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mysticetously: in the manner of a baleen whale (wallacewiki)

crèche-type : Nativity scene, a group of figures arranged to represent the birth of Jesus Christ (wiki)

propinquous: nearness or proximity, similarity or affiliation (wiki)

finial: an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis (Princeton Word Net)

stelliform: shaped like a star (wiki)

cerise-gloved: gloves that are red like the color of ripe cherries (PWN)

teratoid: An abnormal tumor similar to a teratoma; A mutant; Monster-like, exhibiting abnormal development (wiki)

patina: (in this context) a sheen on wooden furniture (wiki)

culcate: Page 488, 10 lines from bottom: culcate, doesn’t appear to be a real word, but inculcate means to impress upon somebody’s mind; to fix something in somebody’s mind through frequent and forceful repetition. The latin root, inculcare, means literally “to stamp in”, from its root calcare, meaning “to step on or press in”. In this sense, culcate might mean to impress upon somebody’s mind but without the frequent and forceful repetition. (View from the Cage, another Blogspot blog)

inguinal canal: The inguinal canal is a passage in the anterior (toward the front of the body) abdominal wall which in men conveys the spermatic cord and in women the round ligament. The inguinal canal is larger and more prominent in men. (wiki; creepers that broomstick was shoved all the way down there?!)

palisade: A palisade is a steel or wooden fence or wall of variable height, usually used as a defensive structure. (wiki)

metastisate: sic– metastasize: the spreading of a disease (especially cancer) to another part of the body (PWN)

dihedral triangle: A right triangle is one whose largest angle is 90º. Dihedral means “having two sides.” (thank you wallacewiki)

ebullient: joyously unrestrained (PWN)

Powell’s “Peeping Tom”: Michael Latham Powell (1905-1990) was a British filmmaker, and Peeping Tom was one of his films. (wallace wiki)

anechoic: not having or producing echoes; sound-absorbent; “an anechoic chamber” (PWN)

catalepsy: a trancelike state with loss of voluntary motion and failure to react to stimuli (PWN)

anhedonia: an inability to experience pleasure (PWN)

styptic: contracting tissue (wallacewiki)

samizdat: a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature (PWN)

jongleur: French wandering minstrels (which included musicians, acrobats, jugglers, and clowns), usually from the lower class (

pantalone: is a stock character that is classified as one of the vecchi (old men) in Commedia dell’arte. He is a miserly and often libidinous character who is portrayed as a Venetian and often speaks in the Venetian dialect. (wiki)

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