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arriviste
Somebody who has recently become seriosly influential
bon mot
A witty comment
Pablo Cassals
Spanish cellist considered the greatest of all time
epithet
Am insulting word or phrase
fugacious
Fleating or passing away quickly
Johann Gutenberg
Inventor of the printing press
Lipizzaner/Lipizzan
A compact white or grey horse belonging to a breed used in equestran displays
newspeak
langauge that is ambiguous and designed to hide the truth
Patroclus
Friend of Achillies who was killed by Hector during the Trojan War
pertinacious
Resolute in purpose, belief, or action
plaudit
Expression of praise or approval
quiver
Shake rapidly with small movements
savant
A wise or scholarly purpose
Sally Ride
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Sinn Fein
Nationalist Irish Republican Party founded in 1905
sukiyaki
Japanese dish consisting of meat, vegetables, noodles cooked in soy sauce
thole pin
Small upright wooden peg in the gunwale of a boat
ubiquitous
Present everywhere at once or seeming to be
wassail
Toast made during festivities
unguiculate
Having or resembling nails or claws
Appaloosa
Saddle horse with white hair, dark patches, and white rimmed eyes
bathysiderodromophobia
Fear of subways or metros
Chunnel
Tunnel beneath the English Channel connection France and England by rail
Emigration Road
Nickname of the Oregon Trail
Four Horsemen
According to the Book of Revelations, the 4 plagues that will destroy the world
impala
a large reddish brown antelope
lethargy
A state of physical slowness and mental dullness resulting from fatigue
masticate
to chew food by grinding teeth
Mata Hari
Dutch spy who was a professional dancer in a Paris nightclub, spying for the Germans during WWI
nomenclature
A system of names assigned to items in a particular science
orthography
The study of established correct spelling
poinsettia
a bush with bright red bracts resembling pedals, popular house plant
potter's field
Public burial ground for the poor. Comes from the first public burial ground near Jerusalem bought with Judas' bounty
ream
Quantity of paper, now usually 500 sheets
recapitulate
Repeat stages from the evolution of a species
reciprocal
Given or done in return for something else
reparation
Compensation for a wrong or to make amends
soliloquy
The act of speaking alone, especially to convey a character's thoughts
veronica
Cape of a matador
Xanthus
Achilles immortal horse
Albion
Acnient name for England
Blondin
Famous French acrobat and tight rope walker; first man to cross Niagra falls on a tight rope
calabash
Large ball shaped fruit of a tropical American tree
Day of infamy
Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941
Fatehr Damien
Belgian Catholic missionary who ministered the lepor colony of Molokai
gazebo
Small, open sided, and slightly elevated building situated in a spot that commands a pleasent view
ixnay
nix or to cancel something
Kwanzaa
A cultural amd harvest festival celebrated by African Americans
luminaries
An object, especially an atmospherical one, that emits light
mistral
Powerful cold dry wind that blows in southern France
parchment
Yellowish paper made from dried sheepskin/goatskin
red herring
Something introduced into a crime or mystery in order to divert attention
St. Vitus' dance
Neurological disease where the affected have involuntary movements in their arms and legs; collera
Shangri-la
Imaginery and remote fever. Comes from an Imaginery land in Lost Horizon
tears of Eos
Eos was the god of the dawn and when here son was killed by Achillies, she wept and her tears are the dew on the morning grass
Uranus
Seventh smallest planet in the solar system, and seventh from the sun
veldt
Open grass land in southern Africa
wattle
Staker or poles interwoven with branches to make walls, roofs, etc
Andrew Wyeth
American painter whose realistic canvases depict stark rural scenes
zygodactyls
Describes the feet of birds in which two toes face foward and two face backwards