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Kabbalah
the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible, first transmitted orally and using esoteric methods (including ciphers). Reached the height of its influence in the later Middle Ages and remains significant in Hasidism
kabuki
trad. Japanese drama with highly stylized song, mime, and dance, now performed only by male actors, using exaggerated gestures and body movements to express emotions, and including historical plays, domestic dramas, and dance pieces.
kaffeeklatsch
an informal social gathering at which coffee is served

2 talking or gossip at such gatherings
Kaffir
[S. African] an insulting and contemptuous term for a black African.
kaffiyeh
a Bedouin Arab's kerchief worn as a headdress.
kaffir
a person who is not a Muslim (formerly used by Muslims).
Kafkaesque
characterstic or reminiscent of the oppressive or nightmarish qualities of the fictional world of Franz Kafka
kahuna
(in hawaii) a wise man or shaman.

2 an important person; the person in charge

3 in surfing: a very large wave
kaiser
the German emperor, the emperor of Austria, or the head of the Holy Roman Empire
kanaka
a native of Hawaii

2 formerly, a Pacific Islander employed as an indentured laborer in Australia, esp. in the sugar and cotton plantations of Queensland
kangaroo court
an unofficial court held by a group of people in order to try someone regarded, esp. w/o good evidence, as guilty of a crime or misdemeanor.

2 an unfair or irregular court
karat
a measure of the purity of gold, pure gold being 24 karats.
karst
landscape underlain by limestone that has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, and other characteristic landforms.
katabatic
(of a wind) caused by local downward motion of cool air. The opposite (upward, warm) movement is called anabatic.
keelhaul
punish someone by dragging him or her through the water under the keel of a ship, either across the width or from bow to stern.

2 punish or reprimand severely.
keratin
fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hoofs, claws, horns, etc.
kermes
a red dye used, esp. formerly, for coloring fabrics and manuscripts

2 the dried bodes of a female scale insect, which are crushed to yield this die
kermis
a summer fail held in towns and villages in the Netherlands

2 a fair or carnival, esp. one held to raise money for a charity.
kern
adjust spacing between letters in a piece of text

2 light-armed Irish foot solider

3 a peasant, a rustic
ketch
a two-masted, fore-and-aft rigged sailboat with a mizzenmast stepped forward of the rudder and smaller than the foremast.
key
a low-lying island or reef, esp. in the Caribbean
Keynesian
of or pertaining to the English economist John Maynard Keyes (1883-1946) or his economic theories, esp. regarding state control of the economy through money and taxes.
keystone
a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together

2 central principles or part of a policy, system, etc. on which all else depends
khan
a title given to rulers and officials in central Asia, Afghanistan, and certain other Muslim countries.
kibbutz
a communal sttlement in Israel, typically a farm
kibitz
look on and offer unwelcome advice, esp. at a card game

2 speak informally, chat
kinesics
the study of the way in which certain body movements and gestures serve as a form of nonverbal communications

2 certain body movements and gestures regarded in such a way
kinesiology
the study of the mechanics of body movements
kinesthesia
awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints.
kinetic
of, relating to, or resulting from motion.

2 (of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.
kismet
destiny; fate
kitchen cabinet
a group of unofficial advisers to the holder of an elected office (esp. the president) who are considered to be unduly influential.
kite
write or use (a check, bill, or receipt) fraudulently
kith
one's friends, acquaintances, and relations
kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
klatch
social gathering, esp. for food and conversation
knell
sound of a bell, esp. when rung solemnly for a death or funeral

2 used with reference to an announcement, event, or sound that is regarded as a solemn warning of the end of something: "death knell"

3 prolcaim something by or as if by a knell
knickerbocker
loose-fitting trousers gathered at the knee or calf

2 a New Yorker

3 a descendant of the original Dutch settles in New York
knurl
a small projecting knob or ridge, esp. in a series around the edge of something
kremlin
a citadel within a Russian town.
kulak
a peasant in Russia wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. Emerging after the emancipation of serfs in the 19th C., the kulaks resisted Stalin's forced collectivization, and millions were arrested, exiled, or killed.
kvetch
a person who complains a great deal

2 a complaint; complain
Kwanzaa
a secular festival observed by many african Americans from Dec 26th to Jan 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.
kwashiorkor
a form of malnutrition caused by protein deficiency in the diet, typically affecting young children in the tropics.