meddlesome).
isodiametric, adjective. 1. having equal diameters or axes. 2. (Botany.) having the diameter similar throughout. Ex. an isodiametric cell. 3. (of crystals) having equal lateral axes.
disedify, transitive verb, -fied, -fying. to scandalize.
invigilate, verb, -lated, -lating.v.i. 1. keep watch. 2. (British.) to watch students at an examination. v.t. 1. to make watchful or aware. 2. (British.) to serve as proctor at (an examination).
sophistry, noun, pl. -ries. 1. unsound reasoning. 2. a clever but misleading argument. Ex. The parson's cant, the lawyer's sophistry (Alexander Pope). 3. the art, practice, or learning of the ancient Greek sophists, especially of their type of argument.
Bourdon gauge, a device for measuring pressures, consisting of a curved or spiral elastic tube (Bourdon tube) with an oval cross section. The tube tends to straighten under pressure moving a needle on an attached indicator showing the pressure of the fluid, gas, or steam measured in the tube.
stretta, noun, pl. -te, -tas.(Music.) 1. a passage, especially a final passage, performed in quicker or accelerated time for climactic effect, a device often used in oratorio and opera. 2. stretto in a fugue or canon.
floatel, noun. an excursion boat with sleeping and eating accommodations.
disanimation, noun. 1. the act of depriving of life. 2. discouragement; a disheartening.
hydropathy, noun.the treatment of disease by using quantities of water externally and internally; water cure.
bordereau, noun, pl. -reaux.(French.) a memorandum or note, especially a detailed list, as of documents.
Carnivora, noun pl. the large order of flesh-eating mammals. Ex. The Carnivora include mainly terrestrial and climbing animals, but there are several genera of aquatic and semiaquatic mammals in this order (Ernest P. Walker).
discalced, adjective. barefooted; unshod. Ex. The members of certain orders of friars and nuns are discalced.
petate, noun. a mat made of dried palm leaves or straw, used as a bed in parts of South America and the Philippines.
educe, transitive verb, educed, educing. to bring out; draw forth; elicit; develop. Ex. The science teacher's questions educed many facts about gardens and flowers. (SYN) extract.
acanaceous, adjective.(Botany.) prickly.
gateau, noun, pl. -teaux.(French.) a cake.
captation, noun. the use of artful endeavors or appeals to secure something, especially approval or applause. Ex. ... to induce candidates to rely ... less on the arts of political captation (London Daily News).
constringent, adjective. causing constriction; constringing.
dacoit, noun, verb. noun a member of a gang of robbers in India or Burma, who plunder in armed bands. v.i. to plunder or rob in an armed band.
tractile, adjective.that can be drawn out in length; ductile.
requiescat in pace,(Latin.) "May he (or she) rest in peace," a wish or prayer for the repose of the dead. (Abbr:) R.I.P.
Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills on which the city of ancient Rome was built.
clarino, noun, pl. -ni, -nos. any one of various early trumpets, especially that playing the highest register.
Aberglaube, noun.(German.) superstition.
abasia, noun. total or partial loss of the ability to coordinate the muscles used in walking.
warsle, verb, -sled, -sling, noun.(Scottish.) v.i. 1. to wrestle; struggle. 2. to move with effort; flounder. v.t. to wrestle with. noun 1. a wrestling bout. 2. (Figurative.) any struggle; tussle.
tournure, noun. 1. turn, contour, or form. 2. figure; appearance; bearing.
Peripatetic, adjective, noun. adj. having to do with the philosophy of Aristotle, Greek philosopher, who taught while walking; Aristotelian. noun one of Aristotle's disciples.
excaudate, adjective. tailless; acaudal.
speleology or spelaeology, noun.the scientific study of caves.
unlay, verb, -laid, -laying. v.t. to untwist (a rope) into separate strands. v.i. to untwist; unravel. Ex. an unlaid rope.
outfoot, transitive verb. 1. (of a boat, especially a sailboat) to go faster than (another). 2. to surpass as in walking or running.
posslq, noun.(U.S.) a person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters. Ex. The Census Bureau invented the word "posslq" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). What's more, "Posslq" is so simple to pronounce, so non-judgmental and pleasing to the ear (Ann Landers). Love will stay forever new, If you will be my posslq (Charles Osgood).
rerebrace, noun. a piece of armor for the upper arm, from the shoulder to the elbow.
flammulated, adjective. (of birds) reddish; ruddy.
quant, noun, verb.(British.) noun Also, quant pole. a pole with a flat board or cap at one end to prevent it from sinking into the mud, used to propel a boat. v.t., v.i. to propel (a boat) with a quant.
warp beam, the roller or other apparatus in a loom around which the warp is wound.
apprehension, noun. 1. expectation of misfortune; fear; dread. Ex. The roar of the hurricane filled us with apprehension. Her apprehensions about the dangers of traveling were increased by the accident. 2. the act of seizing or the state of being seized; arrest. Ex. The appearance of the thief's picture in all the papers led to his apprehension. 3. grasp by the mind; understanding. Ex. I do not have a clear apprehension of fractions.
Ancient of Days, God, as the Eternal Being (in the Bible, Daniel 7).
captious, adjective. 1. hard to please; faultfinding. Ex. The captious might have regarded our journey as a retreat from Sweden, but we veterans regarded it as a surprise attack on Paris (Atlantic). (SYN) caviling, carping. 2. apt or designed to entrap or entangle by subtlety. Ex. captious arguments.
Abernethy, noun, pl. -thies. a hard biscuit sometimes flavored with caraway seeds.
quantal, adjective. having to do with quanta or the quantum theory.
hully gully, a dance consisting of the twist performed as a square dance.
cariole, noun. 1a. a small carriage drawn by one horse, used especially in the 1800's. b. a covered cart. 2. a light, open sleigh drawn by one or two horses or sometimes by dogs. Also, carriole.
cypseline, adjective. 1. having to do with or resembling a swift. 2. belonging to the same family of birds as the swift.
talbot, noun. a former variety of English hunting hound, with hanging ears and heavy jaws, from which the bloodhound and other hounds were developed.
stramineous, adjective. 1a. of or like straw. b. (Figurative.) valueless. 2. (Botany.) strawcolored.
circumfluent, adjective. flowing around; surrounding.
flank speed, 1. a ship's maximum prescribed speed. Ex. They turned out to be three Indonesian torpedo boats racing at flank speed (40 knots) toward the Dutch New Guinea coast (Time). 2. a very great speed; top speed. Ex. Seventh Avenue was filled with cabs, all rushing past at flank speed (Russell Baker).
cipolin, noun. a kind of marble that shows alternations of various coloring, especially white and green.
circulus in definiendo,(Latin.) 1. a circle in defining. 2. a faulty form of definition in which the word or concept to be defined is used to explain the meaning.
sonorific, adjective. producing sound or noise, as the organs that a cricket rubs together to make its chirping sound.
Abderite, noun. a stupid person (because the inhabitants of Abdera, an ancient town in Thrace, were known for their stupidity).
baguette or baguet, noun. 1a. a gem cut in a narrow, oblong shape. b. the shape itself. 2. a small, semicircular molding. 3. Usually, baguette. a long, thin, crusty loaf of French bread.
humectant, noun. a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles. Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost with the years (New Yorker).
Sopher, noun, pl. -pherim. a scribe; one of the ancient teachers or expounders of the Jewish oral law.
poste restante, 1. a direction written on mail which is to remain at the post office till called for. 2. a post-office department in charge of such mail.
halazone, noun. a white powder containing chlorine, used in tablet form to disinfect drinking water.
minimus, noun, pl. -mi. a very small or insignificant creature. Ex. Get you gone, you dwarf, You minimus (Shakespeare).
dilettante, noun, pl. -tes, -ti, adjective, verb, -ted, -teing.noun 1. a person who follows some art or science without learning much about it; dabbler. Ex. He was a dilettante in a dozen fields, an expert in none. (SYN) amateur. 2. a lover of the fine arts. 3. a trifler.
derivative, adjective, 1. not original; derived. Ex. derivative poetry. 2. of derivation; derivational.
flashboard, noun. a board set up on edge upon a milldam, when the water is low, to throw a larger quantity of water into the millrace.
bog trotter, an Irish peasant.
caporegime, noun.(U.S.) a member of the Mafia below a capo in rank and serving as one of his lieutenants.
excogitation, noun. 1. the act of excogitating. 2. a plan; contrivance; invention.
abiogenetic, adjective. of or relating to spontaneous generation.
urbi et orbi,(Latin.) to the city (Rome) and to the world; to mankind (used especially in the publication of papal bulls).
bagnio, noun, pl. -ios. 1. a house of prostitution; brothel. 2. (formerly) a prison for slaves in North Africa and the Near East.
Aberdonian, adjective, noun. adj. of or having to do with Aberdeen (a city in Scotland), its people, or their customs. noun a native or inhabitant of Aberdeen.
abeyant, adjective. dormant; latent.
abasia, noun. total or partial loss of the ability to coordinate the muscles used in walking.
cirriform, adjective. formed like a curl or tendril; cirrose. Ex. cirriform clouds.
bois, noun.(French.) 1. a wood; a tract of woodland. 2. wood or timber.
unmetalled, adjective.(Especially British.) not covered with a surface, as of crushed stone, cinders, or asphalt. Ex. an unmetalled road.
bahuvrihi, noun, pl. -his. a noun or adjective compound whose first element describes a quality possessed by the second, as hunchback or hunchbacked, redhead or redheaded.
satiety, noun. the feeling of having had too much; disgust or weariness caused by excess; satiated condition. Ex. Of knowledge there is no satiety (Francis Bacon).
asperge, transitive verb, -perged, -perging. to sprinkle. Ex. Their suits, like pieces of planetarium sky, were dead black and thickly asperged with silver (Punch).
intendment, noun. 1. (Law.) the manner of understanding or viewing something. Ex. intendment of the law. 2. (Obsolete.) intention; design.
cippus, noun, pl. cippi. a low, square or cylindrical pillar of stone, usually bearing an ornamented inscription, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a monument marking a grave or sacred place.
ballistocardiograph, noun. an instrument for determining the strength of the heart's contraction, and the amount of blood it pumps, by measuring the body's recoil as blood from the heart is forced into it.
daedal, adjective.(Poetic.) 1. ingenious; skillful. Ex. the sculptor's daedal hand. 2. variously adorned; diversified. 3. intricate; mazelike.
langlaufer, noun, pl. -laufer or -laufers. a cross-country skier; gelandelaufer.
ecbatic, adjective. expressing result or consequence and not purpose or intention. Ex. an ecbatic clause.
capon, noun, verb. noun a rooster specially raised to be eaten. It is castrated and fattened. v.t. to make a capon of; caponize.
waxjack, noun. a device for melting sealing wax, used in the 1700's, consisting of a length of wick wound around a spindle, with the part for burning fed through a small hole.
abetment, noun. instigation; encouragement. Ex. My wife, ... with my approval and abetment, is a working mother (Harper's).
bahadur, noun. a great man; distinguished personage (often affixed in Anglo-Indian use as a title to an officer's name).
strepitous, adjective. noisy. Ex. a strepitous movement in a symphony.
sontag, noun. a woman's knitted cape with long ends crossed over the breast and fastened together at the back.
excitant, noun. an agent or drug that excites; stimulant.
halocline, noun. a sharp discontinuity in the salinity of seawater, usually at a depth of about 180 feet.
quantum mutatus ab illo,(Latin.) how greatly changed from what he was!
quantum meruit,(Latin.) as much as one has merited or deserved.
flacon, noun. a small bottle with a stopper, used for perfume, smelling salts, etc.. Ex. A flacon of Russia's finest perfume ... was waiting in her hotel room (Time).
conterminous, adjective. having a common boundary; bordering; meeting at their ends.
taggant, noun. a chemical substance added to a substance to aid in detection and identification. Ex. Proposed legislation would require taggants in all explosives (even gunpowder) (Science News).
strabismic, adjective. 1. = cross-eyed. 2. of or having to do with strabismus. 3. (Figurative.) distorted.
posology, noun. the branch of medical science that is concerned with the doses in which medicines should be administered.
coxa, noun, pl. coxae. 1. (Anatomy.) a. the hipbone. b. the hip joint. 2. (Zoology.) the joint by which the leg is articulated to the body in arthropods.
Daltonism or daltonism, noun. color blindness, especially the inability to distinguish red from green.
constative, adjective. (Grammar, Philosophy.) stating or asserting a wish, command, or plan, not its actual performance. "I hope to go" is a constative utterance; "I am going" is a performative utterance.
abetment, noun. instigation; encouragement. Ex. My wife, ... with my approval and abetment, is a working mother (Harper's).
balistraria, noun. a cross-shaped opening in the wall of a medieval fortress through which a crossbow could be fired.
hallux, noun, pl. -luces. 1. the big toe of man. 2. the hind toe of birds.
abactinal, adjective.(Zoology.) 1. located at a distance from the mouth or oral area: aboral. 2. lacking tentacles or rays. Ex. the abactinal end of a sea anemone.
gavial, noun. any one of a family of large, harmless crocodilians of southern Asia that have long, extremely slender snouts. Also, garial.
circumocular, adjective. situated or extending around the eye or eyes.
obconic, adjective.(Botany.) conical, with the base upward or outward; inversely conical. adv. obconically.
salubrious, adjective. favorable or conducive to good health; healthful. Ex. a salubrious diet. Their salubrious effects, which include the relief of pain ... are seldom more than palliative and almost never permanent (New Yorker). (SYN) wholesome, salutary.
sheth, noun. 1. one of the ribs of the framework for the bottom or sides of a wagon. 2. the part of a plow to which the moldboard and share are attached.
lansquenet, noun. 1. a mercenary foot soldier, commonly armed with a pike or lance. Lansquenets were formerly employed in the German and other Continental armies in the 1600's and 1700's. 2. a card game in which the players bet against the banker.
consuetude, noun. 1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.
mendicant, adjective, noun. adj. begging. Ex. Mendicant friars ask alms for charity. And with that dejected air and mendicant voice (Samuel Richardson). noun 1. a beggar. Ex. We were surrounded by mendicants asking for money. 2. a member of a mendicant religious order.
toxemia, noun. blood poisoning, caused by toxins, especially a form in which the toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria enter the bloodstream from a local lesion and are distributed throughout the body. Also, toxaemia.
dactylate, adjective. having fingerlike processes; fingered.
huaraches, noun pl. heavy leather sandals with flat soles, common in Mexico.
obstreperous, adjective. 1. loud or noisy; boisterous. Ex. Most children are naturally obstreperous. (SYN) clamorous, vociferous. 2. unruly; disorderly. Ex. It means reaching directly a pretty obstreperous sector of youth, some of them before they get into serious trouble (New York Times).
fugacious, adjective. 1. passing quickly; tending to flee; fleeting; transitory. Ex. the fugacious nature of life and time (Harriet Martineau). (SYN) transient, fugitive, evanescent. 2. (Botany.) falling or fading early. Ex. If the calyx falls very early, it is called fugacious (Heber W. Youngken).
vug, vugg, or vugh, noun.(Mining.) a cavity; a hollow in a rock or lode, often completely lined with quartz.
mummer, noun. 1. a person who wears a mask, fancy costume, or disguise for fun. Ex. Six mummers acted in the play at Christmas. 2. an actor. 3. an actor in one of the rural plays traditionally performed in England and elsewhere at Christmas. Ex. The play was hastily rehearsed, whereupon the other mummers were delighted with the new knight (Thomas Hardy).
acarid, noun. any one of an order of small arachnids that includes the mites and ticks.
torus, noun, pl. tori. 1. (Architecture.) a large, convex molding, commonly forming the lowest member of the base of a column; tore. It resembles the astragal, but is much larger. 2. (Botany.) the receptacle of a flower. 3. (Anatomy.) a smooth, rounded swelling; protuberant part; ridge. 4. (Geometry.) a. a doughnut-shaped surface described by the revolution of a conic section, especially a circle, about a line in the same plane as, but not intersecting, the circle; tore. b. the solid enclosed by such a surface; tore.
waterage, noun. 1. conveyance as by ship or boat; transport by water. 2. the charge or payment for this.
diplophonic, adjective. (of hearing) in which a single sound seems to come from two directions.
bogey (2), noun, pl. -geys. bogie; a pivoted frame.
capnomancy, noun. divination by means of smoke.
periotic, adjective. 1. surrounding the ear. 2. of or having to do with certain bones or bony elements of the skull that form a protective capsule for the internal ear.
froe, noun. (Especially U.S.) a wedge-shaped tool having a handle in the plane of the blade, set at right angles to the back, used especially for cleaving and riving staves and shingles. Also, frow.
huff-duff, noun. a device for indicating the direction from which high-frequency radio signals come.
guerdon, noun, verb.(Poetic.) noun a reward. Ex. Verse, like the laurel, its immortal meed, Should be the guerdon of a noble deed (William Cowper). v.t. to reward; recompense.
omnia vincit amor,(Latin.) love conquers all.
bagasse, noun. the pulp of sugar cane after the juice has been extracted, used especially in the manufacture of wallboard and paper and as fuel.
logodaedaly, noun. verbal legerdemain; a playing with words, as by passing from one meaning of them to another.
androcentric, adjective. having man or the male as its center.
bollix, verb, noun. v.t. (U.S. Informal.) to snarl or muddle (up); confuse. noun a confused state of affairs; muddle. Ex. [He] commented on the bollixes that may result from interservice conflicts (Harper's). Also, bolix.
excitancy, noun. the property of exciting or calling into activity.
jemadar, noun. in India: 1. any one of certain officials of the police or other government departments. 2. an officer in a sepoy regiment, corresponding in rank to a lieutenant. 3. the chief of a body of servants.
visagiste, noun. an expert in applying facial cosmetics; cosmetologist.
asana, noun, pl. -nas. any of the prescribed postures or positions in yoga.
vade mecum, 1. anything a person carries about with him because of its usefulness. 2. a book for ready reference; manual; handbook. Ex. [His] tax guide alone has sold more than thirteen million copies in its eighteen years as the taxpayer's vade mecum (Harper's).
metis, noun, pl. -tis. 1. a person of mixed descent. Ex. There was distinct advantage in being a metis--the offspring of a foreigner and a Vietnamese (Time). 2. (U.S.) an octoroon. 3. (in Canada) a person of white (especially French) and American Indian descent.
cisatlantic, adjective. on this (the speaker's or writer's) side of the Atlantic.
wayang, noun. a stylized Indonesian puppet play based on legend and performed to music, and sometimes with live actors.
anchorite, noun. 1. a person who lives alone in a solitary place for religious meditation. 2. a hermit. (SYN) recluse.
veratrize, transitive verb, -trized, -trizing. to drug, poison, or treat with veratrine.
rectitude, noun. 1. upright conduct or character; honesty; righteousness. Ex. The name of Brutus would be a guaranty to the people of rectitude of intention (James A. Froude). (SYN) integrity, virtue. 2. correctness. Ex. rectitude of judgment. 3. direction in a straight line; straightness.
diplomate, noun. a physician who has been certified in a field of specialization by any of various medical boards. Ex. He received his medical degree from Emory University, ... and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics (New York Times).
gomdura, noun. a long dress worn over loose-fitting trousers by women in Saudia Arabia.
moldboard, noun. 1. a curved metal plate in a plow, that turns over the earth from the furrow. 2. one of the boards forming the sides of a concrete mold.
propitious, adjective. 1. favorable. Ex. propitious weather for our trip, a propitious reception. The seed of pessimism, once lodged within him, flourished in a propitious soil (Lytton Strachey). (SYN) auspicious, promising. 2. favorably inclined; gracious.
opisometer, noun. an instrument for measuring curved lines, as on a map.
reticule, noun. 1. a woman's small handbag, especially one with a drawstring. Ex. women in cloaks, bearing reticules and bundles (Henry James).
fraise, noun. 1. a fortified position consisting of pointed, horizontal, or inclined stakes near the top of a rampart. 2. a ruff worn around the neck.
saucier, noun. (French.) a cook who specializes in preparing sauces.
grue, noun, verb, grued, gruing. noun a shiver; shudder. v.i. to feel horror; shudder; shiver.
nubia, noun. a soft wrap for the head and neck worn by women.
bausond, adjective. (Dialect.) (of animals) having a white patch on the forehead, or a white stripe down the face.
detritus, noun. 1. (Geology.) an accumulation of small fragments, such as sand or silt worn away from rock. 2. any disintegrated material; debris. Ex. The detritus left by the flood covered the highway. Its corners and closets were cluttered with the detritus of ages (Time).
haught, adjective.(Archaic.) 1. high. 2. exalted; lofty; noble. 3. haughty.
faugh, interjection. an exclamation of disgust. Ex. A monkey! faugh! ... I hate the nauseous animal (Washington Irving).
clairaudient, adjective, noun. adj. having the power of hearing or knowing about sounds beyond the range of hearing. noun a clairaudient person.
excipient, noun. 1. any inert drug substance used as a medium or carrier for an active drug. 2. one that takes up or receives.
dauphin, noun. the title of the oldest son of the king of France, used as a title from 1349 to 1830.
fatuous, adjective. 1. stupid but self-satisfied; foolish; silly. Ex. a fatuous smile, a fatuous empty-headed conversation. These poor Might-Have-Beens, These fatuous, ineffectual Yesterdays! (William Ernest Henley). 2. not real; illusory. Ex. A fatuous light that shall lead him astray (Edmund Hamilton Sears). 3. (Archaic.) idiotic; imbecile.
unkenned, adjective.(Scottish.) unknown; strange.
quadratrix, noun. a curve used for finding a square equivalent in area to the figure bounded by a given curve, or for finding a straight line equal to a circle, arc, or the like.
weakon, noun.(Physics.) a carrier of the weak interaction; W particle or Z particle. Ex. For the weak force the mediating particle is the intermediate vector boson, now also known as the weakon (Scientific American).
trapezium, noun, pl. -ziums, -zia. 1a. a four-sided plane figure having no two sides parallel. b. (British.) a trapezoid. 2. (Anatomy.) the greater multangular (bone).
consubstantial, adjective. of one and the same substance, essence, or nature.
sonneteer, noun, verb. noun 1. a writer of sonnets. 2. an inferior poet. Ex. Our little sonnetters ... have too narrow souls to judge of Poetry (John Dryden). v.i. to write sonnets.
mirabilia, noun pl.(Latin.) miracles; wonderful things; wonders.
acrophony, noun. the use of a picture of some object to represent the initial sound, letter, or syllable in the name of that object. Using the picture of an ox, called aleph in Phoenician, to represent the sound a, is an example of acrophony.
excurse, intransitive verb, -cursed, -cursing. 1. to run out or off. 2. (Figurative.) to digress. 3. to make an excursion.
capsaicin, noun. a colorless, crystalline substance, the bitter principle of the cayenne pepper, used as an irritant.
eclipsareon, noun. a globe formerly used to illustrate the phenomena of solar and lunar eclipses.
circumforaneous, adjective. 1. wandering from market place to market place; vagrant; vagabond. 2. = quack.
strappado, noun, pl. -does. 1. a form of human torture in which the victim was raised by a rope and suddenly let fall the length of the rope. 2. the mechanism for doing this.
humanics, noun. the scientific study of human nature. Ex. the impact of genetic engineering on humanics, which includes the possible modification of human nature toward previously unattainable ideals (Joshua Lederberg).
abscind, transitive verb. to cut off; exscind.
gaussmeter, noun. an instrument for measuring the intensity of a magnetic field.
cistvaen, noun. a prehistoric stone coffin or burial chamber; a tomb made of slabs of stone; cist. Also, kistvaen.
capotasto, noun. a device attached to a fretted musical instrument, such as the guitar, for the purpose of raising the pitch of all the strings at once.
sortition, noun. 1. the casting or drawing of lots; determination or selection by lot. 2. an instance of determining by lot.
abstruse, adjective. hard to understand; difficult. Ex. If you do not master arithmetic, you will find algebra complicated and abstruse. The fields of inquiry run from simple mechanics to abstruse atomic energy (Wall Street Journal). (SYN) esoteric, recondite, obscure, arcane.
sybaritic, adjective. characterized by or caring very much for luxury; luxurious; voluptuous. Ex. Meanwhile, the Egyptians mercilessly attack Saudi Arabia's rulers as corrupt and sybaritic (Time).
neuston, noun. minute organisms living on the surface film of a body of water. Ex. Neuston ... inhabit the upper few centimetres of the water at night and live as deep as two thousand feet by day (New Yorker).
sacaton, noun.any one of several coarse grasses of the dry regions of the southwestern United States, grown for pasture or hay; zacaton.
abreact, transitive verb.(Psychoanalysis.) to express or release (repressed emotions) by reliving the experiences associated with them, as by talking about them.
sabulous, adjective. consisting of sand; full of sand; sandy; gritty.
sarsar, noun. a killingly cold wind.
boiserie, noun.a wood panel or panels decoratively carved.
abaxial, adjective.not in the axis.
constative, adjective.(Grammar, Philosophy.) stating or asserting a wish, command, or plan, not its actual performance. "I hope to go" is a constative utterance; "I am going" is a performative utterance.
quasquicentennial, adjective, noun. adj. of or having to do with 125 years or a 125th anniversary. noun 1. a 125th anniversary. 2. a celebration of a 125th anniversary.
Quadragesimal, adjective. 1. of or during Lent; suitable for Lent; Lenten. 2. Also, quadragesimal. lasting forty days, as the fast of Lent.
interrex, noun, pl. interreges. a person who holds supreme authority in a state during an interregnum.
tout le monde,(French.) the whole world; everyone.
shieling, noun.(Scottish.) 1. a shiel. 2. a piece of pasture. Ex. ... sone ... she and her colleagues may have chanted on the lone shieling (Punch). Also, shealing, sheiling.
lateritious, adjective. 1. having to do with or resembling bricks. 2. of the red color characteristic of bricks.
carene, noun. a forty days' fast on bread and water, formerly imposed by a bishop, upon clergy or laity, or by an abbot upon monks.
toluene, noun. a colorless, flammable liquid obtained from coal tar and petroleum. It is used as a solvent and for making explosives, dyes, and saccharin. Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, with a smell like that of benzene.
abiogenic, adjective. not produced by living organisms; not biogenic. Ex. abiogenic proteins.
en cuerpo,(Spanish.) 1. in the body. 2. without cloak, outer garment, or covering.
sonication, noun.the use of high-frequency sound waves to break up matter. Ex. Amoebae were washed once with cold ... buffer (pH 7.5) suspended in the same buffer, and broken by sonication (Science).
shibuichi, noun. an alloy widely used in Japanese decorative art. It is made of three parts copper to one part silver.
gauchesco, adjective. of or having to do with a type of Spanish poetry whose character, language, and setting derive from the life of the gauchos of South America.
eponymous, adjective. giving one's name to a nation, tribe, or place. Ex. George Washington is the eponymous leader after whom our capital city is named.
intermodal, adjective. 1. combining or integrating different modes of transportation. Ex. Both vessels are part of an intermodal system in which United States Freight uses railroads to "piggyback" trailers and container vans to ports for delivery (New York Times). 2. used in an integrated system of transportation. Ex. intermodal containers.
retardataire, adjective.(in the arts) behind the times; lagging behind. Ex. English art had always been retardataire ... the Pre-Raphaelites were repeating things which had already been done a generation before by the German Nazarenes (Edward Lucie-Smith).
consummateness, noun. perfection. Ex. consummateness of skill.
gedunk, noun.(U.S. Slang.) ice cream, pudding, or the like, sold at a soda fountain.
acrocarpous, adjective. producing fruit at the end or top of the main stem, as certain mosses do.
ablaut, noun.(in Indo-European languages) the systematic substitution of one root vowel sound for another in different inflectional forms or derivatives of a word, as in ring, rang, rung; gradation.
cytotaxis, noun. the movement of cells, or of cell masses, in relation to one another.
contradictious, adjective. inclined to be contradictory; disputatious.
ecdysis, noun, pl. -ses. the shedding of the skin or shell by snakes, crustaceans, or insects or of feathers by a bird.
laniate, transitive verb, -ated, -ating. to tear apart; rend.
foco, noun, pl. -cos. a small guerrilla center radiating revolutionary activity throughout a country.
gravitas, noun.(Latin.) gravity; solemnity. Ex. Like most of the statesmen of yore, he has about him a certain gravitas, expressed in ... a taste for old-fashioned circumlocutions (Harper's).
caponier, noun. a work or covered passage in or across a ditch in a military fortification.
shiplap, noun, adjective.noun 1. a flush, overlapping joint between boards, formed by cutting corresponding rabbets in the adjoining edges and lapping the boards to the depth of the rabbets. 2. boards so rabbeted. adj. 1. having such rabbets. Ex. shiplap siding. 2. utilizing lumber so milled. Ex. shiplap construction.
abirritant, noun, adjective.(Medicine.) noun a drug or medicine that relieves irritation. adj. relieving irritation; soothing.
anchorite, noun. 1. a person who lives alone in a solitary place for religious meditation. 2. a hermit. (SYN) recluse.
bafflegab, noun.(Informal.) very involved or confusing language; gobbledygook. Ex. financial bafflegab.
possessory, adjective. 1. having to do with a possessor or possession. 2. arising from possession. Ex. a possessory interest. 3. having possession.
baudrons, noun. (Scottish.) a cat's name, like bruin for the bear.
flugelhorn, noun. a brass wind instrument whose valves and shape resemble a cornet.
effector, noun. a muscle or gland capable of responding to a nerve impulse. Ex. Since the muscles and glands give the response they are termed effectors (Harbaugh and Goodrich).
boiserie, noun. a wood panel or panels decoratively carved.
abasia, noun. total or partial loss of the ability to coordinate the muscles used in walking.
waxjack, noun. a device for melting sealing wax, used in the 1700's, consisting of a length of wick wound around a spindle, with the part for burning fed through a small hole.
dipping needle, a magnetic needle mounted so as to be capable of moving freely in a vertical plane about its center of gravity, and indicating by its dip the direction of the earth's magnetism; dip needle. See also inclinometer.
acescence, noun. process of souring.
quadrille (1), noun. 1. a square dance for four couples that usually has five parts or movements. 2. the music for such a dance. quadrille (2), noun.a card game for four persons, popular in the 1700's. quadrille (3), adjective.marked with squares; having a pattern composed of small squares. Ex. a quadrille fabric.
carceplex, noun. a molecular complex consisting of a large molecule in which a smaller molecule has been chemically trapped. Ex. A carceplex consists of ... a hollow "prison" molecule and a "guest" molecule trapped inside. These guest molecules ... exist in a state of matter different from the familiar states represented by solids, liquids, gases and electrically charged plasmas (New York Times). .
pericardium, noun, pl. -dia. the membranous sac enclosing the heart.
tournure, noun. 1. turn, contour, or form. 2. figure; appearance; bearing.
diplopia, noun. a disorder of the eyes in which objects are seen double.
repousse, adjective, noun. adj. 1. raised in relief by hammering on the reverse side. A repousse design can be made on thin metal. 2. ornamented or made in this manner. noun repousse work.
peripatetic, adjective, noun. adj. walking about; traveling from place to place; itinerant. Ex. a peripatetic scissors grinder. (SYN) ambulatory. noun a person who wanders or travels about from place to place. Ex. The peripatetic who walked before her was a watchman in that neighbourhood (Sir Richard Steele). adv. peripatetically.
larine, adjective. 1. of the family of birds that comprises the gulls. 2. of or like a gull.
excorticate, transitive verb, -cated, -cating. to strip off the bark, rind, or coating, from.
caprine, adjective. of or like a goat. Ex. ... her bleating, caprine voice (New Yorker).
vanguard, noun. 1. the front part of an army; soldiers marching ahead of the main part of an army to clear the way and guard against surprise. 2. (Figurative.) a. the foremost or leading position, usually in intellectual and political movements or social reforms. b. the leaders of a movement, especially persons who experiment or work with new ideas.
accordatura, noun. the series of tones to which a stringed instrument is usually tuned.
umiak or umiack, noun. an open Eskimo boat made of skins covering a wooden or bone frame and worked by paddles. The umiak is very much broader and usually longer than a kayak. It is used especially by the women of a family or group of families to bring back the meat killed by the men and to transport a family and its possessions from place to place. Also, oomiac, oomiak.
cingulum, noun, pl. -la.1a. a girdle, now especially one used in connection with surgery. b. = waist. 2. a girdlelike part: a. a band or ridge on an animal. b. a ridge at the base of the crown of a tooth.
abducent, adjective. pulling or drawing away a part of the body from a given point or center, as a muscle does; abducting.
outrecuidance, noun. excessive self-confidence; overweening conceit.
resipiscence, noun. a change to a better frame of mind.
repose (1), noun, verb, -posed, -posing.noun 1. rest or sleep. Ex. Do not disturb her repose. They muttered prayers to themselves for the repose of the soul of their dead pal (James T. Farrell). 2. quietness; ease. Ex. She has repose of manner. (SYN) composure. 3. peace; calmness. Ex. the repose of the country. (SYN) tranquillity. 4. a restful quality. v.i. 1. to lie at rest. Ex. The cat reposed upon the cushion. 2. to lie in a grave. Ex. In quiet she reposes (Matthew Arnold). 3. to rest from work or toil; take a rest. Ex. Many people from the North repose in Florida during the winter season. 4. to be supported. 5. to depend; rely (on). Ex. The explorers reposed on the judgment of their Indian scout. v.t. 1. to lay to rest. Ex. Repose yourself in the hammock. 2. to refresh by rest. Ex. We stopped at a little public-house where we reposed ourselves (Richard Graves).
gavelock, noun.(Archaic. or Dialect.) an iron crowbar or lever.
aberrance, noun. a wandering or deviating from what is regular, normal, or right.
nevus, noun, pl. -vi. 1. a discolored or pigmented spot on the skin from birth, such as a mole; birthmark. 2. a tumor of the skin, usually congenital. Also, naevus.
quoin, noun, verb. noun 1. an outside angle or corner of a wall or building. 2. a stone forming an outside angle of a wall; cornerstone. 3. a wedge-shaped block of wood, metal, or stone, used in building, especially one of the stones in the curve of an arch. 4. (Printing.) a short wedge used to lock up a form. v.t. 1. to provide or construct with quoins. 2. to secure or raise with quoins.
lyssophobia, noun. an abnormal fear of rabies, which sometimes simulates its symptoms; pseudorabies.
barcarole or barcarolle, noun. 1. a Venetian boat song sung by gondoliers. 2. music imitating such a song, typically with a lilting rhythm.
bodhi, noun.(Buddhism.) knowledge; enlightenment.
ecbatic, adjective. expressing result or consequence and not purpose or intention. Ex. an ecbatic clause.
flavon, noun.(Nuclear Physics.) a hypothetical constituent of quarks that determines electric charge. Ex. If there are only two flavons and if they are the sole carriers of electric charge, not all of the charge values observed in nature can be reproduced (Scientific American).
urceolate, adjective. shaped like a pitcher; swelling out like a pitcher and contracted at the orifice, as a calyx.
abnegate, transitive verb, -gated, -gating. to deny (anything) to oneself; renounce or give up (a privilege or luxury).
laity, noun, pl. -ties. people who are not members of the clergy or of a professional class; laymen collectively. Ex. Doctors use many words that the laity do not understand.
excision, noun. 1. the act or process of cutting out; removal. Ex. Through the processes of excision and sloughing of certain structures ... plants get rid of wastes (Harbaugh and Goodrich). 2. the state of being excised. 3. exclusion, as from a religious society; excommunication. 4. extirpation or destruction.
sordamente, adverb.(Music.) in a muted or muffled manner; softly.
toxophily, noun. the practice of, or liking for, archery.
contexture, noun. 1. a weaving together or a being woven together; texture. 2. something woven together; fabric. 3. (Figurative.) the make-up and arrangement of the parts of a thing; structure. Ex. View his whole life; 'tis nothing but a cunning contexture of dark arts and unequitable subterfuges (Laurence Sterne).
codicil, noun.1. (Law.) something added to a will to change it, add to it, or explain it. Ex. He had, in a fit of very natural exasperation, revoked the bequest in a codicil (Dickens). 2. (Figurative.) something added. Ex. We have at present so bitter a codicil to a most severe winter, that Berkeley Square was as much covered with snow this morning as it was two months ago (Horace Walpole). (SYN) supplement, appendix.
sonorous figures, figures which are formed by vibration of a sounding body, as in a layer of fine sand strewn on a disk of glass or metal, which is caused to vibrate by the bow of a violin drawn across its edge.
fleishig, adjective.(in Jewish dietary law) restricted to meat or meat products. Ex. a fleishig meal, fleishig dishes.
sophic, adjective. of, having to do with, or teaching wisdom.
excitancy, noun. the property of exciting or calling into activity.
laniferous, adjective. wool-bearing; woolly.
uranography, noun. the science of describing and mapping the heavens and the position of the heavenly bodies. Also, ouranography.
hastate, adjective. 1. spearlike, as weapons. 2. shaped like the head of a spear. 3. (of a leaf) triangular, with two spreading lobes at the base. adv. hastately.
bodkin, noun. 1. a large, blunt needle, used for drawing tape or cord through a hem, loops, etc. 2. a long hairpin. 3. a pointed tool for making holes in cloth, etc. 4. (Printing.) a tool for picking out letters in correcting type which has been set. 5. a small dagger or other short, pointed weapon; stiletto.
abecedarium, noun, pl. -daria. a first book in reading; primer.
clangor, noun, verb. noun 1. a continued clanging. 2. a clang. v.i. to make a clangor; clang.
fleche, noun. 1. (Architecture.) a. a spire, especially a slender spire surmounting a roof. b. a slender spire placed over the junction of the nave and transept of a church or cathedral. Ex. Ideally, the narthex should be surmounted by a fleche (London Times). 2. (in a fortification) an arrow; a defensive work shaped somewhat like an arrowhead.
halyard, noun. a rope or tackle used on a ship to raise or lower something, such as a sail, yard, or flag. Also, halliard.
endocannibalism, noun. the practice of eating the flesh of persons belonging to the same tribe.
sublittoral, adjective, noun. adj. 1. near the seacoast. Ex. a sublittoral plant. 2. of or having to do with the area of an ocean from low tide to the edge of the continental shelf. noun a sublittoral area or region.
smock frock, a smock reaching to the middle of the leg, worn especially by laborers in Europe.
mala fide,(Latin.) in bad faith; with or by fraud.
toluene, noun. a colorless, flammable liquid obtained from coal tar and petroleum. It is used as a solvent and for making explosives, dyes, and saccharin. Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, with a smell like that of benzene.
nide, noun. a brood, clutch, or nest of peasants.
strapontin, noun. 1. a folding seat as used in automobiles. 2. a similar type of seat used in theaters. Ex. I spotted her once on a backless strapontin, l ost to the world, her shining face uplifted to the stage (New Yorker).
geomagnetic axis, the magnetic axis of the earth at an angle of 12 degrees with respect to the geographic axis.
landfast, adjective. attached to land. Ex. A million years ago the island was either landfast or near the shore.
banausic, adjective. 1. mechanical. Ex. ... alleged that the teaching of music as a manual art was banausic and degrading (George Grote). 2. practical. Ex. Chief among its many qualities is the author's concern to ask ... certain banausic but highly basic questions about the Greeks (Sunday Times). 3. materialistic. Ex. Banausic, he called them, banausic, A villainous banausic couple (Stevie Smith).
ebullient, adjective. 1. overflowing with excitement or liveliness; very enthusiastic. Ex. A small, dapper man with a waxed mustache and an ebullient air came upstairs and greeted the Count warmly (New Yorker). 2. boiling up; bubbling. adv. ebulliently.
daglock, noun. a dirty lock of wool near a sheep's tail.
accrochage, noun.(French.) 1. (Art.) a method or style of hanging up paintings. 2. (Military.) a skirmish. 3. (literally) a hooking.
potter's field, 1. a piece of ground set aside for the burial of people who die without friends or money. 2. a field bought for the 30 pieces of silver which Judas received for betraying Jesus, used as a burial place for strangers (in the Bible, Matthew 27:7-8).
contango, noun, pl. -gos.(British.) the premium paid to postpone payment for a stock to a later date.
bandoline, noun. a gummy hair dressing to make the hair stay in place.
shot tower, a high tower for making small shot by dropping molten lead from the top into water at the bottom.
inveigh, intransitive verb. to make a violent attack in words; rail. Ex. The agitator inveighed against the government. The leadership passed to the popular orators, who rose to power by inveighing against property (James A. Froude).
zoetrope, noun. an optical instrument consisting of a cylinder open at the top, with a series of slits in the circumference, and a series of figures representing successive positions of a moving object arranged along the inner surface, which when viewed through the slits while the cylinder is in rapid rotation produce the impression of actual movement of the object.
diplopic, adjective.seeing double.
abozzo, noun, pl. -zi.(Italian.) 1. a rough drawing or sketch. 2. a written outline or draft.
cisco, noun, pl. -coes or -cos.(U.S.) any one of certain whitefish of the northern United States, especially of the Great Lakes area; lake herring.
quadrominium, noun. a building with four separately owned apartments.
res integra, noun.(Latin.) a matter not yet acted on, or a point of law not yet adjudicated.
excrescence, noun. 1. an unnatural growth; disfiguring addition. A corn or wart is an excrescence. Ex. (Figurative.) Many new office buildings are unsightly excrescences upon the city's landscape. 2. a natural outgrowth. Hairs and fingernails are excrescences. 3. an abnormal increase; overflow (of anything).
hummock, noun. 1. a very small, rounded hill; knoll; hillock. Ex. The highway mounts into a group of hummocks covered with scrub and surrounded by a tangle of barbed wire (Atlantic). 2. a bump or ridge in a field of ice. Ex. This, too, had to be abandoned when a snowmobile, sent out for a trial run, hit hummocks "as high as houses and ten times as solid" (Harper's). 3. a tract of thickly wooded land within a marshy area; hammock.
taggant, noun. a chemical substance added to a substance to aid in detection and identification. Ex. Proposed legislation would require taggants in all explosives (even gunpowder) (Science News).
circumspective, adjective. given to or marked by circumspection; watchful; cautious.
ecbatic, adjective. expressing result or consequence and not purpose or intention. Ex. an ecbatic clause.
postiche, adjective, noun. adj. 1. added inappropriately, as ornament. 2. false; counterfeit. noun 1. an imitation or substitute. Ex. Fastidiousness, at any rate, is very good postiche for modesty (Ouida). 2. = pretense. 3. a false hairpiece.
boiserie, noun. a wood panel or panels decoratively carved.
flatcap, noun. 1. a round cap with a low, flat crown, worn in the 1500's and 1600's by Londoners. 2. a person wearing such a cap; a London citizen.
neuston, noun. minute organisms living on the surface film of a body of water.
aboiteau, noun, pl. -teaus ; (French) -teaux.(Canadian.) 1. a sluice gate in the dikes along the Bay of Fundy. Ex. The English apparently learned from the Acadians the special arts of building dikes and aboiteaux (Canadian Geographic Journal). 2. the dike itself. Also, aboideau.
diplacusis, noun. an abnormal condition of hearing in which one tone is heard as if it were two tones of different pitch.
abrogate, transitive verb, -gated, -gating. 1. to abolish (a law, treaty, or custom) by an authoritative act; repeal; cancel. Ex. When war broke out, our country abrogated its trade agreements with the enemy country. The 21st amendment to the Constitution, permitting the manufacture of intoxicating liquor, abrogated the 18th amendment, which prohibited it. (SYN) annul, nullify, invalidate, void. 2. to do away with.
bocage, noun. 1. woodland; boscage. 2. a background of foliage, trees, or other vegetation, supporting earthenware or ceramic figures.
consuetude, noun. 1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.
humidistat, noun. an instrument for regulating the degree of humidity.
Ancient of Days, God, as the Eternal Being (in the Bible, Daniel 7).
interlunation, noun. 1. the period between the old and the new moon. 2. (Figurative.) any blank or dark interval.
post hoc, ergo propter hoc,(Latin.) after this, therefore as a result of this (a phrase used to denote a common logical fallacy that what comes before an event must also be its cause).
gault, noun. 1. (Geology,) a series of beds of clay and marl of the Cretaceous system, occurring in southern England. 2. (British,) a thick, heavy clay.
dacoit, noun, verb.noun a member of a gang of robbers in India or Burma, who plunder in armed bands. v.i. to plunder or rob in an armed band.
diquat, noun. a herbicide activated by photosynthesis upon contact with weeds. Ex. Diquat ... is now widely used throughout the world to control weeds in such diverse crops as cotton, rubber, potatoes, sugar beet and tea (New Scientist).
contango, noun, pl. -gos.(British.) the premium paid to postpone payment for a stock to a later date.
circumbendibus, noun. a roundabout process or method; twist; turn; circumlocution.
toujours gai,(French.) always gay; forever happy.
shift joint,in masonry: 1. the placing of a stone or brick so that the vertical joints will come over the solid members of the course below. 2. the stone or brick so placed.
ancon, noun, pl. ancones. 1. a projection like a bracket, used to support a cornice, aconsole, or a corbel. 2. (Rare.) the elbow.
tantra or Tantra, noun. 1. one of a class of Hindu religious works in Sanskrit, of comparatively late date, related to the puranas, in which mysticism and magic play a great part. 2. one of a class of Buddhist works of a somewhat similar character. tantric or Tantric, adjective. of or having to do with the tantras.
unitage, noun. detailed statement of the quantity making up a unit of measure.
caput mortuum,(Latin.) 1. (formerly) the residuum of chemicals after distillation or sublimation. 2. (Figurative.) any worthless residue.
urceolate, adjective. shaped like a pitcher; swelling out like a pitcher and contracted at the orifice, as a calyx.
lavation, noun. 1. the process of washing. 2. water for washing.
quaich or quaigh, noun.(Scottish.) a shallow drinking cup with two handles.
Daltonist, noun. a color-blind person.
dipnoan, adjective, noun. adj. of or belonging to a group of fishes having both gills and lungs. noun a dipnoan fish; lungfish.
bagataway, noun.(Canadian.) an Indian game from which lacrosse developed. Also, baggataway.
halitosis, noun.bad or offensive breath.
ex curia,(Latin.) out of court.
...To live outside the law you must be honest... Bob Dylan
cladophyll, noun.(Botany.) a stem assuming the form and function of a leaf, as in asparagus.
flash distillation, a method of distilling salt water by heating and then releasing it into a low-pressure chamber, causing part of the water to turn quickly into stream, which is then condensed into fresh water.
disafforest, transitive verb. 1. (in English law) to return to the legal status of ordinary land from that of a forest. 2. to strip or clear of forests or trees.
diplophonic, adjective.(of hearing) in which a single sound seems to come from two directions.
cleading, noun. 1. (Scottish.) clothing. 2. (Engineering) and (Architecture.) a covering, casing, or lining, such as the felting put around steam pipes to prevent radiation.
quaere, verb. imperative, noun. verb query; ask (used to introduce or suggest a question). Ex. Quaere, is this point fully proved? Quaere, whether the contrary is not more probable? noun a query or question. Ex. I wondered a little at your quaere who Cheselden was? (Jonathan Swift).
acatalepsy, noun.(Philosophy.) incomprehensibility. acataleptic, adjective, noun.
langue d'oc,(French.) the Romance dialect spoken in southern France (Provence) in the Middle Ages. It became modern Provencal.
langue d'oc,(French.) the Romance dialect spoken in southern France (Provence) in the Middle Ages. It became modern Provencal.
gaudery, noun, pl. -eries. 1. ostentatious show; finery. 2. a piece of finery.
geewhillikins, interjection. (U.S. Informal.) an exclamation expressing astonishment.
excise, transitive verb, -cised, -cising. to cut out; remove. Ex. The editor excised passages from the book. (SYN) expunge.
wafture, noun. 1. the act of waving. 2a. the act of wafting. b. a thing wafted.
lapidary, noun, pl. -daries, adjective. noun 1a. a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves precious stones. b. an engraver of stone monuments. 2. the art of cutting precious stones. 3. an expert in precious stones or in the art of cutting them. 4. a piece of jewelry, especially one that shows great workmanship. Ex. The crown . .. is revealed as a gorgeous jewel-encrusted, gold piece of lapidary (New York Times). adj. 1. having to do with cutting or engraving precious stones. 2. engraved on stone. Ex. In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath (Samuel Johnson). 3. characteristic of stone inscriptions; brief, precise, and pointed. Ex. ... when Samuel Butler attacked Darwin in a series of pamphlets and periodicals, Huxley quoted Goethe's lapidary phrase, "Every whale has its louse" (New Yorker).
circulus in definiendo,(Latin.) 1. a circle in defining. 2. a faulty form of definition in which the word or concept to be defined is used to explain the meaning.
Lantian man, an extinct species of man, thought to be older than Peking man, identified from bones discovered in central China in 1964.
bag job,(U.S. Slang.) an illegal search by government agents of a suspect's residence to obtain incriminating evidence.
touraco, noun, pl. -cos. any one of various large African birds with brilliant feathers and a crest, related to the cuckoo. Also, turakoo.
Nous, noun. God (as the Supreme Intellect).
flatlet, noun.(British.) a small apartment.
carious, adjective. having caries; decayed. Ex. carious teeth.
gaudery, noun, pl. -eries. 1. ostentatious show; finery. 2. a piece of finery.
shot borer, a small beetle which bores many minute holes in trees; pin borer.
Mobius strip or band,(Geometry.) a strip of paper or other material which is given a half twist and then joined at the ends, t hus having only one side.
excision, noun. 1. the act or process of cutting out; removal. Ex. Through the processes of excision and sloughing of certain structures ... plants get rid of wastes (Harbaugh and Goodrich).
ecce signum,(Latin.) see the proof; behold the sign.
Cave Canem! Beware of dog!
tain, noun. 1. a thin tin plate. 2. tinfoil for silvering mirrors.
minima, noun. minimums; a plural of minimum.
Sopher, noun, pl. -pherim. a scribe; one of the ancient teachers or expounders of the Jewish oral law.
baignoire, noun. a theater box on the ground floor.
laniate, transitive verb, -ated, -ating. to tear apart; rend.
shiralee, noun.(Australian Slang.) a bundle of personal belongings; swag.
halocline, noun. a sharp discontinuity in the salinity of seawater, usually at a depth of about 180 feet.
humidistat, noun.an instrument for regulating the degree of humidity.
capitulum, noun, pl. -la. 1. a flower head consisting of a close cluster of sessile flowers, as in red clover or many composite plants. 2. the protuberance of a bone usually fitting into a hollow portion of another bone. Ex. They articulate with the heads, or the capitula, of the ribs (St. George Mivart).
dacker, intransitive verb.(Scottish.) 1. to totter or saunter. 2. to vacillate; equivocate.
abstruse, adjective. hard to understand; difficult. Ex. If you do not master arithmetic, you will find algebra complicated and abstruse. The fields of inquiry run from simple mechanics to abstruse atomic energy (Wall Street Journal). (SYN) esoteric, recondite, obscure, arcane. adv. abstrusely. noun abstruseness.
quap, noun. a hypothetical nuclear particle consisting of an antiproton and a quark.
miscible, adjective. that can be mixed. Ex. Water is not miscible with oil.
hurricoon, noun. a balloon equipped with a camera and other instruments which is sent into a hurricane to record information about it.
petrology, noun. the branch of geology that deals with rocks, including their origin, structure, and changes.
outre, adjective. passing the bounds of what is usual and considered proper; eccentric; bizarre. Ex. Ernest was always so outre and strange; there was never any knowing what he would do next (Samuel Butler).
sophism, noun. a clever but misleading argument; argument based on false or unsound reasoning. Ex. But no sophism is too gross to delude minds distempered by party spirit (Macaulay).
perihelion, noun, pl. -helia. 1. the point closest to the sun in the orbit of a planet, comet or other heavenly body. 2. (Figurative.) highest point; zenith. Ex. Receiving a Nobel prize was the perihelion of his distinguished career.
tain, noun. 1. a thin tin plate. 2. tinfoil for silvering mirrors.
capon, noun, verb.noun a rooster specially raised to be eaten. It is castrated and fattened. v.t. to make a capon of; caponize.
takin, noun.a goatlike horned antelope found at high altitudes in the eastern Himalayas.
gaumless, adjective.(British Dialect,) without understanding; foolish.
toxophily, noun.the practice of, or liking for, archery.
hamulus, noun, pl. -li. a small hook or hooklike part, as in certain bones or in feathers.
abradant, adjective, noun. adj. wearing down; abrading. noun an abrasive.
satrap, noun. 1. a ruler, often a tyrant, who is subordinate to a higher ruler.
daimon, noun.an attendant or guiding spirit; demon. Ex. A painter ... allows his daimon to be choked by the constant pressure of domestic and social life (Listener).
circle of declination,(Astronomy.) a great circle of the sphere, the plane of which is perpendicular to the equator.
kilomegacycle, noun.a unit of frequency equal to one billion cycles per second.
abluent, adjective, noun. adj. cleansing; purifying. noun any cleansing agent; detergent.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. axiology SYLLABICATION: ax·i·ol·o·gy PRONUNCIATION: k´´s-l´-j NOUN : The study of the nature of values and value judgments. ETYMOLOGY: Greek axios, worth. See ag-. + –logy OTHER FORMS: ax´´i·o·log´i·cal (--lj´-kl) — ADJECTIVE ax´´i·o·log´i·cal·ly — ADVERB ax´´i·ol´o·gist — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. recrudesce SYLLABICATION: re·cru·desce PRONUNCIATION: r´´kr-ds´ INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —desced, —desc·ing, —desc·es To break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence. ETYMOLOGY: Latin recrdscere, to grow raw again, re-, re-, + crdscere, to get worse, from crdus, raw. See kreu-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. jocund SYLLABICATION: joc·und PRONUNCIATION: jk´nd, j´knd ADJECTIVE : Sprightly and lighthearted in disposition, character, or quality. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old French jocond, from Latin icundus, icundus, from iuvre, to help, delight. OTHER FORMS: jo·cun´di·ty (j-kn´d-t) — NOUN joc´und·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. buffo SYLLABICATION: buf·fo PRONUNCIATION: b´f NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —fi (-f) or —fos A man who sings comic opera roles. ETYMOLOGY: Italian, from buffare, to puff, of imitative origin.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. paramour SYLLABICATION: par·a·mour PRONUNCIATION: pr´-mr´´ NOUN : A lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from par amour, by way of love, passionately, from Anglo-Norman, par, by, from Latin per, See per. + amour, love, from Latin amor, from amre, to love.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. pithy SYLLABICATION: pith·y PRONUNCIATION: pth´ ADJECTIVE : Inflected forms: —i·er, —i·est 1. Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief: "a pithy comment." 2. Consisting of or resembling pith. OTHER FORMS: pith´i·ly — ADVERB pith´i·ness — NOUN
batrachian SYLLABICATION: ba·tra·chi·an PRONUNCIATION: b-tr´k-n ADJECTIVE : Of or relating to vertebrate amphibians without tails, such as frogs and toads. NOUN : A vertebrate amphibian. ETYMOLOGY: From Greek batrakhos, frog.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. androcentric SYLLABICATION: an·dro·cen·tric PRONUNCIATION: n´´dr-sn´trk ADJECTIVE : Centered or focused on men, often to the neglect or exclusion of women: " an androcentric view of history; an androcentric health-care system." OTHER FORMS: an´´dro·cen´trism — NOUN an´´dro·cen´trist — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. puncheon SYLLABICATION: pun·cheon PRONUNCIATION: pn´chn NOUN : 1. A short wooden upright used in structural framing. 2. A piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat. 3. A punching, perforating, or stamping tool, especially one used by a goldsmith. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English punchon, from Old French ponçon, ponchon, from Vulgar Latin * pnctipnctin-, punch, from * pnctire, to pierce, from Latin pnctus past participle of pungere, to prick. See peuk-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. frenum SYLLABICATION: fre·num PRONUNCIATION: fr´nm NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —nums or —na (-n) A membranous fold of skin or mucous membrane that supports or restricts the movement of a part or organ, such as the small band of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. ETYMOLOGY: Latin frnum, bridle, from frendere, to grind. See ghrendh-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. hesperidin SYLLABICATION: hes·per·i·din PRONUNCIATION: h-spr´-dn NOUN : A white or colorless crystalline compound, occurring in citrus fruit. ETYMOLOGY: hesperid(ium) + –in
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. brevet SYLLABICATION: bre·vet PRONUNCIATION: br-vt´, brv´t NOUN : A commission promoting a military officer in rank without an increase in pay. TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —vet·ted or —vet·ed , —vet·ting or —vet·ing , —vets or —vets To promote by brevet. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, official letter, from Anglo-Norman diminutive of bref, letter, from Latin brevis, short. See BRIEF. OTHER FORMS: bre·vet´cy (br-vt´s) — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. sine qua non SYLLABICATION: si·ne qua non PRONUNCIATION: sn´´ kwä nn´, nn´, s´´n, kw NOUN : An essential element or condition: "The perfect cake is the sine qua non of the carefully planned modern wedding" (J.M. Hilary) ETYMOLOGY: Late Latin sine qu (caus) nn, without which (cause) not, Latin sine, without, + Latin qu ablative of qu, which, what, who, + Latin nn, not.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. tholos SYLLABICATION: tho·los PRONUNCIATION: th´ls, -ls NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —loi (-loi) A beehive-shaped stone tomb of Mycenaean Greece, roofed by corbeling and usually built into the side of a hill. ETYMOLOGY: Greek, round building with a conical roof.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. cromlech SYLLABICATION: crom·lech PRONUNCIATION: krm´lk´´ NOUN : 1. A prehistoric monument consisting of monoliths encircling a mound. 2. A dolmen. ETYMOLOGY: Welsh, crom feminine of crwm, arched, + llech, stone.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. encomium SYLLABICATION: en·co·mi·um PRONUNCIATION: n-k´m-m NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —mi·ums or —mi·a (-m-) 1. Warm, glowing praise. 2. A formal expression of praise; a tribute. ETYMOLOGY: Latin encmium, from Greek enkmion (epos), (speech) praising a victor neuter of enkmios, of the victory procession, from enkmios, of the victory procession, en-, in, See EN–2. + kmos, celebration.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. hydathode SYLLABICATION: hy·da·thode PRONUNCIATION: h´d-thd´´ NOUN : A water-excreting microscopic epidermal structure in many plants. ETYMOLOGY: Greek hudrhudat-, water, wed- + hodos, way, road. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. recidivate SYLLABICATION: re·cid·i·vate PRONUNCIATION: r-sd´-vt´´ INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —vat·ed, —vat·ing, —vates To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits. ETYMOLOGY: recidiv(ism) + –ate1 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. frutescent SYLLABICATION: fru·tes·cent PRONUNCIATION: fr-ts´nt ADJECTIVE : Relating to, resembling, or assuming the form of a shrub; shrubby. ETYMOLOGY: Latin frutex, shrub, bush. + –escent OTHER FORMS: fru·tes´cence — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. aerie SYLLABICATION: aer·ie PRONUNCIATION: âr´, îr´ NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —ies 1. The nest of a bird, such as an eagle, built on a cliff or other high place. 2. A house or stronghold perched on a height. ETYMOLOGY: Medieval Latin aeria, from Old French aire, from Latin rea, open space, threshing-floor.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. murther SYLLABICATION: mur·ther PRONUNCIATION: mûr´thr NOUN & VERB : Obsolete See murder. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. trope SYLLABICATION: trope PRONUNCIATION: trp NOUN : 1. A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor. 2. A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies. ETYMOLOGY: Latin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech. See trep-. OTHER FORMS: trop´i·cal (tr´p-kl) — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. handsel SYLLABICATION: hand·sel PRONUNCIATION: hnd´sl NOUN : 1. A gift to express good wishes at the beginning of a new year or enterprise. 2. The first money or barter taken in, as by a new business or on the opening day of business, especially when considered a token of good luck. 3. a. A first payment. b. A specimen or foretaste of what is to come. TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —seled or —selled , —sel·ing or —sel·ling , —sels or —sels 1. To give a handsel to. 2. To launch with a ceremonial gesture or gift. 3. To do or use for the first time. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English hanselle, from Old English handselen, a handing over, hand, hand, + selen, gift, and from Old Norse handsal, legal transfer, hand, hand, + sal, a giving.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. skua SYLLABICATION: sku·a PRONUNCIATION: sky´ NOUN : 1. Any of several large predatory sea birds of the genus Catharacta related to the jaeger, especially the great skua. 2. Chiefly British See jaeger. ETYMOLOGY: New Latin, alteration of Faroese * skvur, from Old Norse skfr, tassel, seagull.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. exsiccate SYLLABICATION: ex·sic·cate PRONUNCIATION: k´s-kt´´ INTRANSITIVE & TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —cat·ed, —cat·ing, —cates To dry up or cause to dry up. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English exsiccaten, from Latin exsiccreexsicct-, ex-, ex-, + siccre, to dry, from siccus, dry. OTHER FORMS: ex´´sic·ca´tion — NOUN ex´sic·ca´´tive — ADJECTIVE ex´sic·ca´´tor — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. brumal SYLLABICATION: bru·mal PRONUNCIATION: br´ml ADJECTIVE : Of, relating to, or occurring in winter. ETYMOLOGY: Latin brmlis, from brma, winter, from * brevima (dis), the shortest (day) or winter solstice archaic superlative of brevis, short. See mregh-u-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. confute SYLLABICATION: con·fute PRONUNCIATION: kn-fyt´ TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —fut·ed, —fut·ing, —futes 1. To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively. 2. Obsolete To confound. ETYMOLOGY: Latin cnftre. See bhau-. OTHER FORMS: con·fut´a·ble — ADJECTIVE con·fu´ta·tive (kn-fy´t-tv) — ADJECTIVE con·fut´er — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. assiduous SYLLABICATION: as·sid·u·ous PRONUNCIATION: -sj´-s ADJECTIVE : 1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: "an assiduous worker who strove for perfection." See busy. 2. Unceasing; persistent: "assiduous research." ETYMOLOGY: From Latin assiduus, from assidre, to attend to, ad-, ad-, + sedre, to sit. See sed-. OTHER FORMS: as·sid´u·ous·ly — ADVERB as·sid´u·ous·ness — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. fey SYLLABICATION: fey PRONUNCIATION: fay ADJECTIVE : 1. a. Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality: "She's got that fey look as though she's had breakfast with a leprechaun" (Dorothy Burnham) b. Having visionary power; clairvoyant. c. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell. 2. Scots a. Fated to die soon. b. Full of the sense of approaching death. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English feie, fated to die, from Old English fge.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. mollify SYLLABICATION: mol·li·fy PRONUNCIATION: ml´-f´´ TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —fied, —fy·ing, —fies 1. To calm in temper or feeling; soothe. See pacify. 2. To lessen in intensity; temper. 3. To reduce the rigidity of; soften. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English mollifien, from Old French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificre, Latin mollis, soft, mel- + -ficre, -fy.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. ecdysiast SYLLABICATION: ec·dys·i·ast PRONUNCIATION: k-dz´-st´´, -st NOUN : A striptease artist. ETYMOLOGY: From ecdysis
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the E nglish Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. vigoroso SYLLABICATION: vig·o·ro·so PRONUNCIATION: vg´´-r´s, -z, v´´g- ADVERB & ADJECTIVE : Music With emphasis and spirit. Used chiefly as a direction. ETYMOLOGY: Italian, from Medieval Latin vigrsus, from Latin vigor, vigor. See VIGOR.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. gimbal SYLLABICATION: gim·bal PRONUNCIATION: gm´bl, jm´- NOUN : A device consisting of two rings mounted on axes at right angles to each other so that an object, such as a ship's compass, will remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support. Often used in the plural. Also called gimbal ring. TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —baled or —balled , —bal·ing or —bal·ling , —bals or —bals To supply with or support on gimbals.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. planimeter SYLLABICATION: pla·nim·e·ter PRONUNCIATION: pl-nm´-tr, pl- NOUN : An instrument that measures the area of a plane figure as a mechanically coupled pointer traverses the perimeter of the figure. OTHER FORMS: pla´´ni·met´ric (pl´´n-mt´rk) or pla´´ni·met´ri·cal (-r-kl) — ADJECTIVE pla´´ni·met´ri·cal·ly — ADVERB pla·nim´e·try — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. tumulus SYLLABICATION: tu·mu·lus PRONUNCIATION: t´my-ls, ty´- NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —li (-l´´) An ancient grave mound; a barrow. ETYMOLOGY: Latin. See teu-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. grimalkin SYLLABICATION: gri·mal·kin PRONUNCIATION: gr-môl´kn, -ml´- NOUN : 1. A cat, especially an old female cat. 2. An old woman considered to be ill-tempered. ETYMOLOGY: Variant of graymalkin, gray1 + obsolete malkin, lower-class woman. See MERKIN.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. systole SYLLABICATION: sys·to·le PRONUNCIATION: ss´t-l NOUN : The rhythmic contraction of the heart, especially of the ventricles, by which blood is driven through the aorta and pulmonary artery after each dilation or diastole. ETYMOLOGY: Greek sustol, contraction, from sustellein, to contract. See SYSTALTIC
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. kerogen SYLLABICATION: ker·o·gen PRONUNCIATION: kr´-jn NOUN : A fossilized material in shale a nd other sedimentary rock that yields oil upon heating. ETYMOLOGY: Greek kros, wax. + –gen
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. cadre SYLLABICATION: ca·dre PRONUNCIATION: kä´dr, -dr, kd´r NOUN : 1. A nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained: "a cadre of corporals who train recruits." 2. a. A tightly knit group of zealots who are active in advancing the interests of a revolutionary party. b. A member of such a group. 3. A framework. ETYMOLOGY: French, from Italian quadro, frame, from Latin quadrum, a square. See kwetwer-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. jerboa SYLLABICATION: jer·bo·a PRONUNCIATION: jr-b´ NOUN : Any of various small nocturnal leaping rodents of the family Dipodidae of Asia and northern Africa, having long hind legs and a long tufted tail. ETYMOLOGY: Medieval Latin jerba, from Arabic jarb'.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. cermet SYLLABICATION: cer·met PRONUNCIATION: sûr´mt´´ NOUN : A material consisting of processed ceramic particles bonded with metal and used in high-strength and high-temperature applications. Also called ceramal . ETYMOLOGY: cer(amic) + met(al)
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. binal SYLLABICATION: bi·nal PRONUNCIATION: b´nl ADJECTIVE : Twofold; double. ETYMOLOGY: New Latin bnlis, twin, from Latin bn, two by two. See dwo-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. haet SYLLABICATION: haet PRONUNCIATION: ht NOUN : Scots A minute amount; a jot. ETYMOLOGY: Scots, contraction of hae it, take it.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. endue SYLLABICATION: en·due PRONUNCIATION: n-d´, -dy´ TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —dued, —du·ing, —dues 1. To provide with a quality or trait; endow: "A being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight among the precipices of an inaccesible mountain" (Mary Shelley) Frankenstein, 1818. 2. To put on (a piece of clothing). ETYMOLOGY: Middle English enduen, from Old French enduire, to lead in, induct, influenced by Middle English endowen, to endow, from Latin indcere, See INDUCE. Sense 2, Middle English induen, to clothe, from Latin induere, to put on. See eu-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. harrow SYLLABICATION: har·row PRONUNCIATION: hr´ NOUN : A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground. TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —rowed, —row·ing, —rows 1. To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow. 2. To inflict great distress or torment on.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. ghee SYLLABICATION: ghee PRONUNCIATION: g NOUN : A clarified semifluid butter used especially in Indian cooking. ETYMOLOGY: Hindi gh, from Sanskrit ghtam. See gwher-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. futtock SYLLABICATION: fut·tock PRONUNCIATION: ft´k NOUN : One of the curved timbers that forms a rib in the frame of a ship. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English fottek, perhaps alteration of fothok, fot, foot, See FOOT. + hok, hook. See HOOK.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. jaeger SYLLABICATION: jae·ger PRONUNCIATION: y´gr NOUN : 1. also (j´gr) Any of several Arctic and Boreal sea birds of the genus Stercorarius that harass smaller birds and snatch the food they drop. Also called skua. A huntsman or hunting attendant. ETYMOLOGY: German Jäger, hunter, jaeger, from Middle High German jeger, from Old High German jagri, from jagn, to hunt.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. gutta SYLLABICATION: gut·ta PRONUNCIATION: gt´ NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. gut·tae (gt´´´) 1. Architecture One of a series of small ornaments in the shape of truncated cones used on a Doric entablature. 2. Abbr. gt. P> acology A drop, as of liquid medicine. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Latin, drop.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. woomera SYLLABICATION: woom·er·a PRONUNCIATION: wm´r- NOUN : A hooked wooden stick used by Aboriginal peoples of Australia for hurling a spear or dart. ETYMOLOGY: Dharuk wamara.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. kefir SYLLABICATION: ke·fir PRONUNCIATION: k-fîr´ NOUN : A creamy drink made of fermented cow's milk. ETYMOLOGY: Russian, probably ultimately from Old Turkic köpür, (milk) froth, foam, from köpürmäk, to froth, foam.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. weskit SYLLABICATION: wes·kit PRONUNCIATION: ws´kt NOUN : A waistcoat; a vest. ETYMOLOGY: Variant of waistcoat
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. verticillate SYLLABICATION: ver·ti·cil·late PRONUNCIATION: vûr´´t-sl´t, -t´´ ADJECTIVE : Arranged in or forming whorls or a whorl. OTHER FORMS: ver´´ti·cil´late·ly — ADVERB ver´´ti·cil·la´tion — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. mazer SYLLABICATION: ma·zer PRONUNCIATION: m´zr NOUN : A large drinking bowl or goblet made of metal or hard wood. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old French masere, kind of wood, maple burl, , of Germanic origin.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. grigri SYLLABICATION: gri·gri PRONUNCIATION: gr´gr NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. gri·gris also gris-gris (gr´gr) An African c> , fetish, or amulet. ETYMOLOGY: French, , of West African origin Akin to Balanta (Niger-Congo language of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal)grigri, amulet.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. firkin SYLLABICATION: fir·kin PRONUNCIATION: fûr´kn NOUN : 1. A small wooden barrel or covered vessel. 2. Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters). ETYMOLOGY: Middle English ferken, ferdekin, probably from Middle Dutch * verdelkijn diminutive of veerdel, one-fourth, veerde, fourth, See kwetwer-. + deel, part. See dail-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. burglarious SYLLABICATION: bur·glar·i·ous PRONUNCIATION: br-glâr´-s ADJECTIVE : Of or relating to burglary. OTHER FORMS: bur·glar´i·ous·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. evzone SYLLABICATION: ev·zone PRONUNCIATION: v´zn´´ NOUN : An infantryman of a special corps of the Greek army. ETYMOLOGY: Modern Greek euznos, from Greek, well-girded, dressed for exercise, eu-, well, See EU–. + zn, girdle.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. lollop SYLLABICATION: lol·lop PRONUNCIATION: ll´p INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —loped, —lop·ing, —lops 1. To move with a bobbing motion. 2. Chiefly British To lounge about; loll. ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of loll OTHER FORMS: lol´lop·y — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. ruderal SYLLABICATION: ru·der·al PRONUNCIATION: r´dr-l ADJECTIVE : Growing in rubbish, poor land, or waste. NOUN : A plant that grows in rubbish, poor land, or waste. ETYMOLOGY: New Latin rderlis, from Latin rdusrder-, rubbish.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. trecento SYLLABICATION: tre·cen·to PRONUNCIATION: tr-chn´t NOUN : The 14th century, especially with reference to Italian art and literature. ETYMOLOGY: Italian, from (mil) trecento, (one thousand) three hundred, tre, three, from Latin trs, See trei-. + cento, hundred, from Latin centum. See dek.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Durgapur SYLLABICATION: Dur·ga·pur PRONUNCIATION: dr´g-pr´´, -gä- A city of northeast India northwest of Calcutta. Its steel plant, completed in 1962, was built with British aid. Population: 425,836.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. importunate SYLLABICATION: im·por·tu·nate PRONUNCIATION: m-pôr´ch-nt ADJECTIVE : Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating: "an importunate job seeker." OTHER FORMS: im·por´tu·nate·ly — ADVERB im·por´tu·nate·ness — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. durbar SYLLABICATION: dur·bar PRONUNCIATION: dûr´bär´´ NOUN : 1. A state reception formerly given by Indian princes for a British sovereign or one given for an Indian prince by his subjects. 2. The court of an Indian prince. ETYMOLOGY: Urdu darbr, audience hall, court, from Persian, dar, indoors, from Middle Persian, door, from Old Persian duvara-, See dhwer-. + br, audience hall, from East Iranian * dwra-, courtyard. See dhwer-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. extirpate SYLLABICATION: ex·tir·pate PRONUNCIATION: k´str-pt´´ TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —pat·ed, —pat·ing, —pates 1. To pull up by the roots. 2. To destroy totally; exterminate. See abolish. 3. To remove by surgery. ETYMOLOGY: Latin exstirpreexstirpt-, ex-, ex-, + stirps, root. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. tessera SYLLABICATION: tes·ser·a PRONUNCIATION: ts´r- NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. tes·ser·ae (ts´-r´´) One of the small squares of stone or glass used in making mosaic patterns. ETYMOLOGY: Latin, from Greek neuter of tesseres, variant of tessares, four. See kwetwer-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. girandole SYLLABICATION: gir·an·dole PRONUNCIATION: jr´n-dl´´ NOUN : 1. A composition or structure in radiating form or arrangement, such as a rotating display of fireworks. 2. An ornamental branched candleholder, sometimes backed by a mirror. 3. An earring that consists of a central piece with three smaller ornaments or stones hanging from it. ETYMOLOGY: French, from Italian girandola, from girare, to turn, from Late Latin grre. See GYRATE.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. ratiocinate SYLLABICATION: ra·ti·oc·i·nate PRONUNCIATION: rsh´´-s´-nt´´ INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —nat·ed, —nat·ing, —nates To reason methodically and logically. ETYMOLOGY: Latin raticinrraticint-, from rati, calculation. See RATIO. OTHER FORMS: ra´´ti·oc´´i·na´tion — NOUN ra´´ti·oc´i·na´´tor — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. funerary SYLLABICATION: fu·ner·ar·y PRONUNCIATION: fy´n-rr´´ ADJECTIVE : Of or suitable for a funeral or burial. ETYMOLOGY: Latin fnerrius, from fnusfner-, funeral.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. sacristan SYLLABICATION: sac·ris·tan PRONUNCIATION: sk´r-stn NOUN : 1. One who is in charge of a sacristy. 2. A sexton. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Medieval Latin sacristnus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer, sacred. See SACRED.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. verdant SYLLABICATION: ver·dant PRONUNCIATION: vûr´dnt ADJECTIVE : 1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth. 2. Green. 3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive. ETYMOLOGY: French verdoyant, from Old French present participle of verdoyer, to become green, from Vulgar Latin * viridire, from Latin viridis. OTHER FORMS: ver´dan·cy — NOUN ver´dant·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. meristic SYLLABICATION: me·ris·tic PRONUNCIATION: m-rs´tk ADJECTIVE : Biology 1. Having or composed of segments; segmented. 2. Relating to a change in the number or placement of body parts or segments: "meristic variation." ETYMOLOGY: From Greek meristos, divided. See MERISTEM. OTHER FORMS: me·ris´ti·cal·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. patristic SYLLABICATION: pa·tris·tic PRONUNCIATION: p-trs´tk ADJECTIVE : Of or relating to the fathers of the early Christian church or their writings. OTHER FORMS: pa·tris´ti·cal·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. exuberate SYLLABICATION: ex·u·ber·ate PRONUNCIATION: g-z´b-rt´´ INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —at·ed, —at·ing, —ates 1. To be exuberant. 2. Archaic To abound; overflow. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English exuberaten, to make fruitful, from Latin exberreexbert-, ex-, intensive pref., See EX–. + berre, to be fruitful, from ber, fertile. See eu-dh-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. roister SYLLABICATION: rois·ter PRONUNCIATION: roi´str INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —tered, —ter·ing, —ters 1. To engage in boisterous merrymaking; revel noisily. 2. To behave in a blustering manner; swagger. ETYMOLOGY: From obsolete roister, roisterer, probably from Old French rustre, ruffian, alteration of ruste, from Latin rsticus, rustic. See RUSTIC. OTHER FORMS: rois´ter·er — NOUN rois´ter·ous — ADJECTIVE rois´ter·ous·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. apodal SYLLABICATION: ap·o·dal PRONUNCIATION: p´-dl ADJECTIVE : Having no limbs, feet, or footlike appendages. ETYMOLOGY: From Greek apous, a-, without, See A–1. + pouspod-, foot. See ped-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. vorlage SYLLABICATION: vor·la·ge PRONUNCIATION: fôr´lä´´g, fr´- NOUN : A posture assumed in skiing in which the skier leans forward from the ankles, usually without lifting the heels. ETYMOLOGY: German, vor, forward, before, from Middle High German, from Old High German fora, See per. + Lage, stance, from Middle High German lge, from Old High German lga, act of laying. See legh-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. eagre SYLLABICATION: ea·gre PRONUNCIATION: ´gr, ´gr NOUN : See bore3. ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. jus gentium SYLLABICATION: jus gen·ti·um PRONUNCIATION: ys gn´t-m, js jn´sh-m NOUN : The law of nations; international law. ETYMOLOGY: Latin is gentium, is, law, + gentium genitive pl. of gns, nation.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. mollify SYLLABICATION: mol·li·fy PRONUNCIATION: ml´-f´´ TRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —fied, —fy·ing, —fies 1. To calm in temper or feeling; soothe. See pacify. 2. To lessen in intensity; temper. 3. To reduce the rigidity of; soften. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English mollifien, from Old French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificre, Latin mollis, soft, mel- + -ficre, -fy. OTHER FORMS: mol´li·fi´´a·ble — ADJECTIVE mol´´li·fi·ca´tion (-f-k´shn) — NOUN mol´li·fi´´er — NOUN mol´li·fy´´ing·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. servitor SYLLABICATION: ser·vi·tor PRONUNCIATION: sûr´v-tr, -tôr´´ NOUN : One that performs the duties of a servant to another; an attendant. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English servitour, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin servtor, from servre, to serve. See SERVE. OTHER FORMS: ser´vi·tor·ship´´ — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. factotum SYLLABICATION: fac·to·tum PRONUNCIATION: fk-t´tm NOUN : An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities. ETYMOLOGY: Medieval Latin facttum, Latin fac imperative of facere, to do, See dh-. + Latin ttum, everything, from neuter of ttus, all. See teut-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. graphology SYLLABICATION: gra·phol·o·gy PRONUNCIATION: gr-fl´-j NOUN : The study of handwriting, especially when employed as a means of analyzing character. ETYMOLOGY: Greek graph, writing. See GRAPHIC. + –logy OTHER FORMS: graph´´o·log´i·cal (grf´´-lj´-kl) — ADJECTIVE gra·phol´o·gist — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. contumacious SYLLABICATION: con·tu·ma·cious PRONUNCIATION: kn´´t-m´shs, -ty- ADJECTIVE : Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate. OTHER FORMS: con´´tu·ma´cious·ly — ADVERB con´´tu·ma´cious·ness — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. kelpie SYLLABICATION: kel·pie PRONUNCIATION: kl´p NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —pies A malevolent water spirit of Scottish legend, usually having the shape of a horse and rejoicing in or causing drownings. ETYMOLOGY: Probably of Celtic origin Akin to Scottish Gaeliccolpach, heifer
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. majolica SYLLABICATION: ma·jol·i·ca PRONUNCIATION: m-jl´-k, -yl´- NOUN : 1. Tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly colored and decorated, especially an earthenware of this type produced in Italy. 2. Pottery made in imitation of this earthenware. ETYMOLOGY: Italian maiolica, from Medieval Latin Milica, Majorca (where it was made), alteration of Late Latin Mirica.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. heterotroph SYLLABICATION: het·er·o·troph PRONUNCIATION: ht´r--trf´´, -trf´´ NOUN : An organism that cannot synthesize its own food and is dependent on complex organic substances for nutrition. ETYMOLOGY: hetero– + Greek trophos, feeder. See –trophy. OTHER FORMS: het´´er·o·troph´ic (ht´´r--trf´k, -trf´-) — ADJECTIVE het´´er·o·troph´i·cal·ly — ADVERB het´´er·ot´ro·phy (--rt´r-f) — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. sevruga SYLLABICATION: sev·ru·ga PRONUNCIATION: s-vr´g NOUN : 1. A sturgeon (Acipenser stellatus) of the Caspian Sea, whose small gray roe is used for caviar. 2. Caviar made from the roe of the sevruga. ETYMOLOGY: Russian sevryuga, from Tatar söirök.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. yob SYLLABICATION: yob PRONUNCIATION: yahb NOUN : Chiefly British Slang A rowdy, aggressive, or violent young man. ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of boy spelled backward.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. moidore SYLLABICATION: moi·dore PRONUNCIATION: moi´dôr´´, -dr´´, moi-dôr´, -dr´ NOUN : A former Portuguese or Brazilian gold coin that was also current in England in the early 18th century. ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of Portuguese moeda d'ouro, moeda, from Latin monta, coin, See MONEY. + de, of, from Latin d, See DE–. + ouro, gold, from Latin aurum, gold.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. concrescence SYLLABICATION: con·cres·cence PRONUNCIATION: kn-krs´ns NOUN : 1. Biology The growing together of related parts, tissues, or cells. 2. The amassing of physical particles. ETYMOLOGY: Latin concrscentia, from concrscns concrscent- present participle of concrscere, to grow together. See CONCRETE. OTHER FORMS: con·cres´cent — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. fanfaronade SYLLABICATION: fan·far·o·nade PRONUNCIATION: fn´´fr--nd´, -näd´ NOUN : 1. Bragging or blustering manner or behavior. 2. A fanfare. ETYMOLOGY: French fanfaronnade, from Spanish fanfarronada, luster, from fanfarrón, a braggart, perhaps from Arabic farfr, talkative, from farfara, to become agitated, become talkative.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. preponderate SYLLABICATION: pre·pon·der·ate PRONUNCIATION: pr-pn´d-rt´´ INTRANSITIVE VERB : Inflected forms: —at·ed, —at·ing, —ates 1. To exceed something else in weight. 2. To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate: "In balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate" (Henry Fielding) ADJECTIVE : (-dr-t) Preponderant. ETYMOLOGY: Latin praepondera repraepondertae-, prae-, pre-, + ponderre, to weigh. See (s)pen-. OTHER FORMS: pre·pon´der·ate·ly — ADVERB pre·pon´´der·a´tion — NOUN The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. organogenesis SYLLABICATION: or·gan·o·gen·e·sis PRONUNCIATION: ôr´´g-n-jn´-ss, ôr-gn´´- NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —ses (-sz´´) The formation and development of the organs of living things. OTHER FORMS: or´´gan·o·ge·net´ic (-j-nt´k) — ADJECTIVE or´´gan·o·ge·net´i·cal·ly — ADVERB
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Tophet SYLLABICATION: To·phet PRONUNCIATION: t´ft´´, -ft NOUN : 1. An extremely unpleasant or painful condition or place. 2. Hell. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Hebrew tpet, a place where children were burned in sacrifice. See wtp.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. trismus SYLLABICATION: tris·mus PRONUNCIATION: trz´ms NOUN : See lockjaw. ETYMOLOGY: New Latin, from Greek trismos, a grinding, variant of trigmos, a scream. OTHER FORMS: tris´mic (-mk) — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. proventriculus SYLLABICATION: pro·ven·tric·u·lus PRONUNCIATION: pr´´vn-trk´y-ls NOUN : Inflected forms: pl. —li (-l´´) 1. The division of the stomach in birds that secretes digestive enzymes and passes food from the crop to the gizzard. 2. A similar digestive chamber in certain insects and worms. ETYMOLOGY: pro–2 + Latin ventriculus, stomach diminutive of venter, belly. OTHER FORMS: pro´´ven·tric´u·lar (-lr) — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Aelfric Also called "Grammaticus." DATES: 955?–1020? SYLLABICATION: Ael·fric PRONUNCIATION: l´frk Anglo-Saxon abbot who is considered the greatest Old English prose writer. His works include Catholic Homilies, Lives of the Saints, and a Latin grammar.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. vitrescent SYLLABICATION: vi·tres·cent PRONUNCIATION: v-trs´nt ADJECTIVE : 1. a. Tending to turn into glass. b. Capable of being turned into glass. 2. Resembling glass; vitreous. ETYMOLOGY: Latin vitrum, glass. + –escent OTHER FORMS: vi·tres´cence — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. zarf SYLLABICATION: zarf PRONUNCIATION: zärf NOUN : A chalicelike holder for a hot coffee cup, typically made of ornamented metal, used in the Middle East. ETYMOLOGY: Arabic arf, container.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. shieling SYLLABICATION: shiel·ing PRONUNCIATION: sh´lng, -ln NOUN : Chiefly British 1. A shepherd's hut. 2. A mountain pasture used in the summer. ETYMOLOGY: From Scots shiel, hut, from Middle English schele, possibly from Old English * scla, probably of Scandinavian origin. See (s)keu-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. silviculture SYLLABICATION: sil·vi·cul·ture PRONUNCIATION: sl´v-kl´´chr NOUN : The care and cultivation of forest trees; forestry. ETYMOLOGY: Latin silva, forest. + culture OTHER FORMS: sil´´vi·cul´tur·al — ADJECTIVE sil´´vi·cul´tur·al·ly — ADVERB sil´´vi·cul´tur·ist — NOUN
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. quaver SYLLABICATION: qua·ver PRONUNCIATION: kw´vr VERB : Inflected forms: —vered, —ver·ing, —vers INTRANSITIVE VERB : 1. To quiver, as from weakness; tremble. 2. To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound. 3. Music To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice. TRANSITIVE VERB : To utter or sing in a trilling voice. NOUN : 1. A quivering sound. 2. A trill. 3. Chiefly British An eighth note. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English quaveren probably frequentative of cwavien, quaven, to tremble. OTHER FORMS: qua´ver·ing·ly — ADVERB qua´ver·y — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. quodlibet SYLLABICATION: quod·li·bet PRONUNCIATION: kwd´l-bt´´ NOUN : 1. a. A theological or philosophical issue presented for formal argument or disputation. b. Formal disputation of such an issue. 2. Music A usually humorous medley. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Medieval Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod libet, anything at all, quod, what, See kwo-. + libet, it pleases third person sing. present tense of libre, to be pleasing. See leubh-.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. succussion SYLLABICATION: suc·cus·sion PRONUNCIATION: s-ksh´n NOUN : 1. The act or process of shaking violently, especially as a method of diagnosis to detect the presence of fluid and air in a body cavity. 2. The condition of being shaken violently. ETYMOLOGY: Latin succussisuccussin-, from succussus past participle of succutere, to toss up, sub-, up from below, See SUB–. + quatere, to shake. See kwt-. OTHER FORMS: suc·cus´sa·to´´ry (s-ks´-tôr´´, -tr´´) — ADJECTIVE
appurtenance SYLLABICATION: ap·pur·te·nance PRONUNCIATION: -pûr´tn-ns NOUN : 1. Something added to another, more important thing; an appendage. See appendage. 2. appurtenances Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task; gear. 3. Law A right, privilege, or property that is considered incident to the principal property for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English appurtenaunce, from Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Vulgar Latin * appertinentia, from Late Latin appertinnsappertinent- present participle of appertinre, to appertain. See APPERTAIN. OTHER FORMS: ap·pur´te·nant — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. nucha SYLLABICATION: nu·cha PRONUNCIATION: n´k, ny´- NOUN : The nape of the neck. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, spinal cord, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic nu', marrow, spinal cord. See m. OTHER FORMS: nu´chal — ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Gruyère SYLLABICATION: Gru·yère PRONUNCIATION: gr-yâr´, gr- NOUN : A nutty, pale yellow, firm cheese made from cow's milk. ETYMOLOGY: French. after Gruyère, a district of west-central Switzerland
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. perfidious SYLLABICATION: per·fid·i·ous PRONUNCIATION: pr-fd´-s ADJECTIVE : Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous. See faithless. OTHER FORMS: per·fid´i·ous·ly — ADVERB

Abbe focometer,(Optics.)
an instrument for the precise measurement of the
focal length of lenses and mirrors.

Thule, noun.
the part of the world that the ancient Greeks and Romans
regarded as farthest north; some island or region north
of Britain, sometimes identified as Iceland, a part of
Denmark or Norway, or Mainland (largest of the Shetland Islands).

perfidious, adjective.
deliberately faithless; treacherous.
Ex. Compelled to parley, Bossu resorted
to a perfidious stratagem (John L. Motley).
(SYN) false, traitorous, unfaithful.


fungible, adjective, noun.(Law.)
adj. of such a nature that one instance or portion may be replaced by
another in respect of function, office, or use.
Grain is fungible in that the identical grain placed in storage need not be returned;
delivery may be in other grain of the same kind and quality.

noun a fungible substance or object, as grain or wine.


pantology, noun.
a systematic view of all branches of human knowledge; universal knowledge.


tralatitious, adjective.
1. transferred; metaphorical or figurative, as words or meanings.
2. repeated by one person after another, as a statement.
3. handed down from one generation to another.


ambo, noun, pl. -bos.
a raised desk or pulpit used in early Christian churches,
for the reading of the Gospel and in making announcements.


qualificative, adjective, noun.
adj. serving to qualify or modify.
noun something serving to qualify, such as a qualifying term or expression.
Ex. These pedagogical reflections were interrupted by a fellow farther along the bar,
who was using qualificatives that the bartender on duty ... couldn't go along with (New Yorker).



fley, verb, noun.
(Scottish.) v.t. to frighten; scare; terrify.
noun a fright. Also, fly, or flye.



abraxas, noun.
1. a mystical Gnostic word, said to represent the Greek numeral
letters alpha, beta, rho, alpha, xi, alpha, sigma, amounting
to the mystical number 365.
2. an amulet inscribed with it.



quaere verum,(Latin.) seek the truth.


satori, noun.
spiritual enlightenment, the goal of Zen Buddhism.
Ex. His meditations may lead him to a mental crisis
that produces a flash of intuitive insight known as satori (New Yorker).


humectant, noun.
a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles.
Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost
with the years (New Yorker).


abaculus, noun, pl. -li.
1. one of the little cubes or slabs of colored glass, enamel,
or stone used in mosaic work or marquetry; tessera.
2. a small abacus.


wast (1), verb.
(Archaic.) were. "Thou wast" means "you were."

sophist, noun, adjective., noun (SOF-ist)
1. a person who makes use of a sophism or sophisms, especially intentionally or habitually; a clever but
misleading reasoner.
Ex. The self-torturing sophist, wild Rousseau (Byron).
Be neither saint nor sophist led, but be a man (Matthew Arnold).


moquette, noun.
a thick, velvety carpet or upholstery fabric made of wool and hemp or linen.


verger, noun.
1. a person who takes care of a church; sexton.
2. an official who carries a rod, staff, or similar
symbol of office before the dignitaries of a cathedral, church, or university.

grammatica, noun.(Latin.)
the study of literature, including grammar;
the classical philology.

tourbillion, noun.
1. a kind of firework that spins in a spiral as it rises.
2. a whirling mass or system; vortex.
3. = whirlwind.
acutance, noun.(Photography.)
the relative sharpness of an image, especially as determined by physical measurements.



acanthoid, adjective.
1. shaped like a spine.
2. having spines.

strake, noun.
a single breadth of planks or metal plates along the side of a ship from the bow to the stern.

postilion or postillion, noun.
a person who guides a team of horses drawing a carriage or post chaise
by riding the left-hand horse when one pair is used, or the left-hand
horse of the leading pair when two or more pairs are used.

frons, noun.(Anatomy, Zoology.) the forehead; front part of the head.

Aaron's rod,
1. any of several tall plants with long, flower-bearing main stems, especially a kind of goldenrod.
2. (in the Bible) the rod with which Aaron performed miracles. It turned into a serpent. Exodus 7:10. Later it

blossomed and bore almonds. Numbers 17:8.
3. an architectural ornament consisting of a rod with leaves sprouting on either side, or of a
rod with a snake twined around it.


accelerograph, noun. (AK-sel-or-graf)
a device for measuring the pressures developed
by the combustion of an explosive in a closed, or nearly closed space,
for example as in a cannon or underground.


ablactation, noun. (ahb-LAK'-ay-shun)
the weaning of a child from the breast. ablare, adjective, adverb.


abomasum, noun, pl. -sa.
the fourth and true stomach of cows, sheep, deer,
and other ruminants, in which the food is digested.
outlier, noun. (aowt-LEE'-ehr)
1. an outlying part of anything, detached from the main mass, body,
or system to which it belongs.
2. a part of a geological formation left detached through the removal
of surrounding parts by denudation. Ex. An outlier is surrounded by
rocks older than itself.
3. a person who lives away from the place with which he is connected
by business or otherwise.
ghazi, noun, pl. -zis. (GAH-zee)
1. a Moslem fanatic devoted to the destruction of infidels.
2. a title of honor given for distinguished military service against non-Moslems.
consanguineous, adjective. (Kon-sin-GWIN'-ee-us
descended from the same parent or ancestor; related by blood.
Ex. The old lady insisted that she and George Washington were consanguineous.
(SYN) akin, kin, kindred, cognate.

ablate, verb, -lated, -lating. v.t. (AH-blayt)
1. (Aerospace.) to remove by ablation.
2. to remove by burning away, wearing down, or cutting away.
v.i. (Aerospace.) to undergo ablation.


hypophyge, noun.(Architecture.) HY-poh-faj
a depression of curved profile,
as a hollow molding beneath some Doric capitals.
buskin, noun. (BUS'-kin)
1. a boot reaching to the calf or knee, worn in olden times.
2. a high shoe with a very thick sole,
worn by Greek and Roman actors of tragedies to make them look more impressive.
3. (Figurative.) tragic drama; tragedy.

mintage, noun. (min-TAJ)
1. the act or process of minting; coinage.
2. the product of minting; output of a mint.
3. a charge for coining; cost of coining.
4. the stamp or character impressed in minting.

sorites, noun, pl. -tes.
a form of argument having several premises and one conclusion.
A sorites can be resolved into a number of syllogisms,
the conclusion of each being the premise of the next.

jupe, noun. (joop) (Scottish.)
1. a woman's jacket or bodice.
2. a woman's skirt. Ex. a Norman nurse, with a high cap and a red jupe (Charles Lever).
3. (Obsolete.) a man's jacket or tunic. expr. jupes, a bodice or stays.

noumenon, noun, pl. -na. (NEW-mehn-ohm)
1. (in Kantian philosophy) something that seems real,
but cannot be truly understood, although people have some
intuitive idea of it, as God or the soul.

2. a thing-in-itself; something that remains of an object
of thought after all the categories of understanding,
such as space and time, have been removed from it.



Tezcatlipoca, noun.(Tez-kat-lih-POK-ah)
a chief god of the Aztecs.

interregnum, (in-ter-REG'-num)noun, pl. -nums, -na.
1. a period of inactivity; pause.
2. the time between the end of one ruler's reign and the beginning
of his successor's reign.
3. any time during which a nation is without its usual ruler.

moulin (moo-laN'), noun.
a nearly vertical shaft or cavity worn in a glacier by
surface water falling through a crack in the ice.

profligate, adjective, noun.adj.
1. very wicked; shamelessly bad.
Ex. a profligate wretch without any sense of principle,
morality, or religion (Tobias Smollett).
2. recklessly extravagant.
noun a person who is very wicked or extravagant.


horn-mad, adjective.(Archaic.)
1. enraged enough to gore, as a bull. Ex. Sure, my master is horn-mad (Shakespeare).
2. raging mad; furious.


abudefduf, noun.
any one of a genus of small, agile, tropical marine fish that
hide in crevices in rocks or coral reefs; damselfish.


reperforator, noun.

a machine that receives information on punched tape and
duplicates it on a similar tape for retransmission.


loid, noun, verb.(Slang.)
noun a strip of celluloid used by a burglar to push back the bolt of a spring lock.
v.t. to unlock (a door) with a loid.


lowlihead, noun.
(Archaic.) humility; lowliness.


kago, noun.
a Japanese covered couch made of basketwork and slung on a pole to carry on the shoulders of bearers.


Vulpecula, noun, genitive Vulpeculae.
a small northern constellation


acrospire, noun.
(Botany.) the first sprout appearing in the germination of grain.


acrosome, noun.
a minute organ or structure at the front end of a sperm cell.


toto caelo,(Latin.)
1. as far apart as the poles; diametrically opposite.
2. (literally) by the whole heavens.


chad (1), noun.
the small round or square piece of tape or paper removed when
punching a hole in a punched tape or card.
Ex. The presence of chad in the tape would interfere with reliable
electrical or photoelectric reading of the paper tape (Berkeley and Lovett).


nummular, adjective.(Medicine.)
somewhat flat and nearly round; shaped like a coin

grike, noun.
1. a crevice; chink.
2. a ravine on the side of a hill.


grike, noun.
1. a crevice; chink.
2. a ravine on the side of a hill.


frustum, noun, pl. -tums, -ta.(Geometry.)
1. the part of a cone-shaped solid left after the top has been cut off by a plane parallel to the base.
2. the part of a solid between two parallel cutting planes.


accumbent, adjective.
1. (Botany.) lying against something.
2. reclining, as at a table.


wafture, noun.
1. the act of waving.
2
a. the act of wafting.
b. a thing wafted.


missish, adjective.
prim; prudish; affected.
Ex. You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report (Jane Austen).
noun missishness.


triumphalism, noun.
the preaching of ultimate victory over one's rivals or enemies,
especially as an ideological doctrine or policy.
Ex. an initial outbreak of Tory triumphalism which would be distasteful (London Times).


verticity, noun.
a tendency to turn towards a vertex or pole, especially as exhibited by a magnetic needle.


Schopenhauerism, noun.
the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher;
belief that life is evil, and cannot be made good.


poikilothermal, adjective.
having a body temperature that varies with that of the environment; cold-blooded.
Ex. poikilothermal animals.


Yuga, noun.
any one of the four ages in the duration of the world, the four ages comprising
4,320,000 years and constituting a great Yuga in Hindu cosmology.


demitasse, noun.
1. a very small cup of black coffee.
2. a small cup for serving black coffee.


sloyd, noun.
a system of manual training for children in work with the hands and simple tools,
as for woodworking and other crafts, originally developed and taught in Sweden.
Also sloid, slojd.


frae, preposition, adverb.(Scottish.)
prep. from.
adv. fro.


expiation, noun.
1. a making amends for a sin, wrong, or crime; atonement.
Ex. He made a public apology in expiation of his error.
2. the means of atonement; amends.
Ex. His apology was considered a suitable expiation.


envoutement, noun.
sympathetic magic in which a doll or other image of a person is used, usually to do him


posigrade, adjective.(Aerospace.)
1. having positive acceleration; going or thrusting forward.
Ex. posigrade motion, posigrade rockets.
2. of or from a posigrade rocket.
Ex. a posigrade maneuver.
maquette, noun.
a preliminary sketch or model in clay or wax of a painting, monument,
building, or sculpture.
Ex. The eleven maquettes on display were selected from 199 entries by a jury (New York Times).

gyascutus, noun.
an imaginary four-legged animal supposed to be of tremendous size,
to have the legs on one side of the body much shorter than those on the other,
and thus to be able to keep its balance in feeding on the side of a steep mountain.

draff, noun.
the remains of malt after brewing or distilling; dregs; lees.


hypnopompic, adjective.(Psychology.)
happening while waking up; having to do with the state or moment of coming out of sleep,
when a subconscious image or dream persists.
Ex. a hypnopompic illusion or hallucination.


diction, noun.
1. the manner of expressing ideas in words; style of speaking or writing.
Good diction implies a skillful choice of words accurately used
to express clearly the speaker's or writer's ideas.
Ex. He has a clearly understood diction that challenges, moves, and convinces.
2. the manner of pronouncing words; enunciation; articulation.
Ex. The radio announcer is very easy to understand because he has very clear diction.

suborn, transitive verb.
1a. to persuade(a person) to do an illegal or evil deed.
b. to make disloyal; corrupt.
2. to persuade or cause (a witness) to give false testimony in court.
Ex. He had no case without suborning witnesses (George Meredith).
3a. to get by bribery or other unlawful means.
b. to obtain (evidence) by such means.

axion, noun.
a hypothetical elementary particle having neutral charge and zero spin,
and a mass of less than one-thousandth of a proton.

jimjams, noun pl.(Slang.)
1. delirium tremens.
2. a creepy feeling; fidgets; creeps.

ocarina, noun.
a small wind instrument with holes as in a flute and a mouthpiece like a whistle.
An ocarina is shaped something like a sweet potato and is usually made of terra cotta or plastic.
It produces a soft sound.

asomatous, adjective. without a body; incorporeal.

selcouth, adjective. rarely or little known; unusual; strange; wonderful.

surfeit, noun, verb.noun
1. an excessive amount of something; too much; excess.
Ex. A surfeit of food makes one sick. (Figurative.) A surfeit of advice annoys me.
2. disgust or nausea caused by this; painful satiety.
3. gluttonous indulgence, especially gluttonous eating or drinking.
4. an abnormal condition caused by gluttony; derangement of the digestive system from gluttony or intemperance.
v.t. to feed or supply to excess; force down or on (a person) in such quantity as to cause nausea or disgust.
Ex. (Figurative.) He is weary and surfeited of business (Samuel Pepys).
v.i. to eat, drink, or indulge in something to excess; take one's fill and more (of); feast gluttonously (upon).
Ex. They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing (Shakespeare).
(SYN) glut, gorge.
noun surfeiter.


fey, adjective.
1. fairylike; elfin.
2. pert; gamin.
3. visionary.
Ex. The villagers thought the girl was fey and might even have the second sight.
4a. behaving as if doomed or enchanted.
b. mentally unbalanced; crazy.
5a. fated to die.
b. dying. Also, fay.
noun feyness.



selsyn, noun.
1. a synchro unit for synchronizing gunfire with a radar scanner
or the projectors of a three-dimensional motion picture with each other.



cockle (3), noun.
1. a stove or furnace.
2. a part of a stove or furnace, such as the fire chamber.



catabasis, noun, pl. -ses.
a going down.



telecine, noun.
the transmitting of motion or still pictures by television.



athanasia, noun.
deathlessness; immortality.



kukri, noun.
a knife with a curved blade broadest toward the point and usually having the sharp
edge on the concave side, used by the Gurkhas of India.



lehr, noun.
an oven used for annealing glass.



xanthous, adjective.
1. = yellow.
2. of or having to do with peoples having yellowish, reddish, or light-brown hair.
3. of or having to do with peoples having a yellowish skin, such as the Mongolians.
Ex. It is true that the Greek and Roman writers do describe the various barbarous tribes of Europe ...
representing some to be of the fair, or as it has been styled, xanthous complexion;
others of the dark, or melanic (T. Price).



uxorial, adjective.
1. of or having to do with a wife.
2. like that of a wife; wifely.
Ex. uxorial affection.
3. = uxorious.



adactylous, adjective.
without fingers or toes, or both, usually congenitally so.



jute, noun.
1. a strong, glossy fiber used for making coarse fabrics or rope.
Jute is obtained from the bark of certain tropical plants.
Ex. Jute from the farms goes into Calcutta factories to make canvas, rope, and rough bags (Junior Scholastic).
2. any one of these plants. Jute belongs to the basswood family.



guimpe, noun.
a blouse worn under a dress or jumper and showing at the neck or at the neck and arms.
A guimpe is usually worn with a low-necked dress. Also, gimp.



chimerical, adjective.
1. unreal; imaginary. Ex. Sir, this book ... is a pretty essay ... though much of it is chimerical (Samuel Johnson).
(SYN) illusory, delusive.
2. wildly fanciful; absurd; impossible. Ex. Don't pay attention to his chimerical schemes for getting rich.
While industrialization is highly desirable, it is chimerical to suppose that it alone can cope with
India's food and population problem (Scientific American).
(SYN) quixotic, fantastic, visionary.
adv. chimerically.



hamartia, noun.

the error of judgment or tragic flaw in the character of the hero of an ancient Greek tragedy.



sybarite, noun.
a person who cares very much for luxury and pleasure; voluptuary.
Ex. Once the luxurious guest house ... was a Mecca for starved sybarites from Baghdad (London Times).



fustigate, transitive verb, -gated, -gating.to cudgel; beat



tmesis, noun.(Grammar.)
the separation of the elements of a compound word or a phrase
by the interposition of another word or words, as chit and chat for chit-chat;
to us-ward (II Peter 3:9) for toward us.



febrifacient, adjective, noun.(U.S.)
adj. producing fever.
noun something that produces fever.


frabjous, adjective.
1. very joyous or happy; fabulous.
Ex. a frabjous show, a frabjous comedian.
2. very bad; outrageous; terrible.
Ex. a frabjous mistake.


jabot, noun.
a ruffle or frill of lace worn at the throat or down the front of a woman's shirt, dress, or blouse.
Jabots were formerly worn also on a man's shirt.
Ex. A jabot of lace or ruffles was worn at the high neckline (B. G. Chambers).



hwyl, noun, adjective.
noun great emotional fervor or eloquence, especially as a characteristic ascribed to the Welsh people.
Ex. Then, after a dramatic entrance, Richard Burton complete
with hwyl ... read a short poem by Dylan Thomas (London Times).
adj. filled with or characterized by hwyl.



scobiform, adjective.
having the form of or resembling sawdust.
Ex. scobiform seeds.



prebend, noun.(British.)
1. the salary given to a clergyman connected with a cathedral or a collegiate church.
2. the particular property or church tax from which the money comes for this salary.


noesis, noun.
1. an act of pure intellect; a comprehending by the mind alone; reason.
2. (Psychology.) the property of yielding or being knowledge; cognition.


buccinatory, adjective.
1. of or having to do with a trumpeter or trumpeting.
2. of or having to do with a buccinator.



Mnemosyne, noun.(Greek Mythology.)
the goddess of memory, daughter of Uranus and Gaea, and mother of the Muses by Zeus.



philology, noun.
1. an older name for linguistics; the science of language.
2. the study of literary and other records.
3. (formerly) literary or classical scholarship;
the study of literature, including grammar, criticism, and etymology.



operationalism, noun.(Philosophy.)

the doctrine that statements or ideas do not have meaning except for what they signify in actual practice.
Only operation gives meaning.



hic jacet,
1. (Latin.) here lies.
2. an epitaph.
Ex. the cold hic jacets of the dead (Tennyson).

physiocracy, noun, pl. -cies.
1. the economic doctrines and system advocated by the physiocrats.
2. government by, or in accordance with, nature.

jetton, noun.
a piece of metal, ivory, or other material, used as a counter.

khadi, noun.
a very coarse, handloomed, white cotton cloth of India, worn as a garment about the loins and across
the shoulder, notably by Gandhi and his followers.

tuath, noun.
an Irish tribal group or territorial division during the time the Celts gained control of Ireland.

ratal, noun.
(British.) the amount on which rates or taxes are assessed.


lambrequin, noun.
1. (U.S.) a drapery covering the top of a window or door, or hanging from a shelf.
2. a scarf worn in medieval times as a covering over a helmet to protect it from heat or dampness.



vum, intransitive verb, vummed, vumming.(U.S. Dialect.)
to vow; swear. Ex. I vum, it makes a man come all over uneasy (New Yorker).




catabolism, noun.
the process of breaking down living tissues into simpler substances or waste matter, thereby producing energy.
Ex. There are two phases of metabolism; namely, the constructive phase or anabolism, and the destructive phase or
catabolism (Heber W. Youngken).
(SYN) dissimilation. Also, katabolism.


demersal, adjective.
1. on, near, or sinking to the bottom.
Ex. demersal eggs.
2. living on or near the bottom, as a fish.
Ex. shallow waters teeming with cod, haddock, and demersal, or bottom-loving fish (Wall Street Journal).


louche, adjective.
oblique; not straightforward; sinister; shady.
Ex. ... a bank hold-up by three louche gentlemen who arrive by train on this most fatal Saturday (London Times).

dittography, noun, pl. -phies.
1. the unintentional repetition of a letter or word, or of a series of letters or words, in writing or copying.
2. a passage having such repetition.

corpus vitreum, the vitreous humor of the eye.
paramorph, noun.(Mineralogy.)
a pseudomorph formed by a change in molecular structure without a change in chemical composition.

vatic, adjective.
of, having to do with, or characteristic of a prophet or seer; prophetic; inspired.
Ex. I believe Norman MacCaig's reputation--made slowly and quietly,
without any vatic posturing--will prove a durable one (Manchester Guardian Weekly).

fleche, noun.
1. (Architecture.)
a. a spire, especially a slender spire surmounting a roof.
b. a slender spire placed over the junction of the nave and transept of a church or cathedral.
Ex. Ideally, the narthex should be surmounted by a fleche (London Times).
2. (in a fortification) an arrow;
a defensive work shaped somewhat like an arrowhead.


kludge, transitive verb, kludged, kludging.(Slang.)
to produce (a computer system, design, or the like) by clumsy improvisation.
necrolatry, noun.
worship of the dead.
tredecillion, noun.
1. (in the U.S., Canada, and France) 1 followed by 42 zeros.
2. (in Great Britain and Germany) 1 followed by 78 zeros.
syncope, noun.
1.(Medicine.) a temporary loss of consciousness caused by a lessening of the flow of blood to the brain; faint.
2.(Grammar.) contraction of a word by omitting sounds or letters from the middle, as in ne'er for never:
Ex. Syncope is common in proper names: Bennett (Benedict), Dennis (Dionysus),
Jerome (Hieronymus) (Scientific American).
stodger
noun.(Informal.) a person who is lacking in spirit and liveliness; stodgy person.
postprandial
adjective.
after-dinner.
Ex. postprandial speeches, a postprandial nap.
adv. postprandially.
thanatism, noun.
the belief that at death the human soul ceases to exist.
ptosis, noun.
a slipping down of an organ, especially the drooping of the upper eyelid,
caused by paralysis of the muscle that causes it to open.
drogue, noun.
1. a parachute for decelerating or stabilizing an aircraft while in flight.
2. a device shaped like a large funnel at the end of the hose used to refuel planes in flight.
Ex. The pilot guided the nose of his plane up to the drogue.
3. a type of small sea anchor.
phi phenomenon,(Psychology.)
1a. the perception of movement in a moving object.
b. the movement perceived in such an object.
2. the apparent movement perceived when several pictures or other stationary visual stimuli are presented successively at very brief intervals.
vedutista, noun, pl. -ti. an artist who paints or draws panoramic views of places, usually towns and cities.
foliicolous, adjective.(of fungi, etc.) growing parasitically on leaves.
tocsin, noun.1. an alarm sounded by ringing a bell or bells; warning signal.
Ex. the tocsin of the soul--the dinner-bell (Byron).
2. a bell used to sound an alarm. Ex. Oh, what a tocsin has she for a tongue (Walter de la Mare).
hypersonic, adjective. 1. denoting any speed which is five or more times faster than the speed of sound in a given medium. In air, hypersonic speed is at least 5,435 feet per second.
2. that moves or is able to move at this speed. Ex. a hypersonic aircraft, a hypersonic missile.
flapdoodle, noun.(Informal.) nonsense; bosh; humbug.

pantheism, noun.1. the belief that God and the universe are the same; doctrine that God is an expression of the physical forces of nature. Ex. The author, whose philosophy seems to be a crude but genuinely mystical pantheism, succeeds in communicating the wonder and terror of being alone on a storm-tossed raft in the middle of the world's widest ocean (New Yorker). 2. the worship of all the gods.
hyperverbal, adjective. excessively verbal. Ex. He is hyperverbal and is given to self-lacerating bitter tirades (Pauline Kael).
papal infallibility, the Roman Catholic doctrine, proclaimed by the first Vatican Council in 1870, that the Pope can commit no error when he speaks as the head of the church to define, in matters of faith and morals, what is to be accepted by all Roman Catholics as the teaching laid down by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
corporal oath, an oath ratified by physically touching a sacred object, especially the Bible, as distinguished from a merely verbal oath.
kif, noun.hemp, as the source of the narcotic hashish.
kifi, noun. = kif.
Nebo, noun. the god of wisdom in Babylonian mythology, who wrote down the judgments passed on the dead souls. He was the son of Marduk.
halfcock, verb, adjective. v.t. to set (a gun) at half cock.
adj. (Informal.) half-cocked.
saturnalia, noun pl. any period of unrestrained revelry and license.
minimus, noun, pl. -mi.a very small or insignificant creature. Ex. Get you gone, you dwarf, You minimus (Shakespeare).
minikin, noun, adjective.
noun 1. (Archaic.) a small or insignificant thing; a diminutive creature.
2. (Obsolete.) a pretty girl.
adj. 1. dainty; elegant. 2. affected; mincing. 3. diminutive; miniature; tiny.
Ex. In the distance ... the farmsteads minikin as if they were the fairy-finest to be packed in a box (John Ruskin).
halide, noun, adjective.
any compound of a halogen with another element or radical. Sodium chloride is a halide.
adj. = haloid.
postganglionic, adjective.lying within or behind a ganglion. A postganglionic neuron of the autonomic nervous system has its cell body in a ganglion, with its axon extending to an organ.
poste restante,
1. a direction written on mail which is to remain at the post office till called for. 2. a post-office department in charge of such mail.
giallo antico,
a rich yellow marble found among ruins in Italy, used as a decoration.
xenial, adjective.having to do with hospitality, especially in ancient Greece.
possumhaw, noun.1. a shrub or small tree, a variety of holly, having small, red or orange fruit and growing in the southeastern United States; bearberry.
2. a shrub of the honeysuckle family found in wet areas of the southeastern United States; withe rod.
beatitude, noun.1. supreme happiness; bliss. 2. a blessing. 3. the Beatitudes, the eight verses in the Sermon on the Mount which begin with "Blessed," as "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Matthew 5:3-12.
eugenics, noun.1. the science of improving the human race. Eugenics would apply the same principles of careful selection of parents that have long been applied to animals and plants, and theoretically develop healthier, more intelligent, and better children.
2. the science of improving offspring.
chrematistics, noun.the science of wealth; political economy as concerned with the accumulation and management of wealth.
arietta, noun.a short air or song.
smokejack, noun.an apparatus for turning a roasting spit, set in motion by the current of rising gases in a chimney.
recrescence, noun.
regrowth, especially of lost parts of an organism.
chemise, noun.
1. a loose slip worn by women and girls; shift.
2. a loosely fitting dress without a belt.
3. a shirtlike outer garment.
ghilgai, noun.(in Australia) a saucerlike depression forming a natural reservoir for rain water. Also, gilgai.
trabea, noun.a toga with horizontal purple stripes, worn as a robe of state by consuls, augurs, and some other officials in ancient Rome.
freebooter, noun. a pirate; buccaneer. Ex. In their veins flows the blood of those countless mariners, freebooters, fishermen, and traders who have sailed these seas (Atlantic).
vox et praeterea nihil,(Latin.) a voice and nothing more; only sound.
marcato,
adjective, adverb.(Music.)
adj. with strong emphasis; accentuated; marked.
Ex. The beautiful, languid tune ... was played in quite strict time and in almost marcato rhythm (London Times).
adv. in a marcato manner.

paraclete, noun.a friend, advocate, or comforter.
schnabelkanne, noun.a jug or vessel with a long spout.
abortifacient, noun, adjective.noun a drug or agent used to cause abortion. adj. causing abortion.
necrophagous, adjective. feeding on dead bodies or carrion. Ex. necrophagous beasts.
grand seigneur,(French.) a great lord; nobleman; aristocrat.
hypocaust, noun.a hollow space or flue in the floor or wall of a building through which heat from the furnace is received and distributed.
negociant, noun.(French.) dealer; merchant.
ablation, noun.
1. (Aerospace.) a. the disintegration of part of the nose cone on a missile or spacecraft when it reenters the atmosphere. Ablation usually occurs as melting or vaporizing of an outer surface to protect the rest of the structure from excessive heat. b. the removal or carrying away of heat by melting or vaporization.
2. removal.
3. the removal by surgery of a tumor or a part of the body.
4. the wearing away of a glacier, snow, or other formation by melting or evaporation. Ex. Yet, because there is so little ablation--return of moisture to the atmosphere--this light precipitation has become a glacier of up to a mile or more in depth (Time).
maquette, noun.a preliminary sketch or model in clay or wax of a painting, monument, building, or sculpture. Ex. The eleven maquettes on display were selected from 199 entries by a jury (New York Times).
necrologist, noun.a person who writes or prepares obituaries.
froe, noun.(Especially U.S.) a wedge-shaped tool having a handle in the plane of the blade, set at right angles to the back, used especially for cleaving and riving staves and shingles. Also, frow.
schipperke, noun.any dog of a small, sturdy breed with erect ears and a rather rough, black coat.

posset, noun, verb, -seted, -seting or (sometimes) -setted, -setting.
noun a hot drink made of milk curdled, as by ale or wine, and sweetened and spiced. It was formerly widely used as a remedy for colds.
v.t. 1. to give or administer a posset to. Ex. As she laid him in bed and possetted him, how frail and fragile he looked (Arnold Bennett).
2. (Obsolete.) to curdle like a posset.
abbreviatory, adjective.shortening or tending to shorten.
endocannibalism, noun.the practice of eating the flesh of persons belonging to the same tribe.
bogan, noun.(Especially Canadian.) (in the Maritime Provinces) a backwater or stagnant branch of a river or stream.
hardhattism, noun.(U.S.) the beliefs and practices of hardhats; militant conservatism or reactionary opposition to opposing opinions.
hutia, noun.any one of a group of large ratlike rodents, native to South America and the larger islands of the West Indies. It is closely related to the coypu.
gauleiter, noun. 1. a high official of the Nazi Party who served as governor of a district in Germany or other parts of Europe under German control.
The gauleiter was Hitler's chief deputy in a district.
2. (Figurative.) a subordinate who carries out unscrupulous or criminal orders; henchman.
Ex. In the murky world of politics and crime, he was ... overlord of the rackets and American gauleiter (Newsweek).
intracutaneous, adjective.within the layers of the skin; intradermal. Ex. an intracutaneous injection. adv. intracutaneously.
tailleur, noun.a woman's tailor-made suit or dress.
Lincolnian, adjective.of, having to do with, or characteristic of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). Ex. The Republicans might be tempted to abandon the last vestiges of their Lincolnian heritage and to fight the election on a frankly reactionary ticket (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
socius criminis,(Law.) an accomplice or associate in the commission of a crime.
en verite,(French.) in truth.
ghillie, noun.1. = gillie. 2. a low-cut sports shoe with fringed lace and no tongue.
Hallowmas, noun.the former name of the church feast of Allhallows or All Saints' Day, observed on November 1.
rhetor, noun.1. a master or teacher of rhetoric. 2. an orator, especially a professional
ethical dative,(Grammar.)
the dative case used to indicate a person who has a sympathetic interest in the statement, as mihi in Quid mihi Celsus agit? (How does my Celsus?)
or me in "He plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut."
distrait, adjective.not paying attention; absent-minded. Ex. She answered their questions in a distrait manner, her thoughts far away.
direttissima, noun. (Mountaineering.) a direct ascent. Ex. ... a school in Switzerland specializing in direttissima, an innovation that ignores the traditional zigging and zagging around danger spots for a damn-the-obstacles, straight-up climb to the top (Time).
perilune, noun. that point in the orbit of a spacecraft where it comes closest to the moon; pericynthion.

hustings, noun pl. or sing.
1. the platform or place from which speeches are made in a political campaign. Ex. There seems to be a reluctance on the part of many Republicans to take to the hustings; or perhaps it is just inertia (Wall Street Journal).
2. the platform from which candidates for the British Parliament were formerly nominated and from which they addressed the voters.
3. (Especially British.) the proceedings at an election.
4. Also, hustings court. a local court in certain cities of Virginia.
5. (Historical.) a local court of justice, once common in English boroughs.
halidom, noun.
1. (Archaic.) a holy place; sanctuary. Ex. The men of the Halidom, as it was called, of St. Mary's (Scott).
2. (Archaic.) anything regarded as holy; holy relic. Ex. As help me God and halidom (Sir Thomas More).
3. (Obsolete.) holiness; sanctity.
half hunter,a timepiece similar to a hunting watch but with the central portion of the case cut away so that the hands are always visible.
bagatelle, noun.
1. a mere trifle; thing of no importance.
2. a short piece of music, usually in a light style.
3. a game somewhat like billiards, played on a table having a semicircular end with nine holes to hit balls into with a cue.
circular number,(Mathematics.) a number whose powers are expressed by numbers, the last digit in each being the number itself. (Example:) 5 and 6 are circular numbers because 5 squared = 25, 6 squared = 36, 5 cubed = 125, 6 cubed = 216, and so on.
outrance, noun.(French.) the last extremity; the end. Ex. To fight the owner to extremity or outrance (Tobias Smollett).
vizard, noun.
1. = visor.
2. a mask to conceal the face.
3. (Figurative.) an outward appearance or show; disguise.
dree, verb, adjective.(Scottish.) v.t. to endure; suffer; bear. Ex. The bold adventurer ... dree'd pain and dolour (Scott). adj.
1. severe or tedious; wearisome.
2. dreary; dull.
post hoc, ergo propter hoc, (Latin.)
after this, therefore as a result of this
(a phrase used to denote a common logical fallacy that what comes before an event must also be its cause).
macrocephalic, adjective. having an abnormally large head or skull.

maquiladora, noun. an industrial plant located in Mexico and owned by a U.S. corporation.
It assembles finished products from component parts shipped in to Mexico, duty-free, from other countries. Ex. Mexican peasants drawn to
the maquiladoras are paid as little as fifty-five cents an hour (Rolling Stone).
kinetic theory of matter, the theory that constituent particles of matter are in motion.
nitid, adjective. bright; shining; glossy.
necessitarian, noun, adjective.
noun a person who denies that the will is free, and maintains that all action is the necessary effect of prior causes.
adj. having to do with necessitarians or necessitarianism.
fricative, adjective, noun.(Phonetics.) adj.
pronounced by forcing the breath through a narrow opening formed especially by placing the tongue or lips near or against the palate or teeth; spirant.
F, v, s, and z are fricative consonants.
noun a fricative consonant; spirant.
tous frais faits,(French.) all expenses paid.
chrism, noun.
1. consecrated oil, used by some churches in baptism and other sacred rites.
2. a sacramental anointing; the ceremony of confirmation, especially as practiced in the Greek Church. Also, chrisom.
pleochroic, adjective.showing different colors because of selective absorption of light when viewed in two or three different directions, as certain double-refracting crystals.
Gibson girl,
1. a typical, clean-cut, poised American woman of the outdoor type, as drawn by the illustrator, Charles Dana Gibson, 1867-1944.
Ex. Until replaced by the post-first-world-war flapper, the Gibson girl ... graced the calendars, the advertisements, the postcards, the embroidery--even the spoons--of a generation (Newsweek).
2. a portable emergency radio transmitter, so called because of its curved shape, carried aboard airplanes and lifeboats. thill, noun.either of the shafts between which a single animal drawing a vehicle is placed.
yurt, noun.a portable, tentlike dwelling made of a framework of branches covered with felt, used by nomadic Mongols in central Asia.
hilding, noun, adjective.(Archaic.) noun a mean, worthless person. adj. worthless; base. Ex. He was some hilding fellow that had stolen the horse he rode on (Shakespeare).
fribble, verb, -bled, -bling, noun, adjective. v.i.
1. to behave frivolously; trifle.
Ex. Not as you treat those fools that are fribbling round about you (Thackeray).
2. (Obsolete.) to falter; totter. v.t. to waste foolishly. noun
1. a frivolous person; trifler.
2. a trifling or frivolous thing.
3. frivolity; nonsense.
adj. trifling; frivolous. noun fribbler.
haulageway, noun.a passage in a coal mine used for hauling coal.
mobocracy, noun, pl. -cies.
1. political control by a mob; mob rule.
Ex. If Congress ... refuses to appropriate money to maintain the judiciary and executive departments, the result is mobocracy (Baltimore Sun).
2. the mob as a ruling class. eutexia, noun.the quality of melting easily; eutectic quality.
ab initio,(Latin.)
from the beginning. Ex. The decree was not a nullity in the sense of being void ab initio (London Times).
coquille, noun.
1. a shell, or a dish in the form of a shell, in which seafood is served.
2. food served in such a shell or dish.
abattoir, noun.
1. a slaughterhouse.
2. a place of physical punishment, such as a boxing or wrestling ring or a bullfighting arena.
syntexis, noun.(Geology.) the process by which magma is formed by the melting of different types of rocks.
decalescence, noun.the sudden absorption of heat as a metal passes a certain temperature.
oinochoe, noun.
a pitcherlike vessel with a three-lobed rim, used in ancient Greece for dipping wine from the crater or bowl and pouring it into the drinking cups.
coque, noun.a loop, knot, or bow of ribbon for trimming.
improvidence, noun.
lack of foresight; failure to look ahead; carelessness in providing for the future; lack of thrift.
pinnace, noun.
1. a ship's boat. Ex. He used ... to take the ship's pinnace and go out into the road a-fishing (Daniel Defoe).
2. any light sailing vessel. Ex. The winged pinnace shot along the sea (Alexander Pope).
fremitus, noun.(Medicine.) a palpable vibration or tremor, as of the walls of the chest.
sob sister,(U.S. Informal.)
1. a woman reporter who writes with undue sentiment, usually about stories of personal hardship.
Ex. The sob sisters of the sentimental magazines are familiar figures of fun, and I do not wish to join their ranks (Sunday Times).
2. a person given to telling sob stories.
playa, noun.1. (Southwestern U.S.) a plain of silt or mud, covered with water during the wet season. 2. (Geology.) the basin floor of an undrained desert which contains water at irregular periods.
gisarme, noun.a medieval weapon consisting of a long pointed blade sharpened on both sides set at the end of the shaft.
Often the blade had a hook on one side and a projecting point on the other.
gisarme, noun.a medieval weapon consisting of a long pointed blade sharpened on both sides set at the end of the shaft. Often the blade had a hook on one side and a projecting point on the other.
araroba, noun.1. a bitter powder used in medicines for skin diseases; Goa powder.
2. the Brazilian tree from which this powder is obtained, having a distinctive pattern of stripes in its wood.
distaff, noun, adjective.noun
1. a stick, split at the tip, to hold wool or flax for spinning by hand.
2. the staff on a spinning wheel for holding wool or flax.
3. woman's work or affairs.
4. the female sex; woman or women.
5. the female branch of a family.
6. a female heir. adj. of women; having to do with or suited to women or their affairs; female.
Ex. There are only two distaff members in the Senate (Parade). It's a very informal, distaff operation,
and the women all love the feeling that they are close to the publishing world (Saturday Review).
synaloepha or synalepha, noun.the contraction or coalescence of two syllables into one, especially of two vowels at the end of one word and the beginning of the next.
gob feeder, a machine that drops a measured amount of molten glass into a mold at regular intervals.
reflet, noun.1. the reflection of light or color. 2. luster; iridescence.
stickit, adjective.(Scottish.) 1. imperfect or bungled; unfinished. 2. having failed, as in a calling or profession.
Abernethy, noun, pl. -thies.a hard biscuit sometimes flavored with caraway seeds.
goa, noun.a gazelle of Tibet, having a black tail.
insessorial, adjective.1. habitually perching, as certain birds do. 2. adapted for perching. Ex. insessorial feet.
hemangioma, noun, pl. -mas, -mata.a small benign tumor containing blood vessels. It may occur internally, as in the liver, but it appears most commonly on the skin as a birthmark.
saccule, noun.1. a little sac. 2. the smaller of the two membranous sacs in the labyrinth of the internal ear.

synoecism, noun.the uniting of several towns or villages into one city or community.

synoecize, transitive verb, -cized, -cizing.to unite into a city or community.


helotism, noun.1. serfdom like that of ancient Sparta. 2. (Biology.) symbiosis in which one organism is dominant over the other, such as that existing in a lichen in which the fungus mycelium is dominant.
limacon, noun.1. (Geometry.) a curve, invented and named by Pascal, generated from a circle by adding a constant length to all the radii vectores drawn from a point of its circumference as an origin. The limacon has three varieties, one of which is the cardioid. 2. a snail or its shell; univalve.
decolletage, noun.1. the neck of a dress cut low so as to leave the neck and shoulders exposed. Ex. Decolletage has probably caused less stir than almost any facet of women's clothing (Newsweek). 2. a dress or blouse cut in this way.
cleg, noun.(British.) a gadfly.
Oka, noun. a cheese cured with brine and similar to Port du Salut, made by Trappist monks in Oka, a village in Quebec.
mechatronics, noun. the design, manufacture, and use of miniaturized components in electronic circuits. Ex. Mechatronics ... combines the potentialities of mechanical and electronic engineering (Japan Times).
reflation, noun.inflation stimulated to restore business conditions to their level before the recession. Ex. You regard deflation as the danger and a little reflation as desirable? (Punch).
Angelus or angelus, noun.1. a prayer said by Roman Catholics in memory of Christ's assuming human form. 2. the bell (Angelus bell) rung at morning, noon, and evening to signal the times this prayer is said.
pseudodox, noun.an erroneous or false opinion.
caroche, noun.a kind of stately or luxurious coach used in the 1600's to convey officials and members of the nobility.
decamp, intransitive verb.1. to leave quickly, secretly, or without ceremony; run away; flee. Ex. The thieves had decamped by the time the police came. (SYN) abscond, escape. 2. to leave a camp or camping ground; break camp. Ex. The army of the King of Portugal was at Elvas on the 22nd of the last month, and was to decamp on the 24th (The Tatler).
saccharoid, adjective.(Geology.) having a granular texture like that of sugar.
roquelaure, noun.a man's cloak reaching to the knee, worn during the 1700's and early 1800's.
repugn, transitive verb.1. to oppose; object to. 2. to cause repugnance in. v.i. (Obsolete.) to be opposed.
humectant, noun.a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles. Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost with the years (New Yorker).
en deshabille,(French.) partly or carelessly dressed. Ex. For such a mythical figure to appear, and, moreover, en deshabille, was a sensation (New Yorker).
halieutic, adjective.of or having to do with fishing.
wassail, noun, verb, interjection.noun 1. a drinking party; revelry with drinking of healths. 2. spiced ale or other liquor drunk at a wassail. 3. a salutation wishing good health or good luck to a person, used especially in England in former times when drinking a toast. The reply is "Drink hail!" 4. (Obsolete.) a carol or song sung by wassailers. v.i. to take part in a wassail; revel. v.t. to drink to the health of; toast. interj. your health!
gavage, noun.1. forced feeding, as by a tube that passes down the throat to the stomach.
2. forced feeding of poultry to fatten them quickly.
ecdysis, noun, pl. -ses.the shedding of the skin or shell by snakes, crustaceans, or insects or of feathers by a bird.

ecdysiast, noun.a stripteaser.


eclogue, noun.a short poem about country life, often written as a dialogue between shepherds; idyllic poem. Ex. For me, in those days, life was an eclogue interspersed with lyrics (Harper's). (SYN) pastoral, bucolic.
gault, noun.1. (Geology,) a series of beds of clay and marl of the Cretaceous system, occurring in southern England. 2. (British,) a thick, heavy clay.

quand meme,(French.) even though; notwithstanding; come what may.

abduce, transitive verb, -duced, -ducing.to draw away or aside.

laniary, adjective.(of teeth) fitted for tearing, as the canine teeth.

saturnine, adjective.1. gloomy; grave; taciturn. Ex. The saturnine young man returned to France as the dashing hero of a cause celebre (Time). (SYN) cheerless, glum.
2. (Astrology.) born under or affected by the influence of the planet Saturn.
3. suffering from or caused by lead poisoning.
4. of, having to do with, or like lead (in old chemistry). adv. saturninely.

Aaron's rod,1. any of several tall plants with long, flower-bearing main stems, especially a kind of goldenrod. 2. (in the Bible) the rod with which Aaron performed miracles. It turned into a serpent. Exodus 7:10. Later it blossomed and bore almonds. Numbers 17:8. 3. an architectural ornament consisting of a rod with leaves sprouting on either side, or of a rod with a snake twined around it. Aaron's beard, = rose of Sharon (def. 2).

minimax theorem,a principle in the theory of games which states that in an optimal strategy one player plays so as to minimize his maximum losses and the other plays so as to maximize his minimum gains. Ex. It was not until 1926 that John von Neumann gave his proof of the minimax theorem, the fundamental theorem of game theory (Scientific American).

neutrophil, noun.a very abundant, phagocytic type of leucocyte that protects the body against infection,
making up about 50 to 75 per cent of the total number of white blood cells.

outre, adjective.passing the bounds of what is usual and considered proper; eccentric; bizarre. Ex. Ernest was always so outre and strange;
there was never any knowing what he would do next (Samuel Butler).

prexy, noun, pl. prexies.(U.S. Slang.) a president, especially of a college or university. Ex. The gentleman ...
is still prexy of one of the land's snootiest colleges (Saturday Review).

delustrant, noun.a chemical used to reduce the luster of yarns and fabrics.
Ex. Titanium dioxide ... acts as a delustrant, removing excessive sheen from the fibre (New Scientist).

anchorite, noun.1. a person who lives alone in a solitary place for religious meditation. 2. a hermit. (SYN) recluse.

satori, noun.spiritual enlightenment, the goal of Zen Buddhism. Ex. His meditations may lead him to a mental crisis that produces a flash of intuitive insight known as satori (New Yorker).

satori, noun.spiritual enlightenment, the goal of Zen Buddhism. Ex. His meditations may lead him to a mental crisis that produces a flash of intuitive insight known as satori (New Yorker).

capes, noun pl.(Scottish.) 1. grains of corn to which the husk continues to adhere after threshing.
2. grain which is not sufficiently ground.
3. flakes of meal which come from the mill when the grain has not been sufficiently dried.

humanum est errare,(Latin.) to err is human.

Minie ball or bullet,a conical bullet with a hollow base which expands, when fired, to fit the rifling of the gun.

capitular, noun, adjective.noun 1. a person who belongs to an ecclesiastical chapter. 2. an act passed in a chapter; a canon; capitulary. 3. a law of a Frankish sovereign. adj. 1. (Botany.) growing in a capitulum or head. 2. (Zoology, Anatomy.) of or having to do with a capitulum. 3. of or having to do with an ecclesiastical chapter.

Weismannism, noun.(Biology.) the theory of evolution and heredity propounded by August Weismann (1834-1914), a German biologist, especially his theory that germ plasm is the material basis of heredity and that acquired characters are not transmissible.

shipworm, noun. any one of various clams, having small valves and long, wormlike bodies, which burrow into the timbers, especially of ships and docks; teredo; copperworm.

excogitate, transitive verb, -tated, -tating.to think out; devise; contrive.

lamina, noun, pl. -nae, -nas.1. a thin plate, scale, or layer. Ex. A type of record which occurs widely throughout the world is that of varves, the laminae in certain clays and sands (G. H. Dury).
2. the flat, wide part of a leaf; blade.
3. (Anatomy.) a thin layer of bone, membrane, or the like.

envoutement, noun.sympathetic magic in which a doll or other image of a person is used, usually to do him harm.

ferule (1), noun, verb, -uled, -uling.noun
1. a stick or ruler for punishing children by striking them, especially on the hand. 2. (Figurative.) school discipline; punishment. Ex. to learn at the point of the ferule (Frederick W. Farrar). v.t. to punish with a stick or ruler. ferule
(2), noun, transitive verb, -uled, -uling. = ferrule.

slumgullion. noun.
1. a stew of meat and vegetables, usually potatoes and onions.
2. (Mining.) the thick and sticky refuse of the sluice boxes, generally of red, iron-bearing clay and water.
3. (Slang.) a low, worthless fellow.

lamister, noun.(Slang.) a person who is escaping or hiding from the law; escaped convict; fugitive. Ex. The Irish law was already so well publicized ... that every major British lamister had long since flown the coop (Time). Also, lamster.

envenom, transitive verb.1. to make poisonous. Ex. an envenomed arrow. 2. (Figurative.) to fill with bitterness, hate, or malice. Ex. The wicked boy envenomed his father's mind against his step-brother.

variole, noun.1. a marking or depression resembling the pit left by smallpox; foveola.


flashboard, noun.a board set up on edge upon a milldam, when the water is low, to throw a larger quantity of water into the millrace.

lanner, noun.1. a falcon found in southern Europe, North Africa, and southern Asia. 2. (Falconry.) a female lanner.


dipsomania, noun.an abnormal, uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors.

maar, noun.(Geology.) the crater of a volcano formed by an explosion but with no flow of lava.

quale, noun, pl. qualia.(Philosophy.) a quality thought of apart from any object or real thing; an abstraction. Sweetness is a quale when it is considered separately from any particular thing, such as an apple.

abeyance, noun.a temporary stopping of activity. Ex. The custom was revived after an abeyance of several centuries. expr. in abeyance, a. in a state of suspended action. Ex. Let's hold that question in abeyance until we know more about it. The purchasing agent held his order in abeyance pending completion of the inventory. b. (Law.) in a state of waiting for legal ownership or possession. Ex. An inheritance is in abeyance when the rightful owner has not been determined.

abeyant, adjective.dormant; latent.



abdominous, adjective. = potbellied.

macadamize, transitive verb, -ized, -izing.to make or cover (a road) with macadam. (SYN) pave.

quagga, noun.a zebra of southern Africa closely related to the dauw but having distinct stripes on its head, neck, and shoulder only. It became extinct in the 1870's. Ex. The poor quagga ... is a timid animal with a gait and figure much resembling those of an ass (T. Pringle).

boko, noun.(British Slang.) the nose.

abactinal, adjective.(Zoology.) 1. located at a distance from the mouth or oral area: aboral.
2. lacking tentacles or rays. Ex. the abactinal end of a sea anemone.

humectant, noun.a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles. Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost with the years (New Yorker).

baffle, verb, -fled, -fling, noun.v.t. 1. to be too hard for (a person) to understand or solve; bewilder. Ex. This puzzle baffles me.

waucht, noun, verb.(Scottish.) noun a copious draft. v.t., v.i. to drink at a gulp or in large drafts; drain (a goblet).

outlier, noun.1. an outlying part of anything, detached from the main mass, body, or system to which it belongs. 2. a part of a geological formation left detached through the removal of surrounding parts by denudation. Ex. An outlier is surrounded by rocks older than itself. 3. a person who lives away from the place with which he is connected by business or otherwise.
perihelion, noun, pl. -helia.1. the point closest to the sun in the orbit of a planet, comet or other heavenly body. 2. (Figurative.) highest point; zenith. Ex. Receiving a Nobel prize was the perihelion of his distinguished career.
strainmeter, noun.an instrument used by seismologists to detect and measure strain in the earth's surface.
quaere, verb. imperative, noun.verb query; ask (used to introduce or suggest a question). Ex. Quaere, is this point fully proved? Quaere, whether the contrary is not more probable? noun a query or question. Ex. I wondered a little at your quaere who Cheselden was? (Jonathan Swift).

macedoine, noun.a mixture of vegetables or fruits, sometimes in jelly, served as a salad, garnish, dessert, or appetizer.

consuetude, noun.1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.

Zeitgeist, noun.the characteristic thought or feeling of a period of time; spirit of the age. Ex. Arthur Panter was not the sort of person who drifts along with the Zeitgeist (New Yorker).

Gestalt, noun, pl. -stalten, -stalts.(Psychology.) an integrated group of acts, experiences, etc., which functions as a whole over and above the sum of its parts; configuration.

echauguette, noun.(French.) a small, overhanging turret on a wall; bartizan.

possumhaw, noun.1. a shrub or small tree, a variety of holly, having small, red or orange fruit and growing in the southeastern United States; bearberry. 2. a shrub of the honeysuckle family found in wet areas of the southeastern United States; withe rod.

aberrationist, noun.a person who shows aberrant behavior.
contagion, noun.1. the spreading of disease by direct or indirect contact. Ex. Contagion is hard to prevent in crowded areas.
2. a disease spread in this way; contagious disease. Ex. The contagion ran all through the dormitories.
3. the means by which disease is spread.
4. (Figurative.) the spreading of any influence from one person to another. Ex. At the cry of "Fire!" a contagion of fear swept through the audience, causing a panic.
5. evil influence; moral corruption. Ex. Her mother feared the contagion of drugs.
6. (Obsolete.) a poison.
wantwit, noun.(Informal.) a person who lacks wit or sense; simpleton.
dacha, noun.(Russian.) a house in the suburbs or country. Ex. His office is in the Kremlin, but he lives in a spacious dacha outside Moscow (Time).
diplopia, noun.a disorder of the eyes in which objects are seen double.
aardwolf, noun, pl. -wolves.a mammal of southern and eastern Africa, resembling the hyena somewhat, to which it is related, but with small, weak teeth. It feeds chiefly on termites and other insects and on carrion.
pertinacious, adjective.1. holding firmly to a purpose, action, or opinion; very persistent; resolute. Ex. a pertinacious beggar. A bulldog is a pertinacious fighter. (SYN) determined, dogged, stubborn. 2. stubborn to excess; obstinate. 3. obstinately or persistently continuing; not yielding to treatment. Ex. a pertinacious cough.
intermodal, adjective.1. combining or integrating different modes of transportation. Ex. Both vessels are part of an intermodal system in which United States Freight uses railroads to "piggyback" trailers and container vans to ports for delivery (New York Times). 2. used in an integrated system of transportation. Ex. intermodal containers.
warsle, verb, -sled, -sling, noun.(Scottish.) v.i. 1. to wrestle; struggle. 2. to move with effort; flounder. v.t. to wrestle with. noun 1. a wrestling bout. 2. (Figurative.) any struggle; tussle.

ecchymoma, noun, pl. -mas, -mata.a swelling caused by blood forced out of the blood vessels into the tissues under the skin, as by a bruise.

perruquier, noun.(French.) a wigmaker.

outre, adjective. passing the bounds of what is usual and considered proper; eccentric; bizarre.
Ex. Ernest was always so outre and strange; there was never any knowing what he would do next (Samuel Butler).

perikaryon, noun.the part of a nerve cell containing the nucleus; cell body of a neuron.

boulter, noun.a long fishing line strung with a number of hooks.

hypnopompic, adjective.(Psychology.) happening while waking up; having to do with the state or moment of coming out of sleep, when a subconscious image or dream persists. Ex. a hypnopompic illusion or hallucination.

grandee, noun.1. a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of the highest rank. 2. a person of high rank or great importance.

abeyant, adjective.dormant; latent.

endobiotic, adjective.living as a parasite within the tissue of the host.

ab extra,(Latin.) from without. Ex. ... a spectator ab extra who can see the whole of a society simultaneously (New Yorker).

necrogenic, adjective.(Pathology.) produced or caused by dead bodies or dead animal matter.

diriment, adjective.that makes absolutely void; nullifying.

gazar, noun.a gauzy silk fabric, often sequined with shiny metal.

exciseman, noun, pl. -men.an official of the British government who collects excises and enforces the laws having to do with excises. Ex. Of all the manifold ills in the train of smuggling, surely the exciseman is the worst (Oliver Goldsmith).

Aberglaube, noun.(German.) superstition.

zwieback, noun.a kind of bread or cake which, after baking, is cut into slices and toasted brown and crisp in an oven.

consuetude, noun.1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.

balletomane, noun.
a person who is very fond of ballets, especially one with considerable knowledge of their music,
techniques, and other specific features; ballet enthusiast.
humanism, noun.
1. any system of thought or action principally or exclusively concerned with human interests and values.
2. the study of the humanities; literary culture. Humanism spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages when scholars began to study Latin and Greek culture. As a result, there was the great revival of art and learning called the Renaissance.
3. the character or quality of being human.

excision, noun.1. the act or process of cutting out; removal. Ex. Through the processes of excision and sloughing of certain structures ... plants get rid of wastes (Harbaugh and Goodrich).
2. the state of being excised.
3. exclusion, as from a religious society; excommunication.
4. extirpation or destruction.

dipody, noun, pl. -dies.(Prosody.) 1. a group of two feet. 2. a verse having two feet; dimeter.

vespiary, noun, pl. -aries.a nest or colony of social wasps.

tolerationist, noun.a person who supports or advocates toleration, especially in religious matters.

bougainvillea or bougainvillaea, noun.any one of a genus of tropical American climbing shrubs. The decorative "blossoms" of bougainvillea consist of large, bright-colored leaves (bracts) surrounding very small flowers. Bougainvillea belongs to the four-o'clock family.

xenocurrency, noun.currency circulating outside its country of origin.

bouffe, adjective.(French.) comic.

papilla, noun, pl. -pillae.1. a small, nipplelike projection. 2. a small vascular process at the root of a hair or feather. 3. one of certain small protuberances concerned with the senses of touch, taste, or smell. Ex. the papillae on the tongue. 4. a papule, pimple, or pustule.

pastoral (pstrl, pæs), a. and sb. Also 7 erron. pastural. [ad. L. pastoral-is, f. pastor-em: see PASTOR sb. and -AL1. Cf. F. pastoral, in 12­13th c. pastural, Sp. pastoral, It. pastorale.] A. adj. I. 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds or their occupation; of the nature of a shepherd; relating to, or occupied in, the care of flocks or herds.

abacist, noun.a person skilled in using an abacus. Ex. A Japanese abacist trounced an American operating a modern calculating machine (New York Times).

suboptimize, transitive verb, intransitive verb, -mized, -mizing.to fail to make the most of (a system, process, plan, or the like). Ex. It is more difficult for them to sense needs beyond those institutions ... In the language of the systems analyst, they have a strong tendency to suboptimize (Atlantic).

ecclesia, noun, pl. -siae.1. a political assembly of the citizens of ancient Athens; ekklesia. Ex. They met on the famous hill of the Pnyx, where the Ecclesia, the first of the great legislatures of a sovereign people, generally sat when the city was at the height of its glory (London Times). 2. an assembly. Ex. The exchange of letters with Stalin and Molotov in 1948 ... led to his excommunication from the Communist ecclesia (Time). 3. a congregation. 4. a church. ecclesial, adjective.of the church; ecclesiastical. Ex. A united church with Roman Catholics and Anglicans coexisting in full ecclesial communion ... is proposed (London Times).

intermezzo, noun, pl. -mezzos, -mezzi.1. a short musical composition played between the main divisions of an opera, symphony, or other long musical work. 2. a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character between the acts of a drama. 3. an independent musical composition of similar character. 4. a short comic opera played between the acts of a main opera in the 1600's and 1700's.

pinyin, n., (PIN-yon), a system of transliterating Latin into Chinese.

minish, n., (MIN-ish), to diminish or lessen.

in toto (Lat.) n., (IN TOW-tow) in sum, the whole amount.

gravlax n., (GRAV-lax)boned salmon.

inconnu n., (IN-con-yoo)a stranger.

intorsion n., (IN-tor-shun)Twisting about an axis or fixed point.

klinotaxsis adj., (KLIN-o-tax-sis) the wavering of the head of an organism as it responds to a stimulus.

boiserie n., (BWA-sir-ay) a sculptured paneling.

imprecate v.t., (IM-pre-kayt) to invoke or call down down upon an evil curse on someone.

monopody adj., (MON-oop-ah-dee) pros. a measure consisiting of one foot.

hologynic adj., (HOL-oo-gin-ik) of or relating to a heritabile trait appering only in females, as oppoised to holandric .

corody n. (KOR-ah-dee) the right to recieve maintenance in the form of food, clothing, or housing -
especially the right enjoyed by a sovereign or special benefactor.

cachet n., (KAH-shet)an official seal as on a letter.

Cramoisy, (adj.) (KRA-moy-zee), Crimson in color.

In Transitu , (lat.) (IN TRANZ-it-yoo), on the way.

ologodontia, n., (OL-ah-gon-tol-ee-ah), a pain in a tooth.

pelf, n., (PELTH), money or wealth esc. aquired by ill means.

sibilint, adj., (SIB-ah-lent), to make a hissing noise.

obtest, v., (AHB-test), to invoke a witness.

pecunious, adj., (PEK-uhn-ee-us), overly thrifty.

excorciate, v. t., (EX-kor-shee-ate), to tear the flesh off of.

philtrum, n., (FIL-trum), the ridged piece of flesh below one's nose.

giglet, n., (GIG-let), a giddy playful girl.

hecatomb, adj., (HEK-ah-toom) the sacrifice of 1000 oxen
pood, adj., (POOHED), russian a wieght equal to 36 pounds aviordipois (Now didn't you just HAVE to know that!).

Antithesis, (AN-tith-ah-sis), The polar opposite.

First Ammendment, (FURST ah-MEND-ment), American Constitution The first ammendment to the American Constitution that in media res gaurantees all Americans the right to free speech, and due process, and other vital liberties.

parse, v., t., (parz), to to analyze (a sentence) by deconstructiong it into its componet parts inclutinc syntatic reletionshios, and specificic word usage.

Hotdraw, (v)., (HOT-draw), metalworking to draw molten metal through a pipe to form wire.

recreduscense, (n)., (ree-kru-DES-intz), breaking out afresh or reknewed activity.

infedel, (n)., (in-FIF-el), a blasphemous one.

curt, (adj)., (KURT), using few words.

whitesmith, (n)., (WHYT-smith), a tinsmith.

quid pro quo (phrase), this for that.

pax, n., (PAHX), latin.

peace.

inception, n., (in-SEP-shun), the begining.

scientism, adj., (SY-en-tiz-em), having the qualities typifying science, or the scientific method.

lazuline, adj., (LAZ-yoo-leen), having the color of lapis lazuli.

Mugwump, adj., (MUG-wump), one educated beyond one's intellect, coined by Mark Twain.

Ezis, n., (EE-zis), the Latvian noun for porcupine.

somnificient, adj., (som-NIF-ah-shint) inducing sleep.

hydrous, adj., (HY-drus), containing water.

lovat, adj., (LOV-at), a graying blend of colors.

supercillious, n., (SOUP-er-sill-ee-us), condescending.

dereliction, n., (DARE-ah-LIK-shin), to be negligent

obstreperous, n., (AHB-strep-er-us),resisting control or restraint.

scissible, adj., (SIZ-ah-bul), capable of being cut.

mens rea (MENZ REE-ah), law , a criminal intent.

skyphos, n., (SKY-fos), a cup characterized by a deep bowl.

megaron, n., (MEG-ah-rahn), a building or a part of a building, used a a living chamber, usually in a palace and having a rectangular shape.

preta, n., (PRE-tah), a wandering ghost

hebetude, n., (heb-AH-tude), the state of being dull, lethargy.

piet, n., (PYT), 1. (scot). a magpie.
a talkative person, one who chatters.

philtrum, n., (fill-TRUM), The verticle groove on the surface of the upper lip.

votary, adj., (voh-TAH-ree), a person who is bound by solemn religous vows, as a monk or a nun.

scabrous, adj., (SKAB-rus), having a rough surface.

lixivium, v. t., (LIK-siv-ee-ehm), The solution, containing alkaline salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes with water.

obvert, v. t., (ob-VERT), to turn (something)so as to show a different surfacce.

iwan, n., (EYE-wan), A vaulted portal opening onto a courtyard.

hempy, adj., (hem-PEE), Mischievous; often in trouble for mischief.

oleaster, n., (ol-EE-aster), an ornamental shrub or small tree.

exergonic, adj., (ex-er-GOHN-ik), liberating energy.

whid, v., (WHID), to move quickley and quietly.

sirocco, n., (se-RAH-ko), a hot dry dust laden wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.

temporize, v. i., (tem-POR-ize), to e indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.

kegler, n., (KEG-ler), a participant in a bowling game.

rive, v., (RIVE), to tear or end apart.

silicet, adv., (SIL-ah-set), to wit; namely.

parison, n., (PER-eh-sin),a patially shaped piece of molten glass.

rundlet, n., (RUND-lit),1. an old British measure of capacity;, about 15 imperial gallons (68 litres).
2. a small cask.

fatuitous, adj., (Feh-TOO-it-us), complacently stupid; foolish.

trigram, n., (TRY-gram), a series of three adjacent symbols or letters.

parget, n., v., (PAR-get), any of various plasters of roughcasts for covering walls or other surfaces, esp., a mortar of lime , hair and cow dung for lining chimney flues.

trifid, adj., (TRY-fed), cleft ito three parts or lobes.

memoriter, adv., (mem-MOR-ah-tor), by heart or memory.

pease, n., (PEEZ), a pea.

lich, n., (lich), brit. a body, a dead body or corpse.

tortfeasor, n., (TORT-fee-zor), a person who commits a tort.

tort, n., (TORT), a wrongful act; not including a breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another's person, property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensatition .

hadal, adj., (HAD-ahl), of or pretaining to the greatest ocean depths.

incarnadine, adj., (in-KAR-nah-deen), blood red.

goglet, n., (GAG-let), a long necked container, esp. for water that is made of a porus earthenware so that its contents may be cooled by evaporation.

biggen, n., (BIG-ehn), 1. ; a soft cap worn while sleeping; a nightcap.

winkle, n., v., (WINK-ahl), 1 a marine gastropod; periwinkle.
2. to pry (something) out of a place, as periwinkle meat is dug out of its shell by a pin (usually followed by out, 'winkled out').

obelus, n., (O-beh-less), a mark used in ancient texts to point out spurious, corrupt, doubtful or superfluous words or passages.

saveloy, n., (SAH-vah-loy), Chiefly Brit. a spicey sausage.

goiple, n., (GOY-puhl), yiddish The loose skin under one's chin. see waddle .

loid, n., (LOYD), slang to open a locked door by sliding a thin piece of celluliod between the door edge and door frame to release a spring lock.

syndic, n., (SIN-dik), a person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation or institution, as a University.

fremitus, n., pl., -tus (FREM-eh-tess), med. palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.

xanthous, adj., (zan-THES), yellow.

squiffed, adj., (SKWIFFT), intoxicated.

yardang, n., (yar-DANG), a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind.

loma, n., (LOW-mah), a hill or ridge having a broad top.

freeboot, n., (FREE-boot), a person who goes about looking for plunder or loot; a pirate.

refrangible, adj., (Reh-FRAN-ja-bull), capable of being refracted , as rays of light.

facula, adj., (FAHK-yoo-lah), an irregular unusually bright spot or patch on the sun.

imagineering, n., (eh-MAJ-in-ehr-ing), the implementing of creative ideas into practicle form.

gaffle, v., (gaf-AHL), New England, chiefly Maine to take hold of, sieze.

idyll, n., (EYE-dahl), 1. a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any chamingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.

bao, n., (bou), an African board game usuall played by moving pebbles along two rows of holes.

ligate, v. t., (LYE-gayt), to bind with or as if with a ligature; (tie up, a bleeding artery or the like).

avuncular, adj., (av-UNK-yoo-ler), of, ppertaining,to, or having the characteristics of an Uncle.

demijohn, n., (dem-EE-jon), a large bottle having a short narrow neck usually enclosed in wicker work.
pseudodox, noun.an erroneous or false opinion.
caroche, noun.a kind of stately or luxurious coach used in the 1600's to convey officials and members of the nobility.
decamp, intransitive verb.1. to leave quickly, secretly, or without ceremony; run away; flee. Ex. The thieves had decamped by the time the police came. (SYN) abscond, escape. 2. to leave a camp or camping ground; break camp. Ex. The army of the King of Portugal was at Elvas on the 22nd of the last month, and was to decamp on the 24th (The Tatler).
saccharoid, adjective.(Geology.) having a granular texture like that of sugar.
roquelaure, noun.a man's cloak reaching to the knee, worn during the 1700's and early 1800's.
repugn, transitive verb.1. to oppose; object to. 2. to cause repugnance in. v.i. (Obsolete.) to be opposed.
humectant, noun.a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles. Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost with the years (New Yorker).
en deshabille,(French.) partly or carelessly dressed. Ex. For such a mythical figure to appear, and, moreover, en deshabille, was a sensation (New Yorker).
halieutic, adjective.of or having to do with fishing.
wassail, noun, verb, interjection.noun 1. a drinking party; revelry with drinking of healths. 2. spiced ale or other liquor drunk at a wassail. 3. a salutation wishing good health or good luck to a person, used especially in England in former times when drinking a toast. The reply is "Drink hail!" 4. (Obsolete.) a carol or song sung by wassailers. v.i. to take part in a wassail; revel. v.t. to drink to the health of; toast. interj. your health!
gavage, noun.1. forced feeding, as by a tube that passes down the throat to the stomach.
2. forced feeding of poultry to fatten them quickly.
ecdysis, noun, pl. -ses.the shedding of the skin or shell by snakes, crustaceans, or insects or of feathers by a bird.

ecdysiast, noun.a stripteaser.


eclogue, noun.a short poem about country life, often written as a dialogue between shepherds; idyllic poem. Ex. For me, in those days, life was an eclogue interspersed with lyrics (Harper's). (SYN) pastoral, bucolic.
gault, noun.1. (Geology,) a series of beds of clay and marl of the Cretaceous system, occurring in southern England. 2. (British,) a thick, heavy clay.

quand meme,(French.) even though; notwithstanding; come what may.

abduce, transitive verb, -duced, -ducing.to draw away or aside.

laniary, adjective.(of teeth) fitted for tearing, as the canine teeth.

saturnine, adjective.1. gloomy; grave; taciturn. Ex. The saturnine young man returned to France as the dashing hero of a cause celebre (Time). (SYN) cheerless, glum.
2. (Astrology.) born under or affected by the influence of the planet Saturn.
3. suffering from or caused by lead poisoning.
4. of, having to do with, or like lead (in old chemistry). adv. saturninely.

Aaron's rod,1. any of several tall plants with long, flower-bearing main stems, especially a kind of goldenrod. 2. (in the Bible) the rod with which Aaron performed miracles. It turned into a serpent. Exodus 7:10. Later it blossomed and bore almonds. Numbers 17:8. 3. an architectural ornament consisting of a rod with leaves sprouting on either side, or of a rod with a snake twined around it. Aaron's beard, = rose of Sharon (def. 2).

minimax theorem,a principle in the theory of games which states that in an optimal strategy one player plays so as to minimize his maximum losses and the other plays so as to maximize his minimum gains. Ex. It was not until 1926 that John von Neumann gave his proof of the minimax theorem, the fundamental theorem of game theory (Scientific American).

neutrophil, noun.a very abundant, phagocytic type of leucocyte that protects the body against infection,
making up about 50 to 75 per cent of the total number of white blood cells.

outre, adjective.passing the bounds of what is usual and considered proper; eccentric; bizarre. Ex. Ernest was always so outre and strange;
there was never any knowing what he would do next (Samuel Butler).

prexy, noun, pl. prexies.(U.S. Slang.) a president, especially of a college or university. Ex. The gentleman ...
is still prexy of one of the land's snootiest colleges (Saturday Review).

delustrant, noun.a chemical used to reduce the luster of yarns and fabrics.
Ex. Titanium dioxide ... acts as a delustrant, removing excessive sheen from the fibre (New Scientist).

anchorite, noun.1. a person who lives alone in a solitary place for religious meditation. 2. a hermit. (SYN) recluse.

satori, noun.spiritual enlightenment, the goal of Zen Buddhism. Ex. His meditations may lead him to a mental crisis that produces a flash of intuitive insight known as satori (New Yorker).

satori, noun.spiritual enlightenment, the goal of Zen Buddhism. Ex. His meditations may lead him to a mental crisis that produces a flash of intuitive insight known as satori (New Yorker).

capes, noun pl.(Scottish.) 1. grains of corn to which the husk continues to adhere after threshing.
2. grain which is not sufficiently ground.
3. flakes of meal which come from the mill when the grain has not been sufficiently dried.

humanum est errare,(Latin.) to err is human.

Minie ball or bullet,a conical bullet with a hollow base which expands, when fired, to fit the rifling of the gun.

capitular, noun, adjective.noun 1. a person who belongs to an ecclesiastical chapter. 2. an act passed in a chapter; a canon; capitulary. 3. a law of a Frankish sovereign. adj. 1. (Botany.) growing in a capitulum or head. 2. (Zoology, Anatomy.) of or having to do with a capitulum. 3. of or having to do with an ecclesiastical chapter.

Weismannism, noun.(Biology.) the theory of evolution and heredity propounded by August Weismann (1834-1914), a German biologist, especially his theory that germ plasm is the material basis of heredity and that acquired characters are not transmissible.

shipworm, noun. any one of various clams, having small valves and long, wormlike bodies, which burrow into the timbers, especially of ships and docks; teredo; copperworm.

excogitate, transitive verb, -tated, -tating.to think out; devise; contrive.

lamina, noun, pl. -nae, -nas.1. a thin plate, scale, or layer. Ex. A type of record which occurs widely throughout the world is that of varves, the laminae in certain clays and sands (G. H. Dury).
2. the flat, wide part of a leaf; blade.
3. (Anatomy.) a thin layer of bone, membrane, or the like.

envoutement, noun.sympathetic magic in which a doll or other image of a person is used, usually to do him harm.

ferule (1), noun, verb, -uled, -uling.noun
1. a stick or ruler for punishing children by striking them, especially on the hand. 2. (Figurative.) school discipline; punishment. Ex. to learn at the point of the ferule (Frederick W. Farrar). v.t. to punish with a stick or ruler. ferule
(2), noun, transitive verb, -uled, -uling. = ferrule.

slumgullion. noun.
1. a stew of meat and vegetables, usually potatoes and onions.
2. (Mining.) the thick and sticky refuse of the sluice boxes, generally of red, iron-bearing clay and water.
3. (Slang.) a low, worthless fellow.

lamister, noun.(Slang.) a person who is escaping or hiding from the law; escaped convict; fugitive. Ex. The Irish law was already so well publicized ... that every major British lamister had long since flown the coop (Time). Also, lamster.

envenom, transitive verb.1. to make poisonous. Ex. an envenomed arrow. 2. (Figurative.) to fill with bitterness, hate, or malice. Ex. The wicked boy envenomed his father's mind against his step-brother.

variole, noun.1. a marking or depression resembling the pit left by smallpox; foveola.


flashboard, noun.a board set up on edge upon a milldam, when the water is low, to throw a larger quantity of water into the millrace.

lanner, noun.1. a falcon found in southern Europe, North Africa, and southern Asia. 2. (Falconry.) a female lanner.


dipsomania, noun.an abnormal, uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors.

maar, noun.(Geology.) the crater of a volcano formed by an explosion but with no flow of lava.

quale, noun, pl. qualia.(Philosophy.) a quality thought of apart from any object or real thing; an abstraction. Sweetness is a quale when it is considered separately from any particular thing, such as an apple.

abeyance, noun.a temporary stopping of activity. Ex. The custom was revived after an abeyance of several centuries. expr. in abeyance, a. in a state of suspended action. Ex. Let's hold that question in abeyance until we know more about it. The purchasing agent held his order in abeyance pending completion of the inventory. b. (Law.) in a state of waiting for legal ownership or possession. Ex. An inheritance is in abeyance when the rightful owner has not been determined.

abeyant, adjective.dormant; latent.



abdominous, adjective. = potbellied.

macadamize, transitive verb, -ized, -izing.to make or cover (a road) with macadam. (SYN) pave.

quagga, noun.a zebra of southern Africa closely related to the dauw but having distinct stripes on its head, neck, and shoulder only. It became extinct in the 1870's. Ex. The poor quagga ... is a timid animal with a gait and figure much resembling those of an ass (T. Pringle).

boko, noun.(British Slang.) the nose.

abactinal, adjective.(Zoology.) 1. located at a distance from the mouth or oral area: aboral.
2. lacking tentacles or rays. Ex. the abactinal end of a sea anemone.

humectant, noun.a moistening agent used especially in tobacco, cosmetics, and textiles. Ex. Humectants help replace the natural youthful moisture that's lost with the years (New Yorker).

baffle, verb, -fled, -fling, noun.v.t. 1. to be too hard for (a person) to understand or solve; bewilder. Ex. This puzzle baffles me.

waucht, noun, verb.(Scottish.) noun a copious draft. v.t., v.i. to drink at a gulp or in large drafts; drain (a goblet).

outlier, noun.1. an outlying part of anything, detached from the main mass, body, or system to which it belongs. 2. a part of a geological formation left detached through the removal of surrounding parts by denudation. Ex. An outlier is surrounded by rocks older than itself. 3. a person who lives away from the place with which he is connected by business or otherwise.
perihelion, noun, pl. -helia.1. the point closest to the sun in the orbit of a planet, comet or other heavenly body. 2. (Figurative.) highest point; zenith. Ex. Receiving a Nobel prize was the perihelion of his distinguished career.
strainmeter, noun.an instrument used by seismologists to detect and measure strain in the earth's surface.
quaere, verb. imperative, noun.verb query; ask (used to introduce or suggest a question). Ex. Quaere, is this point fully proved? Quaere, whether the contrary is not more probable? noun a query or question. Ex. I wondered a little at your quaere who Cheselden was? (Jonathan Swift).

macedoine, noun.a mixture of vegetables or fruits, sometimes in jelly, served as a salad, garnish, dessert, or appetizer.

consuetude, noun.1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.

Zeitgeist, noun.the characteristic thought or feeling of a period of time; spirit of the age. Ex. Arthur Panter was not the sort of person who drifts along with the Zeitgeist (New Yorker).

Gestalt, noun, pl. -stalten, -stalts.(Psychology.) an integrated group of acts, experiences, etc., which functions as a whole over and above the sum of its parts; configuration.

echauguette, noun.(French.) a small, overhanging turret on a wall; bartizan.

possumhaw, noun.1. a shrub or small tree, a variety of holly, having small, red or orange fruit and growing in the southeastern United States; bearberry. 2. a shrub of the honeysuckle family found in wet areas of the southeastern United States; withe rod.

aberrationist, noun.a person who shows aberrant behavior.
contagion, noun.1. the spreading of disease by direct or indirect contact. Ex. Contagion is hard to prevent in crowded areas.
2. a disease spread in this way; contagious disease. Ex. The contagion ran all through the dormitories.
3. the means by which disease is spread.
4. (Figurative.) the spreading of any influence from one person to another. Ex. At the cry of "Fire!" a contagion of fear swept through the audience, causing a panic.
5. evil influence; moral corruption. Ex. Her mother feared the contagion of drugs.
6. (Obsolete.) a poison.
wantwit, noun.(Informal.) a person who lacks wit or sense; simpleton.
dacha, noun.(Russian.) a house in the suburbs or country. Ex. His office is in the Kremlin, but he lives in a spacious dacha outside Moscow (Time).
diplopia, noun.a disorder of the eyes in which objects are seen double.
aardwolf, noun, pl. -wolves.a mammal of southern and eastern Africa, resembling the hyena somewhat, to which it is related, but with small, weak teeth. It feeds chiefly on termites and other insects and on carrion.
pertinacious, adjective.1. holding firmly to a purpose, action, or opinion; very persistent; resolute. Ex. a pertinacious beggar. A bulldog is a pertinacious fighter. (SYN) determined, dogged, stubborn. 2. stubborn to excess; obstinate. 3. obstinately or persistently continuing; not yielding to treatment. Ex. a pertinacious cough.
intermodal, adjective.1. combining or integrating different modes of transportation. Ex. Both vessels are part of an intermodal system in which United States Freight uses railroads to "piggyback" trailers and container vans to ports for delivery (New York Times). 2. used in an integrated system of transportation. Ex. intermodal containers.
warsle, verb, -sled, -sling, noun.(Scottish.) v.i. 1. to wrestle; struggle. 2. to move with effort; flounder. v.t. to wrestle with. noun 1. a wrestling bout. 2. (Figurative.) any struggle; tussle.

ecchymoma, noun, pl. -mas, -mata.a swelling caused by blood forced out of the blood vessels into the tissues under the skin, as by a bruise.

perruquier, noun.(French.) a wigmaker.

outre, adjective. passing the bounds of what is usual and considered proper; eccentric; bizarre.
Ex. Ernest was always so outre and strange; there was never any knowing what he would do next (Samuel Butler).

perikaryon, noun.the part of a nerve cell containing the nucleus; cell body of a neuron.

boulter, noun.a long fishing line strung with a number of hooks.

hypnopompic, adjective.(Psychology.) happening while waking up; having to do with the state or moment of coming out of sleep, when a subconscious image or dream persists. Ex. a hypnopompic illusion or hallucination.

grandee, noun.1. a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of the highest rank. 2. a person of high rank or great importance.

abeyant, adjective.dormant; latent.

endobiotic, adjective.living as a parasite within the tissue of the host.

ab extra,(Latin.) from without. Ex. ... a spectator ab extra who can see the whole of a society simultaneously (New Yorker).

necrogenic, adjective.(Pathology.) produced or caused by dead bodies or dead animal matter.

diriment, adjective.that makes absolutely void; nullifying.

gazar, noun.a gauzy silk fabric, often sequined with shiny metal.

exciseman, noun, pl. -men.an official of the British government who collects excises and enforces the laws having to do with excises. Ex. Of all the manifold ills in the train of smuggling, surely the exciseman is the worst (Oliver Goldsmith).

Aberglaube, noun.(German.) superstition.

zwieback, noun.a kind of bread or cake which, after baking, is cut into slices and toasted brown and crisp in an oven.

consuetude, noun.1. custom recognized as having legal force. 2. custom; usage; habit.

balletomane, noun.
a person who is very fond of ballets, especially one with considerable knowledge of their music,
techniques, and other specific features; ballet enthusiast.
humanism, noun.
1. any system of thought or action principally or exclusively concerned with human interests and values.
2. the study of the humanities; literary culture. Humanism spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages when scholars began to study Latin and Greek culture. As a result, there was the great revival of art and learning called the Renaissance.
3. the character or quality of being human.

excision, noun.1. the act or process of cutting out; removal. Ex. Through the processes of excision and sloughing of certain structures ... plants get rid of wastes (Harbaugh and Goodrich).
2. the state of being excised.
3. exclusion, as from a religious society; excommunication.
4. extirpation or destruction.

dipody, noun, pl. -dies.(Prosody.) 1. a group of two feet. 2. a verse having two feet; dimeter.

vespiary, noun, pl. -aries.a nest or colony of social wasps.

tolerationist, noun.a person who supports or advocates toleration, especially in religious matters.

bougainvillea or bougainvillaea, noun.any one of a genus of tropical American climbing shrubs. The decorative "blossoms" of bougainvillea consist of large, bright-colored leaves (bracts) surrounding very small flowers. Bougainvillea belongs to the four-o'clock family.

xenocurrency, noun.currency circulating outside its country of origin.

bouffe, adjective.(French.) comic.

papilla, noun, pl. -pillae.1. a small, nipplelike projection. 2. a small vascular process at the root of a hair or feather. 3. one of certain small protuberances concerned with the senses of touch, taste, or smell. Ex. the papillae on the tongue. 4. a papule, pimple, or pustule.

pastoral (pstrl, pæs), a. and sb. Also 7 erron. pastural. [ad. L. pastoral-is, f. pastor-em: see PASTOR sb. and -AL1. Cf. F. pastoral, in 12­13th c. pastural, Sp. pastoral, It. pastorale.] A. adj. I. 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds or their occupation; of the nature of a shepherd; relating to, or occupied in, the care of flocks or herds.

abacist, noun.a person skilled in using an abacus. Ex. A Japanese abacist trounced an American operating a modern calculating machine (New York Times).

suboptimize, transitive verb, intransitive verb, -mized, -mizing.to fail to make the most of (a system, process, plan, or the like). Ex. It is more difficult for them to sense needs beyond those institutions ... In the language of the systems analyst, they have a strong tendency to suboptimize (Atlantic).

ecclesia, noun, pl. -siae.1. a political assembly of the citizens of ancient Athens; ekklesia. Ex. They met on the famous hill of the Pnyx, where the Ecclesia, the first of the great legislatures of a sovereign people, generally sat when the city was at the height of its glory (London Times). 2. an assembly. Ex. The exchange of letters with Stalin and Molotov in 1948 ... led to his excommunication from the Communist ecclesia (Time). 3. a congregation. 4. a church. ecclesial, adjective.of the church; ecclesiastical. Ex. A united church with Roman Catholics and Anglicans coexisting in full ecclesial communion ... is proposed (London Times).

intermezzo, noun, pl. -mezzos, -mezzi.1. a short musical composition played between the main divisions of an opera, symphony, or other long musical work. 2. a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character between the acts of a drama. 3. an independent musical composition of similar character. 4. a short comic opera played between the acts of a main opera in the 1600's and 1700's.

pinyin, n., (PIN-yon), a system of transliterating Latin into Chinese.

minish, n., (MIN-ish), to diminish or lessen.

in toto (Lat.) n., (IN TOW-tow) in sum, the whole amount.

gravlax n., (GRAV-lax)boned salmon.

inconnu n., (IN-con-yoo)a stranger.

intorsion n., (IN-tor-shun)Twisting about an axis or fixed point.

klinotaxsis adj., (KLIN-o-tax-sis) the wavering of the head of an organism as it responds to a stimulus.

boiserie n., (BWA-sir-ay) a sculptured paneling.

imprecate v.t., (IM-pre-kayt) to invoke or call down down upon an evil curse on someone.

monopody adj., (MON-oop-ah-dee) pros. a measure consisiting of one foot.

hologynic adj., (HOL-oo-gin-ik) of or relating to a heritabile trait appering only in females, as oppoised to holandric .

corody n. (KOR-ah-dee) the right to recieve maintenance in the form of food, clothing, or housing -
especially the right enjoyed by a sovereign or special benefactor.

cachet n., (KAH-shet)an official seal as on a letter.

Cramoisy, (adj.) (KRA-moy-zee), Crimson in color.

In Transitu , (lat.) (IN TRANZ-it-yoo), on the way.

ologodontia, n., (OL-ah-gon-tol-ee-ah), a pain in a tooth.

pelf, n., (PELTH), money or wealth esc. aquired by ill means.

sibilint, adj., (SIB-ah-lent), to make a hissing noise.

obtest, v., (AHB-test), to invoke a witness.

pecunious, adj., (PEK-uhn-ee-us), overly thrifty.

excorciate, v. t., (EX-kor-shee-ate), to tear the flesh off of.

philtrum, n., (FIL-trum), the ridged piece of flesh below one's nose.

giglet, n., (GIG-let), a giddy playful girl.

hecatomb, adj., (HEK-ah-toom) the sacrifice of 1000 oxen
pood, adj., (POOHED), russian a wieght equal to 36 pounds aviordipois (Now didn't you just HAVE to know that!).

Antithesis, (AN-tith-ah-sis), The polar opposite.

First Ammendment, (FURST ah-MEND-ment), American Constitution The first ammendment to the American Constitution that in media res gaurantees all Americans the right to free speech, and due process, and other vital liberties.

parse, v., t., (parz), to to analyze (a sentence) by deconstructiong it into its componet parts inclutinc syntatic reletionshios, and specificic word usage.

Hotdraw, (v)., (HOT-draw), metalworking to draw molten metal through a pipe to form wire.

recreduscense, (n)., (ree-kru-DES-intz), breaking out afresh or reknewed activity.

infedel, (n)., (in-FIF-el), a blasphemous one.

curt, (adj)., (KURT), using few words.

whitesmith, (n)., (WHYT-smith), a tinsmith.

quid pro quo (phrase), this for that.

pax, n., (PAHX), latin.

peace.

inception, n., (in-SEP-shun), the begining.

scientism, adj., (SY-en-tiz-em), having the qualities typifying science, or the scientific method.

lazuline, adj., (LAZ-yoo-leen), having the color of lapis lazuli.

Mugwump, adj., (MUG-wump), one educated beyond one's intellect, coined by Mark Twain.

Ezis, n., (EE-zis), the Latvian noun for porcupine.

somnificient, adj., (som-NIF-ah-shint) inducing sleep.

hydrous, adj., (HY-drus), containing water.

lovat, adj., (LOV-at), a graying blend of colors.

supercillious, n., (SOUP-er-sill-ee-us), condescending.

dereliction, n., (DARE-ah-LIK-shin), to be negligent

obstreperous, n., (AHB-strep-er-us),resisting control or restraint.

scissible, adj., (SIZ-ah-bul), capable of being cut.

mens rea (MENZ REE-ah), law , a criminal intent.

skyphos, n., (SKY-fos), a cup characterized by a deep bowl.

megaron, n., (MEG-ah-rahn), a building or a part of a building, used a a living chamber, usually in a palace and having a rectangular shape.

preta, n., (PRE-tah), a wandering ghost

hebetude, n., (heb-AH-tude), the state of being dull, lethargy.

piet, n., (PYT), 1. (scot). a magpie.
a talkative person, one who chatters.

philtrum, n., (fill-TRUM), The verticle groove on the surface of the upper lip.

votary, adj., (voh-TAH-ree), a person who is bound by solemn religous vows, as a monk or a nun.

scabrous, adj., (SKAB-rus), having a rough surface.

lixivium, v. t., (LIK-siv-ee-ehm), The solution, containing alkaline salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes with water.

obvert, v. t., (ob-VERT), to turn (something)so as to show a different surfacce.

iwan, n., (EYE-wan), A vaulted portal opening onto a courtyard.

hempy, adj., (hem-PEE), Mischievous; often in trouble for mischief.

oleaster, n., (ol-EE-aster), an ornamental shrub or small tree.

exergonic, adj., (ex-er-GOHN-ik), liberating energy.

whid, v., (WHID), to move quickley and quietly.

sirocco, n., (se-RAH-ko), a hot dry dust laden wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.

temporize, v. i., (tem-POR-ize), to e indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting.

kegler, n., (KEG-ler), a participant in a bowling game.

rive, v., (RIVE), to tear or end apart.

silicet, adv., (SIL-ah-set), to wit; namely.

parison, n., (PER-eh-sin),a patially shaped piece of molten glass.

rundlet, n., (RUND-lit),1. an old British measure of capacity;, about 15 imperial gallons (68 litres).
2. a small cask.

fatuitous, adj., (Feh-TOO-it-us), complacently stupid; foolish.

trigram, n., (TRY-gram), a series of three adjacent symbols or letters.

parget, n., v., (PAR-get), any of various plasters of roughcasts for covering walls or other surfaces, esp., a mortar of lime , hair and cow dung for lining chimney flues.

trifid, adj., (TRY-fed), cleft ito three parts or lobes.

memoriter, adv., (mem-MOR-ah-tor), by heart or memory.

pease, n., (PEEZ), a pea.

lich, n., (lich), brit. a body, a dead body or corpse.

tortfeasor, n., (TORT-fee-zor), a person who commits a tort.

tort, n., (TORT), a wrongful act; not including a breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another's person, property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensatition .

hadal, adj., (HAD-ahl), of or pretaining to the greatest ocean depths.

incarnadine, adj., (in-KAR-nah-deen), blood red.

goglet, n., (GAG-let), a long necked container, esp. for water that is made of a porus earthenware so that its contents may be cooled by evaporation.

biggen, n., (BIG-ehn), 1. ; a soft cap worn while sleeping; a nightcap.

winkle, n., v., (WINK-ahl), 1 a marine gastropod; periwinkle.
2. to pry (something) out of a place, as periwinkle meat is dug out of its shell by a pin (usually followed by out, 'winkled out').

obelus, n., (O-beh-less), a mark used in ancient texts to point out spurious, corrupt, doubtful or superfluous words or passages.

saveloy, n., (SAH-vah-loy), Chiefly Brit. a spicey sausage.

goiple, n., (GOY-puhl), yiddish The loose skin under one's chin. see waddle .

loid, n., (LOYD), slang to open a locked door by sliding a thin piece of celluliod between the door edge and door frame to release a spring lock.

syndic, n., (SIN-dik), a person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation or institution, as a University.

fremitus, n., pl., -tus (FREM-eh-tess), med. palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.

xanthous, adj., (zan-THES), yellow.

squiffed, adj., (SKWIFFT), intoxicated.

yardang, n., (yar-DANG), a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind.

loma, n., (LOW-mah), a hill or ridge having a broad top.

freeboot, n., (FREE-boot), a person who goes about looking for plunder or loot; a pirate.

refrangible, adj., (Reh-FRAN-ja-bull), capable of being refracted , as rays of light.

facula, adj., (FAHK-yoo-lah), an irregular unusually bright spot or patch on the sun.

imagineering, n., (eh-MAJ-in-ehr-ing), the implementing of creative ideas into practicle form.

gaffle, v., (gaf-AHL), New England, chiefly Maine to take hold of, sieze.

idyll, n., (EYE-dahl), 1. a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any chamingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.

bao, n., (bou), an African board game usuall played by moving pebbles along two rows of holes.

ligate, v. t., (LYE-gayt), to bind with or as if with a ligature; (tie up, a bleeding artery or the like).

avuncular, adj., (av-UNK-yoo-ler), of, ppertaining,to, or having the characteristics of an Uncle.

demijohn, n., (dem-EE-jon), a large bottle having a short narrow neck usually enclosed in wicker work.

sain, v. t., (SAYN), archaic to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.

ingenue, n., (in-gen-YOO), the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or women, an actress who plays such a part.

torrefy, v. t., (TOR-ah-fi), to subject to fire or intense heat, parch, roast, or scorch.

echopraxia, n., (ek-oh-PRAX-ee-uh), the abnormal repetition of the actions of another person.

prelibration, n., (PREE-lie-bray-shun), a foretaste.

monger, n., (MON-ger), a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way.

extenerate, v.t., (EX-ten-er-ate), to disembowel.

excuss, v.t., (IK-scus), to take possesion of goods by legal authority.

olivette, n., (AH-lah-vet), a large floodlight having a single bulb.

dandle, v. t., (DAN-dal), to bounce an infant gently up and down as on one's knee or in one's arms.

mordacious., (MOR-day-shus), biting or liable to biting.

syllabary., (SILL-eh-bare-ee), a list or catalougue of syllables.

mutato nomine, latin., (MOO-tat-oh NOM-ee-nay), the name having been changed.

corniche, n., (KOR-neesh), a winding road cut into the side of a steep hill or along a coastal cliff.

nosocomial, adj., (NO-so-co-me-ahl), an infection contracted as a result of hospitalization.

gymel, n., (JIM-ahl), the technique found in medival music of singing voice parts in parallel thirds.

hemoid, adj., (HEE-moyd), resembling blood.

motet, n.,(MOH-tet)a vocal composition in polyphonic style based on a biblical text for use in a church service.

agnosia n.,(AG-noz-ee-ah)partial or total inability to recognize objects by the use of the senses.

tsuris n.,(TYOO-sor-is) slang. yiddish troubles or woes

nostrum n.,(NOS-trum) 1. a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims.


forgive, -v., -give -gave- -giving -. (FOR-give) 1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve. 2. to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.) 3. to grant pardon to (a person) 4. to cease to feel resentment against 5. to cancel a debtedness or liability.


truth, (TRYOOTH) 1. The true or actual state of a matter.


sexual relations, (sex-YOO-ahl REE-lay-shuns) 1. any sexual activity between individuals.


raster, n., (RAH-ster) Television a pattern of scanning lines covering the area upon which the image is projected in the cathode-ray tube of a television set.


equipollent, v. t., (EEE-qua-pahl-ent) equal in power, effect; Logic logically equivalent in any or all of specified or unspecified ways.


maypop, adj., (MAY-pop) The edible fruit of the passionflower.


kapote, n., (keh-pote-AY) a long coat formerly worn by male Jews of eastern Europe and now worn chiefly by very Orthodox or Hasidic Jews.


curn, n., (KERN) Scot. 1. a grain, 2. am small quantity or number. [akin to corn, or kernel].


imbrue, v. t., (IM-broo) 1. to stain, 2. to impregnate.


hanaper, n., (HAN-ah-per) a wicker receptacle for documents.


fissile, adj., (FIS-eyel), capable of being split or divided, cleavable.


coruscant, n., (KOR-ahs-kant), sparkling, glittering, scintillating.


dogsbody, n., (DOGZ-bodee), Brit. Slang a menial worker; drudge.


knosp, n., (NOSP), a budlike ornament.


reprobate, n., adj., v., (reh-pro-BAYT), beyond redemption, a wicked, depraved, unprincipled person rejected by God.


neddy, n.,(ned-DEE), donkey.


burgoo, n.,(BUR-goo), a thick oatmeal gruel.


mog, v.,(MAHG), to move on, depart or decamp, to walk or move gently or slowly.


isagogic, n.,(eye-seh-GAHJ-ik), introductory esp. in relation to the bible and the study of theology.


denouement, n.,(day-NU-mahn), The final resolution of a series of events.


inexorable, adj.,(in-EK-sor-ah-bull), Unyielding, unalterable; not to be persuaded or moved by prayer or entreaty.


crine, n.,(KRYNE), hair; head of hair.


equipollent, v. t., (EEE-qua-pahl-ent) equal in power, effect; Logic logically equivalent in any or all of specified or unspecified ways.


slake, v.,(SLAYK),to allay by satisfying.


manifer, n, ,(MAN-if-er) a gauntlet for protecting the left hand.


fay, n, ,(fAY) fairy.


Eightfold Path, Buddhism the eight pursuits of one seeking enlightenment, comprising right understanding, motive, speech, actions, means of livelihood, effort, intellectual activity, and contemplation.


Four Noble Truths, Buddhism , the doctrines of Buddha; all life is suffering, the cause of suffering is ignorant desire, this desire can be destroyed, the means to this is the eightfold path.


denudate, v., (den-YOO-dayt), to make bare, strip, denude.


harpy, adj., (HARP-ee), a scolding, nagging bad tempered woman.


puir, adj., poor


griot, n., (GREE-oht), a member of an hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.


prognathous, adj., (PROG-nay-thes), having protrusive jaws.


insouciant, n., (IN-syoo-shent), Free from care or worry, nonchalant.


floccinaucinililipilification, n.,
(FLOK-seh-NAH-seh-NY-hil-eh-PIL-if-IK-ay-SHEN)

rare . the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language).


sonsy, n., (SON-see), Strong and healthy, robust.


aureole, n., (OR-ee-ohl), a radiance surrounding the head or whole personage in the representation of a sacred personage.


penicil, n., (PEN-eh-sol), a small tuft like brush of hairs as on a caterpillar.


fid, n., (FID), a stout bar of wood or metal placed across a lower spar as to support a higher one.


epistemic, adj., (ep-eh-STEEM-ik), of or pertaining to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it.


decillion, n., (de-SIL-yahn), a cardinal number represented by a one followed by 33 zeroes.


nef, n., (NEF), a silver or gold table furnishing in the shape of a ship, either for holding various utensils or for ornament.


kinesics, n., (KY-nee-siks),the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc as a means of communication.


interstice, n., (in-ter-STICE), -stices, The period of time between a set of intervals, the space between several concrete objects like the slats of a fence.


monism, n., (MAHN-izm), any of various theories holding that there is only one basic substance or principle as the ground of reality, or that reality consists of a single element.


kittle, v., (KIT-al), to tickle with the fingers; to agitate or stir.


colin, n., (KO-lin), any of several American quails.


crypto, n., (KRIP-tow), a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group.


exequy, n., (EX-eh-kwee), usually exequies funereal rites.


quadragenarian, n., (kwod-RAH-gen-air-ee-an), one forty years of age.


rheme, n., (REEM), a comment.


languet, n., (LANG-gwet), any of various tongue shaped parts or processes, or projections.


inanition, n., (IN-eh-nish-en), exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation.


trundle, v. t., (TRUN-dul), to cause an object (round or circular) to roll along.


necropolis, adj., (neh-KROP-ah-les), a cemetery or ancient burial ground.


griseous, adj., (GRIS-ee-ith), gray: pearl-gray.


ruth, n., (ROOTH), 1. pity or compassion.
2. sorrow or grief.
3. self-reproach; contrition; remorse


lyard, adj., (LI-erd),. streaked or spotted with gray or white.


orgulous, adj., (OR-gel-es),. haughty; proud.


ovate, adj., (OH-vayt),. egg shaped.


entopic, adj., (en-TOP-ic),. being or occurring in a natural place.


gaposis, n., (gap-OH-sis), facietious . A noticeable gap or series of gaps , as between the fastened button of an overly tight garment.


cocotte, n., (KOH-ket), a prostitute.


stob, n., (STAHB), A post, stump, or stake


eidolon, n., (I-dol-on), a phantom ; apparition.


deboss, v. t., (DEE-boss), to indent a figure or design into the surface of an object.


babirusa, n, (bab-EE-ru-seh), an East Indian swine.


incretion, n, (in-KREE-shen), a substance such as a hormone that is secreted internally.


elint, n., (el-LINT, eye-LINT) the gathering of military or other intelligence information through the gathering of signals other than voice communication.


oik, n., (OYEEK) an oaf or lout.


monocarp, n., (mon-OH-karp), a plant that dies after bearing fruit once.


turnsole, n., (TURN-sole), any of several plants regarded as turning with the movement of the sun.


solunar, adj., (so-LOO-nar), a table that lists the rising and setting times of the moon or sun.


momism, n., (MOM-ism), excessive adulation of the mother.


joss, n., (JOS), a foreman, or boss.


sabulous, adj., (SAB-yeh-les), sandy, gritty.


horrent, adj., (HOR-ant), bristling, having erect hair like bristles.


peroral, adj., (peh-OR-ahl), administered through the mouth, as surgery or a drug.


evulse, v. t., (I-vuls), to extract forcibly.


gramery, n., (gram-ER-ee), occult learning, magic.


ohone, iter., (OO-hone), alas!


interlunar, adj., (INTER-loo-ner), pertaining to the moon's monthly period of invisibility between the old moon and the new.


dentelle, n., (DEN-tell), a lace like tooled pattern used in decorating book covers.


klesha. n., (KLEH-sha), any of the five hindrances to enlightenment, which are ignorance, egotism, attachments, aversions, or the will to live.


massif, n., (MASS-if), a compact portion of a mountain range, containing one or more summits.


glim, n., (GLIM) a light or a lamp.


gley, n., (GLAY), a mottled soil in which iron has been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.


lagan, n., (LAY-gen), anything submersed in the sea attached to a buoy.


pinder, n., (pin-DER), a peanut.


synoptic, adj., (sin-OP-tik), pertaining to or constituting a synopsis.


nates, n., (NAY-teez), buttocks; rump


gor, interj., (GOR) slang, used as a mild objective.


irreal, adj., (EHR-real), not real; unreal


goog, n., (GOOG), an egg.


stoss, adj., (STOSS), of or pertaining to the side of a hill or dale that has received or is under pressure from glacial forces.


sacristy, n., (SAK-ris-tee), a room or apartment joined to a church or religious house where sacred items are kept.


grego, n., (GREE-goh) a short hooded coat of thick course fabric.


mise, n., (MY-ze), a settlement or agreement.


bundy, n., (BUN-dee), a time clock.


abuade, n., (O-bahd), a musical piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.


distal, adj., (DIS-tahl), located away from the point of origin or attachment.


thrall, n., (THRALL), a person who is in bondage, a slave.


thorp, n., (THORP), a hamlet or village.


vair, n., (VARE), a fur used for lining and trimming garments.


crwth, n., (KROOTH), music , a crowd.


hellbroth, n., (HEL-broth), a magical broth prepared for an evil purpose.


lich gate., n., (LIT-ch GAY-t), a roof gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the holy man.


tanka, n., (TAN-kah), a Japanese poem formed with 31 syllables in five lines, 5 syllables in the first and third lines and seven in the others.


berline, n., (bur-LINE), an automobile with the front and back compartments separated by a piece of glass.


macrurus, adj., (mer-KROOR-us), long tailed.


gibbet, n., (gib-BET), a gallows with a projecting armature at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were hung in chains and left suspended after execution.


marais, n., (mah-RAY), a swamp or bayou.


plew, n., (PLOO), a beaver skin.


panada, n., (pa-NAY-duh) a thick sauce made with bread crumbs, milk, and seasonings; usually served with roast fowl or meat.


lowering, adj., (louw-RING), dark or sullen as the face or gaze, sullen.


herl, n., (hurl), a barb of a feather used in dressing anglers flies.


ictus, n., pl., -tuses, -tus (IK-tus) prose , rhythmical or metrical accentuation.


capias, n., (KAY-pee-ehs), Law , a writ commanding an officer to take a specified person into custody.


miniver, n., (min-IVER), in the Middle Ages , a fur of white or spotted white or gray used for linings and trimmings.


equilibrist, n., (ee-kwill-eh-BRIST), (EE-kwill-lib-rist), a performer who is adept at balancing in unusual positions and hazardous movements, as a tight rope walker.


gradus, n., (GRAY-tus) Music , a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.


gutta, n., (gut-EH) a drop or something resembling one.


berceuse, n. (ber-SOEZ), a craddlesong; a lullaby.


modulus, n., (mod-zhe-LUS), phys. , a coefficient pertaining to a physical property.


scramasax, n., (SKRAM-eh-SAX), a single edged knife or sword used by the Anglo-Saxons


doxy, n., (DOX-ee), opinion; doctrine.


esthesia, n. (es-THEE-zhee-ah), capacity for feeling pain.


simar, n., (SIM-ar), a loose lightweight jaket or robe for women , fashionable in the 17th and 18th century.


daut, v.t., (DOT), to caress


mecate, adj., (meh-kay-TEE), a rope made of horsehair.


pennon, n., (PEN-in), a distinctive flag in any of various forms, as tapering, triangular etc..


kellion, n., pl., -lia, (keh-LEE-un), a small community of monks.


obiter dictum, (OH-bit-er DIK-tam), an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc..


bippy, n., (bip-EE) slang , an unspecified part of the anatomy, usually used in the phrase you bet your bippy.


hyetal, adj. (HI-ih-tal), of or pertaining to rain.

Dr. Jones never allowed any hyetal experiments on her lab rats!


consubstantiation, n., Theol., (kon-seb-stan-shee-A-shun), the doctrine that the substance of the body and the blood of Christ coexist in and with the substance of the bread and wine of the Eucharist.


incuse, adj., n., (IN-kyooz), hammered or stamped in, as a figure on a coin.


thirl, v., (THURL), to pierce.


lidar, n. (LY-dar), a device similar to radar in principle and operation which but using infrared laser light.


loxodont, adj., (LOX-oo-dont), having molar teeth with shallow depressions between the ridges.


matterate, v. i., (MAT-er-ate), To fester.


feculent, adj., (FEK-yeh-lent), full of dregs or fecal matter: foul, turbid, or muddy.


organon. n. pl. -a, (OR-gah-non), an instument of thought or knowledge.


linn, n., (LIN), a waterfall or torrent of water in a river or stream


knop, n., (NOP), a small knob or similar protuberance, esp. for ornament.


nectary, n., (nek-TOR-ee), bot. an organ or part that secretes nectar.


kago, n., (KA-goh), a small basket work strung to a pole each end of which rests on the shoulder of a bearer.


gab, n., (GAB), mach. a hook or fork that that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.


sciolism, n., (SI-oh-liz-em), Superficial knowledge.


ichor, n., (I-kor), an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.


litotes, n., (li-to-TEES), rhet. understatement, esp. that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary as in "not bad at all".


caltrop, n., (KAL-trop), 2. an iron ball with four projecting spikes so disposed that when the ball is on the ground one of the spike is always pointed upward, used to obstruct the passage of cavalry, armored vehicles, etc.


dolmen, n., (DOL-min) a structure usually regarded as a tomb, consisting of two or more upright upright stones set with a space between and capped by a horizontal stone.


echinate, adj., (I-ky-nate), (I-keh-nate), bristly; prickly


invertor, n., (IN-vert-er), any muscle that turns a limb or part inward.


sley, n., (SLAY), 1. the reed of a loom. 2. the warp count in woven fabrics.


geiod, n., (GEE-oid), the imaginary surface that coincides with mean sea level in the ocean and its extention through the continents


storax, n., (STOR-aks), the solid resin with a vanilla like oder obtained from a small tree.


hartal, n., (HART-al), the stopping of work and closing of shops as a form of passive resistance.


interoceptive, adj, (IN-ter-oh-sep-tive), pertaining to the interceptors, the stimuli acting upon them, or the nerve impulses initiated.


deaccession, v. t., (DEE-ak-sesh-en), to sell (a work of art) from a museums gallery or collection, esp., with a view to acquiring funds for the purchase of other works.


damson, n., (DAM-zen), 1. the small, dark blue, or purple fruit of the plum.
2. medium to dark violet.


ekistics, n. (used with a singular v.), (i-KIS-tiks), the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral sciences.


nastic. adj., (nast-IK), bot. of or showing sufficiently greater cellular force or growth on one side of the axis to change to form or position of the axis.


elenchus, adj., (i-leng-KUS), pl. -chi, (-KI, -KEE), a logical refutation; an argument that refutes another argument by proving the contrary to it's conclusion.


factotum, n., (fak-tow-TEM), a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to all
kinds of work around the house. 2. any employee or official having many different
responsibilities.


itinerarium n., (eye-tin-er-AIR-ee-um), A prayer said by a priest before a long journey


eudemonism, adj., (YOO-de-nom-iz-em), ethihics , the doctrine that the basis of moral obligations
is to be found in the tendency that right actions tend to produce happiness.


lentic, adj., (LEN-tik), pertaining to or living in still water.



expiscate, v.t. (EKS-pis-kate), to find out by thorough and detailed investigation.


prolepis, n. (PRO-lep-sis), the anticipation of possible objections in order
to answer them in advance.


vouge, n. (VOO-zh), an axlike, shafted weapon having a curved blade
tapering to a point at the top used by a foot soldier.


threnody, n., (thren-ah-DEE), a poem, speech, or song of lamentation.


ginglymus, n., (ging-lih-MUS), a joint in which movement is limited to one plane.


sobriquet, n., (SOH-bri-kay, -ket, soh-bri-KAY, -KET,)
pl. -quets (-kayz, -ketz -KAYZ, -KETZ), a nickname.


peregrinate, v., (pare-IG-ren-ate), to travel or journey esp. on foot.


quaquaversal, adj., (kwa-kweh-ver-SAL), sloping downward from the center in all directions.


quintain, n., (KWIN-tin), an object attached to a post or moveable crossbar,
used for a practice target in the medieval sport of titling.


ingle, n., (ING-al), a fire burning in a hearth, a hearth.


sonde, n. (SOND), a rocket, balloon, rockoon, used as a probe for observing
phenomena in the atmosphere.


jillet, n., (jil-ET), a giddy or flirtatious girl or young woman.


persiflage, n., (pur-SI-flaj), light bantering talk or writing.


Hod n., (HAHD) a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc..
fixed crosswise on a pole and carried on the shoulder.


decimate v. t., (des-ah-MATE), 2. To choose by lot and kill every tenth man.
1. to destroy a vast majority of. 3. to take a tenth of.


retiarius n., (re-SHEE-ar-EE-us) a gladiator equipped with a net to cast over his opponet.


retriary adj., (re-SHEE-air-ee) 1. using a net or any web like device.
2. netlike. 3. making a net or web as a spider.


musquash, n., (mus-KWOSH), the fur of a muskrat


rason., n., (ra-SON), a long loose black gown with loose sleeves
that is worn by the clergy.


shadoof, n., (SHA-doof), a device used in Eygpt and other Eastern countries
for raising water, esp. for irrigation, consisting of a long
suspended rod with a bucket on one end and a weight on the other.


regius, adj., (REE-gee-us), of or pertaining to a king.
2. (of a professor in an British university), holding a chair founded by
or dependent upon a king.


noosphere, n., (NOO-ah-sph-ear), ecol. the biosphere including and modified
by such human activities as agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry,
industrialization, and urbanization. also called the Anthroposphere .


propine, v., (pro-PEEN), (pro-PINE), -pined, -pining, 1. to offer as a present; gift
2. to give to drink, to drink one's health.


drouk, v.t., (DROO-k) scot. , To wet thouroughly; drench


canoodle, v. t., v. i., (ka-NOOD-al), -led, -lding, caress, fondle, or pet amorously.

Dr. Jones has no business canoodling the lab rats.

luminaphore, n. physics , (LOO-min-a-for), a molecule or a group
of molecules that emit light when illuminated.


mistryst, v.t., (mis-TRIST), to fail to meet or keep an appointment with someone.
2. to be confused or perplexed by (something).


titivate, v., (tit-ev-ATE), to make smart or spruce, to make oneself smart or spruce.
-ivated, -ivating,

2. titilate by erroneous association


petulant, adj, (pet-YOO-lent), moved to or showing sudden impatient
irritation, esp, over some trifling annoyance.


surcease, (ser-CEES), v., -ceased, -ceasing, to cease from some action,
desist. 2. come to an end.


Vulcan, (VUL-ken), n. the ancient Roman god of fire and metalworking,
identified with the Greek Hepaestus


kenosis, (kin-OH-sis), n. theol. , the doctrine that Christ relinquished
His devine attributes so as to experience human suffering.


duenna, (DOO-enna, dYOO), n. a governess, chaperone.



cloche, (KL-oh-sh), n., 1. a womens bell shaped hat.
2. a bell shaped glass to cover a plant with to aid growth
3. a bell shaped glass used to cover food to keep it warm


isocracy, (eye-SOK-rah-cee), a government in which all individuals have equal political power. iscorocies, (pl.)
Isocrat, n.
isocratic, adj.

perfidy, (PER-fid-ee), n., -ies, a deliberate breach of faith or trust. Treachery.


ecce signum, latin. (ek-AY SIG-num) (ek-E Sig-num, eng.), behold the sign, behold the proof.


ecesis, (i-CEE-sis), ecol. , the establishment of a new plant into a new environment.


zhlob, (ZH-lob), (ZH-lub), yiddish adj. a stupid or clumsy person,
also zhlub or schlub.


hidropoiesis, (hid-ROH-poy-e-sis), (hy-ROH-poy-e-is), n. the production of sweat.


rathe, (RAY-th) adj. Growing, blooming or ripening early in the season.
adv. -rathly
n. -rathness

There is rathness in the grapes of wrath this year.

pituitous, (pi-TOO-it-us), (pit-TYOO-it-us), archaic adj. mucous; full of phlegm.
n. -pituitousness


acaudal, (a-caw-DAL), zool. adj. having no tail.
also acaudate.