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Posted 02 Mar 09 by Tatyana in Vocab
     
  1. Pismire – ant
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  3. Emmet – ant
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  5. Cozen – "to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd tricker”
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  7. Amole – "a plant part (as a root) possessing detergent properties and serving as a substitute for soap”
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  9. Hautboy – oboa
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  11. Delft – "tin-glazed Dutch earthenware with blue and white or polychrome decoration” (or something that looks like it)
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  13. Viand – "an item of food ; especially: a choice or tasty dish”
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  15. Roil – "to stir up”
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  17. Chukker – "a playing period of a polo game”
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  19. Quiver – "a case for carrying or holding arrows”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s online



Posted 22 Feb 09 by Tatyana in Vocab
     
  1. Celerity – "rapidity of motion or action”
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  3. Macabre – "having death as a subject , comprising or including a personalized representation of death”, "dwelling on the gruesome”
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  5. Yen – craving
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  7. Dipsomania – "an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors”
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  9. Trocar – "a sharp-pointed surgical instrument fitted with a cannula and used especially to insert the cannula into a body cavity as a drainage outlet”
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  11. Cannula – "a small tube for insertion into a body cavity or into a duct or vessel”
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  13. Greenhorn – "an inexperienced or naive person”, "a newcomer (as to a country) unacquainted with local manners and customs”
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  15. Beelzebub – devil, "a fallen angel in Milton’s Paradise Lost ranking next to Satan”
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  17. Ted – "to spread or turn from the swath and scatter (as new-mown grass) for drying”
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  19. Skinflint – "a person who would save, gain, or extort money by any means”, miser
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  21. Aspersion – "a sprinkling with water especially in religious ceremonies”, " a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone’s reputation”
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  23. Tala – "one of the ancient traditional rhythmic patterns of South Asian music”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster online



Posted 05 Feb 09 by Tatyana in Vocab

I have a nagging sense that I may have already published some of these. But since I didn’t remember the definitions when I looked them up, I decided that repetition can be good.

     
  1. Bindlestiff – "hobo, one who carries his clothes or bedding in a bundle”
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  3. Timbre – "the quality given to a sound by its overtones”
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  5. Loll – "to hang loosely or laxly, droop”, "to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner, lounge”
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  7. Umiak – "an open Eskimo boat made of a wooden frame covered with hide”
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  9. Scow – "a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (as ore, sand, or refuse)”
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  11. Earwig – "any of numerous insects (order Dermaptera) having slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of cerci resembling forceps at the end of the body” (Just the name makes me cringe!)
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  13. Krait – "any of a genus (Bungarus) of brightly banded extremely venomous nocturnal elapid snakes of Pakistan, India, southeastern Asia, and adjacent islands”
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  15. Moppet – child
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  17. Nudnik -  "a person who is a bore or nuisance”
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  19. Sapid – flavorful
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  21. Swami – "a Hindu ascetic or religious teache”
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  23. Nave – "the main part of the interior of a church”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster online.



Posted 29 Jan 09 by Tatyana in Vocab

For those who haven’t seen these before, this is the result of me solving crossword puzzles online. Every time, there is at least one word I don’t know or have forgotten (and usually many more). I decided to keep track of the more amusing/interesting ones. And pardon the formatting – something didn’t go quite as planned.

  1. Pastiche – "a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work.”
  2. Mohel – "a person who performs ritual Jewish circumcisions.”
  3. Presbyopic – "a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision.”
  4. Willemite – "a mineral of varying color consisting of a silicate of zinc and occurring especially in massive or granular forms.”
  5. Dank – "unpleasantly moist or wet.”
  6. Pieta – "a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Christ”
  7. Ditty – "an especially simple and unaffected song”
  8. Pooh-bah – "a person holding many public or private offices”, "a person in high position or of great influence”
  9. Keen – "to lament, mourn, or complain loudly” (so much for the other meaning of the word!)
  10. Scag – slang for "heroin”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s online.



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