John MacAyeal
Jan 10, 2013

A long red light
Kick the kickstand down
Lift up your legs
Form into a lotus pose
Palms out to the sun
Meditate

Green light
Kick up the kickstand
Quick turn left
Quick turn right

Into the lane
Graced by a handpainted sign:
Welcome
Noon
AA Meeting

An motorcyclist and a ballerina appear in mind, &n
Heidi Mason

We have nothing close to an ordinary love, my dear.
An motorcyclist and a ballerina appear in mind,  
But that’s not even that clear.
Our bond is better than anything I can dream of.
a chemical bond between two atoms,
we are extraordinary.
But you still have that “typical boy” in you.
You bug me like a tick in the ear,
I love the pain you cause me.
But you still have that “manly strength” in you.
Protecting me like a hand lays protected by a boxing glove,
our love is something that is unspoken.

As evil as a motorcyclist
Joseph Childress
Joseph Childress
Sep 30, 2010

A few feet of rope
Is all I need
To attempt
A death defying jump
Stunt
As evil as a motorcyclist
O'er a mountain
Except
I'll purposely fail
I'll miss the mark
And fall into the dark
Abyss
And as I fall
Into the trench
Between cliff's
I'll hang on to the only bit
Of serenity I've ever witness
It seemed like plenty of minutes
Passed
Before my grounding
Of the situation
I'm placed in a displaced
Formation

Though I'm dismembered
I figured
My disfigured image displays
My inner being
Contortion
Confusion
I confront my discomfort
And end all thought

The final sight
Of me
Will be as is
Take me as I am
As I take away my life
And be

Like a motorcyclist hitting a woman picking up her children
Will Storck
Will Storck
Feb 2, 2012

I love it when someone’s thrown into the scene
Like a motorcyclist hitting a woman picking up her children from school
And before she can cock her head back to ask
How was school or
What did you learn today
There’s a helmet crashing through the windshield at 70 mph
Then the swerves and the tire tracks
And the screams and the noise
Everyone get up
Brush yourself off
And ask if everyone’s alright
But the motorcyclist is pronounced dead on the scene
BAC 0.22
And the mother will have to take counseling
Where she’ll start an affair with her shrink
To escape the boredom of suburban life
And the kids will think it’s cool but won’t realize
The whole affair will inspire one to write
Award winning novels
And drive the other into an early suicide

When someone’s caught off guard like that
I can’t help but to smile at
The helplessness and the look on their face
It’s the eyes
The same kind of look the mother has when her
Husband comes home early only to find her
Riding Dr. So-and-so in the same bed her
Two boys were conceived

Later the dad will say to his boys
It’s not your fault
And one will cry like a little girl
And the other will call his brother a little girl
Though in the middle of the night
He will wear the same face his mother wore
When she cocked her head back and saw
The man wearing the half undone tie she bought two Christmases ago
This man is in fact the keeper of some nuptial vows
She can still recite to this day
Expressive redux when she does a double take
And stares at the wedding ring on the hand
Still clutching the doorknob

We embrace order and schedules
But we need that spontaneity
That spark
That everlasting feeling that
We aren’t just cosmic specks against
A grumpy god
Deep down we all have that felling somewhere
That sense of small
The feeling the brother gets as he
Dots his i’s and crosses his t’s
On the suicide letter
But even deeper is the tickle in the back of the skull
Felt right before the rope or belt or Christmas lights or electrical chord
Goes taut
The feeling he is wrong and with it floods the realization
Of meaning in the absence of a reset button

*”Milestones” by Robert Rasor, American Motorcyclist; March 2006
johnmac13
Sep 17, 2009

Cashing A Check
by johnmac

I just saw this wonderful line
in a column in a motorcycle
magazine:
"The mind writes checks that
the body can't cash".

The vision that many from the
old neighborhood have of me is
short and thin with a Pepsi in
one hand and a cigarette
in the other

Others will remember me as
taller and thin, hitting a jumper
from the corner or throwing
a "no-look pass" to a cutter.

Others will picture me at the
end of the bar in the Broadstone
with an open pack of Pall Malls and
a half-finished beer on the bar;
Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You"
on the jukebox.
"Pat, one more when you get a chance"

Age has taken the jumper
Diabetes has taken the Pepsi
Common Sense has taken the
cigarette and booze.

I am older and wiser and
hopefully more tolerant
I am satisfied with my life

but

to just be able to once more
fake the man guarding me and
go up with a jumper and
get nothing but net

To be able to, once more,
"cash that check"

”Milestones” by Robert Rasor, American Motorcyclist; March 2006
Copyright 2006 John F. McMullen

rstition. “The police are handing every motorcyclist a free T-shirt. Now, that’s an unforget
βέƦẙḽ Dṏṽ the Smartass Rabbi

The Chief of the Bali Police, Inspector General Teuku Ashikin Husein, has renewed his call for closer scrutiny and control over scantily glad tourists riding motorcycles on Bali's streets. The Chief told his officers, "for now is enough to give them a warning and give them a T-shirt to wear." The top policeman in Bali was quick to suggest his officers be on guard against unwanted side effects of his order. Smiling, he warned: "We'd be wrong if local residents all headed for the streets with half-naked bodies in order to get a free shirt. Let’s not have them happen, it could bankrupt us."  - Kompas/4/2009

One can imagine the pandemonium that descended the morning after the free T-shirt proposal went into effect on our demure island paradise, dubbed by Jawarharlal Nehru as ‘the morning of the world’ for its endemic harmony and intrinsic order. A thunderous roar shattered the serenity of sunrise, sending bakso men careening to the curbs and macaques climbing to the tallest branches of trees.  A seemingly endless procession of bare-chested locals on motorcycles clogged the major arteries of the busiest bule ghettos – sorry, I mean, ‘areas of tourist interest’.  
Tourists, mistaking this for some sort of cultural procession, immediately took out their cameras and camcorders to capture the event.
“What are all those boys doing on motorcycles?” asked a blue haired American tourist, focusing the zoom on her Leica M8 digital camera, boasting more bells and whistles than the Walthamstow greyhound track.
“I think it’s a cremation procession,” answered her English companion, carrying her umbrella to shield her purse strung face from the unforgiving equatorial sun, not unlike Irene Dunn in Anna and the King of Siam.
“Ahh, fuck it,” said a young Australian in Billabong gear, large Bintang in hand, “let’s get bloody hammered. Woooooooooohoooooooooo!”
“Did someone mention boys?” inquired a middle aged man from Zurich, her eyes precisely searching, like Swiss clockwork, for local young boys to bugger.
“Look!” said the ghost of the blue haired American’s husband. He’d been dead for three weeks but nobody in Bali informed him, out of politeness and superstition. “The police are handing every motorcyclist a free T-shirt. Now, that’s an unforgettable image I’ll take to the grave.”
“Free T-shirts!!! Woooooooooohoooooooooo!” the Australian shouted, spilling half his beer on the Swiss-bugger. “Sorry, mate,” he apologized, spilling the remaining half on the English prune carrying the umbrella.
Meanwhile back at police headquarters, the General’s Pembantu Letnan Satu was pacing hysterically.  “Jenderal, Sir. The entire budget of our department was been spent on supplying one million T-shirts to our half-naked people! We’re bangkrupt. Flat broke. Rugi!!! What shall we do? We have no more money to pay our staff their salary.”
The General removed his visor cap, a hat that would certainly impress any ten year old boy who had never played a video game, and tugged on the long hair protruding from the left mole on his chin.
“Salary! When has salary been a consideration for a policeman doing his sworn duty?” he sternly admonished the young officer. “Call all patrol cars to send up roadblocks at every major intersection from Jimbaran to Ubud. Tell them to check for helmets, expired registrations, broken taillights and to double the fines if they find durians stinking up any moving vehicle. Our dedicated officers know the drill. Tell them, ‘business as usual’.”
“And if that doesn’t work, Sir?” the officer meekly asked.
Tugging now on a mole hair coming from the opposite side of his chin, the General answered with ascetic calm, “Then, we do the same thing our bank directors do…we rob banks.”
“Yes, Sir!” the Chief Warrant Officer saluted firmly. “Anything else, Sir?”
“Yes. Bring me a dozen free T-shirts for my meeting with the Governor this afternoon.” Then, testily twisting a recalcitrant bristle emanating from a humongous mole on his nose, the General added, “And get me some goddamn tweezers!”

tually flagging down a breakdown patrol motorcyclist... only to discover that the cab driver
howard brace
howard brace
Feb 22, 2012

     Inconspicuous, his presence noted only by the obscurity and the ever growing number of spent cigarette stubs that littered the ground.  It had been a long day and the rain, relentless in its tenacity had little intention of stopping, baleful clouds still  hung heavy, dominating the lateness of the afternoon sky, a skyline broken only by smoke filled chimney pots and the tangled snarl of corroded television aerials.

     The once busy street was fast emptying now, the lure of shop windows no longer enticed as local traders closed their premises to the oncoming night, solitary lampposts curved hazily into the distance, casting little more than insipid pools mirrored in the gutter below, only the occasional stranger scurrying home on a bleak, rain swept afternoon, the hurried slap of wet leather soles on the pavement, the sightless umbrellas, the infrequent rumble of a half filled bus, hell-bent on its way to oblivion.

     In the near distance as the working day ended, a sudden emergence of factory workers told Beamish it was 5-o'clock, most would be hurrying home to a hot meal, while others, for a quick drink perhaps before making the same old sorry excuse... for Jack, the greasy spoon would be closing about now, denying him the comfort of a badly needed cuppa' and stale cheese sandwich.  A subtle legacy of lunchtime fish and chips still lingered in the air, Jack's stomach rumbled, there was little chance of a fish supper for Beamish tonight, it protested again... louder.

     From beneath the eaves of the building opposite several pigeons broke cover, startled by the rattle as a shopkeeper struggled to close the canvas awning above his shop window.  Narrowly missing Beamish they flew anxiously over the rooftops, memories of the blitz sprang to mind as Jack stepped smartly to one side, he stamped his feet... it dashed a little of the weather from his raincoat, just as the rain dashed a little of the pigeons' anxiety from the pavement... the day couldn't get much worse if it tried.  Shielding his face, Jack struck the Ronson one more time and cupped the freshly lit cigarette between his hands, it was the only source of heat to be had that day... and still it rained.

     'By Appointment to Certain Personages...' the heading read... 'Jack Beamish ~ Private Investigator...' a throat choking mouthful by any stretch of the imagination, thought Jack and shot every vestige of credulity plummeting straight through the office window and nominate itself for a prodigious award in the New Year Honours list.   Having formally served in a professional capacity for a well known purveyor of pickled condiments, who  incidentally, brandished the same patronage emblazoned upon their extensive range of relish as the one Jack had more recently purloined from them... a paid commission no less, which by Jack's understanding had made him, albeit fleeting in nature, a professional consultant of said company... and consequently, if they could flaunt the auspicious emblem, then according to Jack's infallible logic, so could Jack.  

     The recently acquired letterhead possessed certain distinction... in much the same way, Jack reasoned, that a blank piece of paper did not... and whereas correspondence bearing the heading 'By Appointment' may not exactly strike terror into the hearts of man... unlike a really strong pickled onion, it nevertheless made people think twice before playing him for the fool, which sadly, Jack had to concede, they still invariably did... and would often catch them wagging an accusing finger or two in his direction with such platitudes as... "watch where you put your foot", they'd whisper, "that Jack's a right Shamus...", and when you'd misplaced your step as many times as Jack had, then he reasoned, that by default the celebrated Shamus must have landed himself in more piles of indiscretion than he would readily care to admit, but that wouldn't be quite true either, in Jack's line of work it was the malefactor that actually dropped him in them more often than not.

     A cold shiver suddenly ran down his spine, another quickly followed as a spurt of icy water from a broken rain spout spattered across the back of his neck, he grimaced... Jack's expression spoke volumes as he took one final pull from his half soaked cigarette and flicked it, amid an eruption of sparks against the adjacent brick wall.  Sinking further into the shadow he tipped his fedora against the oncoming rain, then digging both hands deep within his pockets, he huddled behind the upturned collar of his gabardine... watching.

     It was times such as these when Jack's mind would slip back, in much the same way you might slip back on a discarded banana peel, when a matter of some consequence, or in Jack's case the pavement, would suddenly leap up from behind and give the back of his head a resoundingly good seeing-to and tell him to "stop loafing around in office hours... or else", then drag him, albeit kicking and screaming back into the 20th century.  This intellectual assault and battery focused Jack's mind wonderfully as he whiled away the long weary hours until his next cigarette; cup of tea, or the last bus home, his capacity to endure such mind numbing tedium called for nothing less than sheer bloody-mindedness and very little else... Beamish had long suspected that he possessed all the necessary qualifications.  

     Jack had come a long way since the early days, it had been a long haul but he'd finally arrived there in the end... and managed to pick up quite a few dirty looks along the way.  Whilst he was with the Police Constabulary... and it was only fair to stress the word 'with' as opposed to the word 'in'... although the more Jack thought about it, he had been 'with' the arresting officer, held 'in' the local Bridewell... detained at Her Majesties pleasure while assisting the boys in blue with their enquiries over a minor infringement of some local by-law that currently had quite slipped Jack's mind.  Throughout this enforced leisure period he'd managed to read the entire abridged editions of Kilroy and other expansive works of graffiti exhibited in what passed locally as the next best thing to the Tate Gallery, whereupon it hadn't taken Jack very long to realise that it was always a good place to start if you wanted a free breakfast, in fact the weeks bill of fare was tastefully displayed in vivid, polychromatic colour on the wall opposite... you just had to be au-fait with braille or colour co-ordination.
                            
     No matter how industrious Beamish laboured to rake the dirt there always seemed a dire shortage of unwary clients for Jack to squeeze, what would roughly translate as an honest crust out of, and although his financial retainer was highly competitive he knew that potential clients found it bewildering when grappling with the unplumbed depths of his weekly expense account, which would tend to fluctuate with the same unpredictability as the British weather, the rest of Jack's agenda revolved around a little shady moonlighting... in fact he'd happily consider anything to offset the remotest possibility of financial delinquency... short of extortion... which by the strangest twist was the very expression prospective clients would cry while Jack beavered around the office with dust-pan and brush sweeping all concerns they may have frantically under the carpet regarding the pliability of his weekly stipend... and that they should remain assured at all times, as they dug deep and fished for their cheque books, simply looking upon it as kneading dough, which quite eerily was exactly the thick wedge of buttered granary that Jack had every intention of carving.

     Were there ever the slightest possibility that a day could be so utterly wretched, then today was that day, Jack felt a certain empathy as he merged with his surroundings... at one with nature as it were.  The rain, a timpani on the metal dustbin lids, by the side of which Beamish had taken up vigil, also taking up vigil and in search of a morsel was the stray mongrel, this was the third time now that he'd returned, the same apprehensive wag, yet still the same hopeful look of expectation in his eyes, a brief but friendly companion who paid more attention to Jack's left trouser leg than anything that could be had from nosing around the dustbins that day... some days you're the dog, scowled Beamish as he shook his trouser leg... and some days the lamppost, Jack's foot swung out playfully, keeping his new friend's incontinence at a safe distance, feigning indignance  the scruffy mongrel shook himself defiantly from nose to tail, an odour of wet dog filled the air as an abundance of spent rainwater flew in all directions.   Pricking one ear he looked accusingly up at Jack before turning and snuffled off, his nose resolutely to the pavement and diligently, picking out the few washed-out scents still remaining, the poor little stalwart renewed its search for scraps, or making his way perhaps to some dry seclusion known only to itself.
  
     Two hours later and... SPLOSH, a puddle poured itself through the front door of the nearest Public House... SPLOSH, the puddle squelched over to the payphone... SPLOSH, then, fumbling for small change dialled and pressed button 'A'..., then button 'B'... then started all over again amid a flurry of precipitation... SPLASH.  The puddle floundered to the bar and ordered itself a drink, then ebbed back to the payphone again... the local taxi company doggedly refused to answer... finally, wallowing over to the window the puddle drifted up against a warm radiator amidst a cloud of humidity and came to rest... flotsam, cast upon the shore of contentment, the puddle sighed contentedly... the Landlady watched the anomaly... suspiciously.

     The puddle's finely tuned perception soon got to grips with the unhurried banter and muffled gossip drifting along the bar, having little else to loose, other than what could still be squeezed from his clothing... Beamish, working on the principle that a little eavesdropping was his stock-in-trade engaged instinct into overdrive and casually rippled in their general direction...  They were clearly regulars by the way one of them belched in a well rehearsed, taken-a-back sort of way as Jack took stock of the situation and was now at some pains to ingratiate himself into their exclusive midst and attempt several friendly, yet relevant questions pertinent to his enquiries... all of which were skillfully deflected with more than friendly, yet totally irrelevant answers pertinent to theirs'... and would Jack care for a game of dominoes', they enquired... if so, would he be good enough to pay the refundable deposit, as by common consent it just so happened to be his turn...  Jack graciously declined this generous offer, as the obliging Landlady, just as graciously, cancelled the one shilling returnable deposit from the cash register, such was the flow of light conversation that evening... they didn't call him Lucky Jack for nothing... discouraged, Beamish turned back to the bar and reached for his glass... to which one of his recent companions, and yet again just as graciously, had taken the trouble to drink for him... the Landlady gave Jack a knowing look, Beamish returned the heartfelt sentiment and ordered one more pint.

     From the licenced premises opposite, a myriad of jostling customers plied through the door, business was picking up... the sudden influx of punters rapidly persuaded Beamish to retire from the bar and find a vacant table.  Sitting, he removed several discarded crisp packets from the centre of the table only to discover a freshly vacated ashtray below... by sleight of hand Jack's Ronson appeared... as he lit the cigarette the fragile smoke curled blue as it rose... influenced by subtle caprice, it joined others and formed a horizontal curtain dividing the room, a delicate, undulating layer held between two conflicting forces.

     The possibility of a free drink soon attracted the attention of a local bar fly, who, hovering in the near vicinity promptly landed in Jack's beer, Beamish declined this generous offer as being far too nutritious and with the corner of yesterdays beer mat, flipped the offending organism from the top of his glass, carefully inspecting his drink for debris as he did so.

     A sudden draught and clip of stiletto heels as the side door opened caused Beamish to turn as a double shadow slipped discreetly into the friendly Snug... a little adulterous intimacy on an otherwise cheerless evening.  The faceless man, concealed beneath a fedora and the upturned collar of his overcoat, the surreptitious lady friend, decked out in damp cony, cheap perfume and a surfeit of bling proclaimed a not too infrequent assignation, he'd seen it all before... the over attentive manner and the band of white, Sun-starved skin recently hidden behind a now absent wedding token, ordinarily it was the sort of assignment Jack didn't much care for... the discreet tail, the candid snapshot through half drawn curtains... and the all too familiar steak tartare... for the all too familiar black eye.

     To the untrained eye, the prospect of Jack's long anticipated supper was rapidly dwindling, when it suddenly focused with renewed vigour upon the contents of a pickled egg jar he'd observed earlier that evening, lurking on the back counter, his enthusiasm swiftly diminished however as the belching customer procured the final two specimens from the jar and proceeded to demolish them.  Who, Jack reflected, after being stood out in the rain all day, had egg all over his face now... and who, he reflected deeper, still had an empty stomach.  Disillusioned, Jack tipped back his glass and considered a further sortie with the taxicab company.

     "FIVE-BOB"!!! Jack screamed... you could have sliced the air with a cheese grater... hurtling into the kerb like a fairground attraction came flying past the chequered flag at a record breaking 99 in Jack's top 100 most not wanted list of things to do that evening... and that the cabby should think himself fortunate they weren't both stretched flat on a marble slab, "exploding tyres" Jack spluttered, dribbling down his chin, were enough to give anyone a coronary... further broadsides of neurotic ambiance filled the cab as the driver, miffed at the prospect of missing snooker his night out with the lads, considered charging extra for the additional space Jack's profanity was taking...

     And what part of 'Drive-Carefully', fumed Beamish, did the cabby simply not understand, that pavements were there to be bypassed, 'Nay Circumvented', preferably on the left... and not veered into, wildly on the front axle... an eerie premonition of 'jemais-vu' perched and ready to strike like a disembodied Jiminy Cricket on Jack's left shoulder, looking to stick its own two-penny worth in at the 'Standing-Room-Only' arrangements in the overcrowded cab... and at what further point, Jack shrieked, eyes leaping from his head as he lurched forward, shaking his fist through the sliding glass partition, had the cabbie failed to grasp the importance of the 'Steering-Wheel...' someone wanted horse whipping, and as far as Beamish was concerned the sole contender was the cab driver...

     In having a somewhat sedate and unruffled disposition it had fallen to Beamish... as befalls all great leaders in times of adversity, to single handedly take the bull by the horns, so to speak and at great personal cost, alert the unwary passing motorist...  Waving his arms like a man possessed whilst performing acrobatic evolutions in the centre of the road as the cabby changed the wheel came whizzing around the corner at a back breaking 98 on Jack's ever growing list... and why, Jack puzzled, why had they all lowered the offside window and gestured back at him in semaphore..?  Rallying to its aid, Jack's head and shoulders now joined his shaking fist through the sliding glass partition and into the cabby's face, "Who" Beamish screeched with renewed vigour ,"Who Was The Man", Jack wanted to know... "and Who-o..." by this time the cabby considered his passenger was asking far too many questions for his own good but said little as he left the meter clocking up the additional fare... "Who-o risked his neck for brother man...", before eventually flagging down a breakdown patrol motorcyclist... only to discover that the cab driver wasn't a member, "Who's Fault Was That", screamed Beamish... and that he had choice words to say if ever he crossed that mobile mechanic again, that definitely was not the regulation salute he was required to give, anyway Jack had no intention of paying the cab fare and said as much... and as for a gratuity, No-ooo... that didn't bare thinking about, he'd sooner have his leg chewed off by a rabid Aardvark, no... it was the taxicab company who should be doling out danger money... and plenty of it...  

     With an air of indignation Jack dislodged himself from the glass partition... stormed out of the cab and up the garden path... then stormed back down again, leaving the bemused cabby in no uncertain doubt that he'd by no means finished before storming back, only this time up his own garden path, leaving the red faced driver spluttering in sheer bewilderment.

     Fumbling for his keys Jack let himself in through the front door and promptly stumbled over several weeks mail and the undisputed title-holder of the 'Spiteful Cat Championship Cup' who, having taken a shine to basking on the summit several days earlier was incensed by this latest intrusion and flew lickety-split full across the hallway, then, recoiling off the hat-stand, hurtled straight back, a malicious ball of thrashing barbs and razor wire.  In attempting to fend off, with only minor mutilation his second contender of the evening Jack noticed his slipper... the other he recalled was still on the kitchen floor where he'd abandoned it earlier that morning, it being worn at the time by a bluebottle, the troublesome insect had been bouncing against the window pane so frenziedly, presumably wishing to let itself out and take the morning air, that it cracked ... oddly enough, so did the fly, at the precise instant Jack's size 9 ceased hurtling through the kitchen void.  Cheerfully, Jack retrieved his slipper and scraped the deceased blowfly into the peddle-bin, 'Game, Set and Match'.

     He'd had a restless night, insomnia didn't help, neither did the persistent monotony of the bedside alarm clock... now any suggestion that it grow wings and take flight would have appealed to Jack at that precise moment as he pictured it touching down on its first solo flight against a distant wall... or should evolving wings be too millennial at such short notice, then Beamish would be only too happy to lend a helping hand and accommodate its transition in achieving the dizzying heights of being at oneness with the bedroom decor... opposite.

     Laying there Jack took stock of the previous day, he recalled the rain sodden fedora weighing heavily upon his mind, he remembered it giving him headache, he recalled the friendly mongrel, he remembered his left trouser leg.  Jack had been down on his luck more times than he could care to remember of late... yesterday had been no exception... sure, he'd had differences of opinion with cabbies before now, disparaging ones, but last night had really taken the biscuit... and that Jack would be giving the cab company a tasty mouthful of it later that morning...  As the rain finally took a well earned breather, so the incessant chatter of the dawn chorus began, Jack screamed... so did the alarm clock... a new day began.

     It would be a little unfair to say the day had started out on the wrong foot... it was nowhere near that lucky... but rather stepped on an upturned thumb tack instead, and witnessed a very exasperated Beamish hopping mad and wrangling on the telephone, being harangued as it happened by a taxicab manager... not 'the' taxicab manager you may have anticipated, whose company logo he'd completely forgotten to take note of, but the 'wrong' taxicab manager, the local business who directory enquires utterly failed to locate for the most obvious of reasons, Jack didn't have a name...  The long suffering switchboard operator patiently enquired as to whether Jack was inviting her to participate in some new game of deduction she had previously been in deficit of, or did Beamish believe her to have the gift of second sight... in which case, should she manage to locate her crystal ball then she would be only too delighted to return Jack's call with the ethereal telephone number, or perhaps he would prefer telepathy instead and that the choice was his...  Beamish thanked her for her professional sarcasm and suggested she might consider a change of career upon more distant shores, Jack then spent the following hour trawling through the subscriber listings before drawing up a short-list, and as painstakingly methodical as ever, he ducked.

     "Yes... yes... no, well maybe not, no ... n-no, well don't let it happen again then ... Good-Day". Beamish replaced the handset, badly trapping his fingers in the process... wrong number.   Gingerly, dusting off the palms of his hands Jack studied the list once again, then took one last stab at pinning the tail firmly back on the donkey... which promptly lashed out and kicked him full in the face.  In the distance, a rumble of thunder foretold the day bode anything but well.

     That afternoon discovered Beamish back in the same dining establishment he hadn't quite managed to be in the day before... Never to be mistaken for a 'More~Tea~Vicar' tearoom, with gingham tablecloths, pretty maids in severe black skirt and matching top uniforms... with white pinafore and Irish lace accessories, but rather a 'sugar yer own tea with a spoon on a chain, screwed permanently to the counter with a 6 inch nail...' Pit-Stop... with complimentary cigarette ash bobbing cheekily on top.  Beamish felt thoroughly at home, it added a certain flamboyance, he determined, to the locale...

     A distinct lack of ashtrays, the absence of which invited a casual smoker to exploit the threadbare linoleum to its utmost advantage and lent a certain minimalist feel to the joint, cosy, yet austere... exhibiting great artistic indifference and real back breaking restraint in the petty cash department.  The various half empty condiments and communal sugar bowl, stuck firmly to the counter with what remained of yesterdays 'All-Day-Breakfast' further added to its dash of individuality, it crossed Jack's mind that the outdoor washing facilities were just as individual, giving off the robust and invigorating odour of carbolic San-Izal and a non too subtle hint that having finished whatever it was that you were doing there in the first place, the customer shouldn't loiter.  

     The unshaven proprietor glanced briefly up at the clock, a nondescript grunt emerged from some uncharted region whose geography Jack surmised... as a further contribution of cigarette ash took the plunge and joined its siblings skinny-dipping in the murky depths of the recently unwashed frying pan below, was best left to those with a good working knowledge of Cartography.  Of indeterminate age, he was a man of relatively ample and oily circumference, the few hairs still remaining appeared hastily groomed with some questionable residue you might possibly unearth in the greasier, more remote recesses of the kitchen peddle-bin.  Still in bedroom slippers, his outgoing distinctiveness was further marked by a deficiency of soap powder and the jaunty demeanour of his string vest,  it was his lower extremities however, festooned in snappy, a-la-mode dog-tooth check that finally brought the stunning ensemble to a breath taking conclusion.

     While Jack waited in line to be ignored at, and then have his order casually brushed aside with a...  "if it ain't up on the board chum, then we ain't gorrit..."  then have a tired sandwich, not necessarily of his own choosing, thrown at him by way of compromise, he considered the previous mornings bluebottle would really have hit the big time here, what you might call 'Cabaret au' Slipper' and with all the ambiance of a smoke filled jazz cellar, the venue would've caused eruptions within the Industrial North's show-biz circles.  As the jukebox thumped out loudly in the background... "Papa's got a brand new bag..." "Awww", Jack was rather of the opinion that the now otherworldly fly was striking some new and exclusive rites-of-passage with 'The Almighty' and could be launching its latest debut appearance in the Performing Arts as early as a week next Tuesday, or as long as gestation, or reincarnation would allow, Jack speculated as to whether it would need a road manager or not, one who was worldly in ways of the 'slipper...'

     The day, pretty much as any other trudged wearily on from one sodden rain cloud to the next... Rained off and sat in the same Public House as the previous evening, Jack ordered a pie and a pint while he carefully peeled the racing pages apart from the newspaper he'd purchased earlier for that weeks events at the local racetrack.  The previous evenings taxicab number, once prominently displayed by the payphone was now, strangely enough only to be noted by its absence... whereabouts unknown... and despite all Jack's efforts to the contrary, had little intention of reappearing anytime soon.  The business cards ethereal departure deeply troubled Jack's finely honed powers of deduction as it bore many similarities to his own long overdue expenses, which apparently had little intention of appearing anytime soon either, presumably choosing to 'bunk-off' and go steeplechasing instead.  

     Whilst other far flung people cruised in the cabriolet of a much sunnier clime, unhurried England having nowhere in particular to go, bumbled along in the slow lane, beneath what could only be described as a whirlpool of depression you would normally associate with the BBC shipping forecast for coastal areas... Viking, Rockall and Cromarty, today was one such maelstrom which to its credit was taking squarely on the chin every weather-beaten punch the sky could possibly throw at it... from a refreshing, 'quick morning spar in the bathroom washbasin', to a more exhilarating ,'brisk and vigorous workout under a mid-afternoon shower', then at the final bell, an out for the count 'three coins in the fountain' bath night.

     The three day racing event had witnessed the worst turnout since records began, the outside camera crews, refusing to leave the warm... yet more importantly, dry interior of the mobile studio and put in an appearance, threatened work-to-rule, with menaces and not too dissimilar to the weather... lightening strikes... opting to play Five's and Three's instead over toasted crumpets and a steaming mug of Bovril.  The going had been soft-to-poor the previous day, then rallying its forces throughout the night to become what could very easily be mistaken for  quagmire-to-quicksand... now this should have spurred the promoters to throw in the towel at their earliest convenience and abandon the race meeting outright, but the event, not wishing to be eclipsed by the latest weather front was fast developing into an out-take of the Oxford boat race and had every intention of storming to victory, crossing the finishing line by nothing less than three lengths.

     The final event of the day was coming under starters orders, having made one breathtaking loss after the other, Jack, casting all caution to the wind... in much the same way it seemed as his latest client, was now going all out for broke...  'Aweeeee-screeech'... wailed the commentary box loudspeakers "Aand-they're-off..."  "its-Captain-Clueless-coming-up-on-th­e-i­nsi­de and..." "Oh...  "aand-he's-fallen-at-the-first-fence..." "what-a-spectacular humiliation..." and so it continued...  It had been a fun packed day, Jack fumed, as he clenched a handful of betting slips in his fist and brandished them skywards... simply one great whopping success story after the other, Jack felt certain the same heartfelt sentiments would be leaping through the jockey's mind as the stretcher bearers carted him off towards the St. John's Ambulance  first aid tent.  Captain Clueless meanwhile, playing to the crowd and his newly acquired fan base gambolled off in a frolicsome, catch-me-if-you-can sort of way and in the general direction of a brisk rub down and well earned nosebag... his handlers sliding in hot pursuit as best they could.  Jack tore up his betting slips... Jack tore them up some more and littered the visitors paddock with them, as the confetti floated downstream you could almost catch them gurgling a cheerful little tune to themselves... someone, Jack thought, had to keep the ground stewards employed...

     No... barter was definitely out and as far as bad debts went, accepting a clients moped in lieu of payment was no exception, and yet it had seemed quite pointless to offer a continued service when Jack's unerring instinct once again told him that to unearth the cause of his clients mysterious insolvency would be to discover something to Jack's distinct financial disadvantage.  Having finally worked free from the hysterics and the desperation with which the impoverished client had clutched at Jack's shirt collar, Beamish wished him bonne-chance and for him to remain assured throughout these troubled times, that should Jack be of further assistance in shouldering any further burden his former client may encounter, then he should be sure to seize the moment with both hands... not too dissimilar to  Jack's crumpled shirt collar... and accept his personal card as an insignificant token of their continued association... they parted company.  Although Jack found his former sponsors death-rattle touching, he considered the fervour in which he displayed it a little excessive, when a simple handshake would have served the same purpose in relieving him of his wristwatch... business, after all, was business.

     A positive outlook in all things, Jack reassured himself for the third time that day since his latest cash-cow had abruptly dried up... and in looking upon every fat pocketbook that fell by the wayside as a potential source of unearned income, a good Samaritan, Jack reasoned, would be offering no disservice in taking upon his own shoulders the straw that was breaking the poor, unfortunate creature's back... and give the poor defenceless animal a helping shove, so to speak, head first through the eye of the proverbial needle... and straight into Jack's superannuated pension scheme... "hallelujah".

     Whereas a pessimist would behold a glass half empty set before them... an optimist, one that was brimming half full, then Beamish would feast his eyes upon a foaming tankard, one filled to capacity with every fermented delight that Jack's indulgent taste-buds could ever be prevailed upon to imbibe.  Of all the plum pies that Jack had his thumbs stuck into... up to the elbows in fact... was one five-star hors-d'oeuvre that would ordinarily send your average County Court Judgement diving for cover in last week's wastepaper basket, then, while the bailiff's were all running around like headless chickens, pointing the finger at anyone but themselves as to who'd forgotten to get the paperwork notarised, then Jack would simply get stuck in and send all future incriminating disbursements scurrying in the opposite direction, straight into Jack's Cayman-islands tax haven...

     Were it not for Jack's keen sense of business acumen and a very strong sense of British fair play then Beamish could almost feel sorry for his clients, so sorry in fact that for a mere bagatelle, currently running at five per-cent above inflation... plus commission, Beamish would bring full weight to bear, and for a further modest monthly consideration, make the problem disappear permanently... for a further modest month.  Jack didn't particularly see this as skimming cream from the top of the churn, but rather as breaking into the dairy farming industry and in direct competition with the Milk Marketing Board.

     "Hit the road Jack, Hit the road Jack and don't you come back..." Shut-Up!   Shut-Up!!  Shut-Up!!!  Shut-Up!!!!  screamed Beamish, that jingle was just begging for trouble as the lyrics chirruped on... "no more,  no more,  no more,  no more..." it harmoniously re-joined, limbering up for the next prophetic verse.   Barking his ankle on the kick-start had been comparatively simple, if not painful compared to the mind numbing complexity of vaulting on, or off, without tripping the ejector seat, which was also mind numbingly painful and "Hit the road Jack and..."after ripping the seat out of his second pair of trousers that morning, "...don't you come back no mo-o-o-ore" it wailed, seemingly without a care in Creation... and badly needed screwing down, "what you say..?",it further enquired... badly needed screwing down.  One hour, and an entirely different song later, having explored the extensive array of oil leaks which had apparently resolved any rust problems the moped may have had were also at odds with Jack's willingness to remit blood money to the Petro-Chemical Industry's prodigious profit margins.

     She'd been popping in and out of Jack's head for sometime now, in much the same way that an over friendly neighbour might pop around to borrow a bowl of sugar... well, she could have kept the sugar bowl... and the china tea service that went with it just so long as Jack got an invitation to coffee mornings... when out of the corner of one eye she stood, as though in a golden haze waiting to cross the road, arms folded, a look of pure contempt waxed lyrical, her dainty foot tapping a military tattoo... quick time when SMACK...  also with utter contempt, only this time for the Highway Code, a speeding wasp slammed straight into the corner of Jack's other eye.  

     Having had just about all  the excitement they could take for one day the now unfettered handlebars finally took matters into their own hands as the moped lurched wildly in one direction to the other... and with it lent a whole new sequence of choreography to the expression 'do the Bossa-Nova...' just where were the emergency services when you needed them, Jack's panic stricken senses demanded... he would definitely be pressing charges, then it occured that no, he definitely would not, he didn't hold a motorcycle licence for one thing... which came limping around the corner with a Doctor's sick note third from last in Jack's top 100 most wanted as the jitterbugging moped, frantically looking for someone to mark its dance card struggled to Trip the Light Fantastic solo... nor was he Road Taxed, now that he came to think about it, or Insured for that matter... but it was most certainly a Hit and Run.

     As a matter of some interest, and so as not to get too bogged down over the finer points of where to lay the blame, Jack had absolutely no control whatsoever over the teeth rattling chain of events that were currently raining down about his ears that afternoon, nor did he feel anything other than sheer, abject terror as the moped continued pitching wildly from side to side before plunging into the nearest pothole, performing the nasal vasectomy that brought far more than tears to Jack's bloodshot eyes as it propelled him... "Aaaargh..." over the front mudguard... nor indeed the prodigious feats of derring-do as he selflessly placed the welfare of his laundry above life and limb... but it was Jack's unrehearsed double axel as he cartwheeled through the air in a majestic spiral of arms and legs that finally swept her, the object of Jack's undying devotion, albeit head on, completely off her feet, after all... how could a girl possibly refuse.  

     The Panel awarded best overall score to the moped, receiving an impressive  5-5,  5-6,  5-6  for Freestyle Jive and amid a standing ovation at first curtain call performed double back somersaults down the road as encore... the aerobic wasp, looking to catapult itself onto prime time television and certain stardom took a well deserved Second for creative interpretation and its extravagant use of the pirouette... while Beamish, for whom the Judges' 'to-a-man' were of one accord over Jack's imaginative application of the English language and with unanimous nods of resentment promptly disqualified him...  If nothing else, Jack surmised, it would certainly be a talking point, something to while away the long Winter evenings together, time would simply fly by...  

     With her foot tapping the same military two-step as earlier, the object of Jack's undying affection glared down at him and began to open her mouth, then thought better of it and simply sneered instead... "Dello", a nasally challenged Beamish sniffled as he peeled himself from the asphalt, "wodda lubly subrize... vancy meedin ooo agaid do dood", Jack squeezed a gelatinous blob of hemoglobin from his neck-tie by way of an impromptu chat up line before dabbing his nose once more with the congealing strip of fabric... thinking it far more judicious to use the softly-softly approach rather than slap her on the back and invite her out for a pint... that would come later, "do ooo um ere ovden" he rambled on unabashed, fumbling with the sodden item of neckwear as in a last ditch attempt to impress, Jack was going all out to kick the scattered remains of his former mode of embarrassment discreetly under the tarmac.

     YES!!!  he'd finally struck gold... it wasn't quite the cosy 'Mills and Boon' coffee morning Jack might have wished for... true, nor even a romantic 'Allison and Busby' bag of chips to go... shared between two no hopers on a balmy Summer's evening, but nonetheless it was a date, of sorts...  9.30 for 10 a.m. sharp, so the Summons read, at the Magistrate's Sessions in the County Court Assizes.  Jack arrived quite early that morning, clean shaven and sporting a fresh elastoplast in anticipation of an amicable tete'-a-tete' with the Plaintiff, before an equally amicable head-to-head with the Magistrate.   Opting to conduct his own defence, the Court Usher finally summoned Jack,  who was led under caution to the dock and... thirty minutes later... "Harrumph" the Justice cleared his throat for the final onslaught...

     And what part of 'Drive-Carefully' the Magistrate spluttered, did Beamish not understand... that potholes were there to be bypassed, 'Nay Circumvented' preferably between... and not pitched into, wildly on the nose...  the disembodied shadow of deja-vu sat unconcernedly with its feet crossed upon Jack's left shoulder, munching away at a cheese and pickle on rye whilst it warmed to the idea of sticking the boot in this time, rather than use piddling small change... meanwhile, sitting at a neighbouring table the bewildered Stenographer broke into her second mid-life crisis that morning, giving rise to further withering glares from the Clerk-to-the-Court as to where the precipitous mountain of bread crumbs, inexplicably cascading over the Courtroom Proceedings were coming from... And at what further point, the Magistrate shrieked, his eyes leaping from his head as he lurched forward brandishing the gavel over the Bench and straight into Jack's face, had Beamish failed to grasp the importance of the 'Highway Code...', someone was about to get the book thrown at him and as far as the Magistrate was concerned, the sole malcontent was Beamish.

     Subsequent to the Magistrates final ruling Beamish was awarded a £15 endorsable fine, suspended until such time as Jack actually possessed a motorcycle licence of his own... and no, a television licence would not do, plus a further £15 for contempt of court... and the penalties mounted... £15 for failure to display valid road tax... £15 for non compliance of mandatory motor vehicle indemnity... and that the Defendant should think himself lucky that the Petitioner did not wish to pursue the matter further... and it didn't stop there, he wasn't the registered keeper and he should have been, £15... driving without due care, £15... and for lack of attention... yet an additional £15, Jack wished the Magistrate would stop stuttering and call an early recess for lunch as the gavel struck the block one last time... "SOLD", shouted Jack, to the gentleman with the rosy nos... "and another £15" screamed the red faced Beak as he tipped backwards in his chair...

     The barometer continued to plummet at breakneck speed and had done so single-handedly since well before dawn, which Jack, after an arduous day took to be a leisurely 11 a.m. going on noon and Beamish was doing what Beamish apparently did best... he was stood in the rain... Jack then called upon the local theatrical costumier before visiting a well known High Street retailer masquerading as the Gas-man and with an HB pencil stuck out behind his ear, how could Jack's infallible plan possibly fail...  

     Clawing his way back through the vast, cobweb infested labyrinth of cellars and musty passageways, only to re-emerge into the cheerless light of day under the pretence of having just read the gas meter, a heavily begrimed Beamish who, still incognito, could now be found queuing in the staff canteen for his complimentary cup of tea, when... "oh" she said, "it's you again... I didn't know you worked for the Gas Board, I thought you were an assassin..." and ",why are you covered in cobwebs... is it camouflage?" and that was it, the ice had been broken... her name it transpired was Jenny Bartleby, so the insignia on her pinafore explained and that she'd obviously been playing Jack at his own game for some time, now they could presumably go at it hammer and tongs from that moment on... and would she care for lunch... Jack's off-the-cuff invitation was hardly the offer of a lifetime, yet sprang straight into action nonetheless... and it had to be better than a Smokey Joe's stale cheese sandwich of former acquaintance... whilst Jack was offering a freshly grated cheese and pickle sandwich with fries, the fact that she'd be making it herself, Jack concluded, was neither here nor there... If he thought, she persisted, if he really wanted to show a girl a good time then that was just fine by her... but he was going about it entirely the wrong way if... if he insisted on being such a cheapskate... then turning her attention to the back counter she started grating cheese.

     "There's a vacant table in the corner" she said, "over by the window" gesturing vaguely with her tray "we can sit there if you like", but there again if he didn't like, then that was just equally fine by her... he could simply leave and no doubt bump into her at some future date, should he still fancy his chances involving her in a second near fatal incident... in which case her uncle, Magistrate and former top criminal advocate of 'Bartleby, Belladonna & Bromide', Barristers-at-Law, to whom Beamish, she was pleased to recall, had been formally introduced during their previous skirmish would be at no uncertain pains to ensure that he made every aspect of Jack's life from that moment on a pure living nightmare as he systematically set about stripping him of every last brass farthing he possessed... Jack's undisclosed Cayman-islands bank account being no exception.  Her uncle's predisposition for judicial larceny, she firmly assured him, knew no bounds within the precedents of legal jurisprudence... and that she was currently employed, if he really must know, choking back a giggle as she cleared her throat, by the local Municipal Constabulary... she dunked into a dollop of ketchup and nibbled thoughtfully on a fried chip, "working undercover" she explained... having the time of her life... "in the staff canteen as a freelance Sous-Chef operative," and that it was all very hush-hush stuff and would probably breach the Official Secrets Act were she to say more... and that if Beamish continued to break her cover as he had been doing of late... and stuck his nose any further into matters that didn't concern him, then Jack's traumatised nasal membrane would shortly be submitting weekly time-sheets... which as luck would have it came tearing across the finishing line and took a triumphant, champagne popping first in Jack's personal top 100 most wanted... and that yes, leaning over and giving Jack a quick peck on the cheek, she would accept a drink after work... if Jack was paying.

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Shortstoriesaremylife

By Andy Tran

            It was dark, blackened, and booming with thunderclaps. It was a Monday night when Drew, Art, and Clarke were out in the parking lot behind their crumbling two-story apartment building. They were sitting on picnic tables that were littered with crumpled bags of potato chips and crushed Coca-Cola cans. The three boys had been college students who’d attended Virginia Commonwealth University. And now they were staying in purgatory, waiting for a van to come with some trials and tribulations that would prove their goodness and vouch for their character.
They had died the night before in a car accident. Clarke had driven his cherry blossom Jaguar down the main road while he was texting on his phone. He swerved over the concrete median. A gray eyed, black haired woman was walking down the crosswalk. She stepped onto the sidewalk. The car battered into her body. Blood flew up into the air. Her arm tore off her shoulder. And it rolled down into the rain gutter. The car smashed into a telephone pole on the other side of the street. Before the howling ambulance could arrive to rescue them from impending death, Drew, Art, and Clarke had died, and taken their last breath.
At the current moment, Drew was reading a Playboy magazine, drinking a beer. He pulled on a cigarette with his leg hugged to his chest. His face was resting up on his elbow that lay beside a bottle of lotion. Across from him was Art who was sharpening a hunting knife against the bench, peeling the wooden edge with his blade. He made faces in the wood as he carved deeper into the heart of the wood. Clarke was sitting on the other end of the picnic table clutching onto a leather bound bible that touched his plastic crucifix. The cross bounced against his paper rosary beads.
They were enjoying each other’s company because it had been a long time since they had seen each other. When college had ended the year before, the three of them had gone their separate ways. Except now they were in purgatory waiting to be tested for their sins.
Drew had driven his Mercedes Station Wagon back to Northern Virginia where he crashed on his brother’s couch in his Georgian Style four-story brick house. For supper he ate spaghetti and meat balls. He would walk to the indoor gym and bench-press 190 pounds. He would perform rows using dumb bells while looking at the mirror, wondering how he had become so chubby in the face and so obtuse around his belly. He had red hair and freckles under his eyes. He looked like Fat bastard from Austin Powers, except he had a coke addiction, so he looked much gaunter than Mike Myers.
When he would finish his work outs he would go straight to the 7-11 across the street from his neighborhood and buy two buffalo chicken tacquitos and a lemon-lime Gatorade to rejuvenate his energy. He’d sit on the floor of his balcony that overlooked the town and he would eat and drink. He would dream about having a girlfriend, just dream.
But even Drew was smart enough to know that he would not find one, not in his current condition of health. He needed to lose more weight and gain more confidence. He was a virgin. Back when he was a toddler his aunt had played around with his private parts, and that promoted a stunted experience to him gaining knowledge in sexual intimacy.
Art had ridden his Honda motorcycle across dilapidated streets full of potholes and wide cracks. He went home to his crooked bungalow behind a swimming pool, where he used to serve as a lifeguard before his supervisor fired him for taking his daughter’s virginity. Art had reasons to have resentment towards the supervisor. Because all of it was a lie, that had no concrete backing. The daughter had given him head while he stroked her breast. She knew what she was doing. He presumed that she lied about being a virgin. But he hoped that she didn’t lie about being eighteen.
The night he found out the daughter was going to have a baby, he bought a hunting knife. Not because he wanted an abortion. But because he wanted the baby by a C-section which he thought was the correct method of extracting a child. Although when he had arrived at the doorsteps of the daughter’s house he began to think about his own daughter. And as the overhead light on the front porch buzzed on with an orange glow, Art sheathed his knife back into its holder, turned around, and walked away into the shadows.
And back when he was a child living at home alone with his mom, after his dad passed away from leukemia, she would beat Art with a switch made out of a strip of an oak branch. Whenever he would receive poor grades on his report card, his mom would take out the switch, tell him to turn around and stick his butt out, then she would whip back her arm and strike him over and over across the back, as if she owned him and had the right to punish him the best way she saw fit, which was every day until he grew muscles and height and bought a hunting knife to use for woodworking, but it actually served him as his protector from his hurtful mom.
Now Art had an insatiable desire to hurt people, evil women like his mom, cutting them apart with his knife. But he only pondered the idea of killing a human being, he had never hurt anyone before, hadn’t even bullied another person.
Clarke had taken the Greyhound bus back to his hometown in Winchester. He got off his stop near his house. But before he dragged his luggage back into his bedroom, he went across the street and attended church at the Catholic establishment called Holy Spirit. He sat in the front pew so that he could kneel only a couple feet away from the center foamed stage that was covered in a table cloth that had blessed water poured over it. The church reeked from the candles, tithing bags, and red wine, and crosses, with communion bread.
He pressed his hands together and held his face to his folded fingers. He sank his knees into the pew that was covered with red felt, and he prayed, prayed until he felt his body glow with a warmth, warmer than the love that he felt for God. The gospel music percolated through the air and the smell of incense filled his lungs. Later he found out that the church was stealing money from the parishioners in order to facilitate their child pornography operation. It hurt him to hear that information. When he came back to his house, Clarke burned his bible in his fireplace while he smoked a cigarette, trying to forget about his false god.
After he had graduated from high school there was this one summer night when he and his sister Martha were smoking pot and drinking forties. They were riding their red bicycles around the black pavement of their cul-de-sac, racing each other from one end of the block to the other. Clarke was biking especially fast, and as he turned his head around to smile at Martha, his front tire jammed against the curb. He landed on the front lawn of his next-door neighbor’s house, unscathed. Martha shook her head at him and laughed. She dropped her bike on the street and went over to help him up to his feet. But when she was walking across the street, a sable motorcycle came charging up the block. It was hurtling across the sidewalk, the biker waving his hand, screaming at Clarke to get out of the way.
But Clarke just laid there, on the ground, his eyes fixed on the yellow beams of light flashing into his line of sight. He closed his eyes. A great magnitude of force pushed him across the weathered grass. He opened his eyes. Martha was staring at him, smiling. And as she turned her face around, the motorcycle crashed into her body. The sound of bones breaking filled the air. A deep silence pervaded through the neighborhood. Blood stained the lush green grass. Martha lay there on the sidewalk, her arm curled at an irregular angle, her leg splayed out. The motorcyclist gunned his engine and wailed, riding away from the scene of death.
Clarke felt a rumbling sensation within him. His stomach lurched forward. He threw up on his clothes. He dropped his head to the front lawn. Wind blew against his face. The grass fluttered across his eyelids. And the hot tears crawled out of his eyes, while he prayed to God for the first time in years, that he would one day see Martha in heaven.
Back in purgatory Drew, Art, and Clarke each wanted to leave and atone for their sins, with hopes for absolution and peace in heaven. Drew believed that he would have virgins waiting for him up in the clouds. Art knew that heaven could be an abstract place, so he only wished for tranquility and a hammock tied between two rugged oak trees, for relaxation. And Clarke remained undecided on heaven, hoping that his faith in the lord hadn’t corroded over time.
Drew flipped out his cellphone and glanced at the time on his screen: 11:39pm. Earlier in the afternoon he had sent an email to a website that sold clone women. They cost a hundred dollars each, but he had enough grad money from his family and his job working as an audio technician at a music studio down on Broad Street which afforded him the funds to make the purchase. These clone women were formed in factories shaped from blood, flesh and bone. They had light white skin and long legs. Their faces were curved into ovals and they had eyes that shone with a cobalt brilliance that would make any man shudder just by gazing into their direction.
A half an hour later an unmarked white van pulled up into the parking lot. The sliding door slammed back. And a dark haired man wearing black sunglasses came out carrying three heavy boxes under his arms. He dropped them on the asphalt. Then he reached into the back compartment in the trunk of his van. He got out a roll of latex condoms, a butcher’s knife, and a first aid kid complete with sutures and adhesive bandages. He brought the items to the picnic table and set them on the bench, one piece at a time, in front of the boys.
The dark haired man narrowed his eyes and smiled at Drew. “Here’s your order sir. You paid for your purchases online and the credit card will be sent to your billing address. Drew fished out his wallet and grabbed a few greasy dollar bills and then handed them to the man. “Thanks for your help, sir,” he said, shaking the man’s hand. Head tilted forward, the dark haired man bowed, turning around, he went back to the white van. Before he got in through the driver’s door, he turned around and told the boys, “And one more thing none of you can interfere with each other’s clone women. Or else the tests will end and none of you will be able to pass your judgment and go off into heaven.” Then he got into his car, gunned on the engine, and careened out of the parking lot.
The boys looked at each other and then looked at the boxes. They shook hands and agreed that no matter what they would not hinder each other’s trial. None of them wanted to stay in purgatory. They wanted to go up into heaven and leave earth. Ghosts, apparitions, spirits, would ever they called themselves, would not survive on this barren land that they named their half-way house. It was a place where they had to reside in until they completed their tests. And it was critical to gaining a seat up, up away in the clouds of heaven, a fact that they all were aware of. If one of them impeded the other from finishing their trial, then the others would immediately be transferred to the underworld. And none of them were in the mood for getting sunburned.
Drew, Art, and Clarke stood up from the picnic table and walked up to the three cardboard packages. Art unsheathed his knife from his leg holder. He cut the solid black tape off the front and the middle of one of the tall crinkled boxes. Clarke held his plastic cross and wriggled the rosary beads with his fingers. Art and Clarke squeezed Drew on the shoulder and smacked him on the back for good measure. Drew sighed as he stepped up to the first package and opened the cardboard flaps.
An arm extended from the box. Then a blonde blue-eyed woman jumped out of the box. She had on a black cocktail dress and black stockings. Her lavender ballet shoes clicked together as she stepped out in front of Drew. She lay down on the asphalt, took a piece of cloth from behind her waist, and then she tied the blind fold over her eyes. Drew went over to the roll of latex condoms. He grabbed them and he looked at the girl. She was beautiful like a runway model that hadn’t been photographed with airbrush and applied with copious amounts of makeup. She had sullen cheeks and a hooked nose. Her breasts were round and large and did not seem to have any cosmetic surgery administered to them.
Drew glanced over at his friends. Art was rubbing his hand on his temple and biting his bottom lip. Clarke was sucking on his thumb, a habit of his that he had developed from chain-smoking too many cigarettes. Drew turned back and unzipped his fly. Then he ripped open a condom wrapper. He went behind the dumpster beneath the corrugated scaffolding and covered the condom over his penis. He hurried over to the blonde woman and stood a foot away from her, his chin in hand, considering her profile. He wanted to sleep with her and bang her brains out until she moaned with happiness and was writhing with insatiable pleasure.
Then the blonde woman began to shudder uncontrollably on the graveled ground. She tossed her head back and forth and coughed out loud. She screamed and under the blind fold tears began to stream down her cheeks. Drew hung his head down in his hands. He rubbed his face with his fingers and sweated with anxiety. He had an incredible infatuation with women. But he didn’t have it in him to rape this blonde. Evil hadn’t settled into his psyche. He bent down and untied the blindfold from the woman’s eyes. And then he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her up to her feet. He reached into in his wallet and took out a twenty-dollar bill. He pushed it into her hand and told her to catch a bus back to wherever she had come from and to never venture back to this decadent area. She smiled and nodded at him. She spread her arms out and gave him a hug. As she was turning around to walk away, she looked over her shoulder and blew him a kiss. She told him that he passed the test and that he would be transferred to heaven in a short while. Soon she disappeared from view and vanished into the shadows that hung suspended over the shadows of the alleyway.
Drew went back to the picnic tables and chucked the roll of condom packages into the dumpster. He pounded his fist on the tabletop and cursed out loud. He was embarrassed that he had even considered contemplating having sex with that girl. He smoked a cigarette and then drained a beer. The test had shaken him to the core and he did not know if he could handle watching his friends go through their trials and tribulations. He pulled on his cigarette and blew out smoke, thinking about what the afterlife would be like for him.
Art came over to the second cardboard box and with his hunting knife tore the pieces of tape that held together the packaging. He took a step back and tucked his hand under his armpit and then waited to see what was going to happen. His mind was clear with thoughts that revolved around murder and death. The hunting knife weighed his hand down. The intense desire to kill this clone woman was becoming too powerful to resist. He had a compulsion to hurt, to destroy. He didn’t know if he had it in him to stop his hunger to kill. His chest started to beat with a rhythm that was steadier than a hummingbird perched on a flower petal. His arm shook with a tremendous amount of trepidation as he saw the cardboard flaps spring up and back.
A thick leg popped out of the box. And then a petite brown-eyed brunette wearing a white sundress and red heels climbed out of the packaging. She brushed the Styrofoam and the dust off her shoulder. Her eye turned to Art and she grinned at him. She took a long, thick piece of rope from the box. Then she tied her hands together in a loop and tightened her wrists together, so that her arms were twisted behind her back. The brunette hobbled over to him and gave him a wide smile. She motioned her head towards his side.
Art lowered his head. He looked at the hunting knife holstered in his leg holder. He unsheathed the knife. He walked up to the girl and raised the knife over his head. But then he glanced over his shoulder at his friends and hesitated.
Clarke was shaking his head. Drew was running his fingers through his hair and forcing a smile on his face. They both seemed to not be interested in Art’s current predicament. But in reality they both were worried about him. They wanted him to pass his test. Not just for their sakes but also because they didn’t want their friend to burn in hell.
Turning back to the girl Art lifted up his knife and seized the girl by her shoulder. He heard somebody yell in pain. He craned his neck left to right. Before he could zero in on where the sound was coming from, he realized that the guttural scream had arisen from his own throat. He dropped the knife. It clattered on the asphalt. He covered his face in his hands and breathed in with considerable relish. Tension fixed in his legs as he tried to walk over to the girl. He picked up his hunting knife from the ground. He approached the girl from behind. He grabbed her hands. Blade in hand, Art sliced through the ropes tightened around the girl’s wrists. The pieces of rope fell through the air and landed on the ground. He took the girl by the shoulders and turned her around. He slipped the hunting knife into her hand. She closed her fingers over the knife and nodded at him. She smiled at Art and hugged him by the waist.
As he closed his eyes and grinned he felt a rapid slashing motion tear through the space below his chest. He clutched onto the gaping wound. The laceration hurt like hell. Blood oozed out of the deep, open gash. Art collapsed to his knees and grabbed his side. He felt a rushing burst of pain stab through his body. He looked at the woman. She smiled at him and told him that he passed the test. She delivered the hunting knife back to him. And then kneeling down, she rubbed her hand over his injury. A great amount of warmth washed through him. Art closed his eyes and tried to stand up. He got to his feet. The pain had departed from his wound. He thanked the girl. She waved at him and then she turned around and snapped her fingers. After a short time her body began to dissolve into particles of dust and she evaporated into mist. Her source of energy floated up into the air and disappeared, as if she hadn’t existed to begin with.
Clarke rushed over to his friend and scooped up the first aid kit. He cleaned out his wound with a bath towel. Then he applied some scented healing ointment to his wide cut. He sealed it with an adhesive bandage and sighed with respite. Art patted him on the back and shook his hand, thanking him. Clarke nodded his head at him and put his hand on his face, smiling. Kit in hand, Clarke went across the parking lot to the final cardboard box. He took out a pair of scissors and cut through the tape.
The box opened up, the lids popping from side to side. A green-eyed redheaded woman soared out of the opening and smiled at Clarke. She bent down and picked up the scissors that was lying on the ground. She took the blades and snapped them into two. Then she took one of the sharp edges and stabbed her stomach with a quick thrust. She smiled at Clarke, her head lolling back, as she fell to the side. He scrambled over to where she was laying on the asphalt. He pulled the scissor blade out from her abdomen.
His hand hurt with a twinge of pain as he dropped the scissor blade to the side. He was about to take a clean rag and clean out her wound when he noticed a paper note placed in her front shirt pocket. As he cleaned her injury with the rag, he opened the note up and read it. The note said: I don’t want to live anymore because I sold my soul to the devil for a thousand dollars in order to pay for my abortion.
Crushing the note in his hand, Clarke picked up the woman with his hands and hugged her as tight as he possibly could without causing her anymore anguish. Her tears dribbled down his face and for a moment he believed that he had cried. He didn’t want this woman to die. Even though he hardly knew her, he didn’t know if he could pass the test in order to go to heaven. At this present time he thought that purgatory might not be such a bad place to stay at.
He shook his head and rubbed his face with his hand. The sweat was dripping down from his slick hair. Hot breath lapped around his neck, the woman was taking short, measured breaths. He could feel her heart beating through her chest and it was making him feel like a monster. Because he had the opportunity to save her life, but he was not sure if he should follow her wishes, or just go ahead and rescue her from death.
Life after death seemed as if it were a picturesque landscape painting that existed in realistic fiction detailed with lush green meadows, and valleys with warm rivers flowing through the center of their crevices. Clarke had no apprehension when it came to helping others, but these present set of circumstances confounded him. A slant of pressure was sliding within him on the inside and it made him disturbed. He worried about the woman who was in his arms, gasping for breath. Her blood was staining his shirt collar. She was wracked with an incredible quantity of emotion and her peach-colored skin had shriveled up into pale white, a white that belonged on the chalk outlines of unidentified bodies lying on the pavement with yellow tape surrounding the perimeter of the scene. He put his hand under her shirt and felt the blood soaking out of her long gash. He gazed into her deep green eyes and stifled his sobs. He smiled until his tears had slid down the corners of his mouth. And then he kissed her. He said to her, “I’m going to respect your wishes, no matter how much damage my conscience will receive.”
She smiled back at him and brushed her red hair away from her green eyes. She put her arms around his neck and embraced him with a kiss. Her breaths fluttered against his neck one by one, warm and moist. Hand around his shoulder, she squeezed his bicep. “Don’t feel bad. You just passed the test,” she said. She released her arms around his body and fell back to the pavement.
Her red hair burned into the air like flame diminishing from a candle on a warm summer evening. Her green eyes decreased in size and began to explode with a flash of emerald splotches. Her pale white skin brightened up with strokes of yellow and shades of blue. And then she softened into a big puddle of melting limbs and corroding bones. The wind swept the remaining ashes of her body away and carried the deceased woman into the afterlife.
Clarke sank to the ground and cupped his face with his hands. He cried, cried as if he had lost a best friend to cancer. Cried so hard that his mouth screamed with trepidation and he shrank into the fetal position. Closed eyes, and open mouth, he slammed his fists against the asphalt until he felt a surging pain rise through his knuckles His arms shivered with grief and he felt a void in his heart that was surrounded by boxes of glaciers.
Frozen and numb, he wanted to leave purgatory and travel across to the other side to find that green-eyed redheaded woman and wrap his arms around her waist and nuzzle his head against her face and tell her that he should have had the courage to save her from death. He yanked his plastic crucifix off of his neck. He battered it against the brick wall of his apartment building.
The paper rosary beads clattered along the ground. He tilted his head back and reached out into the air with his arms, pumped his elbows back, and then screamed, screamed until his lungs seared with unbearable pain. “Lord why are you doing this me? Why don’t you show yourself? You’re a coward,” he said with pain dripping down his voice.
When Clarke had raised his head up at the sky, flailing his arms, shouting, his small bible slipped from under his jacket pocket. The bible dropped onto the asphalt. Yellowed pages flapped open, back and forth. And the red ribbon that served as a bookmark drifted off into the wind. He bent down on his haunches and picked up the bible. He leafed through the pages. Then he read from Ecclesiastes 1:2.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says The Teacher, “Utterly Meaningless. Everything is meaningless.”
Clarke nodded his head in agreement and said, “That’s exactly how I feel right now.” He got up from the ground, walked over to the picnic table, and sat down on the bench. Bible in hand he immersed his focus into reading the prose that had tranquilized his desperate spirit.
Drew smoked another cigarette. He was feeling exhausted and he wondered what his fate was going to end up like. He knew that he had passed the test, but he still felt guilty for wanting the flesh of that blonde woman. A billow of smoke drew out of his mouth and he sighed.
Art was etching rectangles and rhombuses into the table top with his hunting knife as he leaned forward on the bench. He propped his face with his hand and yawned. He felt crappy about wanting to hurt that brunette. On the other hand he loathed that she had tried to kill him. But passing the test was the main thing that stay embedded in his mind. He hoped that he would gain entry into the pearly gates and hop across the white fluffy clouds of heaven. For a long time none of the boys said anything to each other. It wasn’t if they had talked much before anyhow, but now they really just wanted some peace, and some quiet.
A booming crack of thunder crashed through the walls of the double-sided alleyway. Clarke shut his bible so hard that the pages slapped into each other. Gusts of powerful wind pummeled into the dumpster beside the picnic table. The bottles of beer tumbled off the bench. Glass shattered across the asphalt. Cigarette butts rolled around on the grass near the parking lot. Lightning flashed and thunder roared as light rain plummeted down in volleys.
Art dove into the dumpster and grabbed out three plastic bags. He handed each of them to Clarke and Drew. “Just think of them as umbrellas,” he told them with a slight smile. He wished he could just get drunk and forget about the whole day. Heaven seemed so far away, and he didn’t have the patience to wait.
The three of them covered their heads with the crumbled plastic bags. The crashing sounds of rain grew into a soft, pitter-patter, and then stopped completely. Rain drops slid off their arms and splattered on the benches.
Drew curled his knees to his chest and grappled his hands around his kneecaps. He had all the time in the world to think about anything that he desired. But right now he wanted to eat some Ribeye Steak and Scrambled Eggs. He pulled on his cigarette and then coughed in his shoulder. He had been trying to quit smoking for a while, but the allure of nicotine always had brought him down and up, until he stopped his attempts. Then he started to chain-smoke, heavily to forget about his brother who had died from lung cancer back when he was still alive on earth and not in purgatory.
Clarke shut his eyes and clasped his hands together. He prayed that he would get into heaven. He pushed the bible across the picnic table. His eyes lowered, his mind was decaying from the lack of sleep. Then he remembered that he was dead. He didn’t have to sleep in purgatory. He reached across the table and picked up the bible. He asked Drew for a cigarette. And when he popped the cigarette in his mouth, the flame burning the tip of it, he felt powerful for some odd reason. As if he had the right to make his own decisions. He was his own man. His arm remained in the air, his hand over the bible. Ash crumbled from the cigarette tip, and plopped onto the paperback cover.
A golden lightening blot struck Clarke’s hand. Shockwaves catapulted through his palm and fingers. Ferocious power had smacked into him. He bit his bottom lip and clutched his hand, which writhed with pain.
Directly across from Art, heavy movements pounded against the large green dumpster. The black cover top banged opened. Green paint chipped away and flopped onto the garbage bags. Art crawled back to his spot on the picnic table and shuddered with fear. He had no idea what to expect, nor did he know if he should have any expectations.
The black trash bag exploded into hundreds of pieces and a gigantic white man shot out of the green dumpster, dressed in a black hoodie sweatshirt with a Rasta beanie. A wire hanger was protruding under the man’s thick mop of dreds.  He untangled it from his hair and chucked it at Art. Arm swooping down, Drew blocked the wire hanger with his hand. He swatted it to the side. The white man bellowed out a roaring laugh. He clapped his hands together. Thunderbolts detonated in cacophony. The yellowish, blue shine illuminated the darkened alleyway.
“God is that you?” asked Clarke.
A huge lightning bolt crashed right before his feet. Clarke howled in pain, scrambling back, waving his hands everywhere. He made a face at the white man and flipped him off with his middle finger. He felt pissed off and wanted to pummel him with his fist, but his body was convulsing from the pain that he had received from the shocking bolts.
“Don’t say that name in vain. Next time I might kill you. Then we’ll hang out for eternity,” said the white man. He laughed so loud that the walls of the alleyway reverberated with a great volume of roaring sound. “Just kidding. I wouldn’t kill you.” Sunlight poured in between the cracks of the clouded sky.
Warmth latched onto Clarke’s shoulders and made him feel awfully pleasant. He straightened up his posture and walked over to the white man. He nodded his head at him and extended his hand out. “My name’s Clarke. And these are my friends Drew and Art,” he said.
“I am called Michael,” he said as he shook Clarke’s hand.  His long, brown dreds spun to and fro. His eyes glazed over with cherry red as he smiled at him. He looked like a Rastafarian that had smoked too much marijuana and now spent his time playing Mario Kart and Beer Pong.
Drew came up to Michael and shook his hand. He felt a considerable magnitude of heat undulating from the man’s hand. “Call me Drew,” he said as he took a step backwards. He wondered if he had come from heaven. He dropped his hand to his side and tipped his head up at Michael, thinking that it would give him validation points.
Michael clicked his tongue and sighed. His red eyes brightened with madness. He came over to where Art sat on the picnic table and stooped over him. He smacked Art on the back a few times with his mighty hand until Art’s shoulder blades cracked with release. “How are you doing?” he asked him.
Art turned around and looked at him skeptically. “Yeah…um, I don’t even know you dude. But I’m Art,” he said. He hunched over and carved a piece of chipped wood off of the bench. The woodchip peeled off and it bounced onto the street. He wished that that woodchip was Michael. Maybe he would get to stab him if Michael turned out to be a degenerate character.
Whistling through his brown-stained teeth, Michael stood up from the bench and walked over to Clarke and grasped him on the shoulder. He looked into his eyes and wondered if Clarke had the potential to enter into heaven. Out the corner of his eye he glanced back at Drew and Art. Faith was what Art needed in his life, or his purgatorial life. And one look at Drew and he could tell for certain that the kid needed to work on his conversational techniques with the ladies. He considered himself to be a good judge of character, after all he had been appointed by God to test these three boys. He knew that Drew, Art, and Clarke had passed the trials and tribulations with the cloned woman who had come from the darkened sky packaged in cardboard boxes, but he wanted to know if they were ready to embark on a new quest.
Clarke smoked a cigarette and put his face in his hand. Heaven didn’t seem so far from purgatory now. He puffed out smoke and sighed. Belief in God and having passed the test indicated that he came from a good background and that he had a admirable character. Although he knew all those things he could tell from speaking with Michael that there was a journey ahead of him and the other guys. He took a good look at the white man.
Michael was ten feet tall and he had a beard crusted with potato chips and red jellybeans. His eyes glazed over with candy taffy apple. Tarnished in a blackish-white color, his skin stood out freckled with dots. His lips were cut up raw with slits and the ends peeled as he rubbed his upper lip with his tongue. Brownish flakes filed off.
He reached into the huge pocket on the bottom of his hoodie sweatshirt and pulled out a neon-green plastic bong. And with a flick of his wrist he flipped it up and caught it with his mouth. Tipping his head forward he snapped his fingers.
“No way,” said Drew. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing with his eyes. He had always believed in mystery and magic, but this was too unbelievable. He sat on the bench and looked straight ahead at Michael.
A small chunk of bud landed in Michael’s hand. He put the bud in the metal bowl of his neon-green bong, pressed his ashy lips on the mouthpiece, and then he sparked it. The walls of the alleyway rattled.  And the sky and the ground seemed to push into each other. Twin pillars of smoke spurted out from within the green bong. Gray wisps circulated up and up, loop-de-looping. He sucked in all of the contents and held his breath. His cheeks blazed with a reddish, blue hue. He pounded his chest. A yellow ball of smoke and haze lolled out. A smile of enormous proportions ballooned up and stretched across his face. Jellybeans and potato chips spilled down from his beard and clanked against the asphalt. He hurled the bong up in the air, and it loop de looped. He clapped his hands. And the bong disappeared.
Clarke looked at Michael with his mouth hanging open. “Dude that was so awesome,” he said. He had no reservations anymore. He believed in Christ again and he had a feeling that the white man in front of him had powers bestowed upon him from the lord.
“Thank you Clarke,” Michael said. Then he pulled his black hoodie sweatshirt up and over his head.

Great white wings fanned out of his upper back, adorned with intricate light feathers. Michael reached into his pocket and fished out his golden halo. He tapped the glowing edge. And it brightened up with a remarkable clarity. He placed it over his head. And the halo began hovering above his shaggy hair.
Art couldn’t believe that this interesting character was in his presence. Guilt pierced through his chest. He didn’t want to hurt Michael anymore. He knew now that hurting people was wrong. But somewhere deep inside of his soul, he still wanted to hurt somebody just once, just to try it out.
Cigarette in hand, Drew walked over to Michael. He wanted to touch the feathers on the wings. He wondered if they were used for flying. He stood in front of Michael and asked him, “So are you an angel?”
Michael nodded his head at him. He thrust his hand out and snatched the cigarette from Drew as he was putting it in his mouth. He crushed it in his hand. “You shouldn’t smoke. It’s bad for your lungs he said. I know. That’s how I died. It was stage four lung cancer,” he said.
“I get it. I know the repercussions from smoking. But I mean you’re smoking weed. Isn’t that bad for your lungs? And by the way you said that you had died. So does that mean you used to be a human being, like us?” Drew asked him.
“Yes I used to be a human. But after I passed the trials and tribulations I became an angel and was brought to heaven,” he said.
Art left his hunting knife on the picnic table because he didn’t want to appear violent, carrying it around an angel. He walked over to where Drew and Michael were talking. And then he asked, “Do you mean that you had to pass trials and tribulations, just as we had to do?”
Michael laughed and shook his head.
“What’s so funny?” Art asked, feeling a little conflicted, wondering if Michael was laughing at him, or something else that was wandering through his mind. He didn’t know if angels even had functioning minds. But there was an angel standing right before him, speaking with eloquence, demonstrating his command over the English language.
Michael put his hand up and smiled at him. “I meant no disrespect. But I have to admit I was amused when you had asked me your question, because it implied that you had gone through the same arduous tasks that I had faced back when I was in purgatory,” he said.
“So what ‘arduous tasks’ did you have to take?” Clarke asked him.
Michael turned his head to Clarke and pursed his lips. “There’s a reason that they call me Michael,” he said. He had a steely gaze on his face. His eyes narrowed and became darkened as the night around them with a hint of crimson round his pupils.
“Why’s that?” Art asked, not even caring that he was interrupting the conversation; he just wanted to get down the answers.
Michael took in a deep breath. For a short while he said nothing. Then he glanced back at Art and said, “I am an arch angel. A long time ago my friends Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel and I had to fight in this war in heaven. I became an arch angel because I completed my trial. And that trial was to kill the dragon and his warriors. After I killed the dragon I transformed into an arch angel. And that’s my story.”
“Was the dragon, Lucifer?” asked Drew.
Michael nodded his head at him and then looked off in the distance at nothing in particular.
“That’s correct. And he’s still out there,” he said. He rubbed his hands together and told the boys, “Gather around in a line and take a good look at yourselves.”
The boys looked at each other. Then they looked back at Michael.
“You are all eligible to fight a new dragon. This dragon is a reincarnation of the gray eyed black haired woman,” he said, glancing over at Clarke. “And she is the same one who died when you crashed your car into that telephone pole, killing all of yourselves instantly,” he said.
Clarke looked down at the ground.  He felt sick to his stomach. He wanted to rest. “I made that mistake. I’m sorry everybody. We wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t done that,” he said, looking very vulnerable.
Michael put his arm around Clarke’s shoulder and squeezed his arm. “Now you have a chance for redemption. Turns out that gray eyed black haired woman is a serial killer. She has killed many children. She has a mental disorder that has destroyed her brain cells. She didn’t deserved to die like that, but nobody will miss her, especially her victims living up in heaven,” he said.
“But before any of you face this new dragon you have to enter the underworld and deal with your insecurities and inner demons,” he said, folding his arms behind his back. He took one look at Drew, Art, and Clarke and then he smiled. “So are you guys ready to face your fears?” he asked them with a chill in his voice.
Drew looked at Art. Art looked at Clarke. And Clarke looked at Drew. They nodded their heads at Michael. Then one by one they shook his glowing white hand.
The shaggy brown hair moved away from his face as Michael brushed his dred locks back from his glazed red eyes. He backpedaled from the three boys. He pressed his hands together, rubbing them from one end to the other. And then his great white wings flapped back and forth, making a small burst of energy. From the thin air, the ball of energy floated down to the asphalt. The energy ball plunged straight into the asphalt. It began to drill a hole into the black street. The hole increased in size. And it grew deeper and deeper. A glow of electricity buzzed through the ground.
Drew, Art, and Clarke peered over the edge of the humungous hole. It was a long tunnel with thick ridges that seemed to reach to the other side of the planet. At the bottom of the hole there was a marble white floor festooned with stripes curved in a serpentine style.
Michael reached into his hoodie pocket and grabbed out a long, roped ladder rolled up into a bundle. He crept over to the large hole. And plucking two steel nails from his hair, he crossed his chest with his finger. He stooped down to his haunches. He unraveled the roped ladder. He looped the thick braided cords around the nails. And then he smashed them into the asphalt, as if he were stepping on a cockroach.
Kicking the top of roped ladder over, Michael stepped back. The ladder with the grainy corded rungs toppled down into the large hole. He crossed his arms and smiled. Then he snapped his fingers. A blunt appeared in his hand. He lit it, smoked, rings of gray clouds rose from his crusted lips. He glanced back at the boys. They were standing with their feet shoulder length apart, mouths agape. He laughed. And smoking his blunt, Michael went over to the boys and said to them, “Who’s going down first,” he asked?
Drew raised his hand so fast, that he didn’t even realize that he was making such a rash decision. But he felt that he could conquer this task. He believed in his courage. “I want to go down there,” he said.
“Alright you’re going down first. Just climb on down there, Drew. I wish you the best of luck. Once you reach the bottom of the hole you have to go through the room on the end of the hallway, then you have to wait for your trial and tribulation. I hope that you pass the test. Best of luck to you Drew,” he said.
Lungs heavy with leftover carcinogens, Drew coughed into his hand. He hoped that he would have the stamina to complete the task. Heaven didn’t seem like such a distant possibility anymore. It felt real to him.
Drew went over to large, deep hole in the ground. He clutched onto the first rung of the thick roped ladder. He felt the intricate stitching on the rung. He felt the rough edges. He lifted his leg up and set his foot down on the second rung. The ladder wavered from one side to the other. Drew feared that he would drop to his death. He took short, measured breaths to stop his heartbeat from escalating rapidly.
For a long time he climbed without making a sound, except for a whimper ever now and then. He thought about the blue-eyed blonde who he was supposed to have sex with. After a sigh of relief he knew that he had made the right choice. If he had slept with that woman then he would have had to rape her first under the conditions of the test. And then he would have had to sleep with for eternity. Then that would disqualify him from entering heaven, leaving him in purgatory forever. The muscles in his arms strained with his lack of strength. His back was hurting. He slowed down his descent. Each of his legs was drained of energy and he thought that he wouldn’t be able to make it. He prayed to God that he would survive.
Twenty minutes later, Drew planted his foot down on the marble tiled floor. He collapsed onto the floor. His back groaned. The feeling in his fingers drifted away. He rolled over onto his belly. He struggled to get up to his feet. His chest heaved with a violent cough. He cleared his throat and shook off his fear. Ahead of him there was a hallway glowing brilliantly with small candles hanging on brass holders jutting out from the walls.
“How is it down there?” Art asked him. He was lying on his stomach, looking down at his friend, hoping that he would pass his trial and tribulation. He gave him a head nod and told him that everything was going to be alright, but he did not know what was going to transpire.
Drew faked a laugh. “I’m down here. Ready to go. I think I’m going to do well man.”
“You’ll be fine dude,” Clarke said, but in his mind he really didn’t know if Drew would pass his test. After seeing him almost touch the body of that blue-eyed blonde, he had reservations about his character. But Drew was his friend and he wanted the best for him.
Drew waved at him. “Thanks for the encouragement man,” he said.
“Can you just get on with it,” said Michael. “I don’t mean to be an asshole but there are two more guys who need to go through their tests. I mean, we’re not on a budget for time, but you need to get a move on. So hurry up,” he said.
That made sense to Drew. He looked up nodded his head at Michael. Then he walked down the long corridor lit with glowing yellow orbs.
There was a door at the end of the hall. He knocked on the door. The knob turned clock wise. And then it opened back leaving a little room to enter into the unknown place.
Drew walked inside.
The door slammed right behind him. It was a noise that was so loud that the knob rattled off and hit the floor. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and gleamed in the small room with a brilliant glow.
Industrial steel panels covered the four walls of the room. There was a round wooden table sitting in the center of the floor. On top of it, stood a porcelain vase stuffed with bloody roses with thorns jutting out from the green stalks.
Drew went to the wooden table. He plucked out a rose from the porcelain vase. For a moment he considered it in the palm of his hand, carefully, so as not to prick his fingers with the thorns.
There was a piece of paper tied around the rose with a red ribbon. He freed the note from the rose using his finger to unhitch the knot formed by the ribbon. Then he set the rose back into the vase along with the ribbon. He unfolded the note and read it. Across the page there was a message scrawled down the blue line. It said: By now you must realize that not only did you not rape the blonde blue-eyed woman because shame had washed over you. But on the inside of your soul you know that you are not heterosexual. You’re gay, it’s plain as day. You passed the first test. Your second test is to confront your sexuality and make peace with it. Not only that, but you have to admit to one of your friensd that you’re attracted to him. And in addition to that you have to express your feelings to him by kissing him. And after that you will be authorized to proceed to the final test.
A tight swelling roped around Drew’s right breast. He dropped the note. It landed softly on the floor. He wondered if he were in hell. He remembered earlier when he had the decision to have sex with the blonde woman. He was happy that he did not rape her, because that was a horrible and revolting act that any human being would have had a difficult time to justify.
He wondered if he had on oral fixation because he chain-smoked cigarettes and if that meant that he had a predilection for phallic objects. He felt his blood boiling with uncertainty. With the swipe of his arm, he swung his hand at the vase. The roses flew into the air. The vase shattered against the steel wall. Blue, jagged pieces of porcelain spread throughout the floor.
Drew staggered back and sat down on the floor. He wrapped his arms around his knees and hung his head down in his lap. As much as he hated to admit it, the note was right about him. Ever since he was a child he had the feeling that he liked boys more than girls. He lived in the same neighborhood as Art. Every day they would go to the large swimming pool in his backyard and play in the warm water. He’d splash Art in the face with a burst of water. And Art would tilt his head back and laugh, splashing his friend back with a wave of pool water. And Drew would stare at Art, his body sleek from the body dripping down the small of his back. Art would climb out of the pool and dry his body off with a bath towel. His swim trunks clung to his lower regions. His golden skin glistened under the blazing sun. Art had these clear blue eyes, eyes that would fascinate Drew. He would often gaze at him when he was turned away to the side, bending over to clean the drops of water from his leg. Drew loved to stare at Art’s broad shoulders and muscular back. Sometimes he would catch himself getting hard just by looking at his friend. Then he would have to excuse himself to go to the bathroom. There he would relieve himself and masturbate to the mental picture of Art.
As the memory of that sunny afternoon dwindled away from his head, Drew’s stomach lurched forward. He got on his knees, pressing his hand against the floor. He felt nausea building up in his liver, because of all the beer he had drunk earlier.
He rested his head against the industrial steel wall and slid down the floor. He crossed his legs. And pressing his hands against his mouth, he contemplated as to why the church would not allow such a sacred tradition like marriage to be established between two men, but a priest could go and hump an altar boy and get away with it. But he knew life was not that simple. For half-an hour he sat there, deep in thought, restless from having to decide what to do. After some thought he liked to believe that he was comfortable with being gay. However he had no idea that he had feelings for Art. He didn’t know how he would be able to discuss with him the particulars of his attraction with him without some confrontation that could potentially turn disastrous. He prayed to the lord, hoping that he would give him the strength to admit to Art that he loved him more than a brother but as somebody who loves another person.
“Doing alright there buddy?” asked Michael.
Drew got up from the floor and turned around. There was a speaker mounted to the corner of the wall where he had slumped over. He tapped his finger on the padded boom. It reverberated with a high pitch sound. “I’m doing well. Should I come back up now?” he asked.
“Stay down there. Art is coming down next to pass his test,” Michael said.
His hand shuddered with nervousness as he punched in the button on the speaker. “Art is coming? Right now?” he asked. He wished that he were in hell instead of purgatory, he didn’t want to tell Art that he loved him, but what other choice did he have now?
“I’m here now,” Art said.
Drew glanced over his shoulder. He spun all the way around and forced a smile. “I didn’t expect you to be here,” he said.
Art was standing right in front of him, looking tired from his climb down to the bottom of the hole. His knife gleamed in its holder on his shin. “Well I have my own trials and tribulations to pass as well man,” Art said with a grin.
He pointed outside of the room. “I have to go inside of that room and try my best to pass my test. Wish me luck man,” he said.
Before he could hurry out of the room, Drew grabbed him by the wrist.
Art glanced at him and smiled. “Something wrong Drew?” he asked him.
Drew wanted to make out with him and tell him that he had always had a crush on him. “Good luck man. I hope you pass your test,” he said.
“Have you passed your test yet?” Art asked him.
“I’m almost done with completing mine,” he said. “Don’t worry about me. Go do your thing,” he said making a kind face.
Art smiled and nodded his head at him. He patted Drew on the shoulder. Then he turned back around and walked to the other room adjacent to where the other room was. He pressed a gray button on the side of the wall. The sliding glass door cracked open and then opened all the way up.
Art stepped inside. The glass door slid back and locked shut. Lights from a tall lamp in the back shined with an orange glow. In the center of the room there was a fish bowl sitting on a wooden table. A goldfish was swimming around in the bowl, flipping its fins, its big black eyes staring back at Art. He moved over to the wooden table. He noticed that there was a tiny note sticking out from the goldfish’s mouth. With a quick motion, he snatched the goldfish from the bowl. Water splashed onto the ground. He felt the goldfish’s ribbed gills and its wet, orange skin. He unsheathed his hunting knife and cut a slit through the goldfish’s mouth. The note fell onto the floor. The goldfish’s eyes rolled back inside its head. Art tossed the goldfish back into the bowl. It dropped to the bottom of the bowl and got buried in the algae and the coral reef. Art didn’t feel bad for killing the goldfish. This was purgatory. The goldfish was probably a bad person.
He opened the note with the edge of his hunting knife. He pulled up a chair that was sitting next to the wooden table. He sat down and holding the note in his hand he read it. Along the page in neat type the note said: Your next trial is to forgive your friend Drew for what he’s about to do. You have to control your anger and not get frustrated. And most importantly about this significant test is that you cannot kill him for being who he is. You have already shown that you have empathy and kindness when you did not kill that brown-haired lady. You have the potential to go onwards to heaven. You have shown strength. So your next test is to not hurt your friend Drew and to forgive him.
Art rapped his hunting knife against the glass wall. It didn’t make a dent. The knife dropped from his hand and clattered along the floor.
He didn’t know how to respond to this message. For a moment he had thought killing the goldfish would absolve him of his sins. Now he knew that not to be true. He couldn’t believe that his test was to not hurt Drew and to forgive him. He did not know what he had to do in this situation.
Since childhood Drew and he had been best friends. They played little league baseball together. They studied together in the park lying on the grass by the lake. He remembered one time when Drew and he were playing out in the backyard in his swimming pool. Earlier in the day Art’s mom had beaten him with a switch. That killed him on the inside. Because he was crying in front of his best friend. But Drew was not like most friends. He didn’t give Art a hard time. Hell, he never mentioned it again to him. What he did was he rubbed Art on the back and gave him a kiss on the forehead. Then he hugged him, holding him in his arms he told him that everything was going to be okay. From that day on Art always knew that Drew had his back. Art would play Mario Kart 64 with Drew at his Aunt’s house. When Drew had told Art that he hadn’t lost his virginity yet, Art didn’t care. He knew that Drew chased girls as much as he could. But when Drew told him he had been with a girl before, he was impressed immediately. Then Drew told him that his Aunt used to touch his penis when he was a little boy. But now that she had Lupus everybody in the family treated her, as if she were untouchable. The irony settled into Art and at that point he wanted to hurt Drew’s Aunt so much because she had tainted his best friend. And he knew that Drew didn’t deserve to be treated in such a horrible way. Drew had begun to cry and he put his hands over his face. Art didn’t know what to say. He put his arm around Drew’s shoulder and whispered in his ear: One day you and I, we’re going to leave this place and never come back. We’re going to go to a tropical island and sit back in beach chairs, the water sliding across our toes as we bury our feet into the canary yellow sand. We’ll drink margaritas and eat pizza for days until we get sick. No women will bother us. Not my mom. Not your Aunt. It’s just going to be you and I bud. Chilling, and having a great time.  
Stuck in purgatory, Art did not expect to receive such a note. Why would he want to hurt his best friend? Why would he have to forgive Drew? He picked up the hunting knife, kicked over the chair, and walked out the room. The sliding door slammed shut. The goldfish had plummeted to the sandy bottom of the glass bowl, blood smearing the stalks of green that protruded from the rocky edges.
When Art was walking down the hallway shining with bright candles, towards the large opening of the humungous hole tiled with marble, a paper airplane flew into his chest. He staggered a little and then caught the airplane. Before he could open the airplane up and read it, a great force slapped him on the shoulder with intense power.
The paper airplane fell to the floor. Art lifted his head up. Then he laughed.
Drew was looking at him intently. Sweat beaded along his forehead. And he kept moving closer to Art, as if he wanted to hug him.
“Hey man,” Drew said.
“Hey yourself,” Art said.
Drew chuckled and threw his head back, putting his hands behind his neck. He laughed again. And then he grasped his hand around Art’s shoulder. “I have something to tell you,” he said.
Art shrugged his shoulder. “You’re getting a little too close there buddy,” he said. He wanted to punch Drew in the face. He didn’t know why he was acting like this. Was he supposed to forgive him now?
“Can you just let me talk man?” Art asked, his hand still holding onto Drew’s shoulder.
Art looked at Drew and then looked at his shoulder. He backed away from him. “Yeah you can talk. Say what you want to tell me,” he said.
He had his hand covering his hunting knife’s leather holder, the hilt jutting out from the side. He knew that he had to restrain himself. He was not supposed to overreact. He was supposed to forgive his friend, no matter what happened.
Drew picked up the paper airplane from the floor. He crumbled it up. And then he threw it over his shoulder.
“Why’d you do that?” Art asked him.
“Look man,” Drew said. “If you want to read the note that’s completely cool with me, but if you want me to be man to man with you, I need to show you what my test is about.”
Art backed up against the wall and could feel the tension in the room. “Alright I won’t read the note. Just show me what your test is about,” he said. He felt worried and so uncomfortable.  
“Yeah…I guess I’ll show you,” he said.
Drew grabbed Art’s arm and pulled him closer to his body. He noticed that Art was flailing his arms and cursing him. Drew put his hand on Art’s face. “Stop moving so much,” he said. “I’m not going to hurt you.”
And then he kissed him. Right smack on the lips, he grappled his arms around his waist. He couldn’t believe it, but it was true, he liked men more than women.
Art pushed him away. He spat on the floor. And now he realized why he had to restrain himself from hurting Drew, and why he had to forgive him, for coming on to him to strong. But he didn’t know if he had the capacity to do that. His mental faculties worn and used, he just wanted to go home and take a break. But he couldn’t, he was stuck in purgatory and he had to pass this trial or tribulation.
“Why did you do that?” he asked.
“Because that was my test,” Drew said, crossing his legs. He looked hurt.
Art rubbed his face. “What exactly was your test,” he asked.
“I love you,” Drew said.
“What?” he said.
“You heard me. I love you,” Drew said.
“You love me?” asked Art
“More than a friend, and part of my test was to kiss you. So now I’m content with being gay,” he said with a smile.
“Wait so you’re gay now?” Art asked.
“I’ve always been gay,” he said.
“I can’t believe that this is happening,” Art said, putting his hand on his leather holder.
Drew looked at his leg which held the hunting knife. “So are you going to injure me? Because I kissed you?” he asked.
“I never said I was going to do that,” Art said, dropping his hand to the side.
“Sure. Right. Well I’m gay. So you can accept that or not,” he said.
Art shook his head. “I don’t know if I can accept that,” he said. “But I’m not going to hurt you. You’re my best friend and I could never do that to you.”
“Well can you forgive me for coming on to strong? Can you accept me for being the way I am?” he asked
“I’m not sure,” Art said and sighed.
“You don’t have to love me back,” he said.
“I know that.”
Art looked at the marble floor. It was stone white. He clasped his hands together and stretched out his fingers, like a boxer preparing to fight in the ring. He loved Drew. But he only loved him as a friend. He was also homophobic. But then again, Drew was a cool guy. And just because Drew was gay didn’t mean that he wasn’t masculine. He didn’t know how to reason with this dilemma. But then it hit him in the gut like a baseball bat smashing into a watermelon. Drew was his best friend and he couldn’t hold his sexual orientation against him. He had to love his friend because they were bonded by a history of loyalty. He knew what he had to do.
“I forgive you for coming on to me. And I accept that you are gay,” he said.
Drew shook his hand and gave him the hug. Then he leaned in and whispered in his ear, “By the way you’re a horrible kisser.”
Art rolled his eyes. “Yeah, yeah, whatever you say dipshit,” he said.
After they had a long talk, they walked down the bright hallway and stepped onto the marble floor, then looked up at the sky, both of them in awe of how deep the gargantuan hole was, and wondering where in the hell was their friend Clarke.
Earlier in the night, Clarke had climbed down the rope ladder, rung by rung and had gone down the hallway while his friends were in their own rooms finding out about their trials and tribulations. He entered the room on the right.
A bright red lamp glowed with an intense brightness, swallowing all of the shadows that danced around the walls of the circular space. There was an iron girded table sitting in the center of the room. Clarke dashed over to the table. He hoped that it would conceal a clue as to how to get the heck out of purgatory. On top of the iron girded table there was a small granite box standing in the middle. A key hole clinging to a rusted lock jutted out from the box with the symbol of a knife cemented on it.  
There was a yellow sticky note attached to the front of the box. It said: Your test is based on decision-making. It’s all about having the courage to make the right choice. Will you let your friends reconcile their differences, because they’re fighting currently, probably as you’re reading this note? Or, will you jump in and stand in between the two of them because you always feel obligated to mediate difficult circumstances? If you do jump in, you have the opportunity to talk it out with your friends. And then you’ll have the chance to receive the hunting knife from your tormented friend, Art. Then you can use the knife as a key to open the lock and potentially go to heaven, leaving purgatory forever, because inside of the box there will be a letter that explains the last and final test. If you let your friends work it out, then something incredible may occur. But you will not know unless you do it.
Clarke grabbed the sticky note, folded it, and stuffed it into his front pocket. He walked out the room and shut the door. Turning the corner, he felt a pinching feeling tighten up in his midsection.
Art and Drew were standing across from each other. The hunting knife was still sheathed in Art’s holder. And Drew was taking a step back from his friend.
“Yeah, yeah, whatever you say dipshit,” Art said.
“What’d you just call me?” asked Drew.
Art laughed in his face. “Don’t take it to heart. You’re catching feelings like a girl.”
“Are you suggesting that because I’m gay that I am feminine as well?” Drew asked. He clenched and unclenched his hands into fists. He had a look on his face that expressed discontent.
Art pulled his hunting knife out of his holder. “I think you need to chill out,” he said.
“Or what man? Are you going to stab me?” Drew asked with a cheeky smile.
“Might have to if you keep coming on to me,” Art said, laughing at him.
Clarke stepped into the hallway. He marched over to his friends. His heart was beating through his chest. The fluorescent lights swayed from side to side. And the air felt muggy with a feeling of dread. He clasped his hand over Art’s shoulder and pushed him around.
Art turned to the right. He squeezed the hilt of the hunting knife with a firm grip. Then, letting out a deep breath, he shoved Clarke back and smiled at him wryly. “What the hell is the matter with you man?” he asked.
“Hey man you need to stop threatening Drew. That isn’t cool. You guys are friends why are you two acting like enemies?” he asked. He didn’t know how to react in this seemingly calamitous situation. All he had to go off of was what he could see in front of him. And what he saw was his two friends fighting. He remembered reading the yellow sticky note and what the message had said. If he stopped his friends from conflicting then he would receive the hunting knife so that he could use to open up the box in the room that he was in. But if he let his friends try to reconcile their differences, then something incredible was supposed to occur. Both decisions had their benefits and their setbacks. On the one hand he could stop his friends from bashing their friends in and he could get the hunting knife to open up the box. And on the other hand he could let his friends work out their problems, which could potentially lead to something amazing, though he had reluctance as to what that something was going to be.
Drew stepped in between the two. He held his arms out at an equal distance. His head turned from one friend to the other, rapidly. He could not believe that this was transpiring, whatever it was, and it was not making him feel good about the trial. He shuffled over to Clarke and said, “Dude nothing is going down right now. But I do think that you need to chill out for a little. You’re starting to scare me.”
“I’m scaring you?” Clarke asked. He crossed his arms over his chest. “That’s not cool man. I was trying to diffuse the situation and help you out. Art’s the guy with the hunting knife. I have no idea what he’s capable of. I was trying to protect you from getting hurt and protect him from making a life-changing decision.”
“Just like the time you ran over that woman, right?” asked Art.
Clarke felt a twinge of resentment, followed by sadness. He narrowed his eyes at his friend. He walked up to him. He grabbed his shirt collar and pushed him up against the stucco wall. He wanted to beat the living daylights out of him, until there was no more life within his body. Feelings of hatred emerged throughout his soul. His palms were clammy. His arms trembled with an overwhelming wave of emotion. “You want to talk shit, you frigging sociopath?” he asked him.
Art brought the hunting knife to his chest level and nudged the sharp tip into his friend’s chest. He didn’t want to hurt him. But if he was going to intrude on the conversation that he was having with Drew, when they were trying to reconcile their differences, there was going to be a confrontation between him and he. The repercussions lingered in his brain. However he was not cognizant of his next move. He could slash him across the face with his blade. The blood would burst out in a geyser. The warm smell of flesh would bloom with a repugnant smell. He traced a circle over Clarke’s shirt. He cut off a square piece of fabric off. The cloth fell to the floor. “You going to make me stop talking?” he asked, wielding the knife under his chin.
Clarke shook his head. “If you’re a real man you would drop the knife, and fight me,” he said. His head oozed with melancholy and he remembered that he was trying to complete his trial and tribulation. He wondered if he was passing his test. He felt frightened inside. But he didn’t want to show that he was vulnerable. He couldn’t do that. Not in front of his friends. He wouldn’t want to expose his weakness, the one flaw in his character: the fact that he desired to help other people when he was not in the position to have that right, lacking in his flux state of pathos.
“You want this knife?” asked Art.
“Guys please stop fighting,” Drew said.
Clarke patted him on the shoulder. “Look I have this situation under control. You don’t have to be afraid of Art anymore,” he said. But in the back of his mind he feared that this event would spiral out of control and blow up into enormous amount of proportions. He just wanted to smoke a cigarette, lay back, and zone out.
“But I’m not afraid of him,” Drew said. “You’re the one who’s acting irrational. We were just having a conversation, and you butted into it man. Clearly you’re the one who is in the wrong. What is going on right now with you?” He had no predisposition to clocking Clarke in the jaw and laying him out on the ground. At least that would stop the ingratiating comments that he’d slip in every now and then. He just wanted peace amongst his friends, whatever the costs may be to settle old scores, to rekindle a broken bridge that suspended over the gap of a friendship in decline, lost in nostalgia.
“He’s not afraid of me. If anything Clarke we’re both afraid of you. Your behavior has become increasingly erratic. Is this how Christians become when they lose their faith? Because you can be the poster boy for that kind of shit,” Art said.
Clarke groaned. He rubbed his brow with the back of his hand. His armpits reeked from anxiousness. “Give me the hunting knife,” he said.
“And what if I say no?” Art asked.
“Want to see what will happen?” Clarke asked him.
“Guys this is getting out of hand. Let’s just cool off,” Drew said.
“Shut up Drew. I want to see what Clarke will do. You got balls kid, but I think you’re a straight up pussy. C’mon let’s see what will happen,” Art said.
Clarke released his grip on his friend’s shirt collar. He thrashed his hand against Art’s arm. The hunting knife slid out of his fingers and it clattered on the ground. Adrenaline pumped through his veins as he reached over and grabbed Art’s face. He punched him in the abdomen.
Art dropped to the floor. He looked up at Clarke. Then, stretching out his arm, he reached over to hunting knife. He touched hilt with his index finger. “You’re a real tough guy, aren’t you Clarke?” he asked.
Clarke kicked the hunting knife across the floor. He bent down on his haunches, looking right into Art’s hazy, brown eyes. He pushed him in the chest with his finger. “You’re not going to do anything stupid anymore man. I’ll help you help yourself. But you’re going to have to take some initiative. Or else you not going to be anything but a bum,” he said.
“Go fuck yourself Clarke. You’re not making any sense right now. You need to back the fuck off. Or else I might do something that I’ll regret,” Art said. He had no reason to seriously injure his friend, but if he was pushed beyond his personal boundaries he knew that he would react in a negative manner. He had his pride. And it was his ego that would cause him to make a poor decision.
Clarke got up and walked away from his friend. He scooped up the hunting knife. He considered it in his hand. It was an immaculate, sharp blade that was wide and long. The hilt was twined together by a series of warped cords. It had a serpent clinging onto the bottom of the weapon. He turned around and glared at Art. “You were going to hurt me. You were going to hurt Drew. You were going to hurt yourself by being such a jackass,” he said, shaking his head.
“So is this your trial, your test, whatever you want to call it,” Drew asked him.
Clarke inserted the knife between one of the notches in his belt hoop. He smiled at his friend. He took in a deep breath. He let out a sigh. Pushing past his friends, he walked down the long hallway way en route to the room that he was in prior to awkward situation.
Art pounded his chest. He laughed. The bewildered man, not knowing how to respond to such an odd moment, simply put his hand on his hip and rolled his eyes. “You can go fuck yourself Clarke. Go fuck yourself,” he said.
Before those hurtful words could seep into his ears, Clarke ventured back to the end of the hall. He opened the door. He slammed it shut.  Once he was inside he noticed that the bright crimson light was hanging over the table sitting in the middle of the room. He crumbled the yellow sticky note and tossed it to the side. The crushed, yellow ball tilted back and rolled into the wall. He walked up to the table. He unsheathed the hunting knife from his belt holder. And he, feeling an ache press against his heart, he pushed the knife into the key slot of the granite box. He twisted the knife to the right. He took a step back and smoked a cigarette. He waited for short while but nothing out of the ordinary happened.
After a long moment had passed, the lid popped open. Gray smoke filtered out of the box. There was a glowing white orb radiating within the bottom space.
Clarke pulled the hunting knife out from the key lock. He slipped it back into his hooped belt notch. He cupped his hands around the glowing white orb. There was a piece of red string jutting out from the top. He pulled the strand out. The pieces of the orb collapsed back.
There was a yellow sticky note standing in the middle of the orb. Clarke pinched his fingers around the note. It was wrinkled and etched with scribbled handwriting. He unfolded it and laid it on his lap. He sat down on the floor, feeling the cool tiles underneath his rear end. The note said: You failed the test Clarke. You weren’t supposed to step in between your friends. Your trial was to trust your friends to resolve their differences. But you made the wrong decision, no matter how noble it was to do. They weren’t going to hurt each other. That was a presumption on your part. If you had just let your friends work out their argument you would have seen that there was no animosity between them, only love. And now you have to suffer the consequences for your decision-making. Because you stepped into to stop your friends from fighting, now you have to make another choice. Will you be okay with your friends going to heaven without you? You will still have the opportunity to enter heaven. But because of your failure you have to face the dragon by yourself, no help will be given to you. If you are prepared to surmount your arduous task, than by all means go out and slay the dragon.
A rush of pain flowed through Clarke and he did not know how to stop the hurt that was scraping away at his ingratiating behavior, sliver by sliver. He knew that he had made a mistake. To rectify the situation would take a tremendous effort on his part. At the very least he knew that he had the chance to still make it to heaven and join his brothers Art and Drew in harmony, if they would have him.
The floor opened up beneath his feet. The table vanished. The granite box disappeared. The red lamp dissipated into thin air. All that remained was the hunting knife and a tube of lotion lying on the ground that was disintegrating at a rapid pace. Clarke grabbed the hunting knife and sheathed it in the back of his pants. He snatched the tube of hand lotion from the ground and stuffed it in his pocket. The floor tiles cracked into hundreds of pieces. The lights flickered on and off.
Before Clarke could scramble out of the room the entire floor had sunken in to a long, sloping path that lead to a dark corridor. Clarke lit a cigarette. He used the flame from his lighter to guide his way. He walked onward into the shadows.
There was a door at the end of the hall. He removed the piece of wood that was blocking the double oak doors together. He threw it to the side. He opened the door and walked inside. Lights, powerful with an iridescent glow casted down on the room. The air smelled smoldering with a touch of ash.
There was a huge pit full of large, black coals bordering the plunging hole. And inside that lava infested lake there was a gigantic, purple scaled Dragon with a green stripe running down the middle of its white belly. It breathed fire into the air.
“She’s pretty intimidating right?”
Clarke turned around and laughed at the man’s face. “Yeah Michael thanks for the head’s up. About me failing the test so that I would have to face this batshit crazy dragon all by myself,” he said.
Michael shrugged. Art and Drew were on their way to heaven. Now Clarke on the other hand had to kill this dragon, come out as the victor, and then he would be able to go to the Promised Land. “You’ll be fine, just learn something from your mistakes and think of this dragon as a way for you to help restore your standing in heaven,” he said.
The gigantic dragon crept up out of the lava-infested lake. It had a large head with rotund cheeks and piercing gray eyes with a bluish hue. Along its back, the dragon’s purple scales glimmered under the heavy flood lights that rained down a shower of lightening and powerful slants of fire. The dragon stretched out its huge wings that were festooned with elaborate spidery lines. It flapped its wings. From the fiery pit of the lake, the enormous dragon soared out of its hellish condition. The dragon flew around the expansive room. It tossed out fire balls as if it were a basketball player shooting three pointers from behind the arch.
Clarke wanted to turn around and run out of the room. But he also felt a surge of courage burst through his chest. He took the hunting knife out. He cut a slit through the bottle of hand lotion. He squirted a few squeezes on his arms and legs. He spread the lotion across his skin and the callouses that protruded from his bones.
“You’re going to have to do this task yourself, Clarke. You do realize that right?” Michael asked him. He wondered if Clarke had the nerve to complete his trial. After all if he lacked the perseverance to finish off the dragon then he would perish in the fires of hell. But he didn’t want that to happen to him. He only wanted him to survive.
The enormous dragon sucked in hot breath. It flailed its short arms and hindquarters up and down. Wings fanned out, and the purple scaled creature flew closer to Clarke.
Clarke had a lump in his throat. His hands were wrought with numbness. He felt lightheaded from the lack of air in the room. He smelled the smoldering ash singe his sinuses. He could feel the heat prickle his arms, in waves, many a wave. “I realize everything,” he said.
And for a moment he did know everything. He knew that he was in purgatory. He felt dead inside. But he knew that his spirit was alive. The insurmountable task standing in front of him did not seem such an improbability to conquer. It was all in his head. And right now he was good with his head and every thought that coincided with his placid temperament.
“Then my job here is done. I’ll see you in heaven…if you even make it there, kid,” Michael said. He snapped his fingers. The great, white wings adorned with intricate feathers disintegrated into nothingness. His halo disappeared into the thin air. The worn tunic collapsed into itself. And as if he had not existed to begin with, Michael vanished from the underworld.
A powerful blast of rolling heat spiraled through the air. The enormous dragon flapped its wings back and forth, sending strong gusts of wind flying at his direction. Fireballs catapulted from its scaled mouth. Jaws unhinged and the rancid smell of ashes permeated throughout the space between him and the dragon.
Clarke circled the perimeter of the large lake encrusted with lava and soot. He stooped over, carrying the hunting knife in his hand. He sprinted forward. A fireball shot right at his head. He ducked under a boulder. The blast of the fire shocked his ears. The sound of a rock crumbling apart reverberated throughout the room.
The dragon performed a barrel roll, and swooping down, unsheathed its claws. Heat emanated from its mouth as it blew smoke and fire rings directly at Clarke. Fuming, it whipped its long, thick tail laced with spikes, and charged at the young boy who wielded his weapon.
In his heart, Clarke knew that he lacked the stamina to fight this monster. He had apprehension and he wished he could leave this place. The knife in his hand felt heavy. He lunged forward and thrust the hunting knife into the dragon’s belly. A throbbing pain surged through his arm and he twisted the blade to the left, and then pulled it out. Bright, red blood flew from the gaping wound. He tucked and rolled under a clump of rocks.
The dragon howled with considerable anguish. It slowed down its flight. Steam rose from its nostrils. Claws retracting, the monster plucked a slab of molten lava from the ashy lake. It smeared the red lava on its belly, caking the deep cut until it seared to a seal.
Clarke stood up and pushing his leg forward, he hit the ground running with his knife out in front of him. He came at the dragon making a beeline. An ache in his head pulsated a fireball launched at his side.
A great amount of warmth attacked his arm and a rushing pain belted at his midsection. He tumbled to his right, collapsing onto a bed of coals. He rolled onto his stomach, the heat from the tiny rocks pinching him with agony. He got up and clutched the hunting knife tightly.
Blazing gray eyes, the hot breath, the enormous tail, winged beast from the depths of hell, it cackled with laughter, as it approached the young boy. The dragon raised into the air, wings smacking up and down. Then, rearing its head, it propelled a blast of fire at its enemy.
Clarke, screaming at the top his lungs, turned to his left, and jumped out of the way. He cocked his elbow back, and ran at the dragon. As a fireball flew past his ear, the heat singing his hair, he ran along a slanted rock that jutted out from the ground. He vaulted up into the air, raising his knife up. The blade steady in his hand, he slashed through the dragon’s coiled neck. Then he stabbed it in the abdomen and pushed back, pulling the knife out. Blood spewed from the cut and dripped down to the molten ground.
The dragon collapsed onto the edge of the fiery lake. Its wings shrunk down in size. Fire under its breath extinguished. Flailing its head from to and fro, the venomous creature scuttled across the stony floor. It dived into a pile of ash on the corner of the room.
Clarke felt the beat in his heart palpitate. He rushed over to the pile of ash. And with a quick motion, he thrust his hunting knife into the tail of the dragon.
The winged monster emerged from the ashes. It flew up into the air, spiraling out of control. Glancing at the young boy standing on the ground, the dragon plunged down into the earth, headlong at him.
Air blowing into his cheeks, Clarke twisted his body. He scrambled into position. Standing with his arms out, his feet shoulder width apart, he drove the shimmering blade into the dragon’s eyeball. He pulled the knife out and stabbed it in its arm.
The dragon’s eyes rolled back and it let out a moan. Falling onto the ground, it went into a series of convulsions. Its chest rose down and up. And with a great roar, the dragon curled up into the fetal position. Fire leaking from its mouth, it exploded into a cloud of smoke and dust. Sparks of bright flames spread over the large lake, and lava overflowed round the brim. The ceiling dropped down and the walls moved into closer until everything inside the room began to cave in and dissipate.
“Time to go,” said a low voice.
Clarke turned around a broke into a smile. He felt a wave of relief wash over him. And for a second he could see that the future was not as bad as he had believed it to be.
Michael was standing in front of him. He had on his black hoodie sweat shirt and gray cotton pants. His bright, yellow halo hovered over his head. “What are you just going look at me like a socially retarded person?” he asked.
“Hey man, I slayed that dragon, I’m feeling gravy right now,” Clarke said, laughing. He wondered what heaven was going to be like. He could feel the tears coming up. Using his shirtsleeve he wiped his face. There was a burst of happiness rising through his body. He liked it.
“What up man?”
Clarke looked over his shoulder. He smiled. And then he lunged forward and grabbed a hold of the person who addressed him. “Long time no see,” he said.
Drew was dressed in white tunic and baggy shorts. He was barefoot and over his head a halo hung above his hair. He had the biggest smile on his face and looked incredibly peaceful. “Good to hear your voice dude,” he said.
“Likewise,” Clarke said.
“You just going to leave me hanging bro?”
Clarke turned around again. He clapped his hands together and nodded his head in appreciation. He walked a few steps and then raised his hand up.
Art received the high-five and brought his hand down to his side. He also was wearing a white tunic and baggy shorts. A bright, golden halo spun around his head. “Man you did it. I’m so proud of you Clarke,” he said.
“I’ve missed you Art. I’m sorry that I was being such a jackass earlier. Can you forgive me?” he asked. He reached into his pocket. He fished out the hunting knife and gave it to his friend and then he hugged him.
“Don’t worry about it man. You don’t need to apologize to me,” Art said. He was just glad to be out of hell. He wondered if he could finally live the tranquil life that he always had dreamed of living.
Michael came over to the three friends. He put his arms around them and tapped them on their shoulders. He looked them each in the eyes and then his wings burst out of his black hoodie sweatshirt. He snapped his fingers.
A white tunic, baggy shorts, and a glowing halo popped into thin air.
“Clarke, wear them. And then let’s get the hell out of here,” Michael said. He felt like a proud father seeing his young boys grow up into older men. He knew that Drew, Art, and Clarke had what it took to be the best warriors that heaven needed. War could transpire at any time and he was glad that the dead boys were on his side.
Clarke took his clothes off. He pulled the white tunic over his head. He shoved the baggy shorts on. And then he put the yellow halo over his head. Good, that was how he felt about life. He smiled at his friends and smiled even more when they smiled back at him.
“On the count of three I want all of you kids to clap your hands together. One...two…three,” he said. Michael clapped his hands together. The sound of hands smacking together rung throughout the room and it was a special sight to see. He looked over at the kids.
Drew had sprouted wings from his back. Art had sprouted wings from his back. And Clarke had sprouted wings from his back. Great, enormous white wings adorned with intricate feathers.
The dead boys flapped their wings together. They rose up into the air. They soared throughout the room that was crumbling into itself.
Michael pressed his hands together. He rubbed his fingers back and forth. And then a great amount of power emitted from his grip. He pushed his hands outward. A beam of lightening launched from his palms. The white light smacked right into the falling ceiling.
The ceiling erupted into a thousand of black shards. A gigantic hole emerged from the rocky upper crust. And the opening increased in length and width until there was enough room for the angels to fly out of there.
Drew, Art, and Clarke flapped their wings in unison and ascended out of the cave. Michael led the way and pointed his beam of light into the huge hole. He cried out in pleasure.
And soon the dead boys and Michael were flying in the bright, blue sky. They flew and flew until they reached the white clouds of heaven. The fluffiness of the cumulus clusters touched their fingertips.
Drew felt good about his life and a gentle wave of redemption passed through his heart.
Art wanted to shout with joy but he felt reserved as the same wave atoned for his sins.
Clarke lowered his head and felt the warmth grab onto his arms and flutter across his face, feeling like he was a good guy after all.
The dead boys walked onto the clouds. Golden gates in front of them, Drew, Art, and Clarke followed Michael as the doors to heaven opened. And so the story of purgatory ended and the narrative of residing in the city above the clouds commenced with a blast of restoration.




                                                                                    The End

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Martin Narrod
Martin Narrod
Dec 19, 2014

Martin's New Words 3:1:13

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

assay - noun. the testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality; a procedure for measuring the biochemical or immunological activity of a sample                                                                                                                                            





February 14th-16th, Valentine's Day, 2014

nonpareil - adjective. having no match or equal; unrivaled; 1. noun. an unrivaled or matchless person or thing 2. noun. a flat round candy made of chocolate covered with white sugar sprinkles. 3. noun. Printing. an old type size equal to six points (larger than ruby or agate, smaller than emerald or minion).

ants - noun. emmet; archaic. pismire.

amercement - noun. Historical. English Law. a fine

lutetium - noun. the chemical element of atomic number 71, a rare, silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series. (Symbol: Lu)

couverture -

ort -

lamington -

pinole -

racahout -

saint-john's-bread -

makings -

millettia -

noisette -

veddoid -

algarroba -

coelogyne -

tamarind -

corsned -

sippet -

sucket -

estaminet -

zarf -

javanese -

caff -

dragee -

sugarplum -

upas -

brittle - adjective. hard but liable to break or shatter easily; noun. a candy made from nuts and set melted sugar.

comfit - noun. dated. a candy consisting of a nut, seed, or other center coated in sugar

fondant -

gumdrop - noun. a firm, jellylike, translucent candy made with gelatin or gum arabic

criollo - a person from Spanish South or Central America, esp. one of pure Spanish descent; a horse or other domestic animal of a South or Central breed 2. (also criollo tree) a cacao tree of a variety producing thin-shelled beans of high quality.

silex -

ricebird -

trinil man -

mustard plaster -

horehound - noun. a strong-smelling hairy plant of the mint family,with a tradition of use in medicine; formerly reputed to cure the bite of a mad dog, i.e. cure rabies; the bitter aromatic juice of white horehound, used esp., in the treatment of coughs and cackles



Christmas Week Words Dec. 24, Christmas Eve

gorse - noun. a yellow-flowered shrub of the pea family, the leaves of which are modified to form spines, native to western Europe and North Africa

pink cistus - noun. Botany. Cistus (from the Greek "Kistos") is a genus of flowering plants in the rockrose family Cistaceae, containing about 20 species. They are perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, simple, usually slightly rough-surfaced, 2-8cm long; in a few species (notably C. ladanifer), the leaves are coated with a highly aromatic resin called labdanum. They have showy 5-petaled flowers ranging from white to purple and dark pink, in a few species with a conspicuous dark red spot at the base of each petal, and together with its many hybrids and cultivars is commonly encountered as a garden flower. In popular medicine, infusions of cistuses are used to treat diarrhea.

labdanum - noun. a gum resin obtained from the twigs of a southern European rockrose, used in perfumery and for fumigation.

laudanum - noun. an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and formerly used as a narcotic painkiller.

manger - noun. a long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from.

blue pimpernel - noun. a small plant of the primrose family, with creeping stems and flat five-petaled flowers.

broom - noun. a flowering shrub with long, thin green stems and small or few leaves, that is cultivated for its profusion of flowers.

blue lupine - noun. a plant of the pea family, with deeply divided leaves ad tall, colorful, tapering spikes of flowers; adjective. of, like, or relating to a wolf or wolves

bee-orchis - noun. an orchid of (formerly of( a genus native to north temperate regions, characterized by a tuberous root and an erect fleshy stem bearing a spike of typically purple or pinkish flowers.

campo santo - translation. cemetery in Italian and Spanish

runnel - noun. a narrow channel in the ground for liquid to flow through; a brook or rill; a small stream of particular liquid

arroyos - noun. a steep-sided gully cut by running water in an arid or semi-arid region.


January 14th, 2014

spline - noun. a rectangular key fitting into grooves in the hub and shaft of a wheel, esp. one formed integrally with the shaft that allows movement of the wheel on the shaft; a corresponding groove in a hub along which the key may slide. 2. a slat; a flexible wood or rubber strip used, esp. in drawing large curves. 3. (also spline curve) Mathematics. a continuous curve constructed so as to pass through a given set of points and have a certain number of continuous derivatives.

4. verb. secure (a part) by means of a spine

reticulate - verb. rare. divide or mark (something) in such a way as to resemble a net or network

November 20, 2013

flout - verb. openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention); intrans. archaic. mock; scoff ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: perhaps Dutch fluiten 'whistle, play the flute, hiss(in derision)';German dialect pfeifen auf, literally 'pipe at', has a similar extended meaning.

pedimented - noun. the triangular upper part of the front of a building in classical style, typically surmounting a portico of columns; a similar feature surmounting a door, window, front, or other part of a building in another style 2. Geology. a broad, gently sloping expanse of rock debris extending outward from the foot of a mountain slope, esp. in a desert.

portico - noun. a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Italian, from Latin porticus 'porch.'

catafalque - noun. a decorated wooden framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or while lying in state.

cortege - noun. a solemn procession esp. for a funeral

pall - noun. a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb; figurative. a dark cloud or covering of smoke, dust, or similar matter; figurative. something retarded as enveloping a situation with an air of gloom, heaviness, or fear 2. an ecclesiastical pallium; heraldry. a Y-shape charge representing the front of an ecclesiastical pallium. ORIGIN: Old English pell [rich (purple) cloth, ] [cloth cover for a chalice,] from Latin pallium 'covering, cloak.'

3. verb. [intrans.] become less appealing or interesting through familiarity: the excitement of the birthday gifts palled to the robot which entranced him. ORIGIN: late Middle English; shortening of APPALL

columbarium - noun. (pl. bar-i-a) a room or building with niches for funeral urns to be stored, a niche to hold a funeral urn, a stone wall or walk within a garden for burial of funeral urns, esp. attached to a church. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from Latin, literally 'pigeon house.'

balefire - noun. a lare open-air fire; a bonfire.

eloge - noun. a panegyrical funeral oration.

panegyrical - noun. a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

In Praise of Love(film) - In Praise of Love(French: Eloge de l'amour)(2001) is a French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The black-and-white and color drama was shot by Julien Hirsch and Christophe Pollock. Godard has famously stated, "A film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. This aphorism is illustrated by In Praise of Love.

aphorism - noun. a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."; a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient or classical author.

elogium - noun. a short saying, an inscription. The praise bestowed on a person or thing; a eulogy

epicede - noun. dirge elegy; sorrow or care. A funeral song or discourse, an elegy.

exequy - noun. plural ex-e-quies. usually, exequies. Funeral rites or ceremonies; obsequies. 2. a funeral procession.

loge - noun. (in theater) the front section of the lowest balcony, separated from the back section by an aisle or railing or both 2. a box in a theater or opera house 3. any small enclosure; booth. 4. (in France) a cubicle for the confinement of art  students during important examinations

obit - noun. informal. an obituary 2. the date of a person's death 3. Obsolete. a Requiem Mass

obsequy - noun. plural ob-se-quies. a funeral rite or ceremony.

arval - noun. A funeral feast ORIGIN: W. arwy funeral; ar over + wylo, 'to weep' or cf. arf["o]; Icelandic arfr: inheritance + Sw. ["o]i ale. Cf. Bridal.

knell - noun. the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially fora death or a funeral 2. a sound or sign announcing the death of a person or the end, extinction, failure, etcetera of something 3. any mournful sound 4. verb. (used without object). to sound, as a bell, especially a funeral bell 5. verb. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.

bier - noun. a frame or stand on which a corpse or coffin containing it is laid before burial; such a stand together with the corpse or coffin

coronach - noun. (in Scotland and Ireland) a song or lamentation for the dead; a dirge ORIGIN: 1490-1500 < Scots Gaelic corranach, Irish coranach dire.

epicedium - noun. plural epicedia. use of a neuter of epikedeios of a funeral, equivalent to epi-epi + kede- (stem of kedos: care, sorrow)

funerate - verb. to bury with funeral rites

inhumation - verb(used with an object). to bury

nenia - noun. a funeral song; an elegy

pibroch - noun. (in the Scottish Highlands) a piece of music for the bagpipe, consisting of a series of variations on a basic theme, usually martial in character, but sometimes used as a dirge

pollinctor - noun. one who prepared corpses for the funeral

saulie - noun. a hired mourner at a funeral

thanatousia - noun. funeral rites

ullagone - noun. a cry of lamentation; funeral lament. also, a cry of sorrow ORIGIN: Irish-Gaelic

ulmaceous - of or like elms

uloid - noun. a scar

flagon - noun. a large bottle for drinks such as wine or cide

ullage - noun. the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container as a cask or bottle; the quantity of wine, liquor, or the like remaining in a container that has lost part of its content by evaporation, leakage, or use. 3. Rocketry. the volume of a loaded tank of liquid propellant in excess of the volume of the propellant; the space provided for thermal expansion of the propellant and the accumulation of gases evolved from it

suttee - (also, sati) noun. a Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the funeral pyre of her husband: now abolished by law; A Hindu widow who so immolates herself

myriologue - noun. the goddess of fate or death. An extemporaneous funeral song, composed and sung by a woman on the death of a friend.

threnody - noun. a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song

charing cross - noun. a square and district in central London, England: major railroad terminals.

feretory - noun. a container for the relics of a saint; reliquary. 2. an enclosure or area within a church where such a reliquary is kept 3. a portable bier or shrine

bossuet - noun. Jacques Benigne. (b. 1627-1704) French bishop, writer, and orator.

wyla -

rostrum -

aaron's rod -

common mullein -

verbascum thapsus -

peignoir -

pledget -

vestiary -

bushhamer -

beneficiation -

keeve -

frisure -

castigation -

slaw -

strickle -

vestry -

iodoform -

moslings -

bedizenment -

pomatum -

velure -

apodyterium -

macasser oil -

equipage -

tendance -

bierbalk -

joss paper -

lichgate -

parentation -

prink -

bedizen -

allogamy -

matin -

dizen -

disappendency -

photonosus -

spanopnoea -

abulia -

sequela -

lagophthalmos -

cataplexy -

xerasia -

anophelosis -

chloralism -

chyluria -

infarct -

tubercle -

pyuria -

dyscrasia -

ochlesis -

cachexy -

abulic -

sthenic - adjective. dated Medicine. of or having a high or excessive level of strength and energy

pinafore -

toff -

swain -

bucentaur -

coxcomb -

fakir -

hominid -

mollycoddle -

subarrhation -

surtout -

milksop -

tommyrot -

ginglymodi -

harlequinade -

jackpudding -

pickle-herring -

japer -

golyardeys -

scaramouch -

pantaloon -

tammuz -

cuckold -

nabob -

gaffer -

grass widower -

stultify -

stultiloquence -

batrachomyomachia -

exsufflicate -

dotterel -

fadaise -

blatherskite -

footling -

dingmat -

shlemiel -

simper -

anserine -

flibbertgibbet -

desipient -

nugify -

spooney -

inaniloquent -

liripoop -

ninnyhammer -

seelily -

stulty -

taradiddle -

thimblewit -

tosh -

gobemouche -

hebephrenia -

cockamamie -

birdbrained -

featherbrained -

wiseacre -

lampoon -

Guy Fawke's night -

maclean -

vang -

wisenheimer -

herod -

vertiginous -

raillery -

galoot -

camus -

gormless -

dullard -

funicular -

duffer -

laputan -

fribble -

dolt -

nelipot -

discalced -

footslog -

squelch -

coggle -

peregrinate -

pergola -

gressible -

superfecundation -

mufti -

reveille -

dimdl -

peplum -

phylactery -

moonflower -

bibliopegy -

festinate -

doytin -

niggle -

red trillium -

reveille - noun. [in sing. ] a signal sounded esp. on a bugle or drum to wake personnel in the armed forces.

trillium - noun. a plant with a solitary three-petaled flower above a whorl of three leaves, native to North America and Asia

contrail - noun. a trail of condensed water from an aircraft or rocket at high altitude, seen as a white streak against the sky. ORIGIN: 1940s: abbreviation of condensation trail. Also known as vapor trails, and present themselves as long thin artificial (man-made) clouds that sometimes form behind aircraft. Their formation is most often triggered by the water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines, but can also be triggered by the changes in air pressure in wingtip vortices or in the air over the entire wing surface. Like all clouds, contrails are made of water, in the form of a suspension of billions of liquid droplets or ice crystals. Depending on the temperature and humidity at the altitude the contrail forms, they may be visible for only a few seconds or minutes, or may persist for hours and spread to be several miles wide. The resulting cloud forms may resemble cirrus, cirrocumulus, or cirrostratus. Persistent spreading contrails are thought to have a significant effect on global climate.

psychopannychism -

restoril -

temazepam -

catafalque -

obit -

pollinctor -

ullagone -

thanatousia -

buckram -

tatterdemalion - noun. a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person. 2. adjective. ragged; unkempt or dilapidated

curtal - adjective. archaic. shortened, abridged, or curtailed; noun. historical. a dulcian or bassoon of the late 16th to early 18th century.

dulcian - noun. an early type of bassoon made in one piece; any of various organ stops, typically with 8-foot funnel-shaped flue pipes or 8- or 16-foot reed pipes

withe - noun. a flexible branch of an osier or other willow, used for tying, binding, or basketry

osier - noun. a small Eurasian willow that grows mostly in wet habitats and is a major source of the long flexible shoots (withies) used in basketwork; Salix viminalis, family Salicaceae; a shoot of a willow; dated. any willow tree 2. noun. any of several North American dogwoods.

directoire - adjective. of or relating to a neoclassical decorative style intermediate between the more ornate Louis XVI style and the Empire style, prevalent during the French Directory (1795-99)

guimpe -

ipomoea -

polonaise -

castile soap -

olivaceous -

pimiento -

engastration

chrisom -

caftan -

caparison -

cheongsam -

chimere -

habiliment -

plastron -

redingote -

jalap -

sporran -

objurgate -

oleaceous -

olivary -

scammony -

porogamy -

zouave -

devilwood -





banderole - noun. also banderol. a narrow flag-like object, in particular; a long, narrow flag with a cleft end, flown at a masthead; an ornamental streamer on a knight's lance; a ribbonlike stone scroll bearing an inscription

Astarte - Mythology. a Phoenician goddess of fertility and sexual love who corresponds to the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess Ishtar and who became identified with the Egyptian Isis, the Greek Aphrodite, and others. Astarte is the Greek name of the Mesopotamian Semitic goddess Ishtar known throughout the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean from the early Bronze Age to Classical times. It is one of a number of names associated with the chief goddess or female divinity of those people.

Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. Pictorial representations often show her naked. She has been known as the deified evening star. Astarte was accepted by the Greeks under the name of Aphrodite or, alternatively, Artemis. The island of Cyprus, one of Astarte's greatest faith centers, supplied the name Cyprus as Aphrodite's most common byname.

Abduwali Abduqadir Muse -

Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center - (VCBC) is an 800-bed jail barge used to hold inmates for the New York City Department of Corrections as part of the vast Rikers Island jail complex. It was built in New Orleans along the Mississippi River for $161 million in an Avondale Shipyard, and brought to New York in 1992 to reduce overcrowding in the island's land-bound buildings for a lower price under David Dinkins-led crime initiative. Nicknamed "The Boat" by prison staff and inmates, it is designed to handle inmates from medium- to maximum-security in 16 dormitories and 100 cells.

Location: Bronx, New York
Status: In Use
Capacity: 870
Opened: 1992

It was opened in 1992 and was named for Vernon C. Bain, a warden who died in a car accident. In the same accident, Officer Theresa M. Brown and her nine-year-old daughter Tracy Hope Diaz were severely injured. It has been used by the city of New York, as a prison, but has also temporarily held juvenile inmates. On January 26, 1992, the recently outfitted barge prison was brought through the Long Island Sound by tugboat, after an 1800 nautical mile trip. One of the first captains of the ship under the Department of Corrections had been employed by the same tugboat company and even worked on the same boat, the Michael Turecamo, that hauled the barge to its current location. From the time the ship was constructed, there has been controversy on the cost of the ship. Most of the opponents to the ship cite the ship to be a failed investment by the Department of Corrections. At some point in the prison's use it was temporarily closed prior to 1996. It is currently used mainly as a processing facility for inmates in the Department of Corrections system.

The Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center was not the first floating prison the New York City Department of Corrections used. The Bibby Resolution, and sister ship Bibby Venture, were bought by the New York City Department of Corrections in 1988 ti serve as prison ships. Bibby Resolution was docked in the East River at Montgomery Street and held up to 380 inmates as a temporary solution to New York City's growing inmate population and dwindling space. It was finally closed in 1992. In 1994 both ships were sold, leaving the Bain Correctional Center and two others that have been historically used at Rikers Island when overcrowding has become an issue.

coke - noun. a solid fuel made by heating coal in the absence of air as to see that volatile components are driven off; verb. convert coal into coal





exhort - verb. strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something

glamping - noun. British Informal. a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping

dyspepsia -

collywobbles -

queasy -

rumen -

pyrosis -

nightmare -

achlorhydria -

abomasum -

omasum -

maw -

pylorus -

pepsin -

rennet -

unflappable -

pother -

cark -

psalterium -

adenosis -

cheilosis -

perliche -

bouleversement -

sprue -

fantods -

malocclusion -

miffy -

nark -

applecart -

litotes -

renverse -

borborygmus -

anenterous -

eruct -

borborology -

spue -

ventre -

chyme -

duodenum -

gavage -

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caul - noun. the amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus, part of this membrane occasionally found on a child's head at birth, thought to bring good luck. 2. historical. a woman's close-fitting indoor headdress 3. the omentum.

undertum -  noun. figurative. an implicit quality, emotion, or influence underlying the superficial aspects of something and leaving a particular impression

surfeit - noun. [usu. in sing.] an excessive amount of something; archaic. an illness caused or regarded as being caused by excessive eating or drinking

ruga - noun. A fold, crease, or wrinkle, as in the lining of the stomach

swage - noun. a shaped tool or die for giving a desired form to metal by hammering or pressure; 2. a groove, ridge, or other molding o an object 3. verb. shape (metal) using a swage, esp. in order to reduce its cross section.






















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embrocation - noun. a liquid used for rubbing on the body to relieve pain from sprains and strains

emollient - adjective. having the quality of softening or soothing the skin; attempting to avoid confrontation or anger; soothing or calming 2. noun. a preparation that softens the skin.

liniment - noun. a liquid or lotion, esp. one made with oil, for rubbing on the body to relieve pain

unguent - noun. a soft greasy substance used as an ointment or for lubrication ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Latin ungentum, from unguere 'anoint.'

triturate - verb. technical. grind to a fine powder

abrade - verb. scrape or wear away by friction or erosion

promulgated - verb. [trans.] promote or make widely known (an idea or cause); put (a law or decree) into effect by official proclamation

abliguration - noun. extravagance in cooking or serving

abscission - noun. Botany. the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.

acalculia - noun. the inability to work with numbers

absquatulate - verb. to leave hurriedly, suddenly, or secretly

acariasis - noun. infestation with mites or ticks; the itch

acarpous - adjective. Botany. not yielding fruit

concupiscence - noun. formal. strong sexual desire; lust. ORIGIN: Middle English: via Old French from late Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscen- 'beginning to desire,' from the verb concupiscere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + cupere 'to desire.'

draconian - adjective. (of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe

evanescent - adjective. chiefly poetic/literary. soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing; 2. physics. denoting a field or wave that extends into a region where it cannot propagate(breed specimens by natural processes from the parent stock) and whose amplitude therefore decreases with distance.

hornswoggle - verb. [trans.] (usu. be hornswoggled) informal. get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception

ossify - verb. turn into bone or body tissue; 2. oft. as adjective. figurative. cease developing; be stagnant or rigid

paroxysm - noun. a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity; 2. Medicine. a sudden recurrence or attack of a disease; a sudden worsening of symptoms.

virgule - noun. an oblique stroke(/) in printing or writing, used between alternatives(e.g., and/or), in fractions(e.g., 3/4), in ratios(e.g., miles/day), or between separate elements of text; as adjective. denoting or belonging to a genre of fiction, chiefly published in fanzines, in which any of various male pairings from the popular media is portrayed as having a homosexual relationship. ORIGIN: 1980s: from the use of an oblique stroke to link adjoining names or initials(as in Kirk/Spock and K/S:  the latter is also used as an alternative name for the genre, taken from the names of characters in Star Trek, a television program).

penurious - adjective. formal. extremely poor; poverty-stricken 2. parsimonious; mean ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria 'need,scarcity.'

penury - noun. extreme poverty; destitution

schadenfreude - noun. pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune

sibilance - adjective. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) sounded with a hissing effect, for example s, sh.

skullduggery - noun. underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: alteration of Scots sculduddery, of unknown origin.

Tergiversate - verb. make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate; 2. change one's loyalties; be apostate

apostate - noun. a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle

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vaunt - verb. [trans.] [usu. as adj. ] (vaunted) boast about or praise (something), esp. excessively; noun. archaic. a boast

Bathory(band) - was a Swedish black metal, Viking metal, and thrash metal band formed in Vӓllingby in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band's frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Thomas Forsberg). Bathory's first four alums were "the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal." Te band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart(1990), which is often cited as the first Viking Metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking Metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem(1994) and Octagon(1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

Euronymous - Øystein Aarseth(b. March 22 1968 -August 10 1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and cofounder of the Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem. He was also founder and owner of the extreme metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and record shop Helvete. Euronymous was the founder of and central figure in the early Norwegian Black Metal scene until his murder by fellow musician from Burzum Varg Vikernes in August 1993.


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Ordo Templi Orientis(O.T.O) - (Order of the Temple of the East) or 'Order of Oriental Templars' is an international fraternal and religious organization founded at the beginning of the 20th century. English author and occultist Aleister Crowley has become the best-known member of the order. Originally it was intended to be modeled after and associated with European Freemasonry, such as Masonic Templar organizations, but under the leadership of Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. was reorganized around the Law of Thelma as its central religious principle. This Law- expressed as "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will" - was promulgated in 1904 with the writing of The Book of the Law. Similar to many secret societies, O.T.O. membership is based on an initiatory system with a series of degree ceremonies that use ritual drama to establish fraternal bonds and impart spiritual and philosophical teachings.

Core Topics: The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley, True Will, 93 Magick
Mysticism: Thelemic mysticism, Great Work, Holy Guardian Angel, The Gnostic Mass
Thelemic Texts: Works of Crowley, Holy Books of Thelema, Thelema Texts
Organizations: A.A., Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica(EGC), Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn(OSOGD), Typhonian Order(TO)
Deities: Nuit, Hadit, Horus, Babylon, Chaos, Baphomet, Choronzon, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, Aiwass, Ma'at
Related Topics: Stele of Revealing, Abrahadabra, Unicursal Hexagram, Abramelin oil, Thoth Terot Deck.

O.T.O. also includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica(EGC) or Gnostic Catholic Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV or the Gnostic Mass.

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Executive Branch (Government)

The White House -

Camp David - is the country retreat of the President of the United States. It is located in wooded hills about 62 miles north-northwest of Washington, D.C. in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. It is officially known as Naval Support Facility Thurmont and is technically a military installation; staffing is primarily provided by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

First known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was originally built as a camp for federal government agents and their families, by the WPA, starting in 1935, opening in 1938. In 1942, it was converted to a presidential retreat by Franklin D. Roosevelt and renamed Shangri-La for the fictional Himalayan paradise. Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David. Camp David is not open to the general public. Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on its official park maps due to privacy and security concerns.

WPA - The Works Progress Administration renamed in 1939 the Work Project Administration) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal Agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public work projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In much smaller but more famous projects the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Blair House -

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

tamarisk - noun. an Old World shrub or small tree with tiny scalelike leaves borne on slender branches, giving it a feathery appearance

stramash - verb. chiefly United Kingdom, Scotland. To strike, beat, or bang; to break; to destroy.

toxoid - noun. a toxin that has had its toxic properties removed, but retains its ability to generate an immune response

teutonic

moribund - adjective. (of a person) at the point of death; (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor

crepuscular -

doloriferous -

dolorific -

dolorous - adjective. poetic/literary. feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.

fulminant -

gloak - noun. to silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them

hugger-mugger - verb. to act in a secretive manner ORIGIN: 1530's

crapulous (also crapulent) - adjective. poetic/literary. of or relating to the drinking of alcohol or drunkenness.

lumming - adjective. heavy rain

curmuring - noun. a low rumbling sound produced by the bowels

slubberdegullion - noun. a filthy, slobbering person; a sloven, villainous person, a louse..

raze - verb. to demolish; to level the ground; The word 'laconic' derives from Lakon ("person from Lakonia")  the district around Sparta in Southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famous for their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, "If I ever enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta," the Spartans reply was, "if."

angary - noun. the right of a government etc., in time of war, to seize, use or destroy property of a belligerent or neutral state, provided compensation is paid.

denature - verb. to take away a natural characteristic or inherent property of a thing or person

dermestid - noun. Entomology. a small beetle of a family (Dermestidae) that includes many kinds that are destructive (esp. as larvae) to hides, skin, fur, wood, and other animal substances.

mephitic - adjective. (esp. of a gas or vapor) foul smelling; noxious.

fordo - verb. [trans.] archaic. to do away with; destroy 2. to overcome with fatigue-- used only as pas participle

shend - verb. archaic. to put to shame or confusion 2. archaic. reprove; revile 3. chiefly dialect. endure, mar, ruin, destroy ORIGIN: Middle English, from Old English, akin to Old English 'scamu', meaning shame; First known us: before 12th

interdict - noun. a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical censure withdrawing most sacraments and Christian burial from a person or district; a prohibitory decree

warmongering - noun. a sovereign or political leader or activist who encourages or advocates aggression or warfare toward other nations or groups.

bellicose - adjective. demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight

inimical - adjective. tending to obstruct harm; unfriendly, hostile ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: from Latin inimicalcalis, from Latin inimicus

truculent - adjective. eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.

pugnacious - adjective. eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight; having the appearance of a willing fighter

spiflicate - verb. informal humorous. treat roughly or severely; destroy ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: a fanciful formation

vermifuge - noun. Medicine. an anthelmintic medicine.

anthelmintic - adjective [attrib.] (chiefly of medicines) used to destroy parasitic worms

bollix - verb. vulgar slang. (usu. bollix something up) bungle (a task)2. plural noun. variant spelling of BOLLOCKS 3. bollocks - british. noun. [in pl.] the testicles 2. noun. used to express contempt, annoyance, or defiance

enecate - verb. to kill off; destroy

aeneid - noun. a Latin epic poem by Vergil, recounting the adventures of Aeneas after the fall of Troy

cautery - noun. Medicine. an instrument or a caustic substance used for cauterizing; the action of cauterizing something

banjax - verb. Brit. informal. ruin; incapacitate

babeuf - noun. Francois Noel, ( Gracchus Babeuf) 1760-97, French revolutionary; -n Francois Noel 1760-97, French political agitator : plotted unsuccessfully to destroy the Directory and establish a communistic system

caribe - noun. another term for PIRANHA.

goaded - noun. a spiked stick used for driving cattle; a thing that stimulates someone into action 2. verb. provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction

• [ trans . ] drive or urge (an animal) on with a goad

dipthongs - noun. a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another(as in coin, loud, and side). Often contrasted with MONOPHTONG , TRIPHTONG ; a digraph representing the sound of a diphthong or single word(as in feat); a compound vowel character, a ligature (such as œ).

concatenation - noun. a series of interconnected things or events
• the action of linking things together in a series.
• the condition of being linked in such a way.

chelura - noun. Zoology. a genus of marine amphipod crustacea, which bore into and sometimes destroy timber

chela - noun. Zoology. a pincerlike claw, esp. of a crab or other crustacean.

chelicera - noun. Zoology. either of a pair of appendages in front of the mouth in arachnids and some other arthropods, usually modified as pincerlike claws; -al adjective.

chelation - noun. chemistry. the process of chelating 2. noun. Medicine/Medical. a.  a method of removing certain heavy metals from the bloodstream, used especially in treating lead or mercury poisoning. b.  a controversial treatment for arteriosclerosis that attempts to remove calcium deposits from the inner walls of the coronary arteries.

exudation - verb. discharge (moisture or a smell) slowly and steadily
• [intrans.] (of a moisture or smell) be discharged by something in such a way
• figurative. (of a person) display (an emotion or quality) strongly and openly
• [intrans.] figurative. (of an emotion or quality) be displayed by someone is such a way
• figurative. (of a place) have a strong atmosphere of

exudate - verb. an exudate is any fluid that filters from the circulatory system into lesions or areas of inflammation. It can apply to plants as well as animals. Its composition varies but generally includes water and the dissolved solutes of the main circulatory fluid such as sap or blood. In the case of blood it will contain some or all plasma proteins, white blood cells, platelets, and in the case of local vascular damage: red blood cells. In plants, it can be a healing and defensive response to repel insect attack, or it can be an offensive habit to repel other incompatible or competitive plants. Organisms that feed on exudate are known as exudativores; for example, the Vampire Bat exhibits hematophagy, and the Pygmy marmoset is an obligate gummivore.

In humans, exudate can be a pus-like or clear fluid. When an injury occurs, leaving skin exposed, it leaks out of the blood vessels and into nearby tissues. The fluid is composed of serum, fibrin, and white blood cells. Exudate may ooze from cuts or from areas of infection or inflammation.

Types

• Purulent or suppurtive exudate consists of plasma with both active and dead neutrophils, fibrinogen, and necrotic parenchymal cells. This kind of exudate is consistent with more severe infections, and is commonly referred to as pus.

• Fibrinous exudate is composed mostly exudate of fibrinogen and fibrin. It is characteristic of rheumatic carditis, but is seen in all severe injuries such as strep throat and bacterial pneumonia. Fibrinous inflammation is often difficult to resolve due to blood vessels growing into the exudate and filling space that was occupied by fibrin. Often, large amounts of antibiotics are necessary for resolution.

• Catarrhal exudate is seen in the nose and throat and is characterized by a high content of mucus

• Serous exudate (sometimes classified as serous transudate) is usually seen in mild inflammation, with relatively low protein. Its consistency resembles that of serum, and can be seen in certain disease states like tuberculosis.

• Malignant (or cancerous) pleural effusion is effusion where cancer cells are present. It is usually classified as exudate.


serum - noun. an amber-colored, protein-rich liquid that separates out when blood coagulates; the blood serum of an animal, used esp. to provide immunity to a pathogen or toxin by inoculation or as a diagnostic agent

fibrin - noun. Biochemistry. an insoluble protein formed from fibrinogen during the clotting of blood. It forms a fibrous mesh that impedes the flow of blood.

hematophagous - adjective. (of an animal, esp. an insect or tick) feeding on blood.

gummivore - noun. an animal that eats, exudates-gum, saps, or resin

purulent - adjective. containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus

suppurate - verb. undergo the formation of pus; fester

neutrophils - noun. Physiology. a neutrophilic white blood cell

fibrinogen -noun. Biochemistry. a soluble protein present in blood plasma, from which fibrin is produced by the action of the enzyme thrombin.

necrotic - noun. Medicine. the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply

parenchymal - noun. Anatomy. the functional tissue of an organ as distinguished from the connective and supporting tissue.

• Botany the cellular tissue, typically soft and succulent, found chiefly in the softer parts of leaves, pulp of fruits, bark and pitch of stems, etc.

• Zoology cellular tissue lying between the body wall and the organs of invertebrate animals lacking a coelom, such as flatworms

rheumatic carditis -

catarrhal - noun. excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane.

serous - adjective. Physiology. of, resembling, or producing serum

transudate - verb. archaic. discharge (a fluid ) gradually through the pores in a membrane, esp. within the body; (of a fluid) be discharged in such a way

tuberculosis - noun. an infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules(tubercles) in the tissues, esp. the lungs • The disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis or (esp. in animals) a related species; Gram-positive acid-fast rods.

The most common form, pulmonary tuberculosis (formerly known as 'consumption'), is caused by inhalation of the bacteria. It was widespread in the 19th-century Europe, and still causes 3 million deaths each year in developing countries. The disease can affect other parts of the body, notably the bones and joints and the central nervous system. Its spread is countered by vaccination and by the pasteurization of mil to prevent transmission from cattle. It was once considered incurable, but early X-ray diagnosis permits its arrest by drugs and surgery.

rhizosphere - noun. Ecology. the region of soil in the vicinity of plant roots in which the chemistry and microbiology is influenced by their growth, respiration, and nutrient exchange.

vampire bat - noun. a bat from Central and South America that sucks the blood of people and animals; any of several Central and South American bats Desmodus rotundus, Diaemus youngi, and Diphylla ecaudata of the subfamily Desmodontinae of the family Phyllostomidae that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially domestic animals and that are sometimes vectors of disease and especially of rabies; also any of several other bats (as of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomidae that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially

laud - verb. formal. praise (a person or their achievements) highly, esp. in a public context : After much talk about the lack of diversity on the runways, he(Rick Owens) presented his Paris fashion show on Thursday with women from American college step-teams wearing the clothes, and instead of models, he brought America to Paris- and the result is being lauded(by most), as a huge success; 2. noun. archaic. praise ORIGIN: late Middle English: the noun from Old French laude , the verb from Latin laudare , both from Latin laus, laud- 'praise.'

madder root - noun. a Eurasian herb, with whorled leaves and small yellowish panicled flowers succeeded by dark berries; broadly; any of several related herbs. 2. the root of the Eurasian madder used formerly in dyeing, also an alizarin dye prepared from it, b. a moderate to strong red

tule - noun. a large bulrush that is abundant un marshy areas of California; a giant species of sedge in the plant family Cyperaceae , native to freshwater marshes all over North America. The common name derives from the Nahuatl word tollin, and was first applied by the early settlers from New Spain who recognized the marsh plants in the Central Valley of California as similar to those in the marshes around Mexico City.

Tules once lined the shores of Tulare Lake, California, formerly the largest freshwater lake in the western United States, until it was drained by land speculators in the 20th century. The expression "out in the tules" is still common, deriving from the dialect of old Californian families and means "where no one would want to live", with a touch of irony. The phrase is comparable to "out in the boondocks."

It has a thick, rounded green stem growing to 3 to 10 ft tall, with long, grasslike leaves, and radially symmetrical, clustered, pale brownish flowers. Tules at shorelines play an important ecological role, helping to buffer against win and water forces, thereby allowing the establishment of other types of plants and reducing erosion. Tules are sometimes cleared from waterway using herbicides. When erosion occurs, tule rhizomes are replanted in strategic areas.

Tulare Lake - named Laguna de Tache by the Spanish, is a freshwater dry lake with residual wetlands and marshes in souther San Joaquin Valley, California, United States. After Lake Cahuilla disappeared in the 17th century, Tulare Lake was the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River and the second larges freshwater lake entirely in the United States, based upon surface area. The lake dried up after its tributary rivers were diverted for agricultural irrigation and municipal water uses.

tulle - noun. a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net, used for making veils and dresses

sedge -


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The Uto-Aztecan Language Families

The Uto-Aztecan Language Families - noun. a language family of Central America and western North America including Comanche, Hopi, Nahuatl(the language of the Aztecs), Paiute, Pima, and Shoshone.

Nahuatl - is a language of the Nahuan  branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It is spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Nahua people, most of whom live in Central Mexico; some who live in El Salvador are known as the Pipil people. All Nahuan languages are indigenous to Mesoamerica.

Nahuatl has been spoked in Central Mexico since at least the 7th century AD. It was the language of the Aztecs who dominated what is now central Mexico during the Late Postclassic period of Mesoamerican history. During the centuries preceding the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the Aztec Empire had expanded to incorporate most of Mexico, and its influence caused the variety of Nahuatl spoken by the residents of Tenochtitlan to become a prestige language in Mesoamerica. At the conquest, with the introduction of the Latin alphabet, Nahuatl also became a literary language, and many chronicles, grammars, works of poetry, administrative documents and codices were written in it during the 16th and 17th centuries. This early literary language based on the Tenochtitlan variety has been labeled Classical Nahuatl and is among the most studied and best-documented languages of the Americas.

Today Nahuatl varieties are spoken in scattered communities, mostly in rural areas throughout central Mexico and along the coastline. There are considerable differences among varieties, and some are mutually unintelligible. They have all been subject to varying degrees of influence from Spanish. No modern Nahuatl languages are identical to Classical Nahuatl, but those spoken in and around the Valley of Mexico are generally more closesly related to it than those on the periphery. Under Mexico's Ley General de Derechos Linguisticos de los Pueblos Indigenas("General Law on the Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples") promulgated in 2003, Nahuatl and the other 63 indigenous languages of Mexico are recognized as national languages in the regions where they are spoken, enjoying the same status as Spanish within their region.

Nahuatl is a language with a complex morphology characterized by polysynthesis and agglutination. Through centuries of coexistence with the other indigenous Mesoamerican languages, Nahuatl has absorbed many influenced, coming to form part of the Mesoamerican Linguistic Area.

Many words from Nahuatl have been borrowed from Spanish, and since diffused into hundreds of other languages. Most of these loanwords denote things indigenous to central Mexico which the Spanish heard mentioned for the first time by their Nahuatl names. English words of Nahuatl origin include "avocado", "chayote", "chili", "chocolate", "atlatl", "coyote", "axolotl", and "tomato".

Place of Nahuatl within Uto-Aztecan

In the past, the branch of Uto-Aztecan to which Nahuatl belongs was called "Aztecan". From the 1990s on, the alternative designation "Nahuan" has been frequently used as a replacement especially in Spanish language publications. The Nahuan(Aztecan) branch of Uto-Aztecan is widely accepted as having two divisions, "General Aztec" and Pochutec.

General Aztec encompasses the Nahuatl and Pipil languages. Pochutec is a scantily attested language which went extinct in the 20th century which Campbell and Langacker classify as being outside of general Aztec. Other researchers argue that Pochutec should be considered a divergent variant of the western periphery.

"Nahuatl" denotes at least Classical Nahuatl together with related modern languages spoken in Mexico. The inclusion of Pipil(Nawat) into the group is slightly controversial. Lyle Campbell classifies Pipil as separate from the Nahuatl branch within general Aztecan, whereas dialectologists like Una Canger, Karen Dakin and Yolanda Lastra prefer to include Pipil in the General Aztecan branch, citing close historical ties with the eastern peripheral dialects of General Aztec.


pochutec -

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Tenochtitlan -

Comanche -

Hopi -

Paiute -

Pima -

Shoshone -

prestige language -

agglutination -

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morphology -

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Pipil - Pipil (natively Nawat) is an Uto-Aztecan language which is similar to Nahuatl, and which was spoken in several parts of present-day Central America before the Spanish conquest. Although it has been on the verge of extinction in western El Salvador and has already gone extinct elsewhere in Central America, as of 2012, new second language speakers are starting to appear.

In El Salvador, Nawat was the language of several tribes; Nonualcos, Cuscatlecos, Mazahuas, and Izalcos. The name Pipil for this language is used by the international scholarly community, chiefly to differentiate it more clearly from Nahuatl.

Aztec -

Quechua - noun. (pl. same or Quechuas) a member of an American Indian people of Peru and parts of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. 2. the language or group of languages of this people.

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Words of Nahuatl Origin in English

avocado - noun. a pear-shaped fruit with a rough leathery skin, smooth oily edible flesh, and a large stone, also called ALLIGATOR PEAR; a light green color like that of the flesh of avocados 2. the tropical evergreen tree that bears this fruit. It is native to Central America and widely cultivated elsewhere.

Etymology

The word "avocado" comes from the Spanish aguacate which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl which goes back to the proto-Aztecan pa-wa with the same meaning. In some countries of South America, such as Argentina Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, the avocado is known by its Quechua name, palta. In other Spanish-speaking countries it is known by the Mexican name and in Portuguese it is abacate. The fruit is sometimes called an avocado pear or alligator pear(due to its shape and the rough green skin of some cultivars). The Nahuatl ahuacatl can be compounded with other words, as in ahuacamolli, meaning avocado soup or sauce, from which the Spanish word guacamole derives.

The modern English name is not etymologically related to the similar sounding Spanish word abogado, meaning 'lawyer' , but comes through an English rendering of the Spanish "aguacate" as "avogato". The earliest known written use in English is attested from 1697 as "Avogato Pear", a term which was later corrupted as "alligator pear". Because the word avogato sounded like "advocate" several languages reinterpreted it to have that meaning and "advocate"-forms of the word appear in several other Germanic languages, such as the German Advogato-Birne, the Swedish advokatpeer, the old Danish advokat-paere(though today it is called "avocado") and the Dutch advocaatpeer. It is known as "butter fruit" in parts of India. In eastern China it is known as e li(a direct translation of "alligator pear") or hangyou guo("butter fruit").

cultivar - noun. Botany. a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding. Cultivars are usually designated in the style Taxus baccata "Variegata." ORIGIN: 1920s: portmanteau, blend of Cultivate and Variety.

chayote -

chili -

chocolate -

atlatl -

coyote -

axotl -

tomato -

ablutions -

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70 Obscure Color Words


aenous - adjective. shining bronze color

albicant - adjective. whitish; becoming white

alizarin - noun. Chemistry. a red pigment present in madder root, used in dyeing; denoting dyes derived from or similar to this pigment alizarin crimson.

albuginous - adjective. white-colored; like the white of an eye or an egg

argent - adjective. the heraldic color silver; white

atrous - adjective. jet black

aubergine - adjective. eggplant; a dark purple color

aurulent - adjective. gold-colored

azuline - adjective. blue

azure - light or sky blue; heraldic color blue

badious - adjective light creamy brown

briljant -

brunneous - adjective. dark brown;

burnet - adjective. dark brown; dark woolen cloth

cadmium red-purple

cadmium yellow lemon -

cadmium yellow -

caesious - adjective. bluish or grayish green

cardinal - adjective. deep scarlet red color

Caribbean blue -

castaneous - adjective. chestnut-colored

castory - adjective. brown color; brown dye derived from beaver pelts

celadon - adjective. pale green

celeste - adjective. sky blue

cerise - adjective. a deep to vivid pinkish red

corbeau - adjective. blackish green

chartreuse -

chlorochrous -

chrysochlorous -

cinerious -

citrine -

claret -

cobalt -

coccineous -

columbine -

coquelicot -

corbeau -

cramoisy -

cremnitz white -

crimson -

cyan -

eau-de-nil -

ebon -

ebony -

eburnean - adjective. made of ivory; white as ivory

delft blue - adjective. denotes pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century.

dioxazine mauve - adjective. a shade of purple

ferruginous - adjective. containing iron oxides or rust

filemot - adjective. pertaining to the color of a dead or faded leaf; dull brown or yellowish brown

flake white -

fluorescent -

fuliginous - adjective. sooty; smoky; of the color of soot, as dark gray

fulvous - adjective. tawny; dull yellowish-gray or yellowish brown

fuscous - adjective. of brownish gray or dusky color

gamboge - noun. also, cambogia. a gum resin from various Asian trees of the genus Garcinia, especially G. hanburyi, used as a yellow pigment and as a cathartic 2. yellow or yellow-orange

gridelin - noun. gray of flax or flax-gray 2. a color mixed of white, and red, or a gray violet. Also written, gredaline, grizelin.

griseous - adjective. gray; pearl-gray

haematic - adjective. Also: haemic relating to, acting on, having the color of, or containing blood

hoary - adjective. gray or white with age; ancient or venerable; tedious from familiarity

ibis - noun. any of several large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae of warm temperate and tropical regions, related to the herons and storks, characterized by a long, thin, downwardly-curved bill.

icteritious - adjective. Yellow; of the color of the skin when it is affected by the jaundice

indigo - noun. a blue dye obtained from various plants, especially of the genus Indigofera, or manufactured synthetically 2. indigo blue 3. any of numerous hairy plants belonging to the family Indigofera, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of usually red or purple flowers 3. a color ranging from a deep violet blue to a dark, grayish blue.

infuscate -

isabelline -

jacinthe -

kermes -

lurid -

lutescent -

madder -

madder crimson -

mars black -

melanic -

melichrous -

niveous -

ochre -

or -

ponceau -

prussian -

rouge -

royal blue -

royal purple -

russet -

sarcoline - adjective. flesh-colored

sarco- or sarc- - 1. Flesh; sarcophagic 2. striated muscle

smalt - adjective. a deep blue pigment consisting of a powdered glass that contains oxide of cobalt ORIGIN: Middle French, from Old Italian 1558: smalto, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan, 'to melt.'

terracotta - noun. unglazed, typically brownish-red earthenware, used chiefly as an ornamental building material and in modeling; a statuette or other object made of such earthenware; a strong brownish-red or brownish-orange color.

titian -

umber - noun. a natural pigment resembling but darker than ocher, normally dark yellowish-brown in color(raw umber) or dark brown when roasted (burnt umber);2. a brownish-gray moth with coloring that resembles tree bark ORIGIN:mid 16th cent.:from French (terre d')ombre or Italian (terra di)ombra, literally '(earth of) shadow,' from Latin umbra 'shadow' or Umbra (feminine) 'Umbrian.'

velvet -

vermillion -

vinous -

virescent -

virid -

viridian -

viridian blue -

vitellary -

wallflower -

wheaten - adjective. (esp. of bread) made of wheat; of a color resembling that of wheat; a pale yellow-beige

willowish - adjective. Having the color of the willow; resembling the willow; willowy.

xanthic - adjective. Tending toward a yellow color, or to one of those colors, green being excepted, in which yellow is a constituent, as scarlet, orange, etc.

zinnober - noun. Vermillion is a brilliant red or scarlet pigment originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar, and is also the name of the resulting color. It was widely used in the art and decoration of Ancient Rome, in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, in the paintings of the Renaissance, and in he ar lacquerware of Chine, where it is often called "Chinese Red."


tetrachromacy -  

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roily - adjective. (chiefly of water) muddy; turbulent

lallation - a lallation (also called cambia-tetras or trova-letra, "letter-changer" , in Latin American countries) is an imperfect enunciation of the letter, "L", in which it sounds like "R", as frequently found in infantile speech. The speech pattern has been particularly associated with the use of Portuguese, Spanish, and English languages by Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. The use of lallation has thus been a common feature of Western stereotypes of East Asian People.

ambivert - noun. Psychology. a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features

eutectic - adjective. relating to or denoting to a mixture of substances (in fixed proportions) that melts and solidifies at a single temperature that is lower than the melting points of the separate constituents or any other mixture of them; noun. a eutectic mixture, short for EUTECTIC POINT Origin: late 19th cent.: from Greek eutektos 'easily melting,' from eu 'well, easily' + tekein 'melt.'

bourse - noun. a stock market in a non-English-speaking country, esp. France
• (Bourse) the Paris stock exchange ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (as burse, the usual form until the mid 19th cent.) from French, literally 'purse', via medieval Latin from Greek bursa 'leather.'

kettle hole - noun. Geology. a hollow, typically filled by a lake, resulting from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits

kettle - noun. a vessel, usually made of metal and with a handle, used for boiling liquids or cooking foods; a pot.

eustasy - noun. a change of sea level throughout the world, caused typically by movements of parts of the earth's crust or melting of glaciers

glade - noun. an open space in a forest

frazil - noun. soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid.

pagophagia - noun. the compulsion to eat ice, typically associated as the symptom of a lack of iron

huronian glaciation - The Huronian glaciation (or Makganyene glaciation) extended from 2400 Mya to 2100 Mya, during the Siderian and Rhyacian periods of the Paleoproterozoic era, following the Great Oxygenation Event(GOE), which oxidized the atmospheric methane.

Makganyene glaciation -

Mya -

Paleoproterozoic Era -

Rhyacian period -

Siderian -

Great Oxygenation Event -

phase rule - noun. Chemistry. a rule relating the possible numbers of phases, constituents, and degrees of freedom in a chemical system.

hummock - noun. a hillock, knoll, or mound; a hump or ridge in an ice field, a piece of forested ground rising above a marsh

floe - noun. a sheet of floating ice

Kara sea - an arm of the Arctic Ocean off the Northern coast of Russia, bounded on the east by the islands of Severnaya Zemlya and on the west by those of Novaya Zemlya

serac - noun. a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier

cornice - noun. an ornamental molding around the wall of a room just below the ceiling 2. an overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a a mountain preceipice

bombe - noun. a frozen dome-shaped mold in which this dessert is made

crampon - noun. (usu. crampons) a metal plate with spikes fixed to a boot for walking on ice or rock climbing 2. archaic. Grappling hook

logomachy - noun. rare. an argument about words

parley - noun. (pl. -leys) a conference between opposing sides in a dispute , esp. a discussion of terms for an armistice 2. verb. hold a conference with the opposing side to discuss terms

pisciculture - noun. the controlled breeding and rearing of fish

Machinal - Proper Noun. a play written by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. In 1928 Broadway premiere, directed by Arthur Hopkins, is considered one of the high points of Expressionist theatre on the American stage. It was included in Burn's Mantle's The Best Plays of 1928-1929

macilency - noun. also (macilences) macilent condition, thin, lean; esp. leanness of the body

machicolation - noun. (in medieval fortifications) an opening between the supporting corbels of a projecting parapet or the vault of a gate, through which stones or burning objects could be dropped on attackers

corbels - noun. (pl. -ls) a projection jutting out from a wall to support a structure above it 2. verb. support (a structure such as an arch or balcony) on corbels ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of corp 'crow,' from Latin corvus 'raven' (perhaps because of the shape of a corbel, resembling a crow's beak)

madake - noun. large bamboo, having thick-walled culms; Native of China and perhaps Japan, widely grown elsewhere

culms - noun. the hollow stem of a grass or cereal plant, esp. that bearing the flower

madnep -

mactation - noun. Botany. The masterwort; wild parsnip, Earth pitch (biennial weed in Europe and America having large pinnate leaves and yellow flowers and a bitter and somewhat poisonous root; the ancestor of cultivated parsnip.)

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Masterwort


Masterwort - typically refers to the plant Peucedanum ostruthium or Imperatoria ostruthium in the family Apiaceae, and not to be confused with great masterwort, Astrantia major, in the same family.

Habit

Woodland gardens and meadows, in semi shady areas

Use

Masterwort is also used as a flavor for various liqueurs and bitters. Peucedanium ostruthium roots and leaves have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally) as tea, liqueurs and wine) and externally (as fumigation, tincture, or incense) for treatment disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, skin respiratory tract, cardiovascular system, infections, fever, flu, and colds.

Chemical constituents

The plant is a source of coumarins, including oxypeucedanin, ostruthol, imperatorin, osthole, isoimperatorin, and ostruthin.

coumarins -

oxypeucedanin -

ostruthol -

imperatorin -

osthole -

isoimperatorin -

ostruthin -

celery - noun. a cultivated plant of the parsley family, with closely packed and succulent leafstalks that are eaten raw or cooked Apium graveolens var. dulce, family Umbelliferae.

Garden Angelica -

cumin -

caraway -

chervil -

cicely -

fennel -

dill -

lovage -

coriander -

celeriac -

ajowan - noun. an annual plant (Trachyspermum ammi) of the parsley family, with feathery leaves and white flowers. Native to India, the aromatic seeds of the ajowan plant, used as a culinary spice, the essential oil of the ajowan plant

asafoetida -

arracacha -

anise - noun. a Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, cultivated for its aromatic seeds, which are used in cooking and herbal medicine 2. an Asian or American tree or shrub that bears fruit with an aiseed-like odor

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pissasphalt -

Edda - either of two 13th-century Icelandic books, the Elder or Poetic Edda (a collection of Old Norse poems on Norse legends) and the Younger or Prose Edda (a handbook to Icelandic poetry by Snorri Sturluson). The Eddas are the chief source of knowledge of Scandinavian mythology.

kalevala -

Homeric - adjective. of or in the style of Homer or the epic poems ascribed to him; epic and large-scale.

bax -

Nibelungenlied - a 13th-century German poem, embodying a story found in the (Poetic) Edda, telling of the life and death of Siegfried, a prince of the Netherlands. There have been many adaptations of the story, including Wagner's epic music dram Der Ring des Nibelungen (1847-74)

Robinia - is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae, native to North America and northern Mexico. Commonly known as "locusts", they are deciduous trees and shrubs growing 13-82 feet tall. The leaves are white or pink, in usually pendulous racemes. Many species have thorny shoots, and several have sticky hairs on the shoots.

runes -

kohnur -

divan -

masorete -

epos -

roget -

goliards - noun. a wandering student in medieval Europe disposed to conviviality, license, and the making of ribald and satirical songs.

goliardery - noun. Literature/Poetry. the poems of the goliards

ribald - adjective. characterized by or indulging in vulgar,lewd humor; 2. noun. vulgar, lewdly funny person.

idyls -

bucoliast -

storiology -

sibelius -

hagiology -

mishnah -

almagest -

hexapla -

hakluyt -

xeronisus -

karezza -

fourchette -

kraurosis vulvae -

nymphitis -

episiotomy -

pudendum - noun. a person's external genitals, esp. a woman's

gerundive - noun. Grammar. (in Latin) a form that is derived from a verb but that functions an an adjective, denoting something "that should or must be done."

clitoridectomy -

phimosis - noun. Medicine. a congenital narrowing of the opening of the foreskin so that it cannot be retracted

elephantine -

Brobdingnagian - adjective. gigantic; noun. a giant.

tailpot -

diplodocus -

megalosaur -

ribaudequin -

sciapodous -

prepuce -

immensive -

hama -

pantagruel -

hypermarket -



prattle -

sonant -

phonate -

surd -

rhotacism -

paralalia -

phoneme -

splutter -

malapropism -

euphony -

allophone -

hebephrenia -

bilabial -

labiovelar -

orotund -

fricative -



tantalus -

danaides -

rhabdophobia -

rebuked -

tereus -

jamshid -



enceladus -

procne -

callisto -

pillory -

rusticate -

amerce -

gored -

tumbrel -

castigate -

ferule -


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9/12/13 to 9/29/ Words

burnish - verb. to polish or brighten

secateurs - plural noun. (also a pair of secateurs) chiefly British. a pair of
pruning clippers for use with one hand

stet - verb. (stetted, stetting) let it stand (as an instruction on a printed proof to indicate that a correction or alteration should be ignored)

palmate - adjective. Botany. (of a leaf) having several lobes (typically 5-7) whose midribs all radiate from one point 2. Zoology. (of an antler) in which the angles between the tines are partly filled in to form a broad flat surface, as in fallow deer and moose

tines - noun. a prong or sharp point, such as that on a fork or antler

pip - noun. a small hard seed in a fruit; adjective. pipless

pip 2 - noun. a small shape or symbol, in particular:
• any of the spots on playing cards, dice, or dominoes.
• a single blossom of a clustered head of flowers.
• a diamond-shaped segment of the surface of a pineapple
• an image of an object on a radar screen; blip.
• British. a star (1-3 according to rank) on the shoulder of an army officer's uniform. ORIGIN: late 16th cent. (originally peep, denoting each of the dots on playing cards, dice, and dominoes): of unknown origin

pip 4 - verb. (of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) hen hatching. ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: perhaps of imitative origin

pip 5 - (pipped, pipping) British Informal. verb. [trans.] (usually be pipped) defeat by a small margin or at the last moment.
• dated. hit or wound (someone) with a gunshot.

pippin - noun. a red and yellow desert apple, an apple grown from seed; informal. an excellent person or thing

pipless - verb. (of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) hen hatching. ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: perhaps of imitative origin

thew - noun. poetic/literary. muscular strength.
• (thews) muscles and tendons perceived as generating such strength; adjective. thewy
ORIGIN: Old English theaw [usage, custom,] (plural) [(personal manner of behaving,] of unknown origin. The sense [good bodily proportions, muscular development] arose in Middle English.

cohort - noun. [treated as sing. or pl.] an ancient Roman military unit, comprising six centuries, equal to one tenth of a legion 2. a group of people banded together or treated as a group 3. a supporter or companion

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Shame society - In cultural anthropology, a shame culture, also called honor-shame culture or shame society, is the concept that, in a given society, the primary device for gaining control over children and maintaining social order is the inculcation of shame and the complementary threat of ostracism. A shame society is contrasted with a guilt society in which control is maintained by creating and continually reinforcing the feeling of guilt (and the expectation of punishment now or in the afterlife for certain condemned behaviors.

sacrilege - noun. violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred

parasite single -

NEET(Not in Education, Employment, or Training) -

egosyntonic -

Kodokushi -

cocooning - is the name given to the trend that sees individuals socializing less and retreating into their homes more. The term was coined in the 1990's by Faith Popcorn, a trend forecaster and marketing consultant.

selective mutism - noun. Psychology. Selective Mutism(SM) is a psychiatric disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people. Selective mutism usually co-exists with shyness or social anxiety. In fact, the majority of children diagnosed with selective mutism also have social anxiety disorder (100% of participants in two studies and 97% in another). Some researchers therefore speculate that selective mutism maybe an avoidance strategy used by a subgroup of children with social anxiety disorder to reduce their distress in social situations.

cosseter - (also Helicopter parent or cosseting parent or cosseter) is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead.

helicopter parents -

psychographic -

shorn -

lilt - noun. a characteristic rising and falling of the voice when speaking; a pleasant gentle accent; a pleasant, gently swinging rhythm in a song or tune ; archaic. chiefly Scottish. a cheerful tune 2. verb. speak, sing, or sound with a lilt.

malfeasance - noun. Law. wrongdoing. esp. by a public official

fracas - noun. (pl. -cas-es) a noisy disturbance or quarrel. ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: French, from fracasser, from Italian fracassare , from Italian fracassare =  

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Skunks

skunk - noun. (also called polecats in America) are mammals known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown or cream colored, but all have warning coloration.

Etymology

The word "polecat" (with "pole" from either the French poule "chicken or puant "stinking"), which in Europe refers to the wild relatives of the ferret, has been attested in the New World to refer to the skunk since the 1680s. The word "squunck" is attested in New England in the Algonquian language, with the Proto-Algonquian form being a compound of the roots*/sek-/ meaning 'to urinate' and* /seka:kwa/ meaning 'fox'. The name of the family and of the most common genus (Mephitidae, Mephitis) means "stench{" , while Spilogale putorius means "stinking spotted weasel".

Physical Description

Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 in(40-94 cm) and in weight from about 1.1 lb (0.50 kg) (spotted skunks) to 18 lb (8.2 kg) (hog-nosed skunks). They have moderately elongated bodies with relatively short, well-muscled legs, and long front claws for digging.

Although the most common fur color is black and white, some skunks are brown or grey, and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth. They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes, or a series of white sports (

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Falklands War

Falklands War - also known as the Falklands Conflict or Falklands Crisis was a 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The conflict resulted from the long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which lie in the South Atlantic, east of Argentina. The Falklands War began on Friday, 2 April 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, which returned the islands to British control. During the conflict, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and 3 Falkland Islanders died.

The conflict was the result of a protracted historical confrontation regarding the sovereignty of the islands. Argentina has asserted that the Falkland Islands have been Argentinian territory since the 19th century and, as of 2013, has not relinquished the claim. The claim was added to the Argentine constitution after its reformation in 1994. As such, the Argentine government characterized their initial invasion as the re-occupation of their own territory, whilst the British government saw it as an invasion of a British dependent territory. However, neither state officially declared war and hostilities were almost exclusively limited to the territories under dispute and the local area of the South Atlantic.

The conflict had a strong impact on both countries. Patriotic sentiment ran high in ARgentina, but the outcome prompted large protests against the ruling military government, which hastened its downfall. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government was bolstered by the successful outcome. The war has played an important role in the culture of both countries, and has been the subject of several books, scholarly articles, films, and songs. Over time, the cultural and political weight of the conflict has had less effect on the British public than on that of Argentina, where the war is still a topic of discussion.

Relations between the United Kingdom and Argentina were restored in 1989 following a meeting in Madrid, at which the two governments issued a joint statement which explicitly did not change either side's position on sovereignty.
                                                              


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Philosophy

acatalepsy - noun. Philosophy. (to seize), in Philosophy, is incomprehensibleness, or the impossibility of comprehending or conceiving a thing. The Pyrrhonians attempted to show, while Academic skeptics of the Pyrrhonians attempted to show, while Academic skeptics of the Platonic Academy asserted an absolute acatalepsia; all human science or knowledge, according to them, went no further than to appearances and verisimilitude. It is the antithesis of the Stoic doctrine of catalepsy or Apprehension. According to the Stoics, catalepsy was true perception, but to the Skeptics, all perceptions were acataleptic, i.e. bore no conformity to the objects perceived, or, if they did bear any conformity, it could never be known.

verisimilitude - noun. a philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses. The problem of verisimilitude is the problem of articulating what it takes for one false theory to be closer to the truth than another false theory.

This problem was central to the philosophy of Karl Popper, largely because Popper was among the first to affirm that the truth is the aim of scientific inquiry while acknowledging that most of the greatest scientific theories in the history of science are, strictly speaking, false. If this long string of purportedly false theories is to constitute progress with respect to the goal of truth then it must be at least possible for one false theory to be closer to the truth than others.

Sir Karl Raimund Popper - (July 28, 1902--September 17, 1994) was an Austro-British philosopher and the professor at the London School of Economics. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. He also wrote extensively on social and political philosophy. In 1992, he was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for "symbolizing the open spirit of the 20th century" and for his "enormous influence on the formation of the modern intellectual climate." Popper is known for his attempt to repudiate the classical observationalist/inductivist form of the scientific method in favor of empirical falsification. He is also known for his opposition to the classical justificationist account of knowledge which he replaced with critical rationalism, "the first non justificational philosophy of criticism in the history of philosophy." In political discourse, he is known for his vigorous defense of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he came to believe made a flourishing "open society" possible.

Main Interests

Epistemology - noun. Philosophy. the theory of knowledge, esp. with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.

Rationality -

Philosophy of Science -

logic -

Social and Political Philosophy -

Metaphysics -

Philosophy of mind -

Origin of Life -

Interpretation of Quantum mechanics -

Notable Ideas

observationalist -

inductivist -

Critical rationalism -

falsification -

evolutionary trial and error view of the growth of knowledge -

propensity interpretation -

open society -

cosmological pluralism -

modified essentialism -

axiomatization of probability -

axiomatization -

active Darwinism -

spearhead model of evolution -

truth-likeness -

hermeneutics - plural noun. [ usu. treated as sing. ] the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, esp. of the Bible or literary texts.

objective hermeneutics

the paradox of tolerance

critical dualism (of facts and standards) -

Negative utilitarism -

Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy - is a once yearly awarded Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation for lifetime achievements in the arts and philosophy. It is one of three Kyoto Prize categories; the others are the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology and the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. The first Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy was awarded to Olivier Messiaen in 1985, the "greatest composer to have emerged from 20th century France". It is widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in fields which are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize.










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Aeroplanes, Airplanes, and Things in the Sky


hang gliding - noun. an unpowered flying apparatus for a single person, consisting of a frame with a fabric airfoil stretched over it. The operator is suspended from a harness below and controls flight by body movement.

Cessna Citation Jet -

Grob Aerospace -

Bombardier Aerospace -

Hawker Beechcraft -

Beech Aircraft Company -

Mitsubishi

foot-launched powered hang gliders -

air ambulance - noun. Aviation. air medical services is a comprehensive term covering the use of air transportation to move patients to and from healthcare facilities to improve their level of care. Personnel provide comprehensive prehospital and emergency and critical care to all types of patients during aeromedical evacuation or rescue operations aboard helicopter and propeller aircraft or jet aircraft.

The use of air transport of patients dates to Word War 1, but its role was expanded dramatically during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The first hospital-based air medical service began in Denver at St. Anthony hospital in 1972. Helicopters are used to transport patients between hospitals and from trauma scenes; fixed-wing aircraft are used for long-distance transports.

crop dusting -

charter flights -

police air patrols -

forest fire fighting -

Air Creation Tanarg -

Antonov An-225 -


Fighter Aircraft

Lockheed SR-71 -

Sopwith Camel -

A6M Zero -

F-15 -

F-22 -

MiG-29 -

Su-27 -

Ground Attack Aircraft

Junkers Stuka -

A-10 -

Il-2 -

J-22 Orao -

AH-64

Su-25

Bombers

Zeppelin -

Tu-95 -

Mirage IV -

B-52 -

Transport Aircraft

C-17 Globemaster III -

C-130 Hercules -

Mil Mi-26

Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft

Rumpler Taube -

Mosquito -

U-2 -

OH-58

MiG 25R -

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV)

RQ-7B Shadow -

MQ-8 Fire Scout -

MQ1C Gray Eagle -




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Eclipse Aviation

Eclipse 500 - noun. Aviation. The Eclipse 500 is a small six-seat business jet aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aviation. Eclipse 500 became the first of a new class of Very Light Jet when it was delivered in late 2006. The aircraft is powered by two lightweight Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines in aft fuselage-mounted nacelles.

Production of the Eclipse 500 was halted in mid-2008 due to a lack of funding as the result of their November 25, 2008 Chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration. The company then entered Chapter 7 liquidation on February 24, 2008. After lengthy Chapter 7 liquidation procedures, Eclipse Aerospace was confirmed as the new owner of the assets of the former Eclipse Aviation on August, 20, 2009 and opened for business on September 1, 2009. In October 2011 Eclipse Aerospace announced that they would put a new version of the aircraft, called the Eclipse 550 into production with deliveries starting in 2013.

Design & Development

The Eclipse 500 is based on the Williams V-Jet 11, which was designed by Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites in 1997 for Williams International. It was intended to be used as a testbed and demonstrator for their new FJX02 turbofan engine. The aircraft and engine debuted at the 1977 Oshkosh Airshow. The V-Jet II had an all-composite structure with a forward-swept wing, a V-tail, each fin of which was mounted on the nacelle of one of the two engines. Williams had not intended to produce the aircraft, but it attracted a lot of attention, and Eclipse Aviation was founded in 1998 to further develop and produce the aircraft. The prototype and only V-Jet II aircraft was obtained by Eclipse Aviation along with the program, and was donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2001.

June 2008 Grounding

On June 12, 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive(AD) AD 2008-13-51 grounding all Eclipse 500s, following an incident at Chicago's Midway Airport. According to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation, "the airplane was trying to land at Midway when the crew encountered a sudden shift in headwinds, which the pilot sought to counter by increasing power, the standard method. But when the pilot tried to cut power a few seconds later, as the airplane touched down, the engines began accelerating to maximum power." The pilots overshot, gained altitude and shut down one engine, eventually landing without injury or damage except blown out tires.

Reports published on June 16, 2008 indicated that all 500s were compliant with the AD and cleared to fly again within one day of the AD being issued. The company indicated that the final solution to this problem was a software  change to increase the throttle range and prevent an out-of-range condition.
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Mooney Aviation Company(MAC) - noun. Aviation. The Mooney Aviation Company, Inc. (MAC) (formerly the Mooney Aircraft Company i a U.S. manufacturer of single-engined general aviation aircraft. The company has gone bankrupt and changed ownership several times. Though, among its achievements was the first pressurized single-engine, piston-powered aircraft (M22 Mustang), production of the fastest civilian single-engine, piston-powered aircraft in the world (M20TN Acclaim Type S), the first production aircraft to achieve 201 mph (323km/h) on 200 hp (150 kW) (M20J 201) and the fastest transcontinental flight in a single-engine , piston-powered production aircraft(M20k 231). All Mooney aircraft have the signature vertical stabilizer with its vertical leading edge and swept trailing edge that gives the illusion of being forward-swept.
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Federal Aviation Regulations(FAR) - noun. Aviation. The Federal Aviation Regulations, or FARs, are rules prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) governing all aviation activities in the United States. The FARs are part of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations(CFR). A wide variety of activities are regulated, such as airplane design, typical airline flights, pilot training activities, hot-air ballooning, lighter-than-air aircraft, man-made structure heights, obstruction lighting and marking, and even model rocket launches and model aircraft operation. The rules are designed to promote safe aviation, protecting pilots, flight attendants, passengers and the general public for unnecessary risk.
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hot-air balloon -

United Technologies -

lighter-than-air -

Oshkosh Airshow -

William's International -

Burt Rutan -

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nacelles - noun. a streamlined housing or tank for something on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle; the outer casing of an aircraft engine; chiefly historical. the car of an airship
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Pratt & Whitney Canada(PWC or P&WC;) - noun. Aviation. is a Canadian aircraft engine manufacturer. PWC's headquarters are in Longueuil, Quebec, just outside Montreal. It is a division of the larger US-based Pratt & Whitney(P&W;), itself a business unit of United Technologies. United Technologies has given P&WC; a world mandate for smaller aircraft engines while P&W;'s US operations develop and manufacture larger engines.

Although P&WC; is a division of P&W;, it does its own research, development, and marketing , as well as the manufacturing of its engines. The company currently has 9,200 employees worldwide, with 6,200 of them in Canada.

History

The Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, Ltd. was founded in November 1928 to act as a service center for P&W; aircraft engines. During World War II, it assembled Pratt & Whitney Wasp series engines built in the U.S.. In 1952, the production of Wasp engines was transferred to P&WC; so P&W; could concentrate on developing jet engines. In the late 1950's , a team of 12 P&WC; engineers began the development of the first small turbine engine in Canada, the PT6. THe first example was delivered to a customer in 1963. In 1962, the company was renamed United Aircraft of Canada, and assumed its current name in 1975.

Products

Pratt & Whitney JT12 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A/B/C -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW200 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW400 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW700 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 -
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW900 -

Fleet

Pratt & Whitney Canada operate two Boeing 747SP as test beds for new engines.



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Flora & Fauna: Entomology and the Amateur Naturalist

Mammals

aardwolf - noun. Zoology. South African carnivorous fox-like quadruped

addax - spiral-horned antelope dwelling in the Sahara desert

agouti - noun. a large, long-legged burrowing rodent related to the guinea pig, native to Central and South America

anoa - noun. a small deer-like water buffalo, native to Sulawesi ORIGIN: mid 19th cent. : a local name

aurochs - noun. Zoology. an extinct wild ox

antechinus - noun. Zoology. a marsupial mouse of shrew-like habits and appearance, found in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania

aye-aye - noun. Zoology. a rare nocturnal Madagascan primate allied to the lemurs. It has rodent-like incisor teeth and an elongated twig-like finger on each hand with which it pries insects from bark

babirusa - noun. Zoology.a forest-dwelling wild pig with several upturned horn-like tusks, native to Malaysia ORIGIN: late 17th cent. : from Malay, from babi 'hog' + rusa 'deer'

bandicoot - noun. Zoology. a mainly insectivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea

bangtail - noun. Zoology. mustang or wild horse

banteng - noun. Zoology. a wild ox of Southeast Asia

barasingha - noun. Zoology. a deer species found in isolated localities in northern and central India, and southwestern Nepal. Antlers are 10 to 14 tines on a stag, though some have been known to have up to 20

beira - noun. Zoology. a pygmy antelope

bharal - noun. Zoology.a bluish-gray Himalayan goat

binturong - noun. Zoology. a civet of southeastern Asia with a long prehensile tail

biscacha - noun. Zoology. burrowing South American rodent

blauwbok - noun. Zoology.extinct bluish-colored antelope of southern Africa

borzoi - noun. Zoology. a wolf hound

brach - noun. Zoology. a female hunting hound

brachet - noun. Zoology. whelp; brat; bitch hound

bullock - noun. Zoology. an ox or castrated bull

caple - noun. Zoology. a horse

caracal - noun. Zoology. long-legged nocturnal cat of African and Asian savannahs with long ears

dhole - noun. Zoology. a wild asian dog

diprotodon - noun. Zoology. gigantic prehistoric marsupial with two incisors in the lower jaw

dobbin - noun. Zoology. a work horse

douroucouli - noun. Zoology. a small South American nocturnal monkey

isatis - noun. Zoology. Arctic Fox

leveret - noun. Zoology. a hare in its first year; a mistress

Birds


aasvogel - South African vulture

avocet - noun. Zoology. a long-legged wading bird with a slender upturned bill and strikingly patterned plumage

adzebill(pokoriki)- prehistoric flightless bird of New Zealand

aepyornis(Elephant Bird - gigantic flightless bird of Madagascar

aberdevine - alternate name for the siskin

accentor - a songbird

adjutant - noun. a large black and white stork with massive bill and a bare head and neck, found in India and Southeast Asia; a military officer who acts as an administrative assistant to a senior officer

anhinga - noun. Zoology. a long-necked fish-eating tropical American bird

barbet - noun. Zoology. a stout billed tropical bird

bittern - noun. Zoology. a small heron

siskin - a small songbird related to the goldfinch, including the pine siskin of North America with dark-streaked plumage, notched tail, and touches of yellow on its wings and tail

Fish

acipenser - sturgeon

amberjack - noun. Zoology. spiny-finned Atlantic sport fish

blenny - noun. Zoology. a small elongated marine fish

cusk - noun. Zoology. large Atlantic fish-like cod

dabchick - noun. Zoology. small grebe

duarf - noun. Mythology. fictitious nineteen-toed sloth from Erewhon



Amphibian & Reptiles

amphiuma - noun. Zoology. a fully aquatic eel-like American salamander with two pairs of very small limbs, found in stagnant water and swamps in the southeastern U.S.

anole - noun. Zoology. a small, mainly arboreal American lizard with a throat fan that (in the male) is typically bright-colored. Anoles have some ability to change color

axoloti - noun. Zoology. A Mexican salamander which in natural conditions retains aquatic newt-like larval form throughout life but is able to breed

Insects

culex - noun. Zoology. a mosquito

cleg - noun. Zoology. a horse fly


Bodies of Animals

sclerites -

thorax -

notum -

sternum -

pleuron -

scutellum -

coxa -

trochanter - noun. Anatomy. any of two bony protuberances by which muscles are attached to the upper part of the thigh bone; Entomology the small second segment of the leg of an insect, between the coxa and the femur.

femur - noun. the bone of the thigh or the upper hind limb, articulating at the hip and knee;2. Zoology. the third segment of the leg in insects and some other arthropods, typically the longest and thickest segment.

tibial - noun. Anatomy. the inner and typically larger of the two bones between the knee and the ankle(or the equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the fibula; Zoology. the tibiotarsus of a bird; Entomology. the fourth segment of the leg of an insect, between the femur and the tarsus.

fibula - noun. Anatomy. the outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and the ankle in humans(or the equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the tibia 2. Archaeology. a brooch or clasp

tibia - noun. Anatomy. the inner and typically larger of the two bones between the knee and the ankle(or equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the fibula. 2. Zoology. the tibiotarsus of a bird 3. Entomology. the fourth segment of the leg of an insect, between the femur and the tarsus.

tarsus - noun. Anatomy. a group of small bones between the main part of the hind limb and the metatarsus in terrestrial vertebrates. The seven bones of the human tarsus form the ankle and upper part of the foot. They are the talus, calcaneus, navicular, and cuboid and the three cuneiform bones; Zoology. the shank or tarsometatarsus of the leg of a bird or reptile; Zoology. the foot or fifth joint of the leg of an insect or other arthropod, typically consisting of several small segments and ending in a claw 2. Anatomy. a thin sheet of fibrous connective tissue which supports the edge of each eyelid ORIGIN: late Middle English: modern Latin, from Greek tarsos 'flat of the foot, the eyelid.'

Tarsus - an ancient city in southern Turkey, now a market town. It is the birthplace of Saint Paul.

tarsometatarsus - noun. Zoology. a long bone in the lower leg of birds and some reptiles, formed by the fusion of tarsal and metatarsal structures.

tarsal - adjective. Anatomy & Zoology. of or relating to the tarsus; noun. a bone of the tarsus.

metatarsal - noun. any of the bones of the foot; any of the equivalent bones in an animal's hind limbs

metatarsus - noun. the group of bones in the foot, between the ankle and the toes; this part of the foot; the equivalent group of bones in any animal's hind limbs

calcaneus - noun. Anatomy. the large bone forming the heel. It articulates with the cuboid bone of the foot and the talus bone of the ankle, and the Achilles tendon(or tendo calcaneus) is attached to it.

navicular - adjective. chiefly archaic. boat-shaped; 2. noun. (also navicular bone) a boat-shaped bone in the ankle or wrist, esp. that in the ankle between the talus and the cuneiform bones 3. (also navicular disease or navicular syndrome) a chronic disorder of the navicular bone in horses, causing lameness in the front feet ORIGIN: late Middle English : from French naviculaire or late Latin navicularis, from Latin navicula 'little ship,' diminutive of navis.

cuboid - adjective. more or less cubic in shape 2. Geometry. a solid that has six rectangular faces at right angles to each other 3. Anatomy. (also cuboid bone) a squat tarsal bone on the outer side of the foot, articulating with the heel bone and the fourth and fifth metatarsals.

cuneiform - adjective. denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, surviving mainly impressed on clay tablets; noun. cuneiform writing 2. Anatomy. denoting three bones of the tarsus(ankle) between the navicular bone and the metatarsals. 3. Chiefly. Biology. wedge-shaped

tibiotarsus - noun. Zoology. the bone in a bird's leg corresponding to the tibia, fused at the lower end with some bones of the tarsus.

pretarsus - noun. the terminal outgrowth of the tarsus.

The Insect Head

vertex -

ocelli -

compound eye -

frons -

palps -

clypeus -

labrum -

antenna -

gena -

mandible -

maxilla -

labium -

Labrum -

palpi -

maxillae -



The Insect Body

abdomen -

labium -

cercus -

spiracles -




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Words of 8:24:13

extirpate - verb. root out and destroy completely

mullein - noun. Botany. a herbaceous plant of the figwort family with woolly leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers, native to Eurasia but now widely and commonly distributed. Genus Verbascum, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, in particular the widespread common (or great) mullein ( V. thapsus). ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French moleine, of Celtic origin; compare with the Breton melen, Cornish and Welsh melyn 'yellow.'

Breton - noun. a native of Brittany 2. the Celtic language of Brittany, related to Cornish; adjective. of or relating to Brittany or its people or language

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euthalian apparatus - noun. The Euthalian Apparatus is a collection of additional editorial material, such as divisions of text, lists, and summaries, to the New Testament's Book of Acts, Catholic epistles, and Pauline epistles. This additional material appears at the beginnings of books, in the margin of text, and at the ends of books, as well as in line and paragraph separations. This material is traditionally associated with the name of Euthalius.

euthecodon - noun. Zoology. Euthecodon is an extinct genus of long-snouted crocodyline crocodilians. It was common throughout much of Africa during the Neogene, with fossils being especially common in Kenya. It existed from the Early Miocene to the Early Pleistocene.
eutherapsida -

eutheria - noun. Zoology. a major group of mammals that comprises the placentals.

euthrix potatoria -

euthyphro dilemma -

The Voyage of the Space Beagle(1950) - is a classic novel of science fiction by A.E. van Vogt in the space opera sub-genera. The novel is a "fix-up" compilation of four previously published novels.

fission - noun. the action of dividing or splitting something into two or more parts; short for NUCLEAR FISSION; Biology. reproduction by means of a cell or organism dividing into two or more new cells or organisms; verb. [intrans.] (chiefly of atoms) undergo fission ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Latin fissio(n-), from findere 'to split.'


Fission, Nuclear Chemistry, and the Symbols of Science

intransitive - adjective. (of a verb or a sense or use of a verb) not taking a direct object, e.g., look in look at the sky. The opposite of TRANSITIVE.

spontaneous fission(SF) - noun. Chemistry. is a form of radioactive decay that is found only in very heavy chemical elements, because the nuclear binding energy of the elements reaches its maximum at an atomic mass number greater than about 58 atomic mass units (u)

u - abbreviation. Physics. denoting quantum states or wave functions that change sign on inversion through the origin. The opposite of g .

- symbol [in combination]. (in units of measurement micro- (10(-6): : direct readout of concentration in ug or mg/L.

u - noun. (pl. Us or U's). 1. the twenty-first letter of the alphabet; denoting the next after T in a set of items or categories, etc. 2. (U)

g - abbreviation. Chemistry. gas; gelding; gram(s); Physics. denoting quantum states or wave functions that do not change a sign on inversion through the origin. The opposite of u . ORIGIN: from German gerade 'even.'

g - Symbol. Physics. the acceleration due to gravity, equal to 9.81 m s(-2)

s - abbreviation:
• second(s).
• Law. section (of an act).
• shilling(s).
• Grammar. singular.
• Chemistry. soilid.
• (in genealogies) son(s).
• succeeded.
• Chemistry. denoting electrons and orbitals possessing zero angular momentum and total symmetry : s-electrons. [ORIGIN: s from sharp, originally applied to lines in atomic spectra.]

s - symbol. (in mathematical formulae) distance

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The Bauhaus

Bauhaus - noun. Staatliches Bauhaus, commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. It operated from 1919 to 1933. At that time the German term Bauhaus, literally "house of construction", stood for "School of Building."

The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In spite of its name, and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. Nonetheless it was founded with the idea of creating a "total" work of art in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design. The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.

The school existed in three German cities {Weimar from 1919 to 1925, Dessau from 1925-1932, and Berlin from 1932-1933), under three different architect-directors: Walter Gropius from 1919-1928, Hannes Meyer from 1928 to 1930, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 until 1933, when the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime at the beginning of the Degenerative Art Exhibit hosted by Adolf Hitler which set to abolish all artworks which did not exemplify the popularity and beliefs of the Nazi regime.

The changes of venue and leadership resulted in constant shifting of focus, technique, instructors, and politics. For instance: the pottery shop was discontinued when the school moved from Weimar to Dessau, even though it had been an important revenue source; when Mies van der Rohe took over the school in 1930, he transformed it into a private school, and would not allow any supporters of Hannes Meyer to attend it.

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Diseases, Bacteria, and Viruses

Malaria - noun. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans(a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus Plasmodium. Commonly, the disease is transmitted via a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito, which introduces the organisms from its saliva into the person's circulatory system. In the blood, the protists travel to the liver to mature and reproduce. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Five species of Plasmodium can infect and be transmitted by humans. The vast majority of deaths are caused by P. falciparum and P. vivax, while P. ovale and P. malariae cause a generally milder form of malaria that is rarely fatal. The zoonotic species P. knowlesi, prevalent in Southeast ASia, causes malaria in maquaes

zoonotic -

Yellow fever -

dengue fever -

dysentery -

cholera - noun. Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated by the feces(waste product) of an infected person, including one with no apparent symptoms. The severity of the diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid hydration and electrolyte imbalance, and death in some cases. The primary treatment is oral rehydration therapy, typically with oral rehydration solution, to replace water and electrolytes. If this is not tolerated or does not provide improvement fast enough, intravenous fluids can also be used. Antibacterial drugs are beneficial in those with severe disease to shorten its duration and severity. Worldwide, it affects 3-5 million people and causes 100,000 to 130,000 deaths a year as of 2010. Cholera was one of the earliest infections to be studied by epidemiological methods.

turgor - noun. chiefly Botany. the state of turgidity and resulting rigidity of cells(or tissues), typically due to the absorption of fluid; wrinkled-hands

Dukoral - noun. Medicine. an orally administered, inactivated whole cell vaccine for Cholera, has an overall efficacy of about 52% during the first year after being given and 62% in the second yea, with minimal side effects.

ebola -

influenza -

salmonella -

shigella -

enterobacteriacae -

pseudomonas -

moraxella -

heliobacter -

stenotrophomonas -

bdellovibrio -

acetic acid bacteria -

legionella -

cyanobacteria -

spirochaetes -

green sulfur -

green non-sulfur bacteria -

Hemophilus influenze -

Klebsiella pneumonia -

Legionella pneumophila -

Pseudomonas aeruginosa -

rickettsia - any of a group of very small bacteria that includes the causative agents of typhus and various other febrile diseases in humans. Like viruses, many of them can only grow inside living cells, and they are frequently transmitted by mites, ticks, or lice ORIGIN: modern Latin, named after Howard Taylor Ricketts (b. 1871-1910), American pathologist.

Howard Taylor Ricketts -

escherichia coli -

proteus mirabilis -

enterobacter cloacae -

serratia marcescens -

heliobacter pylori -

salmonella enteritidis -

salmonella typhi -

typhus -

tetanus -

tuberculosis -

nosocomial infections -

acinetobacter baumannii -

keratinocytes -

verrucae -

oropharynx - noun. Anatomy. the part of the pharynx that lies between the soft palate and the hyoid bone.

hyoid - noun. Anatomy & Zoology. a U-shaped bone in the neck that supports the tongue; Adjective. of or relating to this bone or structures associated with it. ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: via French from modern Latin hyoides, from Greek huoeides 'shaped like the letter upsilon (y).'

colposcopy -

cauterizing loop -

Papanicolaou -

cervical intraepithelial neoplasia(CIN) -

vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia(VIN) -

penile intraepithelial neoplasia(PIN) -

anal intraepithelial neoplasia(AIN) -

plantar warts -

flat warts -

anogenital warts -

epidermodysplasia verruciformis -

focal epithelial hyperplasia -

oral papillomas -

oropharyngeal cancer -

verrucous cyst -

laryngeal papillomatosis -

vulvar cancer -

vaginal cancer -

penile cancer -

anal cancer -

HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OSCC) -

p53 protein -

ubiquitin ligase -

vertically transmitted infection - noun. Medicine. is an infection caused by bacteria, viruses or, in rare cases, parasites transmitted directly from the mother to an embryo, fetus, or baby during pregnancy or childbirth. Nutritional deficiencies may exacerbate the risks of perinatal infection.

Alternative Terminology

The transmission can also be called mother-to-child transmission.

A vertically transmitted infection can be called a perinatal infection if t is transmitted in the perinatal period, which is the period starting at a gestational age of 22 to 28 weeks (with regional variations in the definition) and ending 7 completed days after birth. The term congenital infection is also sometimes used.

Routes of Transmission

The Main routes of transmission of vertically transmitted infections are across the placenta (transplacental) and across the female reproductive tract during childbirth.

Transplacental

The embryo and fetus have little or no immune function. They depend on the immune function of their mother. Several pathogens can cross the placenta and cause (perinatal) infection. Often microorganisms that produce minor illness in the mother are very dangerous for the developing embryo or fetus. This can result in spontaneous abortion or major developmental disorders. For many infections, the baby is more at risk at particular stages of pregnancy. Problems related to perinatal infections are not always directly noticeable.

The term TORCH complex refers to a set of several different infections that may be caused by transplacental infections.

transplacental -

TORCH complex -

perinatal - adjective. Medicine. of or relating to the time, usually a number of weeks, immediately before and after birth.

afterbirth - noun. the placenta and fetal membranes discharged from the uterus after the birth of offspring.

prenatal -

natal -

embryo -

The Vagina: Sweat, Sex, and Birth

urethra -

uterus - noun. (from Latin "uterus" plural uteri) or womb is a major female hormone-responsive reproductive sex organ of most mammals including humans. One end, the cervix

cervix -

fallopian tube -

pubic bone -

g-spot -

sigmoid colon -

fornix -

rectum -

anus -

bladder -

uterine veins -

ovarian artery -

mullerian duct -

vagina -

vulva -

mons -

labia -

clitoris -

orgasm -

cock -

penis -

phallus -

testicles -

ovary -

anus -

prostate -

nipples -

areolas -

bacteremia -

secondary meningitis -

meningitis -

human papillomavirus -

measles -

mumps -

rubella -

myxomatosis -

purulent - adjective. Medicine. consisting of, containing, or discharging pus

pasteurellosis - noun. a bacterial infection commonly affecting animals and sometimes transferred to humans through bites and scratches. The causative bacteria are Gram-negative rods of the genus Pasteurella, in particular P. multocida. ORIGIN: early 20th cent.: from French pasteurellose (from the name pasteur) + OSIS.

chloroamphenicol -

Pasteurellaceae -

negativicutes -

fusobacteria -

synergistetes -

elusimicrobia -

proteobacteria -

aquificae -

chlamydiae -

bacteroidetes -

chlorobi -

cyanobacteria -

fibrobacteres -

verrucomicrobia -

planctomycetes -

spirochetes -

acidobacteria -

monoderm bacteria -

actinobacteria -

firmicutes -

thermotogae -

chloroflexi -

Hemorrhagic septicemia -

sepsis -

intransigence -  

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Oceania: Countries, Provinces, States, and Societies of the East

Indonesia - officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands. It encompasses 34 provinces with over 238 million people, making it the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia's republic form of government comprises an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Palau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the world's 16th largest by nominal GDP.

The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century, when Srivijaya and then later Majapahit traded with China and India. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural, religious, and political models from the early centuries CE, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought the now-dominant Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery.  Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II. Indonesia's history has since been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change.

Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. The largest- and politically dominant- ethnic group are the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a majority Muslim population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia's motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" ("Unity in Diversity", literally, "many, yet one"), articulates the diversity that shapes the country. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world's second highest level of biodiversity. The country has abundant natural resources, yet poverty remains widespread.
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separatism - noun. the advocacy or practice of separation of a certain group of people from a larger body on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or gender

Islands of Maluku or the Moluccas - are an archipelago within Indonesia. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi, west of New Guinea, and north and east of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the "Spice Islands" by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands outside of Indonesia.

Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, are very luxuriant; including rain forests, sago, rice, and the famous spices- nutmeg, mace, and cloves, among others. Though originally Melanesian, many island populations especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early twentieth century under the Dutch and continued in the Indonesian era.

The Maluku Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999 when it was split into two provinces. A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the area between Morotai and Sula, with the arc of islands from Buru and Seram to Wetar remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominately Muslim and its capital is Ternate. Maluku province has a larger Christian population and its capital is Ambon.

Between 1999 and 2002, a conflict between Muslims and Christians killed thousands and displaced half a million people.

"Spice Islands" most commonly refers to the Maluku Islands and often also the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg. This nickname should not be confused with Grenada, which is commonly known as the "Island of Spice". The term has also been used less commonly in reference to other islands known for their spice production, notably Zanzibar Archipelago.

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nexian - noun. Telecommunications. a mobile phone company in Indonesia. Started in 2006 by Martano Jayakusuma. They were the first local brand who achieved 100,000 locally produced handsets in six months. Nexian possesses the second largest market share of handheld devices in the world with 25% of mobile phones worldwide. Nexian creates QWERTY phones supported by Indonesian mobile operators. Phones with two SIM card slots retail at a price between 299,000 to 1,299,000 Indonesian rupiah.

Indonesian rupiah - noun. the basic monetary unit of Indonesia, equal to 100 yen.

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Carthage and Punic: Antiquity and Linguistics

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Tifinagh - noun. Linguistics. is a series of abjad and alphabetic scripts used by some Berber peoples, notably the Tuareg, to write the Berber language. A modern derivate of the traditional script, known as Neo-Tifinagh, was introduced in the 20th century. It is not in widespread use as a means of daily communication, but often serves to a assert a Berber identity politically and symbolically. A slightly modified version of the traditional script called Tifinagh Ircam, is used in a limited number of Moroccan elementary schools in teaching the Berber language to children. The word tifinagh is thought to be a Berberized feminine plural cognate of Punic, through the Berber feminine prefix ti- and Latin Punicus; thus tifinagh could possibly mean "the Phoenician (letters)" or "the Punic letters."

ORIGINS

Tifinagh may have descended from a script sometimes named the Libyan or Libyco-Berber script although the descent is unclear and uncertain. This was widely used by speakers of Berber languages all across North Africa and on the Canary Islands. It is attested from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. Its origin is uncertain, with some scholars suggesting it is related to the Punic alphabet

punic - The Punic or Carthaginian or Phoenicia-Punic language is an extinct language formerly spoken in the Mediterranean region of North Africa and several Mediterranean islands, by the Punic and Carthaginian people-- who were a Phoenician-descended culture with canaanitized Berbers as a majority, mixed with a minority of Phoenicians, largely from Sidon and Tyre, from ca. 800 BC to 600 AD. The Punic people stayed in contact with Phoenicia until the Destruction of Carthage by the Roman Republic in 146 BC.

DESCRIPTION - Punic is an extinct variety of the Phoenician language spoken in the overseas Phoenician empire in North Africa, including Carthage, and the Mediterranean. It is known from inscriptions (most of them religious formulae)and personal name evidence. The play Poenulus by Plautus contains a few lines spoken in Punic, which have been subject to some research because, unlike inscriptions, they largely preserve the vowels.

The Punic language has 20 consonants.

Augustine of Hippo - is generally considered the last major ancient writer to have some knowledge of Punic, and is considered "our primary source on the survival of [late] Punic". According to him, the Punic language was still spoken in his region (North Africa) in the 5th century AD, centuries after the fall of Carthage, and there were still people who called themselves "chanani" (Canaanite, i.e.: Carthaginian) at that time. Writing around AD 401, he says:

Quae lingua improbatur abs te, nega Punicis libris, ut a viris doctissimis proditur, multa sapienter esse mandata memoriae. Poeniteat te certe ibi natum, ubi huius linguae cunabula recalent.

And if the Punic language is rejected by you, you virtually deny what has been admitted by most learned men, that many things have been wisely preserved from oblivion in books written in the Punic tongue. Nay, you ought even to be ashamed of having been born in the country in which the cradle of this language is still warm.

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Hasdrubal - noun. Proper name. (in Latin transliteration; the original Phoenician form of the name was Azruba'al, literally "the help of Baal" was the name of a King and of several Carthaginian generals of the Punic Wars. Among the most famous are:

• original name of Carthaginian Clitomachus (philosopher)
• Hasdrubal I of Carthage was the Magonid king of Ancient Carthage from 530 to 510 BC.
• Hasdrubal (son of Hamilear) fought in Sicily
• Hasdrubal the Fair (c. 270 BC - 221 BC), son-in-law of Hamilcar Barca
• Hasdrubal (Barcid))245-207 BC), son of Hamilcar Barca and brother of Hannibal and Mago
• Hasdrubal Gisco (died 202 BC), another commander in the Second Punic War.
• Hasdrubal the Boeotarch was also the general of Punic forces in the Third Punic War c. 146 BC.
• Hasdrubal, commander of the service corps, a Carthaginian officer in the Second Punic War c. 218 BC

Ugarit - an ancient port and Bronze Age trading city in northern Syria. Its people spoke a Semitic language written in a distinctive cuneiform alphabet.

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Clitomachus (philosopher) - noun. Greek history. (Clitomachus also Cleitomachus or Kleitomachos; 187/6-110/09 BC) originally named Hasdrubal, was a Carthaginian who came to Athens in 163/2 BC and studied philosophy under the name Carneades. He became head of the Platonic Academy around 127/6 BC. He was an Academic skeptic like his master. Nothing survives of his writings, which were dedicated to making known the views of Carneades, but Cicero made use of them for some of his works.

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bastion - noun. a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions

baize - noun. a coarse, felt-like, woolen material that is typically green, used for covering pool tables, card tables, and aprons. ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from French baies, feminine plural of bai 'chestnut-colored', treated as a singular noun. The name is presumably from the original color of the cloth, although several colors are recorded.

hutus -

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stridulation - verb. (typically of an insect, esp. a male cricket or grasshopper) make a shrill sound through the practice of by rubbing body parts together

poppet - noun. (also poppet valve) Engineering. a mushroom-shaped valve with a flat end piece that is lifted in and out of an opening by an axial rod 2. chiefly historical. a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft 3. British. informal. an endearingly sweet or pretty child or young girl (often used an an affectionate form of address). ORIGIN: late Middle English: based on Latin pup[p]a 'girl, doll.' Compare with PUPPET.

muscadet - noun. a dry white wine from the part of the Loire region in France nearest the west coast. ORIGIN: French, from muscade 'nutmeg, from musc 'musk.'

muscae volitantes - plural noun. Medicine. dark specks appearing to float before the eyes, generally caused by particles in the vitreous humor of the eye. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: Latin, literally 'flying flies.'

mistral - noun. a strong, cold northwesterly wind that blows through the Rhone valley and southern France into the Mediterranean, mainly in winter

provender - noun. often humorous. food. dated. animal fodder

ambigram - an ambigram is a word, art form, or other symbolic representation, whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation.

demesne - noun. historical. land attached to a manor and retained for the owner's own use 2. the lands of an estate 3. Archaic. a region or domain 4. Historical. Law. possession of real property in one's own right.

circumlocution - (also called periphrasis, circumduction, circumvolution, periphrasis, or ambage) is an ambiguous or roundabout figure of speech

Ambaghai Khan - was a khan of Khamag Mongol in 1149-1156, one of the great grandson Khaidu Khan and the cousin and predecessor of Hotula Khan. During his rule, he was captured by the Tatars under the commands of the Chinese Jin Dynasty in response to the Mongols' growing power.

In 1211 Genghis Khan began the Mongol-Jin Dynasty War, causing the eventual fall of the Jin Dynasty, in sworn revenge of Ambaghai's kidnapping and execution. Ambaghai was a relative of Yesugei and Genghis Khan.

Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat - Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat is a Divisional Secretariat of Nuwara Eliya District, of Central Province, Sri Lanka.

aphasic - noun/adjective. loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage.

effluent - noun. liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea

ruderal - adjective. Botany. (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse

milfoil - noun. the common Eurasian yarrow 2. (also water milfoil) a widely distributed and highly invasive aquatic plant with whorls of fine submerged leaves and wind-pollinated flowers ORIGIN: Middle English: via Old French from Latin millefolium, from mille 'thousand' + folium 'leaf.'

glebe - noun. historical. a piece of land serving as part of a clergyman's benefice and providing income; archaic. land; fields

arable - adjective. (of land) used or suitable for growing crops

tillage - noun. the preparation of land for growing crops

appurtenance - noun. an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living

curtilage - noun. Law. an area of land attached to a house and forming one enclosure with it

tilth - noun. cultivation of land; tillage

agrarian - adjective. of or relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of land 2. noun. a person who advocates a redistribution of landed property

peneplain - noun. Geology. a more or less level land surface produced by erosion over a long period, undisturbed by crustal movement

polder - noun. a low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or river and protected by dikes, esp. in the Netherlands

messuage - noun. Law. a dwelling house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use

epistemology - noun. Philosophy. the theory of knowledge, esp. with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.

pleionosis - the habit of exaggerating one's own importance

wesolowskana - noun. is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders).Both described species are endemic to the Cape Verde Islands. The genus should possibly be included in the genus Pseudicius. It was renamed from its original name Luxuria, which was already in use for a genus of mollusks.

pilpul - a subtle debate between rabbinical scholars over the details of the Talmud

ungulate - noun. Zoology. a hoofed mammal

Artiodactyla - noun. Zoology. an order of mammals that comprises the even-toed ungulates.

Cetacea - noun. Zoology. an order of marine mammals that comprises the whales, dolphins, and porpoises. These have a streamlined hairless body, no hind limbs, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing.

The order Cetacea includes the marine mammals commonly known as whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Cetus is Latin and is used in biological names to mean "whale"; its original meaning, "large sea animal", was more general ORIGIN: Ancient Greek ketos, "whale" or "any huge fish or sea monster." In Greek mythology, the monster Perseus defeated was called Ceto, which is depicted by the constellation of Cetus. Cetology is the branch of marine science associated with the study of cetaceans

malacology - noun. the branch of zoology that deals with mollusks. Compare with Conchology.

Mysticeti -

Odontoceti -

Words For a Ship to Sea Poem

abacinate - verb. to blind by putting a hot copper basin near someone's eyes

abderian - adjective. given to incessant or idiotic laughter

abligurition - verb. excessive spending on food and drink

accidia - adjective. a feeling of being unable to think or act due to excessive sadness

acrasia - verb. acting against one's own judgement, or lacking self-control

acronycal - noun. occurring at sunset

aeolist - noun. a pompous windy bore who pretends to have inspiration

aflunters - adjective. in a messy or disordered state

agelast - noun. a person who never laughs

algophobic - noun. a fear of pain

alterocentric - noun. someone whose life revolves around other people

anogenetic - verb. not producing new work or original knowledge

anthropolatry - verb. the worship of a human as though they were a god

apikoros - noun. a Jewish person who does not follow Jewish law

astereognosis - noun. the loss of the ability to recognize shapes by touch

aubade - noun. a love song which is sung at dawn

aureate - adjective. pertaining to the fancy or flowery words used by poets

autohagiographer - noun. a person who speaks or writes in a smug way about their life and accomplishments

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desmid - noun. Biology. a single-celled, freshwater alga that appears to be comprised for two rigid cels with a shared nucleus . The presence of desmids is usually an indicator of polliue sor

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otter - noun. a semiaquatic fish-eating mammal of the weasel family, with an elongated body, dense fur, and webbed feet. Lutra and other genera, family Mustelidae: several species, including the river otter.

carrot - noun. a tapering orange-colored root eaten as a vegetable. 2. a cultivated plant of the parsley family with feathery leaves, which yields this vegetable. Daucus carota, family Umbelliferae: two subspecies and many varieties; wild forms lack the swollen root. 3. an offer of something enticing as a means of persuasion (often contrasted with the threat of something punitive or unwelcome)

vegetable - noun. a plant or part of a plant used as food, typically as a accompaniment to meat or fish, such as a cabbage, potato, carrot, or bean 2. informal offensive. a person who is incapable of normal mental or physical activity, esp., through brain damage; informal. a person with a dull or inactive life

fruit - noun. the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food; Botany. the seed-bearing structure of a plant; archaic. poetic/literary. natural produce that can be used for food; Archaic. offspring 2. informal offensive. a male homosexual 3. verb. (of a tree or other plant) produce fruit, typically at a specified time

tomato - noun. a glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit that is typically eaten as a vegetable or in a salad, the bright red color of a red tomato 2. The South American plant of the nightshade family that produces this fruit. It is widely grown as a cash crop, and many varieties have been developed.

pumpkin - noun. a large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds, the flesh of this fruit, esp. used as food, informal. used as an affectionate term of address esp. to a child 2. the plant of the gourd family that produces this fruit having tendrils and large lobed leaves and native to warm regions of America. Genus Cucurbita, Family Cucurbitaceae: several species, in particular C. pepo; British. another term for squash.

berry - noun. a small roundish juicy fruit without a stone; Botany. any fruit that has its seeds enclosed in a fleshy pulp, for example, a banana or tomato; any various kernels or seeds, such as the coffee bean; a fish egg or the roe of a lobster or similar creature.

Chuck Berry - (b. 1931-), U.S. rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter; born Charles Edward Berry. One of the first great rock-and-roll stars, his recording career was interrupted by a period of imprisonment 1962-64. Notable songs: "Maybelline" (1955), "Johnny B Goode" (1958), and "My Ding A Ling" (1972).

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smoothbore - noun. [often as adj.] a gun with an unrifled barrel.

uzi - noun. a type of submachine gun of Israeli design.

submachine gun - noun. a hand-held, lightweight machine gun.

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coquette  - noun. a woman who flirts 2. Noun. Zoology. a crested Central and South American coquettish - adjective. hummingbird,typically with green plumage, a reddish crest, and elongated cheek coquettishly - adverb.feathers ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: French, feminine of coquet 'wanton,' coquettishness - noun. diminutive of coq 'cock.'

coqui - noun. Zoology. a singing tree frog (Eleutheradactylus coqui), native to Puerto Rico, that has become an invasive pest in Hawaii ORIGIN: imitative of the male's call.

coquito - noun.

couchette - noun. a European railroad car with seats convertible into sleeping berths ORIGIN: 1920s French, literally 'little bed,' diminutive of couche 'a couch.'

coquina - noun. a soft limestone of broken shells, used in road-making in the Caribbean and Florida 2 (also coquina clam) a small bivalve mollusk with a wedge-shaped shell that has a wide of variety of colors and patterns. Genus Donax, family Donacidae: several species, including the edible American coquina (D. variabilis). ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Spanish, literally 'cockle,' based on Latin concha (see CONCH).

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basorexia - noun. an overwhelming desire to neck or kiss

beaze - verb. to dry in the sun

blellum - noun. an idle boring chatterer

bletcherous - adjective. pertaining to something poorly designed or disgusting in design

caitiff - noun. a despicable or cowardly person

callet - noun. a drab or untidy woman

carker - noun. a mischievous child or brat

cenacle - noun. the large room in which the Last Supper took place.

chiliad - noun. a period of one thousand years

clapperdudgeon - noun. a beggar whose parents were beggars

cloffin - verb. to sit idly by a fire

cockalorum - noun. a person who thinks they are bigger than they are

comestion - noun. a devouring by fire

concilliabule - noun. a secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot

croodle - verb. to coo like a dove

crose - verb. to whine empathetically with someone who is in pain

cruciverbalist - noun. someone who loves doing crossword puzzles

culch - noun. rubbage and refuse of every form

cullion - noun. a rude, mean-spirited person

curglaff - noun. the shock felt when entering cold water

decollate - verb. to remove someone's head or decapitate someone

decubitis - one's position or posture while sleeping

deltiologist - noun. a collector of picture postcards

diurnation - verb. to sleep during the day

dratchell - noun. a slovenly lazy woman

dwaible - adjective. being unstable

dwale - verb. to wander about deliriously

dysesthesia - an impairment of the senses, especially the sense of touch

ectomorphic - adjective. being slender and thin

efter - noun. a thief who robs theater patrons during a show

eisegesis - noun. a faulty interpretation of a text caused by reading in one's own ideas

emacity - noun. an urge to buy or spend money

eroteme - noun. the symbol used in writing known as a question mark

estiferous - adjective. pertaining to something which produces heat

estivation - verb. to go away somewhere for the summer

eximious - adjective. choice, select or excellent
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Lambs

keb - noun. Zoology. ewe that gives birth to a stillborn lamb

backliner - noun. an externally applied medicine, applied along the backline of a freshly shorn sheep to control lice or other parasites. In the British-Isles called pour-on.

bale - noun. a wool pack containing a specified weight of pressed wool as regulated by industry authorities

bell sheep - noun. Zoology. a sheep (usually a rough, wrinkly one) caught by a shearer, just before the end of a shearing run.

black wool - adjective. any wool that is not white, but not necessarily black

ket - noun. matted wool; carrion

dag - noun. dirty tatted tuft of sheep's wool

gid - noun. Zoology & Medicine. brain disease suffered by sheep

kip - noun. skin of a young mammal

mim - adjective. prim, demure

mew - verb. to shed, molt, or change

orf - noun. viral infection of sheep

teg - noun. a sheep in it's second year; the fleece of such a sheep

tod - noun. old unit of weight for wool equal to 28 pounds

tup - noun. a ram; pile-driver; the act of a male having intercourse with a female (chiefly of Sheep)

ovine - adjective. of or related to sheep

ovicide - sheep-killing/ killing insect eggs

argail - noun. Zoology. large-horned Asian wild sheep

jumbuck - noun. an Australian tern for sheep, featured in Banjo Paterson's poem "Waltzing Matilda." It generally denotes a difficulty to shear sheep, either large or untamed

malinois - noun. Zoology. a Belgian sheep-herding dog

mortling - noun. British. wool obtained from dead sheep

oestrus ovis - noun. Sheep Bot Fly. A widespread species of fly of the genus Oestrus. It is a known for its parasitic predation and damage to sheep, deer, and goats, and sometimes cattle.

oviform - adjective. sheep-like

ovivorous - noun. (of predation) a diet of sheep

pinfold - noun. a pound for stray animals

roscommon - a county in the north central part of the Republic of Ireland, in the province of Connacht; pop. 52k

scapegrace - noun. archaic. a mischievous or wayward person, esp. a young person or child; rascal

haggis - noun. a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep's or calf's offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally made from the animal's stomach

suet - noun. the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals, used to make foods including puddings, pastry, and mincemeat

offal - noun. the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food

tallow - noun. a hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, used in making candles and soap; verb. smear (something, esp. the bottom of a boat) with such a substance

catgut - noun. a material used for the strings of musical instruments and for surgical sutures, made of the dried and twisted intestines of sheep or horses, but not cats ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: the association with CAT remains unexplained

blat - verb. make a bleating sound

dip - verb. to immerse a sheep or hog in a solution to destroy germs and parasites or the like

lanolin - noun. a fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings, etc.

cote - noun. a shelter, coop, or small shed for sheep, pigs, pigeons, etc.

bovid - adjective. of or pertaining to the Bovidae, comprising the hollow-horned ruminants, as oxen, antelopes, sheep, and goats

kea - noun. a large, greenish New Zealand parrot

pollard - noun. a tree cut back nearly to the trunk, so as to produce a dense mass of branches; an animal, as a sheep, stag, ox, having no horns

ruminantia - a division of Artiodactyia having four stomachs. This includes sheep, camels, deer, antelopes, goats, neat cattles, and allies

yaff - a bark or yelp

cud - noun. the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time ORIGIN: before 1000; Middle English; Old English cudu, variant of cwiodu, cwidu; akin to Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu, resin, gum

anthrax - noun. an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals, transmitted to humans by contaminated wool, raw meat, or other animal products

aoudad - noun. a wild sheep, of Northern Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs

mouflon - noun. a wild sheep, inhabiting the mountainous regions of Sardinia and Corsica, the male of which has large curving horns

gid - noun. a disease of cattle and especially sheep in which the brain or spinal cord is infested with larvae of the dog tapeworm producing staggers also sturdy

suint - noun. the natural grease of the wool of sheep, consisting of a mixture of fatty matter and potassium salts, used as a source of potash and in the preparation of ointments

arui - noun. a wild sheep of Northern Africa

cheviot - noun. a British breed of sheep, noted for its heavy fleece of medium length

scrapie - noun. Veterinary Pathology. an infectious, usually fatal brain disease of sheep, characterized by twitching of the neck and head, grinding of the teeth, and scraping of itching portions of skin against fixed objects with a subsequent loss of wool, caused by an unidentified sticky agent that clings to cell membranes

sheepfold - noun. an enclosure for sheep

wether - noun. a castrated male sheep

yean - verb. of a sheep or goat, to bring forth young ORIGIN: 1375-1425; late Middle English yenen, probably continuing to Old English 'geeanian', to bring forth young, Latin 'agnus', Greek amnos 'lamb'

bellwether - noun. a wether or other male sheep that leads the flock, usually wearing a bell; a leader

cimarron - noun. bighorn

drover - noun. a herd or flock of animals being driven in a body; that person who does such droving

exmoor - noun. a moorland in SW England, in Somersetshire and Devonshire: the scene of Blackmore's novel, Lorna Doone

hogget - noun. a hog ORIGIN:1300-1350; Middle English

rambouillet - noun. one of a breed of hardy sheep, developed from the Merino, yielding good mutton and a fine grade of wool

mutton - noun. the flesh of sheep, especially full-grown or more mature sheep, used as food

urial - noun. a wild sheep with long legs and relatively small horns, native to central Asia Asia.

argol - noun. a crude tartar, produced as a by-product in casks by the fermentation of wine grapes, used as a mordant in dyeing, in the manufacture of tartaric acid, and in fertilizers

cabretta - noun. a leather made from the skins of sheep that grow hair rather than wool, tougher than other sheepskins and used chiefly for gloves and shoes

caracul - noun. one of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adults: raised especially for lambskins used in the fur industry

cotswold - noun. one of an English breed of large sheep having coarse, long wool

owling - noun. The offense of transporting wool or sheep out of England contrary to the statute formerly existing

sheepcote - noun. a pen or covered enclosure for sheep

toison - noun. a sheep's fleece

alsatian - noun. another term for a German Shepherd; a native or inhabitant of Alsace

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barbary sheep - noun. a short-coated sheep with a long neck ruff, found in the high deserts of northern Africa. Also called aoudad

bharal - noun. also, The Himalayan Blue Sheep, is a caprid found in the high Himalays of Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan

caprid - noun. a goat-antelope or caprid is any of the species which make up the medium sized bovids of the subfamily Caprinae

woolbird - noun. a sheep

bot - noun. the larva of the botfly, which is an internal parasite of animals. It lives typically in the stomach, finally passing out in the dung and pupating on the ground.

chamois - noun. an agile goat-antelope with short hooked horns, found in mountainous areas of Europe from Spain to the Caucasus; also, soft pliable leather made from the skin of sheep, goats, or deer

dall's sheep - noun. a white-haired wild sheep, of mountainous regions of northwestern North America

hampshire - noun. also called Hampshire Down, one of an English breed of sheep having a dark face, ears, and legs, noted for the rapid growth of its lambs

hoggerel - noun. a sheep clipped the first year, a sheep of the second year

komondor - noun. one of a Hungarian breed of large dogs having a long, matted, white coat, used for herding sheep

lambkill - noun. a sheep laurel; so-called due to its fatal consumption and poisonous nature to sheep

orf - noun. Veterinarian Science. Technical Name: contagious pustular dermatitis, Also called: scabby mouth; an infectious disease of sheep and sometimes goats and cattle, characterized by scabby pustular lesions on the muzzle and lips; caused by a paramyxovirus 2. also Norfolk International Airport

paramyxovirus - noun. Medicine. any of a group of RNA viruses similar to the myxoviruses but larger and hemolytic, including those causing mumps, measles, distemper, rinderpest, and various respiratory infections (parainfluenza).

distemper - noun. a viral disease of some animals, esp. dogs, causing fever, coughing, and catarrh ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: (originally in the sense [bad temper,] later [illness] ): from Middle English distemper [upset, derange,] from late Latin distemperare 'soak, mix in the wrong proportions,' from dis- 'thoroughly' + temperare 'mingle.' Compare with TEMPER . Sense 1 dates from the mid 18th cent.

distemper - noun. archaic. political disorder, a condition regarding the aptitude of a society, population, or people 3. noun a kind of paint using glue or size instead of an oil base, for use on walls or for scene-painting, a method of mural and poster painting using this 4. verb[trans.] [often as adj.] paint (something) with distemper ORIGIN: late Middle English (originally as a verb in the senses [dilute] and [steep] ): from Old French destremper or late Latin distemperare 'soak.'

rinderpest - noun. Veterinary Medicine. an infectious disease of ruminants, especially cattle, caused by a paramyxovirus. It is characterized by fever, dysentery, and inflammation of the mucous membranes. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from German, from Rinder 'cattle' + Pest 'plague.'

ruminant - noun. an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives. Suborder Ruminantia order Artiodactyla: six families 2. a contemplative person; a person given to meditation

even-toed ungulate - noun. a hoofed mammal of an order that includes the ruminants, camels, pigs, and hippopotamuses. Mammals of this group have either two or four toes on each foot

tylopod - noun. Zoology. an even-toed ungulate mammal of a group that comprises the camels, llamas, and their extinct relatives. They are distinguished by bearing their weight on the sole-pads of the feet rather than on the hoofs, and they do not chew the cud

rumen - noun. Zoology. the first stomach of a ruminant, which receives food or cud from the esophagus, partly digests it with the aid of bacteria, and passes it to the reticulum.

reticulum - noun. a fine network or netlike structure 2. Zoology the second stomach of a ruminant, having a honeycomb-like structure, receiving food from the rumen and passing it to the omasum.

omasum - noun. Zoology. the muscular third stomach of a ruminant animal, between the reticulum and the abomasum. Also called psalterium. ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Latin, literally 'bullock's tripe.'

psalterium - noun. another term for omasum. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Latin, literally 'psalter', because of its many folds of tissue, resembling pages of a book

psalter - noun. the Book of Psalms; a copy of the biblical Psalms, esp. for liturgical use ORIGIN: Old English ℗saltere, via Latin psalterium from Greek psalterium 'stringed instrument.'

abomasum - noun. Zoology. the fourth stomach of a ruminant, which receives food from the omasum and passes it to the small intestine.

bullocks - noun. another term for steer.

catarrh - noun. excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane. ORIGIN: early 16th.: from French catarrhe, from late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein 'flow down,' from kata- 'down' + rhein 'flow.'

hemolytic - adjective. Medicine. relating to or involving the rupture or destruction of red blood cells

parainfluenza - noun. Medicine. a disease caused by any of a group of viruses that resemble the influenza virus

race - noun. a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, boats, etc., to see which is the fastest in covering a set course, (the races) a series of such competitions for horses or dogs, held at a fixed time on a set course. [in singular] a situation in which individuals or groups compete to be first to achieve a particular objective 2. archaic. the course of the sun or moon through the heavens 3. a strong or rapid current flowing through a narrow channel in the sea or a river 4. a groove, channel, or passage, in particular: a water channel, especially one built to lead water to or from a point where its energy is utilized, as in a mill or mine as in millrace: noun. the channel carrying the swift current of water that drives a mill wheel. A smooth, ring-shaped groove or guide in which a ball bearing or roller bearing runs.

race - verb. [intrans.] compete with another or others to see who is fastest at covering a set course or achieving an objective, to compete regularly in races as a sport or leisure activity; [trans.] prepare and enter (an animal or vehicle) in races as a sport or leisure activity 2. [intrans.] move or progress swiftly at full speed, figurative. a hurrying of thoughts or ideas that move through the mind swiftly, (of an engine or other machinery) operate at excessive speed, (of a person's heart or pulse) beat faster than usual because of fear or excitement. [trans.] cause to move, progress, or operate swiftly or at excessive speed ORIGIN: late Old English, from Old Norse ras 'current.'  It was originally a northern English word with the sense [rapid forward movement,] which gave rise to the senses [contest of speed] (early 16th cent.) and [channel, path] (i.e. the space traversed). The verb dates from the late 15th century.

ruddle - noun. a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.; to mark or color with ruddle

yeanling - noun. the young of a sheep or goat; a lamb or kid 2. adjective. just born; infant

ammotragus - noun. The Barbary sheep is a species of caprid(goat-antelope) native to rocky mountains in North Africa.

bowyangs - noun. a pair of strings or straps secured round each trouser leg below the knee, worn esp. by sheep shearers and other laborers

cavicom - adjective. Zoology. hollow-horned, as the ruminants with true horns, as distinguished from bony antlers

cockalorum - noun. informal/dated. a self-important little man.

commonable - adjective. British. Chiefly Historical. (of land) allowed to be jointly used or owned; (of an animal) allowed to be pastured on public land

cut of mutton - noun. cut of meat from a mature sheep

depasture - verb. to graze or denude by grazing (a pasture, especially a meadow specially grown for the purpose) 2. transitive verb. to pasture (cattle or sheep).

denude - verb. to make naked or bare; strip 2. Geology. subject to denudation: the act of denuding, the state of being denuded; exposing or laying bare of rock by erosive processes

gourdworm - noun. the fluke of sheep

fluke - noun. the part of an anchor that catches in the ground, especially the flat triangular piece at the end of each arm 2. a barb, or the barbed head, of a harpoon, spear, arrow, or the like 3. either half of the triangular tail of a whale

groenendael - or Belgian Sheepdog, is recognized by all major kennel clubs, a mid-sized, hard-working, square-proportioned breed of dog in the sheepdog family. Posesses a distinctive black coat.

hogg - noun. Farming. a young sheep of either sex from about 9 to 18 months of a age (until it cuts two teeth)

hypopachus - noun. Zoology. a genus of microhylid frogs.

microhylidae - the microhylidae are a geographically widespread family of frogs. The 495 species are in 68 genera and 9 subfamilies, which is the largest number of genera of any frog family.

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Words of Black and Beauty

ebon - noun. poetic/literary. dark brown or black; ebony

drab - adjective. lacking brightness in color

wan - adjective. (of a person's complexion or appearance) pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion

achromic - adjective. having no color; colorless

achromatous - adjective. having little or inadequate color

dun - adjective. of a dull grayish-brown color

etiolate - verb. to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight; to make pale

hueless - adjective. of something totally lacking in saturation and therefore having no hue

wanness - adjective. lividness: unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress

tawny - adjective. of an orange-brown or yellowish-brown color; tan

pallor - noun. an unhealthy pale appearance

paly - adjective. divided into equal vertical stripes; pallid, colorless

atonic - adjective. lacking muscle tone

melanize - verb. convert into, or infiltrate with melanin

melanin - noun. a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight.

achromatic - adjective. relating to, employing, or denoting lenses that transmit light without separating it into constituent colors. poetic/literary. without color.

nigrify - verb. blacken; make or become black

calamitous - adjective. (of an event) black; having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

mordant - adjective. (esp., of humor) having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting; noun. a substance, typically inorganic oxide, that combines with a dye or stain and thereby fixes it in a material

niello - noun. a black compound of sulfur with silver, lead, or copper, used for filling in engraved designs in silver or other metals; such ornamental work

mulatto - noun. Derogatory. a person of mixed white and black ancestry, esp. a person with on white and one black parent

pekoe - noun. a high-quality black tea made from young leaves

spade - noun. a tool with a sharp-edged, typically rectangular, metal blade and a long handle, used for digging or cutting earth, sand, turf, etc.; one of the four suits in a conventional deck of playing cards, denoted by a black inverted heart-shaped figure with a small stalk

bohea - noun. a kind of black tea

congou - noun. a black tea grown in China

crape - verb. to cover or drape with a crape

demitasse - noun. a small coffee cup

jackdaw - noun. a small, gray-headed Eurasian crow, that typically nests in tall buildings and chimneys

schipperke - noun. a small black tailless dog of a breed with a ruff of fur around its neck

souchong - noun. a fine black variety of Chinese tea

atrous - adjective. Jet black in color

ecchymosis - noun. Medical. a discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath

percheron - noun. a powerful draft horse of a gray or black breed, originally from France

schorl - noun. a black iron-rich variety of tourmaline

tourmaline - noun. a brittle gray or black mineral that occurs as prismatic crystals in granitic and other rocks. It consists of a boron aluminosilicate and has pyroelectric and polarizing properties, and is used in electrical and optical instruments and as a gemstone. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French, based on Sinhalese turamalli, 'carnelian.'

carnelian - noun. a semiprecious stone consisting of an orange or orange-red variety of chalcedony
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hellion - noun. informal. a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: perhaps from dialect hallion [a worthless fellow,] changed by association with hell.

sorghum - noun. a widely cultivated cereal native to warm regions of the Old World. It is a major source of grain and of feed for livestock

tome - noun. chiefly humorous. a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: (denoting one volume of a larger work) from French, via Latin from Greek tomos 'section, roll of papyrus, volume' ; related to temnein 'to cut.'

psychonautics - noun. a sailor of the mind/soul, refers both to a methodology for describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states of consciousness, including those induced by meditation or mind altering substances, and to a research paradigm in which the researcher voluntarily immerses him/herself into an altered state by means of such techniques, as a means to explore human experience and existence. The term has been applied diversely, to cover all activities by which altered states are induced and utilized for spiritual purposes or the exploration of the human condition, including shamanism, lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, sensory deprivation, and archaic/modern drug users who use entheogenic substances in order to gain deeper insights and spiritual experiences. A person who uses altered states for such exploration is known as a psychonaut.

lamas - noun. an honorific title applied to a spiritual leader in the Tibetan Buddhism whether a reincarnate lama (such as the Dalai Lama) or one who has earned the title in life. 2. a Tibetan or Mongolian Buddhist monk. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Tibetan bla-ma (the initial b being silent), literally 'superior one."

Tabernanthe iboga -  noun. Botany. also iboga. A perennial rainforest shrub and hallucinogen, native to western Central Africa. Iboga stimulates the central nervous system when taken in small doses and induces visions in larger doses. In parts of Africa where the plant grows the bark of the root is chewed for various pharmacological or ritualistic purposes. Ibogaine, , the active alkaloid is also used to treat substance abuse disorders. A small amount of ibogaine along with precursors of ibogaine are found in Vacanga africana.

chartulary - noun. A cartulary or chartulary, also called Pancarta and Codex Diplomaticus, is a medieval manuscript volume or roll containing transcriptions of original documents relating to the foundation, privileges, and legal rights of ecclesiastical establishments, municipal corporations, industrial associations, institutions of learning, or private families. THe term is sometimes also applied to collections of original documents bound in one volume or attached to one another so to form a roll.

hemminge - noun. An English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays

Edmund Kean - noun. Historical Theater. (b.1787-1833) English actor, especially known for performance of Shakespearean roles.

oberon - Astronomy. a satellite of Uranus, the furthest from the planet, discovered by W. Herschel in 1787. It has a heavily cratered surface and a diameter of 963 miles. ORIGIN: from the name of the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sir John Lord Cobham Oldcastle - noun. b.1377-1417, English martyr; leader of a Lollard conspiracy; executed for treason and heresy: model for Shakespeare's Falstaff
in Henry IV

Prospero - is a fictional character and the protagonist of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

The Tempest - Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, who (with his young daughter, Miranda) was put to sea on "a rotten carcass of a butt(boat)" to die by his uprising brother, Antonio, twelve years before the play begins. Prospero and Miranda survived, and found exile on a small island. He has learned sorcery from books secretly given to him (referred to as his "Art" in the play), and uses it while on the island to protect Miranda and control the other characters. On the island, he becomes master of the monster Caliban(the son of Sycorax, a malevolent witch), and Ariel, an elemental who has become enslaved by Prospero after he is freed from his prison inside a tree. However, at the end of the play, Prospero intends to drown his book and renounce magic. In the view of the audience, this may have been required to make the ending ambiguously happy, as magic smacked too much of diabolical works; he will drown his books for the same reason that Doctor Faust, in an earlier play by Christopher Marlowe, promised in vain to burn his books.

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Martin Luther - Martin Luther, b. 1483-1546, German theologian; the principal figure of the German Reformation. Luther preached the doctrine of justification by faith rather than by works and railed against the sale of indulgences and papal authority.

papal - adjective. of or relating to a pope or to the papacy.

Lollardy - also (Lollardry, Lollardism) was a political and religious movement that existed from the mid-14th century to the English Reformation. The term "lollard" refers to the followers of John Wycliffe, a prominent theologian who was dismissed from the University of Oxford in 1381 for criticism of the Church, especially in his doctrine on the Eucharist.The Lollards' demands were primarily for the reform of Western Christianity

The Alexian Brothers - also Alexians or Cellites are a Catholic religious institute or congregation specifically devoted to caring for the sick which has its origin in Europe at the time of the Black Death. They follow the Augustinian rule.

History

The Alexians trace their origin to the early 12th-century Beghards, male counter-arts of the Beguines, the lay women who followed a devout style of life in a limited degree of common life. The men did not get much attention until they made a great contribution in history in the city of Mechelen, in the Duchy of Brabant (in central Flanders, now Belgium), some time in the 14th century, during the terrible ravages of the Black Death. Some laymen united under the guidance of a certain Tobias to succor the plague-stricken, without taking any vows or adopting a monastic lifestyle. One of their most obvious activities was caring for those stricken with the bubonic plague, along with their families, and burying those who died. These laymen lived in little rooms or cells (from Latin, cella 'a cell that gave rise to their early name of Cellites.'

The plague victims became the outcasts of the society and were thrown outside the city walls, along with the other marginalized folk, to die. Moved by compassion, these laymen came together and vowed to take care of these victims who were abandoned by not only the state and the church, but also their families. Later on, the group attracted more men who chose to abandon their secular lives to live in community as brothers and to serve the needs of the poor. Eventually, the Catholic Church saw the utility of the brothers and invited them to be formally recognized as a religious group and subsequently gave them pontifical status. The brothers were associated with a chapel dedicated to Saint Alexius, who had served many years in a hospital at Edessa in Syria, and they began to be called The Brothers at Saint Alexius Chapel, a name that evolved into that of Alexian Brothers, their modern name.

pontifical - adjective. (in the Roman Catholic Church) of or relating to the pope 2. characterized by a pompous and superior air of infallibility

succor - noun. assistance and support in times of hardship and distress 2. verb. give assistance or aid to 3. archaic. reinforcements of troops ORIGIN: Middle English via Old French from medieval Latin succursus, from Latin succurrere 'run to the help of,' from  sub- 'from below' + currere 'run.'

Black Death - the great epidemic of bubonic plague that killed a large part of the population of Europe in the mid 14th century. It originated in central Asia and China and spread rapidly through Europe, carried by the fleas of black rats, reaching England in 1348 and killing between one third and one half of the population in a matter of months

etiology - noun. Medicine. the cause, set of causes, or manner of causation of a disease or condition; the causation of diseases and disorders as a subject of investigation 2. the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation

Mechelen - noun. a Dutch-speaking municipality in the province of Flanders, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel(adjacent) and Battel(a few kilometers away) as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dijle flows through the city, hence it is often referred to as the 'Dijlestad "City on the river Dijle").

Nekkerspoel - noun. a hamlet of Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium, immediately east of the city. The name means: pool of one or more Nekkers or water demons (in older Dutch necker, devil, evil spirit; from Latin niger, negr-, black), and it is assumed that in earlier centuries locals taking a shortcut trotting through the marshlands of which the Mechels Broek still remains, may have strayed off safer pathways and lost their lives. In 1904, remnants dating from the La Tene era of a settlement of several wooden houses and an 8.4 meter long canoe cut out of an oak tree-trunk, were found at a depth of 5 meters.

This hamlet was already well-populated and built-up at a time that otherwise mainly a few monasteries were seen outside the city's former walls. Meanwhile, it obtained Mechelen's secondary station on Belgium's major Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp Railway, and the Toy Museum(in Dutch Speelgoedmuseum) with exhibits covering 7,000 m(2) in the former furniture manufacturer's Nova building.

Duchy of Brabant - noun. The Duchy of Brabant was a State of the Holy Roman Empire established in 1183. It developed from the Landgraviate of Brabant and formed the heart of the historic Low Countries, part of the Burgundian Netherlands from Habsburg, Netherlands from 1492, until it was dismembered after the Dutch revolt.

Present day North Braband (Staats-Brabant) was adjudicated to the Generality Lands of the Dutch Republic according to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, while the reduced duchy remained in existence with the Southern Netherlands until it was conquered by French Revolutionary forces in 1794.

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panoche - noun. flamboyant confidence of style or manner 2. historical a tuft of plume of feathers, esp. as a headdress or on a helmet.p

landgrave - noun. Historical. a count having jurisdiction over a territory; the title of certain German princes

fief - noun. historical. an estate of land, esp. one held on condition of feudal service 2. a person's sphere of operation or control

feudalism - noun. Historical. the dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him homage, labor, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

villein - noun. (in medieval England) a feudal tenant entirely subject to a lord or manor to whom he paid dues and services in return for land

Pancho Villa - (b.1878-1923), Mexican revolutionary; born Doroteo Arango. He helped Venustiano Carranza to overthrow the dictatorial regime of General Victoriano Huerta in 1914, but then helped Emiliano Zapata to rebel against Carranza's regime.

diorite - noun. a speckled, coarse-grained igneous rock consisting essentially of plagioclase, feldspar, and hornblende or other mafic minerals.

mafic - adjective. Geology. relating to, denoting, or containing a group of dark covered, mainly ferromagnesian minerals such as pyroxene and olivine. Often contrasted with felsic

ferric - adjective. of or relating to iron; chemistry. of iron with a valence of three; of iron(III)

ferrous - adjective. Chemistry. of iron with a valence of two; of iron(II); (chiefly of metals) containing or consisting of iron.

felsic - adjective. Geology. of, relating to, or denoting a group of light-colored minerals including feldspar, feldspathoids, quartz, and muscovite.

feldspar - noun. an abundant rock-forming mineral typically as colorless or pale-colored crystals and consisting of aluminosilicates of potassium, sodium, and calcium.

aluminosilicates - noun. Chemistry. a silicate in which aluminium replaces some of the silicon, esp. a rock forming mineral such as feldspar or a clay mineral.

feldspathoids - noun. Geology. any of a group of minerals chemically similar to feldspar but containing less silica, such as nepheline and leucite.

nepheline - noun. a colorless, greenish, or brownish mineral consisting of an aluminosilicate of sodium (often with potassium) and occurring as crystals and grains in igneous rocks

leucite - noun. a gray or white potassium aluminosilicate, typically found in alkali volcanic rocks.

muscovite - noun. a silver-gray form of mica occurring in many igneous and metamorphic rocks; noun. a native or citizen of Moscow; archaic a Russian

plagioclase - noun. a form of feldspar consisting of aluminosilicates of sodium and/or calcium, common in igneous rocks and typically white

hornblende - noun. a dark brown, black, or green mineral of the amphibole group consisting of hydroxyl aluminosilicate calcium, magnesium, and iron, occurring in many igneous and metamorphic rocks.

amphibole - noun. any of a class of rock-forming silicate or aluminosilicate minerals typically occurring as fibrous or columnar crystals.

panchakarma - noun. (in Ayurvedic medicine) a fivefold detoxification treatment and therapeutic way of eliminating toxic elements from the body. There are a set of five (panch = five, in sanskrit) procedures. They are Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya, and Raktomokshana.

Vamana - Vamana Karma also known as medical emesis/medical vomiting is one of the five Pradhana Karma's of Panchakarma which is successfully used in treating Kaphaj disorders. Some clinical trials have used it as a treatment for major depressive disorder. Some studies have shown the effectiveness of this procedure for disorders of various systems of the human body. It is used as a treatment for psoriasis. There are studies for its use in young, pre-diabetics. The majority of the studies reviewed showed positive outcomes for panchakarma and allied therapies when compared to a control.

Virechana - noun. also known as medical purgation. It is one of the Panchakarmas. Its clinical trials have been carried out for bronchial asthma, psoriasis, and diabetes.

Basti - noun. a treatment done with medical substances, like herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person.

Nasya - noun. The administration of drugs by the route of the nasal cavity. Randomized controlled clinical trials have shown reduction in the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis by nasya. Clinical trials have been carried out for myopia, as well as to treat chronic sinusitis.

cervical spondylosis - noun. Medical. Osteoarthritis between the spinal vertebrae and/or neural foraminae.

decoction - noun. the liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, esp. a medical preparation made from a plant; the action or process of extracting the essence of something ORIGIN: late Middle English from late Latin decoctio(n-), from decoquere 'boil down.'

purgation - noun. evacuation of the bowels brought about by laxatives 2. the purification or cleansing of someone or something 3. (in Roman Catholic doctrine) the spiritual cleansing of a soul in purgatory 4. historical the action of clearing oneself of accusation or suspicion by an oath or ordeal

sequela - noun. (usu. sequelae) Medicine. a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury

Kaphalaseri - noun. a village in Bajhang District in the Seti Zone of north-western Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 4,364 and had 727 houses in the village.

panchayat - noun. Indian. a village council

vassals - noun. Historical. a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance; a person or country in a subordinate position to another

Lotharingia - noun. a region in northwest Europe, comprising the Low Countries, the western Rhineland, the lands today on the border between France and Germany, and what is now western Switzerland. It was born of the triparite division in 855 of the Middle-Francia, itself formed of the threefold division of the Carolingian Empire by the Treaty of Verdun in 843. Neither Lotharingia nor Middle Francia had any natural coherence, but each was conceived as a territorial division of a larger realm.

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adjudicated - verb. make a formal judgement or decision about a problem or disputed matter ORIGIN: early 18th cent. (in the sense [award judicially]: from Latin adjudicat- 'awarded judicially,' from the verb adjudicare. The noun adjudication dates from the early 17th century.

Tobias -

bubonic plague -

Edessa in Syria

Beguines and Beghards - were lay Christian religious orders that were active in Germany and the Low Countries in the 13th-18th centuries. Their members lived in semi-monastic communities but did not take formal religious vows. They were influenced by Albigensian teachings and by the Brethren of the Free Spirit, which flourished in and around Cologne at the same time but was later condemned as heretical.

Albigensian - plural noun. the members of a heretical sect in southern France in the 12th-13th centuries, identified with the Cathars. Their teaching was a form of Manichaean dualism, with an extremely strict moral and social code.

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novitiate - noun. the period or state of being a novice, esp. in a religious order; a place housing religious novices, a novice, esp. in a religious order ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin noviciatus, from Latin novicius 'new.'

Alexian Brothers' Novitiate - The Alexian Brother's Novitiate is a manor house located in Gresham, Shawano County, Wisconsin, USA. Originally built in 1939 as a residence, it would be converted into a novitiate for the Alexian Brother's order in 1950 after being donated to them. The building ceased to be used as a novitiate after 1968, following the Second Vatican Council and the reforms from it. It has since been largely vacated and partially demolished, leaving very little of it standing. The building is best known for being seized by the Menominee Indian Reservation. Though successful, it ultimately was returned to Gresham, where it would be largely forgotten.

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troilus - Greek Mythology. a Trojan prince, the son of Priam and Hecuba, killed by Achilles. In medieval legends of the Trojan War he is portrayed as the forsaken lover of Cressida.

Cressida - Greek Mythology. (in medieval legends of the Trojan War) the daughter of Calchas, a priest. She was unfaithful to her lover Troilus,

vagrom -

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uredo - noun. burning feeling in the skin

urent - adjective. burning;stinging

uranophobia - noun. agoraphobia

unsterocorated - adjective. not manured

untimeous - adjective. untimely

untreasure - verb. to despoil

despoil - verb. (often be despoiled) steal or violently remove valuable or attractive possessions from; plunder

unwithdrawing - noun. liberal; lavish

upas - noun. a tropical Asian tree, the milky sap of which has been used as arrow poison and for ritual purposes; (in folklore) a Javanese(people who descended from Java; the Indonesian language of Java) tree alleged to poison its surroundings and said to be fatal to approach; a tree in the mulberry and fig family Moraceae.

upbuilding - verb. (past and past part. -built) chiefly poetic. literary. construct or develop (something)

univocalic - noun. having only one vowel; written passage using only one vowel

upcast - noun. a shaft through which air leaves a mine; upward throw, material thrown upwards

upher - noun. a rough pole made of fir and used in scaffolding

uprist - adjective. rising, upward

upspeak - verb. to begin to speak

upstay - verb. to sustain

uranic - adjective. of the palate

uraster - noun. starfish

upaithric - noun. roofless, open to the sky

uvid - adjective. moist;wet

usucaption - noun. acquisition of property by long usage and enjoyment

bardolatry -

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desdemona -

hathaway -

alarum -

bardolater -

hazlitt -

mongst -

monist -

prithee -

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acumen - noun. the ability to make good judgements and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.

Abuja - noun. a newly built city in central Nigeria, designated in 1982 to replace Lagos as the national capital; pop. 378,670

sard - noun. a yellow or brownish-red variety of chalcedony

pard - noun. archaic or poetic/literary. a leopard

parados - noun. an elevation of earth behind a fortified place as a protection against attack from the rear, esp. a mound along the back of a trench

paralipsis - noun. Rhetoric. the device of giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing about a subject ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek paraleipsis 'passing over,' from paraleopein 'omit,' from para- 'aside' + leipein 'to leave.'

lupine - adjective. of, like, or relating to a wolf or wolves; fierce or ravenous as a wolf ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin lupinus, from lupus 'wolf.'

cachalot - noun. Zoology. another term for sperm whale. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French, from Spanish and Portuguese cachalote, from cachola 'big head.'

cachaca - noun. a Brazilian white rum made from sugar cane

cachet - noun. 1. the state of being respected or admired; prestige 2. a distinguishing mark or seal. Philately. a printed design added to an envelope to commemorate a special event 3. a flat capsule enclosing a dose of unpleasant-tasting medicine.  ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from French, from cacher in the sense 'to press,' based on Latin coactare 'constrain.'

tannin - noun. a yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in some galls, barks, and other plant tissues, consisting of derivatives of gallic acid, used in leather production and ink manufacture ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: from French tanin, from tan 'tanbark (ultimately related to TAN)

cachou - noun. dated. a pleasant smelling lozenge sucked to mask bad breath, variation of catechu

catechu - noun. a vegetable extract containing tannin, esp. one (also called cutch) obtained from the heartwood of an Indian acacia tree, used chiefly for tanning and dyeing

polyphenol - noun. Chemistry. a compound containing more than one phenolic hydroxyl group.

confabulate - verb. formal. engage in conversation; talk 2. Psychiatry. fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory

eristic - formal. adjective. of or characterized by debate or argument. (of an argument or arguer
aiming at winning rather than at reaching the truth 2. noun. a person given to debate or argument; the art or practice or debate or argument ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Greek eristikos, from erizein 'to wrangle,' from eris 'strife.'

cutch - noun. an extract of Acacia

Fabuland - Fabuland was a theme product range of the Lego construction toy, aimed at young children. Introduced in 1979, the range aimed to fill the gap between Duplo and the standard Lego product ranges. Aimed at both boys and girls, the range encouraged storytelling, and was the first theme to be extended into books, clothing, and claymation TV series that aired in the UK and Canada during the 1980's and each Episode of Edward and Friends was 5 minutes in length. Fabuland sets featured anthropomorphic animal characters. These pieces were larger than standard Lego Minifigures, but smaller than Duplo figures, and included movable arms, legs and head. Some of the characters appeared in more than one set, and were given names, and sometimes even stories. Recurring characters included Edward Elephant, Bonnie Bunny, Max Mouse, Clive Crocodile, and Wilfred Walrus.

philately - noun. the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps. For instance, the stamps being studied may be very rare, or reside only in museums. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from French philatelie, from philo- 'loving' + Greek ateleia 'exemption from payment (from a- 'not' + telos 'toll, tax'), used to mean a franking mark or postage stamp exempting the recipient from payment.

cachinnate - verb. poetic/literary. laugh loudly

tencel - noun. trademark. a cellulosic fiber contained from wood pulp using recyclable solvents' a fabric made from this

algolagnia - noun. Psychiatry. desire for sexual gratification through inflicting pain on oneself or others; sadomasochism.

In 1892, Albert von Schrenck-Notzing introduced the term algolagnia to describe "sexual" masochism, to differentiate it from Fere's earlier term called "algophilia"; Schrenck-Notzing's interpretation was that algolagnia involved lust as Fere interpreted the phenomenon. (It should be cautioned, though, that the definitions regarding sadism and masochism as medical terms have changed over the years (as also noted in the main article for that topic) and are still evolving, and there are also non-medical definitions of sadomasochism.) However, Krafft-Ebing's theories in Pyschopathia Sexualis - where the terms sadism and masochism were used- were adopted by Sigmund Freud and became an integral part of psychoanalysis, thereby ensuring their predominance over the concept of "algolagnia."

anhedonia - noun. Psychiatry. inability to feel pleasure

cyrenaic - adjective. of or denoting the hedonistic school of philosophy, which was founded c. 400 BC by Aristippus the Elder of Cyrene and which holds that pleasure is the highest good and that virtue is to be equated with the ability to enjoy.

Aristippus - (late 5th century BC), Greek philosopher; known as Aristippus the Elder of Cyrene. He is considered the founder of the Cyrenaic school.

Cyrene - an ancient Greek city in North Africa, near the coast in Cyrenaica.

blase - adjective. unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before

ammophanes - a genus of moths of the Noctuidae family. The Noctuidae or owlet moths are a family of robustly built moths that includes more than 35,000 known species out of possibly 100,000 total, in more than 4,200 genera. They constitute the largest family in the Lepidoptera. Their distribution is worldwide, with about 1,450 species found in Europe.

photophile - adjective. of or pertaining to an organism, as a plant, that is receptive to, seeks, or thrives in light.

sciophilous - in phytogeography, shade-loving; adapted to live in shade.

gerundive - noun. Grammar. (in Latin) a form that is derived from a verb but that functions as an adjective, denoting something "that should or must be done."
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Priests, The Church, the Vestments
sacerdotal - adjective. relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly 2. Theology. relating to or denoting a doctrine that ascribes sacrificial functions and spiritual supernatural powers to ordained priests

sacristy - noun. a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and other things used in worship are kept

vestments - noun. a chasuble or other robe worn by the clergy or choristers during services 2. Archaic. a garment, esp. a ceremonial or official robe

chasuble - noun. a sleeveless outer vestment worn by a Catholic or High Anglican priest when celebrating Mass, typically ornate and having a simple hole for the head

choristers - noun. a member of a choir, esp. a child or young person singing the treble part in a church choir 2. a person who leads the singing of a church choir or congregation ORIGIN: late Middle English queristre, from Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French cueriste, from quer. The change in the first syllable in the 16th cent. was due to association with obsolete chorist [member of a choir or chorus,] but the older form quirister long survived.

saccade - noun. Technical. a rapid movement of the eye between fixation points ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from French, literally 'violent pull,' from Old French saquer 'to pull.'

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Archeology, Earth-Dirts, Chemistry, and Medicine

lagerstatte - from Lager 'storage' Statte 'place'; plural Lagerstatten, is a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation-- sometimes including preserved soft tissues. These formations may have resulted from carcass burial in an anoxic environment with minimal bacteria, thus delaying decomposition. Lagerstatten span geological time from the Neoproterozoic era to the present. Worldwide, some of the best examples of near-perfect fossilization are the Cambrian Maotianshan shales and Burgess Shale, the Devonian Hunsruck Slates, the Jurassic Solnhofen limestone, the Carboniferous Mazon Creek and the Cretaceous Yixian Formation localities.

Neoproterozoic - noun. Archeology. The Neoproterozoic Era is the unit of geologic time from 1,000 to 541 million years ago. The terminal Era of the formal Proterozoic Eon (or the informal "Precambrian"), it is further subdivided into the Tonian, Cryogenian, and Ediacaran Periods. The most severe glaciation known in the geologic record occurred during the Cryogenian, when ice sheets reached the equator and formed a possible "Snowball Earth". The earliest fossils of multicellular life are found in the Ediacaran, including the earliest animals.

Ediacaran - named after the Ediacara Hills of South Australia, is the last geological period of the Neoproterozoic Era and of the Proterozoic Eon, immediately preceding the Cambrian Period, the first period of the Paleozoic Era and of the Phanerozoic Eon.

anoxic - noun. Technical. an absence of oxygen 2. Medicine. an absence or deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues; severe hypoxia

hypoxia - noun. Medicine. deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues; oxygen deficiency in a biotic environment leading to this

valence - noun. Chemistry. the combining power of an element , esp. as measured by the number of hydrogen atoms it can displace or combine with 2. adjective. relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for chemical bond formation 3. Linguistics. the number of grammatical elements with which a particular word, esp. a verb, combines in a sentence

valance - noun. a length of decorative drapery attached to the canopy of a frame of a bed in order to screen the structure or the space beneath it; a length of decorative drapery hung above a window to screen the curtain fittings; an indirect-lighting fixture extending along the top of an interior wall; a dust duffle

valency - noun. Chemistry & Linguistics chiefly Brit. another term for 'valence.'

parthenogenesis - noun. Biology. reproduction from an ovum without fertilization, esp. as a normal process in some invertebrates and lower plants

dinoflagellate - noun. Biology. a single-celled organism with two flagella, occurring in large numbers in marine plankton and also found in fresh water. Some produce toxins that can accumulate in shellfish, resulting in poisoning when eaten. Division Dinophyta or class Dinophyceae, division Chromophycota (or phylum Dinophyta, kingdom Protista).

ephemeroptera - noun. Zoology. an order of insects that comprises the mayflies

deinonychus - noun. a dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the mid Cretaceous period, growing up to 11 feet (3.3m) in length. Genus Deinonychus , family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda.

deinococcus - a bacterium that can survive extremely high levels of radiation and therefore has high potential for radioactive waste cleanup; the only genus of the deinoccales group from the Deinococcus-Thermus phylum highly resistant to environmental hazards

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Feet & Eyes

sabaton - noun. solleret, armor plate that protects the foot; consists of mail with a solid toe and heel

solleret - armor plate that protects the foot; consists of mail with a solid toe and heel

sabin - adjective. of, relating to, or denoting an ancient Oscan-speaking people of the central Apennines in Italy, conquered and assimilated by the Romans in 290 B.C.

sabliere - noun. a sand pit

sabot - noun. a simple shoe, shaped and hollowed out from a single block of wood 2. A device that ensures the correct positioning of a bullet or shell in the barrel of a gun

sabulous - adjective. sandy or gritty

scotophil - adjective. Biology. growing or functioning best in darkness

scotoma - noun. a partial loss of vision or a blind spot in an otherwise normal visual field

whiting - noun. a slender-bodied marine fish (Merlangius merlangus) of the cod family. It lives in shallow European waters and is a commercially important food fish 2. Ground chalk used for purposes such as whitewashing and cleaning up metal plates

prolix - adjective. (of speech or writing} Using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy

ageusia - noun. Biology. Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami

umami - noun. a category of taste in food(besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate ORIGIN: Japanese, literally 'deliciousness.'

animadversion - noun. Formal. criticism or censure

beadle - noun. British. a ceremonial officer of a church, college, or similar institution

brachymetropia - noun. same as myopia. nearsightedness; lack of imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight

colophon - noun. a publisher's emblem or imprint, esp. one on the title page or spine of a book 2. historical. a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer's emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing

desquamation - verb. (of a layer of cells, e.g., of the skin) come off in scales or flakes ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: (in the sense [remove scales from] ): from Latin dequamat- 'scaled,' from the verb

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desquamare, from de- 'away from' + squama 'a scale.'

diegesis - noun. a narrative or plot, typically in a movie.

phytogeography - noun. the branch of botany that deals with the geographical distribution of plants

lucifugous - adjective. chiefly Zoology. shunning the light

lucifugal -

solifugous -

heliophobous -

chionophobous -

ombrophobous -

leucophilous -

finifugal -

nidifugous

phototropic -

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oenophile - noun. a connoisseur of wines.

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oikophobia - noun. Psychiatry. Oikophobia, also ecophobia, is a term used in psychiatry to refer to an aversion to home surroundings. It can also be used more generally to mean an abnormal fear of the home, or of the contents of a house ("fear of household appliances, equipment, bathtubs, household chemicals, and other common objects in the home"). The term derives from the Greek words oikos, meaning, 'household, house, or family' + phobia meaning "fear…disproportional to the actual danger posed". In 1808 the poet and essayist Robert Southey used the word to describe a desire (particularly by the English) to leave home and travel. Southey's usage as a synonym for wanderlust was picked up by other nineteenth century writers. In a 2004 book, the word was adapted by the British conservative philosopher Roger Scruton to mean "the repudiation of inheritance and home." He argued that is is "a stage through which the adolescent mind normally passes", but that it is a feature of some, typically leftist, political impulses, and ideologies which espouses xenophilia.

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oikos - noun. an oikos(plural, English prefix: eco- for ecology and economics) is the ancient Greek equivalent of a household, house, or family.

Halkieriid - noun. Zoology. (also oikozetetes) The halkieriids are a group of fossil organisms from the Lower to Middle Cambrian. Their eponymous genus is Halkieria, which has been found on almost every continent in Lower to Mid Cambrian deposits, forming a large component of the small shelly fossil assemblages. The best known species is Halkieria evangelista, from the North Greenland Sirius Passet Lagerstatte, in which complete specimens were collected on an expedition in 1989. The fossils were described by Simon Conway Morris and John Peel in a short paper in 1990 in the journal Nature. Later a more thorough description was undertaken in 1995 in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London and wider evolutionary implications were posed.

xenophilia - noun. an individual who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.

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Sciopticon - The magic lantern or Laterna Magica is an early type of image projector developed in the 17th century. The magic lantern has a concave mirror in front of a light source that gathers light and projects it through a slide with an image scanned onto it. The light rays cross an aperture (which is an opening at the front of the apparatus), and hit a lens. The lens throws an enlarged picture of the original image from the slide onto a screen. Main light sources used during the 17th century were candles or oil lamps. These light sources were quite inefficient and produced weak projections.

The invention of the Argand lamp in the 1790s helped to make the projected images brighter. The invention of the limelight in the 1820s made it even brighter, and following that the inventions of the electric arc lamp in the 1860s, and the incandescent electric lamps all further improved the projected image of the magic lantern. It was also an important invention for motion picture film and 45mm projectors because of its ability to screen moving images. To achieve this, mechanical slides were used to make the images move. This was done using two glass slides, one with the part of the picture that would remain stationary and one with the part of the picture that would move on a disc. The glass slides were placed one on top of the other in an orderly fashion and a hand-operated pulley wheel was used to turn the movable disc. The magic lantern also led directly to Eadweard Muybridge's invention of the zoopraxiscope, which was another forerunner for moving pictures.

Lahore Railway Station - The Lahore Junction railway station in Lahore, Pubjab, Pakistan was built by British colonists between 1859-1860 at the cost of half a million Rupees. It is the junction of Lahore-Amritsar railway line. It is of typical grand British architecture in South Asia during the British Raj period. The railway network established by the British was extensive and is one of their lasting contributions to the culture and infrastructure of this region.

The railway station has 11 platforms (1 to 9, with 2 extra platforms, 3A and 6A). Platform No. 1 is of special importance, as this platform is the destination of "Samjhauta Express", the train service between Pakistan and India.

British Raj - The British Raj (lit. "reign" in Hindi) is the term often used for British rule in the Indian subcontinent, usually but not exclusively for the period between 1858 and 1947. The term can also refer to a period of dominion. The region under British control, commonly called India in contemporary usage, included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom (contemporaneously British-India). As India, it was a founding member of the League of Nations and the United Nations, and a participating nation in the Summer Olympics in 1900,1920, 1928, 1932, and 1936

Samjhauta Express - called the Friendship Express, is a twice-weekly train -- Tuesdays and Fridays -- that runs between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. The word samjhauta means "agreement", "accord" and "compromise" in both Hindi and Urdu. Until the reopening of the Thar Express, this was the only rail connection between the two countries. The train was started on July 22, 1976 following the Shimla Agreement and ran between Amritsar and Lahore, a distance of about 42 km. Following disturbances in Punjab in the late eighties, due to security reasons Indian Railways decided to terminate the service at Attari, where customs and immigration clearances take place. On April 14, 2000, in an agreement between India Railways and Pakistan Railways (PR), the distance was revised to cover just under three km.

Amritsar - noun. historically also known as Ramdaspur and colloquially as Ambarsar) is a city in the north-western part of India. It is the spiritual center for the Sikh religion and the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district in the state of Punjab. It is home to the Harmandir Sahib (referred to as the "Golden Temple" in the western media), the spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion. This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on week days alone and is the most popular destination for Non-resident Indians(NRI) in the whole of India. The city also houses the Sikh temporal and political authority, Akal Takht, as well as the Sikh Parliament. The 2011 Indian census reported the population of the city to be 1,132,761. Amritsar is situated 135 miles northwest of the state capital Chandigarh and is 20 miles east of Lahore, Pakistan and therefore, very close to India's western border with Pakistan. The main commercial activities include tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce, handicrafts, service trades, and light engineering. The city is known for its rich cuisine and culture, and for the tragic incident of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919 under British Rule. Amritsar is home to Central Khalsa Orphanage, which was once home to Udham Singh, a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement.

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Udham Singh - (b. December 26, 1899--July 31, 1940) was an Indian revolutionary, best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer in March 1940 in what has been described as an avenging of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Singh changed his name to Ram Mohammad Singh Azad, symbolizing the equality of all faith and of the three major religions in India: Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. Singh is considered one of the best-known revolutionaries of the Indian independence struggle; he is also sometimes referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh (the expression "Shaheed-i-Azam" means "the great martyr"). Bhagat Singh and Singh along with Chandrasekhar Azad, Rajguru and Sukhdev, were among the most famous revolutionaries in the first half of the 20th-century for India. For their actions, the British government labeled these men as "India's earliest Marxists",

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Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Jallianwala Bagh massacre, involving the killing of over 300 Indian civilians by a senior British military officer, Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. On April 13, 1919, over twenty thousand unarmed Indians (Sikhs & Hindus), peacefully assembled in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, to listen to several prominent local leaders speak out against British colonial rule in India and against the arrest and deportation of Dr. Satya Pal, Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew, and a few others under the unpopular Rowlatt Act. Singh and his friends from the orphanage were serving water to the crowd.

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Khalsa - The collective body of all initiated Sikhs represented by the five beloved-ones and can be called the Guru Panth, the embodiment of the Guru and the final temporal Guru/leader of the Sikhs. The word Khalsa translates to "Sovereign/Free". Another interpretation is that of being "Pure/Genuine." The Khalsa was inaugurated on March 30, 1699, by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. From then on the temporal leadership of the Sikhs was passed on to the Khalsa with the bestowed title of "Guru Panth" and spiritual leadership was passed on to the Guru Granth Sahib with the Khalsa being responsible for all executive, military, and civil authority in the Sikh society. The Khalsa is also called the nation of the Sikhs.

The Sikhs of the Khalsa can be identified with the given Five Ks and titles of Singh and Kaur. This happens after being baptized to the order of the Khalsa. This happens after being baptized to the order of the Khalsa. The tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh at an event which coincided with the Vaisakhi Day (of the new lunar month Baisakh Samvat 1756) in the year 1699 at Kesgarh, in Anandpur initiated that every Sikh becomes Amritdhari "[Having taken Amrit]" and follow the Five Ks; which are not merely symbols but display commitment to the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev like a uniform of organization.

Amrit - also Amrita or Amrut is a Sanskrit word that literally means "immortality", and is often referred to in texts as nectar. The word's earliest occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is one of several synonyms of "soma" as the drink which confers immortality upon the gods. It is related etymologically to the Greek "ambrosia", and it carries the same meaning. It has various significances in different dharmic traditions. "Amrit" or "Amrut" is also a common Hindu first name for men; the feminine form is "Amrita" or "Amruta."

Amrita are also fourteen treasure jewels(Ratnas) that emerged from Samudra manthan ocean. The fourth Ratna which emerged is known as Kaustubha, the divine jewel of Vishnu.

Samudra manthan - In Hinduism, Samudra manthan or Ksheera Sagara Mathanam, meaning Churning of the Ocean of Milk is one of the most famous periods in the Puranas. The story appears in the Bhagavata Purana, the Mahabharata, and the Vishnu Purana. In literal terms, this tale is an allegorical description of what transpires during a kundalini awakening process. Kundalini is a latent energy that lays dormant in the spine. Upon awakening, it rises in a sensation akin to a slithering snake, up the spinal column (Meru-danda, represented by Mount Meru in the story).

Taj Mahal - a mausoleum at Agra, India, built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan(b. 1592-1666) in memory of his favorite wife, completed c. 1649. Set in formal gardens, the domed building in white marble is reflected in a pool flanked by cypresses. ORIGIN: perhaps a corruption of Persian Mumtaz Mahal, from mumtaz 'chosen one' (the title of the wife of Shah Jahan) and mahal 'abode.'

cypress - noun. an evergreen coniferous tree with small, rounded, woody cones and flattened shoots bearing small, scalelike leaves. Cupressus Chamaecyparis, and other genera, family Cupressaceae : many species, including the columnar Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), common throughout southern Europe. A tree of this type, or branches from it, is a symbol of mourning.

cuprous - adjective. Chemistry. of copper with a valence of one; of copper

limner - noun. chiefly Historical. a painter, esp. of portraits or miniatures.

columnar - adjective. see also COLUMN

entablature - noun. Architecture. a horizontal, continuous lintel on a classical building supported by columns or a wall, comprising the architrave, frieze, and cornice.

lintel - noun. a horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French, based on late Latin liminare , from Latin limen 'threshold.'

architrave - noun. 1. (in classical architecture) a main beam resting across the tops of columns, specifically the lower third entablature. 2. the molded frame around a doorway or window; a molding around the exterior of an arch ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: from French, from Italian, from archi- 'chief' + -trave from Latin trabs, trab- 'a beam.'

frieze - noun. a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, esp. on a wall near the ceiling 2. a horizontal paper strip mounted on a wall to give a similar effect. 3. Architecture. the part of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice. 4. noun. heavy, coarse woolen cloth with a nap, usually on one side only.

nap - verb. sleep lightly or briefly, esp. during the day 2. noun. the raised hairs, threads, or similar small projections on the surface of fabric or suede (used especially with reference to the direction in which they naturally lie)  3. noun. a card game resembling whist in which players declare the number of tricks they expect to take, up to five ORIGIN: Early 19th cent.: abbreviation of NAPOLEON, the original name of the card game. 4. verb. (of a horse) refuse, esp. habitually, to go on at the rider's instructions; jib. ORIGIN: 1950s: back-formation from nappy, an adjective first used to describe heady beer (late Middle English), later used in the sense [intoxicated by drink] (early 18th century), and since the 1920s used to describe a disobedient horse.

cornice - noun. an ornamental molding around the wall of a room just below the ceiling, a horizontal molded projection crowning a building or structure, esp. the uppermost member of the entablature of an order, surmounting the frieze. 2. noun. an overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a mountain or precipice

precipice - noun. a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one ORIGIN: late 16th cent. (denoting a headlong fall): from French precipice, or Latin praecipitium 'abrupt descent,' from praeceps, praecip(it)- 'steep, headlong.'

praecox - from Latin, meaning "very early". It is often used as a qualifying adjective in Latin binomials, and could mean "early flowering", "primitive", "premature" or "early onset" (in the case of medical conditions).

binomials - noun. Mathematics. an algebraic expression of the sum or the difference of two terms 2. a two-part name, esp. the Latin name of a species of living organism (consisting of the genus followed by the specific epithet). 3. Grammar. a noun phrase with two heads joined by a conjunction, in which the order is relatively fixed( as in knife and fork).

specific epithet - noun. chiefly Botany & Microbiology. the second element in the Latin binomial name of a species, which follows the generic name and distinguishes the species from others in the same genus.

Shah Jahan - A'la Azad Abul Muzaffar Shahab ud-Din Mohammad Khurram, known by his imperial name Shah Jahan (in Persian: king of the world) also spelled Shah Jehan and Shahjehan(b. January 5,1592--January 22, 1666) was the Indian emperor of the Mughal Empire in South Asia from 1628 until 1658. He was the fifth emperor after Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir. While young he was the favorite of his legendary grandfather Akbar the Great. At a young age, he was chosen as successor to the Mughal throne after the death of his father, Emperor Jahangir, in 1627. He is considered one of the greatest Mughals. His reign has been called the Golden Age of the Mughals and one of the most prosperous ages of Indian civilization. Like Akbar, he was eager to expand his vast empire. In 1658, he fell ill and was confined by his son Emperor Aurangzeb in Agra Fort until his death in 1666.

The period of his reign was the golden age of Mughal architecture. Shah Jahan erected many splendid monuments, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal at Agra, built in 1632-1648 as a tomb for his beloved wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The Moti Masjid, Agra and many other buildings in Agra, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid in Delhi, mosques in Lahore, extensions to Lahore Fort and a mosque in Thatta also commemorate him. The famous Takht-e-Taus or the Peacock Throne, said to be worth millions of dollars by modern estimates, also dates from his reign. He was also the founder of the new imperial capital called Shahjahanabad, now known as Old Delhi. Other important buildings of Shah Jahan's rule were the Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas in the Red Fort Complex in Delhi and the Moti Masjid in the Lahore Fort. Shah Jahan is also believed to have had a very refined taste in the arts and architecture, and is credited with having commissioned about 777 gardens in Kashmir, his favorite summer residence. A few of these gardens survive, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

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Sikhism - noun. a monotheistic religion founded in Punjab in the 15th century by Guru Nanak. Sikh teaching centers on spiritual liberation and social justice and harmony, though the community took on a militant aspect during early conflicts. The last guru, Gobind Singh(b.1666-1708), passed his authority to the scripture, the Adi Granth, and to the Khalsa, the body of initiated Sikhs. The term "Sikh" means disciple or student. A Sikh is a disciple/subject of the Guru.

Harmandir Sahib(Golden Triangle) - also Darbar Sahib, is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arja, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed the Gurdwara. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. The present day Gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name.

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limelight - noun. also known as calcium light is a type of stage lighting once used in theaters and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime(calcium oxide), which can be heated to 2,572 ºC(4,662 ºF) before melting. The light is produced by a combination of incandescence and candoluminescence. Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be "in the limelight." The actual lights are called limes, a term which has been transferred to electrical equivalents. A pun is sometimes made in theater productions on the two meanings of "lime" by using lime-colored light in a production.

The limelight effect was discovered in the 1820s by Goldsworthy Gurney, based on his work with the "oxy-hydrogen blowpipe," credit for which is normally given to Robert Hare. In 1825, a Scottish engineer, Thomas Drummond (b.1797-1840), saw a demonstration of the effect by Michael Faraday and realized that the light would be useful for surveying. Drummond built a working version in 1826, and the device is sometimes called the Drummond Light after him. Limelight was first used in public in the Convent Garden Theater in London in 1837, and enjoyed widespread use in theaters around the world in the 1860s and 1870s. Limelights were employed to highlight solo performers in the same manner as modern followspots(spotlights). Limelight was replaced by electric arc lighting in the 19th century.

candoluminescence - noun. the light given off by certain materials at elevated temperatures (usually when exposed to a flame) that has an intensity at some wavelengths which can be higher than the blackbody emission expected from incandescence at the same temperature. The phenomenon is notable in certain transition metal and rare earth metal oxide materials(ceramics) such as zinc oxide and cerium oxide or thorium dioxide. The existence of this phenomenon and the underlying mechanism have been the subject of extensive research and debate since the first reports of it in the 1800s. The topic was of a particular interest before the introduction of electric lighting, when most artificial light was produced by fuel combustion. The main alternative explanation for candoluminescence is that it is simply "selective" thermal emission in which the material has a very high emissivity in the visible spectrum, and a very weak emissivity in the part of the spectrum where the blackbody thermal emission would be highest; in such a system, the emitting material will tend to retain a higher temperature because of the lack of invisible radiative cooling.

arc lamp - noun. the general term for a class of lamps that produce light by an electric arc(also called a voltaic arc). The lamp consists of two electrodes, first made from carbon but typically made today of tungsten, which are separated by gas. The type of lamp is often named by the gas contained in the bulb; including neon, argon, xenon, krypton, sodium, metal halide, and mercury, or by the type of electrode as in carbon-arc-lamps. The common fluorescent lamp is a low-pressure mercury arc lamp.

An arc is the discharge that occurs when a gas is ionized. A high voltage is pulsed across the lamp to "ignite" or "strike" the arc, after which the discharge can be maintained at a lower voltage. The "strike" requires an electrical circuit with an igniter and a ballast. The ballast is wired in series with the lamp and performs two functions.

First, when the power is first switched on, the igniter/starter (which is wired in parallel across the lamp) sets up a small current through the ballast and starter. This creates a small magnetic field within the ballast windings. A moment later the starter interrupts the current flow from the ballast, which has a high inductance and therefore tries to maintain the current flow (the ballast opposes any change in current through it); it cannot, as there is no longer a 'circuit'. As a result, a high voltage appears across the ballast momentarily - to which the lamp is connected, therefore the lamp receives this high voltage across it which 'strikes' the arc within the tube/lamp. The circuit will repeat this action until the lamp is ionized enough to sustain the arc.

When the lamp sustains the arc, the ballast performs its second function, to limit the current to that needed to operate the lamp. The lamp, ballast and igniter are rate-matched to each other; these parts must be replaced with the same rating as the failed component or the lamp will not work.

The color of the light emitted by the lamp changes as its electrical characteristics change with temperature and time. Lightning is a similar principle where the atmosphere is ionized by the high potential difference (voltage) between the earth and storm clouds.

The temperature of the arc in an arc lamp can reach several thousand degrees Celsius. The outer glass envelope can reach 500 ºC, therefore before servicing one must ensure the bulb has cooled sufficiently to handle. Often, if these types of lamps are turned off or lose their power supply, one cannot restrike the lamp again for several minutes (called cold restrike lamps). However, some lamps (mainly fluorescent tubes/energy saving lamps) can be restruck as soon as they are turned off (called hot restrike lamps.)

Argand lamp - noun. a home lighting oil lamp producing a light output of 6 to 10 candela  which was invented and patented in 1780 by Aime Argand. Aside from the improvement in brightness, the more complete combustion of the wick and oil required much less frequent trimming of the wick.

In France, they are known as "Quinquets" after Antoine-Arnoult Quinquet, a pharmacist in Paris, who used the idea originated by Argand and popularized it in France. He is sometimes credited with the addition of the glass chimney to the lamp.

The Argand lamp had a sleeve-shaped candle wick mounted so that air can pass both through the center of the wick and also around the outside of the wick before being drawn into the cylindrical chimney which steadies the flame and improves the flow of air. Early models used ground glass which was sometimes tinted around the wick. Later models used a mantle of thorium dioxide suspended over the flame, creating a bright, steady light.

An Argand lamp used whale oil, colza, olive oil, or other vegetable oil as fuel which was supplied by a gravity feed from a reservoir mounted above the burner. A disadvantage of the original Argand arrangement was that the oil reservoir needed to be above the level of the burner because the heavy, sticky vegetable oil would not rise far up the wick. This made the lamps top heavy and cast a shadow in one direction away from the lamp's flame. The Carcel lamp of 1800 and Franchot's moderator lamp of 1835 avoided these problems. The same principle was also used for cooking and boiling water due to its 'affording much the strongest heat without smoke.'

The Carcel Lamp - noun. The Carcel lamp was an efficient lighting device used in the nineteenth century for domestic purposes and in France as the standard measure for illumination. The lamp was invented by the French watchmaker Bernard Guillaume Carcel (b.1750-1818) to overcome the disadvantages of the Argand-type lamps then in use. The vegetable oil - mostly colza - oils then available were thick and would not travel far up a wick. The Argand lamps used a gravity feed which meant that the oil reservoir was located above the burner, casting a shadow, and making the lamp top heavy. Carcel designed a lamp with the oil reservoir under the burner, in the body of the lamp. To keep the oil moving up to the burner, Carcel housed a clockwork mechanism in the lamp base that drove a small pump submerged in the oil tank. The winding key was located at the bottom of the lamp base.

The advantages Carcel claimed for his lamp in his 1800 patent in Paris were that the movement operated unattended, the oil could be used to the last drop, the lamp would stay lit for sixteen hours continuously without refilling, and it provided illumination for several persons at the same time with a single burner. They were more complex devices however, and were not popular outside major European cities. This was partially due to the necessity of having to return them to the (mostly European) manufacturers for repair. The French physical standard Carcel lamp consisted of a cylindrical Argand burner, and gave the standard brightness when 42 grammes of colza oil were consumed per hour. The supply and draught were regulated by clockwork.

inductance - noun. Physics. the property of an electric conductor or circuit that causes an electromotive force to be generated by a change in the current flowing

ionized - verb. (usu. be ionized) convert (an atom, molecule, or substance) into an ion or ions, typically by removing one or more electrons. ionizable adjective, ionization noun.

halide - noun. Chemistry. a binary compound of a halogen with another element or group

metal halides - noun. compounds between metals and halogens. Some such as sodium chloride are ionic, while others are covalently bonded. Covalently bonded metal halides may be discrete molecules, such as uranium hexafluoride, or they may form polymeric structures, such as palladium chloride.

Halide Nusret Zorlutuna - (b. 1901 - June 10, 1984) was a Turkish poet and novelist. Zorlutuna was born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire as the daughter of Mehmet Selim Bey, a journalist and political prisoner. Brought up in exile with her father, she later married and travelled with an army officer. A teacher of Turkish literature in schools, she took part in movements for the rights of women and children.

Poetry

- Geceden Tasan Dertler (Sorrow Flooding Off Night, 1930)
- Yayla Turkusu (Song of the Plateau, 1943)
- Yurdumun Dort Bucagi (Every Place of My Country, 1950)
- Ellerin Bombos (My Hands Are Empty, 1967)

Novels

- Kuller (Ashes, 1921)
- Sisli Geceler (Misty Nights, 1922)
- Gulun Babasi Kim (Who is Father of Rose, 1933)
- Buyukanne (Grandmother, 1971)
- Aydinlik Kapr (The Bright Gate, 1974)
- Ask ve Zafer (The Love and the Victory, 1978)
- Bir Devrin Romanr (Novel of an Age, 2004).

Short Stories

- Beyaz Selvi (The White Cypress, 1945).

Letters

- Hanim Mektuplari (Lady Letters, 1923)

Autobiography

- Benim Kucuk Dostlarum (My Little Friends, 1977)

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uranium hexafluoride - noun. Chemistry. referred to as "hex" in the nuclear industry, is a compound used in the uranium enrichment process that produced fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. It forms solid grey crystals at standard temperature and pressure (STP), is highly toxic, reacts violently with water, and is corrosive to most metals. It reacts mildly with aluminium, forming a thin surface layer of AIF3 that resists further reaction.

Milled uranium ore--U3O8 or "yellowcake"--is dissolved in nitric acid, yielding a solution of uranyl nitrate UO2(NO3)2. Pure uraynl nitrate is obtained by solvent extraction, then treated with ammonia to produce ammonium diuranate ("ADU", (NH4)2U2O7). Reduction with hydrogen gives UO2, which is converted with hydrofluoric acid(HF) to uranium tetrafluoride, UF4. Oxidation with fluorine yields UF6.

During nuclear reprocessing, uranium is reacted with chlorine trifluoride to give UF6 : U + 2 ClF3 →UF6 + Cl2

uranyl - noun. Chemistry. the cation UO 2 2+ , the uraynl ion is an oxycation of uranium in the oxidation state +6, with the chemical formula [UO2]2+. It has a linear structure with short U-O bonds, indicative of the presence of multiple bonds between uranium and oxygen. Four or more ligands are bound to the uranyl ion in an equatorial plane. The uraynl ion forms many complexes, particularly with ligands that have oxygen donor atoms. Complexes of the uraynl ion are important in the extraction of uranium from its ores and in nuclear fuel processing.

ligands - noun. Chemistry. an ion or molecule attached to a metal atom by coordinate bonding 2. Biochemistry. a molecule that binds to another (usually larger) molecule ORIGIN: 1950s: from Latin ligandus 'that can be tied,' gerundive of ligare 'to bind.'

oxycation - noun. Chemistry. a polyatomic ion with a positive charge that contains oxygen

polyatomic ion - noun. Chemistry. also known as a molecular ion, is a charged chemical species (ion) composed of two or more atoms covalently bonded or of a metal complex that can be considered to be acting as a single unit. The prefix "poly-" means "many," in Greek, but even ions of two atoms are commonly referred to as polyatomic. In older literature, a polyatomic ion is also referred to as a radical, and less commonly, as a radical group. In contemporary usage, the term radical refers to free radicals that are (not necessarily charged) species with an unpaired electron.

An example of a polyatomic ion is the hydroxide ion - consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom, hydroxide has a charge of -1. Its chemical formula OH−. An ammonium ion is made up of one nitrogen atom and four hydrogen atoms: it has a charge of +1, and its chemical formula is NU4+.

Polyatomic ions are often useful in the context of acid-base chemistry or in the formation of salts. A polyatomic ion can often be considered as the conjugate acid/base of a neutral molecule. For example, the conjugate base of sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is the polyatomic hydrogen sulfate anion (HSO4-). The removal of another hydrogen ion yields the sulfate anion (SO42-). Examples: Acetate(C2H3O2), Benzoate(C6H5COO−), and Cyanide (CN−).

cathode - noun. the negatively charged electrode by which electrons enter an electrical device; the positively charged electrode of an electrical device, such as a primary cell that supplies current ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Greek kathodos 'way down,' from kata 'down' + hados 'way.'

cation - noun. Chemistry. a positively charged ion, i.e. one that would be attracted to the cathode in electrolysis.

anion - noun. Chemistry. a negatively charged ion, i.e. one that would be attracted to the anode in electrolysis

ammonium diuranate -

uranium tetrafluoride -

chlorine trifluoride -

uranyl nitrate -

nitric acid -

polymer - noun. Chemistry. a substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, e.g., many synthetic organic materials used as plastics and resins ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from German, from Greek polumeros 'having many parts,' from polu- 'many' + meros 'a share.'

palladium chloride - noun. Chemistry. also known as palladium dichloride and palladous chloride. are the chemical compounds with the formula PdCl2. PdCl2 is a common starting material in palladium chemistry - palladium-based catalysts are of particular value in organic synthesis. It is prepared by chlorination of palladium.

palladium - noun. Archaic. a safeguard or source of protection. 2. noun. Chemistry. the chemical element of atomic number 46, a rare silvery-white metal resembling platinum ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the Greek sense): via Latin from Greek palladion, denoting an image of the goddess Pallas (Athena), on which the safety of Troy was believed to depend.

organic synthesis - noun. Organic Chemistry. a special branch of chemical synthesis concerned with the construction of organic compounds via organic reactions. Organic molecules can often contain a higher level of complexity compared to purely inorganic compounds, so the synthesis of organic compounds has developed into one of the most important branches of organic chemistry. There are two main areas of research within the general area of organic synthesis: total synthesis and methodology.

methodology - noun. a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity

lacrimation - also lachrymation is another word for tears.

rhinorrhea - a condition where the nasal cavity is filled with a significant amount of mucous fluid. The condition commonly known as "runny nose", occurs relatively frequently.

tungsten -

krypton -

xenon -

argon -

neon -

ballast -

colza oil - noun. a nondrying oil obtained from the seeds of Brassica rapa, var. oleifera, a variety of the plant that produces turnips. Colza is extensively cultivated in France, Belgium, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. In France, especially, the extraction of the oil is an important industry. In commerce, colza is classed with rapeseed oil, to which it is very closely allied in both source and properties. It is a comparatively nonodoriferous oil of a yellow color, having a specific gravity varying between 0.912 and 0.920. The cake left after extraction of the oil is a valuable feed ingredient for pigs.

thorium dioxide - also called thorium(IV) oxide is a crystalline solid, often white or yellow in color. It was formerly known as thoria or thorina. It is produced mainly as a by-product of lanthanide and uranium production. Thorianite is the name of the mineralogical form of thorium dioxide. It is moderately rare and crystallizes in isometric systems. The melting point of thorium oxide is 3300 ºC -- the highest of all known oxides. Only a few elements (including tungsten and carbon) and a few compounds (including tantalum carbide) have higher melting points.

The compound is radioactive due to the radioactivity of thorium. Thorium dioxide can be used as a nuclear fuel. The high thermal stability of thorium dioxide allows application in flame spraying and high temperature ceramics. Thorium dioxide was the primary ingredient in the X-ray contrast medium Thorotrast

Thorotrast

Thorianite -

lanthanide -

tungsten -

tantalum carbide -

carbon -

vilify - verb. (-fies,-fied) speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner

opprobrium - noun. harsh criticism or censure; the public disgrace arising from someone's shameful conduct 2. archaic. an occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin, literally 'infamy,' from opprobrum, from ob- 'against' + probrum 'disgraceful act.'

denigrate - verb. criticize unfairly; disparage ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense [blacken, make dark] ): from Latin denigrat- 'blackened,' from the verb denigrare, from de- 'away, completely' + nigrare (from niger 'black').

calumny - noun. the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander; a false and slanderous statement

flak - noun. strong criticism 2. anti-aircraft fire

castigate - verb. formal. reprimand (someone) severely ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Latin castigare 'reprove,' from castus 'pure, chaste.'

contumely - noun. (pl. -lies) insolent or insulting language or treatment ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Old French contumelie, from Latin contumelia, perhaps from con- 'with' + tumere 'to swell.'

odium - noun. general or widespread hatred or disgust directed toward someone as a result of their actions : her affair had made her the target of opprobrium and odium. 2. disgrace over something hated or shameful

Eadweard Muybridge -

invective -

obloquy - noun. strong public criticism or verbal abuse; disgrace, esp. that brought about by public abuse

brickbat - noun. a remark or comment which is highly critical and typically insulting; a piece of brick, typically when used as a weapon

excoriate - verb. formal. censure or criticize severely 2. chiefly Medical. damage or remove part of the surface(of the skin).

nummamorous -

xerophilous -

anthophilous -

belgard -

hydrophilous -

nemophilous -

philharmonic - adjective. devoted to music (chiefly used in the names of orchestras); noun. a philharmonic orchestra or the society that sponsors it

philippic - noun. poetic/literary. a bitter attack or denunciation, esp. a verbal one

harangue - noun. a lengthy and aggressive speech 2. verb. lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner

onslaught - noun. a fierce or destructive attack; a large quantity of people or things that is difficult to cope with ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: (also in the form anslaight): from Middle Dutch aenslag, from aen 'on' + slag 'blow.' The change in the ending was due to association with (now obsolete) slaught [slaughter.]

silage - noun. grass or other green fodder compacted and stored in airtight conditions, typically in a silo, without first being dried, and used as animal feed in the winter

polemic - noun. a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something; (usually polemics) the art or practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek polemikos from polemos 'war.'

fulmination - noun. (usually fulminations) an expression of vehement protest; a violent explosion or a flash like lightning

psammophile - noun. a sand-loving organism

polytonal - noun. the simultaneous use of two or more keys in a musical composition

photophor - noun. Chemistry. Calcium phosphide (CP, Ca3P2) is a chemical used in incendiary bombs. It has the appearance of red-brown crystalline powder or grey lumps with a melting point of 1600 ºC. Its trade name is Photophor for the incendiary use or Polytanol for the use as rodenticide

arenophile - noun. one who collects sand samples, the interest of the hobby lying in the variety of texture, color, mineralogy, and location. This hobby may include sand deposited on coastlines throughout the world. Some collectors may trade sands with fellow arenophiles.

The rarest sands are found at the sites Pitcairn's Island and Easter Island. Some collectors have included sand from rivers and mineral deposits if they meet the criteria according to diameter and physical properties, ensuring that the samples have met proper sand definition. Only three places on earth have green sand; recently a supply has been found in Brazil. Papakolea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach, Mahana Beach, and erroneously, Pu'u Mahana) is a green sand beach located at South Point, in the Ka'u district of the island of Hawaii. One of only two green sand beaches in the world, the other being in Guam, the beach gets distinctive coloring from olivine crystals found in a nearby cinder cone.

cinder cone - noun. a cinder cone or scoria cone is a steep conical hill of tephra that accumulates around and downwind from a volcanic vent

pyroclastic - adjective. relating to, consisting of, or denoting fragments of rock erupted by a volcano

tephra -

scoria cone -

olivine - noun. an olive-green, gray-green, or brown mineral occurring widely in basalt, peridotite, and other basic igneous rocks. It is a silicate containing varying proportions of magnesium, iron, and other elements.

basalt -

peridotite - noun. Geology. a dense, coarse-grained plutonic rock containing a large amount of olivine, believed to be the main constituent of the earth's mantle

plutonic - adjective. Geology. relating to or denoting igneous rock formed by solidification at considerable depth beneath the earth's surface 2. relating to the underworld or the god Pluto.

Pluto - noun. Greek Mythology. the god of the underworld. Also called Hades . 2. Astronomy. the most remote known planet of the solar system, usually ninth in order from the sun, discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Pluto usually orbits beyond Neptune at an average distance of 5,900 million km from the sun, although its orbit is so eccentric that at perihelion it is closer to the sun than Neptune (as in 1979-99). Pluto is smaller than earth's moon (diameter about 2,250 km), but it was discovered in 1978 to have its own satellite, Charon, which is so large that the pair should properly be regarded as a double planet.

aphelion - noun. Astronomy. the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is furthest from the sun ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: alteration of modern Latin aphelium (by substitution of the Greek inflection -on), from Greek aph' helion 'from the sun.'

perihelion - noun. Astronomy. the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is closest to the sun. The opposite of aphelion.

Clyde Tombaugh -

igneous - adjective. Geology. (of rock) having solidified from lava or magma; relating to or involving volcanic processes; rare. of fire, fiery. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin igneus (from ignis 'fire') + -OUS.

silicate - noun. Chemistry. a salt in which the anion contains both silicon and oxygen, esp. one of the anion SiO 4 2− .

Mahanagar - noun. film. a 1963 film directed by Satyajit Ray. Based on a short story, Abataranika Narendranath Mitra, it narrates the story of a housewife who disconcerts her traditionalist family by getting a job as a saleswoman. It marks the first screen appearance of Jaya Bhaduri(now Jaya Bachchan), who later went on to become one of Bollywood's leading actresses.

Papakolea -

Pitcairn's Island -

pygophilous - noun. a strong fondness for buttocks or rumps                                                                              

ternessus -

theophile -

turtledove -

zoophily -

viscerotonic -

bacchant -

coenaculous -

cysteine -

limerence -

passerine -

raffish -

spermophile - noun. any of various burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, especially of the genus Spermophilus or Citellus, sometimes sufficiently numerous to do much damage to crops, as the ground squirrels and susliks.

susliks - noun. a common ground squirrel or spermophile of Europe or Asia 2. noun. the fur of this animal

thermophilic -

uxorial - adjective. of or relating to a wife ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: from Latin uxor 'wife' + IAL

djabelek -

halophile -

omnibenevolence -

ossett -

taraka -

tarok -

austere - adjective. severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance 2. (of living conditions or a way of life) having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic 3. having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance; unadorned 4. (of an economic policy or measure) designed to reduce a budget deficit, esp. by cutting public expenditure.

bebhionn - noun. or Saturn XXXVII (provisional designation S/2004 S 11) is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on May 4, 2005, from observations taken between December 12, 2004, and March 9, 2005. Named in April 2007 after Bebinn, an early Irish mythology goddess of birth, who was renowned for her beauty.

blackpool pleasure beach - noun. is a borough, seaside town, and unitary authority area of Lancashire, in North West England. It is situated along England's northwest coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries 17.5 miles northwest of Preston, 27 miles north of Liverpool, 30 miles northwest of Bolton and 40 miles northwest of Manchester. It has an estimated population of 142,100, and a population density that makes it the fourth most densely populated borough of England and Wales outside Greater London.

Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire's Hundred of Amounderness, and remained such until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable in England to travel to the coast during the summer to bathe in sea water to improve well-being. In 1781, visitors attracted to Blackpool's 7-mile sandy beach were able to use a newly built private road, built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton. Stagecoaches began running to Blackpool from Manchester in the same year, and from Halifax in 1782. In the early 19th century, Henry Banks and his son-in-law John Cocker erected new buildings in Blackpool such that its population grew from less than 500 in 1801 to over 2,500 in 1851. St John's Church in Blackpool was consecrated in 1821.

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major center of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1850s connecting it to the industrialized regions of Northern England. The railway made it much easier and cheaper for visitors to reach Blackpool, triggering an influx of settlers, such that in 1876 Blackpool was incorporated as a borough, governed by its own town council and aldermen. In 1881 Blackpool was a booming resort with a population of 14,000 and a promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops, and theaters. By 1901 the population of Blackpool was 47,000, by which time its place was cemented as "the archetypal British seaside resort." By 1951 it had grown to 147,000 inhabitants.

Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for Britons to travel overseas, supplanted Blackpool's status as a leading resort during the late 20th century. Nevertheless, Blackpool's urban fabric and economy remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector, and the borough's seafront continues to attract millions of visitors every year. In addition to its sandy beaches, Blackpool's major attractions and landmarks include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, and the UK's only surviving first-generation tramway. Blackpool is also noted for its political autonomy, independent of Lancashire County Council.

consecrated - verb. make or declare something sacred

Hundred of Amounderness -

Preston -

Lancashire, North West England -

unitary authority area -

bordar -

bridoon -

calash -

caucasian psychosis -

chariotee -

dative -

delusory -

durante -

dysthymia -

equipage -

euterpe -

felicitate -

freebooter -

genital personality -

gentleman-farmer -

gladstone -

gourmand -

gree -

h'm -

heigh -

keif - noun. a variant spelling of kif, smoking material, such as Indian hemp, used especially in the Maghreb; The euphoria caused by smoking this material

klismaphilia -

lanate - adjective. having or consisting of woolly hairs 2. adjective. Biology. having or consisting of a wooly covering of hairs

planate - adjective. having been flattened; two-dimensional, planar

licentiousness - adjective. promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters; archaic. disregarding accepted rules or conversations, esp. in grammar or literary style

lorette - noun. chiefly French. Pommes de terre, a fried potato dish from French cuisine.

manna - noun. (in the bible) the substance miraculously supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16).

• an unexpected gratuitous benefit
• (in Christian contexts) spiritual nourishment, esp. the Eucharist.
• a sweet secretion from the manna ash or a similar plant, used as a mild laxative and as a principal source of mannitol

mathematical beauty -

onanism - noun. formal. 1. masturbation 2. coitus interruptus

pall - noun. a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb
• figurative a dark cloud or covering of smoke, dust, or similar matter
• figurative something regarded as enveloping a situation with an air of gloom, heaviness, or fear
2. an ecclesiastical pallium; Heraldry a Y-shaped charge representing the front of an ecclesiastical pallium

pall2 - verb. [intrans.] become less appealing or interesting through familiarity

pallium

parrel -

profligacy -

riant -

risa -

seraglio -

tearpit -

tramper -

trent-sevem waterway -

volante -

wagonette -

worldling -

wry -

ataraxia - noun. a state of serene calmness

Eloi - noun. The Eloi are one of the two post-human races in H.G. Well's 1895 novel The Time Machine.

sonoluminescence - noun. Physics. luminescence excited in a substance by the passage of sound waves through it.

botheration - noun. effort, worry, or difficulty; bother; 2. Exclamation. dated. used to express mild irritation or annoyance.

arthralgia - noun. Medicine. pain in a joint

lenitive - adjective. (of a medicine) laxative; noun. a medicine of this type

dolt - noun. a stupid person

colic - noun. severe, often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered esp. by babies

indolent - adjective. wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy 2. Medicine. (of a disease condition) causing little or no pain

myalgia - noun. pain in a muscle or group of muscles

paregoric - noun. a medicine consisting of opium flavored with camphor, aniseed, and benzoic acid, formerly used to treat diarrhea and coughing in children.

neuralgia - noun. intense, typically intermittent pain along the course of a nerve, esp. in the head or face

throes - plural noun. intense or violent pain and struggle, esp. accompanying birth, death, or great change.

metralgia -

pleurodynia - Bornholm disease or epidemic pleurodynia or epidemic myalgia is a disease caused by the Coxsackie B virus or other viruses.

It is named after the Danish island Bornholm where early cases occurred.

antalgic -

causalgia -

codeine -

empirin -

coxalgia -

hemialgia -

lumbago -

rectalgia -

dolorimetry -

gonalgia -

hypalgesia -

mastalgia -

melalgia -

meralgia -

myodynia -

nociceptive -

palliative -

phenacetin -

pleuralgia -

proctalgia -

protopathic -

psychalgia -

stang -

acetophenetidin -

aeroembolism -

algogenic -

aminopyrine -

chiralgia -

coelialgia -

costalgia -

datril -

interittent claudication -

nephralgia -

odynophibia -

panadol -

pedialgia -

podalgia -

pethidine -

pygalgia -

rend -

rhizotomy -

scelagia -

tabes dorsalis -

talalgia -

acetanilid -

acetphenetidin -

adenalgy -

agliophobia -

algetic -

amidopyrine -

anginal -

anginose -

caisson disease -

cardiacle -

cardialgia -

cephalalgia -

colchine -

coronary thrombosis -

crick -

darvon -

delenifical -

dolor -

dolorifical -

dorsodynia -

dysmenorrhea -

enteralgia -

fulgurating -

gehenna -

glossalgia -

glossodynia -

gyp -

hyperaesthesia -

lancinate -

melagra -

notal -

notalgia -

otalgia -

otalgy -

penance -

phantom limb -

photalgia -

photophobia -



bes -

macarism -

nikhedonia -

oblectation -

slattern -

confelicity -

epicaricacy -

gladsome -

scopolagnia -

algedonica -

algophilia -

bawd -

caroche -

carpetmonger -

cocotte -

cyprian -

deduit -

demimondaine -

disport -

ese -

franion -

herber -

lechery -

renifleur -

pedalo -

quodlibetarian -

regale -

strikhedonia -

swingle -

tootle -

venery -

volupty -

wet blanket -

winsome -

epicurean -

gad -

preterist -

abnegate -

algedonic -

epicurus -

irredeemable -

luxuriate -

utilitarianism -

surrey -

sybarite -


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Uncommon Awesome Easy-to-Use Words & Linguistics


acumen - noun. the ability to make good judgements and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain ORIGIN: late 16th cent. : from Latin, ' sharpness, point.'

deicide - verb. destruction or killing of a god

prater - verb. [intrans.] talk foolishly or tediously about

hassock - noun. an ottoman; a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog.

taw - verb. to prepare skins by soaking, salting, stretching and paring without tannin, esp. with alum and salt; noun. a large marble

ursicide - the killing or killer of a bear

verbicide - destroying the meaning of a word

vulpicide - the killing of a fox

yen - noun. a longing or yearning

kir - noun. drink of black currant syrup and white wine

kef - noun. state of dreamy or drug-induced repose

fie - noun. expression of disgust or disapproval

fub - verb. to put off

gad - verb. to wander about idly or in pursuit of pleasure

eft - noun. again; afterwards; also. newt

eke - noun. in addition; also; likewise

ere - article. before

dit - noun. poem; words of a song

mel - noun. honey

jow - verb. to ring a bell; a stroke of a bell

mow - verb. to make a grimace

ret - verb. to expose to moisture; to soak; to soften by soaking


Types of Speech and Types of Killing


altiloquence - pompous or high speech

anteloquy - speaking against some idea; contradicting or gainsaying

breviloquence - short-windedness; tendency towards brevity in speech

blandiloquence - complimentary speech or flattery

doctiloquent - speaking learnedly

dulciloquent - speaking sweetly

falsiloquence - deceitful speech

ineloquence - unappealing speech

longiloquence - long-winded speech

parciloquy - laconic speech

pauciloquent - of a few words; speaking a little

pectoriloquy - sound of a patient's voice through stethoscope

tardiloquent - speaking slowly

tristiloquy - mournful speech

amicidel - verb. the desire to murder a friend

avicidel - verb. the desire to kill birds

bovicide - noun. the slaughter of cattle

femicide - killing of a woman

fillicide - killing of one's own child

floricide - killing of flowers

fratricide - killing of one's brother

giganticide - killing of a giant

gynaecide - killing of women

liberticide - destruction of liberty

lupicide - the killing of a wolf

menticide - the reduction of mind by psychological pressure

neomaticide - the killing or killer of a newborn/neonatal infant

senicide - the killing of old men

regicide - the killing of a monarch

serpenticide - the killing of a snake

sororicide - the killing of one's own sister

urbicide - destruction of a city

utricide - one who stabs an inflated skin vessel instead of killing someone

uxoricide - the killing of one's own wife

vaticide - the killing or killer of a prophet

viricide - killing of viruses

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scop - noun. poet. An Old English poet, the Anglo-Saxon counterpart of the Old Norse skald. Wrote mostly epic poetry.

poetaster - noun. a person who writes inferior poetry

alcaeus - noun. A Greek poet. He invented the lyric meter alcaic.

thanatopsis - an essay expressing a view on the subject of death

monody - noun. an ode sung by a single actor in a greek tragedy; a poem lamenting a person's death

telestich - noun. a poem in which the last letters of successive lines form a word, phrase, or consecutive letters of the alphabet.

eclogue - noun. a short poem, esp. a pastoral dialogue

desiderata - noun. something that is needed or wanted.

threnody - noun. a lament; dirge, elegy.

lapidate - verb. stone; to kill by throwing stones at




Uncommon 3-Letter Words


tot - noun. bone or other object retrieved from garbage pile

tow - noun. bundle of untwisted natural fibers

tye - noun. inclined trough for washing ore

ure - use; custom

vis - adjective. force; power

yeo - noun. stream or drain used in mining

zek - noun. a Russian slang term for a prison inmate

zho - noun. Zoology. a cross between a yak and a cow

zug - noun. a waterproof leather used for boots

vug - noun. a small cavity within rock

wen - noun. an enormously congested city

wis - verb. to know, to believe

wyn - an old English rune having value 'w'

yad - noun. rod used by readers of the Torah as a pointer for following text

yag - noun. a synthetic diamond made of yttrium aluminum garnet

yam - noun. a posting house alongside a road

yaw - verb. to move unsteadily side-to-side

yex - verb. to hiccup, belch, or spit

yew - verb. to rise as a layer of froth in a boiling liquid

yok - a pejorative Jewish term for a non-Jew

pug - noun. ground clay mixed with water

ria - noun. normal drowned valley; long wide creek

roc - noun. enormous legendary Arabian bird

rya - noun. colorful Scandinavian knotted-pile rug

sal - noun. salt

saw - noun. a saying or proverb

say - noun. delicate woolen fabric

sic - adverb. thus

suq - noun. a Middle Eastern marketplace

pyx - noun. box or vessel in which coins or consecrated Eucharist are kept

qat - noun. leaves chewed or brewed in tea as a stimulant

qua - adjective. in the capacity of

ras - noun. headland

rep - noun. plain-woven fabric with crosswise ribs

puy - noun. Geology. a small volcanic cone

nim - verb. to steal; to pilfer

ord - noun. point of a weapon; a beginning

ort - noun. a scrap of food; morsel

kit - noun. a small pocket violin

kop - noun. bank of terracing at a football field

lac - noun. dark red transparent resin used to make shellac

lar - noun. local god of house

lev - noun. monetary unit of Bulgaria

ley - noun. mystical straight line between features of a landscape

neb - noun. Scottish & Northern English. a projecting part of something, in particular a nose or snout, a bird's beak or bill, the brim of a cap

aby - verb. to make amends; atone; pay a penalty

alt - noun. a small island in a lake or river

ama - noun. a Japanese pearl diver

ana - noun. in equal qualities

ard - verb. plough used to scratch top surface of soil

cwm - noun. valley or glen

cirque - noun. Geology. a half-open steep-sided hollow at the head of a valley or on a mountainside, formed by glacial erosion; poetic & literary. a ring, circlet, or circle ORIGIN: late 17th cent. from Latin circus

corrie - noun. a cirque, esp. one in the mountains of Scotland ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. : from Scottish Gaelic and Irish coire 'cauldron, hollow'

dol - noun. Medicine. unit for measuring pain

dop - noun. copper cup used to hold a diamond while cutting it

eth -  noun. Grammar. old English letter for voiced 'th' sound

fid - noun. conical wood pin used to splice strands of rope

gar - noun. a mild oath

fug - adjective. hot; close; smoky state of atmosphere

gat - noun. opening or strait between two sandbanks

hoc - noun. card game now obsolete

hod - noun. v-shaped trough for carrying bricks or mortars on the shoulders

hoy - noun. large one-decked boat

ife - noun. Botany. tropical African fibrous plant

iff - noun. if and only if

ivi - noun. Botany. Tahitian chestnut tree

jib - noun. small triangular sail extending from the head of the foremast

jud - noun. mass of coal ready for final removal

jug - noun. sound of the nightingale

jus - noun. law; legal right

ked - noun. Zoology. wingless fly that feeds on livestock

kep - verb. to catch an approaching object or falling liquid

kex - noun. dry, hollow plant stalk

kif - noun. drug like Marijuana smoked in North Africa
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lea - arable land left fallow or used for pasture

arable - adjective. (of land) used or suitable for growing crops; noun. land or crops of this type. ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Old French, or from Latin arabilis, from arare 'to plow.'

fallow - adjective. (of farmland) plowed or harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid surplus production; also. a pale brown or reddish yellow color

blastogenesis - verb. reproduction by budding

cariogenic - verb. causing dental cavities

diplogenesis - verb. doubling of ordinarily single organ or part

anogenic - noun. formed from below or beneath

gelogenic - adjective. tending to produce laughter

electrogenesis - verb. production of electricity

nubigenous - cloud born

nepheligenous - causing smoke in clouds

noegenesis - production of knowledge

thymogenic - due to emotion


Wave Words, Snow, and Colors 8/9-8/31


niveous - adjective. poetic/literary. snowy or resembling snow. ORIGIN: Latin knives (from nix, niv- 'snow')

neige - noun. French. snow

tenesmus - noun. Pathology. an ineffective painful straining to empty the bowels in response to the sensation of a desire to defecate, without producing a significant quantity of feces.

verglas - noun. a thin coating of ice or frozen rain on an exposed surface

runnel - noun. a narrow channel in the ground for liquid to flow through, a brook or rill

rivulet - noun. a very small stream

freshet - noun. the flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow, a rush of fresh water flowing into the sea

bourn - noun. dialect. a small stream, esp. one that flows intermittently or seasonally

attrit - verb. wear down (an opponent or enemy) by sustained action. his defense was meant to attrit us.

regelate - verb. technical. (chiefly of pieces of ice thawed apart) freeze together again.

besnow - verb. to scatter like snow; to cover thick, as with snow flakes.

unsullied - adjective. not stained or tarnished. spotlessly clean and fresh. the unsullied snow of mountains.

nival - adjective. of, relating to, or characteristic of a region of perpetual snow.

hoarfrost - adjective. a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

rime - noun. frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog.

verb. cover (an object) with hoarfrost : he does not brush away the hoarfrost that rimes his beard.

polynya - noun. a stretch of open water surrounded by ice

hydrophyte - noun. a plant that grows only in water.

hard rime: white ice that forms when water droplets in fog freeze on the outer surfaces of objects, such as trees.

soft rime: feathery and milky in appearance.

hypolimnion - noun. the lower layer of water in a stratified lake, typically cooler than the water above and relatively stagnant

thermocline - noun. a steep temperature gradient in a body of water such as a lake, marked by a layer above and below which the water is at different temperatures

epilimnion - noun. the upper layer of water in a stratified lake

seiche - noun. a temporary disturbance or oscillation in the water level of a lake or partially enclosed body of water, esp. one caused by changes in atmospheric pressure

coniston - in Cumbria, England is the third largest lake in the English Lake district. It is five miles long, half a mile wide, with a maximum depth of 184 feet and covers an area of if 1.89 square miles. The lake has an elevation of 143 feet above see level, and drains to the sea via the River Crake.

crake - noun. a bird of the rail family, esp. one with a short bill like the corn crake; the rasping cry of the corn crake

demersal - adjective. (typically of fish) living close to the floor of the sea or lake. often contrasted with pelagic.

hamlet - noun. a small settlement, generally smaller than a village.

ouananiche - noun. Canadian. a salmon of the landlocked populations living in lakes in Labrador and Newfoundland

tantalus - noun. chiefly British. a stand in which decanters of liquor can be locked up though still visible 2. Greek Mythology. a Lydian king, son of Zeus and father of Pelops. As punishment for his crimes (which included killing Pelops), he was forced to remain in chin-deep water with fruit-laden branches over his head, both of which receded when he reached for them. His name is the origin of the word tantalize.

limonite - noun. an amorphous brownish, secondary mineral consisting of a mixture of hydrous ferric oxides, important as iron ore.

limnetic  zone - noun. the well-lit, open surface waters in a lake, away from the shore. The vegetation of the littoral zone surrounds this expanse of open water and it is above the profundal zone. This is the main photosynthetic body of the lake. This zone produces the oxygen and food that support the lake's consumers.

profundal zone - noun. the profundal zone is a deep zone of an inland body of freestanding water, such as a lake or pond, located below the range of effective light penetration. This is typically below the thermocline, the vertical zone in the water through which temperature drops rapidly.The lack of light in the profundal zone determines the type of biological community that can live in this region which is distinctly different from the community in the overlying waters. The profundal zone is part of the aphotic zone.

aphotic zone - noun. From Greek, lit. "without light," is the portion of lake or ocean where there is little or no sunlight. It is formally defined as the depths beyond which less than 1% of sunlight penetrates. Consequently, bioluminescence is essentially the only light found in this zone. Most food comes from dead organisms sinking to the bottom of the lake or ocean from overlying waters. The depth of the aphotic zone can be greatly affected by such things as turbidity and the season of the year. The aphotic zone underlies the photic zone, which is that portion of the lake or ocean directly affected by sunlight.

photic zone - Greek for "well lit," or sunlight zone is the depth of the water in a lake or ocean that is exposed to sufficient sunlight for photosynthesis to occur. It extends from the surface down to a depth where light intensity falls to one percent of that at the surface, called the euphotic depth. Accordingly, its thickness depends on the extent of light attenuation in the water column. Typical euphotic depths vary from only a few centimeters in highly turbid eutrophic lakes, to around 200 meters in the open ocean. It also varies with seasonal changes in turbidity. Since the photic zone is where almost all of the primary productivity occurs, the depth of the photic zone is generally proportional to the level of primary productivity that occurs in that area of the ocean. About 90% of all marine life lives in the photic zone. A small amount of primary production is generated deep in the abyssal zone around the hydrothermal vents which exist along some mid-oceanic ridges.

benthic - noun. Ecology. the flora and fauna found on the bottom, or in the bottom sediments of a sea, lake, or other body of water.

turbidity - adjective. (of a liquid) cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter.

eyre - noun. historical. a circuit court held in medieval England by a judge (a justice in eyre) who rode from county to county for that purpose.

nekton -

lasher -

noria -

lough -

seine -

ijsselmeer -

fen -

onondaga -

lecanomancy -

wampee -

neritic zone -

spindrift -

groundswell -

wave son -

spoon drift -

over rake -

breakwater -

broach -

kymatology -

coseismal -

lido -

euphotic -

polder -

dropwort -

subaqueous -

ling -

mere -

misdirect -

ponding -

millpond -

horsepond -

croak -

lochan -

nursepond -

piscary -

plashnet -

soal -

spatterdock -

spike-rush -

sump -

piddle -

hidrosis -

brine -

clepsydra -

aspersorium -

vichy water -

carabao -

dowser -

narghile -

water caltrop -

affusion -

blanch -

jesuit's nut -

ling ko -

phreatic -

anhydrous -

calcimine -

lecanomancy -

lentic -

epilimnion -

bletonism -

vadose -

stagnicolous -

headrace -

formalin -

evapotranspiration -

ewer -

cryptocorene -

krasis -

natant -

nenuphar -

offing -

pistia -

plimsoil -

riparian -

sparge -

velamen -

yanquapin -

casein -

catechu -

Bilajer -

echard -

elydoric -

gallinule -

grilse -

catabolism - noun. Biology. the breakdown of complex molecules in living organisms to form simpler ones, together with the release of energy; destructive metabolism.

hyrdromel -

ice lolly -

intertidal - adjective. Ecology. of or denoting the area of seashore that is covered at high tide and uncovered at low tide

intumesce - verb. Rare. swell up

intussusception - noun. Medicine. the inversion of one portion of the intestine within another 2. Botany. the growth of a cell wall by the deposition of cellulose.

deamination - noun. Biochemistry. the removal of an amino group from an amino acid or other compound.

kaolin - noun. a fine, soft white clay, resulting from the natural decomposition of other clays or feldspar. It is used for making porcelain and china, as a filler in paper and textiles, and in medicinal absorbents. Also called China Clay.

hadal - adjective. of or relating to the zone of the sea greater than approximately 20,000 feet(6,000 m) in depth (chiefly oceanic trenches) ORIGIN: mid 20th cent.: from HADES + -AL

hadhramaut -

Kuroshio -

mola - noun. another term for sunfish ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from Latin literally 'millstone,' with reference to the shape.

neptune -

The Archipelago of the Azores -

greenling - noun. a spiny-finned, edible fish of the North Pacific

padang - noun. a seaport in Indonesia, the largest city on the west coast of Sumatra; pop. 481,000

cofferdam - noun. a watertight enclosure pumped dry to permit construction work below the waterline, as when building bridges or repairing a ship

alga - noun. a simple nonflowering plant of a large group that includes the seaweeds and many single-celled forms. Algae contain chlorophyll but lack true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue; DERIVATIVES: algal: adjective. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: from Latin, "seaweed."

accretion - noun. the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter 2. Astronomy. the coming together and cohesion of matter under the influence of gravitation to form larger bodies.

Waveski - Waveski Surfing is a dynamic sport combining the paddle power of a sit on and strap in kayak with the maneuverability and performance of a surfboard. A Waveski resembles a larger surfboard, with a seat, fins, foot straps, and seat belt, enabling the rider to 'eskimo roll' if overturned. The waveski rider or waveski surfer then uses a double ended paddle for motion while seated on the waveski. The origins are obscure, but wave skis have been around for over forty years. Danny Broadhurst, a Long Island, New York, surfer created some early wave skis in the 1970s, although these were heavy, bulky and not particularly maneuverable. The sport experienced its major growth in the 80's with manufactures like Macski being a dominant force in the market exporting worldwide to countries like Australia, USA, and Europe. Original boards had wooden frames covered in glass fiber then became foam injected and soon custom hand made boards were being shaped and glassed out of Polystyrene foam and epoxy resins. Nowadays boards are shaped in precision CNC machines and weigh around 6 kg when completed.

photogrammetry -

eagre - noun. dialect term for BORE3

embillow -

bore - noun. a steep-fronted wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by the constriction of a tide rushing up a narrow estuary. ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: perhaps from Old Norse bara 'wave' ; the term was used in the general sense [billow, wave] in Middle English.

tyramine - noun. Biochemistry. a compound that occurs naturally in cheese and other foods and can cause dangerously high blood pressure in people taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor; An amine related to tyrosine; chem. formula: C 6 H 4 (OH)CH 2 CH 2 NH 2.

levodopa - noun. Biochemistry. also L-dopa. the levorotatory form of dopa, used to treat Parkinson's disease.

levorotatory - adjective. Chemistry. (of a compound) having the property of rotating the plane of a polarized light ray to the left, i.e. counterclockwise facing the oncoming radiation. The opposite of dextrorotatory.

dextrorotatory - adjective. Chemistry. (of a compound) having the property of rotating the plane of a polarized light ray to the right, i.e., clockwise facing the oncoming radiation.

dopa - noun. Biochemistry. a compound that is present in nervous tissue as a precursor of dopamine, used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.; An amino acid; alternative name: dihydroxyphenylalanine; chem. formula: C 9 H 11 NO 4.

catecholamines - noun. Biochemistry. any of a class of aromatic amines that includes a number of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and dopamine.

aromatic - adjective. having a pleasant and distinctive smell 2. Chemistry.

cytoplasmic -

vesicular monoamine transporter -

adrenergic nerve terminals -

decarboxylated -

tyrosine -

coston lights -

guidon - noun. a pennant that narrows to a point or fork at the free end, esp. one used as the standard of a light cavalry regiment

klatch - noun. a social gathering, esp. for coffee and conversation ORIGIN: mid 20th cent.L from German Klatsch 'gossip.'

thelodonti -

Cometicerus - noun. Zoology. is an extinct genus of thelodonti which lived in Canada during the Early Devonian period. It is only known from its caudal fin and parts of its dorsal surface, including its dorsal fin. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Thelodonti (Unranked) Furcacaudiformes

Chordate -

deuterostomes animals -

notochord -

pharyngeal -

endostyle -

Tunicata -

salps - noun. a free-swimming marine invertebrate related to the sea squirts with a transparent, barrel-shaped body

sea squirts - noun. a marine tunicate that has a baglike body with orifices through which water flows into and out of a central pharynx

Cephalochordata -

lancelets

acorn worms -

osteichthyes -

Xenoturbellida -

atriopore -

pharynx -

oral cirri -

metapleural fold -

hepatic caccum -

Craniata -

neural arches -

molecular phylogenetics -

entropneusts -

pterobranchs -

graptolites -

crinoids -

protostomes -

deuterostomes -

Kimbrella -

Chengjiang fauna -

Yunnanozoon -

Haikouella lanceolata -

Haikouichthys -

myllokunmingia -

clade -

cladogram -

Linnaean taxonomy -

agnatha paraphyletic -

Myxini -

Petromyzontida -

Hyperoartia -

Conodonta -

Pteraspidomorphi -

Anaspids -

Cephalaspid

kenning - noun. a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning, e.g., oar-steed = ship.

aegir - (Old Norse "sea") is a sea giant, god of the ocean and king of the sea creatures in Norse mythology. He is also known for hosting elaborate parties for the gods. AEgir's servants are Fimafeng(killed by Loki) and Eldir.

Euripus - noun. Zoology. Euripus is a genus of butterflies in the family Nymphalidae. The three species in the genus are native to South and Southeast Asia.

electroencephalography - noun. the measurement of electrical activity in different parts of the brain and the recording of such activity as a visual trace (on paper or on an oscilloscope screen.)

Paphos - noun. also known as Pafos, is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus  and the capital of the Paphos District. In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city is New Paphos. It lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 31.07 miles west of the Limassol(the biggest port in island), which has an A6 highway connection. Paphos International Airport is the country's second largest airport.

Near Palaepaphos(Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra tou Romiou is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world. In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the island's capital, and it is famous for the remain of the Roman governor's palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. The apostle Paul of Tarsus visited the town during the 1st century AD. The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world's heritage.

Paphos enjoys Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with the mildest temperatures on the island. The typical summer's season lasts about 8 months, from April to November, although in March and December temperatures may also reach 68 ºF.

Paphos has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2017 along with Aarhus.

Aarhus - noun. is the second-largest city in Denmark. The principal port of Denmark, Aarhus is on the east side of the peninsula of Jutland in the geographical center of Denmark. Aarhus is the seat of the council of Aarhus municipality with 319,094 inhabitants and 256,018(Jan 2013) in the inner urban area. According to Aarhus municipality, the "Greater Aarhus" area has a population of about 1.25 million people. The city claims the unofficial title "Capital of Jutland."

Aarhus is the main and biggest city in the East Jutland metropolitan area, which is a co-operation in eastern Jutland with 17 municipalities. With more than 1.2 million people living in the East Jutland metropolitan area it represents approximately 23% of the population of Denmark. Aarus has the second largest urban area in Denmark after Copenhagen.

squall - noun. a sudden violent gust of wind or a localized storm, esp. one bringing rain, snow, or sleet; a loud cry 2. verb. (of a baby or small child) cry noisily and continuously

abaca - noun. a large herbaceous Philippine plant of the banana family that yields Manila hemp ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: via Spanish from Tagalog abaka.

Etruscan - adjective. of or relating to ancient Etruria, its people, or their language. The Etruscan civilization was at its height c. 500 BC and was an important influence on the Romans, who subdued the Etruscans by the end of the 3rd century BC. 2. noun. a native of ancient Etruria. 2. noun. the language of ancient Etruria, of unknown affinity, written in an alphabet derived from Greek.

Safaitic dialect - noun. is the name given to an Old North Arabian dialect, preserved in the form of inscriptions which are written in a type of South Semitic script. These inscriptions were written by bedouin and semi-nomadic inhabitants of the Syro-Arabian desert. Dating of the inscriptions, although problematic, is conventionally placed between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD.

Athenian Agora - The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens (aka Forum of Athens) is the best known example of an ancient  Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Kolonus Agoraios, also called Market Hill.

uncial - adjective. of or written in a majuscule script with rounded unjoined letters that is found in European manuscripts of the 4th-8th centuries and from which modern capital letters are derived 2. adjective. rare. of or relating to an inch or an ounce 3. noun. unofficial. an uncial letter or script ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin uncialis, from uncia 'inch.' Sense 1 is in the late Latin sense of unciales litterae 'uncial letters,' the original application of which is unclear.

denarius - noun. an ancient Roman silver coin, originally worth ten asses; a unit of weight equal to that of a silver denarius; an ancient Roman gold coin worth 25 silver denarii.

Fayum alphabet - noun. the Fayum alphabet is an Ancient Greek abecedary inscribed on four copper plates, purportedly from Fayum, Egypt. It may preserve the earliest form of the Greek alphabet. It is the only known Greek abecedary which ends in the letter tau(T), as does the ancestral Phoenician alphabet; all other Greek abecedaries have at least the addition of non-Phoenician upsilon (Y).

abecedarium - noun. an abecedarium or abecedary is an inscription consisting of the letters of an alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically abecedaria (or abecedaries) are practice exercises.

abecedarian - adjective. arranged alphabetically 2. adjective. rudimentary; elementary 3. noun. a person who is just learning; a novice


Sylvanite - noun. silver gold

hoar - adjective. poetic/literary. grayish white: gray or gray-haired with age

barite - noun. a mineral consisting of barium sulfate, typically ocurring as colorless prismatic crystals or thin white flakes

cruse - noun. archaic. an earthenware pot or jar

albicant - whitish; becoming white

albugineous - like the white of an eye or an egg; white colored

argent - the heraldic color silver or white

heraldry - noun. the system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated. All the pomp and heraldry provided a splendid pageant.

gramercy - noun. interjection. archaic. used as an exclamation expressing surprise or sudden strong feeling; thanks

beholden - adjective. obligated; indebted

donativum - the name given to the gifts of money dispersed to the soldiers of the Roman legions or to the Praetorian Guard by the Roman Emperors

aurulent - gold colored

celadon - noun. a willow-green color, as adjective. paneling painted in celadon green. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French celadon, a color named after the hero in d'Urfe's pastoral romance L'Astree(1607-27)

cinerious - ashen; ash-grey

columbine - of or like a dove ORIGIN: from French Columbine, from Italian colombina, from feminine of colombino 'dovelike', from colombo 'dove'

cretaceous - of or resembling chalk; of a whitish color ORIGIN: 17th cent.: from Latin cretaceus, from creta, 'chalk'

eburnean - adjective. made of, or relating to ivory

frostbow - noun. a white arc or circle in the sky attending frosty weather and formed by reflection of sunlight from ice crystals floating in the air

griseous - pearl-grey or blue-grey; grizzled

leucochroic - adjective. anthropology. having a light-colored skin or abnormally light, in color; albinotic

analcime - weak, a white, grey, or colourless tectosilicate mineral, tetragonal

Marl - noun. an unconsolidated sedimentary rock or soil consisting of clay and lime, formerly used typically as fertilizer. verb. [trans.] marled. apply marl to. ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French marl, from medieval Latin margila, from Latin marga, of Celtic origin.

podsol - noun. Soil Science. an infertile acidic soil having an ash-like subsurface layer)from which minerals have been leached) and a lower dark stratum, occurring typically under temperate coniferous woodland.

galumph - verb. informal. move in a clumsy, ponderous, or noisy manner. ORIGIN: 1871 (in the sense [prance in triumph] ): coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass: perhaps a blend of GALLOP and TRIUMPH.

begrime - verb. blacken with ingrained dirt

ambiguphobia - noun. a fear of being misunderstood

amomaxiaphobia - noun. the fear of making love in an automobile

bemire - verb. archaic. cover or stain with mud ORIGIN: 16th cent.: from BE-(expressing transivity) + mire

colly - verb. British. 1. to blacken as with coal dust; begrime. 2. noun. grime;soot. ORIGIN: 1555-65; variant of collow(v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col or coal

collow - noun. soot; smut.

gudgeon - noun. a small, edible, European freshwater fish(Gobio gobio) of the minnow family, often used as fishing bait 2. A pivot or spindle on which a bell or other object swings or rotates

hyaloid - adjective. glassy; transparent

hyaline - adjective. having a glassy, translucent appearance. noun. a thing that is clear and translucent like glass, esp. a smooth sea or a clear sky




Eye Words

hyperopia - noun. farsightedness

lagophthalmus - noun. the inability to close the eyelids completely

iridocyclitis - noun. inflammation of the iris and ciliary body of the eye.

keratoconus - noun. abnormal cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea of the eye; can be treated by epikeratophakia

epikeratophakia - noun. Medical. the surgical correction of aphakia. It is a refractive surgical procedure in which a donor cornea is transplanted to the anterior surface of the patient's cornea. A lamellar disc from a donor cornea is placed over the de-epithelialized host cornea and sutured into a prepared groove on the host cornea. Indications include aphakia and refractive errors which cannot be corrected with conservative methods.

epithelialize - verb. cover or become covered with epithelial tissue, e.g. during the healing of a wound.

aphakia - noun. the absence of the lens of the eye, due to surgical removal, a perforating wound or ulcer, or congenital anomaly. It causes loss of accommodation, far sightedness(hyperopia), and a deep anterior chamber. Complications include detachment of the vitreous humour or retina, and glaucoma.

vitreous humour - noun. the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina of the eyeball of humans and other vertebrates. It is often referred to as the vitreous body or simple "the vitreous." ORIGIN: Late Middle English : from Latin vitreus (from vitrum 'glass') + -OUS

cicatrisation - verb. (with reference to a wound) heal by scar formation ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Old French cicatriser, from cicatrice 'scar'

monoblepsia - noun. a defect of the eyesight in which vision is best when only one eye is open; blindness to all colors but one

diplontic - noun. genetics. (of an alga or other lower plant) having a life cycle in which the main form, except for the gametes, is diploid.

diploid - adjective. (of a cell or nucleus) containing two complete sets of chromosomes, one from each parent.

ploidy - noun. genetics. the number of sets of chromosomes in a cell, or in the cells of an organism

polity - noun. a form or process of civil government or constitution; an organized society; a state as a political entity

beauty - a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight; a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense; denoting something intended to make a woman more attractive; a beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular: a beautiful woman, an excellent specimen or example of something(the beauties of) the pleasing or attractive qualities or features of something ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French beaute , based on Latin bellus 'beautiful, fine'

ommatophore - noun. Zoology. a part of an invertebrate animal, esp. a stalk or tentacle, that bears an eye ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: from Greek omma, ommat-'eye' + -PHORE

histopathology - noun. the study of changes in tissues caused by disease ORIGIN : Greek, from histos 'tissue', pathos 'disease-suffering', and -logia. Scientifically histopathology refers to the microscopic examination of tissue in order to study the manifestations of disease. Specifically, in clinical medicine, histopathology refers to the examination of a biopsy or surgical specimen by a pathologist, after the specimen has been processed and histological sections have been placed onto glass slides. In contrast, cytopathology examines free cells or tissue fragments

cytopathology - noun. Medicine. The study and diagnosis of diseases on the cellular level. The discipline was founded by Rudolf Virchow in 1858. It's common application is used in the Pap smear, thyroid lesions, diseases involving sterile body cavities(peritoneal, pleural, and cerebrospinal), and a wide range of other body sites. ORIGIN: Greek from kytos 'a hollow', pathos 'fate, harm'

peritoneum - noun. Medicine. the serous membrane that forms the lining of the abdominal cavity or the coelom - it covers most of the intra-abdominal (or coelomic) organs - in amniotes and some invertebrates(annelids, for instance). It is composed of a layer of mesothelium supported by a thin layer of connective tissue. The peritoneum both supports the abdominal organs and serves as a conduit for their blood and lymph vessels and nerves.

serous membrane - noun. Medicine. the smooth membrane consisting of a thin layer of cells, which secrete serous fluid, and a thin epithelial layer. Serous membranes line and enclose several body cavities, know as serous cavities, where they secrete a lubricating fluid which reduces friction from muscle movement. Serosa is not to be confused with adventitia, a connective tissue layer which binds together structures rather than reducing friction between them.

adventitia - noun. Medicine. the outermost connective tissue covering of any organ, vessel, or structure. It is also called the tunica adventitia or the tunica externa.

coelom - noun. Medicine. the fluid cavity formed within the mesoderm of some animals. Coeloms developed in diploblasts but were subsequently lost in several lineages. Loss of coelom is correlated with reductions in body size. Coelom is sometimes, though incorrectly) used to refer to any developed digestive tract. Some organisms may not possess a coelom or may have a false coelom. Animals who have coelom are called coelomates.

diploblasts - noun. Medicine. a condition of the blastula in which there are two primary germ layers; the ectoderm(outer skin) and endoderm(gut). Diploblastic organisms are organisms which develop from such a blastula, and include cnidaria and ctenophora.

blastula -

annelid - noun. Zoology. a large phylum that comprises the segmented worms, which include earthworms, lugworms, and leeches ORIGIN: modern Latin, from French(animaux) anneles 'ringed(animals)', from Old French anel 'a ring,' from Latin anellus, diminutive of 'a ring.'

cnidaria - noun. Zoology. (with a silent C) also Coelenterata is a phylum containing over 10,000 species of animals found exclusively in aquatic and mostly marine environments. Their distinguishing feature is cnidocytes, specialized cells that they use mainly for capturing prey. Their bodies consist of mesoglea, a non-living jelly-like substance, sandwiched between two layers of epithelium that are mostly one cell thick.

cnidocytes - noun. Scientific. an explosive cell containing one giant secretory organelle or cnida(plural cnidae) that defines the phylum Cnidaria (corals, sea anemones, hydrae, jellyfish, etc.). Cnidae are used for prey capture and defense from predators. Despite being morphologically simple, lacking a skeleton and usually being sessile, cnidarians prey on fish and crustaceans. A cnidocyte fires a structure that contains toxin, from a characteristic sub-cellular organelle called a cnidocyst (also known as a cnida or nematocyst). This is responsible for the stings delivered from jellyfish.

sessile - noun. Zoology. Sessility is a characteristic of some animals, such that they are not able to move about. Sessile animals are usually permanently attached to a solid substrate of some kind, such as a part of a plant a dead tree trunk, or a rock. For example, barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a ship, but corals lay down their own substrate. Sessile animals typically have a motile phase in their development.

motile - noun. Biology. the ability to move spontaneously and actively, consuming energy in the process. Most animals are motile but the term applies to unicellular and simple multicellular organisms, as well as to some mechanisms of fluid flow in multicellular organs, in addition to animal locomotion. Motile marine animals are commonly called free-swimming.

substrate - noun. Biology. the surface on which a plant or animal lives. A substrate can include biotic or abiotic materials and animals.

mesoglea - noun. Biology. a translucent, jelly-like substance found between the two epithelial cell layers in the bodies of coelenterates. The mesoglea is mostly in water. Other than water, the mesoglea is composed of several substances including fibrous proteins like collagen and heparan sulphate proteoglycans. The mesoglea is mostly acellular, but in both cnidaria and ctenophora the mesoglea contains muscle bundles and nerve fibers. Other nerve and muscle cells lie just under the epithelial layers.

heparan sulphate - noun. Biology. a linear polysaccharide found in all animal tissues. It occurs as a proteoglycan(HSPG) in which two or three HS chains are attached in close proximity to cell surface or extracellular matrix proteins.

proteoglycan - noun. Biology. Proteins that are heavily glycosylated. The basic proteoglycan unit consists of a "core protein" with one or more covalently attached glycosaminoglycan(GAG) chain(s). The point of attachment is a Ser residue to which the glycosaminoglycan is joined through a tetrasaccharide bridge (For example: chondroitin sulfate-GlcA-Gal-Gal-Xyl-PROTEIN). The Ser residue is generally in the sequence -Ser-Gly-X-Gly- (where X can be any amino acid residue), although not every protein with this sequence has an attached glycosaminoglycan. The chains are long, linear carbohydrate polymers that are negatively charged under physiological conditions, due to the occurrence of sulfate and uronic acid groups. Proteoglycans occur in the connective tissue.

covalent bond - noun. Biology. The chemical bond that involves the sharing of pairs of electrons between atoms. The stable balance of attractive and repulsive forces between atoms when they share electrons is known as covalent bonding

glycosylation - noun. Biology. the reaction in which a carbohydrate is attached to a hydroxyl or other functional group of another molecule(a glycosyl acceptor). In Biology glycosylation refers to the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to protein lipids, or other organic molecules. This enzymatic process produces one of the fundamental biopolymers found in cells (along with DNA, RNA, and proteins). Glycosylation is a form of cotranslational and post-translational modification. Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. The majority of proteins synthesized in the rough ER undergo glycosylation. It is an enzyme-directed site-specific process, as opposed to the non-enzymatic chemical reaction of glycation. Glycosylation is also present in the cytoplasm and nucleus as the O-GlcNAc modification. Five classes of glycans are produced:

• N-linked glycans attached to a nitrogen of asparagine or arginine side-chains. N-linked glycosylation requires participation of a special lipid called dolichol phosphate

• O-linked glycans attached to the hydroxy oxygen of serine, threonine, tyrosine, hydroxylysine, or hydroxyproline side-chains, or to oxygens on lipids such as ceramide

• phospho-glycans linked through the phosphate of a phospho-serine;

• C-linked glycans, a rare form of glycosylation where a sugar is added to a carbon on a tryptophan side-chain

• glypiation, which is the addition of a GPI anchor that links proteins to lipids through glycan linkages

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mesothelium - noun. Anatomy. the epithelium that lines the pleurae, peritoneum, and pericardium. Embryology. the surface layer of the embryonic mesoderm, from which this is derived. ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: from MESO- 'middle'

glycans - noun. Biology. a polysacchride or oligosaccharide. Glycans usually consist of O-glycosidic linkages of monosaccharides. For example, cellulose is a glycan(or to be more specific, a glucan) composed ß-1, 4-liked D-glucose, and chitin is a glycan composed of ß-1, 4-linked N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. Glycans can be homo- or heteropolymers of monosaccharide residues, and can be linear or branched. Glycan may also be used to refer to the carbohydrate portion of a glycoconjugate, such as a glyco-'protein', glyco-'lipid', or a 'proteo'-glycan.

glycosaminoglycan(GAGs) or mucopolysaccharides - are long unbranched polysaccharides consisting of a repeating disaccharide unit. The repeating unit (except for keratan) consists of an amino sugar (N-acetylglucose amine or N-acetylgalactose amine) along with a uronic sugar (glucuronic acid or iduronic acid) or galactose.

keratin - noun. a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hoofs, claws, horns, etc. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Greek keras, kerat- 'horn'

galactose - noun. Chemistry. a sugar of the hexose class that is a constituent of lactose and many polysaccharides. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Greek gala, galakt 'milk'

mucocutaneous leishmaniasis - noun. Medicine. A disease caused by protozoan parasites that belong to the genus Leishmania and is transmitted by the bite of certain species of sand fly(sub family Phlebotominae). Although the majority of the literature mentions only one genus transmitting Leishmania to humans(Lutzomyia) in America, a 2003 study by Galati suggested a new classification for American sandflies, elevating several subgenera to the genus level. Elsewhere in the world, the genus Phlebotomus is considered the vector of leishmaniasis.

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is the most common form of leishmaniasis. Visceral leishmaniasis is a severe form in which the parasites migrate to the vital organs.

mucopolysaccharides -

iduronic acid -

polysacchride - noun. Chemistry. Long carbohydrate molecules of repeated monomer units joined together by glycosidic bonds. They range in structure from linear to highly branched. Polysaccharides are often quite heterogeneous, containing slight modifications of the repeating unit. Depending on the structure, these macromolecules can have distinct properties from their monosaccharide building blocks. They may have amorphous or even insoluble in water.

oligosaccharide - noun. Biochemistry. a carbohydrate whose molecules are composed of a relatively small number of monosaccharide units.

monosaccharide - noun. Chemistry. any of the class of sugars(e.g. glucose) that cannot be hydrolyzed to give a simpler sugar

cytoplasm - noun. Biology. the material or protoplasm within a living cell, excluding the nucleus

saccharide - noun. Biochemistry. any of the class of soluble, crystalline, typically sweet-tasting carbohydrates found in living tissues and exemplified by glucose and sucrose

chondroitin sulfate - noun. Biology. a sulfated glycosaminoglycan(GAG) composed of a chain of alternating sugars(N-acetylgalactosamine and glucuronic acid) It is usually found attached to proteins as part of a proteoglycan. A chondroitin chain can have over 100 individual sugars, each of which can be sulfated in variable positions and quantities. Chondroitin sulfate is an important structural component of cartilage and provides much of its resistant compression. Along with glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate has become a widely used dietary supplement for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

hydroxylysine - noun. Biochemistry. an amino acid with the molecular formula C6H14N2O3. It was first discovered in 1921 by Donald Van Syke as the 5-Hydroxylysine form. It arises from a post-translational hydroxy modification of lysine. It is most widely known as a component of collagen.

hydroxyproline - noun. Biochemistry.(2S,4R)-4-Hydroxyproline is a common non-proteingenic amino acid, abbreviated as HYP, e.g., in Protein Data Bank. It is produced by the amino acid proline by the enzyme prolyl hydroxylase following protein synthesis(as a post-translational modification). The enzyme catalyzed reaction takes place n the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Although it is not directly incorporated into proteins, hydroxyproline comprises roughly 4% of all amino acids found in animal tissue, an amount greater than seven other amino acids that are translationally incorporated.

serine - noun. Biochemistry. Abbreviated Ser. is an amino acid with the formula HO2CCH(NH2)CH2)OH. It is one of the proteingenic amino acids. Its codons in the genetic code are UCU, UCC, UCA, UCG, AGU and AGC. By virtue of the hydroxyl group, serine is classified as a polar amino acid

threonine - noun. Biochemistry. Abbreviated Thr or T. is an a-amino acid with the chemical formula HO2CCH(NH2)CH(OH)CH3. Its codons are ACU, ACA, ACC, and ACG. This essential amino acid is classified as polar. Together with serine, threonine is one of two proteingenic amino acids bearing an alcohol group(tyrosine is not an alcohol but a phenol, since its hydroxyl group is bonded directly to an aromatic ring, giving it different acid/base and oxidative properties). It is also one of two common amino acids that bear a chiral side chain, along with isoleucine.

isoleucine - noun. Biochemistry. a hydrophobic amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. It is an essential nutrient in the diet of vertebrates.

chiral - adjective. Chemistry. asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Chiral compounds are typically optically active; large organic molecules often have one or more chiral centers where four different groups are attached to a carbon atom ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: from Greek kheir 'hand'

tyrosine - noun. Chemistry. a hydrophilic amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins and is important in the synthesis of some hormones.

ceramide -

glypiation -

phospho-serine -

chondroitin sulfate -

cerebrospinal - adjective. Anatomy. of or relating to the brain and spine

uronic acid - noun. Biology. A class of sugar acids with both carbonyl and carboxylic acid functional groups. They are sugars in which the terminal carbon's hydroxyl group has been oxidized to a carboxylic acid. Oxidation of the terminal aldehyde instead yields an aldonic acid, while oxidation of both the terminal hydroxyl group and the aldehyde yields aldaric acid. The names of uronic acids are generally based on their parent sugars, however some of the most common do not have direct parents, and formed by epimerization (e.g. iduronic acid is an epimer of glucuronic acid). Uronic acids that have six carbons are called hexuronic acids.

amniote - noun. Zoology. A group of tetrapods(four-limbed animals with backbones or spinal columns) that have an egg equipped with an amnios, an adaption to lay eggs on land rather than in water as anamniotes do. They include synapsids (mammals along with their extinct kin) and sauropsids (reptiles and birds), as well as their fossil ancestors.

hexuronic - noun. a Uronic acid that includes six carbons.

epimerization -

epithelium -

pleural - noun. each pair of serous membranes lining the thorax and enveloping the lungs in humans and other mammals; a lateral part in an animal body or structure. ORIGIN: late Middle English : via medieval Latin from Greek, literally 'side of the body, rib.'

peritoneum - noun. Anatomy. the serous membrane lining the cavity of the abdomen and covering abdominal organs. ORIGIN: late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek peritonaion, from peritonos 'stretched around,' from peri- 'around' + -tonos 'stretched.'

ctenophora - noun. Zoology. commonly known as 'comb jellies' or 'crane flies.' are a phylum of animals that live in marine waters worldwide. ORIGIN: from Greek kteis 'comb' and phero ' carry'

numinous - adjective. having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of divinity ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin numen, numin- 'divine power'

aonb(AONB) - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an area of countryside considered to have significant landscape value in England, Wales, and Greater Britain.

pepi ii neferkare - Pepi II (reigned c. 2278 BC - c. 2184 BC) was a pharaoh of the Sixth dynasty in Egypt's Old Kingdom. His throne name, King Neferkare.

cepheus - noun. Astronomy. a constellation near the north celestial pole ORIGIN: from the name of a king of Ethiopia, the husband of Cassiopeia

vamoose - verb. to run

devenustate - noun. obsolete. to deprive of beauty or comeliness.

callisteia - noun. Greek Mythology. A festival or perhaps merely a part of one, held by the women of Lesbos

cosmesis - noun. Medicine. the preservation, restoration, or bestowing of bodily beauty. Usually by surgical correction.

kalology - noun. the study of aesthetics

resplendence - adjective. attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Latin resplendent- 'shining out' from re- 'expressing intense force + splendere 'to glitter'

cogent - adjective. (of an argument or a case) clear, logical, and convincing. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin cogent- 'compelling,' from the verb cogere, from co- 'together' + agere 'drive'

tourmaline - noun. Geology. a crystal boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors. The name come from the Sinhalese word "Thuramali" which applied to different gemstones found in Sri Lanka.

wolframite - noun. Geology. (Fe,Mn)WO4, is an iron, manganese tungstate mineral that is the intermediate between ferberite (Fe2+ rich) and huebernite (Mn2+ rich). Along with scheelite, the wolframite series are the most important tungsten ore minerals. Wolframite is found in quartz veins and pegmatites associated with granitic intrusives. Associated minerals include cassiterite, scheelite, bismuth, quartz, pyrite, galena, sphalite, and arsenopyrite.

ferberite -

huebernite -

sphalite -

galena -

arsenopyrite -

bilberry - noun. Botany. is any of several species of low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium bearing edible berries. The species most often referred to is Vaccinium myrtillus (blueberries)

cassock - noun. a full-length garment of a single color worn by certain Christian clergy, members of church choirs, acolytes, and others having some particular office or role in a church

capulin - noun. Botany. a species of Cherry, found in Mexico and Columbia it is also called, cerezo, detse, detze, taunday, jonote, puan, palman, or xengua.

guillemot - noun. Zoology. the common name for several species of seabird in the auk family.

paradoxical sleep - see REM sleep.

Defensive immobilization: the precursor of dreams

According to Tsoukalas (2012) REM sleep is an evolutionary transformation of a well-known defensive mechanism, the tonic immobility reflex. This reflex, also known as animal hypnosis or death feigning, functions as the last line of defense against an attacking predator and consists of the total immobilization of the animal: the animal appears dead(cf."playing possum"). The neurophysiology and phenomenology of this reaction shows striking similarities to REM sleep, a fact which betrays a deep evolutionary kinship. For example, both reactions exhibit brainstem control, paralysis, sympathetic activation, and controlled hypothermia. This theory integrates many earlier findings into a unified, and evolutionary well informed, framework.

Yet another theory suggests that monoamine shutdown is required so that the monoamine receptors in the brain can recover to regain full sensitivity. Indeed, if REM sleep is repeatedly interrupted, the person will compensate for it with longer REM slee, "rebound sleep", at the next opportunity.

It has been suggested that acute REM sleep deprivation can improve certain types of depression when depression appears to be related to an imbalance of certain neurotransmitters. Although sleep deprivation in general annoys most of the population, it has repeatedly been shown to alleviate depression, albeit temporarily. More than half the individuals who experience this relief report it to be rendered ineffective after sleeping the following night. Thus, researchers have devised methods such as altering the sleep schedule for a span of days following a REM deprivation period and combining sleep-schedule alterations with pharmacotherapy to prolong this effect. Though most antidepressants selectively inhibit REM sleep due to their action on monoamines, this effect decreases after long-term use. It is interesting to not that REM sleep deprivation stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis much the same as anti-depressants.

hippocampal - noun. the hippocampal is located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain. The hippocampus is a major component of the brains of humans and other vertebrates. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation. Humans and other mammals have two hippocampi, one in each side of the brain. The hippocampus is part of the cerebral cortex, and in primates it is located in the medial temporal lobe, underneath the cortical surface. It contains two main interlocking parts: Ammon's horn and the dentate gyrus.

Apparent Death

Apparent death, colloquially known as playing dead or playing possum, is a behavior observed in a wide range of animals in which they take on the appearance of being dead to an observer. This could either be an involuntary reflex action, as in tonic immobility; or an adaptive behavior as in thanatosis, in which is used both as a defense mechanism and as a form of aggressive mimicry.

monoamine - noun. Chemistry. a compound having a single amine group in its molecule, esp. one that is a neurotransmitter (e.g. serotonin, norepinephrine).

dentate gyrus - noun. a part of the hippocampal formation. It is thought to contribute to the formation of new memories, among other functions.

pterygium - noun. Biology. refers to any winglike triangular membrane occurring in the neck, eyes, knees, elbows, ankles, or digits. ORIGIN: from Greek pterygion 'wing'

jabberwock - noun. nonsense, gibberish

jabot - Lace frill worn on a shirt of on the front of a dress

jacent - adjective. lying flat; sluggish

jacinth - noun. a reddish-orange gem variety of zircon ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French iacinte or medieval Latin iacinthus, alteration of Latin hyacinthus or Hyacinth(flower)

merlin - noun. a small dark falcon that hunts small birds, found throughout most of Eurasia and much of North America

jack - noun. a medieval leather coat worn as armor

jacobin - noun. Politics. an extremist or radical in politics.

jaconet - noun. a lightweight cotton cloth with a smooth and slightly stiff finish

jacquard - noun. an apparatus with perforated cards, fitted to a loom to facilitate the weaving of figured and brocaded fabrics

jactancy - adjective. boastfulness; vainglory

jacitation - noun. a tossing, twitching, or jerking of the body; a false claim

jactation - noun. throwing or boasting

jaculation - the act of throwing or hurling

jaculiferous - adjective. having arrow-like prickles

jambiya - noun. a curved dagger with two edges

janitrix - noun. a female janitor

jade - noun. a pitiful horse; nag

jaggery - noun. coarse and dark sugar

jalouse - verb. to suspect; to be jealous of

jebel - noun. Geography. a hill or mountain

jaspe - noun. cotton or rayon cloth with a shaded effect

jawhole - noun. a cesspool or sewer entrance

jargonelle - noun. an early pear

jejunator - noun. one who fasts

jaunce - verb. to prance; to cause a horse to prance

jasperated - adjective. mottled; streaked with various colors

jactigation - noun. wagging; tremulous movement

jargoon - adjective. brilliant pale or colorless zircon

jazzetry - noun. poetry read to jazz accompaniment

jecoral - adjective. of, like, or pertaining to the liver

jellygraph - noun. an old device for copying that used a plate of jelly

jemadar - an Indian police or customs officer

jennet - noun. a small Spanish horse

jeofall - noun. official or legal acknowledgment of a mistake

jeremiad - noun. prolonged complaint; angry or cautionary harangue; lamentation

jess - noun. a ringed strap tied to the leg of a falcon or hawk

jetavator - control surface for deflecting rocket exhaust

jibboom - noun. spar forming an extension of the bowspit

jeton - noun. stamped metal token used in card-playing or reckoning accounts

jettatura - noun. the evil eye

jibe - verb. to change a ship's course to make the bow switch sides

jigamaree - a thingamajig; a cunning manoeuvre

jiggumbob - a thingamabob; a gadget; a whatsit; a gewgaw

gewgaws - noun. a showy thing, esp. one that is useless or worthless

jimswinger - noun. a frock coat

jink - verb. to move quickly with several turns or kinks

jinker - noun. a light horse drawn passenger carriage

jitney - noun. a small passenger vehicles

jobation - tedious scolding

jobbernowl - a blockish or stupid head

spinthariscope - noun. Physics. an instrument that shows the incidence of alpha particles by flashes on a fluorescent screen

anaxiphillia - noun. the act of falling in love with the wrong person.

anadipsia - noun. excessive thirst

ligneous - adjective. made, consisting of, or resembling wood; woody ORIGIN: 17th cent. from Latin ligneous 'relating to wood'

lignite - noun. a soft, brownish-black coal in which the alteration of vegetable matter has proceeded further than in peat but not as far as in bituminous coal. Also called brown coal. Also: lignitic

sabicu - noun. the wood of the sabicu which resembles mahogany. 2. small genus of tropical American trees and shrubs with pinnate leaves and flat straight pods

calambou - noun. A species of agalloch, or aloes wood, of a dusky or mottled color, of a light, friable texture, and less fragrant than calambac -- used by cabinet makers.

agalloch - noun. the fragrant, resinous wood of an East Indian tree, Aquilaria agallocha, used as incense in the Orient.

mottle - verb.(used with object) to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.

noun. a diversifying spot or blotch of color, mottled coloring or pattern ORIGIN: 1350-1400; Middle English; mote. mote ORIGIN: before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot, grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck

friable - adjective. easily crumbled; frail, brittle

rasp - verb. to file or scrape, with a coarse file having sharp projections. to grate on(nerves or feelings)

quoin - noun. 1: an exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry. 2. any of the stones used in forming such an angle, often being of large size and dressed or arranged so as to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining wall. 3. A keystone. 4. Printing. a wedge-shaped bloke used to lock type in a chase

badigeon - noun. [French] A cement or paste (as of plaster and freestone, or a of sawdust and glue or lime) used by sculptors, builders, and workers

automysophobia - noun. a fear of being dirty, unclean, or smelling bad ORIGIN: auto 'self, one's own' + Greek mysos 'dirt'

augean - adjective. resembling the Augean stables in filthiness or degradation. 2. difficult and unpleasant. ORIGIN: 1590-1600; < Latin auge (us) of Augeas  (Geek Augei (as) + -us adj. suffix

sully - verb. poetic/literary or ironic. damage the purity of integrity of; defile. ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: perhaps from French souiller 'to soil.'

frowzy - adjective. (aslo frowsy.frowzier. frowziest) scruffy and neglected in appearance. ORIGIN: late 17th.

slovenly - adjective. (esp. of a person or their appearance) messy and dirty. (esp. of a person or action) careless; excessively casual

trollop - noun. dated or humorous. a woman perceived as sexually disreputable or promiscuous. ORIGIN 17th cent.: perhaps related to TRULL.

trull - noun. archaic. prostitute.

slattern - noun. a slovenly, untidy woman or girl 2. a slut; harlot.

borborygmus - noun. (pl. -mi) technical. a rumbling noise or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.

bruckle - verb. chiefly Scottish. easily broken or crumbled

daglock - noun. a dirty or matted lock of fur, hair, or wool

eschrolalia - noun. 1. meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of a psychiatric disorder. 2. Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk.

Fouque - noun. Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Baron de la Motte. 1777-1843, German romantic writer; author of Undine 1811

fique - noun. a natural fibre that grows in the leaves of the fique plant, Furcraeae andina, a xerophytic monocot native to the Andes.

froe - noun. frow

frow - noun. a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it, also froe. ORIGIN: 1615-25; earlier frower, perhaps a noun use of froward in literal sense "turned away.

froward - adjective. willfully contrary; not easily managed ORIGIN: 1150-1200; Middle English froward, fraward.

grotty - adjective. slang. apparently not akin to grody

cruft - noun. an unpleasant substance. superfluous junk; excess

halvans - noun. Mining. impure ore; dirty ore.

manky - adjective. worthless, rotten, or in bad taste; filthy or bad ORIGIN: from Italian manacare 'to be lacking.'

mussy - adjective. untidy, messy, or rumpled ORIGIN: 1855-60, Americanism; muss+ y

muxy - adjective. soft; sticky, and dirty

peasouper - noun. pea soup. 2. informal. fog; pea soup fog.

reechy - adjective. smoky or sooty

slovenly - adjective. untidy or unclean in appearance or habits

sloven - noun. a person who is habitually negligent of neatness or cleanliness in dress, appearance, etc.

smoterlich - adjective. dirty foul

sump - noun. a pit, well, or the like in which water or other liquid is collected. 2. chiefly Brit. a swamp, bog, or muddy pool.

crankcase - noun. (in an internal-combustion engine) the housing that encloses the crankshaft, connecting rods, and allied parts.

tatterdemalion - noun. a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person. adjective. ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

tidemark - noun. the point that something or someone has reached, receded below, or risen above.

bedaub - verb. (used with object) to smear all over; besmear; soil. 2. to ornament gaudily or excessively. ORIGIN: 1545-55; be- + daub 'to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud'; to smear, apply, to daub something. verb (used with object)

hovel - noun. a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut. 2. any dirty, disorganized dwelling 3. an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or boots

scut work - noun. informal. menial, routine work, as that done by an underling

scut - noun. a short tail, especially that of a hare, rabbit, or deer. 2. slang. a worthless, contemptible person.

boiler suit - noun. coveralls

chafeweed - noun. a weedy, composite plant, Gnaphalium sylvaticum, of the North Temperate Zone, having wooly foliage and numerous, dirty-white flowerheads in leafy spike.

clarty - adjective. dirty; esp. covered in mud

coom - noun. chiefly Scot. and North England. soot; coal dust; smut. variant of culm. 2. grease from bearings, axles, etc.

drabble (-ed, -ing) - verb. make or become wet and dirty

guttersnipe - noun. a person belonging to or characteristic of the lowest social group in a city; a street urchin

maculate - adjective. spotted; stained. archaic: defiled; impure ORIGIN: 1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin maculatus (past participle of maculare to spot, stain.

miry - adjective. of the nature of the mire; swampy. covered or bespattered with mire.

mysophilia - noun. Psychiatry. a pathological attraction to dirt or filth.

plica - noun. zoology, anatomy. a fold or folding.

qdos - operating system. Quick DOS. quick and dirty operating system.

saur - a combining form used in the names of extinct reptiles, especially archosaurs, usually Anglicized forms of Latin taxonomic names: dinosaur, pterosaur.

scutcheon - noun. zoology. a scute

omorashi - a Japanese fetish subculture, in which participants experience sexual arousal from having a full bladder or a sexual attraction to someone else experiencing the feeling of a full urinary bladder.

scute - noun. zoology. a large scale; a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.

ellinikon international airport - was the International Airport of Athens Greece for 60 years.

cabal - noun. a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.

tetrad -  noun. a group of four; the number 4.

bevy - noun. a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association

panicle - noun. Botany. any loose, diversely branching flower cluster

fascicle - noun. a section of a book or set of books being published in installments as separate pamphlets or volumes; a small bundle, tight cluster, or the like 2. anatomy. a small bundle of nerve or muscle fibers.

grapeshot - noun. a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.

raceme - noun. Botany. a simple indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are borne on short pedicels lying along a common axis, as in the lily of the valley. ORIGIN: 1775-85; Latin racemus 'cluster of grapes, bunch of berries.'

anthotaxy - noun. Botany. the arrangement of flowers on a stem or parts of a flower.

asterism - noun. astronomy. a group of stars, a constellation; three asterisks in a triforce printed to draw attention to a passage it precedes

girandole - noun. a rotating and radiating firework; an ornate bracket for candelabra or the like, sometimes with a reflecting mirror at the back of the shelf 3. a brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usually three smaller ornaments hanging from it.

glomerule - noun. Botany. a cyme condensed into a head-like cluster.

cyme - noun. an inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single central or terminal flower that blooms first.

bract - noun. Botany. a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.

botryoid - adjective. Mineralogy. having the form of a bunch of grapes.

hyades - noun. astronomy. (used with a plural verb) 1. a group of stars comprising a moving cluster in the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to indicate the approach of rain when they rose with the sun. 2. Classical Mythology. a group of nymphs and sisters of the Pleiades who nurtured the infant Dionysus and were placed among the stars as a reward.

pinaster  - noun. a species of pyramid-shaped pine tree, growing in southern Europe and having clustered needles.

swad - noun. a bunch; a thick bramble of plants

tussock - noun. a tuft of growing grass or the like

asterope - noun. Astronomy. a double star in the Pleiades (21K and 22L Pleiadum, of the 5.8 and 6.4 magnitude respectively), appearing as a single star of the 5.3 magnitude to the naked eye

floret - noun. a smaller flower.

guar - noun. a plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, of the legume family, grown as a forage crop and for its seeds, which produce a gum(guar gum) used as thickening agent and stabilizer in foods and pharmaceuticals and as sizing for paper and cloth.

moly - noun. an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.

molybdenum - noun. Chemistry. a silver-white metallic element, used as an alloy with iron in making hard, high-speed cutting tools. Symbol: Mo; atomic weight 95.94; atomic number 42; specific gravity: 10.2

uvelloid - noun. resembling a cluster of grapes

whorl - noun. a circular arrangement of like parts, as leaves or flowers, around a point on an axis; vertical.

umbel - noun. Botany. an inflorescence in which a number of flower stalks or pedicels, nearly equal to the length, spread from a common center.

corymb - noun. Botany. a flower cluster whose lower stalks are proportionally longer so that the flowers form a flat or slightly convex head.

aciniform - adjective. clustered like grapes.

peduncle - noun. Botany. a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower. the stalk bearing the fruiting body. fungi

aldebaran - noun. Astronomy. the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. It is a binary system of which the main star is a red giant. ORIGIN: Arabic, 'the follower (of the Pleiades)"

loess - noun. Geology. a loosely compacted yellowish-gray deposit of windblown sediment of which extensive deposits occur.

pruinose - adjective. Botany. (of a surface, such as that of a grape) covered with white powdery granules; frosted in appearance. ORIGIN: early 19th cent. : from Latin pruinosus, from pruina 'hoarfrost'.

lampblack - noun. a pigment made from soot

briquet - noun. a block of compressed charcoal or coal dust used as fuel

graywacke - noun. geology. a dark-gray coarse-grained wacke.

wacke - noun. a poorly sorted sandstone containing fragments of rock and minerals in a clayey matrix

hoary - adjective. grayish-white; old and trite

brindled - noun. a brownish or tawny color of animal fur, with streaks of other color; speckled, flecked, spotted, streaked.

blae - adjective. Scot and North England. bluish-black; blue-gray. ORIGIN: 1150-1200; Middle English (north) bla < Old Norse bla- blackish blue; blue.

fuscous - adjective. technical or poetic/literary. dark and somber in color.

cinereous - adjective. in the state of or reduced state of ashes; resembling ashes, ashen; ash-colored; grayish ORIGIN: 1655-65; < Latin cinereus, equivalent to ciner- 'stem of ashes' , ashes.

trona - noun. a gray mineral that occurs as an evaporite in salt deposits and consists of a hydrated carbonate and bicarbonate of sodium.

sot - noun. a habitual drunkard ORIGIN: late Old English sott [foolish person] , Latin sottus , reinforced by Old French sot 'foolish.' The current sense of the noun dates from the late 16th century.

stotious - adjective. Irish. drunk; inebriated

souse - verb. soak in or drench with liquid. informal. drunk.

nimptopsical - adjective. drunk.

rummy - noun. a card game; rum, as in rum drink.

squiffy - adjective. informal. chiefly Brit. slightly drunk.

crocked - adjective. informal. drunk.

maudlin - adjective. self-pitying or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.

sorbile - adjective. to suck in, to drink down. Fit to be drunk or sipped.

dipsomaniac - noun. alcoholism, specifically, in a form characterized by intermittent bouts of craving for alcohol. ORIGIN: Greek, dipso 'thirst' + maniac 'mania'

tiddly - adjective. slightly drunk.

besotted - adjective. strongly infatuated. archaic. intoxicated; drunk.

fuddle - verb. archaic. go drinking on a bout;  confuse or stupefy(someone) esp. with alcohol

half seas over - adjective. chiefly Brit. informal or dated. fairly drunk.

slew - verb. (of a vehicle or person) turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction 2. noun. a violent or uncontrollable sliding movement.

bacchic - adjective. [lowercase] riotously or jovially intoxicated; drunken OR  of, pertaining to, or honoring Bacchus

carouse - verb. drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.

fap - adjective or noun. Late 16th cent. drunk

fou - adjective. Scottish. drunk.

oenophilia - noun. a person who enjoys wines, usually as a connoisseur

tipple -  verb. to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess; intoxicating liquor.

hidrosis - noun. Medicine. sweating ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Greek hidr0sis, from hidros 'sweat'

sudor - noun. sweat. ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: Latin sudorifer, 'sweat'

diaphoresis - noun. technical. sweating especially to an unusual degree as a symptom of disease or a side effect of a drug ORIGIN: via late Latin from Greek from diaphorein 'carry off, sweat out,' from dia 'through' + phorein 'carry'

drudgery - noun. hard, menial, or dull work: domestic drudgery

swither - noun. a shunting engine. 2. a device used to select or combine different video and audio signals.

travail - noun. painful or laborious effort. verb. engage in painful or laborious effort.

sudoriferous - adjective. (of a gland) secreting sweat.

sudorific - adjective. relating to or causing sweating

bromidrosis - noun. the bacterial breakdown of sweat and cellular debris resulting in a foul odor. ORIGIN: Greek bromos 'stench', hidros 'sweat'

syringadenous - adjective. of or relating to sweat glands

exocrine gland - an exocrine gland is distinguished by the fact that it excretes its essential products by way of a duct to some environmental external to itself, be it either inside the body or on a surface of the body. Examples include: sweat glands, salivary glands, mammary glands, pancreas, and liver.

osmidrosis - noun. body odor.

salient - adjective. 1. most noticeable or important. prominent; conspicuous.1. [postpositive] Heraldry. (of an animal) standing on its hind legs with the forepaws raised, as if leaping.

heraldry - noun. the system by which the coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated.

pruritic - noun. Medicine. severe itching of the skin, as a symptom of various ailments.

detrition - noun. rare. the action of wearing away by friction

muck sweat - noun. informal. a state of perspiring profusely.

sudatorium - in architecture, a sudatorium is a vaulted sweating room, of the Roman baths or thermae. The Roman architectural writer Vitruvius refers to it as a concamerata sudatio.

sudatory - noun. a sauna

sudorous - adjective. sweating.

supererogation - noun. the performance of more work than duty requires

swate - noun. sweat

swatte - noun. sweat

xeroderma - noun. excessive or abnormal dryness of the skin, as in ichthyosis.

ichthyosis - noun. a congenital, often hereditary skin disease marked by dry, thickened, scaly skin.

miliaria - noun. heat rash

gaum - noun. to stare vacantly or handle in a clumsy matter

sudarium - noun. another word for sudatorium or sweat lodge; sauna.

diaphoretic - adjective. producing or increasing perspiration

eccrine - Merocrine. is a term used to classify exocrine glands and their secretions in the study of histology. A cell is classified as merocrine if the secretions of that cell are excreted via exocytosis from a secretory cells into an epithelial-walled duct of ducts and thence onto a bodily surface or into the lumen.

hydrophobia - noun. extreme or irrational fear of water, esp. as a symptom of rabies in humans. 2. Rabies in humans.
forswat - adjective. spent with heat; covered with sweat.

lysozyme - noun. an enzyme that catalyzes the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria, occurring notably in tears and egg whites.

muramidase - a lysozme. an enzyme found in saliva and sweat and tears that destroys the cell walls of certain bacteria.

osmidrosiphobia - noun. a feat of body odour

popanoic acid - a liquid fatty acid found in milk and sweat and in fuel distillates.

propionic acid - noun. a colorless pungent liquid organic acid. C2H5COOH, produced in some forms of fermentation and used for inhibiting.

stumer - something bogus or fraudulent.

copal - is a name given to tree resin that is particularly identified with the aromatic resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as ceremonially burned incense and other purposes. More generally, the term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between "gummier" resins and amber. The word copal is derived from the Nahauatl language word copalli, meaning 'incense.'

sluice - from the Dutch word 'sluis' is a water channel controlled at its head by a gate. A Millrace, leet, flume, penstock or lade is a sluice channeling water toward a water mill. The terms sluice, sluice gate, knife gate, and slide gate are used interchangeably in the water and wastewater control industry.

flume - a man made channel for water

leet - noun. historical. (in England) a yearly or half-yearly court of record that the lords of certain manors. the Jurisdiction of the court. 2. a manmade channel for water

penstock - a gate or intake structure that controls water flow.

lade - verb. archaic. load(a ship or other vessel); ship(goods) or cargo) intrans. take on cargo ORIGIN: Old English hladan, of the West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German laden 'to load', also Ladle and perhaps Lathe

bilge - noun. the area on the outer surface of a ship's hull where the bottom verb. archaic. break a hole in the bilge of a ship ORIGIN: 15th cent. probably a variant of bulge.

catchment - noun. the action of collecting water, esp. the collection of rainfall over a drainage area

naiad - noun. in classical mythology. a water nymph. the aquatic larva

undine - noun. a female spirit or nymph inhabiting water

sudamen - noun. medicine. a skin disease in which sweat accumulates under the superficial horny layers of the epidermis to form small, clear, transparent vesicles.

transude - verb. an edematous fluid that collects in the body's cavities as a result of disturbances in the circulation of blood or in flow of lymph(such as ascites, or abdominal dropsy, in cases of cardiac insufficiency or cirrhosis of the liver)

edema(formerly known as dropsy) - is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitium, which are locations beneath the skin or in one or more cavities of the body. It is clinically shows as swelling. Generally, the amount of interstitial fluid is determined by the balance of fluid homeostasis, and increased secretion of fluid into the interstitium or impaired removal of this fluid may cause edema.

cirrhosis - is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules(lumps that occur as a result of a process in which the damaged tissue is regenerated, leading to a loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Some cases are idiopathic(i.e. of no cause).


prickly heat - noun. an itchy inflammation of the skin, typically with a rash of small vesicles, common in hot moist weather. Also called Miliaria

Miliaria rubra - proper noun. a heat rash, is a skin condition that appears to discrete extremely pruritic, erythematous papulovesicles  accompanied by a sensation of prickling, burning, or tingling. Differential diagnosis should be used to rule out polycythemia vera, which is a rare hematological disorder and appears more often in males than females, and generally not before the age of 40. Both disorders share the common denominator of appearing after taking a hot shower.

polycythemia vera (PV, PCV) - also known as erythremia primary polycythemia and polycythemia rubra vera is a myeloproliferative

myeloproliferative diseases(MPDs) or myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) - are a group of diseases of the bone marrow in which excess cells are produced. They are related to, and may evolve into, myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia, although the myeloproliferative diseases on the whole have a much better prognosis than these conditions. The concept of myeloproliferative disease was first proposed in 1951 by the eminent hematologist William Dameshek. In the most recent World Health Organization classification of Hematologic malignancies, this group of diseases was renamed from "myeloproliferative diseases" to "myeloproliferative neoplasms". This reflects the underlying clonal genetic changes that are a salient feature of this group of diseases.

erythematous - noun. Medicine. superficial reddening of the skin, usually in patches, as a result of injury or irritation causing dilatation of the blood capillaries ORIGIN: 18th cent.: from Greek eruthema, from eruthainein 'be red,' from eruthros 'red'

frontlet - noun. an ornamental piece of cloth hanging over the upper part of an altar frontal; dated. a decorative band or ornament worn on the forehead

metopic - noun. of or pertaining to the forehead

sinciput - noun. Anatomy. the front of the skull from the forehead to the crown

frisette - noun. a fringe of curled, often artificial hair.

linnet - noun. a mainly brown and gray finch with a reddish breast and forehead

bausond - noun. Zoology. having white spots on a black or bay background

bay - adjective. Zoology. of a horse, brown with black points

nasion - noun. Craniometry. the intersection of the internasal

forelock - noun. a lock of hair growing just above the forehad

kowtow - verb. historical. to kneel and touch the ground with the forehead in worship or submission as part of Chinese custom.

phylactery - noun. a small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law.

capuchin - noun. a friar belonging to a branch of the Franciscan order that observes a strict rule drawn up in 1529; a cloak and hood formerly worn by women; A South American monkey with a cap of hair on the head that has the appearance of a cowl; also, a pigeon of a breed with head and neck feathers resembling a cowl

crinion - noun. point where the hairline meets the midpoint of the forehead.

cymbiform - adjective. boat-shaped; describing pollen with a single linear pore

glabella - noun. the smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows

lour - verb. lower; set lower

cosmocracy - noun. rule of the whole world

uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

panentheism - noun. the belief that the world is a part of God.

omega particle - noun. a subatomic particle in the baryon family having a mass 3,272 times that of the electron, containing neither up nor down quarks.

pancosmism  - noun. a belief that nothing exists beyond the material universe.

pancosmic - adjective. pertaining to pancosmism, or to the universe in its entirety.

pancratic - adjective. athletic; pertaining to or having ability in all matters.

pandiculation - noun. stretching and yawning

pangram - noun. a sentence containing all 26 letters of the alphabet.

pangrammatist - noun. a person that composes sentences using all 26 letters of the alphabet.

panorpid - noun. scorpion fly

pantoglot - noun. a speaker of all languages

pantomorphic - adjective. taking on all shapes

paracoita - noun. a female sexual partner

paracoitus - noun. a male sexual partner

a corps perdu - phrase. 'with lost body'; impetuously, in desperation

a fond - phrase. 'to the bottom'; thoroughly

a mensa et thoro - phrase. 'from table to bed'; applied to judicial separation of husband and wife

a outrance - phrase. 'to the utmost'; to the death

ab initio - phrase. from the beginning; from the very start or outset

ab irato - phrase. from an angry man: hence, not to be taken too seriously

abderian - adjective. pertaining to foolish or excessive laughter

ablutomania - noun. a mania for washing oneself

acalculia - noun. the inability to work with numbers

acephalist - noun. the balky maverick who acknowledges no head or superior authority

abscission - noun. botany. the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.: any act of cutting off. ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Latin abscissio(n-), from abscindere, from ab- 'off, away' + scindere 'to cut.'

acarpous - adjective. botany. not yielding fruit

accismus - noun. rhetorical device of pretending to refuse

accolent - adjective. neighboring

accubation - noun. act or state of reclining at a table

aceldama - noun. field or scene of bloodshed

acerose - adjective. pertaining to the needle

acervate - adjective. botany. growing in heaps or clusters

acerous - adjective. without horns or antennae

acescent - adjective. becoming, or tending to be, sour

acherontic - adjective. dark, gloomy, forbidding

acholous - adjective. lacking bile

achor - noun. medicine. archaic. eruption on the scalp

acronychal - adjective. occurring at nightfall

achroous - adjective. colorless

acidulous - adjective. sharp or sour in taste or manner, acidulate.

acor - noun. medicine. stomach acidity

acouasm - noun. a ringing sound in the head

acraein - noun. foul-tasting butterfly's juice

acrasy - noun. anarchy, disorder

acratia - noun. impotence

acroatic - adjective. pertaining to profound knowledge

acrolith - noun. a statue with a wooden trunk and stone head and extremities.

acrophony - noun. The use of a word starting with a letter of the alphabet the same as the name of the letter.

acushla - noun. term of address: darling.

acyrology - noun. incorrect diction

ad captandum - phrase. 'to capture' the affection or suit the taste (of the crowd)

ad hunc vocem - phrase. 'to this word'

ad hunc locum - phrase. law. 'at this place'; on this passage

ad libitum - adj. 'at one's pleasure'; as much or long as desired

ad misericordiam - phrase. to compassion; appealing to a sense of pity or mercy; asking compassion

ad rem - phrase. pertinent to the matter

ad unguem - phrase. to the fingernail; with great precision

ad valorem - adjective. in proportion to value, especially of import duties of a percentage of the value of the imports

ad verbum - phrase. to the word: word for word; literally; verbatim

adaxial - on, beside, or turned towards, axis of an organ, organism, or plant.

adient - adjective. tending to expose an organism to, or turn it towards, a stimulus or situation

adipescent - adjective. becoming fatty

adipic - adjective. chemistry. pertaining to fatty or greasy substances

adipsy - noun. lack of thirst. quenching thirst

adit - noun. entrance, especially horizontal passage into a mine

adjectitious - adjective. added, thrown in

Pelagic zone - Any water in a sea or lake that is neither close to the bottom nor near the shore can be said to be in the pelagic zone. The word pelagic comes from the Ancient Greek pelages "open sea". The pelagic zone can be though of in terms of an imaginary cylinder or water column that goes from the surface of the sea almost to the bottom. Conditions change deeper down the water column; the pressure increases, the temperature drops and there is less light. Depending on the depth, the water column, rather like the Earth's atmosphere can be divided into different layers.

Depth and Layers

Depending on how deep the sea is, the pelagic zone can extend over up to five horizontal layers in the ocean. From top down, these are:

Epipelagic(sunlit) - From the surface  (MSL or mean sea level) down to around 200 m (650 ft) the illuminated zone at the surface of the sea where there is enough light for photosynthesis. Nearly all primary production in the ocean occurs here. Consequently plants and animals are largely concentrated in this zone.

Mesopelagic(twilight) - From 200 meters down to around 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). The name for this zone stems from the Ancient Greek: meson, "middle". Although some light penetrates this second later, it is insufficient for photosynthesis. At about 500 m the water also becomes depleted of oxygen. Still, life copes, with gills that are more efficient or by minimizing movement.

Bathypelagic(twilight)- From 1,000 m down to around 4,000 m (13,000 ft). The name stems from the Ancient Greek bathes, "deep". At this depth the ocean is pitch black, apart from occasional bioluminescent organisms, such as lanternfish. There is no living plant life. Most animals living here survive by consuming the detritus falling from the zones above, which is know as "marine snow", or like the marine hatchetfish, by preying on other inhabitants of this zone.

Abyssopelagic(lower midnight) - From 4,000 m down to above the ocean floor. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek: abysso, "bottomless" (a holdover from the times when the deep ocean, or abyss, was believed to be bottomless). Very few creatures are sufficiently adapted to surviving in the cold temperatures, high pressures, and complete darkness of this depth. Among the species found in this zone are several species of squid; echinoderms including the basket star, swimming cucumber, and the sea pig; and rain arthropods including the sea spider. Many of the species living at these depths have adapted to be transparent and eyeless as a result of the total lack of light in this zone.

Hadopelagic - The deep water in ocean trenches. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek: Haides, "Hades", the classical Greek underworld. This zone is mostly unknown, and very few species are known to live here (in the open areas). However, many organisms live in hydrothermal vents in this and other zones. Some define the hadopelagic as waters below 6,000 m (19,685 ft), whether in a trench or not. The bathypelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic zones are very similar in character, and some marine biologists combine them into a single zone or consider the latter two to be the same. The abyssal plain is covered with soft sludge composed of dead organisms from above.

benthos - noun. Ecology. the flora and fauna found on the bottom, or in the bottom sediments, of a sea, lake or other body of water. ORIGIN: late 19th cent: from Greek, 'depth of the sea'.

vitrify - verb. convert(something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat

flit - noun. the mixture of silica and fluxes that is fused at high temperatures to make glass.
- a similar calcined and pulverized mixture used to make soft-paste porcelain or ceramic glazes. make into fit.

fulgurite - noun. Geology material formed of sand or other sediment fused by lightning

Spanish broom - noun. a Mediterranean broom with fragrant yellow flowers and almost leafless stems that were formerly used in basketry.

rabbet - noun. a step-shaped recess cut along the edge or in the face of a piece of wood, typically forming a match to the edge or tongue of another piece. : [as adj.] a rabbet joint.

verb. (-bet-ed, -bet-ing) make a rabbet in, trans. join or fix (a piece of wood to another with a rabbet)

cullet - noun. recycled broken or waste glass used in glassmaking

vitrescent - adjective. capable of or susceptible to being turned into glass

carboy - noun. a large globular plastic bottle with a narrow neck, typically protected by a frame and used for holding acids or other corrosive liquids

devitrify - verb. (-fies, -fied) [intrans.]
(of glass or vitreous rock) become hard, opaque, and crystalline.
- [trans.] make hard, opaque, and crystalline

cheval-de-frise - noun. 1. a portable obstacle, consisting of a wooden frame covered with spikes or barbed wire, used by the military to close off a passage or block enemy advancement. 2. shards of glass or spikes set into masonry along the top of a wall

Geissler tube - noun. a sealed tube of glass or quartz with a central constriction, filled with vapor for the production of a luminous electrical discharge.

bugloss - noun. a bristly plant of the borage family, with bright blue flowers. Anchusa, Lycopsis, and other genera, family Boraginaceae: several species, including the small bugloss and the widespread viper's bugloss. ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Old French buglosse or Latin buglossus, from Greek bouglossos 'ox-tongued,' from bous 'ox' + glossa 'tongue'

perlite - noun. a form of obsidian characterized by spherulites formed by cracking for the volcanic glass during cooling, used as insulation or in plant growth media

calx - noun. a powdery metallic oxide formed when an ore or mineral has been heated.

actinism - adjective. (of light or lightning) able to cause photochemical reactions, as in photography, through having a significant short wavelength or ultraviolet component.- relating to or caused by such light

spalt - adjective. (of wood) containing blackish irregular lines as a result of a fungal decay, and sometimes used to produce a decorative surface

swizzle - noun. a mixed alcoholic drink, esp. a frothy one of rum or gin and bitters

Prince Rupert's Drops, also Rupert's Balls or Dutch Tears - noun. glass objects created by dripping molten glass into cold water. The glass cools into a tadpole-shaped droplet with a long thin tail. The water rapidly cools the molten glass on the outside of the drop, while the inner portion of the drop remains significantly hotter. When the glass on the inside eventually cools, t contracts inside the already solid outer part. This contraction sets up very large compressive stresses on the exterior, while the core of the drop is in a state of tensile stress. The very high residual stress within the drop gives rise to unusual qualities, such as the ability to withstand a blow from a hammer on the bulbous end without breaking, while the drop will disintegrate explosively if the tail is even slightly damaged.

soda lime - noun. a mixture of calcium oxide and sodium hydroxide

Kristallnact - the occasion of concerted violence by Nazis throughout Germany and Austria against the Jews and their property on the night of November 9-10, 1938

ORIGIN: German, literally 'night of crystal', referring to the broken glass produced by the
smashing of store windows

potsherd - noun. a broken piece of ceramic material, esp. one found on an archaeological site.

Rabat - proper noun. the capital of Morocco, an industrial port on the Atlantic coast; pop. 1,220,000. It was founded as a military fort in the 12th century by the Almohads.

Almohad - noun. (pl. -hads) a member of a Berber Muslim movement an

vitriol - noun. archaic or poetic/literary. sulfuric acid. - figurative. cruel and bitter criticism. fury and vitriol.

aglet - noun. a metal or plastic tube fixed tightly around each end of a shoelace.

caldera - noun. a large volcanic crater, typically one formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano. caldaria, latin, "cooking pot" ,

Tenerife - a volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean, the largest of the Canary Islands; pop 771,000; capital, Santa Cruz

toponymy - noun. the study of place names

demonic  - noun. also, gentilic, is a name for a resident of a locality. Although not always derived from the name of the locality. The name for a resident of Britain is Briton, and the demonic for a resident of Turkey is Turk. Yet the most common demonic is for the people of the Netherlands, Dutch. Though Netherlander is also used.

orography - noun. the branch of physical geography dealing with mountains

gregarious - adjective. (of a person) fond of company; sociable: he was a popular and sociable man. (of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities: gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts. (of plants) growing in open clusters or in pure associations. ORIGIN: mid 17th century.: from Latin gregarious (from grex, greg-'a flock') + OUS.

Herd behavior - Herd behavior describes how individuals in a group can act together without planned direction. The term pertains to the behavior of animals in herds, flocks, and schools, and to human conduct during activities such as stock market bubbles and crashes, street demonstrations, riots, and general strikes, sporting events, religious gatherings, episodes of mob violence and everyday decision making, judgement, and opinion-forming. Raafat, Chater, and Frith proposed an integrated approach to herding, describing two key issues, the mechanisms of transmission of thoughts or behavior between individuals and the patterns of connections between them. They suggested that bringing together diverse theoretical approaches of herding behavior illuminates the applicability of the concept to many domains ranging from cognitive neuroscience to economics.

Herd Behavior in Animals

A group of animals fleeing from a predator shows the nature of herd behavior. In 1971, in the oft cited article "Geometry For The Selfish Herd," evolutionary biologist W.D. Hamilton asserted that each individual group member reduces the danger to itself by moving as close as possible to the center of the fleeing group. Thus the herd appears as a unit in moving together, but its function emerges from the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals.

Buridan's ass - noun. theory. an illustration of a paradox in philosophy in the conception of free well. It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an ass that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely between a stack of hay and a pail of water. Since the paradox assumes the ass will always go to whichever is closer, it will die of both under and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision to choose one over the other. The paradox is named after the 14th century French philosopher Jean Buridan, whose philosophy of moral determinism it satirizes. A common variant of the paradox substitutes two identical piles of hay for the hay and water; the ass, unable to choose between the two, dies of hunger.

Selfish Herd Theory - The Selfish herd theory states that individuals within a population attempt to reduce their predation risk by putting other conspecifics between themselves and predators. Such behavior inevitably results in aggregations. The theory was proposed by W.D. Hamilton in 1971 in an attempt to explain the gregarious behavior witnessed by a variety of animals. It contrasted the popular hypothesis that evolution of such social behavior was based on mutual benefits of a population. The basic principle governing the Selfish Herd Theory is that in aggregations, predation risk is greets on the periphery and decreases toward the center. More dominant animals within the population are supposed to obtain low-risk central positions, whereas, subordinate animals will be forced into higher risk positions. Many researches used this idea to explain why population at higher predation risks often form larger, more compact groups. It also may explain why these aggregations are often sorted by phenotypic characteristics such as strength.

Phenotype - noun. Biology. the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment. ORIGIN: sense 1 from French 'pheynl,' from Greek phaino- 'shining'; both senses from Greek phainein 'to show'

benzene - noun. a colorless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in coal tar and petroleum, used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties. Chem. formula. C6H6

salano - the local name for an eastern wind in Spain. It is also used for hot suffocating winds of any origin in Burgos and the Basque Country.

Voronoi diagram - In mathematics, a Voronoi diagram is a way of dividing space into a number of regions. A set of points (called seeds, sites, or generators) is specified beforehand and for each seed there will be a corresponding region consisting of all points closer to that seed than to any other. The regions are called Voronoi cells. It is dual to the Delaunay triangulation. It is named after Georgy Voronoi, and is also called a Voronoi tessellation, a Voronoi decomposition, or a Dirichlet tessellation(after Lejeune Dirichlet). Voronoi diagrams can be found in a large number of fields in science and technology, even in art, and they have found numerous practical and theoretical applications.

Delaunay triangulation - In mathematics and computational geometry, a Delaunay triangulation for a  set of P of points in a plane is a triangulation DT( P) such that no point in P is inside the circumscircles of any triangle in DT( P). Delaunay triangulations maximize the minimum angle of all the angles of the triangles in the triangulation; they tend to avoid skinny triangles. The triangulation is named after Boris Delaunay for his work on this topic from 1934.

Moroni - proper noun. the capital of Comoros, on the island of Grande Comore; pop. 22,000

aggregate - noun. 1 a whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements: his love life was combined of three aggregate women. - the total number of points scored by a player or team in a series of sporting contests. 2 a material or structure formed from a loosely compacted mass of fragments or particles.

adjective. formed or calculated by the combination of many separate units or items; total : the aggregate amount of poems written. Botany. (of a group of species) comprising several very similar species formerly regarded as a single species. Economics. denoting the total supply or demand for goods and services in an economy at a  particular time: aggregate demand\aggregate supply.

verb. form or group into a class or cluster: [intrans.] the butterflies aggregate in dense groups.

ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Latin aggregat- 'herded together,' from the verb aggregate, from ad- 'toward' + grex, greg- 'a flock.'

massif - non. a compact group of mountains, esp. one that is separate from other groups. ORIGIN: early 16th cent. (denoting a large building): French adjective meaning 'massive,' used as a noun.

Gallotia - noun. the genus of lacertids(wall lizards) of the Canary Islands. This genus consists of a group that has been evolving there ever since the first islands emerged from the sea over 20 million years ago. The endemic species and subspecies of this group have a number of characteristics that make them quite special within their family (Lacertidae); their only close relatives are the sandrunner lizards (Psammodromus) of the western Mediterranean region. Gallotia are characteristic for eating significant quantities of plants, and for several lineages having evolved from insular gigantism.

Insular gigantism - noun. theory. Island gigantism or insular giantism us a biological phenomenon in which the size of animals isolated on an island increases dramatically in comparison to their mainland relatives. Island gigantism is one aspect of the more general, "island rule", which posits that when mainland animals colonize islands, small species tend to evolve larger bodies, and large species tend to evolve smaller bodies. With the arrival of humans and associated predators (dogs, cats, rats, pigs) many giant island endemics have become extinct.

Possible Causes of island gigantism

Large mammalian carnivores are often absent on islands, due to insufficient range or difficulties in over-water dispersal. In their absence, the ecological niches for large predators may be occupied by birds or reptiles, which can then grow to larger-than-normal size. For example, on prehistoric Gargano Island in the Miocene-Pliocene Mediterranean, on islands in the Caribbean like Cuba, and on Madagascar and New Zealand, some or all apex predators were birds like eagles, falcons, and owls, including some of the largest known examples of these groups. However, birds and reptiles generally make less efficient large predators than advanced carnivorans. Since small size usually makes it easier for herbivores to escape or hide from predators, the decreased predation pressure on islands can allow them to grow larger. Small herbivores may also benefit from the absence of competition from missing types of large herbivores. Thus, island gigantism is usually an evolutionary trend resulting from the removal of constraints on the size of small animals related to predation and/or competition. Such constraints can operate differently depending on the size of the animal, however; for example, while small herbivores may escape predation by hiding, large herbivores may deter predators by intimidation. As a result, the complementary phenomenon of island dwarfism can also result from the removal of constraints related to predation and/or competition on the size of large herbivores. In contrast, insular dwarfism among predators more commonly results from the imposition of constraints associated with the limited prey resources available on islands. As opposed to island dwarfism, island gigantism is found in most major vertebrate groups and in invertebrates. A further means of establishing island gigantism may be a founder effect operative when larger members of a mainland population are superior in their ability to colonize islands.

Optimal foraging theory - Optimal foraging theory is an idea in ecology based on the study of foraging behavior and states that organisms forage in such a way as to maximize their net energy intake per unit time. In other words, they behave in such a way as to find, capture and consume food containing the most calories while expending the least amount of time possible in doing so.

The Functional Classes of Predators

Optimal foraging theory uses predators as the object of analysis.
There are four functional classes of predators:

-True predators attack large numbers of their prey throughout their life. They kill their prey immediately, or shortly after the attack. They may eat all or only part of their prey. True predators include tigers, lions, plankton-eating whales, seed-eating birds, ants, and humans.

-Grazers attack large numbers of their prey throughout their lifetime and eat only a portion of their prey. They harm the prey, but rarely kill it. Grazers include locusts, leeches, and mosquitos.

-Parasites, like grazers, eat only a part of their prey(host) but rarely the entire organism, and spend all or a large portion of their life cycle living in/on a single host. This much more intimate relationship is typical of tapeworms, liver flukes, and plant parasites such as the potato blight.

-Parasitoids are mainly typical of wasps(order Hymenoptera), and some flies(order Diptera). Eggs are laid inside the larvae of other arthropods which hatch and consume the host from the inside, killing it. This intimate predator-host relationship is typical of about 10% of all insects. Many viruses that attack single-celled organisms (such as bacteriophage) are also parasitoids, in that they reproduce inside a single host that is inevitably killed by the association.

Basic Variables of OFT

The OFT attempts to explain predator behavior since no predator eats everything available. This is typically due to habitat and size constraints, but even within habitats, predators eat only a proportion of what is available.

E is the amount of energy(calories) from a prey item. h is the handling time, which includes capture, killing, eating, and digesting. h starts once the prey has been spotted. E/h is therefore the profitability of the prey item.

Miocene - adjective. of, relating to, or denoting the fourth epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Oligocene and Pliocene epochs. (the Miocene) the Miocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it. The Miocene Epoch lasted from 23.3 million to 5.2 million years ago. During this time, the Alps and Himalayas were being formed and there was diversification of the primates, including first apes. The Miocene is a geological epoch of the Neogene Period and extends from about 23.03 to 5.332 million years ago. The Miocene was named by Sir Charles Lyell. Its name comes from the Greek words meaning "less," and "new" and means "less recent" because it has 18% fewer modern sea invertebrates than the Pliocene Epoch. The Miocene is the first epoch of the Neogene Period.

Pliocene - adjective. Geology. of, relating to, or denoting the last epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Miocene and Pleistocene epochs. (the Pliocene) the Pliocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it.

Lagomorpha - Zoology. an order of mammals that comprises the hares, rabbits, and pikas. They are distinguished by the possession of double incisor teeth, and were formerly placed with the rodents. The two living families: the Leporidae(hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae(pikas). The name of the order is derived from the Greek ,lagos, "hare" and morphe "form."

Foster's Rule - Foster's Rule also known as "island rule," is a principle in evolutionary biology stating that members of a species get smaller or bigger depending on the resources available in the environment. This is the core of the study of island biogeography. For example, it is known that pygmy mammoths evolved from normal mammoths on small islands. Similar evolutionary paths have been observed in elephants, hippopotamuses, boas, deer, and humans.

Bergmann's Rule - an ecogeographic principle that states that within a broadly distributed taxonomic clade, populations and species of larger size are found in colder environments, and species of smaller size are found in warmer regions. Although originally formulated in terms of species within a genus, it has often been recast in terms of populations within a species. It is also often cast in terms of latitude. The rule is named after a nineteenth-century German biologist, Carl Bergmann, who among the first to describe the pattern in 1847. Bergmann's rule is most often applied to mammals and birds which are endotherms, but some researchers have also found evidence for the rule in studies of ectothermic species such as the ant Leptothorax acervorum(red ant). While Bergmann's rule appears to hold true for many mammals and birds, there are exceptions.

Endotherm - An endotherm (Greek: endon = "within", theorem = "heat") is an organism that maintains its body at a metabolically favorable temperature, largely by use of a heat set free by its internal bodily functions instead of relying almost purely on ambient heat. Such internally generated heat is mainly an incidental product of the animal's routine metabolism, but under conditions of excessive cold or low activity an endotherm might apply special mechanisms adapted specifically to heat production. Examples include special-function muscular exertion such as shivering, and uncoupled oxidative metabolism such as within brown adipose tissue.

brown adipose tissue - Brown adipose tissue (BAT) or brown fat is one of two types of fat or adipose tissue (the other being white adipose tissue) found in mammals. It is especially abundant in newborns and in hibernating mammals. Its primary function is to generate body heat in animals or newborns that do not shiver. In contrast to white adipocytes (fat cells), which contain a single lipid droplet, brown adipocytes contain numerous smaller droplets and a much higher number of (iron containing) mitochondria, which make it brown. Brown fat also contains more capillaries than white fat, since it has a greater need for oxygen than most tissues.

Biochemistry

The mitochondria in a eukaryotic cell utilize fuels to produce energy(in the form of ATP). This process involves storing energy as a proton gradient, also known as the proton motive force(PMF), across the mitochondrial inner membrane. This energy is used to synthesize ATP when the protons flow across the membrane (down their concentration gradient) through the ATP synthase enzyme; this is known as chemiosmosis (the movement of ions across a selectively permeable membrane, down their electrochemical gradient). In warm-blooded animals, body heat is maintained by signaling the mitochondria to allow protons to run back along the gradient without producing ATP. This can occur since an alternative return route for the protons exists through an uncoupling protein in the inner membrane. This protein, known as uncoupling protein 1 (thermogenin), facilitates the return of the protons after they have been actively pumped out of the mitochondria by the electron transport chain. This alternative route for protons uncouples oxidative phophorylation(OXPHOS, is a metabolic pathway that uses energy released by the oxidation of nutrients to produce adenosine triphosphote) and the energy in the PMF is instead released as heat. To some degree, all cells of endotherms give off heat, especially when body temperature is below a regulatory threshold. However, brown adipose tissue is highly specialized for this non-shivering thermogenesis. First, each cell has a higher number of mitochondria compared to more typical cells. Second, these mitochondria have a higher-than-normal concentration of thermogenin in the inner membrane

eclosion - verb. [intrans.] Entomology. (of an insect) emerge as an adult from the pupa or as a larva from the egg.

abele - noun. a white poplar tree

abasement - verb. behave in a way so as to belittle or degrade (someone)

abaft - adverb. Nautical. in or behind the stern of a ship.

abditive - adjective. having the quality of hiding

aberuncators - noun. a large tool for pruning tall branches

abscind - to pare, reduce, cut off or away

abscond - verb. leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection

aeolistic - long winded

advesperate - darken; or become late

aeolian - adjective. poetic/literary. characterized by a sighing or moaning sound as if produced by the wind.

aerolith - a stone that falls from the sky; meteorite.

aeviternal - everlasting; endless.

zelkova - noun. an Asian tree of the elm family, often cultivated as an ornamental for its timber, or as a bonsai tree.

afflated- inspired.

agromania - intense desire to be in open spaces

agrypnia - insomnia

ahuli - with sails furred and helm lashed to the lee-side

aiger - tidal wave occurring in rivers

allision - intentional collision of two ships

altricial - adjective. (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an undeveloped state requiring care and feeding by the parents
ALSO NIDICOLOUS. Often contrasted with PRECOCIAL.

amidship - adverb. adjective. in the middle of a ship

alopecoid - of or resembling a fox

amrita - noun. a syrup considered divine by Sikhs, Hindu ambrosia bestowing immortality

ancon - noun. elbow

anteloquy - preface

anteprandial - before dinner

anthophilous - loving or frequenting flowers

anurous - tallness

aphrasia - inability to speak

apodysophilia  - feverish desire to undress

chunter - speak in a soft voice, mumble

sirocco - noun. a hot wind often dusty or rainy, blowing from North Africa across the Mediterranean to southern Europe

hypocaust - noun. a hollow space under the floor of an ancient Roman building, into which hot air was sent for heating  a room or a bath

palaver - noun. prolonged and idle discussion. an hour of aimless palaver

fug - noun. a warm stuffy or smoky atmosphere in a room. the cozy fugue of the music halls.

simoom - noun. a hot, dry, dust-laden wind blowing in the desert, esp. in Arabia. ORIGIN: from Arabic samma 'to poison'

chinook - noun. (also chinook wind) a warm dry wind that blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter.

khamsin - noun. an oppressive, hot southerly or southeasterly wind blowing in Egypt in spring. ORIGIN: late 17th cent.: from Arabic kamsin, from kamsun 'fifty' (being the approx. duration in days)

ghibli - noun. Arabic. a hot wind from the Sahara desert.

Harmattan - a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March.

Brickfielder - a hot and dry wind in the desert of Southern Australia that occurs in the summer season.

badinage - playful repartee or banter

bailment - noun. Law. delivery of goods in trust

balbutier - verb. to stammer; to stutter

baiseman - noun. a kiss on the hand

balbriggan - knitted cotton fabric

baragouin - any jargon or unintelligible language

maenad - noun. (in ancient Greece) a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites.

basiation - kissing

dither - verb. be indecisive.

phlegmatic - adjective. (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.

commove - verb. move violently; agitate or excite

corybantic - adjective. wild frenzied

tizzy - noun. a state of nervous excitement or agitation. he got into a tizzy and was talking absolute nonsense.

het up - adjective. angry and agitated. her husband got all het up about something.

pother - noun. a commotion or fuss. don' t make such a pother.

salacious - adjective. (of writing, pictures, or talk) treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject: salacious stories. lustful; lecherous ORIGIN: mid 17th century: from Latin salax, salac- from salire 'to leap' + -IOUS

virga - noun. a mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.

strombuliform - adjective. formed or shaped like a top, coiled into the shape of a screw or a helix

bavian - insignificant or unskilled poet

bellonephlia - sexual obsession with sharp objects

bathylkopian - deep bosomed

bullace - wild plum

bibliophagist - one who devours books literally or figuratively

biduous - lasting two days

bletherskate - a garrulous talker of nonsense

bloviate - to write or speak windily

bodement - prediction or prophecy

brasero - a place where criminals and heretics are burned

breme - fierce; cruel, keen

brigue - to intrigue

bilocation - ability to be in two places at once

anemometer - noun. a device for measuring wind speed. ORIGIN: Greek from anemos 'wind'.

foehn wind - noun. any of the dry winds that down slope on the lee(downside) of a mountain range.

eddy - a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirl pool ORIGIN: probably German -ed 'again, back'

bora - noun. a strong, cold, dry northeast wind blowing in the upper Adriatic

caecias - noun. a wind from the Northeast.

tepefy - verb. to make or become tepid

tepor - noun. gentle heat; moderate warmth; tepidness

toper - verb. [intrans.] archaic. poetic\literary. drink alcohol to excess, esp. on a regular basis. ORIGIN: mid 17th century.: perhaps an alteration of obsolete top(overbalance) ; perhaps from Dutch toppen 'slant or tilt a ship's yard.'

lew - adjective. lukewarm, tepid

rubicon - noun. a point of no return; (in piquet) an act of winning a game against an opponent whose total score is less than 100, in which case the loser's score is added to rather than subtracted from the winner; ALSO: a stream in northeastern Italy that marked the ancient boundary between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul. Julius Caesar led his army across it into Italy in 49 BC, breaking the law forbidding a general to lead an army out of his province, and so committing himself to war against the Senate and Pompey. The ensuing civil war resulted in victory for Caesar after three years

piquet - noun. a trick-taking card game for two players, using a 32-card deck consisting of cards from the seven to the ace

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indusium - noun. Botany. a thin membranous covering, esp. a shield covering a sorus on a fern frond ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Latin, literally 'tunic,' from induere 'put on, to don.'

sorus - noun. Botany. a cluster of spore-producing receptacles on the underside of a fern frond. A gamete-producing or fruiting body in certain algae and fungi. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek suros 'heap.'

scamp - noun. Informal. a person, esp. a child, who is mischievous in a likable or amusing way; a wicked or worthless person; a rogue; verb. dated. do (something) in a perfunctory or inadequate way. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: (denoting a highwayman): from obsolete scamp [rob on the highway.] Probably from Middle Dutch schampen 'slip away,' from Old French eschamper 'flee the battlefield,' from champ 'field.'

hellion - noun. informal. a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: perhaps from dialect hallion (a worthless fellow,] changed by association with hell.

Fox - noun. a member of an American Indian people formerly living in southern Wisconsin, and now mainly in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas; the Algonquian language of this people; adjective. of or relating to this people or their language.

scalawag - noun. informal. a person who behaves badly but in an amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way; a rascal. 2. historical. a white Southerner who collaborated with northern Republicans during Reconstruction, often for personal profit. The term was used derisively by white Southern Democrats who opposed Reconstruction legislation. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: of unknown origin. also scallywag.

varmint - noun. dialect/informal. a troublesome wild animal, esp. a fox; a troublesome and mischievous person, esp. a child. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: alteration of vermin.

rapscallion -  noun. archaic or humorous. a mischievous person. ORIGIN: late 17 cent.: alteration of earlier rascallion, perhaps from rascal.

scapegrace - noun. archaic. a mischievous or wayward person, esp. a young person or child; a rascal. ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: from scape + grace, literally denoting a person who escapes the grace of God.

anallantoic - adjective. Anatomy. without, or not developing, an allantois

allantaois - noun. Embryology. Zoology. a vascular, extraembryonic membrane of birds, reptiles, and certain mammals that develops as a sac or diverticulum from the ventral wall of the hindgut. ORIGIN: 1640-50
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azygous - adjective. Anatomy/Biology. (of an organic structure) single; not existing in pairs. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Greek azugos 'unyoked' (from a- 'without' + zugon 'yoke') + -OUS

biennial - adjective. taking place every other year; of a plant. living or lasting two years

emergent - adjective. 1. in the process of coming into being or becoming prominent :  the emergent poetic works of Martin Narrod. 2. Philosophy. (of a property) arising as an effect of complex causes and not analyzable simply as the sum of their effects 3. Botany. of or denoting a plant that is taller than the surrounding vegetation, esp. a tall tree in a forest 4. Botany. of or denoting a water plant with leaves and flowers that appear above the water surface 5. arising and existing only as a phenomenon of independent parts working together, and not predictable on the basis of their properties 6. Philosophy. noun. an emergent property; Botany. an emergent tree or other plants. ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense [occurring unexpectedly] ) from Latin emergent- 'arising from,' from the verb emergere.

exogenous - adjective. of, relating to, or developing from external factors

phobophobia - noun. an abnormal fear of developing a phobia; anxiety about showing symptoms of phobia.

scutellum - noun. Biology & Zoology. a small shield-like structure, in particular: a modified cotyledon in the embryo of a grass seed, or the third dorsal sclerite in each thoracic segment of an insect.

spinescent - noun. Botanical Morphology. thorns, spines, and prickles are hard structures with sharp, or at least pointed, ends. In spite of this common feature, they differ in their growth and development on the plant; they are modified versions of different plant organs, stems, stipules, leaf veins, or hairs. In nontechnical usage, the terms may be synonyms.

stipule - noun. Botany. a small leaflike appendage to a leaf, typically borne in pairs at the base of the leaf stalk. ORIGIN: late 18th cent.: from French stipule or Latin stipula 'straw.'

stipple - verb. (in drawing, painting, and engraving) mark (a surface) with numerous small dots or specks ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Dutch stippelen frenquentative of stippen 'to prick,' from stip 'a point.'

frequentative - adjective. (of a verb or verbal form) expressing frequent repetition or intensity of action d

derisively - adjective. expressing contempt or ridicule ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from derision , on the pattern of the pair decision, decisive.

efflorescence - verb. [intrans.] (of a substance) lose moisture and turn to a fine powder upon exposure to air. 2. (of salts) come to the surface of a brickwork, rock, or other material and crystallize there 3. (of a surface) become covered with salt particles. 4. reach an optimum stage of development. ORIGIN: late 18th cent.: from Latin efflorescere , from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + florescere ' begin to bloom' (from florere 'to bloom,' from flos, flor 'flower.'

acropetal - adjective. Botany. (of a growth or development) upward from the base or point of attachment. The opposite of BASIPETAL. 2. (of the movement of dissolved substances) outward toward the shoot and root apexes.

algerining - verb. sneaking around with the intent of committing a burglary.

autolatrist - noun. one who worships themselves

autotonsorialist - one who cuts their own hair

batrachophagous - noun. someone who eats frogs

dactylion - noun. the tip of the middle finger

eccedentesiast - noun. one who fakes a smile, esp. on television

fabiform - adjective. in the shape of a bean

filipendulous - adjective. Botany. suspended by, or strung upon, a thread; said of tuberous swellings in the middle or at the extremities of slender, threadlike rootlets ORIGIN: from Latin filum 'a thread' + 'pendulus 'hanging,' from French pendre ' to hang.]

affricate - noun. Phonetics. a phoneme that combines a plosive with an immediately following fricative or spirant sharing the same place of articulation. e.g., ch as in chair and j as in jar. ORIGIN: late 19th cent. : from Latin affricatus, past participle of affricare, from ad- 'to' + fricare 'to rub'

allantois - noun. the fetal membrane lying below the chorion in many vertebrates, formed as an outgrowth of the embryo's gut. In birds and reptiles it grows to surround the embryo; in eutherian mammals it forms part of the placenta.

Eutheria - Zoology. a major group of mammals that comprises placentals. Compare with Metatheria. Infraclass Eutheria, subclass Theria ORIGIN: modern Latin (plural), from EU- [well, prospering] + Greek therion 'wild beast.'

thermion - noun. an ion or electron emitted by a substance at high temperature ORIGIN: early 20th cent.: from THERMO- 'of heat' + ION.

thereon - adverb. formal. on or following from the thing just mention: the prurient fellatio the foyer and the coitus in the master bedroom thereon.

amnion - noun. the innermost membrane that encloses the embryo of a mammal, bird, or reptile. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Greek, 'caul,' diminutive of amnos 'lamb.'

epitasis - noun. plural. the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed. ORIGIN: 1580-90 from Greek epitasis 'emphasis, increase intensity, stretching,' equivalent to epi- + ta- (variant of stem of teinein 'to stretch') +  -sis.

achene - noun. Botany. a small, dry, one-seeded fruit that does not open to release the seed. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from modern Latin achaenium, derived irregularly from a- 'not' + Greek khainein 'to gape.'

amalgam - noun. a mixture or blend

folkpartiet - noun. a liberal and conservative-liberal political party in Sweden

clannasaor - noun. a small political party out of Scotland

liege - adjective. relating to the relationship between a feudal superior and a vassal

vassal - noun. historical. a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance

fealty - noun. a feudal tenant's or vassal's sworn loyalty to a lord; allegiance

mittimus - noun. an arrest warrant issued by and on behalf of the state.

renege - verb. go back on a promise

gabelle - noun. a tax on salt.

gossolalia - adjective. fluent nonsense

gossypiboma - noun. a sponge accidentally left inside one's body during surgery.

hemolysis - verb. breaking open a red blood cell

hieracosphinx - noun. a sphinx with the head of a hawk

jentacular - adjective. having to do with breakfast

jumentous - adjective. smelling similar to or like horse urine

kakorrhaphiophobia - noun. a fear of failure

knismesis - noun. light tickling

kyphorrhinos - adjective. to have a nose with a bump on it

labrose - adjective. to have large lips

catarrhines - adjective. belonging to or pertaining to the group Catarrhini, comprising humans, anthropoid apes, and Old World monkeys, having the nostrils close together and opening downward and a nonprehensile, often greatly reduced or vestigial tail. 2. noun. a catarrhine animal. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Neo-Latin Catarrhini, plural of catarrhinus, from Greek katarrhin 'hook-nosed,' equivalent to kata- cata- + -rhin 'nosed,' adjective. derivative of rhis- 'nose, snout.'

lythcoop - verb. an auction of household goods

mortress - noun. a dish of meats and other ingredients, cooked together; an 'ollapodrida' - Chaucer. Bacon

synodite - noun. a traveling companion

lusory - adjective. used in play; playful; sportive.

donnerd - adjective. grossly stupid; stunned; dazed.

grobianism - noun. a rude or clownish person; boor; lout.

lout - noun. an uncouth or aggressive man or boy ORIGIN: mid 16th. cent.: from archaic lout [to bow down,] of Germanic origin.

mundungus - adjective. offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.

parthenocarpy - noun. Botany. the development of a fruit without prior fertilization. ORIGIN: early 20th cent.: from german Parthenocarpie, from Greek parthenos 'virgin' + karpos 'fruit.'

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saturnine - adjective. (of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy; (of a person) dark in coloring and moody or mysterious; 3. (of a place or occasion) gloomy. ORIGIN: late Middle English (as a term in astrology): from Old French saturnin, from medieval Latin Saturninus 'of Saturn' (identified with lead by the alchemists and associated with slowness and gloom by astrologers).

swarthy - adjective. dark-skinned ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: alteration of obsolete swarty

swart - adjective. archaic. poetic/literary. swarthy. ORIGIN: Old English sweart, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch zwart and German schwarz.

mercurial - adjective. (of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind 2. (of a person) sprightly; lively 3. of or containing the element mercury. 3. (Mercurial) of the plant Mercury 4. noun. a drug or other compound related to Mercury. ORIGIN: late Middle English (sense 3) : from Latin mercurialis 'relating to the god Mercury,' from Mercurius 'Mercury.' (Sense 1) dates from the mid 17th century.

sprightly - adjective. (esp. of an old person) lively; full of energy. ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from spright (a rare variant of SPRITE)

plaintive - adjective. sounding sad and mournful ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Old French plaintif -ive , from plainte 'lamentation.'

dour - adjective. relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance ORIGIN: late Middle English (originally Scots) probably from Scottish Gaelic dur 'dull, obstinate, stupid,' perhaps from Latin durus 'hard.'

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claudel - noun. a French sculpture best known for her bust models o Auguste Rodin (1864-1943)

deontology - noun. Philosophy. the study of the nature of duty and obligation.

incurrence - verb. become subject to something unwelcome or unpleasant as a result of one's own behavior or actions ORIGIN: late Middle English : from Latin incurrere, from in- 'toward' + currere 'run'

recant - verb. say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief

espousal - noun. an act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief, or way of life

marasmus - noun. Medicine. severe undernourishment causing an infant's or child's weight to be significantly low for their age (e.g. below 60 percent of normal.

dote - verb. to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or up), 2. to show a decline of mental faculties, especially with old age. 3. decay of wood. ORIGIN: 1175-1225; Middle English, doten, to behave foolishly, become feeble minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.

amatory - adjective. of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love: amatory poems; an amatory look. ORIGIN: 1590-1600; < Latin amatorius. ama- stem of amara+ to love.

sapphic - adjective. pertaining to sappho or toe certain meters or a for of strophe or stanza used by or named after her. Lesbian. a sapphic verse.

byblis - pursuant goddess of Caunus(brother of byblis) when he fled, she chased him, having torn off her clothes, dying along and having cried so often she was made into a Spring.

oshun - in the Yoruba Religion of Nigeria, Oshun is an Orisha who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth, and diplomacy. She is worshipped also in Brazilian Candomble Ketu with the name Oxum

ardent - adjective. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent; an ardent vow. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; burning; firey; hot. ORIGIN: Latin, ardere, to burn

deflagrate - verb. to burn, especially suddenly and violently. ORIGIN: Latin deflagrare to burn.

igneous - adjective. geology. produced under conditions involving intense heat. as rocks of volcanic origin or rocks crystallized from molten magma. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of fire. ORIGIN: Latin igneus, equivalent to ign(is) fire.

fervid - adjective. heated or vehement in spirit; enthusiasm. ORIGIN: Latin, fervidus: boiling.

perfervid - adjective. very fervent; very ardent; impassioned

zelophobia - noun. the fear of jealousy

onomatomania - the obsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness

incubus - noun. a male demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. 2. figurative - a cause of distress of anxiety 3. archaic - a nightmare ORIGIN: Middle English : Latin form of Latin incubo 'nightmare,'incubare 'lie on'

loganamnosis - noun. an obsession with trying to recall a forgotten word

anglomania - noun. an excessive admiration of English customs

plutomania - noun. a passion or craving for wealth, obsession with money; delusion that on is wealthy

rhytiscopia - noun. an obsession with searching for wrinkles; especially, on the face

anthomania - noun. an extravagant passion for flowers

cacospectamania - noun. an obsession at staring at something which is repulsive

catapedamania - noun. the irrational obsession with jumping from high places

dacnomania - noun. an obsession with killing

dacoitage - noun. robbery by gang or mob

doramania - noun. the compulsion to own furs; the abnormal interest in fur.

erastophilia - noun. reference to a personality trait which assesses an individuals disposition to respond to sexual cues in either a positive or a negative manner.

francomania - noun. an obsession with French culture, language, or people

gallomania - noun. a strong predilection for anything French; an excessive admiration for anything French.

gamomania - noun. an obsessive desire for making bizarre marriage proposals.

gigmania - noun. the smug obsession with attaining middle class respectability

girouettism - noun. altering one's opinions to match public trends

grandgousier - one who will eat as much as possible of anything

graptomancy - divination using hand writing

gressible - noun. able to walk

griffonage - noun. sloppy or illegible hand writing

gaberluzie - noun. a wandering beggar or a harmless homeless person.

galea - noun. a headache which covers the entire head

galeanthropy - noun. the delusion that one is a cat

galeophobia - noun. a fear of sharks or cats

gargalesthesia - noun. the sensation caused by tickling

gastromancy - noun. divination using a crystal ball

geck - noun. an expression of scorn or contempt

gelophobia - noun. a fear of laughter

grapholagnia - noun. the urge to stare at obscene photographs

graphomania - noun. a passion or urge to write

hellenomania - noun. an obsession with Greece and the Greeks.

hippopotomonstrosesquppedaliophobia - noun. a fear of using long words

honorificabilitudinitatibus - adjective. honorable

logolepsy - noun. a fascination or obsession with words

oenomania - noun. alcoholic

orchidomania - an obsession with orchids; a pleasure gained from raising or collecting orchids

parateresiomania - noun. an obsession or compulsion to see new sights or places

parousiamania - noun. an obsession with or excitement about the return of Christ.

stigmatophilia - noun. Psychiatry. a sexual perversion in which arousal and orgasm depend upon the partner being scarred, marked, tattooed, or pierced (especially in the genital or nipple region so bars, rings, etc. can be worn); the term also includes the person who must also be marked in the same way

tulipomania - noun. a violent passion for the acquisition or cultivation of tulips

undinism - the act of urinating on someone

pantheistic - noun. a doctrine that identifies God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of God; rare. worship that admits or tolerates all Gods

cosmogony - noun. the branch of science that deals with the origin of the universe, esp. the solar system

macrocosm - noun. the universe; the cosmos

ecumenical - adjective. of worldwide scope or applicability; universal; concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions

bacchanal - noun. drunkard; reveller

baft - noun. a cheap coarse fabric

bahadur - self-important official

balaniferous - adjective. acorn-bearing

heliophobia - noun. a fear of sunlight

helcoid - noun. ulcerous

heliotrope - purplish hue; purplish flower or plant

helminthiasis - noun. an infestation of worms

helobious - verb. living in marshes or moors

helotry - noun. a class of slaves

hemialgia - adjective. a pain in one side of the body alone

hemistich - noun. half a verse line

hendecagon - noun. an eleven sided figure

dratchell

feaque -

fustilug -

growthead

kaynard -

lurdan -

luskish -

piker -

otiose -

faineant -

slugabed -

lotophagous -

wastrel -

lubberland -

oscitancy -

foolscap -

litherly -

lotus-eater -

rumpus mcfowl -

gepids -

ocellus -

iridic -

prate -

collyrium -

kohl -

lore -

stemma -

aphanite -

emmetropia -

skiascope -

supraorbital -

trachoma -

sciera -

abducens nerve -

hygrophthalmic -

isometropia -

oculist -

oculomotor -

pupillary -

anisometropia -

fundus -

dacryops -

marguerite -

opthalmoscopy -

strabotomy -

trochlear nerve -

albuginea -

buphthalmia -

chromoptometer -

dextrocular -

eesome -

lagophthalmos -

leucoma -

megascopic -

musth -

oculiform -

ommateum -

selenium cell -

trice -

winker -

hemianopsia -

ocelleated -

acorea -

anisocoria -

bonnie -

chrysoberyl -

een -

episcleritis -

dolerite -

eyeglance -

garrot -

germander -

hordeolum -

house dick -

invigilate -

iridoncus -

jettatura -

leukoma -

nasal canthus -

ocul -

oculus dexter -

oculus sinister -

orthochromatic -

phakic -

pigsney

postorbital -

rabbiteye -

rattlewings -

retinene -

retrolental -

scintillation -

sekhet -

shuts -

stian -

strale -

synizesis -

temporal canthus -

uveas -

uveous -

yghe -

ocular -

canthus -

saccade -

amaurosis -

mydriasis -

chatoyant -

choroid -

strabismus -

aegilops -

ciliary - adjective. Biology. of, relating to, or involving cilia 2. Anatomy. of or relating to the eyelashes or eyelids



retinitis pigmentosa - noun. Medicine. a chronic hereditary eye disease characterized by black pigmentation and gradual degeneration of the retina

synechia - noun. Medicine. an eye condition where the iris adheres to either the cornea or lens. Synechia can be caused by ocular trauma, iritis, or iridocyclitis, and may lead to certain types of glaucoma. It is sometimes visible on careful examination but usually more easily through an opthalmoscope or slit-lamp.

synoptophore - noun. Medicine. a test for binocular vision.

recumbent - adjective. (esp. of a person or human figure) lying down ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin recumbent- 'reclining,' from the verb recumbre, from re- 'back' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie.'

descry - verb. poetic/literary. catch sight of ORIGIN: Middle English : perhaps confused with obsolete descry 'describe,' variant of obsolete descrive(via Old French from Latin describere 'write down'), which also had the meaning [perceive]

epicanthus - noun. Biology. a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome.

lacrimal bone - none. Biology. small fragile bone making up part of the front inner walls of each eye socket and providing room for the passage of the lacrimal ducts

muscae volitantes - noun. Biology. Dark specks appearing to float before the eyes, generally caused by particles in the vitreous humor of the eye.

nystagmus - noun. rapid involuntary movements of the eye

op art - noun. a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or in which conflicting patterns are used

spiracle - noun. Biology. An external respiratory opening, esp. each of a number of pores on the body of an insect, or each of a pair of vestigial gill slits.

cilia - noun. Biology & Anatomy. a short, microscopic, hairlike vibrating structure. Cilia occur in large numbers on the surface of certain cells, either causing currents in the surrounding fluid, or, in some protozoans and other small organisms, providing propulsion. ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: eyelash from Latin

dioptometer -

epiphora - noun. Medicine. excessive watering of the eye

epistrophe - noun. Rhetoric. the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences: Example. this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this Earth.- Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address

hilum - noun. Botany. the scar on a seed marking the point of attachment to its seed vessel. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin, literally 'little thing, trifle', once thought to mean, 'that which sticks to a bean', hence the current sense.

nauplius - noun. Zoology. the first larval stage of many crustaceans, having an unsegmented body and a single eye.ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from Latin, denoting a kind of shellfish, or from the Greek name Nauplios, the son of Poseidon

presbyopia - noun. farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age

trichiasis - noun. Medicine. ingrowth or introversion of the eyelashes

animalcule - noun. archaic. a microscopic animal; Amoeba, called Proteus animalcule, Noctiluca, commonly called the 'Sea Sparkles'

anomalops - noun. Zoology. A fish having a luminous organ beneath the eyel; of warm waters of the the Western Pacific and Puerto Rico; also called the Flashing Fish

anopsia - noun. Medicine. An anopsis or anopia is a defect of the visual field.

interdigitate - verb. (of two or more things) interlock like the fingers of two clasped hands

adactylous -

dactylonomy -

digitate - adjective. shaped like a spread hand

athetosis -

dactylitis -

phalanx -

thrum - verb. make a continuous rhythmic humming sound

chiragra -

chary - adjective. cautious; wary

imparidigitate -

polydactyl - noun. a condition in which a person or animal has more than five fingers or toes on one, or on each, hand or foot

tridactyl - adjective. Zoology. (of a vertebrate limb) having three toes or fingers

palmar -

volar -

pronation -

chiromancy -

palmistry -

supinate -

pronate - verb. put or hold (a hand, foot, or limb) with the palm or sole turned downward; walk or run with most of the weight on the outside of the feet

pandy -

lumbricalis -

thenal -

hypothenar -

appaume -

johrei -

trowel -

jupati -

spanner -

rounce -

ansate -

paum -

palmyra -

raffia -

thenar -

pilfer -

carnauba -

talipot -

calamus -

gomuti -

lontar -

babassu -

caranda -

adactylia -

adactyly -

bidigitate -

brachydactylia -

digitipartite -

hexadactylous -

purificator -

thrip - noun. a minute black-winged insect that sucks plant sap and can be a serious pest of ornamental and food plants when present in large numbers

palmate - adjective. Botany & Zoology. (of a leaf) having several lobes(typically 5-7) whose midribs all radiate from one point; (of an antler) in which the angles between the tines are partly filled in to form a broad flat surface, as in fallow deer and moose- web footed.

pilliwinks - noun. (also called the thumbscrew) is a torture instrument which was first used in medieval europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vice and slowly crushed. The thumbscrew was also applied to crush prisoners' big toes. The crushing bars were sometimes lined with sharp metal points to puncture the nails and inflict greater pain in the nail beds. Larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to crush knees and elbows.

pillion - noun. a seat for a passenger behind a motorcyclist 2. historical. a woman's light saddle 3. historical. a cushion attached to the back of a saddle for an additional passenger: a ride pillion.

curlew - noun. Zoology. The curlews, genus Numenius, are a group of eight species of birds, characterized by long, slender, down curved bills, and mottled brown plumage. They are one of the most ancient lineages of scolopacid waders, together with the godwits which look similar but have straight bills. In Europe "curlew" usually refers to one species, the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata.

scolopacid -

godwits -

arcus senilis - noun. Medical. a whitish deposit in the shape of an arc that is sometimes seen in the cornea

bodkin - noun. a blunt thick needle with a large eye used esp. for drawing tape or cord through a hem; a small pointed instrument used to pierce cloth or leather

awl - noun. a small pointed tool used for piercing holes esp. in leather

bradawl - noun. a hand boring tool similar to a small, sharpened, screwdriver

bonny - adjective. attractive; beautiful

anomalous - adjective. deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

bouge - adjective. deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.

Canal of Schlemm - noun. Biology. also scleral venous sinus, is a circular channel in the eye that collects aqueous humor from the anterior chamber and delivers it into the bloodstream via the anterior ciliary veins.

choroid coat - noun. Biology. the vascular layer of the eye, containing connective tissue, and lying between the retina and the sclera. The human choroid is thickest at the far extreme  rear of the eye (at 0.2 mm), while in the outlying areas it narrows to 0.1 mm. The choroid provides oxygen and nourishment to the outer layers of the retina. Along with the ciliary body and iris, the choroid forms the uveal tract.

comely - adjective. (typically of a woman) pleasant to look at; attractive.

corneule - noun. Biology. One of the corneas of a compound eye in the invertebrates.

conspectuity - noun. Medical. The faculty of seeing; sight; eye

dioptre - noun. Medical. a unit of measurement of the optical power of a lens or curved mirror, which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in metres (that is, 1/metres(. It is thus a unit of reciprocal length. For example, a 3-dioptre lens brings parallel rays of light to focus at 1/3 metre. The same unit is also sometimes used for other reciprocals of distance, particularly radii of curvature and the vergence of optical beams. The usage was proposed by French ophthalmologist Ferdinand Monoyer in 1872, based on earlier use of the term dioptrice by Johannes Kepler.

vergence - noun. the simultaneous movement of both eyes in opposite directions to obtain or maintain single binocular vision.

dittography - noun. a mistaken repetition of a letter, word, or phrase by a copyist. ORIGIN: late 19th cent.: from Greek dittos 'double'

emmetropic - noun. Rhetoric. the state of vision where an object at infinity is in sharp focus with the eye lens in a neutral or relaxed state.  ORIGIN: from Greek, emmetros, "well proportioned."

encauma - noun. Medicine. An ulcer in the eye, upon the cornea, which causes the loss of the humors.

enucleate - verb. Biology. to remove the nucleus from a cell; surgically remove (a tumor or gland, or the eyeball) intact from its surrounding capsule ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: (in the sense [clarify, explain]): from Latin enucleat- 'extracted, made clear,' from the verb enucleare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + nucleus 'kernel'

exteroceptor - noun. a sensory receptor that receives external stimuli

fovea - noun. a small depression in the retina of the eye where visual acuity is highest. The center of the field of vision focused in this region

frontispiece - noun. an illustration facing the title of a book; Architecture. the principal face of a building ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: from French frontispiece or Latin frontispicium 'facade,' from Latin frons- 'front' + specere 'to look' The change in the ending (early in the word's history) was by association with piece.

gouger - noun. informal. a person whom gouges one's eyes out; overcharge; swindle

haemophtalmia - noun. Medical. congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males is transmitted from mother to son

hypermetropy - noun. the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells.

hyphema - noun. Medical. bleeding into the interior of the eye.

iodopsin - noun. a violet photopigment in the retinal cones of the eyes of most vertebrates; plays a role in daylight vision

keratectasia - noun. Medical. abnormal bulging of the cornea of the eye.

keratoiritis - noun. inflammation of the cornea and the iris of the eye

keratoscleritits - noun. Medical. Inflammation of the cornea and the sclera of the eye.

scleritis - noun. Anatomy. the white outer layer of the eyeball. At the front of the eye it is continuous with the cornea.

kerato - noun. Rhetoric. prefix indicating the cornea of the eye

lunette - noun. something crescent-shaped in particular; Christian. a holder for the consecrated host in a monstrance

mala - noun. a locality and the seat of Mala Municipality in Vasterbotten County, Sweden with 2,089 inhabitants in 2005

malar bone - noun. Biology. Cheekbone; the arch of the bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek

mongolism - noun. Offensive. down syndrome

moon blindness - noun. recurrent inflammation of a horse's eye, often resulting in eventual blindness. Also called mooneye

mydriatic drug - noun. a drug that causes the pupil of the eye to dilate; used to aid in eye examinations

neomycin - noun. a broad-spectrum antibiotic produced from strains of the actinomycete Streptomyces fradiae and used especially in the form of its sulfate as an intestinal antiseptic in surgery

nervus oculomotorius - noun. Biology. supplies extrinsic muscles of the eye

nyctalopia - noun. Medical. the inability to see in dim light or at night

oculonasal - noun. Biology. pertaining to the eyes and nose

opacify - verb. make opaque

opsablepria - noun. The inability to look someone is the eyes, or not looking into another person's eyes

phorometer - noun. Medical. an instrument for detecting and measuring imbalance in the extrinsic muscles of the eye

photalgia - noun. Medical. pain in the eye resulting from exposure to bright light

physostigmine - noun. Chemistry. a cholinergic alkaloid usually obtained from dried ripe seed of Calabar bean, used as a topical miotic and to reverse the central nervous system effects of an overdosage of anticholinergic drugs; used in the form of the salicylate and sulfate salts

Calabar Bean - noun. the poisonous seed of a tropical West African climbing plant, containing physostigmine and formerly used for tribal ordeals

physostigmine - noun. Chemistry. a compound that is the active ingredient of the Calabar bean and is used medicinally in eye drops because of its anticholinergic activity

anticholinergic - adjective. Medicine. (chiefly of a drug) inhibiting the physiological action of acetylcholine, esp. as a neurotransmitter

acetylcholine - noun. Biochemistry. an organic, polyatomic cation that acts as a neurotransmitter in both the peripheral nervous system(PNS) and central nervous system(CNS) in many organisms including humans. It is an ester of acetic acid and choline, with chemical formula CH3COO(CH2)2N+(CH3)3 and systematic name 2-acetoxy-N2N2N-trimethylethanaminium.

esther - noun. Chemistry. an organic compound made by replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl or other organic group. Many naturally occurring fats and essential oils are esters of fatty acids. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.L from German, probably from a blend of Essig 'vinegar' and Ather 'ether.'

acetic acid - noun. Biochemistry. a colorless liquid that when undiluted is also called glacial acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar(apart from water). Although classified as a weak acid, concentrated acetic acid is corrosive, and attacks the skin. Acetic acid is one of the simplest carboxylic acids. It is an important chemical reagent and industrial chemical, mainly used in the production of cellulose acetate mainly for photographic film and polyvinyl acetate for wood glue, as well as synthetic fibers and fabrics.

choline - noun. Biochemistry. a water-soluble essential nutrient. It is usually grouped with the B-complex vitamins. Choline is the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many functions including memory and muscle control

porphyropsin - noun. Biochemistry. the photoreceptor proteins found in the cone cells of the retina that are the basis of color vision. Iodopsins are very close analogs of the visual purple rhodopsin that is used in night vision. Iodopsins consist of a protein called photopsin and a bound chromophore, retinal.

beleth - noun. Demonology. Beleth also spelled Bilet, Bileth, Byleth and Bilith is a mighty and terrible king of hell, who has eighty-five legions of demons under his command. He rides a pale horse, and all kinds of music is heard before him, according to most authors on demonology and the most known grimoires. According to Pseudomonarchia Daemonum Ham, Noah's son, was the first in invoking him after the flood, and wrote a book on Mathematics with his help.

When appearing he looks very fierce to frighten the conjurer or to see if he is courageous. The conjurer must be brave, and holding a hazel wand in his hand must draw a triangle by striking towards the South, East, and upwards, then commanding Beleth into it by means of some conjurations.

amaymon - noun. Demonology. A prince of hell, and according to some grimoires, the only one who has power over Asmodai. A curious characteristic of this spirit is shown during the Evocation of Asmodai to visible appearance, when the Exorcist must stand upright with his Cap or Headdress removed in a show of respect; for if he does not it is Amymon who will deceive him and doom all his work.

grimoires - noun. a book of magic spells and invocations ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: French, alteration of grammaire 'grammar'

caruncula - noun. Biology. an outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds

coenesthesis - noun. Physiology. Common sensation or general sensibility, as distinguished from the special sensations which are located in, ascribed to, separate organs, as the eye and ear

ganglionic - noun. Anatomy. a structure containing a number of nerve cell bodies, typically linked by synapses, and often forming a swelling on a nerve fiber; Medicine. an abnormal benign swelling on a tendon sheath

Hyoscyamine - a tropane alkaloid. It is a secondary metabolite found in certain plants of the Solanaceae family, including henbane, mandrake, jimson weed, tomato, and deadly nightshade. It is the levorotary isomer of atropine (third of the three major nightshade alkaloids) and thus sometimes known as levo-atropine. Hyoscyamine should not be confused with hyoscine, an older alternate name for the related nightshade-derived anticholinergic scopolamine for which it is the precursor

Brand names for hyoscyamine include: Symax, HyoMax, Anaspaz, Egazil, Buwecon, Cystospaz, Levsin, Levbid, Levsinex, Donnamar, NuLev, Spacol T/S, and Neoquess.

Pharmacology

Hyoscyamine is an antagonist of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (antimuscarinic). It blocks the action of acetylcholine at parasympathetic sites in sweat glands, salivary glands, stomach secretions, heart muscle, sinoatrial node, smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal tract, and the central nervous system. It increases cardiac output and heart rate, lowers blood pressure, dries secretions. It may antagonize seretonin. At comparable doses, hyoscyamine has 98 percent of the antcholinergic power of atropine. The other major belladonna-derived drug scopolamine has 92 percent of the antimuscarinic potency of atropine.

enorthotrope -

ethmoid -

naphazoline - noun. Chemistry. (in the hydrochloride from) is the common name for 2-1-(1-naphthylmethyl)-2-imidazoline hydrochloride. It is a sympathomimetic agent with marked alpha adrenergic activity. It is a vasoconstrictor with a rapid action in reducing swelling when applied to the mucous membrane. It acts on alpha-receptors in the arterioles of the conjunctive to produce constriction, resulting in decreased congestion. It is an active ingredient in several over-the-counter formulations including Clear Eyes and Naphcon eye drops.

sympathomimetic -

alpha adrenergic -

vasoconstrictor -

arterioles -

conjunctive -

privine -

comet hyakutake -



esotropia - noun. is a condition of the eyes where both eyes turn inward, this can also be called "lazy eye"

amblyopia -

lurdan - noun. an idle or incompetent person ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French lourdin  from lourd 'heavy', 'lort 'foolish' from Latin luridus 'lurid'

lither - adjective. (esp. of a person) thin, supple, and graceful

presbyope - noun. a person affected with presbyopia; some who is farsighted resulting from the progressive loss with aging of the elasticity of the crystalline lens.

myope - noun. a person who is affected with myopia; myopia is a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness.

ametropic - noun. faulty fraction of light rays by the eyes; as in astigmatism or myopia ORIGIN: 1875080; < Greek ametr(os) 'unmeasured'

filmic - adjective. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of motion pictures; containing characteristics resembling those of motion pictures

hyperope - noun. a person who is farsighted

devenustate - verb. to deprive of beauty or grace ORIGIN: Latin venustus 'lovely, graceful.'

philocaly - noun. the love of beauty

philocalist - noun. a person who loves beauty

miscoscopist

gracility

melastomaceae

perrault

quainti­se

sewell

vashti

tiaras

bellibone

houri

junoesque

abishag
­
adonic

aengus

amaryllis

argus

arianrod

baldr

baldur

beryl­

branwen - noun. Mythology. Daughter of Llyr is a major character in the second branch of the Mabinogi, which is sometimes called the Mabinogi of Branwen after her. She is married to the King of Ireland but the marriage does not bring peace.

campanula

callipygian

chalciuhtlicue - noun. archaic. An Aztec goddess whose jade skirts represented her protection of lakes and streams. Literally, "She who wears Jade skirts."

claytonia

cliodhna

crinum

critic

deodar

eclogite

­erzulie

florin

freya

gladiolus

hebe

herodias

homna

honiton­ lace - noun. A type of lace which originates from Honiton, a civil parish in East Devon, Devon South West England. This lace is known for its intense beauty

hypallage

jaipur

kolkwitzia - noun. Chinese genus of one species: Beauty fish.

kyrenia - noun. a town on the northern coast of Cyprus, noted for its historic harbour and castle internationally.

lada and lado

appellant

puckishly

specious

zingy - adjective. zest, zesty, lively, exciting

bathythermograph - noun. oceanography. an instrument that makes a record of the temperature at various depths in the ocean.

culdoscope

proctoscope

rutherford atom

langtry

merle

opah

oschun

nt

oengus - noun. Irish Mythology. a member of the Tuatha De Danann and probably a god of love, youth, and poetic inspiration.

occidental

paragon

portulacaceous

qatrin

rhododendron

rock­ of cashel

roseate

sasin

tripura sundari

ull

ullr

uma

verbena

xochipilli

zaria

actaeon

bis­houjo

bishounen

blakeney

brolga

cannock

cassiopeia

gisborne­

gower peninsula

hooverphonic

lakshmi

lilith fair

minnesinger

philyra

samy

scripophily

silmaril

tezcatli­poca

Thetis - noun. Greek Mythology. a sea nymph, mother of Achilles.

verbenaceous

yarra valley

farinelli

rubiaceous

naomi

chromophore -

photopsin -

rhodopsin -

praesepe -

reeve -

sclerotal -

sclerotomy -

talion -

uniocular -

uranus -

abducens -

adonis -

alastor moody -

aldebaran -

alrai -

ambloyopy -

analemma -

araneous -

blepharospasm -

china pink -

choroid vein -

curette -

cycloplegia -

dianthus chinensis -

diapsid -

doucker -

egilopical -

electrooculogram -

epidemic encephalitis -

instil -

iridotomy -

keratonyxis -

kochab -

lacrimal artery -

lanius lucovicianus -

lecherous -

leucoscope -

lidless -

lunda cirrhata -

omatidia -

palpebra -

pedunculated -

photoblepharon palpebratus -

protuberant -

pupillage -

purblind -

purpurogenous -

rainbow pink -

rhodopsin -

saccadic masking -

scotomy -

sphenoid -

spoor -

the lady chablis -

the london eye -

upanayanam -

vena vorticosum -

venae sclerales -

whall -

zander -

aldose -

anaglyph -

arges -

balor -

dyspnea - noun. Medicine. difficult or labored breathing ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek duspnoia, from dus- 'difficult' + pnoe 'breathing.'

strake - n. a continuous line of planking or plates from the stem to the stern of a ship or boat 2. a protruding ridge fitted to an aircraft or other structure to improve aerodynamic stability ORIGIN: Middle English : from Anglo-Latin stracus straca; probably from the Germanic base of the verb STRETCH.

Dance and Saudi Arabia

balletomane - noun. a ballet enthusiast

danseur - noun. a male ballet dancer

danseuse - noun. a female ballet dancer

balletic - adjective. of, relating to, or characteristic of ballet

arabesque - noun. 1. an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration : [as adj.] arabesque scrolls. Music. a passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody. 2. Ballet. a posture in which the body is supported on one leg, with the other leg extended horizontally backward. ORIGIN: mid 17th cent. : from French, from Italian arabesco 'in the Arabic style,' from arabo 'Arab.'

figurant - noun. a supernumerary actor

supernumerary - adjective. present in excess of the normal or requisite number, in particular. (of a person) not belonging to a regular staff but engaged for extra work; not wanted or needed, redundant. Botany & Zoology. denoting structure or organ occurring in addition to the normal ones (of an actor) appearing on stage but not speaking. ORIGIN: early 17th cent. : from late Latin supernumerarius '(soldier) added to a legion after it is complete,' from Latin super numerum 'beyond the number.'

glissade - noun. 1. a way of sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice, typically on the feet with the support of an ice ax. 2. Ballet. a movement, typically used as a joining step, in which one leg is brushed outward from the body, which then takes the weight while the second leg is brushed in to meet it. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent. : French, from glisser 'to slip,  slide.'

pas - noun. a step in dancing, esp. in classical ballet. ORIGIN: French.

diaghilev - Diaghilev, Sergei (Pavlovich) 1872-1929), Russian ballet impresario. In 1909, he formed the Ballets Russes, which he directed until his death.

chasse - noun. a gliding step in dancing in which one foot displaces the other.

maillot - noun. 1. a pair of tights worn for dancing or gymnastics; a woman's tight-fitting one-piece swimsuit. 2. a jersey or top, esp. worn in sports such as cycling

pas de deux - noun. a dance for two people, typically a man and a woman. ORIGIN: French, literally, 'step of two.'

Rambert Dance Company - a leading British Dance company. Formed at the start of the 20th century as a classical ballet company, it exerted a great deal of influence on the development of dance in the United Kingdom, and today, as a contemporary dance company, continues to be on the world's most renowned dance companies. It has previously been known as the Ballet Club, and the Ballet Rambert.

sashay - verb. [ intrans. ] informal. 1. [with adverbial direction] walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders. 2. perform the sashay.

Ansermet - Ernest Alexandre Ansermet, November 11, 1883-February 20, 1969, was a Swiss Conductor.

batterie - noun. Ballet. the action of beating or crossing the feet or calves together during a leap or jump. ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: French, literally 'beating.'

cabriole - noun. Ballet. a jump in which one leg is extended into the air forward or backward, the other is brought up to meet it, and the dancer lands on the second foot. ORIGIN: French, literally 'light leap,' from cabrioler (earlier caprioler), from Italian capriolare 'to leap in the air.'

coryphee - noun. a leading dancer in a corps de ballet

dallapiccola - Luigi Dallapiccola, February 3, 1904 - February 19, 1975, was an Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions.

entrechats - noun. Ballet. a vertical jump during which the dancer repeatedly crosses the feet and beats them together

frappe - adjective. [postpositive] Ballet. (of a position) involving a beating action of the toe of one foot against the ankle of the supporting leg. ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: French, literally 'struck.'

jete - noun. Ballet. a jump in which the dancer springs from one foot to land on the other with one leg extended outward from the body while in the air

grand jete - noun. Ballet. a jump in which the dancer springs from one foot to land on the other with one leg froward of their body and the other stretched backward while in the air

petite jete - noun. Ballet. a jump in which a dancer brushes one leg out to the side in the air then brings it back in again and lands on it with the other leg lifted and bent behind the body.

Kirov - Vyatka, an industrial town in western Russia, in the central part of European Russia, on the Vyatka River; pop. 487,000. Former name(1932-92) Kirov.

pas de quatre - noun. a dance for four people

pas de trois - noun. a dance for three people

pas seul - noun. a dance for one person

repetiteur - noun. a tutor or coach of ballet dancers or musicians, esp. opera singers

Rudolf Nureyev - (b. 1939-93), Austrian ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Russia. He defected to the West in 1961 and joined the Royal Ballet in London, where he began his noted partnership with Margot Fonteyn.

Margot Fonteyn - Dame Margot Fonteyn (b. 1919-91), English ballet dancer; born Margaret Hookham. In 1962, she began a partnership with Rudolf Nureyev, dancing with him in Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.

Galina Ulanova - (b. January 8, 1910 - March 21, 1998) - Soviet Russian ballet dancer. She is frequently cites as being on the greatest 20th century ballerinas. Ulanova studied in Petrograd under Agrippina Vaganova and her own mother, a ballerina of the Imperial Russian Ballet. When she joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1928, the press found in her "much of Semyonova's style, grace, the same exceptional plasticity and a sort of captivating modesty in her gestures." They say that Konstantin Stanislavsky, fascinated with her acting style, implored her to take part in his stage productions. In 1944, when her fame reached Joseph Stalin, he had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre, where she would be the prima ballerina assoluta for 16 years. The following year, she danced the title role in the world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's Cinderella.

Petrograd -

Agrippina Vaganova -

Imperial Russian Ballet -

Mariinsky Theatre -

Semyonova -

Konstantin Stanislavsky

barre -

divertissement -

entrechat -

impresario -

fokine -

labanotation -

massine -

plie -

tulle -

acro -

adagio -

agon -

auric -

ballon -

battement -

bharat natyam  -

chass -

coryph -

evoe -

gayane -

gilet -

haunt -

helpmann -

ixia -

khachaturian -

lithe -

nijinsky -

odile -

ondine -

overture -

pavlova -

poulenc -

spandau ballet -

bitonality -

esbjerg -

medina -

mecca -

hejaz -

riyadh -

asir -

riyal -

nejd -

taif -

al hasa -

jidda -

jeddah -

bahrain -

najd -

fahd -

tabuk -

wahhabi -

al hufuf -

nandos -

emirate -

The Kingdom -

Samri -

miosis -

pecten -

becket -

oculomotor nerve -

cerastes -

dextral -

tapetum -

trochlea -

atropine -

oeillade -

aniseikonia -

entoptic -

iridology -

macula -

macula lutea -

ommatidium -

sclerotic -

uvea -

zygomatic bone -

albugo -

ciliary body -

ethmoid -

filar -

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