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HoL V-dump 3

06/12/2010

aphonia: Loss of voice; the inability to speak (wiki)

pyritic: of, relating to, or consisting of pyrite or pyrites (pyrites being a pale yellow mineral, very common) (wiki)

anomic: alienated: socially disoriented; “anomic loners musing over their fate”; “we live in an age of rootless alienated people” (WPN)

serac: a sharp ridge of ice between crevasses of a glacier (wiki)

moither: to bother or harass (wiki)

Maldon: a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991; celebrated in an old English poem (wpn)

Kilkenny: an Irish county, cream ale, and sporting horse.

C.V.: curriculum vitae: a summary of your academic and work history (wpn)

anfractuousity: Denotes winding channels such as occur in the depths of the sea, mountains; The fissures (sulci) separating the convolutions of the brain, or, by analogy, in the mind (wpn)

atrabilious: characterized by melancholy; ill-natured; malevolent (wiki)

prolix: boring verbosity (wpn)

cenotaph: a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered (wpn)

aporia: a figure of speech in which the speaker pauses rhetorically to express uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed: How can I describe the beauty of the desert?; An insoluble contradiction in a text’s meaning; Any kind of logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker (wiki)

sclerotic: any pathological hardening or thickening of tissue (wpn)

snuff film: A film that shows, or purports to show, the actual deliberate killing of one of the performers (wiki)

muntin: A vertical or horizontal divider between individual panes of glass within a window; not to be confused with a mullion. (www.almanac.com/content/homeowners-glossary)

mille-feuille: A type of pastry made of several layers of puff pastry usually filled with cream or custard, and topped with icing or sugar (literally means “thousand leaf”) (wiki)

cadmium: a soft bluish-white ductile malleable toxic bivalent metallic element; occurs in association with zinc ores (wpm)

celadon: a pale green colour or tinted with gray; A pale green Chinese glaze; A ceramic ware with a pale green glaze; of a pale green colour tinted with gray (super gorgeous, wiki)

heliotrope: Heliotrope is a pink-purple tint that is a representation of the color of the heliotrope flower. (wiki)

gamboge: a strong yellow color (wpn)

coracoid process: The coracoid process (from greek κόραξ, crow) is a small hook-like structure on the lateral edge of the superior anterior portion of the scapula. Pointing laterally forward, it, together with the acromion, serves to stabilize the shoulder joint. (wiki)

cauchemar: nightmare in French (google)

smack (slang): heroin (among other things, urbandictionary)

involutional: having the characteristics of…

  • reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth)
  • a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction
  • elaborateness: marked by elaborately complex detail
  • engagement: the act of sharing in the activities of a group; “the teacher tried to increase his students’ engagement in class activities”
  • exponentiation: the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power
  • the action of enfolding something

(wpn)

rebarbative: irritating, repellent (wiki)

bartizan: A bartizan or guerite is an overhanging, wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of medieval fortifications from the early 14th century up to the 16th century. They protect a warder and enable him to see around him. Bartizans generally are furnished with oylets or arrow slits. (wiki)

phillumenist: Phillumeny (also known as Phillumenism) is the hobby of collecting different match-related items: matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes, etc. (wiki, what an awesome word you guys)

gorak: puzzle?

Circe: a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine (wiki)

ecdysiast: a euphemism for “stripper” coined by writer HL Mencken in 1940. The term comes from the word “ecdysis,” which literally means “to cast off” and is used scientifically in reference to reptiles shedding their skins. (riburlesque.wordpress.com/neo-burlesque-glossary/)

a figure of speech in which the speaker pauses rhetorically to express uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed: How can I describe the beauty of the desert?; An insoluble contradiction in a text’s meaning; Any kind of logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker
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