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a fortiori
for a still stronger reason; all the more
abracadabra
a magical charm or incantation having the power to ward off disease or disaster
aerate
to suply or charge with a gas, especially CO2
Alamogordo
a city of south central New-Mexico northeast of Las Crucs; site of first atomic bombing
alto clef
the C clef positiond to indicat that the third line from the bottom of a stff represents the pitch of middle C
anagram
a word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase
anamnesis
a recalling to memory; recollection
ancylosotmiasis
a disease caused by hookworm infestation
anemochory
dispersal of seeds, fruits, or other plant parts
anion
a negatively charged ion
aperture
an opening, such as a hole, gap, or slit
appoggiatura
an embellishing note, ususally one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a mall note or special sign
atomism
the ancient theory of Democritus, Epicurus, and Lucretius, according to which simple, minute, indiviible, and indestructibele particles are the basic components of the entire universe
bagasse
the dry, fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juie from the crushed stalks of sugar cane, used as a source of cellulose for some paper products
balmacaan
a loose, full overcoat with ragla sleeves, originally made of rought woolen cloth
banausic
merely mechanical; routine
beau ideal
the concept of perfect beauty
bedlamite
a mentally ill person
bel esprit
a cultivated, highly intelligent person
bijouterie
a collection of trinkets or jewelry
biparous
producing two offspring in a single birth
bonhomie
a pleasant and affable disposition; geniality
calyx
the sepals of a flower considered as a group; a uplike structure or organ, such as one of the cuplike divisions of the pelvis or of the kidney
carom
a collision followed by a rebound; a s hot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls
cassoulet
a casserole of white beans, various meats, vegetables, and herbs, slowly simmered or baked in a slow oven
castanet
a rhythm instrument consisting of a pair of slightly concave shells of iviry or hardwood held in the palm of the hand by a connecting cord over the thumb and clapped tgether with the fingers
causerie
an informal discussion or chat, especially of an intellectual nature
cambalo
a harpsichord
cenacle
a clique or circle especially of writers; a small dining room usually on an upper floor
cephalic
of or relating to the head
chanterelle
an edible mushroom that is yellow to orange in color, trumpet-shped, and sometimes fragrant
chloasma
a patchy brown or dark brown skin discoloration that usually occurs on a woman's face and may result from hormonal changes, as in pregnancy
chrestomathy
a selection of literary passages, usually by one author
compleat
of or characterized by a highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency
concrescence
the growing together of relate parts, tissues, or cells
connubial
relating to marriage or the married state; conjugal
crenate
having a margin with low, rounded or scallope projctions
cruet
a small glass bottle for holding a condiment such as vinegar or oil, at the table; a small vessel for holy water or for wather or wine used in the consecration ofthe Eucharist
cuesta
a ridge with a gentl slope on one side an a cliff on the other
cystectomy
surgical removal of a cyst
daedal
ingenious and complex in design or function; intricate
daguerreotype
an early photographic process withthe image made on a light-sensitive silver-coated metallic plate
Darfur
a region and former sultanate of western Sudan. occupied since prehistoic times, the area fell to the Egyptians in 1874 and later to the British, who incorporated it into their holdings in the Sudan
decalcomania
the process of transferring pictures or designs printed on specially prepared paper to materials such as glass or metal
decumbent
lying down; reclining
defenestrate
to throw out of a window
denizen
an inhbitant; a resident; one that frequnts a particular place
denticulate
finely toothed or notched; minutely dentate
dentifrice
a substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth
desipramine
a tricylic antidepressant used in teh treatment of psychological depression
deuteranopia
a form of colorblindness characterized by insensitivity to green
diaphanous
of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent
dilettante
a dabbler in art or a field of knowledge
dissolute
lacking moral restraint; induging in ssensual pleasures or vices
drmatis personae
the characters in a play or story
drogue
a drag, usually a canas-covered conical frame, floating behind a vessel to prevent drifting or to maintain a heading into the wind
dubiety
the feeling of doubt that often results in wavering
dulcimer
an instrument with wire strings of graduated lenghts stretched over a sound box, played by striking with two padded hammers of by plucking
dybbuk
in Jewish folklore, the wandering sould of a dead person that enters teh body of a living person and controls his or her behavior
ecchymosis
the passage of blood form ruptured blood vessels into subcutaneous tissue, marked by a purple discoloration of the skin
echolocation
a sensory system in certain animals, such as bats and dolphins in which usually high-pitched sounds are emitted and their echoes interpreted to determine the direction and distance of objects
efferent
directed away form a central organ or section; carrying impulses from the central nervous system to an effector
effete
depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted
efficacious
producing or capable of producing a desired effect
emolument
payment for an office or employment; compensation
empennage
the tail of an airlane
equinoctial
relating to an equinox; relating to the celestial equator
equitation
the art and practice of riding a horse
escarpment
a steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates too relatively level aras of differing elevations
esatminet
a small cafe
exodontics
the dental speciality that deals with extraction of teeth
exsanginate
to drain of blood
exscind
to cut out; excise
exsiccate
to dry up or cause to dry up
extirpate
to pull up by the roots; to destroy totaly ; exterminate
facetiae
witty or humorous writings and syaings
falcate
curved and tapering to a point; sickle-shaped
farandole
a spirited circle dance of Provencal derivatio
farinaceous
made from, rich in, or consisting of starch
fecundity
the quality or power of producing abundantly; fertility
felicitous
admirably suited; apt
fieri facias
a writ of execution authorizing a sheriff to lay a claim toand sieze the goods and chatels of a debtor to fufill a judgement against the debtor
fissipalmate
having loved or partially webbed separated toes, asin the feet of certain birds
fluvial
of, relating to, or inhabiting a river or stream
foudroyant
dazzling or stunning ineffect; occurring suddenly and severely
fulguration
to emit flashesof lightning
galimaufry
a jumble; a hodgepodge
gambado
a low leap of a horse in which all four feet are off the ground
gimmal
a ring made of two or more interlocked rings
globose
sphercal; globular