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Fen
Main Entry: 1fen
Pronunciation: 'fen
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fenn; akin to Old High German fenna fen, Sanskrit panka mud
: low land that is covered wholly or partly with water unless artificially drained and that usually has peaty alkaline soil and characteristic flora (as of sedges and reeds)
Kaffeeklatsch
Main Entry: kaf·fee·klatsch
Pronunciation: 'ko-fE-"klach, 'kä-fE-, -"kläch, -"kl&ch
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Kaffee coffee + Klatsch gossip
: an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation
March
Main Entry: 1march
Pronunciation: 'märch
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English marche, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marha boundary -- more at MARK
: a border region : FRONTIER; especially : a district originally set up to defend a boundary -- usually used in plural <the Welsh marches>
Antediluvian
Main Entry: an·te·di·lu·vi·an
Pronunciation: "an-ti-d&-'lü-vE-&n, -(")dI-
Function: adjective
Etymology: ante- + Latin diluvium flood -- more at DELUGE
1 : of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible
2 a : made, evolved, or developed a long time ago <an antediluvian automobile> b : extremely primitive or outmoded <an antediluvian prejudice>
- antediluvian noun
Anathema
Main Entry: anath·e·ma
Pronunciation: &-'na-th&-m&
Function: noun
Etymology: Late Latin anathemat-, anathema, from Greek, thing devoted to evil, curse, from anatithenai to set up, dedicate, from ana- + tithenai to place, set -- more at DO
1 a : one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b : someone or something intensely disliked or loathed -- usually used as a predicate nominative <this notion was anathema to most of his countrymen -- S. J. Gould>
2 a : a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication b : the denunciation of something as accursed c : a vigorous denunciation : CURSE
Wassail
Main Entry: 1was·sail
Pronunciation: 'wä-s&l also wä-'sAl
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English wæs hæil, washayl, from Old Norse ves heill be well, from ves (imperativesingular of vera to be) + heill healthy -- more at WAS, WHOLE
1 : an early English toast to someone's health
2 : a hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime
3 : riotous drinking : REVELRY
Bothy
Main Entry: bo·thy
Pronunciation: 'bä-thE, 'bO-
Function: noun
Etymology: Scots, probably from obsolete Scots both booth
chiefly Scottish : HUT
Weather eye
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Weather-eye
Main Entry: weather eye
Function: noun
1 : an eye quick to observe coming changes in the weather
2 : constant and shrewd watchfulness and alertness
Warsle
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Warstle
Main Entry: war·sle
Variant(s): or wars·tle /'wä(r)-s&l/
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English werstelen, warstelen, alteration of wrestlen, wrastlen
Scottish : WRESTLE, STRUGGLE
- warsle noun, Scottish
Wergild
Main Entry: wer·gild
Pronunciation: 'w&r-"gild
Variant(s): or wer·geld /-"geld/
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute -- more at GELD
: the value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon human life in accordance with rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a slain person