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December 11, 2012

Advanced Vocabulary Training 4


dehiscence: the release of juices or fluids by the rupture of a tissue, in botany or biology

mouldwarp: archaic term for a mole, from the German mouldeworpon, “earth-thrower”

climacteric: in fruit, the ripening period; in humans, a period of declining sexual activity

deodand: an animal or object that has caused a death and is forfeit to crown purposes

spavined: decrepit or broken down, or in a horse, afflicted by a certain joint disease

linstock: a pole to which a match was attached, with which a cannon would be lit

birdlime: a sticky plant-based material smeared on branches to catch small birds

antimacassar: a cloth placed on the arms and backs of furniture to prevent wear

trituration: a finely powdered medicine, sometimes mixed with sugar of milk

eleusinian: related to the mythological “mysteries” celebrated in Eleusis

peculate: to steal or embezzle, especially public or entrusted property

ptisan: a drink with medicinal qualities originally made from barley

immiscible: incapable of being mixed together, e.g. oil and water

argot: a group’s jargon or slang - originally that of criminals

sistrum: an ancient Egyptian instrument like a metal rattle

bantling: a young child (from the German for “bastard”)

quean: a prostitute, or poorly-behaved girl or woman

invigilate: to watch over ones who are taking a test

rubicund: having a red or ruddy complexion

cicatrize: to heal by the formation of a scar

sedulous: diligent; persistent; assiduous

quondam: former or erstwhile

-- Coldewey's Curiosities

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 11, 2012 10:18 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Not to be a dick about it, but an antimacassar was not to prevent wear - it was to keep the back of a chair from being stained by men's hair oil, which was shipped from the port of Makassar.

Posted by: tom at December 11, 2012 6:34 PM

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