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December 5, 2012

Advanced Vocabulary Training 3

shagreen: skin of sharks or rays used as an abrasive; also, a coarse, granular leather

macumba: a Brazilian cult that combined Christianity with occult practices

argolic: pertaining to Argolis, a southeastern district of ancient Greece

bolection: a raised molding surrounding a door, panel, window, etc

furbelow: a ruffle or showy bit of trimming, as on a woman’s dress

catoptric: the study of optics as created by or related to mirrors

conchologize: to take part in the collection and study of shells

polyantheon: undefined, but presumably “many-flowered”

garzoon: corruption of an oath, probably “God’s wounds”

cachinnation: a loud, improper, or uncontrolled laugh

impecunious: having (or yielding) little or no money

trivant: archaic version of “truant”

quillet: a subtlety or quibble

-- Coldewey's Curiosities

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