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Abstemious
eating and drinking in moderation
Brahma
The God of creation in Hindhuism, also the first god of the triad
Deprecatory
Disapproving or critical; expressing critical remarks
Enervate
To weaken or distroy the vitality of someone or something
Glower
Look at someone with sullen anger
Holocaust
The mass murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis
Jukes and Kalikaks
Famous criminal families
Loquacious
Tending to talk a great deal
Nonpareil
Somebody or something without an equal
Pisces
A zodiac constellation of the northern hemisphere, the Fish
Quotidian
Of the most ordinary kind; occurring daily
Scatology
Vulgarlanguage related tone excretory functions as made famous in Gulliver's travels
The seven virtues and vices
Humility, meekness, charity, chastity, moderation, zeal, generosity
Pruide, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, sloth, avarice
Tarantula
A large hairy spider that feeds on invertebrates and amphibians
Usurp
Seize something without the right to do so
Verdi
Itialin composer of operas includiang Traviata and Aida
Wrought
Made in a skillful or decorative way
Xenolith
A fragmant of rock that is different in origin from ingenous rocks in which it occurs
Yarmulke
A small round cap worn by Jewish males
Zydeco
A style of dance music originating in Louisiana
Acumen
The ability to make quick accurate judgments about situations or people
Basque
People of unknown origin living in Northwestern Spain
Dendrochronology
The study of the annual growth of tree rings as a way of dating wooden remains
flagellate
To whip someone for sexual or religous purposes
Heimlich Manuever
Emergency method for treating choking that uses an upward thrust below the chest to expel food from the wind pipe
Impuissance
Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness
Jejune
Boring or uninteresting; lacking maturity or sophistication
Hat trick
Three goals scored by the same player in a hockey game
Malapropism
Misuse of words through confustion with a similar sounding word
Narwhal
Small arctic whale about 20 feet long with a spotted body, short flippers, and a long ivory tusk
Opthamology
Branch of medicine that is concerned with the treatment of the eyes
Parabola
Curve formed the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to its side
Rank and File
Majority of a group, especially all of the members with no power
Sacagawea
Indian guide who went on Louis and Clark Expedition
Snowbirds
Elderly person who spends the winter in a warm climate
Taj Mahal
White marble masoleum in northern India, completed in memory of Mumtaz Mughal, the wife of emperor Shah Jahon
Utopia
Ideal and perfect place where everyone lives in harmony
Variance
Difference between expectations and results
Vortex
A whirling mass of somethings that draws everything towards its center
Yin and Yang
Yin is passive, dark, feminine, and associated with night
Yang is active, light, masculine and corresponds to day
Antebellum
Before the Civil War
Bowdlerize
Remove parts of a literary work deemed indecent
Virginia Dare
First child of English parents to be born in America, but disappeared at the lost colony of Roanoke
Fractious
Irritable and likely to complain or misbehave
Impalpable
Not capable of being perceived by the senses
Jenny Lind
Famous Sweedish opera singer, alto, who was P.T Barnum's star attraction
Lilliputian
A person or thing that unusually small in height
Metamorphosis
A complete or marked transformation in physical form, substance, or structure
Oxidize
To combine or react with oxygen
Parkinson's Law
The observation that work always expands to fill the time allotted for it
Paradigmatic
Typical example of something
Quagmired
Caught in an awkward, complicated, or dangerous position with little hope of escape
Reciproicity
Mutual relationship between people involving the exchange of goods, sevices, favors especially between nations
Reveille
The sound of a bugle to awaken and summon military personel
Scrimshaw
A carved or engraved object in whale bones made originally by North American whalers
Thermodynamics
Branch of physics that deals with the conversion of energy and heat
Verdure
The green color associated with lush vegetation
Wheedle
To coax or persuade by flattery, guile, etc
Yonapatawhpha
Fictional county in Mississippi created by William Faulkner
Zodiac
Narrow band in the sky where the movements of major planets, sun, and moon take place