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ignominious
Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.

carillon
A set of bells in a tower, played using a keyboard or by an automatic mechanism similar to a piano roll.

oleaginous
Rich in, covered with, or producing oil; Exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary.

srtricture
A restriction on a person or activity; A sternly critical or censorious remark or instruction.

implacable
Relentless, unstoppable.

immitigable
Unable to be made less severe or serious.

greave
A piece of armor used to protect the shin.

purlieu
The area near or surrounding a place; A person’s usual haunts.

fallible
From medieval Latin fallibilis, from Latin fallere ‘deceive.’

risotto
An Italian dish of rice cooked in stock with other ingredients such as meat and vegetables.

arachnoid
A fine, delicate membrane, the middle one of the three membranes or meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord, situated between the dura mater and the pia mater.

bordello
Brothel.

argosy
A large merchant ship, originally one from Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) or Venice.

Endymion
A remarkably beautiful young man, loved by the Moon (Selene).

Tamburlaine
Mongol ruler of Samarkand 1369–1405; Leading a force of Mongols and Turks, he conquered Persia, northern India, and Syria and established his capital at Samarkand.

matutinal
Of or occurring in the morning.

carmine
A vivid crimson color.

eremite
A Christian hermit or recluse.

miscegenation
The interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types.

rationcinate
Reason.

peregrinate
Travel or wander around from place to place.

penumbra
The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Ex: the shadow cast by the earth or moon over an area experiencing a partial eclipse.

obeisance
Deferential respect.

deference
Humble submission and respect.

chancel
The part of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the nave by steps or a screen.

fetid
Smelling extremely unpleasant.

flaccid
Soft and hanging loosely or limply, esp. so as to look or feel unpleasant.

Livy
(Titus Livius) 59 bc – ad 17. Roman historian whose history of Rome from its foundation to his own time filled 142 books, of which 35 survive.

vituperate
Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.

coven
A group or gathering of witches who meet regularly.

mutable
Liable to change.

humint
Covert intelligence-gathering by agents or others. (From ‘human intelligence’ … jargon made official!)

hymen
(Via late Latin from Greek humēn ‘membrane.’)

hymeneal
Of or concerning marriage. (From Latin hymenaeus, from Hymen [from Greek Humēn], the name of the god of marriage. Or wait, the god of membranes??)

coruscate
To flash or sparkle.

od
A hypothetical power once thought to pervade nature and account for various phenomena, such as magnetism.

Belize
A country in northeastern Central America, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Former name (until 1973) British Honduras.

impetus
The force or energy with which a body moves, or which causes a body to move or move more quickly.

momentum
The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity; The impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.

inertia
A property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force; A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.

lupine
A plant of the pea family, with deeply divided leaves and tall, colorful, tapering spikes of flowers.

slake
Combine (quicklime) with water to produce calcium hydroxide.

effulgent
Shining brightly; radiant. Emanating joy or goodness.

voluble
Speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently.

Crohn’s disease
A chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, esp. the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae.

croup
Inflammation of the larynx and trachea in children, associated with infection and causing breathing difficulties. / The rump or hindquarters, esp. of a horse.

tabla
(Hindi tablā, from Arabic ṭabl ‘drum.’)

rasa
(Sanskrit, literally ‘juice.’)

tabula rasa
An absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate; The human mind, esp. at birth, viewed as having no innate ideas.

samovar
A highly decorated tea urn used in Russia.

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