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radiology
Branch of medicine that uses X rays to diagnose diseases
red herring
Something introduced into in order to divert attention away from the real issue
risible
Causing laughter
rueful
Feeling, showing, or causing regret
Sanch Panza
Don Quixote's realistic peasent squire
sarcophagus
Ancient stone or marble coffin used by the Ancient Egyptians
shroud
Something that conceals someone or something; cloth for burial
solicitous
Expressing an attitude of concern or consideration
succor
Relief for somebody in a difficult situation
surrealism
Early 20th century art movement using fantastic images and juxtaposing ideas that often contradict each other. Its greatest master was Salvador Dali
symbiosis
a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship
Tantalus
Greek king who was punished by not being able to eat or drink
tibia
Inner and larger of the two bones in the lower leg
travail
Work that involves hard physical effort over a long period of time
trenchant
Direct, incisive, and deliberately hurtful
udometer
Gauge for measuring rain fall
Underground Railroad
Secret abolitionist organization that helped southern slaves escape to the north and to Canada
unmitigated
Not lessened or eased in any way
uxorious
A man who is excessively devoted to his wife
Valhall
Great Hall in Norse Mythology, where the great warriors go after their death
vagary
Capricious or extravagent in thought or action
valetudinarian
Person excessively concerned with poor health
vampirism
Belief in or behavior of a vampire, blood sucking
vanguard
Foremost units of an advancing army; leaders of a social movement
Veda
One of the Hindhu holy scriptures
venue
Scene of a crime; jurisdiction of a court
veronica
Classic move in bull fighting
vermiculate
To ornament with worm eaten makings
Amerigo Vespucci
Italian explorer of the South American coast, the Americas are named for him
vertiginous
Turning around, whirling, unstable
virigule
Diagonal mark used to separate alternatives
viridity
The quality or condition of being green
vituperate
To rebuke or citicize harshly or abusively
Volant
Flying or capable of flying
Vulcan
The of fire in Roman mythology
wampum
Small beads strung together to form Native American belts
Watergate
A hotel in D.C that was the Democratic headquarters in 1972, that was broken into for political purposes by the Nixon administration
Waterloo
Battle in Belgium where Napoleon was decisively defeated by the Fourth Coalition
Welsh corgi
Welsh dog
wet-land
Lowland area, marsh, saturated with moisture
whelp
To give birth to puppies; or a youth or a child
Whig/Tory
Political parties in England. The former being liberal and supporters of the American revolution. The latter being conservative and opponents of the revolution
whimsical
Full of sudden turns
white noise
A mixture of sound waves over a wide frequency range and spectrum
The Wilderness
A series of battles in northern Viriginia where Lee and Grant fought
Oscar Wilde
Irish author who wrote the Importance of Being Earnest
windward
Toward the wind; side from which the wind blows
wizened
dried up, shriveled up
Andrew Wyeth
American painter of rural scenes
xenogamy
Cross pollination
Xerxes
Persian emperor who invaded Greece and destroyed Athens before being defeated by the Greeks at Thermopolye
xlyotamy
Examination of wood under a microscope
yuan
Unit of currency in China
Yucatan
A peninsula in southern Mexico and northern Latin America
zareba
Campsite prtected by an enclosure of brush
zoography
Biological description of animals and their habitats
zootechny
Domestication of animals
zoolatry
Worship of animals
zygodactyls
Birds who have two toes pointing foward and backwards, i.e the parrot
zwieback
Twice baked bread given to infants to teath on