Intermediate Word of the Day





6/18/2006:
erythropoeitic -
 (d) tough, supple twig


6/17/2006: withe - (c) tough, supple twig
6/16/2006:
rictus -
 (b) the expanse of an open mouth
6/15/2006:
weir -
 (d) dam or fish fence
6/14/2006:
willowy -
 (d) slender and graceful
6/13/2006:
fen -
 (a) bog
6/12/2006:
Cretaceous -
 (d) last period of the Mesozoic
6/11/2006:
cardamom -
 (c) medicinal plant
6/10/2006:
applique -
 (b) decorative cloth sewn on other cloth
6/9/2006:
entourage -
 (b) a train of attendants
6/8/2006:
furfural -
 (a) solvent
6/7/2006:
regelation -
 (c) to refreeze
6/6/2006:
dragoon -
 (d) violently coerce 
6/5/2006: henry - (b) unit of electrical inductance
6/4/2006: pleonasm - (a) an unnecessary, superfluous redundancy
6/3/2006:
chelonian -
 (a) pertaining to turtles and tortoises
6/2/2006:
toucan -
 (b) brightly colored, large-billed African bird
6/1/2006:
hectare -
 (c) metric acre (100 meters square)
5/31/2006:
chthonic -
 (d) pertaining to the spirits of the underworld
5/30/2006:
buccal -
 (a) pertaining to the cheek
5/29/2006:
hackmatack -
 (b) larch tree
5/28/2006:
burgess -
 (b) citizen of an English burough
5/27/2006:
hegira -
 (c) flight to escape danger
5/26/2006:
alopecia -
 (d) male-pattern baldness
5/25/2006:
intifada -
 (c) uprising
5/24/2006: imbroglio - (a) entanglement
5/23/2006:
dacha -
 (b) Russian country house
5/22/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeo
5/21/2006:
beluga -
 (d) sturgeon
5/20/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/19/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/18/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/17/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/16/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/15/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/14/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon 4
5/13/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/12/2006:
beluga - (d) sturgeon
5/11/2006:
furlong - (c) 1/8th mile
5/10/2006:
binnacle - (c) stand on which ship's compass is mounted
5/9/2006: candida - (d) pathogenic yeast
5/8/2005:
narcolepsy -
 (b) uncontrollable sleep attacks
5/7/2005:
bellicose -
 (a) warlike
5/6/2005: neophyte - (d) rookie
5/5/2005:
artesian well -
 (b) water under enough pressure to flow as a spring
5/4/2005:
terrazo -
 (c) polished, marble-chip tile flooring
5/3/2005:
demimonde -
 (a) a kept woman
5/2/2005:
jalousie -
 (a) adjustable, slatted window covering
5/1/2005:
rota -
 (c) name roster
4/30/2005:
easement -
 (c) right to make limited use of another's property
4/29/2005:
depone -
 (b) declare under oath
4/28/2005:
minx -
 (d) impudent girl
4/27/2005:
taconite -
 (a) iron ore
4/26/2005:
eutectic -
 (b) formed at the lowest possible melting point (for alloys)
4/25/2005: vichysoisse - (c) thick, creamy potato soup served cold
4/24/2005:
tisane -
 (d) medicinal herbal beverage
4/23/2005:
Ragnarok -
 (d) Norse doomsday
4/22/2005:
finial -
 (a) ornamental lampshade screw
4/21/2005:
clerestory -
 (a) upper half of the nave of a church
4/20/2005:
polder -
 (b) land reclaimed from the sea
4/19/2005:
lucubrations -
 (c) laborious studies
4/18/2005:
penury -
 (d) extreme poverty
4/17/2005:
teleost -
 (c) fish with bony skeletons and rayed fins
4/16/2005:
obstreperous -
 (a) aggressively boisterous
4/15/2005:
argent -
 (b) silver metal
4/14/2005: arrant - (b) being completely such
4/13/2005:
sinter -
 (c) to fuse to a loosely bound aggregate
4/12/2005:
geoduck -
 (d) very large, edible clam
4/11/2005:
curlew -
 (a) long-legged shore bird
4/10/2005:
raptor -
 (b) bird of prey
4/9/2005:
accipiter -
 (d) short-winged hawk
4/8/2005:
glial -
 (d) scaly
4/7/2005:
barcarole -
 (a) Venetian gondolier's song
4/6/2005:
astatine -
 (c) radioactive element
4/5/2005:
squamous -
 (a) scaly
4/4/2005:
cycad -
 (b) palm-like fern
4/3/2005:
luminati -
 (d) the enlightened
4/2/2005:
goniometer -
 (a) a device for measuring angles
4/1/2005:
clastic -
 (a) made of fragments
3/31/2005:
quire -
 (c) 25 sheets of paper
3/30/2005:
quirt -
 (b) short-handled, braided riding whip
3/29/2005:
empennage -
 (a) tail of an airplane
3/28/2005:
alcalde -
 (c) governor of a Spanish fortress
3/27/2005:
hepatic -
 (c) pertaining to the liver
3/26/2005:
eclair -
 (d) custard-filled, chocolate-iced cream puff
3/25/2005:
euphemism -
 (a) substitution of an inoffensive term for an offensive one
3/24/2005:
teleology -
 (b) search for intelligent design
3/23/2005:
dewlap -
 (b) fold of loose neck skin
3/22/2005:
morraine -
 (a) rocky debris carried by glacier
3/21/2005:
bandicoot -
 (c) ratlike marsupial
3/20/2005:
diverticulosis -
 (d) pouching of the colon
3/19/2005:
triturate -
 (c) to grind to a powder
3/18/2005: embrasure - (d) flared wall opening for a gun
3/17/2005:
disabuse -
 (a) to free from misconception
3/16/2005:
sigil -
 (a) magical sign
3/15/2005:
colligate -
 (a) to bundle together
3/14/2005:
pika -
 (d) hare-like mammal
3/13/2005:
pedicular -
 refering to  (c) lice
3/12/2005: linchpin - (b) shaft-end locking pin
3/11/2005: eclampsia - (c) pregnancy-related coma and convulsions
3/10/2005:
buskin -
 (c) a mid-calf boot
3/9/2005: fugacity - (a) evanescenc
3/8/2005: disparate - (d) entirely dissimila
3/7/2005: fusillade - (b) spray of projectiles
3/6/2005: trichinosis - (a) dangerous worm infection from eating undercooked pork
3/5/2005:
Cadmus -
 (a) sowed the dragon's teeth to found the city of Thebes
3/4/2005:
landau -
 (c) four-wheeled enclosed coach
3/3/2005: intaglio - (b) design incised into hard surface
3/2/2005: altricial - (b) helpless when hatched
3/1/2005: laudanum - (d) tincture of opium
2/28/2005: flume - (a) water chute
2/27/2005: lachrymal - (c) Greek Fate who spins the thread of life
2/26/2005: Cassandra - (b) one who utters unheeded prophecies
2/25/2005: gait - (c) staggering gait
2/24/2005: penumbra - (c) partial shadow
2/23/2005: abalone - (d) tasty shellfish
2/22/2005: gerrymander - (a) to unfairly manipulate voting district boundaries
2/21/2005: limn - (c) to describe
2/20/2005:
baleen -
 (b) whalebone
2/19/2005:
rune -
 (b) letter in ancient Germanic alphabet
2/18/2005:
lixiviate -
 (d) to dissolve out solid matter
2/17/2005:
ballista -
 (a) catapult
2/16/2005:
emetic -
 (c) vomiting agent

2/15/2005:
immolate -
 (c) to kill as a sacrifice

2/14/2005:
entente -
 (b) agreement for cooperative action

2/13/2005:
junta -
 (d) small, secret group

2/12/2005:
khedive -
 (a) Turkish viceroy ruling Egypt

2/11/2005:
precept -
 (c) rule of conduct

2/10/2005:
denouement -
 (b) clarification of a plot

2/9/2005:
ricin -
 (b) deadly poison in the castor bean

2/8/2005:
jeremiad -
 (d) prolonged tale of woe
2/7/2005:
profligate -
 (a) recklessly wasteful

2/6/2005:
cassava -
 (c) root plant from which tapioca is made

2/5/2005:
diatribe -
 (d) abrasive denunciation

2/4/2005:
vole -
 (b) field mouse

2/3/2005:
expectorate -
 (a) to spit

2/2/2005:
rail -
 (b) marsh bird

2/1/2005:
parthenogenesis -
 (c) asexual reproduction

1/31/2005:
papilla -
 (c) tiny nipple-like projection

1/30/2005:
acolyte -
 (b) priest's assistant

1/29/2005:
sesterce -
 (d) Roman coin

1/28/2005:
metatarsus -
 (c) five bones forming the arch of the foot

1/27/2005:
gyre -
 (a) spiral

1/26/2005:
hauberk -
 (a) chain mail tunic

1/25/2005:
Cambria -
 (b) first Period in the Paleozoic Era

1/24/2005:
Caledonia -
 (c) Scotland

1/23/2005:
grenadine -
 (d) pomegranate syrup

1/22/2005:
vim -
 (b) vitality

1/21/2005:
vendetta -
 (a) vindictive feud

1/20/2005:
philander -
 (a) to casually engage in love affairs

1/19/2005:
ephemeris -
 (c) celestial body sky location table

1/18/2005:
petrel -
 (d) sea bird

1/17/2005:
ullage -
 (b) liquid lost during storage

1/16/2005:
misogynist -
 (c) woman-hater

1/15/2005:
prescient -
 (c) foreseeing events before they occur

1/14/2005:
Helvetia -
 (a) Switzerland

1/13/2005:
callipigian -
 (b) having a shapely behind

1/12/2005:
cuneiform -
 (d) wedge-shaped

1/11/2005:
tergiversation -
 (b) equivocation
1/10/2005: pawl - (b) hinged escapement for a ratchet
1/9/2005:
skerry -
 (a) small rocky island

1/8/2005:
spar -
 (a) pole

1/7/2005:
Cerberus -
 (c) Charon's three-headed dog

1/6/2005:
cantonment -
 (b) temporary troop quarters

1/5/2005:
blintz -
 (d) cheese-filled pastry

1/4/2005:
plectrum -
 (c) guitar pick

1/3/2005:
shallop -
 (c) rowboat

1/2/2005:
shallot -
 (a) member of the onion family

1/1/2006:
holographic -
 (b) producing images by waveform reproduction

12/31/2005:
hapless -
 (a) unfortunate

12/30/2005:
rimose -
 (d) spider-veined with cracks

12/29/2005:
verdant -
 (c) green-growing

12/28/2005:
palladium -
 (b) safeguard

12/27/2005:
verrucose -
 (c) warty

12/26/2005:
nuncio -
 (c) a papal ambassador

12/25/2005:
stipple -
 (a) to speckle

12/24/2005:
vicuña -
 (c) llama-like Andean mammal

12/23/2005:
harlequin -
 (d) classical buffoon

12/22/2005:
condottiere -
 (a) leader of Renaissance mercenaries

12/21/2005:
alewife -
 (a) alewife

12/20/2005:
tern -
 (c) sea bird

12/19/2005:
kestrel -
 (b) falcon

12/18/2005:
alveolar -
 (c) pitted, honeycombed

12/17/2005:
revanche -
 (d) policy aimed at regaining lost territory

12/16/2005:
salmagundi -
 (a) a hodge-podge

12/15/2005:
scullion -
 (c) kitchen menial

12/14/2005:
Corgi -
 (d) dog

12/13/2005:
gros point -
 (d) oversized stitch

12/12/2005:
adjuvant -
 (c) auxiliary pharmacological agent that potentiates the main drug

12/11/2005:
capuchin -
 (a) long-tailed South American monkey

12/10/2005:
cainotophobia -
 (b) fear of progress

12/9/2005:
campanile -
 (d) bell tower

12/8/2005:
poltroon -
 (c) coward

12/7/2005:
gnu -
 (b) African antelope

12/6/2005:
corpus delecti -
 (b) corpse of murder victim

12/5/2005:
teal -
 (a) bluish-green river duck

12/4/2005:
carafe -
 (a) glass bottle with flared lip

12/3/2005:
circumspect -
 (d) prudent

12/2/2005:
Rankine -
 (c) Fahrenheit temperature above absolute zero (-459.6 degrees)

12/1/2005:
numismatics -
 (d) coin collecting

11/30/2005:
Rosetta stone -
 (a) stone written in both heiroglyphics and Greek

11/29/2005:
echidna -
 (b) spiny, insectivorous Australian mammal

11/28/2005:
ghee -
 (d) liquified butter

11/27/2005:
osculation -
 (b) point where two branches of a curve have a common tangent

11/26/2005:
indigent -
 (b) impoverished

11/25/2005:
escheat -
 (a) property reverts to the state in the absence of a legal owner

11/24/2005:
invective -
 (c) an abusive expression

11/23/2005:
auscultation -
 (c) listening to internal body sounds

11/22/2005:
nutation -
 (d) the act of nodding

11/21/2005:
intransigence -
 (b) unwilling to compromise

11/20/2005:
sequela -
 (d) pathological condition caused by a disease

11/19/2005:
Cenozoic -
 (c) current era of geological time
11/18/2005:
illation -
 (c) act of inferring

11/17/2005:
arcane -
 (a) understood by only a few

11/16/2005:
diverticulum -
 (b) pouch branching from a hollow organ

11/15/2005:
Kafkaesque -
 (b) surreal distortion

11/14/2005:
hedonistic -
 (d) pleasure-seeking

11/13/2005:
theodolite -
 (c) surveying instrument measuring horizontal and vertical angles

11/12/2005:
idiom -
 (a) regional dialect or vocanulary

11/11/2005:
pugnacious -
 (d) eager to fight

11/10/2005:
baluchitherium -
  (a) huge, extinct, hornless rhinoceros

11/9/2005:
chimera -
  (a) fire-breathing lion, goat, and serpent combination

11/8/2005:
horological -
  pertaining to (b) the art of making timepieces

11/7/2005:
Morpheus -
  (c) god of sleep

11/6/2005:
bumbershoot -
  (d) umbrella

11/5/2005:
Brobdingnagian -
  (b) gigantic
11/4/2005:
accouchement -
  (b) childbirth

11/3/2005:
dongle -
  (a) anything that hangs off a computer

11/2/2005:
Sisyphus -
  (d) cruel Corinthian king condemned to forever roll a rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll right back down again

11/1/2005:
escarpment -
  (c) long cliff or slope

10/31/2005:
villi -
  (b) minute projections from mucous membranes
10/30/2005:
tor -
  (a) high rock atop a hill

10/29/2005:
frisson -
  (a) emotional thrill

10/28/2005:
dipsomaniac -
  (d) alcoholic

10/27/2005:
vituperation -
  (b) blame

10/26/2005:
natation -
  (c) swimming

10/25/2005:
conundrum -
  (c) riddle answered by a pun

10/24/2005:
vignette -
  (a) literary sketch

10/23/2005:
rescind -
  (d) repeal

10/22/2005:
boreal -
  (a) pertaining to the north

10/21/2005:
nabob -
  (b) Moghul Indian governor

10/20/2005:
kine -
  (b) cattle

10/19/2005:
Ilium -
  (c) Troy (from Alexander Pope's poem, "Is this the face that launched a thousand ships and burned the topless towers of Ilium?")

10/18/2005:
cachexia -
  (c) wasting away

10/17/2005:
fresco -
  (d) painting on wet plaster

10/16/2005:
clevis -
  (a) U-shaped yoke

10/15/2005:
peculate -
  (b) to embezzle

10/14/2005:
aliphatic -
  (d) with carbon molecules in an unbranched chain

10/13/2005:
acclivity -
  (d) an upward slope

10/12/2005:
culottes -
  (c) women's trousers cut to resemble a skirt

10/11/2005:
cabal -
  (a) conspirational group of plotters

10/10/2005:
Rubenesque -
  (b) generously roportioned

10/9/2005:
stent -
  (c) tube holding artery open

10/8/2005:
vacillate -
  (a) to waver

10/7/2005:
mikado -
  (c) Japanese emperor

10/6/2005:
gaggle -
  (c) a group

10/5/2005:
anodyne -
  (d) pain reliever

10/4/2005:
chiaroscuro -
  (b) technique for using light and shade in a picture

10/3/2005:
painter -
  (d) mountain lion

10/2/2005:
titian -
  (a) red-haired

10/1/2005:
nonesuch -
  (b) one-of-a-kind

9/30/2005:
carnal -
  (a) sensual

9/29/2005:
portiere -
  (d) beaded curtain

9/28/2005:
nostrum -
  (b) quack medicine

9/27/2005:
miso -
  (a) thick, fermented soybean paste for soups

9/26/2005:
paladin -
  (c) champion

9/25/2005:
vang -
  (b) guy rope bracing a derrick

9/24/2005:
aeolian -
  (d) deposited by the wind

9/23/2005:
falcate -
  (d) sickle-shaped

9/22/2005:
ordure -
  (b) excrement

9/21/2005:
levigate -
  (b) to grind to a fine powder

9/20/2005:
knesset -
  (c) Israeli parliament

9/19/2005:
hidalgo -
  (a) minor Spanish nobleman

9/18/2005:
rampion -
  (b) salad plant

9/17/2005:
mackinaw -
  (d) heavy woolen jacket cloth

9/16/2005:
dashiki -
  (a) African man's tunic

9/15/2005:
soubrette -
  (a) saucy lady's maid

9/14/2005:
ukase -
  (c) Czarist decree

9/13/2005:
dojo -
  (b) martial arts school

9/12/2005:
cordillera -
  (c) principal mountain range

9/11/2005:
crenulated -
  (d) having minutely notched projections

9/10/2005:
soffit -
  (d) underside of a structural component

9/9/2005:
keister -
  (a) derriere

9/8/2005:
pelucid -
  (d) transparent

9/7/2005:
topiary -
  (c) "sculptured" bushes

9/6/2005:
vichyssoise -
  (b) potato soup

9/5/2005:
sporran -
  (b) Scottish Highlander's belt pouch

9/4/2005:
felucca -
  (d) lateen-rigged, narrow sailing ship

9/3/2005:
montage -
  (a) artistic picture arrangement

9/2/2005:
barrister -
  (c) superior court lawyer

9/1/2005:
meiosis -
  (b) chromosome-halving cell division

8/31/2005:
coterie -
  (d) small group with shared interests

8/30/2005:
epigone -
  (d) inferior imitator

8/29/2005:
nubile -
  (a) of marriageable age (woman)

8/28/2005:
discursive -
  (d) rambling

8/27/2005:
musteline -
  (c) pertaining to a ferret

8/26/2005:
ramate -
  (c) branching

8/25/2005:
harbinger -
  (c) forerunner

8/24/2005:
mensal -
  pertaining to (b) a table

8/23/2005:
talus.-
  (c) rocky debris

8/22/2005:
seraglio-
  (a)  large harem

8/21/2005:
peignoir-
  (d)  woman's loose-fitting dressing gown

8/20/2005:
homburg-
  (d)  man's hat

8/19/2005:
parietal-
  (b)  forming a wall

8/18/2005:
baleful-
  (c)  ominous

8/17/2005:
tonneau-
  (a)  rumble seat

8/16/2005:
scurrilous-
  (d)  given to vulgar language

8/15/2005:
brogan-
  (b)  ankle-high work shoe

8/14/2005:
farrago-
  (c)  conglomeration

8/13/2005:
epee-
  (c)  blunted fencing foil

8/12/2005:
altercate-
  (a)  dispute
8/11/2005:
hetaera-
  (d)  ancient Greek geisha
8/10/2005:
neonate-
  (d)  newborn infant
8/9/2005:
doss-
  (b)  cheap rooming house
8/8/2005: ambageous-  (c)  twisting
8/7/2005: distaff-  (a)  staff on which tow is wound for spinning
8/6/2005: circumvallate - to  (d) surround with a defensive rampart 
8/5/2005:
epistemology -
(d) theory of the nature of knowledge

8/4/2005:
druid -
(b) pagan priest

8/3/2005:
freebooter -
(a) pirate

8/2/2005:
burl -
(c) large outgrowth on tree

8/1/2005:
hinny -
(b) male mule/female ass offspring

7/31/2005:
alluvial -
(b) deposited by flowing water

7/30/2005:
unconscionable -
(d) unacceptable

7/29/2005:
astrakhan -
(d) lamb's fur

7/28/2005:
dressage -
(a) subtly guiding horses through their maneuvers

7/27/2005:
edema -
(c) swelling

7/26/2005:
heimal -
pertaining to (b) winter

7/25/2005:
agrestic -
(c) rustic

7/24/2005:
couturier -
(b) man who produces custom-made women's clothing

7/23/2005:
euchre -
(a) to slyly deceive

7/22/2005:
lacustrine -
(a) pertaining to lakes

7/21/2005:
humerus -
(d) upper arm bone

7/20/2005:
pilaf -
(c) rice with broth and meat or vegetables

7/19/2005:
salutatorian -
(b) second-best student

7/18/2005:
gurkha -
(a) a Nepalese British-army soldier

7/17/2005:
peregrination -
(a) wandering journey

7/16/2005:
pugnacious -
(c) having a quarrelsome disposition

7/15/2005:
inebriated -
(d) drunk

7/14/2005:
albedo -
(c) fraction of light reflected by a surface

7/13/2005:
congeries -
(a) an aggregation

7/12/2005:
bagnio -
(b) brothel

7/11/2005:
obsequy -
(b) funeral ceremony

7/10/2005:
amity -
(d) friendship

7/9/2005:
singularity -
(a) point where quantities become infinite

7/8/2005:
desultory -
(c) jumping from one thing to another

7/7/2005:
aspirate -
(a) speech sound followed by puff of air

7/6/2005:
asperity -
(a) harshness

7/5/2005:
patrimony -
(b) legacy

7/4/2005:
disparage -
(d) belittle

7/3/2005:
niveous -
(a) pertaining to snow

7/2/2005:
reticle -
(c) distance scale in a lens

7/1/2005:
solipsism -
(c) idea that only one's self exists

6/30/2005:
revetment -
(b) facing used to support an embankment

6/29/2005:
boyar -
(d) member of Russian aristocratic order

6/28/2005:
loess -
(b) windblown dust

6/27/2005:
bilk -
(a) swindle

6/26/2005:
bisque -
(a) thick, rich soup

6/25/2005:
dilatente -
(c) dabbler

6/24/2005:
scirocco -
(c) hot, humid Sicilian wind

6/23/2005:
friseur -
(d) hairdresser

6/22/2005:
druse -
(b) tiny crystals lining a rock cavity

6/21/2005:
lese majesty -
(a) affront to dignity

6/20/2005:
svelte -
(c) gracefully slender

6/19/2005:
veldt -
(b) South African grassland

6/18/2005:
divot -
(b) turf gouged out by a golf club

6/17/2005:
allegory -
(a) symbolic representation

6/16/2005:
allusion -
(d) indirect but pointed reference

6/15/2005:
modish -
(b) fashionable

6/14/2005:
ingenue -
(b) an artless young woman

6/13/2005:
Melpomene -
(c) Muse of tragedy

6/12/2005:
travertine -
(a) decorative stone

6/11/2005:
vervet-
(d) monkey

6/10/2005:
chapeau-
(a) hat

6/9/2005:
soliloquy-
(c) conversation with one's self

6/8/2005:
davit-
(c) shipboard crane for loading cargo

6/7/2005:
capstan-
(b) ship's rotating post for tightening guy ropes

6/6/2005:
gumshoe-
(c) detective

6/5/2005:
truncheon-
(d) billy club
6/4/2005:
pommel-
(c) saddle horn
6/3/2005:
chukka-
(b) ankle-high boot

6/2/2005:
missive -
(a) message

6/1/2005:
gandy dancer -
(a) railroad worker

5/31/2005:
tacit -
(d) unspoken, but assumed

5/30/2005:
mnemonic -
(a) memory aid

5/29/2005:
apochromatic -
(c) color-corrected for two different colors

5/28/2005:
seditious -
(c) inciting rebellion
5/27/2005:
burgher -
(b) townsman

5/26/2005:
castigate -
(d) to chastise

5/25/2005:
elutriate -
(c) to purify by washing, settling and decanting

5/24/2005:
palfrey -
(b) woman's saddle horse

5/23/2005:
inveigh -
(b) to vehemently protest

5/22/2005:
dollop -
(a) a small portion

5/21/2005:
wight -
(d) creature

5/20/2005:
bollard -
(b) ship's mooring post
5/19/2005:
afreet -
(c) gigantic demon

5/18/2005:
sapience -
(c) wisdom

5/17/2005:
cardigan -
(a) sweater opening down the front

5/16/2005:
carl -
(d) rude person

5/15/2005:
joey -
(b) baby kangaroo

5/14/2005:
Anubis -
(c) Egyptian jackal god

5/13/2005:
tout -
(c) sells horse-racing information

5/12/2005:
remittance -
(a) money sent to someone

5/11/2005:
potsherd -
(c) pottery fragment

5/10/2005:
fellaheen -
(d) Mid-Eastern peasant (as in "fellow")

5/9/2005:
purloin -
(d) steal

5/8/2005:
pedant -
(b) teacher

5/7/2005:
slumgullion -
(c) watery meat stew

5/6/2005:
exacerbate -
(a) aggrevate

5/5/2005:
tarheel -
(a) resident of North Carolina

5/4/2005:
cuirass -
(b) breast and back armor

5/3/2005:
ex cathedra -
(d) with official authority

5/2/2005:
connubial -
(a) marital

5/1/2005:
foolscap -
(c) 13" by 16" sheet of paper

4/30/2005:
bonsai -
(c) method of growing miniature trees

4/29/2005:
galliwasp -
(b) South American lizard

4/28/2005:
purl -
(d) to flow with murmuring sound

4/27/2005:
scrivener -
(a) scribe

4/26/2005:
declivity -
(a) descending slope
4/25/2005:
cumshaw -
(c) gratuity

4/24/2005:
digs -
(b) dwelling place

4/23/2005:
celadon -
(d) slightly green or blue

4/22/2005:
apiary -
(d) honey farm

4/21/2005:
salutary -
(a) favorable to health

4/20/2005:
gabelle -
(b) tax on salt

4/19/2005:
Midgard -
(d) world (norse myth.)

4/18/2005:
malemute -
(c) Alaskan sled dog

4/17/2005:
mahout -
(c) elephant driver

4/16/2005:
escutcheon -
(a) shield bearing coat-of-arms

4/15/2005:
faux pas -
(b) gaffe

4/14/2005:
valetudinarian -
(b) hypochondriac

4/13/2005:
gaffe -
(d) social blunder

4/12/2005:
troposphere -
(b) lowest region of the atmosphere

4/11/2005:
enteric -
(c) pertaiing to the intestine

4/10/2005:
allotropy -
(a) one of several crystalline forms of a mineral

4/9/2005:
detritus -
(a) loose rock fragments

4/8/2005:
homozygotic -
(d) genetically identical

4/7/2005:
begum -
(b) Muslim lady of high degree

4/6/2005:
dulcet -
(c) sweet

4/5/2005:
vernacular -
(a) substandard everyday speech
4/4/2005:
infundibulum -
(d) funnel-shaped body part

4/3/2005:
varve -
(b) seasonal sediment deposit

4/2/2005:
allay -
(b) to ease

4/1/2005:
dryad -
(c) wood nymph

3/31/2005:
palomino -
(a) golden coat, white mane and tail
3/30/2005:
abscond -
(d) to secretly steal away
3/29/2005:
joist -
(b) cross-beam supporting a floor

3/28/2005:
bilious -
(c) irritable

3/27/2005:
boyar -
(c) Russian aristocrat

3/26/2005:
ileum -
(d) part of the small intestine

3/25/2005:
miso -
(b) soup

3/24/2005:
imago -
(a) adult retention of child's image of parent

3/23/2005:
saraband -
(b) stately court dance
3/22/2005:
riposte -
(b) retalitatory action

3/21/2005:
da capo -
(c) from the beginning

3/20/2005:
anagogic -
(a) mystical

3/19/2005:
ventral -
(d) pertaining to the belly

3/18/2005:
alluvial -
(c) deposited by flowing water

3/17/2005:
a priori -
(c) based upon unproven theory

3/16/2005:
highboy -
(b) tall chest of drawers

3/15/2005:
brouhaha -
(a) uproar

3/14/2005:
julienne -
(d) cut into long, thin strips

3/13/2005:
stele -
(b) inscribed upright obelisk or embedded tablet

3/12/2005:
dithyrambic -
(b) frenzied

3/11/2005:
sommelier -
(c) restaurant wine steward

3/10/2005:
oligarchy -
(a) government by a few

3/9/2005:
phylactery -
(d) an amulet containing Hebrew scripture

3/8/2005:
cipher -
(c) zero

3/7/2005:
chenille -
(c) tufted cord or fabric

3/6/2005:
talisman -
(a) object thought to bring good luck

3/5/2005:
bustard -
(b) meadow bird

3/4/2005:
analects -
(c) selections from a literary work

3/3/2005:
sedition -
(d) inciting rebellion

3/2/2005:
synergy -
(a) when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

3/1/2005:
Benelux -
(c) original Common Market countries

2/28/2005:
carnassial -
(c) adapted for tearing flesh

2/27/2005:
viand -
(b) tasty dish

2/26/2005:
dehisce -
(d) to split open along a line

2/25/2005:
tarn -
(a) mountain lake

2/24/2005:
roble -
(b) California oak

2/23/2005:
to twig to -
(b) to "catch on"

2/22/2005:
dalliance -
(c) dawdling or flirtation

2/21/2005:
ecru -
(b) grayish yellow

2/20/2005:
wherefore -
(a) why

2/19/2005:
tawdry -
(a) vulgarly ornamental

2/18/2005:
quorum -
(d) minimum number of attendees needed to conduct official business

2/17/2005:
aperitif -
(c) alcoholic drink before dinner

2/16/2005:
concatenate -
(b) link together

2/15/2005:
mangonel -
(b) catapult

2/14/2005:
secant -
(a) straight line that cuts through a circle

2/13/2005:
surname -
(d) last name

2/12/2005:
gam -
(c) leg

2/11/2005:
hyperbole -
(c) exaggeration

2/10/2005:
behest -
(a) urgent request

2/9/2005:
Bertillon system -
(b) body-measurements classification system

2/8/2005:
lapidary -
(d) worker in precious stones

2/7/2005:
durance -
(a) imprisonment

2/6/2005:
anserine -
(b) gooselike

2/5/2005:
tor -
(b) rock pile on hilltop

2/4/2005:
garnishee -
(c) to attach a debtor's pay

2/3/2005:
tamarack -
(d) larch tree

2/2/2005:
peccary -
(a) wild pig

2/1/2005:
effete -
(a) worn-out

1/31/2005:
carotid -
(c) major neck artery

1/30/2005:
droshky -
(b) four-wheeled open carriage

1/29/2005:
Momus -
(d) god of blame and ridicule

1/28/2005:
aver -
(a) relieve

1/27/2005:
florin -
(c) two-shilling coin

1/26/2005:
requisite -
(b) necessary

1/25/2005:
mackintosh -
(b) rubberized cotton

1/24/2005:
alleviate -
(a) make more bearable

1/23/2005:
Peleponesian -
(b) pertaining to southern Greece

1/22/2005:
uxorious -
(d) subservient to wife

1/21/2005:
agoraphobia -
(c) fear of crowds

1/20/2005:
taciturn -
(a) uncommunicative

1/19/2005:
Belial -
(a) angel who rebelled against God

1/18/2005:
Glengarry -
(b) Scottish cap

1/17/2005:
draconian -
(c) exceedingly harsh

1/16/2005:
jeroboam -
(d) 4/5ths quart wine bottle

1/15/2005:
brisket -
(d) chest

1/14/2005:
flack -
(a) press agent

1/13/2005:
plethora -
(b) superabundance
1/12/2005:
homunculus -
(d) little man

1/11/2005:
insouciance -
(a) blithe lack of concern

1/10/2005:
larboard -
(a) port side

1/9/2005:
halitosis -
(c) bad breath

1/8/2005:
burnoose -
(d) hooded Arab cloak

1/7/2005:
kibitz -
(c) to watch and meddle

1/6/2005:
susurrus -
(b) soft, murmuring sound

1/5/2005:
intransigent -
(a) stubborn

1/4/2005:
pretorian -
(c) corrupt bureaucratic

1/3/2005:
tundra -
(c) Arctic prairie between the tree line and the ice cap

1/2/2005:
minuend -
(d) quantity from which something is to be subtracted

1/1/2005:
Dutch door -
(b) split upper and lower half-doors
12/31/2004:
intima -
(c) innermost wall of a blood vessel
12/30/2004:
gallowglass -
(d) Irish mercenary
12/29/2004:
agora -
(a) popular marketplace in ancient Athens
12/28/2004:
colloquy -
(c) formal conversation
12/27/2004:
ragout -
(b) meat and vegetable stew
12/26/2004:
luau -
(d) elaborate cookout
12/25/2004:
penurious -
(d) needy
12/24/2004:
send-up -
(a) amusing imitation
12/23/2004:
parterre -
(c) floor under balconies
12/22/2004:
acronym -
(b) name formed from initials
12/21/2004:
vesicle -
(a) cavity
12/20/2004:
homonym -
(a) words that sound the same but have different meanings
12/19/2004:
catafalque -
(c) funereal dais
12/18/2004:
tumble to -
(c) to "catch on"
12/17/2004:
gesticulate -
(b) to reinforce speech with gestures
12/16/2004:
menage -
(a) household
12/15/2004:
sebaceous -
(d) pertaining to sebum (skin oil)
12/14/2004:
devolve -
(b) to delegate
12/13/2004:
lexicon -
(b) dictionary
12/12/2004:
osculate -
(c) to kiss
12/11/2004:
tesseract -
(a) three-dimensional projection of a hypercube
12/10/2004:
impecunious -
(c) penniless
12/9/2004:
passerine -
(d) perching (birds)
12/8/2004:
Laodocian -
(d) indifferent
12/7/2004: orthogonal - (b) at right angles 
12/6/2004: cruller - (a) doughnut 
12/5/2004: morula - (c) clump of fewer than 200 embryonic cells
12/4/2004:
nolo contendre -
(b) no contest
12/3/2004:
obdurate -
(b) stubborn
12/2/2004:
ancillary -
(d) auxiliary
12/1/2004:
paucity -
(a) fewness
11/30/2004:
ebullient-  
(b) boiling and bubbling
11/29/2004:
canard-  
(a) deliberately misleading story
11/28/2004: armoire-  (a) large clothes cabinet
11/27/2004:
catacomb-  
(a) burial tunnel under city
11/26/2004:
amanuensis-  
(d) scribe who takes dictation
11/25/2004:
sesqui-  
(c) one-and-a-half
11/24/2004:
calumny  
(b) slander
11/23/2004:
Plimpsoll line  
(b) legal loading line on ship
11/22/2004:
dauphin  
(a) French king's eldest son
11/21/2004:
osteomalacia  
(d) softening of bones
11/20/2004:
antipyretic  
(b) fever reducer
11/19/2004:
feckless  
(c) ineffective
11/18/2004:
mystique  
(a) mystical attitudes about a person or thing
11/17/2004:
febrifuge  
(b) fever reducer
11/16/2004:
karst  
(b) cavern and sinkhole-filled limestone
11/15/2004:
statuesque  
(d) tall
11/14/2004:
ramose  
(a) branching
11/13/2004:
bailey
 
(c) castle courtyard 11/12/2004: debouch  (b) emerge
11/11/2004:
refulgence  
(b) brilliance
11/10/2004:
copacetic  
(a) on the up-and-up
11/9/2004:
flense  
(d) to scrape off blubber
11/8/2004:
melange  
(c) mixture
11/7/2004:
marinate  
(c) soak in a marinade
11/6/2004:
fubsy  
(a) chubby
11/5/2004:
reticule  
(b) drawstring purse
11/4/2004:
ralliform  
(a) resembling a rail
11/3/2004:
peruke  
(d) wig
11/2/2004:
palliate  
(a) assuage
11/1/2004:
asseverate  
(c) affirm
10/31/2004:
mitigate  
(d) relieve
10/30/2004:
accoutrement  
(b) soldier's auxiliary equipment
10/29/2004:
parsimony  
(a) stinginess
10/28/2004:
evanesce  
(a) to dissipate like vapor
10/27/2004:
alliaceous  
(c) pertaining to the leek family
10/26/2004:
embonpoint  
(c) plumpness
10/25/2004:
langue d'oil  
(b) French
10/24/2004:
wainwright  
(d) wagon repairer
10/23/2004:
mutatis mutandis - 
(a) the necessary changes have been made
10/22/2004:
hegemony - 
(c) predominance of one state over another
10/21/2004:
duma - 
(b) pre-Bolshevik Russian parliament
10/20/2004:
long in the tooth - 
(b) old
10/19/2004:
jongleur - 
(d) wandering storyteller
10/18/2004:
brigand - 
(a) robber
10/17/2004:
suppurate - 
(c) to form pus
10/16/2004:
de rigueur - 
(d) combination spear and axe
10/15/2004:
trope - 
(a) figure of speech
10/14/2004:
carpe diem - 
(a) seize the day
10/13/2004:
capreolate - 
(b) having tendrils
10/12/2004:
non sequitur - 
(c) conclusion that doesn't fit the premises
10/11/2004:
sui generis - 
(d) one-of-a-kind
10/10/2004:
chancery - 
(a) archives office
10/9/2004:
pelf - 
(d) ill-gotten gains
10/8/2004:
spall - 
(b) flake of stone
10/7/2004:
vaquero - 
(b) cowboy
10/6/2004:
physiognomy - 
(c) judging character from face
10/5/2004:
Avalon - 
(a) paradise where King Arthur went after death
10/4/2004:
polder - 
(d) low-lying, dike-protected land
10/3/2004:
ataxia - 
(c) lack of muscular coordination
10/2/2004:
précis - 
(b) to-the-point summary
10/1/2004:
afflatus - 
(a) inspiration
9/30/2004:
serge - 
(a) twilled woolen cloth
9/29/2004:
archon - 
(c) one of the nine principal magistrates in ancient Athens
9/28/2004:
nosology - 
study of (d) diseases
9/27/2004:
assagai - 
(a) African javelin
9/26/2004:
falafel - 
(c) fried chickpeas and fava beans
9/25/2004:
gunnite - 
(b) sprayed cement
9/24/2004:
phlebitis - 
(b) inflammation of blood-vessel linings
9/23/2004:
birl - 
(d) to rotate a log with one's feet
9/22/2004:
lowering - 
(d) menacing
9/21/2004:
salubrious - 
(a) conducive to good health
9/20/2004:
sutler - 
(d) camp-following merchant to troops
9/19/2004:
corpulent - 
(a) fat
9/18/2004:
misceganation - 
(a) marriage between man and woman from different "races"
9/17/2004:
immured - 
(c) imprisoned
9/16/2004:
bailey - 
(c) outer wall of a castle
9/15/2004:
insufflate - 
(b) breathe into
9/14/2004:
pergola - 
(d) plant-covered arched lattice
9/13/2004:
arbalest - 
(a) crossbow-like missile launcher
9/12/2004:
chandelle - 
(b) aircraft's sudden, steep, climbing turn
9/11/2004:
malinger - 
(b) to pretend to be sick
9/10/2004:
yurt - 
(c) domed Mongolian tent
9/9/2004:
beleagured - 
(d) besieged
9/8/2004:
recalcitrant - 
(c) resistant to authority
9/7/2004: kismet - (a) fate
9/6/2004: prevaricate - (a) with style
9/5/2004: importune - (a) to beg
9/4/2004: coquina - (b) shell-based construction material
9/3/2004: elan - (a) with style
9/2/2004:
collage - 
(d) artistic montage
9/1/2004:
schlock - 
(b) meretricious merchandise
8/31/2004:
eclat - 
(a) conspicuous success
8/30/2004:
canard - 
(a) deliberately misleading story
8/29/2004:
disquisition - 
(c) formal discourse
8/28/2004:
chirality - 
(d) left/right handedness
8/27/2004:
risibility - 
(c) inclination toward laughter
8/26/2004:
simoom - 
(b) hot, sand-laden desert wind
8/25/2004:
boule - 
(a) pear-shaped synthetic sapphire
8/24/2004:
lanuginous - 
(b) covered with downy hair
8/23/2004: chiton - (d) Greek tunic
8/22/2004: preternatural - (d) preternatural
8/21/2004: poniard - (d) dagger
8/20/2004: poilu - (a) French front-line soldier in WWI
8/19/2004: saltatory - (c) leaping
8/18/2004: velleity - (a) wish without action
8/17/2004: preternatural - (d) preternatural
8/16/2004: metic - (c) immigrant
8/15/2004: purlieu - (b) neighborhood
8/14/2004: theodicy - 
(c) vindication of God for the existence of evil
8/13/2004: tesselated - 
(a) mosaicked
8/12/2004: daphnia - 
(a) tiny crustaceans
8/11/2004: soporific - 
(b) sleep inducer
8/10/2004: aperçu - 
(d) summary
8/9/2004: anemometer - 
(b) windspeed meter
8/8/2004: blastula - 
(a) early embruyonic sphere
8/7/2004: mandamus - 
(c) directive from a higher court
8/6/2004: vamp - 
(a) seductive woman
7/29/2004: mufti - 
(d) civilian dress
7/28/2004: reentrant - 
(d) pointing inward
7/27/2004: exigency - 
(b) urgent situation
7/26/2004: epitome - 
(c) brief summary
7/25/2004: doxy - 
(a) mistress
7/24/2004: catechism - 
(a) question-and-answer book

7/23/2004: denier - 
(b) fineness unit for thread

7/22/2004: quiddity - 
(c) essence

7/21/2004: consanguinity  
(d) blood relationship

7/20/2004: eschatological  
(a) theology concerned with last things
7/19/2004: derriere  
(b) rear
7/18/2004: licentious  
(d) lacking moral restraint
7/17/2004: eponymous  
(c) something named after a person
7/16/2004: machicolated  
(c) having castle wall openings to drop stones
7/15/2004: matriculate  
(a) enroll
7/14/2004: mendicant  
(b) beggar
7/13/2004: begum  
(d) Muslim lady of rank
7/12/2004: caveat  
(d) warning
7/11/2004: thalassic  
pertaining to (c) the sea
7/10/2004: ennui  
(a) boredom
7/9/2004: innuendo  
(d) subtle insinuation
7/8/2004: transubstantiation  
(c) doctrine that bread and wine are converted into the presence of Christ
7/7/2004: lentigo  
(c) freckle
7/6/2004: anuran  
(b) of frogs and toads
7/5/2004: quadroon  
(a) one-quarter-African Creole woman
7/4/2004: beau geste  
(d) gracious-appearing gesture of no real value
7/3/2004: refectory  
(c) dining hall
7/2/2004: milieu  
(d) environment
7/1/2004: gabbro  
(a) coarse-grained igneous rock
6/30/2004: crosier  
(b) bishop's crook
6/29/2004: mulct  
(b) to fine or swindle
6/28/2004: pinnace  
(c) small sailboat carried on a ship
6/27/2004: pied-â-terre  
(d) second house or apartment
6/26/2004: gamin  
(b) street urchin
6/25/2004: adagio  
(c) slow musical tempo
6/24/2004: cerulean  
(a) sky-blue
6/23/2004: effendi  
(a) Turkish title of respect
6/22/2004: stiver  
(d) something of small value
6/21/2004: polyandry  
(b) multiple husbands
6/20/2004: philately  
(d) stamp collecting
6/19/2004: stalag  
(c) German prisoner-of-war camp
6/18/2004: kulak  
(c) prosperous Russian peasant
6/17/2004: eleemosynary  
(a) charitable
6/16/2004: compendium  
(b) compact summary
6/15/2004: metempsychosis  (b) transmigration of souls
6/14/2004:
disintermediation  
(d) lenders bypass banks, loaning money directly to borrowers
6/13/2004:
cognomen  
(d) last name
6/12/2004:
toque  
(c) hat
6/11/2004:
Lamarckian  
(a) pre-Mendelian doctrine that living things evolve through effort
6/10/2004:
abattoir  
(d) slaughterhouse
6/9/2004:
lepidopter  
(b) butterfly
6/8/2004:
caudal  
(b) near the tail
6/7/2004:
philology  
the study of (a) the development of languages
6/6/2004:
enervate  
(a) to weaken
6/5/2004: eructate  (c) to belch
6/4/2004: golem  
(d) artificial man
6/3/2004: kumiss  
(c) fermented mare's milk (Mongol)
6/2/2004: limpet  
(b) a mollusc
6/1/2004: ululate  
(b) to howl
5/31/2004: elide  
(a) to leave out
5/30/2004: indite  
(b) to write
5/29/2004: sept  
(a) Irish clan
5/28/2004: Cambria  
(d) Wales
5/27/2004: obloquy  
(c) slanderous remark
5/26/2004: lignite  
(a) low-grade brownish-black coal
5/25/2004: collimate  
(a) to adjust the line of sight
5/24/2004: yataghan  
(b) Turkish double-curved scimitar
5/23/2004: orotund  
(c) sonorous
5/22/2004: intima  
(d) inner wall of a blood vessel
5/21/2004: salubriety  
(a) good health
5/20/2004: epergne  
(b) table centerpiece with branching arms
5/19/2004: koan  
(b) a paradoxical Zen riddle
5/18/2004: calendula  
(c) marigold
5/17/2004: ligature  
(d) binding cord
5/16/2004: long-in-the-tooth  
(a) old
5/15/2004: megrim  
(c) migraine
5/14/2004: excipient  
(c) inert diluent
5/13/2004: flechette  
(b) steel dart dropped from airplane
5/12/2004: lethargic  
(a) sluggishly indifferent
5/11/2004: galena  
(d) lead ore
5/10/2004: coccyx  
(b) fused vertebrae at base of spine
5/9/2004: hygroscopic  
(c) absorbs water
5/8/2004: mensuration  
(d) the process of measuring
5/7/2004: laconic  
(a) concise
5/6/2004: lagniappe  
(c) an unexpected gift
5/5/2004: palliative  
(c) remedial
5/4/2004: surreptitious  
(b) sneaky
5/3/2004: conjugal 
(a) pertaining to marriage
5/2/2004:
élan 
(b) enthusiastic vigor
5/2/2004:
bulemia 
(d) insatiable appetite
5/1/2004:
dugong  
(c) sea-cow
4/30/2004:
consonance  
(b) accordance with
4/29/2004: reprehend  (a) find fault with
4/28/2004: tituberant  
(a) staggering
4/27/2004: coeval  
(d) co-existent
4/26/2004: lachrymal
pertaining to (c) tears
4/25/2004: macaque
(b) short-tailed monkey
4/24/2004: eidetic
(a) photographic recall
4/23/2004: malapert
(d) impudent person
4/22/2004: sub rosa
(b) "under the rose" in secret
4/21/2004: tintinabulation
(c) ringing of bells
4/20/2004: degagé
(c) casual
4/19/2004: mordent
(a) melodic trill
4/18/2004: fava
(a) the fava bean
4/17/2004: demarche
(d) protest
4/16/2004: mulatto
(b) racially mixed
4/15/2004: poikilothermic
(a) cold-blooded
4/14/2004: macula lutea
(a) central retinal region of most distinct vision
4/13/2004: prestidigitation
(c) sleight-of-hand
4/12/2004: misogynist-
(d) woman-hater
4/11/2004: munificent-
(b) very generous
4/10/2004: debridement-
(a) cleaning of a wound
4/9/2004: soidisant-
(c) self-styled
4/8/2004: sortilege-
(c) sorcery
4/7/2004: docent-
(d) teacher
4/6/2004: sabaceous-
(b) sandy
4/5/2004: quixotic-
(a) impractical
4/4/2004: halidom-
(c) holy sanctuary
4/3/2004: abigail-
(a) lady's maid
4/2/2004: acrophobia -
fear of (d) heights
4/1/2004: phlegmatic -
(b) calm
3/31/2004: candela -
(b) one candlepower
3/30/2004: murine -
pertaining to (d) mice and rats
3/29/2004: recidivist -
(b) tendency to relapse into criminal behavior
3/28/2004:
phlebotomist -
(a) specialist at drawing blood samples
3/27/2004:
concierge -
(c) French doorman/janitor
3/26/2004:
foulard -
(b) silk necktie or scarf
3/25/2004:
grampus -
(d) killer whale
3/24/2004:
nevus -
(d) birthmark
3/23/2004:
antipasto -
(a) appetiizer assortment
3/22/2004:
dunnage -
(b) personal belongings
3/21/2004: cynosure - (c) center of attention
3/20/2004:
apocryphal -
(c) of doubtful validity
3/19/2004:
desuetude -
(a) disuse
3/18/2004:
smarmy -
(a) gushingly flattering
3/17/2004:
mantra -
(c) sacred formula
3/16/2004:
bollix -
(d) bungle
3/15/2004:
indigene -
(b) a native
3/14/2004:
epithalamium -
(a) lyric wedding ode
3/13/2004:
manumit -
(a) to free from bondage
3/12/2004:
glabrous -
(d) hairless
3/11/2004:
marl -
(c) mineral-rich loam used as fertilizer
3/10/2004:
sabot -
(b) wooden shoe
3/9/2004:
bannock -
(b) pancake
3/8/2004:
bariatrics -
(a) treatment of obesity
3/7/2004:
asperate -
(c) to roughen
3/6/2004:  
irrefragrable -
(d) irrefutable
3/5/2004:  
disconsonant -
(a) at odds with
3/4/2004:  
lavaliere -
(a) pendant
3/3/2004:  
pontificate -
(c) to behave with pompous authority
3/2/2004:  
kuchen -
(b) coffee cake
3/1/2004:  
orrery -
(a) clockwork model of the solar system
2/29/2004:  
horology -
(d) science of time measurement
2/28/2004:  
gauche -
(b) lacking social grace
2/27/2004:  
bedight -
(c) to adorn
2/26/2004:  
fell -
(c) cruel
2/25/2004:  
peripatetic -
(b) walking from place to place
2/24/2004:  
eclectic -
(a) the best from diverse sources
2/23/2004:  
Albigenses -
(c) French Catholics excommunicated by the Inquisition
2/22/2004:  
fovea -
(d) small central region of sharpest vision in the eye
2/21/2004:  
rubicund -
(a) "the pink of health"
2/20/2004:  
immiscible -
(c) can't be mixed
2/19/2004:  
protean -
(d) changeable form
2/18/2004:  
bête noire -
(d) minor personal annoyance
2/17/2004:  
mistral -
(b) dry, cold European north wind
2/16/2004:  
prole -
(c) Roman citizen of the lowest (proletarian) class
2/15/2004:  
pragmatic -
(a) practical
2/14/2004:  
deus ex machina -
(c) In literature, an artificial plot twist introduced unnaturally out of thin air.
2/13/2004:  
laissez faire -
(d) minimal governmental interference
2/12/2004:  
lassitude -
(b) torpor
2/11/2004:  
comme il faut -
(b) appropriate
2/10/2004:  
alfresco -
(a) out of doors
2/9/2004:  
ken -
(c) to know
2/8/2004:  
hurdy-gurdy -
(b) crank-operated musical instrument
2/7/2004:  
gibbous -
(a) convex (more than half but less than full)
2/6/2004:  
temerity -
(d) recklessness
2/5/2004:  
obeisance -
(d) expression of deference
2/4/2004:  
badinage -
(c) banter
2/3/2004:  
oblate -
(a) flattened
2/2/2004:  
oblation -
(b) a religious offering
2/1/2004:  
choleric -
(a) easily angered
1/31/2004:  
videlicet -
(d) viz. ("namely")
1/30/2004:  
ablation -
(c) erosion or surgical excision
1/29/2004:  
ablution -
(a) cleansing
1/28/2004:  
palaquin -
(a) covered litter
1/27/2004:  
gallimaufry -
(b) a hodgepodge
1/26/2004:  
cornice -
(d) crown molding
1/25/2004:  
helot -
(c) serf
1/24/2004:  howdah -
(a) box seat on elephant
1/23/2004:  
atavar-  
(c) throwback caused by recessive gene
1/22/2004:  avatar-  (c) incarnation of a deity
1/21/2004:  
voluble-  
(a) talkative
1/20/2004:  
ungulate-  
(d) hooved
1/19/2004:  
bolometer-  
(b) temperature-measuring radiometer
1/18/2004:  
ad valorem-  
(c) in proportion to the valu
1/17/2004:  ad hominem-  (c) appealing to the emotions
1/16/2004:  
timbrel-  
(b) primitive tambourine
1/15/2004:  
aspersion-  
(a) slanderous remark
1/14/2004:  
bidet -  
(d) French commode that washes one's derrière
1/13/2004:  
imprecation -  
(b) curse
1/12/2004:  
mestizo -  
(c) European and Amerind mixed ancestry
1/11/2004:  
footpad -  
(d) street robber
1/10/2004:  
hiatus -  
(a) a discontinuity
1/9/2004:  
peradventure -  
(b) perhaps
1/8/2004:  
allium -  
(b) the onion family
1/7/2004:  
defenestration -  
(c) throwing out the window
1/6/2004:  
vicissitude -  
(d) unexpected change
1/5/2004:  
metier -  
(c) field of special competence
1/4/2004:  
apropos -  
(a) appropriate
1/3/2004:  
incommodious -  
(c) uncomfortable
1/2/2004:  marzipan -  (a) almond candy
1/1/2004:  pelorus -  (d) magnetic compass
12/31/2003:  xanthous -  
(d) light brown or yellowish
12/30/2003:  
billet doux -  
(b) love letter
12/29/2003:  
sojourn -  
(b) to stay for a time
12/28/2003:  
au courant -  
(a) informed aregarding current affairs
12/27/2003:  
preternatural -  
(c) supernatural
12/26/2003:  
persiflage -  
(a) banter
12/25/2003:  
masticate -  
(d) to chew
12/24/2003:  
denigrate -  
(c) to belittle
12/23/2003:  
dottle -  
(b) pipe tobacco ash
12/22/2003:  
lucubrations -  
(b) laborious study.
12/21/2003:  
nutria -  
(a) a So. Am. beaverlike animal (the coypu)
12/20/2003:  
thaumaturgy -  
(d) miracle-working
12/19/2003:  
thrall -  
(b) a slave
12/18/2003:  
blini -  
(c) small buckwheat pancake
12/17/2003:  
gillie -  
(c) sports shoe
12/16/2003:  
scintilla -  
(d) a minute amount
12/15/2003:  
consolute -  
(a) mutually soluble liquids
12/14/2003:  
chandler -  
(b) candle-maker; specialty dealer (viz., ship chandler)
12/13/2003:  
wain -  
(b) big farm wagon:
12/12/2003:  
sine die -  
(c) indefinitely: to adjourn without setting the next meeting date
12/11/2003:  
caveat emptor -  
(d) let the buyer beware
12/10/2003:  
dissemble -  
(c) to conceal behind a false semblance
12/9/2003:  
regurgitate -  
(a) spit up
12/8/2003:  
luff -  
(a) to sail into the wind; to flap while losing wind
12/7/2003:  
wassail -  
(b) a toast... viz., wine spiced with apples and sugar.
12/6/2003:  
bedizened -  
(d) to decorate tastelessly
12/5/2003:  
vicarious -  
(a) experienced empathetically
12/4/2003:  
gazebo -  
(b) free-standing, lattice-sided, roofed garden structure
12/3/2003:  
cognoscenti -  
(c) connoisseurs
12/2/2003:  
commode -  
(c) low chest of drawers
12/1/2003:  
broach -  
(a) a tapered piercing tool
11/30/2003:  
adipose -  
(d) fatty
11/29/2003:  
lacuna -  
(b) gap
11/28/2003:  
libration -  
(c) oscillations of a satellite, as seen from its primary
11/27/2003:  
iniquitous -  
(a) wicked
11/26/2003:  
cassowary -  
(a) moa-sized flightless New Guinea bird
11/25/2003:  
janissary -  
(d) loyal member of elite group
11/24/2003:  
irredentist -  
(d) one who seeks recovery of captured lands
11/23/2003:  
heuristic -  
(b) speculative guide to an investigation
11/22/2003:  
pleasance -  
(c) secret garden
11/21/2003:  
decant -  
(a) to pour off the liquid from sediment that has settled out
11/20/2003:  
descant -  
(c) to comment at length
11/19/2003:  crenulated -  
(d) having minutely notched projections
11/18/2003:  crenelated -  
(b) notched turret tops and wall crowns of medieval castles (openings for archers)
11/17/2003:  meet -  
(a) fitting and proper
11/16/2003:  raffish -  
(a) vulgar
11/15/2003:  cochineal -  
(c) brilliant red dye
11/14/2003:  deliquesce -  
(a) melt in moisture extracted from the air
11/13/2003:  portmanteau -  
(b) large, hinged carrying case
11/12/2003:  dishabille -  
(d) only partially dressed
11/11/2003:  immanent -  
(c) inherent
11/10/2003:  adumbrate -  
(c) to partially disclose
11/9/2003:  renitent -  
(b) opposed to change
11/8/2003:  osculate -  
(a) kiss
11/7/2003:  epiphany -  
(a) sudden intuitive realization
11/6/2003:  auscultate -  
(c) listening (e. g., through a stethoscope)
11/5/2003:  stanch -  
(d) to stop the flow of blood
11/4/2003:  lubricious -  
(b) lewd
11/3/2003:  fuchsia -  
(a) purplish-red
11/2/2003:  eschew -  
(c) avoid
11/1/2003:  lascivious -  
(d) lewd
10/31/2003: sybaritic -  
(d) hedonistic
10/30/2003: napery -  
(b) table linens
10/29/2003: coda -  
(a) closing musical or literary passage
10/28/2003: suppliant -  
(a) asking submissively
10/27/2003: xanthic -  
(c) yellowish
10/26/2003: stoma -  
(b) plant's breathing pore
10/25/2003: ineluctable -  
(d) unavoidable
10/24/2003: accolade -  
(c) an honor
10/23/2003: timorous -  
(a) fearful
10/22/2003: salutatory -  
(d) extending greetings
10/21/2003: lugubrious -  
(c) gloomy
10/20/2003: saprophyte -  
(c) plant living off dead plants
10/19/2003: Hobson's choice -  
(b) you have to take what's assigned to you
                (Hobson forced his customers to take the horse that was nearest to the stable door.)

10/18/2003: pyrrhic -  
(d) victory at an unaffordable cost
10/17/2003: encomium -  
(a) formal praise
10/16/2003: gorp -  
(a) granola mix
10/15/2003: tort -  
(c) damage for which someone is liable
10/14/2003: sycophant -  
(b) flatterer
10/13/2003: obsequious -  
(a) fawning
10/12/2003: chrysalis -  
(a) cocoon
10/11/2003: foramen -  
(d) an opening in a bone
10/10/2003: flout -  
(c) to scorn
10/9/2003: satrap -  
(b) provincial Persian governor
10/8/2003: abreaction -  
(c) emotional outpouring during psychotherapy
10/7/2003: fundament -  
(a) rump
10/6/2003: wyvern -  
(d) two-legged winged dragon
10/5/2003:
wallaby -  
(b) cousin to a kangaroo
10/4/2003:
graphologist -  
(b) handwriting expert
10/3/2003:
cerement -  
(c) waxed burial cloth
10/2/2003:
consonent with-  
(a) consistent with
10/1/2003:
tenebrous-  
(c) dark
9/30/2003:
libretto-  
(d) the text of an opera
9/29/2003:
refractory-  
(b) obstinate
9/28/2003:
defenestrate-  
(a) to throw out a window
9/27/2003:
cavil-  
(a) find fault
9/26/2003:
consomme-  
(c) bouillon broth
9/25/2003:
meretricious-  
(d) resembling a prositute
9/24/2003:
banal-  
(d) trite
9/23/2003:
apothegm-  
(b) witty saying
9/22/2003:
uxoricide-  
(c) murder of wife by husband
9/21/2003:
ethology-
study of  (a) animal behavior
9/20/2003:
celibate-
(d) has promised not to marry
9/19/2003:
caravel-
(b) 15th-century sailing ship
9/18/2003: mitre- (a) bishop's hat
9/17/2003:
libation-
(a) offering
9/16/2003:
quid pro quo-
(c) an equal exchange
9/15/2003:
umbrage-
(d) offense
9/14/2003:
perspicacity -
(a) insight
9/13/2003:
to essay -
(b) to attempt
9/12/2003:
anent -
(c) concerning
9/11/2003:
bistro -
(b) small bar
9/10/2003:
parfait -
(d) frozen dessert
9/9/2003:
distaff side -
(d) women' side
9/8/2003:
letter of marque -
(a) royal letter authorizing privateering
9/7/2003:
gallimaufry -
(b) a hodge-podge
9/6/2003:
piece de resistance -
(b) principal dish of a meal
9/5/2003:
jejune -
(c) insubstantial
9/4/2003:
sessile -
(d) lacking a stalk
9/3/2003:
cordon bleu -
(a) master chef
9/2/2003:
corn dodger -
(c) corn cake
9/1/2003: capote - (a) long, hooded coat
8/31/2003:
jerboa -
(a) kangaroo rat
8/30/2003:
mallow -
(d) flowering plant
8/29/2003:
pertinaceous -
(b) persistent
8/28/2003:
vermiculite -
(c) micaceous silicates used for insulation
8/27/200
engrailed -
(d) indented along the edge with small curves or dots
8/26/2003:
pursuivant -
(a) follower
8/25/2003:
cambium layer -
(d) growing layer in a tree trunk
8/24/2003:
algid -
(b) cold
8/23/2003:
invidious -
(b) envious
8/22/2003:
fiduciary -
(c) pertaining to a legal trust
8/21/2003:
- sine qua non -
(a) an essential condition
8/20/2003:
- trefoil -
(d) three-lobed leaf
8/19/2003:
- langouste -
(b) lobster
8/18/2003:
- dernier-
(a) final
8/17/2003:
- freehold-
(c) estate or office held for life
8/16/2003:
- callipygian-
(c) having a shapely derriere
8/15/2003:
- accouterments-
(b) soldier's gear; trappings
8/14/2003:
- autochthones-
(d) native plants or animals
8/13/2003:
- dressed to the nines-
(a) very elegantly dressed
8/12/2003:
- velour-
(d) felt
8/11/2003:
- pro bono-
(c) free legal aid for the puhblic good
8/10/2003:
- grunion-
(b) small fish
8/9/2003:
- putative -
(a) reputedly
8/8/2003:
- tyro -
(b) a beginner
8/7/2003:
-trollop -
(b) loose woman
8/6/2003:
-rogations -
(d) laws proposed by the government for approval by the people
8/5/2003:
-vespers -
(b) evening prayers
8/4/2003:
-tendentious -
(c) biased
8/3/2003:
-sententious -
(c) given to pompous moralizing
8/2/2003:
- malagueña -
(a) Spanish (Malaga) fandango
8/1/2003:
- andante -
(b) faster than adagio, slower than allegretto
7/31/2003:
- perforce -
(c) of necessity
7/30/2003: - de rigueur - (d) required by current fashion
7/29/2003: - travesty - (b) grotesque parody of a lofty wor
7/28/2003: - somatic
- (d) pertaining to the body
7/27/2003: - garrulous - (a) talkative
7/26/2003:
- lambent
- (b) luminous
7/25/2003:
- Koine
- (c) Hellenistic (common) Greek
7/24/2003:
- Aricept
is a popular drug for: -  (a) Alzheimer's Disease
7/23/2003:
- rill -
  (a) small stream
7/22/2003:
- anent -
  (b) concerning
7/21/2003:
- fugacious -
  (d) fleeting
7/20/2003:
- rodomontade -
  (a) pretentious bragging
7/19/2003:
- empery -
  (c) absolute sovereignty
7/18/2003:
- palanquin -
  (b) sedan chair
7/17/2003:
- valorize -
  (a) governmental price-setting
7/16/2003:
- muliebrity -
  (a) femininity
7/15/2003:
- animus -
  (d) bitter hatred
7/14/2003: - garner -  (c) acquire
7/13/2003: - shibboleth -  (b) common saying
7/12/2003: - ignis fatuus -  (c) delusion (glow, near ground)
7/11/2003: - derogate -  (c) to malign
7/10/2003: - hummus -  (a) pureed chickpeas and tahini (Mid-Eastern dish)
7/9/2003: - atavist -  (d) a throwback caused by a recessive gene
7/8/2003: - runcible -  (b) combination knife, fork and spoon
7/7/2003:
- a capella -
  (a) without instrumental accompaniment
7/6/2003: - au fait -  (a) expert
7/5/2003: - onomatopoiea -  (d) Words that sound like what they mean ("buzz")
7/4/2003: - ulna -  (a) forearm bone on little-finger side
7/3/2003: - palindrome -  (c) word or sentence that reads the same forward as backward (e. g., "ere)
7/2/2003: - skittle -  (b) a ninepin
7/1/2003: - shrievalty -  (a) jurisdiction of a sheriff
6/30/2003: - noblesse oblige -  (d) nobility's obligation to help the commoner
6-29-2003: - mortmain -  (b) controlled by the "deadd hand" of the past
6/28/2003: - peremptory -  (b) dictatorial
6/27/2003: - compleat -  (c) expert
6/26/2003: - calligraphy -  (a) art of fine penmanship
6/25/2003: - supercargo -  (d) ship's officer in charge of carg
6/24/2003: - thaumaturge -  (b) miracle worker
6/23/2003: - triage -  (a) priortizing treatment of wounded
6/22/2003: - shallop -  (c) open boat, oars and/or sails
6/21/2003: - gallus -  (c) trouser suspender
6/20/2003: - barratry -  (d) sale or purchase of church offices
6/19/2003: - albacore -  (c) type of tuna
6/18/2003: - redact -  (b) prepare for publicatio
6/17/2003: - puissant -  (b) powerful
6/16/2003: - paladin -  (a) heroic champion
6/15/2003: - pusillanimous -  (d) cowardly
6/14/2003: - abbatoir -  (c) slaughterhous
6/13/2003: - pejorative -  (a) disparaging
6/12/2003: - termagant -  (d) a scolding woman
6/11/2003: ---parlous -  (d) perilous,
6/10/2003: - virago -  (b) loud, domineering woman
6/9/2003: - bunting -  (c) flag cloth
6/8/2003: - extirpate -  (a) to exterminate
6/7/2003: - abrogate -  (d) to abolish by law
6/6/2003: - obfuscate -  (b) to confuse
6/5/2003: - madrigal -  (b) a polyphonic song
6/4/2003: - loquacious -  (c) very talkative
6/3/2003: - assoil -  (d) atone for
6/2/2003: - postillon -  (a) one who rides a leading horse to guide a coach
6/1/2003: - pettifog -  (c) to quibble ofver trivia
5/31/2003: - salacious -  (c) lustful
5/30/2003: - bromide -  (b) a platitude
5/29/2003: - eponym -  (d) place named after person ("Pittsburgh")
5/28/2003: - execrable -  (a) very bad
5/27/2003: - trunnion -  (d) pivot-pins on a cannon
5/26/2003: - fuller -  (c) iron-spreading hammer
5/25/2003: - marmoset -  (b) type of monkey
5/24/2003: - intrepid -  (b) fearless
5/23/2003: - cambric -  (a) finely woven fabric
5/22/2003: - lambrequin -  (d) short valence drapery
5/21/2003: - tocsin -  (b) alarm bell
5/20/2003: - Iberian -  pertaining to (c) the Iberian peninsula (Spain or Portugal)
5/19/2003: - caliginous -  (b) dark, gloomy
5/18/2003: - savoir-faire -  (b) says and does just right
5/17/2003: - madding -  (a)  frenzied
5/16/2003: - postiche -  (c)  toupee
5/15/2003: - dilatory -  (a) given to procrastination
5/14/2003: - diatribe -  (d) bitter denunciation
5/13/2003: - cooper -  (b) barrel maker
5/12/2003: - pastiche -  (d) imitation
5/11/2003: - atelier -  (c) artist's studio
5/10/2003: - repartee -  (c) swift, witty responses 
5/9/2003: - friable -  (a) easily crumbled
5/8/2003: - expatiate -  (b) to expand upon
5/7/2003: - burgeoning -  (d) developing rapidly
5/6/2003: - agnate -  (c) related on the father's side
5/5/2003: - quern -  (b) manual grain mill
5/4/2003: - hirsute -  (a) hairy
5/3/2003: - gannet -  (d) sea bird
5/2/2003: - de rigueur -  (a) required by custom
5/1/2003: - acerbate -  (a) to annoy
4/30/2003: - veronica -  (c) bull-fighting maneuver
4/29/2003: - garçon -  (d) waiter
4/28/2003: - hinterland -  (b) remote backcountry
4/27/2003: - atabeg -  (d) high Turkish official
4/26/2003: - scrapie -  (a) fatal sheep disease
4/25/2003: - archipelago -  (c) chain of sea islands
4/24/2003: - dissimulation -  (b) deception
4/23/2003: - mendacity -  (b) untruthfulness
4/22/2003: - fletcher -  (d) arrow maker
4/21/2003: - allamande -  (b) flowering vine
4/20/2003: - adventitious -  (a) acquired by chance
4/19/2003: - ferule -  (c)  rod for punishing
4/18/2003: - trebuchet -  (a)  catapult
4/17/2003: - mordant -  (d)  dye fixative
4/16/2003: - trenchant -  (b)  forceful 
4/15/2003: - birl -  (c)  to spin a floating log
4/14/2003: - olio -  (c)  hodgepodge
4/13/2003: - onus -  (a)  something disagreeable 
4/12/2003: - provenance -  (d)  source of something
4/11/2003: - orthotic -  (c) device supporting weakened joint 
4/10/2003: - tarsier -  (b) nocturnal primate
4/9/2003: -octaroon -  (c) one-eighth African-American
4/8/2003: -abjure -  (a) renounce
4/7/2003: -ancipital -  (d) two-edged
4/6/2003: - wadi -  (d) intermittent watercourse
4/5/2003: - chaparrel -  (c) dense thickets
4/4/2003: - cameral - pertaining to  (c) a chamber
4/3/2003: - hagiarchy - (b) theocracy
4/2/2003: - dugong - (a) marine mammal
4/1/2003: - escadrille - (b) European air unit
3/31/2003: - escargot - (d) edible snail
3/30/2003: - - (a) uncompromising
3/29/2003: - diaspora - (a) dispersion of population
3/28/2003: - burkha - (c) head-to-toe covering, with eyeholes
3/27/2003: - scrum - (b) Rugby formation
3/26/2003: - gregarious - (d) sociable
3/25/2003: - melange - (b) mixture
3/24/2003: - consubstantiation - (a) During communion, bread and wine coexist with Christ's body and blood 
3/23/2003: - Eblis - (c) Muslim devil
3/22/2003: - manatee - (d) sea cow
3/21/2003: - suborn - (c) to corrupt
3/20/2003: - magister - (c) magician
3/19/2003: - autochthonous - (b) indigenous
3/18/2003: - gravid - (a) pregnant
3/17/2003: - hacek - (d) pronunciation (diacritical) mark
3/16/2003: - penultimate - (d) next-to-last
3/15/2003: - hubris - (b) self-defeating arrogance
3/14/2003: - aliquot - (c) exact divisor
3/13/2003: - manumission - (d) emancipation
3/12/2003: - hasenpfeffer - (a) rabbit stew
3/11/2003: - anathema - (b) vehement denunciation
3/10/2003: - fiducial - (a) standard of reference
3/9/2003: - Hibernian - (a) Irish
3/8/2003: - avuncular- pertaining to  (c) an uncle
3/7/2003: - mulebriety-  (d) femininity
3/6/2003: - coryza-  (b) gives cold symptoms
3/5/2003: - colander-  (a) perforated bowl
3/4/2003: - siskin-  (a) Eurasian bird
3/3/2003: - quisling-  (c) puppet governor
3/2/2003: - psychrometer-  (d) type of hygrometer 
3/1/2003: - madrassah-  (b) Islamic school
2/28/2003: - eristic -  (a) constantly opposed
2/27/2003: - panegyric -  (b) elaborate praise
2/26/2003: - panache -  (d) verve
2/25/2003: - remanence -  (d) residual magnetism
2/24/2003: - erythema -  (c) sunburn
2/23/2003: - remonstrate -  (b) argue against an action
2/22/2003: - chatechize -  (a) teach through questions and answers
2/21/2003: - cantrip -  (b) magic spell
2/20/2003: - ecchymosis -  (d) bruise
2/19/2003: - sartorial -  pertaining to (c) tailored clothing
2/18/2003: - haberdashery -  (c) men's store
2/17/2003: - sobriquet -  (a) nickname
2/16/2003: - propitious -  (b) suitable
2/15/2003: - suzerain -  (d) mid-level feudal lord
2/14/2003: - benthic -  (b) bottom of the sea
2/13/2003: - anodyne -  (c) pain reliever
2/12/2003: - palimpsest -  (a) erasable parchment
2/11/2003: - chutzpah -  (c) brazen gall
2/10/2003: - galliard -  (d) dance
2/9/2003: - venery -  (d) sexual indulgence
2/8/2003: - raddle -  (b) twist together
2/7/2003: - kitsch -  (a) pretentious bad taste
2/6/2003: - furbelow -  (b) a ruffle
2/5/2003: - promontory -  (c) high rock jutting into water
2/4/2003: - gibbet -  (d) gallows
2/3/2003: - primogeniture -  (b) eldest child inherits all
2/2/2003: - imprimatur -  (d) approval to print
2/1/2003: - perforce -  (a) necessarily
1/31/2003: - abaft -  (a) toward the stern
1/30/2003: - diaphanous -  (b) semi-transparent
1/29/2003: - turpitude -  (d) depravity
1/28/2003: - foudroyant -  (c) dazzling
1/27/2003: - spikenard -  (a) expensive ointment
1/26/2003: - gibbet -  (a) gallows
1/25/2003: - Hymen -  (b) Greek god of marriage
1/24/2003: - chartreuse -  (d) yellow-green
1/23/2003: - concierge -  (a) doorman/janitor
1/22/2003: - Risorgimento -  (c) movement unifying Italy
1/21/2003: - enciente -  (b) pregnant
1/20/2003: - curcumin -  (b) yellow antioxidant in turmeric
1/19/2003: - trapezium -  (d)  rectangle with all sides unequal
1/18/2003: - atlatl -  (a)  throwing stick
1/17/2003: - ovine -  (c)  pertaining to sheep
1/16/2003: - ad hoc -  (c)  for a specific case
1/15/2003: - gamelan -  (d)  Javanese tuned chime
1/14/2003: - locum tenens -  (a) one who substitutes for another
1/13/2003: - Pieran Spring -  (b) fount of inspiration
1/12/2003: - pigeonwing -  (a)  dance
1/11/2003: - adamantine -  (c)  hard, unyielding
1/10/2003: - murine - pertaining to  (b) mice  
1/9/2003: - gallinaceous - pertaining to  (c) domestic fowl
1/8/2003: - froward -  (a) stubborn
1/7/2003: - gelid -  (d) very cold
1/6/2003: - matins -  (a) early part of day
1/5/2003: - prestidigitation -  (b) sleight of hand
1/4/2003: - tramontane -  (c) beyond the mountains
1/3/2003: - Lachesis -  (c) weaves the Thread of Life
1/2/2003: - didactic -  (d) morally instructive
1/1/2003: - fluvial - pertaining to  (a) a river
12/31/2002: - syzygy - (b) orbital alignment with sun
12/30/2002: - natation- (d) swimming
12/29/2002: - scatological - pertaining to (b) excrement or obscenity
12/28/2002: - anchorite - (a) secluded religious meditator
12/27/2002: - credulous - (c) gullible
12/26/2002: - batrachian - pertaining to (c) frogs and toads
12/25/2002: - sedulous - (d) assiduous
12/24/2002: - baksheesh - (b) gratuity (Islamic)
12/23/2002: - chiromancy - (a) palm-reading
12/22/2002: - vernal - (d) relating to spring
12/21/2002: - equinox- (c) March 21, September 21 when sun appears to cross the equator
12/20/2002: - assiduous- (d) diligent
12/19/2002: - presage- (c) foretell
12/18/2002: - onomatopoeia - (a) using words that sound like what they mean
12/17/2002: - canaille - (b) rabble
12/16/2002: - legerdemain - (b) sleight of hand
12/15/2002: - agaric - (a) the common-mushroom family
12/14/2002: - sachem - (d) Indian chief
12/13/2002: - calumet - (c) Indian pipe
12/12/2002: - forswear - (d) renounce
12/11/2002: - largesse - (b) generosity
12/10/2002: - vermiform - (a) worm-shaped
12/9/2002: - vapid - (c) lacking pizazz
12/8/2002: - kegler - (a) bowler
12/7/2002: - firth - (d) fjord
12/6/2002: - alopecia - (b) male-pattern baldness
12/5/2002: - titrate - (c) to measure concentration
12/4/2002: - intaglio - (c) pattern incised in stone or metal
12/3/2002: - imbroglio - (a) complicated situation
12/2/2002: - emolument - (d) payment
12/1/2002: - germane - (b) relevant to   
11/30/2002: - bract  -  (b) green petal protecting flower 
11/29/2002: - imbricate  -  (d) to overlap in a pattern
11/28/2002: - amerce  -  (c) to fine
11/27/2002: - natter  -  (d) chatter
11/26/2002: - chanson  -  (a) song
11/25/2002: - dernier cri -  (b) the latest fashion
11/24/2002: - fibula -  (a) one of two shinbones
11/23/2002: - dray -  (d) low, flat wagon
11/22/2002: - bagatelle -  (c) a trifle
11/21/2002: - Buridan's ass -  (d) placed precisely midway between two bales of hay, starved to death trying todecide which bale to approach first
11/20/2002: - anabasis -  (c) large scale military advance
11/19/2002: - ulna -  (b) bone in forearm
11/18/2002: - absolve -  (b) exonerate
11/17/2002: - solstice -  (a) longest/shortest day of the year
11/16/2002: - vernal -  pertaining to (d) spring
11/15/2002: - petit fours(c) diagonally-cut fourths of a sandwich
11/14/2002: - sinecure(d) job without duties
11/13/2002: - besom(a) broom
11/12/2002: - randy(a) horny
11/11/2002: - diaphanous (b) see-through
11/10/2002: - xylem (d) woody tissue in a plant
11/9/2002: - turgid (c) distended
11/8/2002: - fuliginous (a) sooty
11/7/2002: - Mycenae (d) Aegean
11/6/2002: - vixen (b) female fox
11/5/2002: - demitasse (b) small cup of strong black coffee
11/4/2002: - condign (c) appropriate
11/3/2002: - gouache (a) water-color method
11/2/2002: - dendrite (c) nerve ending
11/1/2002: - daemon (d) one engrossed in an activity
10/31/2002: - gazebo  (a) garden pavilion
10/30/2002: - rubric  (b) red-lettered title
10/29/2002: - inchoate  (d) incompletely formed
10/28/2002: - cartel  (b) companies organized to control prices
10/27/2002: - moraine  (c) glacially deposited stones
10/26/2002: - analemma  (c) sun's annual figure-eight "footprint"
10/25/2002: - myrmidon  (b) blindly obedient henchman
10/24/2002: - hircine pertaining to  (b) goats
10/23/2002: - egregious - (a) outrageous
10/22/2002: - cogent - (a) compelling
10/21/2002: - arrogate - (d) to unduly claim
10/20/2002: - contravene - (d) to go against
10/19/2002: - preponderate - (c) to outweigh
10/18/2002: - serendipity - (a) the making of accidental discoveries
10/17/2002: - ophidian - (b) pertaining to snakes
10/16/2002: - recuse - (a) disengage because of conflict of interest
10/15/2002: - impute - (a) to attribute
10/14/2002: - traduce - (d) to slander
10/13/2002: - moot - (c) open to discussion
10/12/2002: - scurrilous - (a) indecent language
10/11/2002: - captious - (c) quick to find fault
10/10/2002: - incorporeal - (b) not made of matter
10/9/2002: - pellucid - (b) transparent
10/8/2002: - plenary - (d) all-inclusive
10/7/2002: - dint - (b) a blow
10/6/2002: - deliquesce - (a) melt away
10/5/2002: - objurgate - (c) to chide vehemently
10/4/2002: - lupine - (d) pertaining to wolves
10/3/2002: - cervine - (d) pertaining to deer
10/2/2002: - vulpine - (b) pertaining to foxes
10/1/2002: - delinquescent - (a) hygroscopic
9/30/2002: - specious - (c) seemingly, but not really fair
9/29/2002: - venal - (a) corrupt
9/28/2002: - venial - (b) forgivable
9/27/2002: - adjure - (d) to plead
9/26/2002: - collusion - (b) underhanded cooperation
9/25/2002: - mendacious - (b) untruthful
9/24/2002: - decry - (c) disparage
9/23/2002: - descry - (a) to discover 
9/22/2002: - enamored - (d) in love
9/21/2002: - gourmand - (b) glutton
9/20/2002: - palindrome - (d) spelled the same forward or backward
9/19/2002: - potable - (a) drinkable
9/18/2002: - recidivist - (a) chronic offender
9/17/2002: - fractious - (c) rebellious
9/16/2002: - spelunker - (b) caver
9/15/2002: - parsimonious - (c)  stingy
9/14/2002: - abstemious - (a) sparing in die
9/13/2002: - sapid - (d) tasty
9/12/2002: - endue - (a) to provide some trait
9/11/2002: - halcyon - (a) peaceful
9/10/2002: - nefarious - (c) abominable
9/9/2002: - nexus - (b) connection
9/8/2002: - meretricious - (c) luring with false charms
9/7/2002: - lollygagging - (d) to loaf
9/6/2002: - clandestine - (b) sneaky
9/5/2002: - pariah - (a) outcast
9/4/2002: - detente - (a) lowering of international tensions
9/3/2002: - abrogate - (d) abolish
9/2/2002: - vitiate - (b) to weaken
9/1/2002: - querulous- (c) peevish
8/31/2002: - sanguine- (a) upbeat
8/30/2002: - parvenu- (c) nouveaux rich
8/29/2002: - lemniscate- (d) analemma-shaped
8/28/2002: - invidious- (d)  giving offense
8/27/2002: - purblind- (b) lacking understanding
8/26/2002: - attrition- (a) wearing down
8/25/2002: - floe- (c) mass of floating ice
8/24/2002: - interstices- (b) small openings
8/23/2002: - crotchety- (b) full of whims
8/22/2002: - frond- (c) leaf
8/21/2002: - atrabilious- (d) melancholy
8/20/2002: - coadjutor- (b) assistant
8/19/2002: - pullulate- (b) swarm
8/18/2002: - refulgent - (a) brilliant
8/17/2002: - chitterling- (c) part of small intestine
8/16/2002: - astringent - (c) styptic
8/15/2002: - croft - (b) small farm
8/14/2002: - quizzical - (c) odd
8/13/2002: - crepuscular - pertaining to (c) twilight
8/12/2002: - interloper - (a) intruder
8/11/2002: - crass - (a) gross
8/10/2002: - redolent - (a) fragrant
8/9/2002: - crapulous - (b) ill from overdrinking
8/8/2002: - prurient - (d) lewd
8/7/2002: - cozen - (d) cheat
8/6/2002: - integument - (d) outer covering
8/5/2002: - covert - (a) hidden
8/4/2002: - frenetic - (b) wildly excited
8/3/2002: - astrolabe - (b) astronomical instrument
8/2/2002: - coruscate - (d) sparkle
8/1/2002: - provender - (a) dry food for animals

7/31/2002: - culvert - (a) drain

7/30/2002:
- foray - (a) raid

7/29/2002:
- corollary - (b) consequence

7/28/2002:
- asteroid - (a) star-shaped body

7/27/2002:
- convoluted - (c) coiled

7/26/2002:
- insuperable - (a) insurmountable

7/25/2002:
- eolithic - pertaining to: (b) earliest human culture

7/24/2002:
- contiguous - (d) adjacent

7/23/2002:
- propitiate - (d) appease

7/22/2002:
- insinuate - (c) suggest slyly
7/21/2002:
- asseveration - (a) assertion

7/20/2002:
- contemn - (d) despise

7/19/2002:
- redaction - (b) submission

7/18/2002:
- foment - (b) instigate

7/17/2002:
- concupiscence - (c) burning desire

7/16/2002:
- ascetic - (c) self-denying

7/15/2002:
- concordat - (b) agreement

7/14/2002:
- inscrutable - (d) enigmatic

7/13/2002: - quietus - (d) release from life

7/12/2002:
- concomitant - (d) accompanying

7/11/2002:
- propinquity - (b) nearness

7/10/2002:
- commensurate - (d) proportionate

7/9/2002:
- arroyo - (b) gully

7/8/2002:
- foible - (c) frailty

7/7/2002:
- prophylactic - (c) preventive

7/6/2002:
- cinnebar - (a) bright-red mineral

7/5/2002:
- ensconced - (c) snugly settled

7/4/2002:
- conch - (d) spiral shell

7/3/2002:
- inordinate - (b) excessive

7/2/2002:
- jape - (d) trick

7/1/2002:
- cinerary - (d) ashes

6/30/2002:
- concatenation - (d) linking together

6/29/2002:
- fluted - (d) grooved
6/28/2002:
- apprise - (d) inform

6/27/2002:
- recrimination - (a) counter-accusation

6/26/2002:
- prognathous - (a) having projecting jaws

6/25/2002:
- cinerary - pertaining to (d) ashes

6/24/2002:
- apposite -(b) appropriate

6/23/2002:
- profligacy - (d) dissoluteness

6/22/2002:
- fugacious - (b) transitory

6/21/2002:
- floe - (c) mass of floating ice

6/20/2002:
- chine - (d) backbone

6/19/2002:
- emulate - (c) strive to equal

6/18/2002:
- mutation - (a) variation

6/17/2002:
- aphasia - (d) loss of speech

6/16/2002:
- cheetah - (c) catlike animal

6/15/2002:
- indenture - (a) written contract

6/14/2002:
- prodigality - (c) lavishness

6/13/2002:
- concatenation - (d) linking together

6/12/2002:
- anthropomorphic - (d) having human form

6/11/2002:
- chaparrel - (a) thicket

6/10/2002:
- flocculent - (a) fluffy

6/9/2002:
- relegate - (c) assign to an inferior position

6/8/2002:
- motley - (d) variegated

6/7/2002:
- empyrean - (a) the firmament on high

6/6/2002:
- chapparel - (a) thicket

6/5/2002:
- conative - relating to  (a) an attempt to perform an action

6/4/2002:
- anneal - (d) temper

6/3/2002:
- proclivity - (d) natural tendency

6/2/2002:
- incontinent - (a) unrestrained

6/1/2002:
- emollient - (b) soothing
5/31 /2002:
- comstockery - (d) overzealous censorship

5/30 /2002:
- quagmire - (c) bog

5/29 /2002:
- recrimination - (a) counter-accusation

5/28 /2002:
- morganatic - (b) marriage of royalty to a commoner

5/27 /2002:
- ancillary - (b) auxiliary

5/26 /2002:
- baroque - (a) extravagantly ornamented

5/25 /2002:
- flippancy - (a) levity

5/24 /2002:
- embryonic - (d) rudimentary

5/23/2002:
- garrulity - (d) talkativeness

5/22/2002:
- probity - (b) integrity

5/21/2002:
- incidence - (a) rate of occurrence

5/20/2002:
- ana - (b) collection of odd literary items

5/19/2002:
- emblazon - (b) adorn magnificently

5/18/2002:
- chaffer - (a) haggle

5/17/2002:
- mordacious - (d) caustic

5/16/2002:
- amulet - (a) charm

5/15/2002:
- fillip - (d) stimulus
5/14/2002:
- reprehensible - (b) blameworthy

5/13/2002:
- privy - (a) sharing secret knowledge

5/12/2002:
- ampersand - (a) the symbol &

5/11/2002:
- incarcerate - (b) imprison

5/10/2002:
- incantation - (d) magic formula

5/9/2002: - comestibles -(c) food

5/8/2002:
- verger -(c) minor church official

5/7/2002:
- elegiac -(d) laudatory

5/6/2002:
- effigy - (a) image

5/5/2002:
- bastion - (a) part of a fortification

5/4/2002:
- centripetal - (a) attracted to the center

5/3/2002:
- mitigate - (a) soften

5/2/2002:
- dulcimer - (c) musical instrument

5/1/2002:
- predicate - (a) base upon facts

4/30/2002:
- ambergris - (c) perfume base

4/29/2002:
- fetid - (c) malodorous
4/28/2002:
- predatory - (d) plundering

4/27/2002:
- inination - (c) silliness

4/26/2002:
- barnacle - (a) shell-bearing sea animal

4/25/2002:
- postprandial - (b) after-dinner

4/24/2002:
- reprobate - (a) sinner

4/23/2002:
- minion - (d) hanger-on

4/22/2002:
- fenestrated - (a) having windows
4/21/2002:
- virulent - (c) venomous

4/20/2002:
- baize - (c) coarse woolen cloth

4/19/2002:
- curmudgeon - (b) churlish fellow

4/18/2002:
- ululate - (c) howl

4/17/2002:
- altruistic - (a) unselfish

4/16/2002:
- extrinsic - (a) not inherent

4/15/2002:
- barbate - (b) jagged

4/14/2002:
- altercation - (c) angry dispute

4/13/2002:
- doxology - (b) hymn of praise

4/12/2002:
- miasma - (c) poisonous exhalation

4/11/2002:
- feracious -(c) fruitful

4/10/2002:
- alembic - (d) distilling vessel

4/9/2002:
- tautology - (a) superfluous repetition

4/8/2002:
- dudgeon - (b) resentment

4/7/2002:
- inadvertence - (c) oversight

4/6/2002:
- centrifugal - (b) flying from the center

4/5/2002:
- wattle - (d) fleshy flap

4/4/2002:
- plankton - (b) microscopic life

4/3/2002:
- maunder - (c) talk incoherently

4/2/2002:
- cenotaph - (b) empty tomb

4/1/2002:
- iconoclast - (b) attacker of tradition

3/31/2002:
- strepitant - (b) boisterous

3/30/2002:
- hypothecate - (d) mortgage

3/29/2002:
- plangent - (b) resounding deeply

3/28/2002:
- fecundity - (b) fertility

3/27/2002:
- extant - (d) still in existence

3/26/2002:
- farthingale - (d) hoop skirt

3/25/2002:
- afflatus - (d) inspiration

3/24/2002:
- mastodon - (c) extinct elephant

3/23/2002:
- raucous - (d) harsh-sounding

3/22/2002:
- dolorous - (c) sorrowful

3/21/2002: - sluice - (d) artificial water channel

3/20/2002:
- expostulation - (b) remonstrance

3/19/2002:
- martingale - (b) harness strap

3/18/2002:
- wicket - (b) gate

3/17/2002:
- accoutrements - (b) equipment

3/16/2002:
- plagiarize - (c) appropriate another's ideas

3/15/2002:
- edacious - (d) devouring

3/14/2002:
- daedal - (d) ingenious (from Daedulus, who was the greatest artizen, and who fashioned Icarus' wings)

3/13/2002:
- pendulous - (c) hanging down loosely

3/12/2002:
- scrimshaw - (a) carved, decorated object

3/11/2002:
- fustian - (c) bombastic

3/10/2002:
- prevenience - (d) foresighted action

3/9/2002:
- baldric - (c) belt for sword

3/8/2002:
- abash - (c) embarrass

3/7/2002:
- posset - (c) spiced hot drink

3/6/2002:
- myopic - (c) short-sighted

3/5/2002:
- gnomen - (a) type of indicator

3/4/2002:
- frieze - (b) ornamental strip

3/3/2002:
- esculent - (d) edible

3/2/2002:
- cenobite - (c) monk living communally

3/1/2002:
- inanition - (b) emptiness

2/28/2002:
- hobbledehoy - (a) gawky lad

2/27/2002:
- diurnal - (c) daily

2/26/2002:
- refection - (b) light meal

2/25/2002:
- jowl - (c) jaw

2/24/2002:
- colophon - (d) publisher's ornamental device

2/23/2002:
- speleology - study of: (a) caves

2/22/2002:
- dialectics - (d) logical argumentation

2/21/2002:
- hyperborean - (b) frigid

2/20/2002:
- celibate - (a) unmarried

2/19/2002:
- caryatid - (d) column in shape of female figure

2/18/2002:
- titivate - (d) spruce up

2/17/2002:
- cinnabar - (a) bright-red mineral

2/16/2002:
- succulent - (d) juicy

2/15/2002:
- petard - (a) explosive device

2/14/2002:
- misprision - (d) official misconduct
2/13/2002:
- doggeral - (d) trivial verse

2/12/2002:
- catharsis - (a) emotional purgation

2/11/2002:
- debenture - (c) amount due

2/10/2002:
- pilchard - (d) young herring
2/9/2002: - imponderable - (c) incapable of being weighed

2/8/2002:
- privative - (b) making negative

2/7/2002:
- disquisition - (c) dissertation

2/6/2002:
- agglomeration - (d) confused mess

2/5/2002:
- affront - (b) insult

2/4/2002:
- colander - (c) strainer

2/3/2002:
- exude - (c) ooze out

2/2/2002:
- complicity - (c) sharing of wrongdoing

2/1/2002:
- discrete - (a) discrete

1/31/2002:
- capitulate - (d) surrender

1/30/2002:
- arraign - (c) bring before a court

1/29/2002:
- murrain - (a) plague

1/28/2002:
- militate - (a) work against

1/27/2002:
- lintel - (d) bar above a door

1/26/2002:
- mollification - (b) softening of ruffled feelings

1/25/2002:
- perquisite - (c) prerogative

1/24/2002:
- pertinacious - (c) stubbornly persistent

1/23/2002:
- vertiginous - (b) dizzy

1/22/2002:
- comatose - (c) unconscious

1/21/2002:
- covert - (a) hidden

1/20/2002:
- mastic - (b) kind of resin

1/19/2002:
- tussock - (a) thick clump of grass

1/18/2002:
- marmot - (d) monkey

1/17/2002: - votary - (a) worshipper

1/16/2002: - subliminal - (d) subconscious

1/15/2002: - vouchsafe - (d) accept responsibility for

1/14/2002: - whorl - (c) spiral design

1/13/2002: - livid - (b) black and blue

1/12/2002: - actuarial - (d) relating to statistical calculations

1/11/2002: - pylon - (a) gateway

1/10/2002: - matutinal - (a) early

1/9/2002: - mescaline - (d) drug producing hallucinations

1/8/2002: - gastronomy - (a) art of good eating

1/7/2002: - winnow - (a) sort out by sifting

1/6/2002: - suppurate - (c) form pus

1/5/2002: - exiguous - (b) meager

1/4/2002: - adjunct - (b) addition

1/3/2002: - blatant - (d) noisily obtrusive

1/2/2002: - parturition - (b) childbirth

1/1/2002: - lectern - (d) reading desk

12/31/2001: - manifesto - public declaration

12/30/2001: - decadent - (a) deteriorating

12/29/2001: - malleable - (d) pliant

12/28/2001: - euphism - (a) excessive elegance of language

12/27/2001: - impinge - (a) encroach

12/26/2001: - ictus - (b) verse stress

12/25/2001: - polity - (d) basic structure of a government

12/24/2001: - catalytic - (a) accelerating an action

12/23/2001: - figment - (a) something imagined

12/22/2001: - complaisant - (b) obliging

12/21/2001: - pother - (c) disturbance

12/20/2001: - lanyard - (b) short rope

12/19/2001: - hortatory - (c) urging

12/18/2001: - jocund - (a) cheerful

12/17/2001: - jocose - (b) playful

12/16/2001: - breviary - (b) prayer book

12/15/2001: - batten - (d) grow fat

12/14/2001: - depredation - (d) plundering

12/13/2001: - bezel - (d) edge of a cutting tool

12/12-2001: - detrition - (a) wearing away

12/11/2001: - cadge - (d) beg

12/10/2001: - pannier - (a) large wicker basket

12/9/2001: - supercilious - (c) haughty

12/8/2001: - sporadic - (c) occurring at irregular intervals

12/7/2001: - plaudit - (a) expression of approval

12/6/2001: - pachyderm - (c) thick-skinned animal - (typically, an elephant) - "pachy" = thick, "derm" = skin

12/5/2001: - cacchination - (a) loud laughter

12/4/2001: - zany - (d) clown

12/3/2001: - ziggurat - (d) pyramidal temple

12/2/2001: - paraclete - (c) advocate

12/1/2001: - tumbrel - (c) two-wheeled cart

11/30/2001: - slough - (a) marsh

11/29/2001: - sirocco - (a) hot wind

11/28/2001: - tatterdemalion -(c) ragamuffin

11/27/2001: - vitreous - (d) glassy

11/26/2001: - perfunctory - (a) superficial

11/25/2001: - subsume - (c) include

11/24/2001: - tactile - (a) capable of being touched

11/23/2001: - capillary - pertaining to (d) thin tube

11/22/2001: - expiate - (a) atone

11/21/2001: -febrile - (c) feverish

11/20/2001: - percipience - (c) keen perception

11/19/2001: - livid - (c) sensational

11/18/2001: - talon - (d) claw

11/17/2001: - - (d) glassy
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11/16/2001: - licentious - (c) wanton

11/15/2001: - mayhem - (c) criminal mutilation

11/14/2001: - joist - (c) timber laid horizontally

11/13/2001: - levity - (a) frivolity

11/12/2001: - hoyden - (a) tomboy

11/11/2001: - homily - (c) sermon

11/10/2001: - sunder - (a) break apart
11/9/2001: - sporadic - (c) occurring at irregular intervals
11/8/2001: - calescent - (c) growing warm

11/7/2001: - symbiotic - (d) living in close association

11/6/2001: - volition - (d) power of willing

11/5/2001: - exoteric - (b) easily understood

11/4/2001: - carrion - (c) dead flesh

11/3/2001: - cantilever - (b) supporting bracket

11/2/2001: - categorically - (c) unqualifiedly

11/1/2001: - caitiff - (b) person of low character

10/31/2001: - calligraphy - (c) beautiful handwriting

10/30/2001: - whilom -(c) quondam

10/29/2001: - welter -(b) confusion

10/28/2001: - polity - (d) basic structure of a government

10/27/2001: - peremptory - (d) absolute

10/26/2001: - pennate - (a) winged

10/25/2001: - spume - (b) foam

10/24/2001: - impinge - (a) encroach
10/23/2001: - neap - (d) the lowest low tide

10/22/2001: - edentate - (c) toothless

10/21/2001: - debauch - (d) corrupt

10/20/2001: - blatant - (d) noisily obtrusive

10/19/2001: - germinate - (b) sprout

10/18/2001: - abrade - (a) rub off

10/17/2001: - sporadic - (c) occurring at irregular intervals

10/16/2001: - sleazy - (b) disgusting

10/15/2001: - peruse - (c) read through

10/14/2001: - slough - (a) marsh

10/13/2001: - euphuism - (a) excessive elegance of language

10/12/2001: - hackles - (c) bristles on a dog's back

10/11/2001: - bibulous - (a) addicted to drink

10/10/2001: - terrapin - (d) turtle

10/9/2001: - semantics - studies dealing with  (c) changes in meanings of words

10/8/2001: - salver - (a) tray

10/7/2001: - panoply - (d) full array

10/6/2001: -nomadic - (a) wandering

10/5/2001: - skittles - (c) bowling game

10/4/2001: - soporific - (b) inducing sleep

10/3/2001: - upbraid - (a) chide

10/2/2001: - olfactory - pertaining to:  (a) sense of smell

10/1/2001: - eviscerate - (a) disembowel

9/30/2001: - abnegation - (b) renunciation
9/29/2001: - unmitigated - (a) downright

9/28/2001: -talon - (d) claw

9/27/2001: -reticulated - (b) in a network pattern

9/26/2001: - porphyry - (c) reddish-purple rock

9/25/2001: - plinth - (c) square stone base
9/24/2001: - obsidian - (c) glassy black volcanic rock with sharp edges

9/23/2001: - nirvana - (c) compete inner calm

9/22/2001: - - (c) venomous

9/21/2001: - revulsion - (b) a drawing back in disgust

9/20/2001: - effulgent - (b) radiant

9/19/2001: - diaeresis - (b) two dots over a vowel (an umlaut)

9/18/2001: - dross - (b) worthless matter

9/17/2001: - emendation - (b) correction

9/16/2001: - desuetude - (c) disuse

9/15/2001: - sibylline - (b) oracular

9/14/2001: - senescence - (a) process of growing old

9/13/2001: - simian - (c) apelike

9/12/2001: - juxtapose - (d) put side by side
9/11/2001: - haft - (b) knife handle 
9/10/2001: - popinjay - (a) fop

9/9/2001: - carapace - (c) animal shell

9/8/2001: - cabala - (a) mystical doctrine

9/7/2001: - bittern - (b) marsh bird

9/6/2001: - brummagem - (c) tinsel

9/5/2001: - palpable - (d) obvious

9/4/2001: - guise - (d) appearance

9/3/2001: - implacable - (d) unappeasable

9/2/2001: - ormulu - (c) imitation gold

9/1/2001: - beldam - (a) old woman

8/31/2001: - psitticism - (c) parrot-like speech

8/30/2001: - talesman , talisman - (a) charm

8/29/2001: - sequacious - (b) following

8/28/2001: - squalid - (a) unclean

8/27/2001: - dado - (d) middle section of a pedestal

8/26/2001: - hibernal - (d) Irish

8/25/2001: - decoction - (a) liquid preparation

8/24/2001: - deciduous - (b) not evergreen (sheds leaves in the fall)

8/23/2001: - depilate - (c) remove hair

8/22/2001: - serried - (d) crowded together

8/21/2001: - niggling - (c) finicky

8/20/2001: - gustatory - pertaining to taste

8/19/2001: - supervene - (d) to happen in addition

8/18/2001: - runnel - (d) small stream

8/17/2001: - coadjutor - (c) partner

8/16/2001: - collop - (d) a small piece of meat

8/15/2001: - orison - (d) prayer

8/14/2001: - lexicographer - (c) dictionary maker

8/13/2001: - brindled - (b) streaked with a darker color

8/12/2001: - trumpery - (d) showy trash, tinselly glitz

8/11/2001: - orotund - (b) resonant

8/10/2001: - odalisque - (a) Oriental female slave

8/9/2001: - hustings - (a) election platform

8/8/2001: - ligneous - (a) wood-like

8/7/2001: - oriflamme - (b) battle standard (pennon) 
8/6/2001: - bilboes - (c) fetters 
8/5/2001: - overweening- (d) arrogant 
8/4/2001: - execrate - (d) detest

8/3/2001: - libidinous - (c) lustful

8/2/2001: - scurf - (d) dandruff

8/1/2001: - tellurian - (a) pertaining to the Earth (or to earth)

7/31/2001: - speleological - (a) pertaining to caves. A speleological society is a cave research or exploration organization.

7/30/2001: - cockatrice - (b) a mythical serpent that can kill at a glance (see also basilisk at the bottom of this page.)

7/29/2001: - bight - (c) (1) the middle or slack part of an extended rope ("bowline on a bight"); (2) a bend or curve; (3) a bay formed by such a curve

7/28/2001: - (b) preempt - establish a prior claim

7/27/2001: - (d) seraglio - harem

7/26/2001: - (a) histrionic - dramatic

7/25/2001: - (c) deglutition - swallowing

7/24/2001: - (b) sumptuary - (1) regulating expenditure (2) regulating personal behavior on moral or religious grounds. ( Sumptuous is what you get when you don't regulate expenditures.)

7/23/2001: - (c) tarn - a small mountain lake

7/22/2001: - (b) careen - lurch

7/21/2001: - diaphoretic - stimulating perspiration, sudorific

7/20/2001: - humectant - anti-perspirant... the opposite of sudorific

7/19/2001: - demesne - domain, yard, personal land

7/18/2001: -erose - having irregular, notched edges

7/17/2001: - peristyle - an enclosure bounded by peripheral columns or styles

7/16/2001: - crepitate - to make a crackling or rattling sound

7/15/2001: - reproof - censure

7/14/2001: - ecdysis - moulting

7/13/2001: - comity - atmosphere of social comity, comity of nations

7/12/2001: - heinous - grossly wicked, abominable

7/11/2001: - deleterious - harmful

7/10/2001: - recondite - abstruse , difficult to understand

7/9/2001: - gibbous - hunchbacked - used to describe the moon when it's three-quarters full

7/8/2001: - esurient - voracious, hungry, greedy


7/7/2001: - deracinate - to pull up by the roots

7/6/2001: - codacil - an addition to a will

7/5/2001: - tantamount - equivalent

7/4/2001: - exegesis - critical explanation of a text... e. g., Biblical text

7/3/2001: - affiant - betrothed, engaged

7/2/2001: - nugatory - of trifling importance

7/1/2001: - endogenous - "outer-generated" - arising externally, as opposed to indigenous, or internally supplied (" indigenes" are natives)

6/30/2001: - gonfalon - a banner suspended from a crosspiece

6/29/2001: - bespeak - (1) to foretell; (2) to engage or claim in advance; (3) to indicate

6/28/2001: - peculation - thievery of goods entrusted to one - defalcation

6/27/2001: - littoral - pertaining to the shore or seacoast

6/26/2001: - epicene - sexless

6/25/2001: - eructate - to burp or belch

6/24/2001: - saltatory - leaping - "eight lords a-leaping" - "Saltatory lizards, Sandy!"<

6/23/2001: - absolution - forgiveness

6/22/2001: - de jure/de facto - de jure means "by law" or what's officially supposed to happen. de facto means "in fact" or what actually does happen.

6/21/2001: - du jour - "of the day" - soup du jour is the soup of the day

6/20/2001: - afferent - bringing toward a central point

6/19/2001: - cicatrix - scar tissue

6/18/2001: - mot - witty remark; bon mot - good witty remark

6/17/2001: - mot juste - the fitting word or phrase to describe something: a well-turned phrase

6/16/2001: - parquet - the (often curved) section of theater floor between the orchestra pit and the audience; a floor of parquetry: a cross-hatched mosaic of rectangular blocks of wood; parquet circle - the floor of a theater that lies underneath the balcony or loggia


6/15/2001: - unwonted - unusual, not habitual

6/14/2001: - termagant - a quarrelsome, shrewish woman

6/13/2001: - obeisance - deference

6/12/2001: - palpate - to examine by touching and tactile feel

6/11/2001: - percipience - keen perception

6/10/2001: - nepotism - favoritism to a member of the family

6/9/2001: - temerarious - reckless, rash

6/8/2001: - peroration - (1) to conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation; (2) to speak at great length, often in a grandiloquent manner, to declaim

6/7/2001: - transmogrify - to change into a different shape, especially one that's fantastic

6/6/2001: - haberdashery - the goods sold by a men's goods store

6/5/2001: - sartorial - relating to a tailor; tailored

6/4/2001: - rhapsodic - ecstatic

6/3/2001: - salacious - lewd, wanton, obscene

6/2/2001: - simony - the buying and selling of ecclesiastical offices or powers

6/1/2001: - litany - repeated series of responses (during "responsive reading")

5/31/2001: - surcease - relief

5/30/2001: - abut - to lie adjacent, to touch alongside or at one end

5/29/2001: - caesura - rhythmic break, as in music or poetry

5/28/2001: - estivate - to spend the summer, especially in a state of dormancy

5/27/2001: - marmoreal - pertaining to marble

5/26/2001: - spoliation - despoiling or plundering, seizing neutral vessels at sea

5/25/2001: -imbrue - to stain

5/24/2001: - macerate - to ret (soften by soaking)

5/23/2001: - piscatorial - relating to fish (pisces)

5/22/2001: - heinous - monstrous, horrible

5/21/2001: - distrait - absentminded, bemused

5/20/2001: - obeisance - deference, genuflection

5/19/2001: - nugatory - trifling, belittling

5/18/2001: - abstruse - recondite , abstract, difficult to understand

5/17/2001: - sartorial - relating to a tailor, or tailored clothing - "She was a fashion-plate of sartorial splendor."

5/16/2001: - ambiance - the special or distinctive atmosphere surrounding a person, place, or thing

5/15/2001: - lambent - flickering lightly over the surface; effortless brilliance; having a gentle glow

5/14/2001: - ineffable - indescribable or unspeakable

5/13/2001: - redoubtable - (1) formidable, arousing fear or awe; (2) worthy of respect or honor

5/12/2001: - fane - a temple or halidom - to profane is to defile a temple


5/11/2001: - factor - your trade representative in a foreign port (necessary in the days of wooden ships)

5/10/2001: - firkin - a small wooden keg or barrel... about 9 gallons, compared to 55 gallons for a full barrel

5/9/2001: - beau geste - "gallant gesture" - a gallant but insubstantial gesture

5/8/2001: - mestizo - European/Indian male (half-breed)

5/7/2001: - raglan - loose garment, with slanted shoulders, and sleeves extending to the neck

5/6/2001: - panne finish - high-luster finish

5/5/2001: -choleric - bad-tempered

5/4/2001: - harridan - vicious, scolding woman

5/3/2001: - garrote - an iron collar screwed tight

5/2/2001: -blesbok - an African antelope with curved horns and a white face

5/1/2001: - pillion (postillion) - a second seat on a horse or motorcycle (to ride postillion)

4/30/2001: - calimari - squid or octopus (an Hawaiian delicacy)

4/29/2001: - bluestocking - a pedantic or scholarly woman

4/28/2001: - factotum - a general factotum is a jack-of-all trades, a handyman-around-the-house

4/27/2001: - kachina - Hopi rain-making doll

4/26/2001: - ipso facto  - "by the fact itself", "An alien, ipso facto, has no right to a U. S. passport."

4/25/2001: - ipse dixit  -  "he himself said it." - unsupported claims

4/24/2001: - culver  - pigeon ("Culver City")

4/23/2001: - bosky - wooded

4/22/2001: -lucubrations - laborious study or writing; pedantry

4/21/2001: - batrachian - concerning toads and frogs

4/19/2001: gasconade - bravado, boastfulness; a rodomontade, bombast, jactitation, braggadacio, fanfaronade

4/18/2001: orthoepy - pertaining to pronunciation

4/17/2001: pediment - the triangular peak on the facade of a building

4/16/2001: gramercy - an expression of surprise or astonishment: "gramercy!", as in "mercy!" (Gramercy Park)

4/15/2001: ansate - having a handle (An ansate cross is a cross with a circular handle at the top.)

4/14/2001: amanuansis - a scrivener, a stenographer or copier of manuscripts

4/13/2001: uxorial - henpecked/ uxoricide - murder of a wife

4/12/2001: iodopsin - light-sensitive retinal pigment (like rhodopsin, for night vision)

4/11/2001: ganja - resinous form of marijuana

4/10/2001: sudorific - inducing sweat

4/9/2001: sudorific - a diaphoretic... something given to induce perspiration.

4/8/2001: otiose - idle, lazy, shiftless

4/7/2001: shamus - a gumshoe, a detective, a "Dick Tracy"

4/6/2001: monstrance - vessel in which the Eucharist is served

4/5/2001: psalter - ancient (Biblical) stringed instrument plucked with a plectrum

4/4/2001: Galatea - ivory statue brought to life by Aphrodite upon pleas by Pygmalion

4/3/2001: patisserie   a bakery specializing in French pastry -

4/2/2001: melange - a  pastiche , a gallimaufry , a pasticcio , a hodgepodge, a salmagundi, an omnium-gatherum

4/1/2001: gamin, gamine - neglected boy/girl-

3/31/2001: caracul - the curly wool of the Karacul lamb

3/30/2001: periphrastic - to beat around the bush

3/29/2001: ramification - a branching; a complicating development or consequence

3/28/2001: loggia - balcony; roofed, open walkway supported by columns

3/27/2001: widdershins - in the opposite direction, backwards

3/26/2001: animadversion - hostility

3/25/2001: pursuivant - a follower or attendant

3/24/2001: bijou - a small, exquisitely-wrought trinket

3/23/2001: discombobulate - confuse

3/22/2001: apologue - a moral fable

3/21/2001: jejune - 1. lacking in nutrition  2. uninteresting  3. immature-acting

3/20/2001: decanal - referring to a dean

3/19/2001: lugubrious - Mournful, especially to an exaggerated or ridiculous degree

3/18/2001: lagniappe - A small gift resented by a store owner to his customer; an unexpected small gift, like a bone for the dog

3/17/2001: cachepot - an ornamental container for a flower pot

3/16/2001: trogdolyte - a prehistoric cave (antre )-dweller, a caveman

3/15/2001: oeuvre - the sum of an artist's life work (as in "chef d'oeuvre")

3/14/2001: persiflage - light, good-humored banter

3/13/2001: turbot - a European flatfish

3/12/2001: picaresque - roguish

3/11/2001: wahini - (1) Polynesian woman; (2) female surfer

3/10/2001: osier - a willow, with rod-like twigs used in basketry

3/9/2001: entomology - The scientific study of insects

3/8/2001: etiology - (1)The study of causes or origins; (2) the branch of medicine that deals with the causes of disease.

3/7/2001: pellucid - clear, hyaline


3/6/2001: etiolate - to whiten

3/5/2001: etymology - the study of the origin of words and other linguistic forms (as distinguished from an entomology , the study of insects)

3/4/2001: gorp - trail mix

3/3/2001: tai chee - A Chinese system of exercises for meditation, the development of self-discipline, and a sense of well-being

3/2/2001: homeopathy - Treatment with minute quantities of substances that in massive doses cause the disease being treated

3/1/2001: haptic -     , pertaining to the sense of touch - "One of the features forecast for future computers is haptic feedback, so that you really can 'reach out and touch someone'."

2/28/2001: lugubrious - mournful, especially to a ludicrous degree

2/27/2001: hirsute - hairy

2/26/2001: antinomy - opposition between principles: the thesis and the antithesis, or both sides of an argument

2/25/2001: persiflage - banter, badinage

2/24/2001: hyetal - rainy, pluvial

2/23/2001: picayune - petty, paltry - Is the new Orleans newspaper called "The Picayune"?

2/22/2001: splenetic - ill-humored

2/21/2001: Hobson's choice - An apparently free choice that offers no real alternative. Thomas Hobson kept a stable in which customers were required to take the horse nearest to the door.

2/20/2001: Procrustean - Ruthless measures to enforce conformity, after a mythical Greek giant who shortened or stretched his captives to make them fit his bed

2/19/2001: pelagic - pertaining to deep water in seas and oceans, rather than near the land


2/18/2001: buccal- pertaining to the cheek

2/17/2001: handsel - (1) earnest money  (2) a foretaste of what is to come  (3) the money taken in during the first day of a new busines

2/16/2001: damascened - covered with wavy patterns - "The blue knight's sword, originating as it did in Toledo, was damascened on blade and dudgeon."

2/15/2001: claymore - a large, ancipital, Scottish sword

2/14/2001: pied-a-terre(pyayd-ah-tair) - a second home or dwelling - "Unbeknowns to Her Ladyship, His Lordship kept a mistress in a little pied-a-terre in London, and unbeknowns to His Lordship, Her Ladyship entertained her lover while His Lordship was otherwise engaged in London."

2/13/2001: Anacreontic - amorous, convivial, after the poet Anacreon

2/12/2001: eyrie -  Eagle's nest nest built on a high crag; an inaccessible stronghold built on a height

2/11/2001: eyre - circuit court held by royal justices in medieval England - ("Jane Eyre")

2/10/2001: mal de mer - aliterally, "sickness of the seas", seasickness

2/9/2001: calumet - a long-stemmed, ceremonial Indian pipe

2/8/2001: Argus-eyed - ever-watchful - "The Junior Woodchuck campers spent an Argus-eyed night alert to every cricket's click."

2/7/2001: Panglossian - Conteism, Pollyanism, excessively or blindly optimistic, after Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide

2/6/2001: mistral - a dry, cold northern wind that blows throuh the valley of the Rhone toward southern France

2/5/2001: tarantella - lively whirling S. Italian dance thought to be a cure for an uncontrollable urge to dance, which was thought, in turn, to be caused by the bite of a tarantula.

2/4/2001: papilote - frilled paper cover decorating the end of a cooked chop or cutlet

2/3/2001: carpal -pertaining to the wrist - "Carpal tunnel syndrome was an uncommon ailment prior to the Information Age."

2/2/2001: rialto - theater district, marketplace - "We spent our morning in Florencee shopping in the rialto."

2/1/2001: immanent - inherent, indwelling, endemic to; subjective - "Immanentism is the concerned with the idea that a deity is inherent in the world." 
1/31/2001: apoptosis - programmed cell death: cell destruction by the body when cells are defective or no longer needed.

1/30/2001: lanai - a roofed patio (Hawaian) - We ate at a table in one one of the lanai's at the luau.

1/29/2001: linsey-woolsey- coarse fabric of cotton or linen, interwoven with wool.

1/28/2001: onomatopoiea - words that sound like what they mean - "Edgar Allen Poe's poem, 'The Bells', is the classic example of the use of onomatopoiea ."

1/27/2001: currier - a tanner of leather; a currier of horses - "...as in Currier and Ives"

1/26/2001: farrier - horse-shoeing blacksmith or "horse doctor" - "And Papa took our old sorrel mare to the farrier to be shod, and tended to."

1/25/2001: sangfroid - composure, imperturbability - "He was the man they were talking about when they coined the word sangfroid."

1/24/2001: belay - to fasten; to halt - "Belay that order! Bring her around three points to starboard."

1/23/2001: anent - in re, concerning - "I spoke to Dad anent my weekly allowance."

1/22/2001: lictor - the Roman official who carried the fasces (bound grain stalks) in official processions  -

1/21/2001: assentation - ill-considered assent - "I assented, and I immediately regretted it." 
1/20/2001: palatine - "of the palace": a feudal lord, a high Roman and Byzantine official, a soldier of the palace guard

1/19/2001: kegler - a bowler - "He was a member of the Greater Chicago Kegler's Club".

1/18/2001: quiddity - (1) the essence; (2)  A hair-splitting distinction (see quodlibet below) - "The quiddity of the argument is evidently less than evident to my esteemed colleague.")

1/17/2001: jejune - (1)  dull; (2)  insubstantial -

1/16/2001: adjure - to plead - "I adjure you, sir, do not denigrate the works of our great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."

1/15/2001: riparian - pertaining to the banks of a river - "Our farm carries riparian rightss to the watercourse that threads its way through it.":

1/14/2001: imprecation - to curse - "When I refused to give the little street urchin "baksheesh", he called down every kind of imprecation upon my head."

1/13/2001: oblate - a layman dedicated to religion; flattened spheroid - "The earth is an oblate spheroid."

1/12/2001: billingsgate - foul, abusive language (named after the Billingsgate fish market in London... frequented by vulgar fishwives)  - "I don't need to listen to any more of that billingsgate."

1/11/2001: prolix - loquacious, windy - "My wife is known for her prolixity.

1/10/2001: mulct - to fine; to amerce, to swindle - "Andy Tucker's motto was, 'Mulct 'em in parvo  Once a farmer, always a sucker.'"

1/9/2001: doppleganger - a ghostly double of a living person, especially, one that haunts its fleshly counterpart (takes possession)

1/8/2001: banquette -  - a ledge for archers just below the parapets, a long, upholstered bench, a shelf

1/7/2001: obloquy - calumny - "He was so disliked, they referred to him with obloquies in every sentence."

1/6/2001: termagant - a shrewish woman - "Socrates' wife, Xenobia, was, according to Socrates, a termagant ."
1/5/2001: macrobiotic - promoting long life - "So that's what a macrobiotic diet is!" 
1/4/2001: umbrage -offense, resentment - "I took umbrage at her ignoring me at the supermarket."
1/3/2001: madrigal - a polyphonic song -
"But still the lacy Spires of Truth
 Sing Beauty's madrigal,
  And she herself will ever dwell
  Along the Grand Canal."                --Robert A. Heinlein,  "The Ballad of blaster Bill"

1/2/2001: dinkum - genuine, real, truly - "Crocodile Dundee was the dinkum article."

1/1/2001: egregious - outrageous, outstandingly bad - "The behavior of a Roman victor toward the vanquished was typically egregious ." "Voe Victus!"

12/31/2000: exordium - beginning of a speech or treatise - "He spelled it out for them rightt from the start, in the exordium of his speech."

12/30/2000: dishabille - partially or very casually dressed - "when she came to the door dishabille, he decided that something was amiss with this miss."

12/29/2000: debouch - to emerge, to spread out - "Without warning, Genghis Khan's army debouched from the high mountains of northern Turkestan early in the spring of 1218, a feat that would have been thought impossible."

12/28/2000: balalaika - a Russian triangular, three-stringed lute - "Dr. Zhivago's mother's balalaika plays a role throughout the story."

12/27/2000: adumbrate - to foreshadow - "The first AIDS cases were an adumbration of the impending epidemic."

12/26/2000: bicameral - composed of two legislative chambers - "The U. S. has a bicameral legislature consisting of the House and the Senate, as do the British, with the House of Lords and the House of Commons."

12/25/2000: nugatory - trifling, without value - "To him, the sciences were of nugatory importance."

12/24/2000: minatory - menacing, threatening - "Germany was a minatory presence on the European horizon significantly before its invasion of Poland in September, 1939."

12/23/2000: reify - to treat an abstraction as though it had a concrete existence - "His ideas about the role of women in the workplace have reified into bronze."

12/22/2000: sodality - a Catholic women's organization, a sorority - "The editors of Cosmopolitan constitute a sodality ."

12/21/2000: apotropaic - intended to ward off evil - "Yessir, I wouldn't be caught dead without my apotropaic rabbit's foot and lucky buckeye. Oh, it's not that I'm superstitious or anything."

12/20/2000: sulcus - a fissure or deep cleft in the cerebral cortex, or the narrow fissures separating adjacent cerebral convolutions - the sulcus of Roland?

12/19/2000: loggia - balcony - "We had great seats for the play in the first row of the loggia."

12/18/2000: petitio principii - begging the question - "His argument was a petitio principiiin which he tried to slip one past us by setting up the premise of his argument so that his conclusions would come out the way that he wanted them."

12/17/2000: rodomontade - pretentious boasts, bluster, after Rodomonte, a character in Orlando Furioso - "His rodomontades are thrasonical ."

12/16/2000: quodlibet - an academic argument - "He was addicted to endless and fruitless rounds of quodlibet."

12/15/2000: goy - pejorative term for a non-Jewish boy - "She wasn't interested in him because he was a goy."

12/14/2000: quotidian - (1) occuring daily; (2) commonplace - "Swelling with fatuous pride, Insspector Cluseau made his quotidian blunder."

12/13/2000: coquina - fossiliferous limestone used for building - "The buildings on Saint Simon's Island are built of a combination of cement, made with sand and baked fossiliferous limestone, and with seashells themselves."

12/12/2000: accolade- (1) the ceremonial bestowal of knighthood, by placing the flat of a sword on either shoulder and then on top of the head; (2) by extension, an expression of approval  - "I hereby dub thee Sir Lunchalot. Arise, Sir Lunchalot, and sally forth."

12/11/2000: gore - a triangular piece of cloth - "She reinforced the elbow of the blouse she was making with a gore".

12/10/2000: repine - to yearn after, to be low in spirits, to fret or complain - "He lay in bed, repining for a chocolate milkshake."

12/9/2000: clerisy - literati, the educated class - "I am willing to associate only with the upper levels of the clerisy. But unfortunately, for some reason, they refuse to associate with me!"

12/8/2000: Harpy - voracious monster with the head and trunk of a woman; shrew -
Laurel: "I say, Hardy, isn't that a
Harpy up ahead?"
Hardy: "That's no Harpy, Laurel! That's my wife."

12/7/2000: coulee - a deep gully or ravine - "When thet thar' Lonesome Polecat told me we'd dry-gulch them thar' varmints at the coulee , he didn't tell me it was Grand Coulee Dam!"

12/6/2000: avatar - (1) An incarnation of a concept  (2) The incarnation of a deity in human form - "Yep, Andy was the avatar of old P. T. Barnum, as sure as my name is Napolean Bonaparte."

12/5/2000: mulct - to fine or amerce - "Andy Tucker took a dollar in another man's hands as a personal grudge, if he couldn't take it any other way. Yep, Andy's motto was, 'mulct 'em in parvo'."

12/4/2000: a posteriori - after the fact: e. g., a theory that attempts to explain existing facts rather than predicting anything new - "Scientists tend to take a jaundiced view of a posteriori theories that merely explain what is already known, preferring instead a priori theories predicting untested consequences that can be experimentally verified."

12/3/2000: nonce word - a word made up for the occasion - "T'was brillig, and the slithy toovess did gyre and gimbal in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogoves and the mome raths outgrabed."

12/2/2000: drogue - cone-shaped sea anchor or pilot-parachute - "Once the space shuttle has sloweed down in the denser layers of the atmosphere, it pops a drogue parachute prefatory to opening its main landing-assistance parachute."

11/30/2000: forereach - to gain ground, especially in a sailing vessel - "Our doughty clipper ship was forereaching the brigantine ahead, slowly gaining ground (water?)."

11/29/2000: carpe diem - "Seize the day!"; "Live for today, and let tomorrow fend for itself.". "Although living a grasshopper existence without thought for the morrow is obviously unwise, there is also something to be said for a soupçon of the hedonistic philosophy of carpe diem as a counterfoil to anxious anticipation."

11/28/2000: seminal - (1) containing semen or seed; (2) creative, having the power to originate - "I thought his was a seminal idea." 
11/27/2000: trope - a figure of speech - "He characterized his IRS auditor with phrases characterizing him as a son of a dog, a horse's ___, and other quaint tropes."

11/26/2000: hirsute - hairy - "That truck driver was so hirsute , he looked like a cocker spaniel."

11/25/2000: atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries - "Low-fat, low-cholesterol diets have led to reductions in atherosclerosis in the Western World."

11/24/2000: badinage - light, playful banter - "I was convinced that once Andy had exchanged badinage with the local yokelage, he would return to a clean life of honest crime" 
11/23/2000: cygnet - a young swan - "Our prodigiously gifted are thus and so many cygnets."
11/22/2000: pejorative - disparaging, downgrading - "His comments about his boss were mostly pejorative."
11/13/2000: nugatory - trifling, of no importance - "She felt that this particular  morning's meeting was of nugatory value." 
11/12/2000: bibelot - a trinket - "Most six-year-olds would be as happy with a bibelot as they'd be with true treasure." 
11/11/2000: litotes - affirming by using a double negative - "I wouldn't say that you're not the best fisherman in this county." 
11/10/2000: sartorial - pertaining to a tailor - "He was a veritable vision of sartorial splendor in his new set of Hong-Kong threads." 
11/8/2000: risible - "His outrageous antics tickled my
risibilities ." 
11/7/2000: heuristic - learning by discovery - "Dr. Klein ttaught a heuristic quantum mechanics course, in which you learned by deriving everything from scratch."
11/6/2000: basilisk - legendary serpent or dragon with lethal breath and glance; (2) tropical lizard with erectile crest at the back of the head - "He averred that the Garden of Hesperides (at the end of the earth), where the golden apples grow, was guarded by a basilisk ." 
11/5/2000: hyaline - translucent or transparent - "The Gulf waters were >hyaline clear." 
11/4/2000: immanent - (1) inherent; (2) Restricted entirely to the mind, subjective - "Any of various religious theories postulating that an abstract spirit is immanent in the world." 
11/3/2000: immure - im ("in") + mure ("walll") - to imprison... literally, to embed within a wall. "Toll for the pleiad starmen, Entombed in heroes graves; Weep for the hundred thousand, Immured in mute enclaves." 
11/2/2000: lacuna - An empty space or missing part - "I perceive a slight lacuna in my feelings of thought and intelligence," Says I. 
11/1/2000: a jot or a tittle - a negligible amount, an ort - "His disdain mattered not a jot nor a tittle to me." 
10/31/2000: thaumaturgy - The working of wonders - "The Egyptian pharaohs relied upon periodic public thaumaturgical demonstrations (actually, cheap magic tricks) to cement their pretensions to godhood." 
10/30/2000: oblation - The act of offering worship or thanks to a deity; A charitable offering; (3) The act of offering, or the actual bread and wine of the Eucharist. An oblate is a lay person dedicated to a religious life. "I offered my weekly oblation at church." 
10/29/2000: moiety - half, a part or share - "My dear Joseph, I took but the merest moiety of this mental enhancer." 
10/28/2000: handsel - (1) earnest money;  (2) a gift to express good wishes at the beginning of a new enterprise or a new year;  (3) first money taken in by a new business, as a portent 
10/27/2000: egregious - Outrageous, outstandingly bad, flagrant - "His behavior was egregious."
10/26/2000: adumbrate - to outline sketchily, to foreshadow,, to disclose partially. "The massing of German troops and tanks along Poland's southern border in the fall of 1939 adumbrated what was to come." 
10/25/2000: apodictic - clearly proven, incontestable - "It's an apodictic fact that I'm descended from Adam." 
10/24/2000: malapropism - mal- (not) apropism (appropriate) - A deliberately ludicrous misuse of a word (from Mrs. Malaprop, in Sheridan's play, "The Rivals"). "I've killed nine men, I've been a good Republican since the first of May, and I see no reason why I ain't illegible for office." (from O Henry's "The Hand That Riles the World") 
10/23/2000: obsequious - fawning, servile obedience. "Yon Cassius hath a lean and hungry look. Besides that, he's too obsequious. I wouldn't trust him as far as I can throw him." 
10/22/2000: hostler - (1) Stableman, or someone who tends to the horses. (2) A locomotive maintenance tech. "The young Shakespeare worked at a hostler at a London theater before he made his mark as a playwright." 
10/21/2000: taiga - The subarctic evergreen forest of Siberia. "The Tunguska Event flattened a square mile of evergreens in a radial pattern on the Siberian taiga
10/20/2000 :cantabile - a smooth flowing style. "Tchiakovsky's 'Andante Cantabile" is a paradigm (role model) for a slow, smoothly flowing musical piece."
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