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Difficult Word of the Day

 



6/18/2006:
caliculus -
(b) small cup-shaped structure


6/17/2006: moidure - (a) Portugeuse gold coin
6/16/2006:
forficate -
(d) deeply notched
6/15/2006:
antependium -
(b) altar cloth
6/14/2006:
St. Agnes Eve -
(b) night of January 20th, when a women will dream about her future husband
6/13/2006:
barbasco -
(c) poison tree
6/12/2006:
degust -
(a) savor
6/11/2006:
habdallah -
(a) Jewish sabbath
6/10/2006:
hornpout -
(d) freshwater catfish
6/9/2006:
repoussé -
(c) in raised relief
6/8/2006:
fustian -
(b) pretentious language
6/7/2006:
epicritic -
(a) pertaining to the tactile/thermal sensory nerve
6/6/2006:
sacristy -
(a) vestry
6/5/2006: trompe l'oiel - (d) giving the illusion of photographic reality
6/4/2006: objet trouvé - (a) found object
6/3/2006:
gradin -
(c) one of a series of tiered steps
6/2/2006:
calipee -
(a) edible part of turtle above its lower shell
6/1/2006:
linsang -
(b) carnivorous mammal with spotted coat
5/31/2006:
moshav -
(d) collection of Israeli small farms
5/30/2006:
hafiz -
(c) Muslim who has memorized the Koran
5/29/2006:
aepyornis -
(c) flightless bird of Madagascar
5/28/2006:
bailie -
(a) Scottish alderman
5/27/2006:
table d'hôte -
(a) fixed-price, full-course meal
5/26/2006:
lutetium -
(b) rare earth element
5/25/2006:
Cochin china -
(d) feathered-leg chicken
5/24/2006: talipot - (b) Asian palm tree
5/23/2006:
ranula -
(c) cyst on bottom of tongue
5/22/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/21/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/20/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/19/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/18/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/17/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/16/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/15/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/14/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/13/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/12/2006:
Beaufort Scale -
(a) wind speeds
5/11/2006:
glabella -
(a) smooth area between eyes
5/10/2006: Zend-Avesta - (d) Zoroastrian sacred book
5/9/2006: acciacatura - (a) discordant note
5/8/2005:
quamash -
(b) camas (showy plant)
5/7/2005:
parastalsis -
(c) digestive contractions of the stomach
5/6/2005: baize - (b) coarse, felt-napped woolen cloth
5/5/2005:
palsgrave -
(a) feudal lord
5/4/2005:
macula lutea -
(d) center of fovea
5/3/2005:
Rhadamanthine -
(c) strictly and uncompromisingly just
5/2/2005:
una corda -
(b) soft-pedaled
5/1/2005:
una corda -
(b) soft-pedaled
4/30/2005:
gamine -
(a) neglected girl with impish appeal
4/29/2005:
laparotomy -
(b) incision in abdominal wall
4/28/2005:
nappe -
(b) sheet of water flowing over a dam
4/27/2005:
macaronic -
(d) humorous mixture of different languages
4/26/2005:
huckaback -
(c) coarse cotton for toweling
4/25/2005: recension - (a) critical pre-editing revision of text, incorporating most plausible elements from other sources (as contrasted with redaction: editing for publication)
4/24/2005:
ylang-ylang -
(c) Asian perfume tree
4/23/2005:
donjon -
(d) fortified main tower of a castle
4/22/2005:
grivet -
(d) long-tailed African monkey
4/21/2005:
fleche -
(b) slender spire above the nave of a church
4/20/2005:
peeler -
(a) policeman
4/19/2005:
rapparee -
(d) oiratical 16th C. Irish soldier
4/18/2005:
Lucina -
(d) goddess of childbirth
4/17/2005:
Morgen le Fay -
(c) King Arthur's enemy
4/16/2005: larboard - (b) port (right) side
4/15/2005:
tuatara-
(d) New Zealand "living dinosaur"
4/14/2005: growler- (b) magnetizer/demagnetizer
4/13/2005:
trave-
(a) section of ceiling formed by crossbeams
4/12/2005:
trigeminal-
(c) facial sensory and jaw motor nerve
4/11/2005:
eclosion
(d) emergence of an adult from a pupa
4/10/2005:
pompelmous-
(c) the shaddock
4/9/2005:
Lucullen-
(b) lavish
4/8/2005:
raki-
(b) anise-flavored grape brandy
4/7/2005:
Magdalenian-
(a) upper Paleolithic
4/6/2005:
Hypnos
(d) god of sleep
4/5/2005:
loment-
(c) pod with seeds separated by constrictions
4/4/2005:
Homoiusian-
(d) Arian heresy that God and Jesus are different substances
4/3/2005:
blue flag-
(c) wild blue iris
4/2/2005:
frith-
(b) estuary
4/1/2005:
impetto-
(b) in secret
3/31/2005:
suberose-
(a) pertaining to cork
3/30/2005:
aleph null-
(c) the denumberably-infinite set of numbersconsisting of all the integers and all the rationals
3/29/2005:
ralph-
(b) to upchuck
3/28/2005:
devoir-
(a) expression of courtesy
3/27/2005:
jess-
(d) falcon's leg strap
3/26/2005:
ricin-
(b) deadly poison in castor bean
3/25/2005:
greaser-
(c) macho/Latino male
3/24/2005:
potaufeu-
(c) boiled meat and vegetables
3/23/2005:
buckra -
(a) Caucasian
3/22/2005:
misology -
(d) hatred of reason or enlightenment
3/21/2005:
elver -
(c) young eel
3/20/2005:
mangonel -
(b) medieval catapult
3/19/2005:
toponym -
(c) name derived from a place
3/18/2005:
glossal -
(c) pertaining to the tongue
3/17/2005:
lac -
(b) very large number (shell lac)
3/16/2005:
quintain -
(a) practice target for cavalry
3/15/2005:
silique -
(d) long seed pod that splits at both seams
3/14/2005:
firn -
(c) partially compacted snow
3/13/2005:
chryselephantine -
(b) made of gold and ivory
3/12/2005: ascarid - (c) nematode
3/11/2005: messuage - (c) house, outbuildings, and land
3/10/2005:
brewis -
(d) bread soaked in broth
3/9/2005:
viaticum -
(a) supplies for a journey
3/8/2005: wanderoo - (b) macaque
3/7/2005: constantan - (a) Cu-Ni alloy with constant resistance over a wide temperature range
3/6/2005: Dardanus - (c) eponymous founder of Troy
3/5/2005:
tsuris -
(c) trouble
3/4/2005:
grith -
(d) sanctuary in church or on king's highway
3/3/2005: rorqual - (b) whale
3/2/2005: maniple - (d) ecclesiastic silk band hanging from left wrist
3/1/2005: pluvial - (c) pertaining to rain
2/28/2005: silymarin - (a) milk thistle extract
2/27/2005: langan - (b) moccasin with knee-high leggings
2/26/2005: dittany - (d) plant producing burnable gas
2/25/2005: rigadoon - (d) couple's lively, jumping quickstep
2/24/2005: metalinguistics - (a) study of relationship between language and culture
2/23/2005: sorb - (c) tree
2/22/2005: diastrophism - (b) folding and faulting of bedrock
2/21/2005: kobold - (d) mischievous German household elf

2/20/2005:
eutectic -
(b) alloy composition yielding the lowest melting point

2/19/2005:
acarus -
(c) mite

2/18/2005:
accouchement -
(a) childbirth

2/17/2005:
culverin -
(c) 16th-century musket

2/16/2005:
Bouvier des Flanders -
(c) cattle dog

2/15/2005:
rogatory -
(b) requiring information

2/14/2005:
sadhu -
(d) holy Indian ascetic

2/13/2005:
repand -
(a) wavy margin

2/12/2005:
borscht circuit -
(d) Jewish Catskill resort hotels

2/11/2005:
chef d'ouvre -
(b) a masterpiece

2/10/2005:
hearth money -
(b) money to the expenses of the Vatican

2/9/2005:
misoneism -
(d) hates change
2/8/2005:
greisen -
(a) quartz and mica rock

2/7/2005:
tilbury -
(c) two-oerson, two-wheeled light carriage

2/6/2005:
painted lady -
(b) butterfly

2/5/2005:
painted lady -
(b) butterfly

2/4/2005:
pocosin -
(a) upland coastal marsh

2/3/2005:
missal -
(d) prayer book

2/2/2005:
rondure -
(c) gracefully rounded

2/1/2005:
fazenda -
(c) hacienda

1/31/2005:
polysticous -
(b) two or more rows

1/30/2005:
lapillus -
(d) solidified lava fragment

1/29/2005:
theremin -
(a) electronic musical instrument
1/28/2005:
Louis Seize -
(b) Louis XVI

1/27/2005:
Hestia -
(c) goddess of the hearth

1/26/2005:
trilby -
(c) felt hat, deeply cresed crown

1/25/2005:
nosology -
deals with (d) diseases

1/24/2005:
rhombus -
(c) equilateral parallelogram

1/23/2005:
quean -
(a) disreputable woman

1/22/2005:
roman â clef -
(a) novel portraying real people in fictional guise

1/21/2005:
Sahel -
(c) savannah bordering a deser

1/20/2005:
entracte -
(d) entertainment between acts

1/19/2005:
motta -
(b) clump of trees on a prairie

1/18/2005:
cosh -
(b) a blackjack

1/17/2005:
euglena -
(c) half-plant, half-animal protozoan

1/16/2005:
bouzouki -
(a) Greek mandolin

1/15/2005:
arenaceous -
(d) sandy

1/14/2005:
trou-de-loup -
(b) conical pit with sharpened stake

1/13/2005:
haw -
(b) nictitating membrane

1/12/2005:
tod -
(c) 28 pounds of wool

1/11/2005:
neritic - 
(a) pertaining to the waters of a shoreline
1/10/2005: rockaway - (d) 4-wheeled, 2-seat carriage

1/9/2005: gramarye -
 (b) occult learning

1/8/2005: fascine -
 (c) bundle of sticks tied together

1/7/2005: slatch -
 (a) a lull in a storm or in breaking waves

1/6/2005: cocotte -
 (a) prostitute

1/5/2005: decussate -
 (d) X-shaped

1/4/2005: lustrum -
 (d) Roman period of purification after a five-year census

1/3/2005: rochet -
 (b) bishop's ceremonial vestment

1/2/2005: cabochon -
 (d) highly polished, uncut gem

1/1/2005: ghee -
 (a) semifluid clarified butter

12/31/2005: transept -
 (c) lateral arms of a cruciform church

12/30/2005: motla -
 (b) stand of trees on a prairie

12/29/2005: podzolization -
 (c) acidification of soil

12/28/2005: furfuraceous -
 (b) covered with scaly particles

12/27/2005: mamba -
 (b) venomous African snake

12/26/2005: ilex -
 (a) holly oak

12/25/2005: nom de guerre -
 (d) ficticious name

12/24/2005: togue -
 (c) lake trout

12/23/2005: conventicle -
 (c) secret recusant meeting

12/22/2005: extenterate -
 (b) eviscerate

12/21/2005: ankylosis -
 (c) abnormal fusion of bones

12/20/2005: fatidic -
 (d) prophetic

12/19/2005: portecochere -
 (d) roofed carriage entrance

12/18/2005: dicksissal -
 (b) sparrow-like bird

12/17/2005: nosh -
 (a) a snack

12/16/2005: arrieire pensee -
 (d) ulterior motive

12/15/2005: magistral -
 (c) prepared in accordance with a physician's prescription

12/14/2005: trommel -
 (c) revolving cylindrical ore screen

12/13/2005: fanion -
 (b) surveyor's flag

12/12/2005: variolate -
 (a) pock-marked

12/11/2005: della -
 (c) river rapids

12/10/2005: obturator -
 (d) something closing an opening in the body

12/9/2005: reeding -
 (b) convex molding

12/8/2005: ghillie -
 (b) low sports shoe with fringed laces.

12/7/2005: parrel -
 (c) sliding loop of rope to which a yard may be attached.

12/6/2005: apologue -
 (a) moral fable

12/5/2005: sprue -
 (d) tropical disease

12/4/2005: mordant -
 (b) caustic etching/color-fixing reagent

12/3/2005: mangabey -
 (b) long-muzzled African monkey

12/2/2005: sphagyric -
  pertaining to (c) alchemy

12/1/2005: hael -
  (a) chant of praise (Hael, hael, the gang's all here!)

11/30/2005: quechua -
  (b) member of Incon ruling caste

11/29/2005: epeirogeny -
  (d) continental drift

11/28/2005: unciform -
  (c) hook-shaped

11/27/2005: grammatology -
  (c) study of graphic scripts

11/26/2005: bistoury -
  (a) growing in poor soil

11/25/2005: ruderal -
  (d) growing in poor soil

11/24/2005: bacciferous -
  (c) berry-bearing

11/23/2005: aulic -
  (a) pertaining to the royal court

11/22/2005: tatami -
  (a) Japanese straw mat

11/21/2005: Moravian -
  (c) Czechoslovakian

11/20/2005: fossa -
  (a) hollowed-out place

11/19/2005: Guarnerius -  (b) runner-up to a Stradivarius


11/18/2005: potatory -  (d) bibulous

11/17/2005: sackbut -
  (c) trangular stringed instrument

11/16/2005: galmatis -
  (c) gibberish

11/15/2005: Hudbrastic -
  (a) mock-heroic style

11/14/2005: grotty -
  (d) wretched

11/13/2005: conquian. -
  (d) card game resembling rummy

11/12/2005: estaminet. -
  (b) small café

11/11/2005: rime riche. -
  (c) rhyme using homonyms

11/10/2005: habanera. -
  (d) slow dance

11/9/2005: gallus. -
  (c) suspender

11/8/2005: fainéant. -
  (a) irresponsible idler

11/7/2005: grampus -
  (a) killer whale

11/6/2005: troche -
  (b) a lozenge

11/5/2005: jaeger -
  (a) seabird that steals food from other birds

11/4/2005: chatelain -
  (d) castle keeper

11/3/2005: Falstaffian -
  (c) jovial

11/2/2005: paelia -
  (c) rice-vegetable-and-meat Spanish dish

11/1/2005: jambeau -
  (b) leg armor

10/31/2005: monticule -
  (a) secondary volcanic cone

10/30/2005: tricot -
  (d) ribbed wool fabric

10/29/2005: durbar -
  (b) Indian ruler's state banquet

10/28/2005: gorgonize -
  (c) have a paralyzing effect

10/27/2005: waddy -
  (a) Australian aborigine's throwing club

10/26/2005: doublure -
  (a) leather lining inside a book

10/25/2005: nene -
  (c) Hawaiian goose

10/24/2005: micturate -
  (d) urinate

10/23/2005: staddle -
  (b) hay platform

10/22/2005: dicrotism -
  (d) doubling of the heartbeat

10/21/2005: renminbi -
  (c) Chinese coin

10/20/2005: milliard -
  (c) one billion

10/19/2005: siemens -
  (b) conductance (one ampere per volt)

10/18/2005: elide -
  (a) to slur over, suppress

10/17/2005: Annie Oakley -
  (d) free ticket

10/16/2005: rob roy -
  (c) Irish whiskey cocktail

10/15/2005: traditor -
  (b) betrayed fellow Christians

10/14/2005: redigote -
  (b) man's long, double-breasted topcoat

10/13/2005: holus-bolus -
  (c) all-at-once

10/12/2005: tabaret -
  (a) moiré/satin striped upholstery cloth

10/11/2005: monotreme -
  (b) egg-laying Australian mammal

10/10/2005: hemisitch -
  (d) half a line of verse

10/9/2005: polytocous -
  (d) producing many offspring at a time

10/8/2005: grappa -
  (c) brandy made from wine residue

10/7/2005: doucer -
  (a) bribe

10/6/2005: blintz -
  (c) cottage-cheese-and-sour-cream-filled pancake

10/5/2005: caique -
  (a) long, narrow Mid-Eastern rowboat

10/4/2005: Reye's syndrome -
  (b) acute encephelopathy in children

10/3/2005: fess -
  (d) horizontal band on escutcheon

10/2/2005: fess -
  (d) horizontal band on escutcheon

10/1/2005: tisane -
  (c) herbal medicinal beverage

9/30/2005: equipollance -
  (b) fairness

9/29/2005: sagger -
  (b) protective coating of fire clay

9/28/2005: pandurate -
  (b) violin-shaped
9/27/2005:
havelock -
  (d) cap with neck cover

9/26/2005:
paladin -
  (c) champion
9/25/2005:
primavera -
  (a) wood used for cabinetwork
9/24/2005:
randan -
  (a) boat with three rowers
9/23/2005:
non obstatnte -
  (c) notwithstanding
9/22/2005:
feladese -
  (b) death through malicious act
9/21/2005:
fastigate -
  (b) tapering to a point
9/20/2005:
tael -
  (a) 1 and 1/3rd oz
9/19/2005:
ratteen -
  (a) possessing a keel
9/18/2005: madrepore- (a) tropical reef-building coral
9/17/2005: taenia- 
(b) narrow band
9/16/2005: yare- 
(c) lively

9/15/2005: moulin- 
(b) vertical shaft in glacier held open by falling water

9/14/2005: sacher torte - 
(d) jam-filled, chocolate-iced, chocolate cake

9/13/2005: cesura - 
(a) pause in a song

9/12/2005: brachycephalic - 
(b) wide head

9/11/2005: noctule - 
(b) large reddish-brown Eurasian bat

9/10/2005: laissez passer - 
(d) pass in place of a passport

9/8/2005: Hakenkreutz - 
(c) swastika

9/7/2005: gallipot - 
(a) druggists' earthenware pot

9/6/2005: spirula - 
(b) mollusc

9/5/2005: nates - 
(c) buttocks

9/4/2005: regisseur - 
(c) ballet director

9/3/2005: kvetch - 
(d) chronic complainer

9/2/2005: calipash - 
(a) turtle's upper shell

9/1/2005: fomite - 
(a) object that transfers infection

8/31/2005: abrosia - 
(c) wasting away

8/30/2005: Tartarus - 
(b) the abtyss below Hades

8/29/2005: mina - 
(d) Greek, Asiatic one-tenth-penny

8/28/2005: jakes - 
(a) a privy

8/27/2005: painter - 
(a) mountain lion

8/26/2005: badderlocks - 
(c) edible seaweed

8/25/2005: roman â clef - 
(b) novel in which real people are fictionally incorporated

8/24/2005: vambrace - 
(d) felt-napped coarse wool cloth

8/23/2005: vambrace - 
(a) armor for the forearm

8/22/2005: sial - 
(c) layer of rock underneath the continents

8/21/2005: moulage - 
(c) mold used in criminal investigation

8/20/2005: Lag b'Omer - 
(b) Jewish holiday

8/19/2005: honan- 
(c) evenly colored silk fabric

8/18/2005:
majuscule- 
(d) oversized letter

8/17/2005:
pallaise- 
(a) thin, straw-filled mattress

8/16/2005:
espadrille- 
(a) rope-bottomed, canvas-topped sandal

8/15/2005:
paxiology - 
(c) study of human conduct
8/14/2005:
zax - 
(a) hatchet for cutting roof slates

8/13/2005:
geometrid - 
(d) moth family

8/12/2005:
madras - 
(b) karge handkerchief used as turban

8/11/2005:
faience - 
(c) colorfully glazed earthenware

8/10/2005:
tahr - 
(c) Nepalese goat

8/9/2005:
ides - 
(a) middle of month
8/8/2005: moniliform - (a) shaped like a string of beads
8/7/2005: ensiform - (d) sword-shaped
8/6/2005: cacography - (c) poor handwriting
8/5/2005: tachymeter - 
(b) instrument for rapid measurement of distances and elevations

8/4/2005: nix - 
(a) water sprite

8/3/2005: porgy - 
(c) menhaden

8/2/2005: transhumance - 
(c) seasonal change of livestock pasteurage

8/1/2005: paillaise - 
(a) thin straw mattress

7/31/2005: roulade - 
(d roll of coins)

7/30/2005: haugh - 
(b) low-lying river valley meadow

7/29/2005: hypogeum - 
(b) ancient basement

7/28/2005: analeptic - 
(c) restorative

7/27/2005: umbel - 
(a) flat-topped flower cluster

7/26/2005: cachinnation - 
(d) ribald laughter

7/25/2005: daphnia - 
(a) tiny crustaceans

7/24/2005: lixiviate - 
(b) to wash soluble matter from

7/23/2005: kauri - 
(b) New Zealand conifer

7/22/2005: remex - 
(c) bird's flight feather

7/21/2005: couloir - 
(b) deep Alpine gorge

7/20/2005: rambutan - 
(a) fruit tree

7/19/2005: gramineous - 
(d) pertaining to grasses

7/18/2005: hispid - 
(c) bristly

7/17/2005: pozzuolana - 
(c) volcanic ash used for concrete

7/16/2005: brasserie - 
(b) beer joint

7/15/2005: in petto - 
(a) in secret

7/14/2005: allantoid - 
(d) sausage-shaped

7/13/2005: arrant - 
(b) being completely such

7/12/2005: gerent - 
(d) manager

7/11/2005: fipple - 
(d) block of wood in wind instruments

7/10/2005: oenology - 
(a) study of wines

7/9/2005: repoussé - 
(c) raised in relief

7/8/2005: unaneled - 
(d) not having received extreme unction

7/7/2005: eloign - 
(b) to remove to a distance

7/6/2005: miosis - 
(a) pupil of the eye

7/5/2005: pencel - 
(a) streamer on a lance

7/4/2005: galimatis - 
(d) gibberish


7/3/2005: tachylyte - 
(d) glassy black basalt

7/2/2005: habitus - 
(c) (physical) constitution

7/1/2005: beche-de-mer - 
(b) Indonesian lingua franca

6/30/2005: larigan - 
(c) moccasin with knee-high leggings

6/29/2005: bract - 
(a) showy leaflet under flower

6/28/2005: ribband - 
(a) wooden strip holding ship's rib in place during construction

6/27/2005: stoat - 
(d) ermine, in brown phase

6/26/2005: ligan - 
(b) jettisoned cargo, with floats

6/25/2005: valgus - 
(d) knock-kneed person

6/24/2005: dosser - 
(a) large pack basket

6/23/2005: rivage - 
(a) shore

6/22/2005: galipot - 
(b) crude pine turpentine

6/21/2005: predicatory - 
(c) pertaining to preaching

6/20/2005: ratalia - 
(d) almond-flavored cordial

6/19/2005: quagga - 
(a) extinct zebra-like animal

6/18/2005: taboret - 
(b) a low cabinet

6/17/2005: hackamack - 
(c) larch tree

6/16/2005: hackamore - 
(c) band blinding horses during break-in

6/15/2005: Nainook - 
(c)  soft cotton cloth with woven stripe

6/14/2005: dalmatic - 
(a)  wide-sleaved garment worn by a bishop, cardinal or abbot

6/13/2005: malversation - 
(c)  misconduct in public office
6/12/2005: objet trouvé- - 
(d)  a found object

6/11/2005: pico- - 
(a)  one trillionth

6/10/2005: fermi - 
(b)  one femtometer

6/9/2005: guillemot - 
(a)  northern sea bird

6/8/2005: optative - 
(a)  expressing a wish

6/7/2005: elasmobranch - 
(c)  sub-branch containing sharks, rays and skates

6/6/2005: faitour - 
(d)  imposter

6/5/2005: lugger - 
(b)  two- or three-masted fishing boat

6/4/2005: anguine - 
(a)  snake-like

6/3/2005: salep - 
(a)  ground orchid roots (medicinal)

6/2/2005: balmacaan - 
(d)  full overcoat with raglan sleeves

6/1/2005: glaive - 
(c)  broadsword

5/31/2005: balas - 
(b)  rose-red spinel

5/30/2005: damascene - 
(c)  wavy patterns

5/29/2005: parang - 
(c)  Malasian knife

5/28/2005: lineament - 
(a)  characteristic feature

5/27/2005: marescent - 
(d)  wasting away

5/26/2005: tamarau - 
(c)  Philippine buffalo

5/25/2005: gadwall - 
(b)  duck

5/24/2005: nodus - 
(b)  difficult situation

5/23/2005: uncial - 
(d)  somewhat-rounded capital letters

5/22/2005: eremit - 
(a)  recluse

5/21/2005: palladium - 
(b)  safeguard

5/20/2005: rehadamanthine - 
(a)  uncompromisingly just

5/19/2005: lagomorph - 
(d)  gnawing animal (rabbit, beaver)

5/18/2005: monopsony - 
(c)  several sellers, one buyer

5/17/2005: flanerie - 
(c)  loafing

5/16/2005: rebec - 
(c)  pear--shaped, medieval, 3-stringed lute

5/15/2005: haef - 
(a)  a trivial amount

5/14/2005: sabra - 
(c)  Israeli born in Israel

5/13/2005: haplology - 
(a)  shortening of a word by contraction

5/12/2005: gollard - 
(b)  wandering medieval student

5/11/2005: tergiversation - 
(d)  flip-flopping back and forth

5/10/2005: tamarack - 
(d)  larch tree

5/9/2005: rampike - 
(b)  dead tree stump

5/8/2005: magot - 
(a)  Barbary ape

5/7/2005: doit - 
(d)  ¼-cent coin

5/6/2005: lubricoid - 
(b)  resembling an earthworm

5/5/2005: cymose - 
(b)  cluster of mini-blooms on a disk

5/4/2005: praedial - 
(a)  attached to the land (e. g., serf)

5/3/2005: heirophant - 
(b)  interpreter of arcane mysteries

5/2/2005: sui juris - 
(c)  capable of managing one's own affairs

5/1/2005: ridley - 
(d)  marine turtle

4/30/2005: decollate - 
(a)  behead

4/29/2005: uredo - 
(c)  burning itch

4/28/2005: parquet - 
(c)  floor of theater

4/27/2005: culm - 
(b)  grass stem joint

4/26/2005: effloresce- 
(d)  to give up water of crystallization

4/25/2005: brock- 
(c)  badger

4/24/2005: placket- 
(a)  slit, or skirt pocket

4/23/2005: sphygmic- 
(b)  pertaining to the pulse

4/22/2005: prodromal- 
(b)  disease-onset symptom

4/21/2005: assentation- 
(d)  ill-considered assent

4/20/2005: gurnard- 
(c)  fish

4/19/2005: furlong- 
(a)  1/8th mile

4/18/2005: turnsole- 
(d)  heliotrope

4/17/2005: hake- 
(b)  cod family

4/16/2005: madelaine- 
(c)  small, rich, shell-shaped cake

4/15/2005: subaltern- 
(c)  between lieutenant and captain captain

4/14/2005: vis major- 
(a)  catastrophic natural phenomenon that can sometimes override contracts

4/13/2005: hypercatalexis- 
(a)  adding extra syllables

4/12/2005: tricoline- 
(d)  sturdy worsted double-twilled fabric

4/11/2005: palatine- 
(d)  woman's fur cape and hood

4/10/2005: torticolis- 
(b)  neck muscles in spasm

4/9/2005: friseur- 
(b)  hirdresser

4/8/2005: lubber line- 
(c)  ship's heading

4/7/2005: steeve- 
(d)  shipboard spar with rope and pulley

4/6/2005: hornbeam- 
(a)  tree

4/5/2005: duiker- 
(b)  African antelope

4/4/2005: exarch- 
(b)  bishop below a patriarch

4/3/2005: quattrecento- 
(c)  the 1400's

4/2/2005: cuncal- 
(a)  wedge-shaped

4/1/2005: empressement- 
(b)  offensive cordiality

3/31/2005: ratafia- 
(d)  almond-flavored cordial

3/30/2005: guyot- 
(c)  flat-topped seamount

3/29/2005: kakapo- 
(c)  ground-dwelling New Zealand parrot

3/28/2005: dinkum- 
(a)  genuine

3/27/2005: je ne sois quoi- 
(b)  it is difficult to say

3/26/2005: rallentando- 
(a)  gradually slackening

3/25/2005: hyetal-
pertaining to (c) rain

3/24/2005: distiches-
(c) two rows of leaves on opposite sides of a stem

3/23/2005: acarid-
(a) mites and ticks

3/22/2005: lamia-
(a) blood-sucking serpent

3/21/2005: fantod-
(d) state of nervous irritabiility

3/20/2005: tuchin-
(b) Chinese military provincial governor

3/19/2005: indusium-
(c) enclosing membrane

3/18/2005: condyle-
(a) bone knuckle

3/17/2005: gannet-
(d) large northern seabird

3/16/2005: artemisia-
(b) wormwood

3/15/2005: -
(b) anbormally slow heartbeat

3/14/2005: narwhal-
(c) marine mammal with a single spiral horn

3/13/2005: gaffer-
(a) lighting technician

3/12/2005: lanceolate-
(d) narrow and tapering at both ends

3/11/2005: fugacious-
(c) evanescent

3/10/2005: macrobiotic-
(c) promoting long life

3/9/2005: touraco-
(c) brightly colored African bird

3/8/2005: ringhals-
(a) venom-spitting African snake

3/7/2005: patelliform-
(b) cup-shaped

3/6/2005: talion-
(d) punishment the same as the crime

3/5/2005: uredo-
(b) burning itch
3/4/2005: primero-
(a) card game

3/3/2005: manque-
(a) unfulfilled

3/2/2005: eyot-
(c) island in a river (same as "eyot")

3/1/2005: fulmar-
(b) gull-like arctic bird

2/28/2005: legate-
(d) papal emissary

2/27/2005: somnifacient-
(a) a hypnotic

2/26/2005: ocellus-
(b) eye-like marking

2/25/2005: erysipelas-
(b) strep skin disease
2/24/2005: roborant-
(d) a tonic

2/23/2005: dryopithecine-
(c) extinct human precursor

2/22/2005: prokaryote-
(a) nucleus lacks a membrane

2/21/2005: tachymeter-
(d) surveying instrument

2/20/2005: echard-
(d) ground water not available for plants

2/19/2005: viridity-
(c) verdancy

2/18/2005: gresorial-
(b) legs modified for walking

2/17/2005: locular-
(a) formed of small cells

2/16/2005: rhonchus-
(d) mucous-caused bronchial rattle

2/15/2005: falcate-
(a) sickle-shaped

2/14/2005: noria-
(c) waterwheel with buckets

2/13/2005: Wahabi-
(c) strict Islamic sect

2/12/2005: palmar-
(b) outstanding

2/11/2005: -
(d) west-end chapel on medieval English church

2/10/2005: triste-
(a) wistful

2/9/2005: Holarctic-
(b) Nearctic and Palearctic regions

2/8/2005: lapin-
(b) rabbit
2/7/2005: equivocate-
(d) to beat-around-the-bush

2/6/2005: ansible-
(c) mythical faster-than-light communicator

2/5/2005: grum-
(a) grumgullion (small fish)

2/4/2005: prebend-
(b) clergyman's stipend drawn from endowment

2/3/2005: sorrel-
(b) brownish-orange

2/2/2005: yarrow-
(d) yellow flower

2/1/2005: galago-
(c) large-eted African monkey

1/31/2005: passe partout-
(a) passport

1/30/2005: dressage-
(b) guiding horse through complex maneuvers

1/29/2005: Merino-
(b) type of sheep

1/28/2005: acanthoid-
(c) thorny

1/27/2005: Balaam-
(d) rebuked by his ass

1/26/2005: taconite-
(c) low-grade iron ore

1/25/2005: Melpomene-
(c) Muse of tragedy

1/24/2005: sambar-
(b) S. E. Asian deer

1/23/2005: falchion-
(d) short broadsword

1/22/2005: croze-
(b) annular groove accepting barrel head

1/21/2005: herdic-
(a) horse-drawn cab

1/20/2005: whimbrel-
(b) wading bird

1/19/2005: imago-
(d) sexually mature insect

1/18/2005: rick-rack-
(d) flat zigzag braid

1/17/2005: sagittal plane-
(a) plane that divides a bilaterally symmetric organism

1/16/2005: varve-
(c) annual sedimentary layer

1/15/2005: brioche-
(d) bun

1/14/2005: tartare-
(b) steak mixed with raw egg, onion and seasoning

1/13/2005: ekistics-
(a) science of city planning

1/12/2005: Maecenus-
(c) generous patron of the arts

1/11/2005: ictus-
(c) sudden attack

1/10/2005: je ne sois quoi-
(d) "difficult to say"

1/9/2005: operculum-
(b) flap of tissue

1/8/2005: galatea-
(c) durable sriped cloth

1/7/2005: quale-
(a) abstract property, such as "whiteness"

1/6/2005: aphasia-
(d) can't articulate ideas

1/5/2005: eglantine-
(d) sweetbriar

1/4/2005: pahlavi-
(b) Iranian gold coin

1/3/2005: karokinesis-
(c) mitosis

1/2/2005: acrophobia-
(c) fear of heights

1/1/2005: daphnia-
(a) minute shrimp

12/31/2004: falx-
(a) sickle-shaped structure

12/30/2004: holozoic-
(d) eats organic material

12/29/2004: catachresis-
(c) deliberately paradoxical figure of speech

12/28/2004: bufflehead-
(a) type of duck

12/27/2004: antrum-
(d) sinus cavity

12/26/2004: gavage-
(b) feeding through a stomach tube

12/25/2004: valorize-
(c) governmental control of commodity prices

12/24/2004: ecru-
(c) light yellow-brown

12/23/2004: cadge-
(a) beg

12/22/2004: parenchyme-
(d) organ tissue

12/21/2004: Laocoon-
(d) priest of Troy killed for warning against Trojan horse
12/20/2004: graupel-
(b) pellets of snow
12/19/2004: oblation-
(b) religious offering

12/18/2004: fanfaronade-
(a) bragga docio

12/17/2004: shear legs-
(d) water dousing

12/16/2004: rhabdomancy-
(c) a hoist made from two or more spars

12/15/2004: pyriform -
(b) pear-shaped
12/14/2004: veronica -
(b) bullfighting maneuver

12/13/2004: bateau -
(c) rowboat

12/12/2004: portiere -
(a) heavy-curtain divider

12/11/2004: obsequy -
(d) funeral rite

12/10/2004: grisette -
(b) working-class girl

12/9/2004: galliport -
(c) druggists' earthenware jar

12/8/2004: Hobbism -
(c) powerful government control


12/7/2004: tache - (a) clasp
12/6/2004: hornito - (c) low volcanic mound
12/5/2004: leveret - (d) young hare
12/4/2004: Tuan -
(a) sahib

12/3/2004: squib kick -
(b) football kicked along the ground

12/2/2004: erose -
(b) irregularly notched

12/1/2004: inspissate -
(d) to thicken

11/30/2004: haik -
(b) large cloth worn as Arab outer garment

11/29/2004: orthoepy -
(c) study of pronunciation

11/28/2004: reify -
(c) to treat an abstraction as if concrete

11/27/2004: soteriology -
(d) doctrine of Christian salvation

11/26/2004: bagnio -
(a) brothel

11/25/2004: paludal -
pertaining to (b) a swamp

11/24/2004: yeshivah -
(c) Jewish high school

11/23/2004: sagittate -
(c) shaped like an arrowhead

11/22/2004: jeunesse doree -
(a) fashionable, wealthy young people

11/21/2004: eisteddfod -
(c) Welsh poets/musicians annual gathering

11/20/2004: rhumb line -
(d) path of ship keeping same compass heading

11/19/2004: incunabulum -
(b) early artifact

11/18/2004: fee simple -
(b) unqualified ownership

11/17/2004: dhow -
(d) lateen-rigged Arabian vessel

11/16/2004: livre -
(a) French pound

11/15/2004: wapati -
(a) large deer

11/14/2004: jussive -
(c) expressing command

11/13/2004: palladian -
pertaining to (b) wisdom

11/12/2004: tahini -
(a) sesame sauce

11/11/2004: novena -
(d) prayer for nine days

11/10/2004: ambagious -
(c) winding

11/9/2004: ochlocracy -
(b) mob rule

11/8/2004: umiak -
(b) large, open Eskimo boat

11/7/2004: eclogue -
(d) pastoral poem

11/6/2004: masnad -
(a) female member of orgiastic cult

11/5/2004: galop -
(d) lively dance

11/4/2004: tripoli -
(c) porous, siliceous rock

11/3/2004: peruke -
(d) wig

11/2/2004: coleoptera -
(d) beetles and weevils

11/1/2004: fata morgana -
(a) mirage

10/31/2004: spencer -
(a) trysail

10/30/2004: huareche -
(b) flat-heeled sandal

10/29/2004:
lich gate -
(d) corpse gate (church)

10/28/2004: trochanter -
(c) bony process on upper femur

10/27/2004: regelation -
(d) refreezing under pressure

10/26/2004: jalap -
(a) Mexican plant used as catharitc

10/25/2004: Pont L'Eveque -
(a) cheese

10/24/2004: Urania -
(b) Muse of astronomy

10/23/2004: tribology -
(d) science of lubrication and wear

10/22/2004: Lollard -
(d) Wycliffe's followers

10/21/2004: fjeld -
(c) high, barren plateau

10/20/2004: elutriate -
(a) wash, decant and settle

10/19/2004: renitent -
(b) recalcitrant

10/18/2004: kava -
(d) intoxicating beverage

10/17/2004: mesne -
(a) intermediate

10/16/2004: zebu -
(c) humpbacked Asiatic cow

10/15/2004: dalmio -
(c) hereditary Japanese nobleman

10/14/2004: exergue -
(b) space on coin for date, mint

10/13/2004: quadrivium -
(d) geometry, logic, arithmetic and music

10/12/2004: jink -
(c) quick, evasive turn

10/11/2004: llano -
(b) South American prairie

10/10/2004: hock -
(b) white wine-

10/9/2004: obchordate -
(a) heart-shaped

10/8/2004: burgess -
(c) freeman

10/7/2004: catechism -
(b) book teaching religion by questions and answers

10/6/2004: pall mall -
(d) game like croquet

10/5/2004: vagillity -
(d) capacity of an organism to become widely dispersed

10/4/2004: pochard -
(a) black-and-red duck

10/3/2004: noblesse oblige -
(d) benevolent behavior expected of nobility

10/2/2004: gillie -
(c) professional hunting guide

10/1/2004: margay -
(a) spotted wildcat

9/30/2004: fauvism -
(b) paintings with bold, often-distorted colors

9/29/2004: limnology - 
study of (d) lakes, ponds, and streams

9/28/2004: webster.- 
(c) weaver
9/27/2004: Eblis.- 
(c) Muslim devil

9/26/2004: sagamore.- 
(a) subordinate Indian chief

9/25/2004: dhoti.- 
(b) fakir's loincloth

9/24/2004: infundibulum.- 
(a) funnel-shaped body part

9/23/2004: retroussé.- 
(d) upturned nose

9/22/2004: fourchette- 
(c) back-of-gloves reinforcement

9/21/2004: triturate- 
(a) pulverize

9/20/2004: vena cava - 
(a) two veins returning blood to the heart's right atrium

9/19/2004: magdalen - 
(b) reformed prostitutet

9/18/2004: notabene - 
(d) "note well"

9/17/2004: xylem - 
(b) liquid-conducting heartwood

9/16/2004: obloquy - 
(a) abusively detractive language

9/15/2004: loris - 
(c) small, nocturnal South American primates

9/14/2004: porphyry - 
(c) large feldspar crystals in an igneous matrix

9/13/2004:
bulbul - 
(d) songbird

9/12/2004:
riviére - 
(b) diamond necklace
9/11/2004:
res adjudicata - 
(d) an adjudicated legal precedent
9/10/2004: unau - (a) two-toed sloth
9/9/2004:
hairstreak - 
(c) butterfly
9/8/2004: dowitcher - (a) Northern sea bird
9/7/2004: - (b) preliminary exercise
9/6/2004: variola - (b) smallpox
9/5/2004: Guarnarius - (d) violin
9/4/2004: Delian League - (c)  Greek alliance against the Persians
9/3/2004: macerate - (c) soften by soaking
9/2/2004:
shrieval - 
(c) pertaining to a sheriff
9/1/2004:
necromancy - 
(d) black magic
8/31/2004:
lacunar - 
(b) ceiling with recessed panels
8/30/2004:
dasyure - 
(a) Australian marsupial
8/29/2004:
pallium - 
(c) Papal cape
8/28/2004:
tragus - 
(a) ear flap protecting the ear canal
8/27/2004:
pachysandra - 
(d) evergreen plant
8/26/2004:
hadal - 
(b) ocean depths below 6 kilometers
8/25/2004:
gadroon  
(c) convex orn
8/24/2004:
gadroon  
(c) convex ornamental molding
8/23/2004: morello  (a) sour cherry
8/22/2004:
vervet  
(a) African Monkey
8/21/2004:
brasserie  
(c) beer joint
8/20/2004:
turbary  
(a) a peat bog
8/19/2004:
tup  
(b) a ram
8/18/2004: courant  (b) in fashion
8/17/2004: intervate  (b) low-lying land
8/16/2004: oneiric  (c) pertaining to dreams
8/15/2004: scrapie  (a) sheep disease
8/14/2004: pulque  
(a) fermented beverage made from agave
8/13/2004: runcinate  
(d) saw-toothed divisions facing backward
8/12/2004: remanence  
(b) residual magnetism
8/11/2004: dunnage  
(a) baggage
8/10/2004: dragoman  
(c) Turkish guide
8/9/2004: bongo  
(c) spiral-horned antelope
8/8/2004: ecce homo  
(d) Christ wearing crown of thorns
8/7/2004: argil  
(a) clay
8/6/2004: lampion  
(b) oil-burning outdoor lamp
7/29/2004: uperose  
(d) laborious
7/28/2004: nuncupative  
(d) oral (unwritten) will
7/27/2004: rasorial  
(c) scratches for its food
7/26/2004: remontant  
(a) blooms more than once a season
7/25/2004: planchette  
(c) Ouija board
7/24/2004: sard  
(b) brownish-red chalcedony
7/23/2004: sedulous  
(d) diligent
7/22/2004: acervate  
(a) growing in small heaps
7/21/2004: hypocaust  
(c) underfloor space for heat duct
7/20/2004: palestra  
(c) ancient Greek gymnasium
7/19/2004: tramontane  
(d) far side of the mountain
7/18/2004: aquilegia  
(b) columbine
7/17/2004: spelt  
(d) hardy wheat
7/16/2004: "loco weed"  
(a) jimpson weed
7/15/2004: gayal  
(c) S. E. Asian cow
7/14/2004: grenadine 
(b) syrup made from currants
7/13/2004: 
(b) bulrush
7/12/2004: geld 
(c) Norman, the Conqueror's tax on English landholders
7/11/2004: novercal 
(a) pertaining to a stepmother
7/10/2004: oeuvre 
(d) sum of an artist's life work
7/9/2004: disambiguate 
(c) to establish a single grammatical interpretation
7/8/2004: noddy 
(b) fool
7/7/2004: piscina 
(d) church basin for ceremonial ablutions
7/6/2004: blepharitis 
(a) inflamed eyelid
7/5/2004: caracal 
(b) wildcat
7/4/2004: misprision 
(c) to maladminister in public office
7/3/2004: glyptics 
(c) art of carving
7/2/2004: readamanthine 
(a) uncompromisingly just
7/1/2004: napiform 
(c) turnip-shaped
6/30/2004: mutatis mutandis 
(d) the necessary changes have been made
6/29/2004: exordium 
(c) opening of a speech
6/28/2004: metage 
(b) official weight measurement
6/27/2004: irredentist 
(a) people and countries seeking to reclaim land
6/26/2004: hypocorism 
(a) term of endearment
6/25/2004: piceous 
(c) pertaining to pitch
6/24/2004: piccalilli 
(d) pickle relish
6/23/2004: discalced 
(b) barefoot
6/22/2004: locum tenens 
(c) one who substitutes for another
6/21/2004: Hesperus 
(d) the evening star
6/20/2004: inanation 
(a) exhaustion
6/19/2004: vaticination 
(c) prophecy
6/18/2004: oolong 
(b) Chinese tea
6/17/2004: peplos 
(b) outer robe worn by Greek women
6/16/2004: tritutation 
(a) grinding into fine powder
6/15/2004: trachoma  (d) contagiouus viral eye disease
6/14/2004: theorbo 
(c) lute
6/13/2004: velleity 
(b) wish without action
6/12/2004: remarque 
(a) mark in margin of engraving
6/11/2004: supercilium 
(c) eyebrow
6/10/2004: gargency 
(b) duck with striped head
6/9/2004: hypophysis 
(a) pituitary gland
6/8/2004: ouzel 
(c) European bird
6/7/2004: lickerish 
(c) treacherous
6/6/2004: intendent 
(b) Latin American district administrator
6/5/2004: oenology 
(d) study of wines
6/4/2004: ruction 
(c) noisy quarrel
6/3/2004: papeterie 
(b) box holding writing materials
6/2/2004: stroud 
(a) coarse woolen cloth
6/1/2004:  
(d) leaves with rounded ends (hebetate or erose)
5/31/2004: pibroch 
(b) dirge for bagpipes
5/30/2004: gavial 
(c) Southeast Asian crocodile
5/29/2004: gaur 
(d) bovine Southeast Asian mammal
5/28/2004: knesset 
(b) Israeli parliament
5/27/2004: mozetta 
(a) bishop's short cape
5/26/2004: usufruct 
(a) right to use other's property barring damage
5/25/2004: ramekin 
(c) cheese, egg, and breadcrumb soufflé
5/24/2004: netsuke 
(d) small inlaid Japanese purse toggle
5/23/2004: ecclesia 
(d) Greek citizens' assembly
5/22/2004: homiletics 
(b) art of preaching
5/21/2004: duvetyn 
(c) a ssft twill
5/20/2004: galyak 
(a) soft fur from stillborn lamb
5/19/2004: insessorial 
(b) adapted for perching
5/18/2004: interpellate 
(d) to formally question a government official about personal behvior
5/17/2004: eyre 
(a) itinerant royal circuit court
5/16/2004: karyotype 
(c) the chromosomal complement of a species
5/15/2004: syllabub 
(b) wine and sweetened milk
5/14/2004: tartuffian 
(b) hypocritical
5/13/2004: picaroon 
(d) rogue
5/12/2004: pretermit 
(c) to intertionally disregard
5/11/2004: verderer  
(a) royal forester
5/10/2004: pappus 
(d) tuft of bristles on dandelion
5/9/2004: haute monde 
(b) high society
5/8/2004: carcanet 
(a) jeweled necklace
5/7/2004: enfleurage 
(b) odorless fats exposed to open flowers
5/6/2004: hypnopompic 
(c) half-awake
5/5/2004: hong -
(d) foreign trading house in China
5/4/2004: nolimetangere -
(b) warning against meddling
5/3/2004: lighter -
(a) cargo-unloading barge
5/2/2004: bouleversement -
(a) violent uproar
5/1/2004: burbot -
(c) freshwater fish
4/30/2004: lollop -
(a) move with bobbing motion
4/29/2004: dromedary -
(d) single-humped camel
4/28/2004: consuetude -
(b) custom
4/27/2004: palmer -
(c) palm-carrying pilgrim
4/26/2004: splanchic -
(b) visceral
4/25/2004: achene -
(a) small, dry, thin-walled fruit
4/24/2004: harl -
(d) hemp or flax fibers-
4/23/2004: bollonia -
(c) daisy-like
4/22/2004: hormesis -
(c) mild toxicity stimulates cellular defenses
4/21/2004: lordosis -
(a) spine curved forward
4/20/2004: ovoto -
(b) quarter-round molding
4/19/2004: sphenic -
(d) wedge-shaped
4/18/2004: carminitive -
(c) flatulence-inducing
4/17/2004: retrorse -
(b) turned backward
4/16/2004: morion -
(a) crested helmet
4/15/2004: periodic acid -
(d) iodic acid
4/14/2004: anuran -
(d) pertaining to frogs
4/13/2004: heterotropic -
(a) lives on organic food
4/12/2004: palatine -
(c) woman's fur cape and hood
4/11/2004: muricate -
(b) surfaced with short spines
4/10/2004: champaign -
(d) a plain
4/9/2004: impetate -
(a) beseech
4/8/2004: indaba -
(a) African tribal conference
4/7/2004: apomixis -
(c) reproduction from an unfertilized ovum
4/6/2004: apophyge -
(a) branch from a geological dike
4/5/2004: deckle -
(a) rough edge of hand-made paper
4/4/2004: murphy -
(d) potato
4/3/2004: arriviste -
(c) social climber
4/2/2004: favonian -
(b) of the (soft) west wind
4/1/2004: ambage -
(d) winding passageway
3/31/2004: dolichocephalic -
(a) long head
3/30/2004: glacis -
(b) gentle slope
3/29/2004: acromion -
(c) outer extremity of the shoulder
3/28/2004: wherry -
(b) one-man oarboat
3/27/2004: plica -
(b) a fold of skin or shell
3/26/2004: caducity -
(a) frailty of old age
3/25/2004: majolica -
(b) richly colored earthenware
3/24/2004: ralliform -
(d) pertaining to a rail or rail-like marsh bird
3/23/2004: dudeen -
(c) clay pipel
3/22/2004: periphrastic -
(a) circumlocution
3/21/2004: boscage -
(d) mass of trees and shrubs
3/20/2004: decrepitate -
(b) to roast until it crackles
3/19/2004: harridan -
(c) vicious, scolding woman
3/18/2004: baklava -
(c) paper-thin sliced nuts with honey
3/17/2004: Maldives -
(d) island country near Sri Lanka
3/16/2004: mordent -
(a) melodic trill
3/15/2004: ratite -
(b) large flightless bird
3/14/2004: tantra -
(d) Buddhist/Hindu religious writings concerning magic
3/13/2004: playa -
(c) nearly level bottom of a desert basin
3/12/2004: meatus -
(a) triangular flap partially covering the ear canal
3/11/2004: foramen -
(b) bone or membrane opening
3/10/2004: phylactery -
(b) pair of Hebrew amulets
3/9/2004: weregeld -
(c) compensation to family for killing someone
3/8/2004: realpolitik -
(c) expansionist national policy
3/7/2004: mouillé -
(d) to soften by soaking
3/6/2004: raclette -
(a) cheese on boiled potatoes
3/5/2004: duroc -
(c) large red hog
3/4/2004: hidrosis -
(b) excessive perspiration
3/3/2004: myology -
study of (c) muscles
3/2/2004: coup d'oeil -
(d) a glance
3/1/2004: purlieu -
(d) outskirts
2/29/2004: guerdon -
(a) reward
2/28/2004: mortmain -
(c) oppressive influence of the past upon the present
2/27/2004: malacia -
(a) softened tissue
2/26/2004: rede -
(d) to give advice
2/25/2004: malacology -
(c) study of molluscs
2/24/2004: lyonnaise -
(c) cooked with onions
2/23/2004: paynim -
(b) non-Christian
2/22/2004: leman -
(a) lover
2/21/2004: stiver -
(d) Dutch coin of very small value (ambsace)
2/20/2004: impetrate -
(c) obtained by petition
2/19/2004: gallinule -
(d) wading bird
2/18/2004: baleen -
(b) whalebone
2/17/2004: galloon -
(a) ornamental band or braid
2/16/2004: anhinga -
(b) water turkey
2/15/2004: advert -
(c) to call attention to
2/14/2004:
pyknic -
(d) chubby
2/13/2004:
colophon -
(d) publisher's trademark
2/12/2004:
calendula -
(a) marigold
2/11/2004:
calathus-
(a) vase-shaped basket
2/10/2004: thurifer-
(b) acolyte who carries a thurible (censer)
2/9/2004: affusion-
(d) baptism
2/8/2004: thrasonical-
(a) boastful
2/7/2004: garibaldi-
(c) blouse
2/6/2004: chantry-
(d) endowment for prayers
2/5/2004: liripipe-
(b) cord hanging from a hood
2/4/2004: puberulent-
(a) downy
2/3/2004: pawky-
(d) shrewd
2/2/2004: anlace-
(d) dagger
2/1/2004: allopathic-
(b) modern Western medicine
1/31/2004: alcazar-
(c) fortress
1/30/2004: frore-
(a) frosty
1/29/2004: luxate-
(d) dislocate
1/28/2004: paraclete-
(b) the Holy Ghost
1/27/2004: galeate-
(a) helmet-shaped
1/26/2004: langouste- (c) spiny lobster
1/25/2004: acinus- (d) seed drupelet
1/24/2004: lutus naturae- (b) freak of nature
1/23/2004: bagasse- (d) sugar cane pulp
1/22/2004: sericeous- (d) silky
1/21/2004:
chamaephyte-
(c) winter plant
1/20/2004: sortilege-
(b) foretelling the future by drawing lots
1/19/2004: decanel-
(d) pertaining to a dean
1/18/2004: ametropia-
(a) eye abnormality
1/17/2004: Atticism- (b) elegant, concise remark
1/16/2004: abigail-
(c) lady's maid
1/15/2004: fescennine -
(c) licentious
1/14/2004: balneology -
(d) mineral bath therapy
1/13/2004: palynology -
(a) study of spores and pollens
1/12/2004: thetic -
(a) dogmatic
1/11/2004: paludism -
(b) malaria
1/10/2004: agrostology -
(c) study of grasses
1/9/2004: culver -
(b) pigeon
1/8/2004: epithalamium -
(d) nuptial poem
1/7/2004: anomie -
(a) collapse of personal or societal order
1/6/2004: obtest -
(c) plead, adjure
1/5/2004: cham -
(a) Mongol chieftan
1/4/2004: declassé -
(b) downclassed
1/3/2004: agrestic -
(b) rustic
1/2/2004: oscitancy -
(d) drowsiness
1/1/2004: pelorus -
(d) magnetic compass
12/31/2003: shiatzu -
(c) finger massage
12/30/2003: phraty -
(a) clan
12/29/2003: ala -
(d) earlobe
12/28/2003: prototrophic -
(b) eats inorganics
12/27/2003: acatalectic -
(a) complete
12/26/2003: calenture -
(c) fever
12/25/2003: decanal -
pertaining to  (c) a dean
12/24/2003: perdu -
 (b) soldier sent on dangerous mission
12/23/2003: flavine -
 (d) reddish-brown antiseptic
12/22/2003: lanuginous -
 (a) downy
12/21/2003: altricial -
 (c) early helplessness (e. g., a human infant)
12/20/2003: ganister -
 (b) furnace lining
12/19/2003: asthenosphere -
 (d) layer under the lithosphere
12/18/2003: gracile -
 (a) gracefully slender
12/17/2003: angary -
 (b) right of a belligerent nation to seize the property of a neutral nation providing that full compensation is made
12/16/2003: brisket -
 (b) an animal's chest-cage
12/15/2003: bowdlerize -
 (c) to expurgate prudishly
12/14/2003: quidnunc -
 (d) gossip
12/13/2003: multure -
 (d) grain-grinding fee
12/12/2003: ament -
 (a) mentally deficient
12/11/2003: azoth -
 (b) mercery
12/10/2003: au gratin -
 (d) covered with breadcrumbs
12/9/2003: metonymy -
 (c) figure of speech ("The pen is mightier than the sword")
12/8/2003: contango -
 (b) interest paid by a buyer (e. g., of a new house) until she receives the money from the sale of her old house
12/7/2003: emphytosis -
 (a) plant disease that causes roughly the same amount of damage each year
12/6/2003: welkin -
 (d) vault of sky
12/5/2003: Quetelet Index -
 (d) measure of obesity
12/4/2003: anastomosis -
 (d) union of two branches
12/3/2003: Glengarry -
 (c) hat
12/2/2003: circumvallate -
 (a) to surround with a defensive barrier
12/1/2003: Persephone -
 (c) Hades' wife
11/30/2003: calotte -
 (b) ecclesiastic's skullcap
11/29/2003: bellonaphobia -
 fear of (d) anything sharp
11/28/2003: Asclepius -  
(a) Greek god of medicine
11/27/2003: pediment -  
(c) gable facade
11/26/2003: ramson -  
(c) garlic
11/25/2003: allantoid -  
(c) sausage-shaped
11/24/2003: coryneform -  
(b) virgate (rod-shaped)
11/23/2003: hiemal -  
(d) brumal
11/22/2003: cancellous -  
(a) having a spongy or net-like structure
11/21/2003: anguilliform -  
(c) eel-shaped
11/20/2003: amentiferous -  
(b) possessing catkins
11/19/2003: rataplan -  
(a) a tattoo (of drums or hoofbeats)
11/18/2003: aleatory -  
(d) dependent upon chance
11/17/2003: Galatea -  
(b) Greek statue brought to life by Aphrodite for its sculptor, Pygmalion
11/16/2003: esker -  
(b) glacially deposited gravel ridge
11/15/2003: leister -  
(a) trident
11/14/2003: marcescent -  
(c) withering
11/13/2003:  barranca -  
(b) gorge
11/12/2003:  dishabille -  
(d) only partially dressed
11/11/2003:
- cantle
-  (d) rear part of saddle
11/10/2003:
- caitiff
-  (a) vile wretch
11/9/2003:
- parvis
-  (d) enclosed church courtyard
11/8/2003:
- levirate
-  (c) to marry brother's widow
11/7/2003:
- pudency
-  (b) modesty
11/6/2003:
- aliform
-  (b) wing-shaped
11/5/2003:
- osculum
-  (c) opening in sponge for expelling water
11/4/2003:
- Laocoön
-  (d) killed by Poseidon for warning Trojans about Trojan horse
11/3/2003:
- anamorphic
-  (c) different magnifications along different axes
11/2/2003:
- parte pris
-  (a) preconceived prejudice
11/1/2003:
- carrefour
-  (a) crossroads
10/31/2003:
- cham
-  (b) Mongol khan
10/30/2003:
-
-  (d) auditorium
10/29/2003:
- Lucullan
-  (c) lavishly luxurious
10/28/2003:
- tapetum
-  (c) plant or animal membrane
10/27/2003:
- taj
-  (b) conical Muslim hat
10/26/2003:
- syllepsis
-  (a) "He lost his coat and his temper."
10/25/2003:
- crinite
-  (c) hirsute
10/24/2003:
- helicon
-  (d) circular brass tuba
10/23/2003:
- prosciuto
-  (d) Italian ham
10/22/2003:
- bise
-  (b) cold Alpine wind (mistral)
10/21/2003:
- quercetin
-  (c) citrus bioflavenoid
10/20/2003:
- lares and penates
-  (c) household items
10/19/2003:
- peepul
-  (b) the fig tree
10/18/2003:
- mesalliance
-  (a) marriage to a social inferior
10/17/2003:
- rale
-  (d) a pathological respiratory sound
10/16/2003:
- kelpie
-  (c) malevolent Scottish water sprite
10/15/2003:
- longanimity
-  (a) forbearance
10/14/2003:
- ramie
-  (d) flax-like fiber
10/13/2003:
- Erato
-  (d) Muse of lyric poetry
10/12/2003:
- takin
-  (b) goat-like mammal
10/11/2003:
- wamble
-  (c) a weaving gait
10/10/2003: - wimble -  (a) handheld hole-borer
10/9/2003:
- doyenne
-  (d) most senior woman
10/8/2003:
- glissade
-  (c) sliding ballet step
10/7/2003:
- paries
-  (c) the wall of an organ
10/6/2003:
- ineffable
-  (c) indescribable
10/5/2003:
- aposiopesis
-  (a) having second thoughts
10/4/2003:
- anaglyphy
-  (d) red-and-green 3-D glasses
10/3/2003:
- cete
-  group of (b) badgers
10/2/2003:
- leporine
-  (c) pertaining to a rabbit
10/1/2003:
- vulpine
-  (d) pertaining to a fox
9/30/2003:
- clowder
-  (a) a group of cats
9/29/2003:
- kinkajou
-  (b) tropical American arboreal mammal
9/28/2003:
- carcajou
-  (b) wolverine
9/27/2003:
- acajou
-  (c) mahogany
9/26/2003:
- paresis
-  (d) slight paralysis
9/25/2003:
- aedile
-  (b) magistrate
9/24/2003:
- pelargonium
-  (a) geranium
9/23/2003:
- pappus
-  (d) tuft of bristles
9/22/2003:
- prosciutto
-  (c) aged Italian ham
9/21/2003:
- enology
-  study of  (c) wines
9/20/2003:
- ragout - 
(c) meat and vegetable stew
9/19/2003:
- carinate - 
(a) keel-shaped
9/18/2003:
- laic - 
(d) pertaining to the laity
9/17/2003:
- murrain - 
(b) pestilence
9/16/2003:
- morraine - 
(c) dirt and gravel deposited by a glacier
9/15/2003:
- djebella - 
(a) hooded, sleeved Arab garment
9/14/2003:
- sphaguric - 
pertaining to (d) alchemy
9/13/2003:
- oscitant - 
(c) sleepy
9/12/2003:
- pinote - 
(b) corn meal and mesquite beans
9/11/2003:
- gammon - 
(b) ham
9/10/2003:
- whitlow - 
(a) inflammation around a nail
9/9/2003:
- palfrey - 
(d) gentle horse suitable for a woman
9/8/2003:
- phthisic - 
(c) tubercular.
9/7/2003:
- gamelan - 
(b) S. E. Asia tuned chimes
9/6/2003:
- tetrarch - 
(a) Roman governor of 1/4th of a country
9/5/2003:
- spandrel - 
(c) triangular space between arch and frame
9/4/2003:
- infundibular - 
(c) funnel-shaped
9/3/2003:
- langue d'oil -
(a) French spoken in Belgium
9/2/2003:
- pischoge - 
(a) black magic
9/1/2003:
- godwit - 
(d) wading bird
8/31/2003:
- Laocoon - 
(d) Greek killed for warning Trojans about horse
8/30/2003:
- bo - 
(a) pal
8/29/2003:
- behoof - 
(b) benefit
8/28/2003:
- veridical - 
(a) veracious
8/27/2003:
- apocope - 
(b) "goin'" for "going"
8/26/2003:
- tuff - 
(c) frothy volcanic rock
8/25/2003:
- breccia - 
(c) clastic rock made of sharp fragments
8/24/2003:
- pedaler - 
(d) tropical soil, rich in alumina, iron, low in carbonates
8/23/2003:
- negus - 
(a) wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg
8/22/2003:
- gallimaufry - 
(b) hodgepodge
8/21/2003:
- merganser - 
(b) fish-eating duck
8/20/2003:
- pyriform - 
(a) pear-shaped
8/19/2003:
- ansorine - 
(d) pertaining to geese
8/18/2003:
- rachitis - 
(c) rickets
8/17/2003:
- rachetis - 
(a) main shaft
8/16/2003:
- pectinate - 
(d) comb-shaped
8/15/2003:
- bibliolatry - 
(a) fanaticism
8/14/2003:
- debridement - 
(a) cleaning of a wound
8/13/2003: - carnet - (c) international passport
8/12/2003:
- lacustrine - 
(b) pertaining to lakes
8/11/2003:
- wyvern - 
(a) flying dragon
8/10/2003:
- tocology - 
(d) obstetrics
8/9/2003:
- megrim - 
(c) migraine
8/8/2003:
- daedal - 
(b) ingenious, well-wrought (after Daedalus)
8/7/2003:
- lammergeier - 
(d) large, predatory bird
8/6/2003:
- au fait - 
(a) knowledgeable expert
8/5/2003:
- pinna - 
(c) an ear
8/4/2003:
- pellicle - 
(c) a thin skin or film
8/3/2003:
- tamandua - 
(a) tropical American anteater
8/2/2003:
- Lachesis - 
(b) one of the Three Fates, who cut the Thread of Life
8/1/2003:
- photopia - 
(d) night vision
7/31/2003:
- pleasance - 
(a) secret garden
7/30/2003: - comstockery - (c) overzealous censorship
7/29/2003: - trochal - (b) wheel-shaped
7/28/2003:
- helicobacter pylori - 
(d) bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers
7/27/2003: - corniform - (d) rod-shaped
7/26/2003:
- campanulate - 
(d) bell-shaped
7/25/2003:
- listel - 
(a) border
7/24/2003:
- bacciferous - 
(c) berry-bearing
7/23/2003:
- limpkin - 
(a) shore bird
7/22/2003:
- graffe - 
(a) bucklel
7/21/2003:
- laverock - 
(d) skylark
7/20/2003:
- atman - 
(c) universal soul from which individual souls are derived
7/19/2003:
- thremmatology - 
(b) science of breeding
7/18/2003:
- peplum - 
(a) short overskirt attached to jacket
7/17/2003:
- adscititious - 
(d) unessential
7/16/2003:
- obtund - 
(c) dull-witted
7/15/2003:
- cumshaw - 
(b) bribe
7/14/2003:
- drupe - 
(a) fleshy "fruitlet" enclosing each individual seed (in, e. g., a raspberry)
7/13/2003: - palter - (a) equivocate
7/12/2003: - latte - (d) 1/3rd cup expresso, 1 cup milk
7/11/2003:
- aiguillette - 
(b) ornamental military cord
7/10/2003:
- patulous - 
(c) expanding
7/9/2003:
- laeger - 
(a) an encampment
7/8/2003:
- virgate - 
(d) rod-shaped
7/7/2003:
- infarct - 
(d) oxygen-deprived necrotic tissue
7/6/2003: - amerce - (c) to fine
7/5/2003: - defervescence - (b) abatement of fever
7/4/2003: - agriology - (d) study of early cultures
7/3/2003: - potlatch - (a) feast
7/2/2003: - pellicle - (c) thin film/membrane
7/1/2003: - tantara - (b) fanfare
6/30/2003: - archimandrite - (b) Grand Abbott over several abbeys
6/29/2003: - postiche - (a) toupee
6/28/2003: - capriole - (d) horse jumps completely off the ground
6/27/2003: - windlestraw - (b) thin, dried grass stalk
6/26/2003: - jugate - (b) pair of pairs
6/25/2003: - pantechnicon - (a) furniture truck
6/24/2003: - clathrate - (d) lattice-shaped
6/23/2003: - dyslogistic - (c) disapproving
6/22/2003: - Hansard - (d) "Congressional Record" for British Parliament
6/21/2003: - murex - (b) mollusc, whose shell yields Royal Purple
6/20/2003: - bollard - (a) thick post for hawsers
6/19/2003: - spitel - (c) lazarette (hospital for contagious diseases)
6/18/2003: - Whitsuntide - (c) week after Pentecost
6/17/2003: - shearwater - (a) puffin family
6/16/2003: - tunicle - (d) subdeacon's short vestment
6/15/2003: - poltroon - (b) base coward
6/14/2003: - vade mecum - (b) handbook
6/13/2003: - testudinate - pertaining to (c) turtles
6/12/2003: - pavonine - (c) pertaining to a peacock
6/11/2003: - aphesis - (a) "squire" for "esquire" (contraction)
6/10/2003: - seneschal - (c) medieval major domo
6/9/2003: - tenebrous - (a) dark and gloomy
6/8/2003: - bonton - (d) haute monde
6/7/2003: - cacoethes - (b) pernicious habit
6/6/2003: - dyslogistic - (d) disapproving
6/5/2003: - photopia - (c) night vision
6/4/2003: - - 
(a) fear of anything new
6/3/2003: - Aesclepius - (b) Roman god of medicine
6/2/2003: - wombat - (b) bear-like marsupial
6/1/2003: - anacreontic - (d) amorous
5/31/2003: - hermeneutics - (b) "science" of Biblical interpretation
5/30/2003: - twayblade - (a) small orchid
5/29/2003: - tabard- 
(c) emblazoned cape warn over armor
5/28/2003: - jeunesse dorée - (d) fashionable young people
5/27/2003: - hinny - (a) male horse, female donkey
5/26/2003: - drayage - (b) shipping charge
5/25/2003: - syncope - (a) contraction of a word
5/24/2003: - spoliation - (a) seizure of neutral vessel
5/23/2003: - puce - (d) deep red
5/22/2003: - dramaturge - (c) playwright 
5/21/2003: - amphictyony - (a) several states sharing a common shrine
5/20/2003: - belvedere - (b) gazebo
5/19/2003: - peavey - (a) lumberman's wooden rod, with hinged hook 
5/18/2003: - brannigan - (c) squabble
5/17/2003: - decumen - (d) group of ten
5/16/2003: - agrestal - (d) growing wild 
5/15/2003: - terricolous - (b) living below ground
5/14/2003: - allopatric - (c) occurring in widely separated areas
5/13/2003: - kegler - (a) bowler 
5/12/2003: - retroussé - (b) nose turned up t the end
5/11/2003: - wash sale - (d) seller's illegal buying of stock to boost stock price
5/10/2003: - inter alia - (d) among other things
5/9/2003: - publican - (c) Roman tax collector
5/8/2003: - kedge - (a) light steering anchor
5/7/2003: - teledu - (c) East Indian skunk
5/6/2003: - anaclisis - (b) psychological dependence on others
5/5/2003: - dyscrasia - (d) blood poisoning
5/4/2003: - cachepot - (b) ornamental flowerpot container
5/3/2003: - hirsute - (a) hairy
5/3/2003: - hom - (c) island in a river
5/2/2003: - hamadryas - (c) African baboon
5/1/2003: - hamadryad - (d) naiad dwelling in tree
4/30/2003: - whilom - (b) formerly
4/29/2003: - maitre d'hotel - (c) butter and lemon sauce
4/28/2003: - rufous - (a) yellowish-pink to moderate orange
4/27/2003: - retroussé - (c) nose upturned at tip
4/26/2003: - sphragistics - (d) study of seals/signet rings
4/25/2003: - droshky - (d) open, four-wheeled carriage
4/24/2003: - bombe - (a) stacked disks of ice cream
4/23/2003: - ex parte - (d) one-sided argument
4/22/2003: - weskit - (b) waistcoat
4/21/2003: - wether - (c) gelded male sheep
4/20/2003: - remand - (a) to send back for further proceedings
4/19/2003: - albescent - (a) turning white
4/18/2003: - falafel - (d) fried-chickpea-and-java-bean balls
4/17/2003: - rota - (b) ecclesiastical court
4/16/2003: - luculent - (c) easily understood

4/15/2003: - dybbuk - (c) wandering soul that enters the body

4/14/2003: - stomacher - (a) woman's embroidered garment

4/13/2003: - quid - (c) a pound sterling


4/12/2003: - rack - (b) wind-driven clouds
4/11/2003: - noumenon - (d) an abstraction existing independently of physical detectability
4/10/2003: - fetlock - (a) knob behind horse's foot
4/9/2003: - roturier - (d) commoner
4/8/2003: - oubliette - (b) dungeon accessible by trapdoor
4/7/2003: - parlando - (b) sung speech
4/6/2003: - teasel - (c) wire brush to raise nap
4/5/2003: - intragent - (a) conspirator
4/4/2003: - reeve - (b) pass rope through pulley
4/3/2003: - prorogue - (d) postpone
4/2/2003: - hallux - (d) big toe
4/1/2003: - shammes - (c) sexton in a synagogue
3/31/2003: - erumpent - (a) bursting through
3/30/2003: - pleach - (b) plait
3/29/2003: - peridot - (c) olivene
3/28/2003: - divagate - (d) ramble
3/27/2003: - panicle - (c) irregularly branched flower cluster
3/26/2003: - stolon - (c) creeper
3/25/2003: - amylum - (a) starch
3/24/2003: - plench - (c) zero-g gripping tool
3/23/2003: - hauberk - (d) chain mail,
3/22/2003: - paramo - (a) high, treeless, tropical plain
3/21/2003: - veronica - (b) bullfighting maneuver
3/20/2003: - maffick - (b) celebrate boisterously
3/19/2003: - empery - (c) absolute sovereignty
3/18/2003: - remise - (d) relinquish a claim  
3/17/2003: - eagre - (a) a bore  
3/16/2003: - logion - (c) saying of Jesus not in Bible
3/15/2003: - pediculosis - (a) lice-infested
3/14/2003: - melic - pertaining to  (b)  song
3/13/2003: - ovoto - (a)  convex molding 
3/12/2003: - retable - (d)  top shelf of altar
3/11/2003: - platyhelminth - (d)  tapeworm or planarian
3/10/2003: - fiere facias - (c)  writ to seize debtor's goods
3/9/2003: - pangolin - (b)  ant eater
3/8/2003: - theriomorphic - (a)  shaped like a beast
3/7/2003: - raclette - (d)  type of cheese
3/6/2003: - pika - (a)  hare-like mammal
3/5/2003: - lanai - (c)  Hawaiian roofed patio
3/4/2003: - distrain - (b)  garnishee property for debts 
3/3/2003: - horst - (b)  block between two faults
3/2/2003: - tulle - (d)  fine starched netting
3/1/2003: - lienal - pertaining to  (a) the spleen
2/28/2003: - cravat - (b) tie
2/27/2003: - foulard - (d) silk
2/26/2003: - carl - (a) serf  
2/25/2003: - atrabilious - (c) melancholy  
2/24/2003: - cervine - pertaining to  (a) deer
2/23/2003: - festinate- (b) hasten
2/22/2003: - premorse- (d) abruptly truncated
2/21/2003: - rutilant- (d) bright red
2/20/2003: - tuille- (c) thigh armor
2/19/2003: - sutra- (a) aphorisms attributed to the Gautama Buddha
2/18/2003: - raceme- (d) flowers arranged single-file along stem
2/17/2003: - coffle- (c) file of prisoners chained together
2/16/2003: - nonesuch- (b) unrivalled 
2/15/2003: - heddle- (d) set of parallel loom wire
2/14/2003: - morel - (a) edible mushroom
2/13/2003: - drumlin - (c) ridge of glacial deposits
2/12/2003: - disseize - (d) to unlawfully dispossess
2/11/2003: - instauration - (a) renovation
2/10/2003: - tensegrity - (d) Bucky Fuller's "tensile integrity"
2/9/2003: - fescinnine - (c) licentious
2/8/20023 - turbot - (b) flatfish
2/7/2003: - turbit - (b) pigeon
2/6/2003: - ruche - (a) furbelow
2/5/2003: - prevenient - (d) anticipatory
2/4/2003: - Belial - (a) Satanic representation of wickedness
2/3/2003: - ennead - (c) group of nine
2/2/2003: - diptych - (b) ancient two-leaved writing panel
2/1/2003: - carnassial - (c) carnivorous teeth
1/31/2003: - archivolt - (c) decorative arch molding
1/30/2003: - holystone - (a) deck-scrubbing ston
1/29/2003: - parietal - (a) cavity wall
1/28/2003: - prescind - (d)  to separate in thought
1/27/2003: - spica - (b) counter-wrapped bandage
1/26/2003: - hypsometer - (d) uses boiling point to measure altitude
1/25/2003: - tumulus - (c) ancient burial mound
1/24/2003: - jardiniere - (b) vegetable garnish
1/23/2003: - brecks - (b) trousers
1/22/2003: - retiary - pertaining to (d) a net
1/21/2003: - moulage - (d) mold for criminal case
1/20/2003: - Montagnard- someone in a mountainous region of:  (a) Viet Nam
1/19/2003: - garboil- (c) confusion
1/18/2003: - velum- (a) veil of a mushroom
1/17/2003: - totipalmate- (d) webbed
1/16/2003: - swage- (b) to shape
1/15/2003: - reseda- (a) yellow-green
1/14/2003: - revenant- (d) one who has returned
1/13/2003: - tarlatan- (c) stiffly starched muslin
1/12/2003: - raddled - (c) worn out
1/11/2003: - ex libris - (c) bookplate
1/10/2003: - gular - (d) pertaining to the throat 
1/9/2003: - fulsome - (a) offensive to tast
1/8/2003: - picot - (c) embroidered edging

1/7/2003: - droit - (b) legal right
1/6/2003: - hastate - (c) spear-shaped
1/5/2003: - dieresis - (d) mark over second vowel (ö) indicating that both vowels are to be pronounced
1/4/2003: - gudgeon - (d) socket for a pin
1/3/2003: - febrifacient - (a) fever inducer
1/2/2003: - hermeneutics - (a) science of interpretation
1/1/2003: - dirndl - (b) full skirt, tight bodice
12/31/2002: - viatic - pertaining to  (d) a road
12/30/2002: - dromond - (c) medieval sailing galley
12/29/2002: - bois de rose - (a) grayish red
12/28/2002: - boletus - (c) poisonous mushroomr
12/27/2002: - anlage - (b) primordium, foundation
12/26/2002: - garth - (d) cloister-enclosed grassy quadrangle
12/25/2002: - apraxia - (c) stroke-damaged coordination
12/24/2002: - pettifours - (b) a small, rich tea cake
12/23/2002: - langue d'oc - (b) Provencal (provincial) French 
12/22/2002: - papilote - (b) frilled paper cap on cooked cutlet
12/21/2002: - haricot - (a) lamb with peas or beans
12/20/2002: - oxytocic - (c) birth-inducing
12/19/2002: - perpend - (a) ponder 
12/18/2002: - rateen - (b) thick, twilled woolen cloth
12/17/2002: - watap - (d) thread made from conifer roots
12/16/2002: - thaumaturgy - (d) working of miracles
12/15/2002: - agama - (d) lizard
12/14/2002: - redact - (c) prepare for publication

12/13/2002: - haploid - (a) half the normal chromosome count
12/12/2002: - racemic - (c) equal laevo-rotary and dextro-rotary isomeric concentrations
12/11/2002: - largesse - (b) generosity
12/10/2002: stover - (d) cereal-crop hay
12/9/2002: bestead - (a) to be of aid
12/8/2002: hypnagogic - (b) extreme drowsiness
12/7/2002: balmoral - (c) brimless Scottish cap with a flat top.
12/6/2002: theodicy - (b) apologetics
12/5/2002: corybantic - pertaining to  (d) frenzied religious (Cybele) dancing
12/4/2002: chiton - (d) Greek tunic
12/3/2002: ecchymosis - (a) bruising
12/2/2002: lubricious - (a) sexually stimulating
12/1/2002: georgic - pertaining to  (a) farm life 
11/30/2002: montero - (c) cap with ear flaps
11/29/2002: dimity - (c) cotton cloth
11/28/2002: tetrapterous - (d) possessing four wings
11/27/2002: tournedo - (b) tenderloin wrapped in bacon
11/26/2002: gusset - (c) triangular cloth reinforcement
11/25/2002: cesura - (a) a pause 
11/24/2002: lepton - (d) low-mass, spin = 1/2 particle family
11/23/2002: pinchbeck - (b) imitation
11/22/2002: sabot - (b) wooden shoe
11/21/2002: lumbricoid - pertaining to (c) earthworms
11/20/2002: lambrequin - (a) women's head covering
11/19/2002: Cadmus - (b) sowed the dragon's teeth (Gr. myth.)
11/18/2002: burkha - (d) Muslim women's all-covering cloak
11/17 /2002: cous-cous - (d) crushed grain, meat, and vegetables
11/16 /2002: ovine - pertaining to  (b) sheep
11/15 /2002: fletcher - (a) arrow-maker
11/14 /2002: bonzer - (c) very good (Austr.)
11/13 /2002: allantois - (d) abdominal sac
11/12 /2002: bosky - (a) shaded by woods
11/11 /2002: nuncio - (d) Papal ambassador
11/10/2002: tiki - (b) Polynesian Adam
11/9/2002: babirusa - (c) boar
11/8/2002: mot juste - (b) the perfect word or phrase
11/7/2002: pileus - (c) skullcap
11/6/2002: thenar - (a) fleshy base of thumb
11/5/2002: xiphoid - (d) sword-shaped
11/4/2002: musteline - pertaining to (d) badgers
11/3/2002: - (c) horses from which ranch hands choose
11/2/2002: quadrat - (b) blank type face
11/1/2002: croton - (a) castor oil plant
10/31/2002: ortolan - (d) European bunting
10/30/2002: chalybeate - (b) containing dissolved iron
10/29/2002: caracole - (a) horseman's half-turns
10/28/2002: abulia - (d) loss of will
10/27/2002: soutane - (c) monk's cassock 
10/26/2002: orc - (c) killer whale
10/25/2002: sarcopenia - (c) muscle deficiency
10/24/2002: hircine - (a) pertaining to a goat
10/23/2002: littoral - pertaining to (b) the seashore
10/22/2002: khedive - (d) Turkish viceroy of Egypt
10/21/2002: spinney - (a) copse
10/20/2002: weald - (d) woodland
10/19/2002: wold - (a) moor
10/18/2002: riparian- pertaining to  (b) river bank
10/17/2002: - vang - (b) sail boom rope
10/16/2002: - allegretto - (c) medium fast
10/15/2002: - adagio - (b) slower than andante
10/14/2002: - lento - (a)  slowly
10/13/2002: - coetaneous- (c)  coexistent
10/12/2002: - hoplite- (d)  Greek footsoldier
10/11/2002: - iteroparous- (d)  reproduces repeatedly
10/10/2002: - haploid- (a)  half the normal number of chormosomes
10/9/2002: - appanage- (d)  natural attribute
10/8/2002: - quiddity- (b)  essence
10/7/2002: - analemma- (c) sun's annual "footprint"
10/6/2002: - quodlibet- (a) topic for formal debate
10/5/2002: - cloche- (d) cake dish belljar
10/4/2002: - barratry- (a) stirring up trouble
10/3/2002: - kindle- (c) group of kittens
10/2/2002: - clowder- (b) group of cats
10/1/2002: - yataghan- (c) Turkish double-curved sword
9/30/2002: - Uriah Heap- (a) villainous schemer masquerading as "'umble"
9/29/2002: - diploid - (d) having two sets of chromosomes
9/28/2002: - inquiline - (b) living commensally in another animal's burro
9/27/2002: - insipience - (b) lack of wisdom
9/26/2002: - skerry - (c) rocky island
9/25/2002: - thanatologist - (c) death specialist
9/24/2002: - geomancy - (a) divination using shapes
9/23/2002: - descant - (d) speak at length
9/22/2002: - architrave - (b) bottom of entablature
9/21/2002: - Golgi complex - (c) cellular protein regulator
9/20/2002: - tumpline - (b) backpack-supporting head strap
9/19/2002: - padrone - (d) exploiter of Italian immigrants
9/18/2002: - hanse - (a) medieval trade association
9/17/2002: - objurgate - (d) bawl out
9/16/2002: - untrowable - (c) incredible
9/15/2002: - diplomate - (a) certified specialist
9/14/2002: - haruspex - (b) Roman priest who read entrails
9/13/2002: - wahini - (b) Polynesian Woman
9/12/2002: - stoma - (a) mouth-like opening
9/11/2002: - ophidian - (d) pertaining to snakes
9/10/2002: - uxoricide  - (c) murder of a wife
9/9/2002: - Panglossian  - (a) blindly optimistic
9/8/2002: - biblioatry  - (c) fanaticism
9/7/2002: - fabaceous  - pertaining to (b) beans  
9/6/2002: - chiropodist - (a) foot doctor
9/5/2002: - archon - (d) "Supreme Court" Athenian magistrate
9/4/2002: - pastern - (d) horse's shank
9/3/2002: - fungible - (b) can swap one part of debt for another
9/2/2002: - Hephaestus- (c) Greek god of metalworking
9/1/2002: - mercer- (a) textile dealer
8/31/2002: - tailings - (c) unwanted residue
8/30/2002: - nevus- (a) congenital growth
8/29/2002: - dundrearies- (b)  long sideburns
8/28/2002: - dudgeon- (d) wood for knife handle
8/26/2002: - esplanade - (d) seashore promenade
8/26/2002: - mestizo - (d) European/Indian man
8/25/2002: - haw-haw - (a) sunken moat
8/24/2002: - aliquot - (c) factorable
8/23/2002: - thole - (d) endure
8/22/2002: - compleat - (b) expert
8/21/2002: - mulct - (b) swindle
8/20/2002: - palpebra - (b) eyelid
8/19/2002: - potlatch - (d) feast
8/18/2002: - paraphrastic- (a) explanatory (vs. "periphrastic", which means "beating around thebush")
8/17/2002: - handsel - (c) earnest money
8/16/2002: - pied-a-terre - (a) vacation home  
8/15/2002: - gallinaceous - pertaining to (b) domestic fowl
8/14/2002: - pastiche - (d) hodgepodge
8/13/2002: - gabelle - (b) 1790 tax on salt
8/12/2002: - shofar - (a) ram's horn trumpet
8/11/2002: - ramate - (a) branched
8/10/2002: - duodecimo - (c) half-page size 
8/9/2002: - stoa - (d) covered colonnade
8/8/2002: - Urum and Thummen - (c) Hebrew oracular objects
8/7/2002: - spikenard - (b) costly ointment of antiquity
8/6/2002: - tarot - (b) fortune-telling cards
8/5/2002: - otiose - (c) ineffective
8/4/2002: - lazarette - (a) hospital treating infectious diseases
8/3/2002: - argus-eyed - (d) eternally watchful
8/2/2002: - boniface - (a) inn keeper
8/1/2002: - embonpoint - (b) plumpness
7/31/2002: - tetter - (d) eczema, psoriasis, or herpes

7/30/2002:
- quadrille - (b) French square dance

7/29/2002:
- puissance - (c) force, might

7/28/2002:
- cabala - (c) exotic medieval rabbinical theosophy

7/27/2002:
- long-headed - (a) wise

7/26/2002:
- carabao - (d) water buffalo

7/25/2002:
- patulous - (a) spreading

7/24/2002:
- tetterwort - (b) bloodroot  
7/23/2002:
- obol - (b) Greek coin

7/22/2002:
- narthex - (d) church lobby

7/21/2002:
- marshalsea - (a) London debtor's prison

7/20/2002:
- levigate - (c) grind to fine powder

7/19/2002:
- jacobus - (c) gold twenty-shilling piece

7/18/2002:
- grangerize - (c) over-illustrate

7/17/2002:
- fleury - (b) flowery

7/16/2002:
- eparch - (c) very important official
7/15/2002:
- calamary - (d) squid

7/14/2002:
- ramose - (a) having many branches

7/13/2002:
- panhandle - (a) beg

7/12/2002:
- obi - (b) Japanese sash

7/11/2002:
- nescience - (d) awareness

7/10/2002:
- limen - (c) psychological threshold

7/9/2002:
- jussive - (a) manner expressing command

7/8/2002:
- ichor - (d) dragon drool

7/7/2002:
- Greek calends- (c) a time that will never come

7/6/2002: - catchpole - (b) deputy who arrests debtors

7/5/2002:
- napolean - (b) gold coin

7/4/2002:
- ignis fatuus - (a) something misleading

7/3/2002:
- habergeon - (a) jacket of mail

7/2/2002:
- franklin - (d) landed medieval freeholder

7/1/2002:
- flense - (a) strip blubber from whale

6/30/2002:
- iimpkin - (b) wading bird

6/29/2002:
- immortelle - (c) dried flowers

6/28/2002:
- hoveler - (c) unlicensed boatman at shipwrecks

6/27/2002:
- encaustic - (a) prepared by heating

6/26/2002:
- deuteragonist - (c) second lead actor

6/25/2002:
- crucian -(b) European carp

6/24/2002:
- speculum - (d) mirror

6/23/2002:
- semioitics - (c) semantics

6/22/2002:
- recidivist - (d) repeat offender

6/21/2002:
- peculation - (b) theft

6/20/2002:
- involute - (b) folded inward

6/19/2002:
- bleb - (a) bubble

6/18/2002:
- burnoose - (d) Arab cloak and hood

6/17/2002:
- apercu - (c) short outline

6/16/2002:
- clamant - (d) clamorous

6/15/2002:
- betise - (b) stupidity
6/14/2002:
- sullage - (a) sewage

6/13/2002:
- rampion - (a) wild scallion

6/12/2002:
- quintan - (b) every fifth

6/11/2002:
- oroide - (c) imitation gold

6/10/2002:
- lasque - (d) thin, inferior diamond

6/9/2002:
- idolum - (b) false thinking

6/8/2002:
- gemmule - (a) a bud  

6/7/2002:
- disembogue - (c) to discharge its water

6/6/2002:
- chibouk - (d) Turkish pipe

6/5/2002:
- sawder - (d) flattery

6/4/2002:
- regulus - (a) pure metal at bottom

6/3/2002:
- psephology - (c) study of political elections

6/2/2002:
- pis aller - (b) the last resort

6/1 /2002:
- morpheme- (b) minimum linguistic unit

5/31 /2002:
- homeopathy- (b) weak toxin builds immunity

5/30 /2002:
- dimity- (d) sheer cotton cloth

5/29 /2002:
- ablaut- (a) patterned change in root vowels

5/28 /2002:
- gravamen- (d) most damning part of legal charge

5/27 /2002:
- sachem - (a) tribal chief

5/26 /2002:
- ret- (b) soak

5/25 /2002:
- pyx - (c) portable eucharist box

5/24/2002:
- orris - (d) iris

5/23/2002:
- jeofail - (d) legal mistake

5/22/2002:
- gonfalon - (b) flag

5/21/2002:
- eclampsia - (b) convulsions during pregnancy

5/20/2002:
- demersal - (a) sinking to the bottom

5/19/2002:
- chanterelle- (c) edible mushroom

5/18/2002:
- reticle - (a) scale in eyepiece

5/17/2002:
- peignoir- (b) loose-fitting dressing gown

5/16/2002:
- natterjack - (b) yellowish-brown toad

5/15/2002:
- mangone - (a) catapult

5/14/2002:
- lammergeier- (d) large, predatory bird

5/13/2002:
- canticle - (a) non-metrical hymn

5/12/2002:
- boulevardier - (d) man about town

5/11/2002:
- risotto -(c) seasoned rice

5/10/2002:
- megrim - (c) migraine

5/9/2002:
- iceblink - (b) sky streak

5/8/2002:
- vavosor -(b) fiefdom tenant below baron

5/7/2002:
- spandrel - (a) space between arch and frame
5/6/2002:
- pedicular - (d) pertaining to lice

5/5/2002:
- maud - (a) woolen shawl

5/4/2002:
- laches - (c) inexcusable delay

5/3/2002:
- jokul - (a) snow-covered mountain

5/2/2002:
- geodic - (a) hollow

5/1/2002:
- enchiridion - (d) handbook

4/30/2002:
- deadlight - (d) porthole

4/29/2002:
- champleve - (c) engrailed, fired enamel

4/28/2002:
- ukase - (a) Czarist decree

4/27/2002:
- samphire - (b) the glasswort

4/26/2002:
- lapidate - (c) kill by stoning

4/25/2002:
- imprest - (b) advance of government funds

4/24/2002:
- giaour - (d) a non-believer

4/23/2002:
- eschatology - (d) theology of last things

4/22/2002:
- chamfer - (c) to round off

4/21/2002:
- encyclical - (a) Papal public letter

4/20/2002:
- distrait - (b) inattentive because of anxiety

4/19/2002:
- windelstraw - (b) weak grass straw

4/18/2002:
- prunella - (a)  heavy fabric

4/17/2002:
- peneplain - (d) worn-down flat plain

4/16/2002:
- myosotis - (c) forget-me-not

4/15/2002:
- mittimus - (d) order for imprisonment

4/14/2002:
- leat - (b) waterwheel feedstock

4/13/2002:
- algorism - (a) decimal system

4/12/2002:
- anlegate - (c) to send an ambassador

4/11/2002:
- refulgence -(c) brilliance

4/10/2002:
- triolet - (d) poem

4/9/2002:
- largo - (b) stately music (Handel's "Largo")

4/8/2002:
- homologous - (a) corresponding

4/7/2002:
- - (a) a judge

4/6/2002:
- brevier - (c) prayer-book typeface

4/5/2002:
- bergamot - (d) Fruit containing perfume base

4/4/2002:
- cornice - (c) crown molding

4/3/2002:
- denary - (b) every tenth one

4/2/2002:
- valetudinarian - (b) hypochondriac

4/1/2002:
- teredo - (d) ship-worm

3/31/2002:
- unau - (a) water buffalo

3/30/2002:
- mithradatism - (b) developing tolerance for poison

3/29/2002:
- limnology - study of (a) freshwater bodies

3/28/2002:
- knap - (c) to chip flints

3/27/2002:
- kenosis - (d) relinquishment of godhood

3/26/2002:
- hypocaust - (a) brick ductwork

3/25/2002:
- chuff -(c) rude person

3/24/2002:
- gault - (d) clay

3/23/2002:
- dehiscent - (d) opening

3/22/2002:
- Babbitry - (d) narrow-mindedness

3/21/2002:
- calumet - (a) Indian pipe

3/20/2002:
- ratline - (b) sailing ship's ladder-lines
3/19/2002:
- petrology - (a) rock science

3/18/2002:
- occipital - (d) lower back of brain

3/17/2002:
- keelson - (c) keel stiffener

3/16/2002:
- illation - (b) deduction

3/15/2002:
- decuman - (b) every tenth, in order

3/14/2002:
- aclinic - (d) magnetic equator... flat, neither rising or falling

3/13/2002:
- obloquy - (b) detractive language

3/12/2002:
- debouch - (a) emerge

3/11/2002:
- riviere - (c) diamond necklace

3/10/2002:
- - (c) irritant
3/9/2002:
- tanagra - (d) terra cotta figurines

3/8/2002:
- vellum - (b) parchment of skin

3/7/2002:
- orc - (d) killer whale (like a grampus)

3/6/2002:
- grallotorial - (a) wading (birds)

3/5/2002:
- parataxis - (c) implied conjunctions

3/4/2002:
- colporteur -  (b) religious street vendor

3/3/2002:
- bisque - (c) seafood soup

3/2/2002:
- syncretism - (a) synthesizing from disparate parts

3/1/2002:
- jeton - (a) token

2/28 /2002:
- quadrat - (d) blank type face

2/27/2002:
- rachitic - (c) caused by rickets

2/26/2002:
- prolix - (b) verbose

2/25/2002:
- echidna - (d) burrowing anteater

2/24/2002:
- henry - (b) unit of inductance

2/23/2002:
- lasher - (a) one who lashes

2/22/2002:
- muezzin - (c) Muslim caller to prayer

2/21/2002:
- noumenon - (a) independently-existing abstraction (e. g., pi)

2/20/2002:
- elvan - (c) pertaining to eels

2/19/2002:
- isomer - (c) same formula, different structure

2/18/2002:
- dorter - (b) monastery dormitory

2/17/2002:
- cartouche - (a) scrollwork, fireworks cover

2/16/2002:
- linage - (d) payment by the line

2/15/2002:
- myrmidon - (d) henchman

2/14/2002:
- croton - (b) croton oil bush

2/13/2002:
- infusoria - (d) minute-shelled sea animals

2/12/2002:
- carronade - (c) ship-borne cannon

2/11/2002:
- kymograph - (a) pen recorder

2/10/2002:
- gouache - (c) gum-based water color

2/9/2002:
- comber - (d) rolling, breaking sea wave

2/8/2002:
- megrim - (d) migraine

2/7/2002:
- caracole - (b) horse half-turns

2/6/2002:
- abulia - (a) loss of will

2/5/2002:
- entente - (c) governmental accord

2/4/2002:
- threnody - (c) dirge

2/3/2002:
- pernickety - (b) finicky

2/2/2002:
- gnomic - (b) pithy

2/1/2002:
- gasconade - (d) a brag

1/31/2002:
- demulcent - (a) soothing

1/30/2002:
- dragoon - (d) coerce

1/29/2002:
- ventral - (c) on the front side
1/28/2002:
- refractory - (b) rebellious

1/27/2002:
- lief - (d) permission; willingness

1/26/2002:
- quondam - (c) former

1/25/2002:
- factitious - (a) fake

1/24/2002:
- gumption - (a) shrewdness

1/23/2002:
- nugatory - (b) belittling

1/22/2002:
- Dives - (d) rich monarch

1/21/2002:
- `exiguous - (c) scanty

1/20/2002:
- `apotheosis - (d) deification

1/19/2002:
- colligate - (b) fasten together

1/18/2002:
- panache - (a) swagger

1/17/2002: - gibbous - (c) convex

1/16/2002: - agrypnia - (a) insomnia

1/15/2002: - pleonasm - (a) verbal redundancy

1/14/2002: - succedaneum - (d) substitute

1/13/2002: - hornswoggle - (b) con, outwit

1/12/2002: - bumptious - (b) pushy

1/11/2002: - apopemptic - (c) valedictory

1/10/2002: - sapid - (a) savory 
1/9/2002: - valedictory - (a) pertaining to a farewell

1/8/2002: - irrefragable - (c) irrefutable

1/7/2002: - indurate - (d) calloused

1/6/2002: - pyknic - (b) endomorphic, self-indulgent

1/5/2002: - dissimulation - (d) deceit

1/4/2002: - haptic - (d) pertaining to the sense of touch

1/3/2002: - complaisant - (a) eager to please

1/2/2002: - defalcate - (c) embezzle

1/1/2002: - poikilothermic - (b) cold-blooded

12/31/2001: - potamic - (a) potable, drinkable

12/30/2001: - compendious - (b) concise

12/29/2001: - backwardation - (d) a contango

12/28/2001: - contango - (d)  interest payment for deferring full payment

12/27/2001: - decamp - (c) to depart (from camp)

12/26/2001: - pellucid - (a) crystal clear, transparent

12/25/2001: - factitious - (d) relating to fiction
12/24/2001: - affranchise - (b) to set free

12/23/2001: - concinnity - (c) harmony

12/22/2001: - hebetate - (b) to make blunt or dull

12/21/2001: - salmagundi - (a) a gallimaufry or assortment

12/20/2001: - dehisce - (a) to open (to bloom)

12/19/2001: -peculation - (c) embezzlement

12/18/2001: - melancholic - (d) melancholic
12/17/2001: - glabrous - (b) smooth

12/16/2001: - jeu d'esprit - (d) witticism (joy of the spirit)

12/15/2001: - aporia - (d) dubiety (at a loss to know what to say or where to begin)

12/14/2001: - litotes - (a) double negation ("no small problem")

12/13/2001: - jambalaya - (c) spicy rice & meat dish

12/12/2001: - gallimaufry - (c) a hodgepodge or jumble

12/11/2001: - mephitic - (d) malodorous

12/10/2001: - atlantes - (a) stone columns, in the form of male statues

12/9/2001: - tantara - (b) trumpet fanfare, hunting cry ("View alloo-o-oo!!)

12/8/2001: - chalybeate - (a) tasting of iron

12/7/2001: - favela - (c) slum

12/6/2001: - trefa - (b) unclean, not kosher

12/5/2001: - patulous - (d) expanding

12/4/2001: - brabble - (c) to argue noisily (argufy. See also: brannigan, bouleversement, donnybrook)

12/3/2001: - besprent - (a) sprinkled over (as in baptism)

12/2/2001: - rubric - (b) heading or title; class or category; short commentary covering a broad subject

12/1/2001: - faubourg - (c) suburb

11/30/2001: - adminicular - (b) corroborative, auxiliary, supplying help

11/29/2001: - adnexa -(b) accessory anatomical parts (such as ova) (see also adscititious, adventitious)

11/28/2001: -halidom - (d) local shrine to a god

11/27/2001: - stupa - (c) a tope (Buddhist shrine with a cupola on top)

11/26/2001: - lucerne - (a) fodder

11/25/2001: - geoduck - (d) large clam

11/24/2001: - Aesclepius - (a) Greek god of medicine

11/23/2001: - clerisy - (a) the well-educated

11/22/2001: - cachelot - (d) sperm whale

11/21/2001: - racemic - (c) equal concentrations of laevo- and dextro-rotary isomers

11/20/2001: - Eblis - (b) principal devil of Moslem faith

11/19/2001: - uxorious - (b) Milquetoast, from uxorial (befitting a wife

11/18/2001: - parte pris - (d) bias

11/17/2001: - au fait - (c) expert, widely acknowledged, "to the point"

11/16/2001: - goy - (a) Jewish name for a Gentile boy

11/15/2001: - fubsy - (a) chubby

11/14/2001: - passe mentarie - (c) ornamental garment trim

11/13/2001: - hyperpnea - (b) rapid breathing

11/12/2001: - labarum - (d) ecclesiastical banner used in church processions, guidon

11/11/2001: - petitio principii - (a) begging the question
11/10/2001: - sulcus - (a) fissure in the brain
11/9/2001: - advert- (c) draw attention to (advertising)

11/8/2001: - antonomasia - (c) applying a disparaging nickname ("He's a Don Juan/Peter Pan")

11/7/2001: - toque - (d) brimless hat

11/6/2001: - thremmatology - (b) science of breeding

11/5/2001:- - (b) fear of anything new

11/4/2001: - sphenic - (d) wedge-shaped (cuneiform, deltoid, trigonal)

11/3/2001: - linage - (c) payment for written work by the line

11/2/2001: - tumpline - (d) Head strap to help support a backpack

11/1/2001: -revenant - (a) one who returns after death

10/31/2001: - edacious - (b) voracious

10/30/2001: - syndic -(c) civil magistrate, business agent

10/29/2001: - adscititious -(c) externally supplied

10/28/2001: -  -(b) eyes can't focus together because oof muscle imbalance

10/27/2001: - raglan - (a) loose garment with slanted shoulders and sleeves extending to the neck
10/26/2001: - pouboire - (d) a bribe, cumshaw

10/25/2001: - gramersy - (b) an expression of surprise or gratitude

10/24/2001: - tantivy - (d) at a gallop

10/23/2001: - guerdon - (c) a reward or requital (not to be confused with guidon, a military pennant, or guenon, a long-legged African monkey

10/22/2001: - requital - (b) return (as of affections), reward

10/21/2001: - bibliolotry - (c) fanaticism

10/20/2001: - Pieran Spring - (c) source of inspiration

10/19/2001: - retroussé - (a) nose turned up at end

10/18/2001: - leveret - (b) young hare
10/17/2001: - pibroch - (d) theme for bagpipes

10/16/2001: - papeterie- (d) box for writing materials
10/15/2001: - telamon - (c) Pillar in shape of man (Corresponds to a caryatid, or woman-shaped pillar)

10/14/2001: - xylem- (c) water-conducting plant tissue

10/13/2001: - piccalilli - (a) chopped vegetable pickle relish

10/12/2001: - reticule - (d) a woman's drawstring handbag

10/11/2001: - haole - (b) Hawaiian for "foreigner"

10/10/2001: - carrageen - (b) Irish moss

10/9/2001: - loge - (c) balcony

10/8/2001: - parterre - (d) a parquet circle (under the balconies in a theater)

10/7/2001: - - (c) gnawing mammal (rabbit, hare, pika)

10/6/2001: - Anacreontic - (a) convivial or amatory, after the romantic Greek poet Anacreon.

10/5/2001:- dissilient - (a) dehiscing

10/4/2001: - gargency - (d) striped-head duck

10/3/2001: - assoil - (d) atone for

10/2/2001: - bannock - (b) a griddlecake 
10/1/2001: - henequen - plant for rope fiber

9/30/2001: - kloof - (d) deep ravine in south Africa

9/29/2001: - telpher - (c) a light, electrically-powered car suspended from cables

9/28/2001: - yashmak - (c) veil worn by Moslem women

9/27/2001: - azygous - (b) single

9/26/2001: - galliard - (d) lively dance

9/25/2001: - noetic - relating to  (a) intellectual comprehension

9/24/2001: - rugose - (c) wrinkled

9/23/2001: - taxonomy - (d) method of classification

9/22/2001: - reification - act of:   (c) making something concrete

9/21/2001: - latifundia - (b) large landed estate


9/20/2001: -anfractuous - (d) winding, ambageous

9/19/2001: - antinomy - (d) opposition between principles

9/18/2001: - anagogic - (b) mystical

9/17/2001: - acephalous - (a) leaderless

9/16/2001: - adit - (c) mine entrance

9/15/2001: - dollop - (b) blob

9/14/2001: - raptorial - (d) predacious

9/13/2001: - crampon - (b) cleat used by a mountain climber

9/12/2001: - stasis - (a) stagnation

9/11/2001: - catatonic - (d) catalepsy

9/10/2001: - amaranthine - (a) everlasting

9/9/2001: - avuncular - (c) like an uncle

9/8/2001: - rhapsodic - (a) ecstatic

9/7/2001:- amerce - (d) punish by fine

9/6/2001: - vaticination - (c) prophecy

9/5/2001: - ziggurat - (d) pyramidal temple

9/4/2001: - appetancy - (b) craving

9/3/2001: - calescent - (c) growing warm

9/2/2001: - oneiric - relating to  (b) dreams

9/1/2001: - asthenic - (a) weak

8/31/2001: - scabrous - (b) rough

8/30/2001: - discalced - (a) barefooted

8/29/2001: - mescaline - (d) drug producing hallucinations

8/28/2001: - wimble - (a) gimlet, hole borer

8/27/2001: - aphesis - (a) speechlessness

8/26/2001: - thalassic - (c) relating to the sea (see also "pelagic")

8/25/2001: - stasis - (a) stagnation

8/24/2001: - dimidiate - (c) halved

8/23/2001:- opsimath - (d) a very late learner

8/22/2001: - umber - (b) reddish-brown earth

8/21/2001: - carious - (b) decayed

8/20/2001: - scutate- (c) shield-shaped

8/19/2001: - triturate - (c) pulverize

8/18/2001: - helicoid - (b) spiral

8/17/2001: - marasmus - (c) progressive emaciation, withering away

8/16/2001: - verger - (c) minor church official, in a procession, who carries the verge, or rod of power before a scholastic, legal, or ecclesiastical dignitary.

8/15/2001: - noetic - relating to  (a) intellectual comprehension

8/14/2001: - fuliginous - (a) sooty

8/13/2001: - midden - (d) refuse heap

8/12/2001: - machicolated - (a) having holes in the castle wall through which to drop unguided missiles

8/11/2001: - caudle - warm drink for invalids (not to be confused with caudal--pertaining to a tail. Tricky!)

8/10/2001: - siffilate - (d) whisper

8/9/2001: - hatchment - (a) heraldic panel

8/8/2001: - amphibology - (c) ambiguity

8/7/2001: - rimose - (b) full of cracks 
8/6/2001: - sabulous - (d) sandy 
8/5/2001:- etiology - (d) inquiry into physical causes 
8/4/2001: - chasuble - A long, sleeveless vestment worn over the alb by a priest at Mass 
8/3/2001: - acatalectic - (c) complete

8/2/2001: - vermicular - (d) wormy  (Vermiculite is a tubular, wormy-looking form of layered mica used for insulation.)

8/1/2001: -necromancy - (a) magic through communication with the dead

7/31/2001: - chiasmus - (c) inverted word order of the form, "He went to the store, but home she went."

7/30/2001: - chiasma -( c) an x-shaped crossing of nerves or ligaments ( see decussate or carrefour),

7/29/2001: - coryphee - (b) chorus girl

7/28/2001: - titubant - (d) staggering, "three sheets to the wind", "well-oiled"

7/27/2001: - latifundia - (b) large landed estate

7/26/2001: - swale - (a) marshy prairie

7/25/2001: - fane - (b) a temple... to profane is to desecrate a temple

7/24/2001: - viridity -greenness - from "verdant", which includes "green with vegetation" as well as "green". See also verderer, (the royal forester), and the mineral verdegris (copper oxide)

7/23/2001: - orthoepy - (b) pronunciation

7/22/2001: - scholiast - (a) maker of marginal notes

7/21/2001: - risible - inducing laughter (That politician's pronouncements tickled my risibilities.) 
7/20/2001: - nepenthe - the sweet nepenthe of forgetfulness

7/19/2001: - eldritch - eerie, elfin

7/18/2001: - splenetic - spiteful

7/17/2001: - operose - laborious

7/16/2001: - prevenience - foresighted action

7/15/2001: - subvention - financial aid

7/14/2001: - sericeous - silky

7/13/2001: - collop - a thin slice, especially of meat

7/12/2001: - melic - pertaining to song

7/11/2001: - etiolated - bleached, whitened

7/10/2001: - austral - southern, pertaining to the south (Australia, Aurora Australis)

7/9/2001: - delitescence- concealment

7/8/2001: - caliginous- misty

7/7/2001: - parale(i)psis - a pretended omission (for effect)

7/6/2001: - pongin - simian, pertaining to the primates

7/5/2001: - vulpine - pertaining to foxes

7/4/2001: - anserine - pertaining to geese

7/3/2001: - reify - to make something real or concrete: to "real-ify"

7/2/2001: - sternutation - a sneeze (one in a collection of potentially-confusing words: sternutation, stertorous, and stentorian - loud)

7/1/2001: - stertorous - given to snoring

6/30/2001: - shalloon - a lightweight wool or worsted twill used for coat linings

6/29/2001: - salver - a serving tray - e. g., a silver salver- "She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and a silver salver in her servants' outstretched hands."

6/28/2001: - deuteragonist - the character in a play who is second to importance to the protagonist

6/27/2001: - ana - a personal collection that is representative or suggestive of an individual

6/26/2001: - analects - miscellaneous selections from literary works (similar to a chrethy, except that a chrethy is used for purposes of instruction)

6/25/2001: - ganof, ganef - a scoundrel or wastrel (Yiddish)

6/24/2001:- hamate - hooked 
6/23/2001: - maieutic - teaching by asking a logical sequence of questions (to catechize; the Socratic method)

6/22/2001: - recidivist - a repeat offender, someone who habitually lapses into crime

6/21/2001: - ambage - winding or indirect pathway

6/20/2001: - anfractuous - unmanageable

6/19/2001: - apodictic - necessarily true

6/18/2001: - mirabile dictu - "wonderful to relate"

6/17/2001: - mutatis mutandis - "the necessary changes have been made"

6/16/2001: - labile - unstable, changeable

6/15/2001: - hacek - a diacritical mark, in the form of an upside-down circumflex that resembles the letter v; e. g. (exampli gratia):

6/14/2001: - velleity - the slightest whim or wish

6/13/2001: - heuristic - stimulating inquiry

6/12/2001: - teleology - doctrine of purpose in nature

6/11/2001: - auscultation - listening with a stethoscope./

6/10/2001: - simony - the buying of church offices or indulgences

6/9/2001: - buccal- pertaining to the cheek

6/8/2001: - exordium - a prolegomenon, or introduction to a speech

6/7/2001: - renitent - constantly opposed

6/6/2001: - - an agent that causes burning or stinging (as contrasted with a vesicant, which causes blisters

6/5/2001: - podagra - gout

6/4/2001:- imbricate - overlap evenly, as in roofing shingles

6/3/2001: - catenary- the slightly-drooping curve that a stretched rope or cable assumes under the influence of gravity

6/2/2001: -piacular- requiring sacrifice

6/1/2001: - dithyramb - frenzied emotional poem

5/31/2001: - - complete digest, summary

5/30/2001: - prolegomenon - "pro" ("before") legein" ("to say") - a critical introduction

5/29/2001: - propaedeutic - introduction to a study

5/28/2001: - farrier - blacksmith

5/27/2001: - meiosis - understatement

5/26/2001: - chiromancy - from chiro, meaning hand + "mantic", meaning prophetic, as in "vatic" and "fatidic"

5/25/2001: - laches - an inexcusable delay

5/24/2001: - horripilation - hair standing on end

5/23/2001: - claymore - broadsword

5/22/2001: - fuliginous - sooty

5/21/2001: - cunctation - dilatoriness, delay, to gnaw at (after Quintus Fabius Maximus, the Cuncator,who practiced guerrilla warfare after Hannibal eradicated the main Roman Army during the Punic Wars

5/20/2001: - inspissate - incrassate, thicken by boiling

5/19/2001: - calliginous - misty

5/18/2001: - verrucose- warty

5/17/2001: - verecund - shy, modest

5/16/2001: - caryatid - a supporting column sculptured in the shape of a woman

5/15/2001: - foudroyent - dazzling or stunning in effect

5/14/2001: - usufruct - the right to enjoy the use of another's property, but not the right to change it

5/13/2001: -corrigendum - printer's error

5/12/2001: - delitiscence - concealment

5/11/2001: - edacious - devouring, esurient

5/10/2001: - lanuginous - downy

5/9/2001: - pari passu - "with equal pace", side by side

5/8/2001: - monstrance - receptacle in which the host (Eucharist wafer) is held

5/7/2001: - gallinaceous- pertaining to domestic fowl

5/6/2001: - foudroyant  - dazzling or brilliant

5/5/2001: - vavosor  - a feudal sub-lord directly under a baron or peer-of-the-realm

5/4/2001: - paramnesia  - distortion of memory in which fantasy and experience are confused

5/3/2001: - carling  - the short fore and aft timbers that support a ship's deck

5/2/2001: - keelson  - a reinforcing timber above and parallel to the keel

5/1/2001: - hapax legomenon - a word that appears only once in the "corpus" of a language

4/30/2001:- lusus naturae - a freak of nature ("moon calf")

4/29/2001:- parasong - A Persian measure of distance equal to about 3.5 miles

4/28/2001: - dragoman - a guide in Arabic, Persian, or Turkish countries

4/27/2001:- lotic- thriving in fresh, moving water - "A trout is a lotic fish."

4/26/2001: - ipsissima verba -  "the very words"

4/25/2001: - plench -  zero-G gripping, turning, and pulling hand tool

4/24/2001: - cultrate - knife-like  ("a cultrate wind")

4/23/2001: - atrabilious- melancholy, depressed

4/22/2001: -Lucullan - lavish, luxurious

4/21/2001: - natterjack - a yellowish-brown Europeanf toad with short hind legs. It runs rather than hops

4/20/2001: laverock- a skylark

4/19/2001: pen - a female swan

4/18/2001: pectinate - having teeth like a comb; comb-like

4/17/2001: mutatis mutandis - "the necessary changes have been made"

4/16/2001: paludal - swampy

4/15/2001: ferial - petaining to holidays ("the ferial season")

4/14/2001: pullulate - to swarm

4/13/2001: pulvinate - The swelling of the stem at the base of a leafstalk

4/12/2001:pavis - a testude, targe, or shield (From pavis comes "pavid" or timid)

4/11/2001: tantra - Hindu, Buddhist writing concerning magic and mysticism

4/10/2001: mouille - to ret,macerate (soften by soaking)

4/9/2001: diaphoretic- a sudorific... something given to induce perspiration.

4/8/2001: monadnock - The refractory core of a mountain that sometimes remains after more-frangible rock has eroded away.

4/7/2001: samphire - St. Peter's wort, the glasswort (coastal Old World plant)

4/6/2001: raceme - arranged in a row up and down the stem (lily of the valley)

4/5/2001: purlieu - outskirts, familiar haunts

4/4/2001: mordent - a melodic trill with a note below (to be distinguished from mordant, an agent used to "fix" dyes

4/3/2001: interpellate - to formally question a government official about personal behavior

4/2/2001: intervate- a tract of low-lying land, especially along a river

4/1/2001: mortmain - "dead hand": oppression of the past, perpetual ownership of church lands

3/31/2001: caracal - a wildcat

3/30/2001: paraphrastic - elaborating upon a topic (paraphrase)

3/29/2001: paraclete - champion, the Holy Ghost

3/28/2001: catechresis - a deliberately paradoxical figure of speech - the use of an expression that's wrong for the context

3/27/2001:canopic - Egyptian

3/26/2001: kerf - the groove made by a saw or other cutting tool

3/25/2001: paranomasia - a pun, a play on words

3/24/2001:redact - 1. to frame a proclamation; 2. to edit for publication

3/23/2001: sheldrake - an old world duck

3/22/2001: dysteleological - lacking in purpose - from "teleological", which refers to purposefulness, as in "a guiding intelligence behind the universe tending toward a certain goal", + "dys"

3/21/2001: apotropaic - intended to ward off evil; e. g., a talisman

3/20/2001: testudinate - chelonian, pertaining to tortoises and turtles - comes from the Latin "testudo", referring to a Roman soldier's personal shield

3/19/2001: chelonian - horny-shelled, pertaining to tortoises and turtles

3/18/2001: tinea - any of several fungal skin diseases such as ringworm (Tinactin?)

3/17/2001: carnet - a official passport; a book of stamps

3/16/2001: carling - a gammer, or old woman

3/15/2001: leman - lover, mistress

3/14/2001: eyot - an islet in a river - "George Bernard Shaw lived at 'Eyot St. Lawrence, in the Thames."
3/13/2001: caducity - senility, perishability

3/12/2001: quercetin - a bark extract used to treat unusual capillary fragility

3/11/2001: replevin - (1) action taken to recover allegedly stolen property, (2) the writ

3/10/2001: pavid - timid

3/9/2001: Pecksniffian - hypocritically benevolent, sanctimonious - after Dickens' Seth Pecksniff</ FONT>

3/8/2001:hoy - a small, sloop-rigged, coastal sailing ship

3/7/2001: tartuffian - hypocritical, one who affects religious piety (after Moliere's "Tartuffe"

3/6/2001: comprador - a trading agent, a factor

3/5/2001: infundibulum - funnel-shaped body parts... e. g., the nares in the sinuses.

3/4/2001: pensile - hanging down, dependent

3/3/2001: entelechy - actuality, as distinguished from potentiality.

3/2/2001: homologate - to acknowledge

3/1/2001: tertium quid - something that can't easily be fitted into existing categories, but requires a classification all its own.

2/28/2001: tenebrous - dark, gloomy

2/27/2001: quidnunc - a gossip, a yentl

2/26/2001: tref, trefa - the opposite of kosher: unclean unfit for consumption

2/25/2001: hong - foreign trading house in China - The "Hong" in "Hong Konng"?

2/24/2001: heimal - wintery, brumal

2/23/2001: picaroon- a pirate, or his ship

2/22/2001: spikenard - a costly balm of antiquity, made from the spikenard plant

2/21/2001: georgic - rural, rustic, agricultural

2/20/2001: harmatan - a dry, dusty North African wind (like a simoom)

2/19/2001: peccant - in error: violating a rule or accepted practice  (from peccavi "I have sinned.")
2/18/2001: conative - (Psych.): purposeful, given to action

2/17/2001: venire - (1) a writ authorizing the empanelment of a jury;  (2) a panel from which a jury is selected.

2/16/2001: chinoiserie - reflecting Chinese artistic influence

2/15/2001: dudeen - a clay pipe

2/14/2001:ancipital - two-edged -"It's an ancipital sword. What's sauce for Her Ladyship is sauce for His Lordship."

2/13/2001: stoa - covered walk or colonnade... columns on one side and a wall on the other

2/12/2001: pigsney - a darling; an eye

2/11/2001: thixotropic - a gel that liquefies upon stirring, and gels again upon standing

2/10/2001: Barmecidal - imaginary feast (named after Barmecide, in "The Arabian Nights", who served a beggar an imaginary feast) - "Tommie and I sat down on the kittchen floor, where 3-year-old Alexis hosted a Barmecidal tea party."" 
2/9/2001: kiang - a wild, east-Asian ass

2/8/2001: aponeurosis - connective sheath that attaches a muscle to its tendons

2/7/2001: apomixis - rare reproduction from an unfertilized ovum

2/6/2001: bora - a violent mistral in Yugoslavia, along the Dalmitic Coast

2/5/2001: limicoline - pertaining to shore birds, such as sandpipers (from limnology, the study of freshwater lakes)

2/4/2001: pretermit - to intentionally ignore; to omit

2/3/2001:duende - ability to attract others through personal magnetism and charm - "Hey, Richie, can I help it if I attract people with my personal magnetism and charm? That's why they call me 'The Fonz'."

2/2/2001: Waldenses - 12th-Century Christian dissenters; 16th-Century Calvinists

2/1/2001: sirdar - a high official. esp., in India - "Which Russian composer wrote, &qquot;Cortege du Sirdar'?"

1/31/2001: non troppo - in moderation - "adagio non troppo"

1/30/2001: morula - the spherical embryonic mass of the beginning embryo - "The trophoblast is the outer, feeding layer of the morula."

1/29/2001: pelisse - a fur robe; a woman's loose, light cloak - "The lord of the manor was swathed against the cold by a pelisse."

1/28/2001: carcanet - a jeweled necklace, collar, or headband (A carcanet is like a gorget, except that a gorgetis restricted to the throat, and can include a colored ring around a bird's throat

1/27/2001: carcajou - wolverine - "The carcajou chased the kinkajouup the acajou."

1/26/2001: lacustrine - pertaining to lakes - "Their estate was in the lacustrine district."

1/25/2001: burgoo - a thick, spicy soup or stew - "I first became acquainted with a burgoo when Ken Shelton fixed us a Kentucky Burgoo."

1/24/2001: conative - purposeful - "Genius probably requires outstanding conative as well as  cognitive powers."

1/23/2001: exurb - wealthy area beyond the suburbs - "In the Greater-Cleveland area, GGates MIlls, Pepper Pike, and Hunting Valley are eastern exurbs beyond Shaker Heights, North Royalton, and Warrensville Heights."
1/22/2001:holm - a small island in a river or just offshore - "There were several holms located just off Killam's Point along the rockbound coast of Connecticut."

1/21/2001: trover - common law action to recover damages for property illegally withheld or wrongfully converted to another's use
1/20/2001: hendiasis - "Grace and favor" instead of "graceful favor"

1/19/2001: timocracy - (1) Plato's New Republic... a Utopian state governed on principles of honor and military glory  (2)  Aristotelian - governance in which property ownership determines civic honor and political power

1/18/2001:weregeld - compensation paid paid by a slayer's family to the family of the slain

1/17/2001: collyrium - a medicinal eyewash - "His opthamologist prescribed a collyrium for his blepharitis and his coloboma."

1/16/2001: blepharitis - an inflammation of the eyelid - "He had a coloboma, with an accompanying blepharitis."

1/15/2001: colluvium - loose rock or debris at the bottom of a cliff, talus -

1/14/2001: thurifer - an acolyte who carries a thurible or censer. 'A thurifer was walking up and down the aisles swinging an incense-burning thurible."

1/13/2001: ochlocracy - mob rule - "The Jacobin rule of France degenerated into an ochlocracy."

1/12/2001: levigate - to grind into a fine powder - "So I took my pumice to an apothecary, wholevigated it with his mortar and pestle."

1/11/2001: macerate- to soften by steeping in a liquid - "She macerated him with three beers."

1/10/2001: tabescent - wating away, marcescent - "As Sally's and my business contiinued to run in the red, our tabescent bank account continued to waste away like a snowdrift in May."

1/9/2001: farinaceous - made from starch; mealy or powdery texture

1/8/2001: batten - to fatten, generally at someone else's expense.

1/7/2001: grosgrain - a heavy silk or rayon fabric with narrow, horizontal ribs

1/6/2001: tercel - a male hawk used in falconry - "Tercel is the name of a Toyota, like their Corolla that is the green "cup" at the base of a flower."

1/5/2001: tergiversate - to change sides, equivocate, apostatize (from 'apostasy')."
1/4/2001: campestral - pertaining to open fields - "campestrian refers to the Great Northern Plains." 
1/3/2001:gaur - a large, bovine animal of Southeastern Asia - The gaur has recently been in the news as an endangered species
1/2/2001:kyphosis - rearward spinal curvature, as opposed to lordosis, or forward spinal curvature, and scoliosis, or lateral spinal curvature - "He exhibited a pronounced kyphosis." 
1/1/2001:sord- a flight of mallards -
12/31/2000:antre - cave or cavern - "They were a race of antre-dwelling trogdolytes." 
12/30/2000:chthonic - underground, the underworld - "Although he tried to put it out of his mind, the events of the day continued to simmer at a chthonic level." 
12/29/2000:calenture - a fever - "He shivered and shook in the grip of an African calenture." 
12/28/2000:baklava - paper-thin layers of pastry, chopped nuts, and honey (yum!) - "They served baklava's with their tea." 
12/27/2000:daedal - artistic, exquisitely crafted (after Daedalus, who fashioned wings for his son, Icarus) - "It was daedal workmanship." 
12/26/2000:exergue - space on coin giving date and mint - "'1794' is shown on the exergue of that uncirculated gold fifty-dollar piece."
12/25/2000:corolla - the outer envelope of a flower - "The Toyota Corolla is named after a flower." 
12/24/2000: nimiety - an excess, a plethora - "There was a nimietyof wassail and good cheer around our hearth tonight." 
12/23/2000: anomie - the collapse of the social order (e. g., the French Revolution after the assassination of Robespierre; personal disorganization resulting in unsocial behavior - "She was so unsettled by all that had just happened to her that she fell into a state of anomie." 
12/22/2000: alliaceous- pertaining to onions, leeks, garlic - "On our Middle Eastern trip, we were treated to the alliaceous domes of Alexandria."
12/21/2000: - to wash or percolate solid matter from, to elutriate - "I had to all the mud from Tommie Jean's good Christmas table napkin before she got home and skewered my sanctimonious  self with some pithy remarks." 
12/20/2000: colophon - an inscription usually at the end of a book giving information about the publisher or a publisher's trademark, usually on the title page - "I don't think they're going to 'buy' our white paper even though it carries the Institute's colophon." 
12/19/2000: lammergeier - a large, predatory, Old World mountain bird - "When we were motoring through the Caucasus, we spotted three lammergeierscircling overhead." 
12/18/2000: phlyectena - a blister - "Sergeant Shnorkel cussed out Beetle Bailey so hotly that the paint behind Beetle puffed up with phlyectenas." 
12/17/2000: thrasonical - boastful, after Thrason, a character in a play "Eunuchus", by Terence, 158 B. C. - "Who's our thrasonical visitor tonight? His rodomontadesare becoming a trifle tedious, what?"
12/16/2000: limpkin - a wading shore bird - The shoreline was edged with an international congress of limpkins, gallinules, avocets, limocolines, and jacarands. 
12/15/2000: cumshaw - a bribe - "I greased his palm with a little cumshaw and the way opened up like a bloomin' flower."
12/14/2000: favonian - "of the west wind", mild - "Borne on the breath of a favonian breeze, the caravel sped through the horse latitudes." 
12/13/2000: pavonine - pertaining to a peacock - "We were amazed when we looked out at our back yard and saw a peacock parading in pavonine splendor." 
12/12/2000: trefa- unclean, unfit for consumption - "The meat at the breakfast bar,  far from being kosher, was trefa--ham, bacon, and sausage." 
12/11/2000: peepul - fig tree 
12/10/2000: rémoulade - a piquant cold sauce for cold meats made of mayonaisse, pickle relish, anchovies, capers, and herbs - "W. C. Fields said he liked children. He liked them baked, or cold, with rémoulade sauce." (Nice guy!) 
12/9/2000: plantigrade - Walking with entire bottom of feet on ground, like humans and bears - "I'm plantigrade, all right. I've got the flattest feet in the history of plane geometry."
12/8/2000: cockalorum- a pipsqueak with an unduly high opinion of himself, a braggadocio - "Do you know who I am? I'm no cockalorum! I'm the chairman of our neighborhood cleanup committee!" 
12/7/2000: daedal - intricate, ingenious - "When he told his daedaland mommy..." whoops! That's not right! "There's a wordsmith on the Brainboard Continued who has signed his name 'logodaedaly'." 
12/6/2000: atavism- The reappearance of an ancestral trait after several generations of absence. - "Yessir, 'Moe', in 'Calvin and Hobbes' is the very atavism of Neanderthal Man." 
12/5/2000: malentendu - a misunderstanding - "Uh--dear, I'm sorry about our little malentendu."
    "Well, I'm glad you're sorry, but what's a malentendu?" 
12/4/2000:a fortiori - all the more, all the stronger - "This establishes a fortiori the case for Cro-Magnon Man being brighter than modern homo sapiens." 
12/3/2000: thalassic - pertaining to the sea, pelagic - "Great Britain, like Phoenicia, has long been a thalassicpower--a thallossocracy."
12/2/2000: loris- aboriginal, nocturnal South American primate with large eyes (to see in the dark) - "You'd better make sure your valuables are locked down if you're camping out around here, or a loris will get them while you're asleep."
11/30/2000:tucket - fanfare - "I don't see what all the tucket over him is all about." 
11/29/2000: synecdoche - A figure of speech in which a more inclusive term is substituted for a less inclusive term, or vice versa, e. g., head for cattle, law for policeman
11/28/2000: gerenuk - African gazelle - "We chased a gerenuk across the Serengeti's savannah in our Land Rover." 
11/27/2000:tmesis  -the separation of a compound word by one or more intervening words - "I kicked that dad-blinkin'-blasted soccer ball from here to tomorrow!" 
11/26/2000:Laodicean  - having a lukewarm faith - "Now that he's a Unitarian, you'd have to figure him for a Laodicean." 
11/25/2000:adventitious  - acquired by accident - "The annexatiion of Texas was deliberate; the fact that it also contained major oil reserves that would later become extremely valuable was adventitious." 
11/24/2000:altricial  - helpless when hatched - "He hit Gothham City as an altricial babe in an asphalt jungle. Stockbrokers and loan sharks knew him even before they saw the hayseeds fall out of his hair." 
11/23/2000:leporine  - pertaining to rabbits - "Dr. Albert Mindstein, the World's Smartest Rabbit, may someday join the illustrious Bugs Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and the Easter Bunny in the 'Leporine Hall of Fame'."
11/13/2000:brumal - wintry - "That wind is downright brumal today."
11/12/2000:velleity -on a whim,  the slightest volition - "Her plan to visit the Enchanted Forest was feckless, and based upon no more than a velleity."
11/11/2000:apolaustic - hedonistic - "Errol Flynn's philoosopphy of life was apolaustic, devoted, as it was, to pleasures of the flesh." 
11/10/2000:thalassic - pertaining to the sea - "Phoenicia, like Britain, from which the Phoenicians imported tin, was a thalassic civilization." 
11/9/2000:recusant- dissenting in religion - "Throughout the Middle Ages, recusants were subjected to 'trial by fire'." 
11/7/2000:illative - inferential - "My hunches are illative, based upon relationships that I discern." 
11/6/2000:basilar- at the base of the skull - "Karen S.. Huntting has established a basilar migraine web page." 
11/5/2000:inspissate -to thicken by boiling or evaporation,, to incrassate - "The maple sap was inspissated by an hour of slow boiling." 
11/4/2000:veridical- veracious, truthful - "His was veridical testimony." 
11/3/2000:bolus - a small round mass - "It was given in one dose, by intravenous bolus."
11/2/2000:chrethy - A selection of literary passages used to study literature or language. "Here's your very own chrethy of passages from Emily Dickinson's poetry." 
11/1/2000:ort - a small scrap of food; hence, something of negligible worth: a jot or a tittle, ambsace, stiver, cheeseparing; - "His disdain mattered not an >ort to me." 
10/31/2000:sortilege - (1) sorcery, witchcraft; (2) Foretelllling the future by telling lots. "Some alchemists resorted to sortilege in their quest for the Philosopher's Stone." 
10/30/2000:corban - An offering to God among the ancientt Hebrews. (Similar to an oblation.) "I wrote a check for my weekly corban at church." 
10/29/2000:schadenfreude - "schaden" (damage) + fruede ((joy) - taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. "My troubles were a source of schadenfreude to him." 
10/28/2000:hebdomadal- "hebdomad-" - a group of seven, a week; hence, weekly. "It was Monday again, and I began once again my hebdomadal cycle." 
10/27/2000:altricial- Helpless and naked when hatched. (The opposite of "precocious".) "Those baby pigeons were in an altricial state." 
10/26/2000:nimiety- An excess, a redundancy - "We had expected a paucity of data, and instead we were deluged with a nimiety."
10/25/2000:catercousin- A very close friend. "Millie and I are so close, we're like family - we're catercousins." 
10/24/2000:kookaburra-A large (and common) Australian kingfisher, with a call like a raucous laugh. "You can hear a kookaburra half a kilometer away."
10/23/2000:sagittate- Shaped like an arrowhead. "It's a star in Sagittarius, in the Southern Hemisphere."
10/22/2000:nide- A nest or brood of pheasants. "While we were hacking our way through the bush, we stumbled upon a nide of baby pheasants." 
10/21/2000:saiga- A northern Eurasian antelope. "The saiga ran over the taiga.". 
10/20/2000:capitellum- the capital or top of the femur (upper leg bone) where it plugs into the acetabulum, or hip socket. The capitellum and the the acetabulum form a ball-and-socket joint.Last night, I wrote "humerus" when it should have been "femur".Thanks, "h00n0ze", for catching this. 
10/19/2000:autochthonous - This word is constructed fromauto, meaning "self", and chthonous, which means "of the earth". ("khthon" is Greek for "earth"). It refers to the earliest inhabitants of a region, and basically means "indigenous". "The aborigines are the local indigenes, and are autochthonousto the Outback.". (Yesterday, someone used "chthonic" in an email I received, referring to the gods and spirits of the underworld.) 
10/18/2000:carpe diem means literally "seize the day!"... live for the moment; never mind tomorrow. 
10/17/2000:A syzygy is either of two points in the orbit of a celestial body when the body (for example, a planet) is in opposition to, or in conjunction with the sun. 
10/17/2000:An apsis is a "turning point" of an elliptical celestial orbit... a point where a satellite is either closest to, or is farthest away from its primary. For a satellite of the earth, the point of closest approach to the earth is the perigee and the point farthest from the earth is the apogee. Both the perigee and the apogee would be syzygies or apses. For a body in orbit around the sun the point where it's closest to the sun is called the perihelion and the point where it's farthest from the sun is the aphelion.
10/16/2000:proactive- taking the initiative. "I gotten tired of waiting around for something to happen, and decided to take a proactive role in bringing it about."
10/15/2000:condign- fitting, appropriate - "I thought that, even though his encephalitis kept him out of school for two months of his senior year, keeping him as salutatorian was the condign thing to do." 
10/14/2000:agnate- Related on the father's side - "My agnate cousins... " (as opposed to enate - related on the mother's side).
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