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brogans
A heavy, ankle-high work shoe.
burlesque
A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style.
catamount
short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur
curvetting
A light leap by a horse, in which both hind legs leave the ground just before the forelegs are set down
discommode
To put to inconvenience; trouble
fetlock
A projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof
forehanded
Looking or planning ahead; circumspect
gout
A disturbance of uric-acid metabolism occurring chiefly in males, characterized by painful inflammation of the joints, especially of the feet and hands, and arthritic attacks resulting from elevated levels of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urate crystals around the joints. The condition can become chronic and result in deformity.
implacable
Impossible to placate or appease
interstices
A space, especially a small or narrow one, between things or parts
keen
A loud, wailing lament for the dead
maul
To injure by or as if by beating
nimbus
A cloudy radiance said to surround a classical deity when on earth; halo
opaline
A mineral of hydrated silica; having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors
peremptory
Putting an end to all debate or action
portentous
Full of unspecifiable significance; foreboding
portiere
A heavy curtain hung across a doorway
proscenium
The area of a modern theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra
reeve
To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block
runnel
A rivulet; a brook
sanctity
Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness
sawbuck
A sawhorse, especially one having a crossed pair of legs at each end
shoat
A young pig just after weaning
soporific
Inducing or tending to induce sleep
stanchion
An upright pole, post, or support
stertorous
A heavy snoring sound in respiration
turgid
Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent
vindication
To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof