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Fun vocab

Posted 28 Mar 09 by Tatyana
     
  1. Cryosurgery – "surgery in which usually diseased or abnormal tissue (as of a tumor or wart) is destroyed or removed by freezing (as by liquid nitrogen)”
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  3. Jabberwocky – "meaningless speech or writing” (invented by Lewis Carroll!)
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  5. Schuss – "to ski directly down a slope at high speed”
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  7. Pontificate – "to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way”
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  9. Cloister – "a monastic establishment”
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  11. Shirr – "to bake (eggs removed from the shell) until set”
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  13. Auger – "any of various tools or devices having a helical shaft or member that are used for boring holes (as in wood, soil, or ice) or moving loose material (as snow)”
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  15. Persnickety – "fussy about small details”, "having the characteristics of a snob”
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  17. Clink – jail or a prison cell (slang)
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  19. Corpulent – "having a large bulky body”, obese
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  21. Pauchy – "having a potbelly”
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  23. Creedal – same as "creed”
     

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s online. Please note that some of these words have more than one meaning – I just pick the more fun/interesting one.


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