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a fortiori
for a still stronger reason, all the more
abracadabra
magical charm or incantation
aerate
to supply or charge with a gas, esp co2
Alamogordo
city in NM; first atomic bomb exploded
alto clef
the C clef
anagram
word or phrase formed by reordering letters of another word or phrase
anamnesis
recalling to memory
complete case history of a patient
ancylostomiasis
disease caused by hookworm infestation
anemochory
dispersal of seeds, fruits, and other plant parts by wind
anion
a negatively charged ion
aperture
an opeing, hole, gap, or slit
appoggiatura
an embellishing note
atomism
the ancient thoery of democritus, epicurus, and lucretisus (simple, minute, indivisible, and indestructible particles are basic components of entire universe...)
bagasse
the dry fibrous residue after extraction of juice from sugar cane
balmacaan
loose full overcoat w/raglan sleeves made of wollen cloth
banausic
merely mechanical
beau ideal
the concept of perfect beauty
bedlamite
a mentaly 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
carom
a collision followed by a rebound; a shot in billards
cassoulet
casserole of white beans, various meats, and herbes
castanet
a rhythm instrument consisting of a pair of slightly concave shells of ivory or hardwood
causerie
an informal discussion or chat, esp of an intellectual nature
cembalo
a harpsichord
cenacle
a clique or circle esp of writers
cephalic
of or relating to the head
chanterelle
an edible mushroom
chloasma
patchy browndiscooration that usually occurs on a womans face and may result fom hormonal changes in pregnancy
chrestomathy
a section of literary passages usually by one author
compleat
a highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency; an outstanding individual, quintessential
concrescence
the growing together of related parts, tissues or cells
connubial
relating to marriage, conjungal
crenate
having a marjin with low, rounded or scalloped projectoins
cruet
a small glass bottle for holding a condiment; holding the Eucharist
cuesta
a ridge with a gentle slope on one side and a cliff on the other
cystectomy
surgical removal of a cyst
daedal
ingenious and complex in desinn or function, intricate, artistic
daguerrotype
an early photographic process with the iage made on a light sensitive silver coated metallic plate
Darfur
region and former sultanate of western Sudan
decalcomania
the process of transferring pictures or designs onto glass or metal; a decal
decumbent
lying down, reclining; growing on the ground but w/erect or risiing tips
defenestrate
to throw out of a window
denizen
an inhabitant, a resident
denticulate
finely toothed or notched; minutely dentate
dentifrice
a substance for cleaning the teeth
sesipramine
an antidepressant
deuteranopia
form of colorblindness characterized by an insensitivity to green
diaphanous
of such a fine texture as to be transparent or translucent
dilettante
a dabbler in an art or field of knowledge
dissolute
lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures
dramatis personae
characters in a play or story
drogue
a drag, usually a canvas-covered conical frame, floating behind a vessel to prevent drifiting or to maintain a heading into the wind
dubiety
a feeling of doubt that often results in wavering
dulcimer
an instrument with wire stirngs of graduated lenghts stretched over a sound box, played by striking with two padded hammer or by plucking
dybbuk
in Jewish fokelore, the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of al living person and controls his behavior
ecchymosis
the passageof blood from ruptured blood vessels into subcutaneous tissue
echolocation
a sensory system in cerain animals (i.e. bats and dolphins) in which usually high-pitched souds re emitted and their echoes interpreted to determine the direction and distance of objcets ELECTRONICS: process for determining locatoin of objects by emitting osund waves
effrent
directed away from a central organ or section
effete
depleted of vitality, force or effectiveness; exhausted; inferitle; self-indulgent, triiality, or decadence; overrefined, effeminate
efficacious
capable of producing a desired effect
emolument
payent for an office or emplyment; compensation
empennage
the tail of an airplane
equinoctial
relating to an equinox
equitation
art and practice of riding a horse
escarpment
a steel slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations
estaminet
a small cafe
exodontics
the dental speciality that deals with extraction of teeth
exsanguinate
to drain of blood
exscind
to cut out; excise
exsiccate
to dry up
extirpate
to pull up by the roots; destroy totally, exterminate; remove by surgery
facetiae
witty or humorous writings and sayings
falcate
curved and tampering to a point; sickle-shaped
farandole
a spirited circle dance of Provencal derivation
farinaceous
made from, rich in, or consisting of starch; a mealy or powdery texture
fecundity
feritle; capable of producing offspring esp in abundance; productivity or creative power