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When I was in high school and even more insufferable than I am now, a friend and I started a tumblr called "sun words". The concept of this was to collect words that we discovered that were particularly succulent or mellifluous. 1

I have found myself learning more and more words recently. This is fun and good: I was worried for a while that my days of adapting and playing with the English language were largely behind me. I thought it would be interesting and illustrative to collect a list of the words I've learned recently alongside the sources from which I've gleaned them.

When I first started building this catalog, I expected the plurality to be from the NYT crossword 2, and the data appears to bear that out:

Footnotes

  1. Why "sun words"? Because we were high schoolers, and because we learned of the concept of "SAT words" — words that made Flesch-Kincaid salivate — and because _Sun_day comes after _Sat_urday. (I told you — insufferable.)

  2. Of which I recommend you make a daily habit!

pentiment
pentiment

an underlying image in a painting, especially one that has become visible when the top layer of paint has turned transparent with

volvelle
volvelle

a rotating paper 'wheel chart', often found in early astronomy or mathematical books

diopter
diopter

a unit of refractive power that is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length (in meters) of a given lens.

echolalia
echolalia

meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.

amanuensis
amanuensis

a literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.

ochlocracy
ochlocracy

government by mob rule

ferial
ferial

denoting an ordinary weekday, as opposed to one appointed for a festival or fast.

baksheesh
baksheesh

a small sum of money given as a tip, bribe, or charitable donation

finial
finial

a distinctive ornament at the apex of a roof, pinnacle, canopy, or similar structure in a building.

sockdolager
sockdolager

a forceful blow

zhuzh
zhuzh

make more exciting, lively, or attractive.

nychthemeron
nychthemeron

a full period of night and day

overmorrow
overmorrow

the day after tomorrow

allopathy
allopathy

the treatment of disease by conventional means, i.e., with drugs having opposite effects to the symptoms.

hieratic
hieratic

of or concerning priests

paracosm
paracosm

a detailed imaginary world, especially one created by a child

morganatic
morganatic

relating to or denoting a marriage in which neither the spouse of lower rank, nor any children, have any claim to the possessions or title of the spouse of higher rank.

tulpa
tulpa

an object or being that is created through spiritual or mental powers

iatrogenic
iatrogenic

relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment.

asthenosphere
asthenosphere

the upper layer of the earth's mantle, below the lithosphere, in which there is relatively low resistance to plastic flow and convection is thought to occur.

plat
plat

a plot of land

armillary
armillary

resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles

cabotage
cabotage

the right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.

clerestory
clerestory

the upper part of the nave, choir, and transepts of a large church, containing a series of windows. It is clear of the roofs of the aisles and admits light to the central parts of the building.

acedia
acedia

spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.

anxiolytic
anxiolytic

(chiefly of a drug) used to reduce anxiety.

rhadamantine
rhadamantine

rigorously strict or just

eucatastrophe
eucatastrophe

a sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

argot
argot

the jargon or slang of a particular group or class.

geas
geas

an obligation or prohibition magically imposed on a person

tonsure
tonsure

a part of a monk's or priest's head left bare on top by shaving off the hair

gruit
gruit

a herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring bee

bouquiniste
bouquiniste

a dealer in secondhand books

anaglypta
anaglypta

a type of wallpaper that has a permanent raised design

footling
footling

trivial and irritating

quango
quango

a semipublic administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which makes senior appointments to it

mandinarate
mandinarate

a ruling class of scholars and elites

spatulate
spatulate

having a broad, rounded end.

guerdon
guerdon

a reward or recompense.

aquarist
aquarist

a person who keeps an aquarium

moll
moll

a gangster's female companion

sedevacantism
sedevacantism

a doctrinal position within traditionalist Catholicism which holds that the present occupier of the Holy See is not a valid pope due to the pope's espousal of one or more heresies

vranyo
vranyo

white lies or half-lies in Russian culture, told without the intention of (maliciously) deceiving, but as a fantasy, suppressing unpleasant parts of the truth

integument
integument

a tough outer protective layer, especially that of an animal or plant.

matutinal
matutinal

of or occurring in the morning.

shufti
shufti

a look or reconnoiter, especially a quick one.

mahout
mahout

a person who works with, rides, and tends an elephant

hob
hob

a flat metal shelf at the side or back of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans.

pied
pied

having two or more different colors.

mandamus
mandamus

a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

eigengrau
eigengrau

the uniform dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light

hegira
hegira

an exodus or migration

bracken
bracken

a tall fern with coarse lobed fronds, which occurs worldwide and can cover large areas.

gastrique
gastrique

caramelized sugar, deglazed with vinegar or other sour liquids, used as a sweet and sour flavoring for sauces

mittelstand
mittelstand

a group of stable business enterprises in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that have proved successful in enduring economic change and turbulence

strix
strix

in the mythology of classical antiquity, was a bird of ill omen, the product of metamorphosis, that fed on human flesh and blood

souq
souq

A street market, particularly in Arabic- and Somali-speaking countries; a place where people buy and sell goods; a bazaar.

favela
favela

a slum or shantytown located within or on the outskirts of the country’s large cities

coracle
coracle

a small round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, propelled with a paddle

atelic
atelic

showing an action or happening as being unfinished

ignosticism
ignosticism

the philosophical position that the question of the existence of God is meaningless

mawkish
mawkish

sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

leveret
leveret

a young hare in its first year

orgone
orgone

a supposed sexual energy or life force distributed throughout the universe that can be collected and stored (in an orgone box) for therapeutic use

grook
grook

a form of short aphoristic poem or rhyming aphorism

choreomania
choreomania

n uncontrollable urge to dance, especially in a frenzied, convulsive manner

spoor
spoor

the track or scent of an animal

geognosis
geognosis

knowledge of the world

scaffa
scaffa

a cocktail prepared at room temperature

segigniorage
segigniorage

revenue or a profit taken from the minting of coins, usually the difference between the value of the bullion used and the face value of the coin.

veridical
veridical

coinciding with reality

dipsomania
dipsomania

alcoholism, specifically in a form characterized by intermittent bouts of craving for alcohol.

nullifidian
nullifidian

a person having no faith or religious belief.

ectopic
ectopic

in an abnormal place or position

banlieue
banlieue

a suburb of a French city, especially Paris.

gurn
gurn

to make a grotesque face

apposite
apposite

apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

genetrix
genetrix

a female parent; a mother

ischemia
ischemia

an inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart muscles

narthex
narthex

an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches

parataxis
parataxis

the placing of clauses or phrases one after another, without words to indicate coordination or subordination, as in Tell me, how are you?

allograft
allograft

a tissue graft from a donor of the same species as the recipient but not genetically identical

chrism
chrism

a mixture of oil and balsam, consecrated and used for anointing at baptism

modiste
modiste

a fashionable milliner or dressmaker

glasnost
glasnost

the policy or practice of more open consultative government and wider dissemination of information

jalopy
jalopy

an old car in a dilapidated condition

chiaroscuro
chiaroscuro

the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

hosanna
hosanna

an expression of adoration, praise, or joy

excursus
excursus

a detailed discussion of a particular point in a book, usually in an appendix.

quadrille
quadrille

a square dance performed typically by four couples and containing five figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

apperception
apperception

the mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.

paternoster
paternoster

an elevator consisting of a series of linked doorless compartments moving continuously on an endless belt.

sumptuary
sumptuary

relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items

catafalque
catafalque

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

oneiromancy
oneiromancy

the interpretation of dreams in order to foretell the future.

apricity
apricity

the warmth of the sun in winter

oology
oology

the collection and study of birds' eggs especially in relation to their shape and coloration

terroir
terroir

the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced

nephology
nephology

the study or contemplation of clouds

txoko
txoko

a typically Basque type of closed gastronomical society where men come together to cook, experiment with new ways of cooking, eat and socialize

yegg
yegg

a burglar or safecracker

marotte
marotte

a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it

aubade
aubade

a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone

chrestomathy
chrestomathy

a selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.

holon
holon

something that is simultaneously a whole in and of itself, as well as a part of a larger whole

feve
feve

a small trinket hidden in a king cake or similar dessert

scopophilia
scopophilia

pleasure in looking; in Freudian psychoanalytic theory, an infantile instinct

apoptosis
apoptosis

the death of cells which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism's growth or development.

hebetude
hebetude

the state of being dull or lethargic

deixis
deixis

the function or use of deictic words, forms, or expressions.

pycnocline
pycnocline

a layer in an ocean or other body of water in which water density increases rapidly with depth.

hircinous
hircinous

Of, or pertaining to goats; hircine

bogatyr
bogatyr

a stock character in medieval East Slavic legends, akin to a Western European knight-errant

antinomy
antinomy

a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

adipose
adipose

fat

propinquity
propinquity

the state of being close to someone or something; proximity.

sere
sere

(especially of vegetation) dry or withered

anosognosia
anosognosia

a condition in which a person with a disability is cognitively unaware of having it due to an underlying physical condition

arrogate
arrogate

take or claim (something) without justification.

chiton
chiton

a marine mollusk that has an oval flattened body with a shell of overlapping plates

hapax
hapax

a word that only appears once in a work of or genus of literature or in a body of work by a particular author

etiology
etiology

the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation.

polysemy
polysemy

the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase

slew
slew

to turn (something, such as a telescope or a ship's spar) about a fixed point that is usually the axis

berm
berm

a flat strip of land, raised bank, or terrace bordering a river or canal.

gantry
gantry

a bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, railroad signals, lights, or cameras.

mare
mare

large, dark, basaltic plains on Earth's Moon, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions

latibulate
latibulate

to hide oneself in a corner

enconium
enconium

a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.

xerophagy
xerophagy

the practice of eating dry food, especially food cooked without oil

interstice
interstice

a space that intervenes between things

figurant
figurant

one that figures in a scene without speaking or without taking a prominent part

demotic
demotic

denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; popular or colloquial.

teratogen
teratogen

an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus

fictile
fictile

capable of being molded; made of earth, clay, etc.; by a potter.

harridan
harridan

an angry and unpleasant woman

concupiscence
concupiscence

strong sexual desire; lust

picayune
picayune

of little value or account; small; trifling

formulary
formulary

an official list giving details of medicines that may be prescribed.

hybristophilia
hybristophilia

sexual interest in and attraction to those who commit crimes

widdershins
widdershins

in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.

pullulate
pullulate

to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.; germinate; sprout

factotum
factotum

an employee who does all kinds of work.

gasconade
gasconade

extravagant boasting.

muliebrity
muliebrity

womanly qualities; womanhood.

callipygian
callipygian

having well-shaped buttocks

meretricious
meretricious

apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

cloche
cloche

a small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants.

nictitate
nictitate

to blink

battement
battement

a movement in which one leg is moved outward from the body and in again

dissimulation
dissimulation

concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretense

ruction
ruction

a noisy fight

propitiation
propitiation

the act of appeasing or making well-disposed a deity, thus incurring divine favor or avoiding divine retribution

lazarette
lazarette

a small compartment below the deck in the after end of a vessel, used for stores.

lordotic
lordotic

having an increased inward curving of the lumbar spine

bafflegab
bafflegab

incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon.

tonneau
tonneau

the part of an automobile, typically an open car, occupied by the back seats

redolent
redolent

exuding fragrance : aromatic

snee
snee

to cut or thrust with a knife, esp when fighting

agnate
agnate

a relative whose kinship is traceable exclusively through males

wainscott
wainscott

line (a room or wall) with wooden paneling

ariose
ariose

characterized by melody; songlike

sangfroid
sangfroid

composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.

erumpent
erumpent

bursting forth or through a surface

mell
mell

to blend; mix; meld. to meddle; concern oneself

thurible
thurible

censer

aureate
aureate

denoting, made of, or having the color of gold

transom
transom

a strengthening crossbar, in particular one set above a window or door

febrile
febrile

feverish

travois
travois

a type of sledge used to carry goods, consisting of two joined poles pulled by a horse or dog.

agential
agential

of, relating to, or expressive of an agent or agency

chaparral
chaparral

vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.

gamine
gamine

a young woman with a mischievous, boyish charm

novena
novena

a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

oscular
oscular

related to kissing

alterity
alterity

the state of being other or different; otherness.

uxorious
uxorious

having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one's wife

interpellate
interpellate

to question (someone, such as a foreign minister) formally concerning an official action or policy or personal conduct

oriel
oriel

a projection from the wall of a building, typically supported from the ground or by corbels

caconym
caconym

an incorrect name for something

perihelion
perihelion

the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is closest to the sun

pettifogging
pettifogging

placing undue emphasis on petty details

agnotology
agnotology

the study of deliberate, culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, typically to sell a product or win favour

ontogenesis
ontogenesis

the development of an individual organism or anatomical or behavioral feature from the earliest stage to maturity

hiatal
hiatal

of, relating to, or involving a hiatus

hamartia
hamartia

a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.

salubrious
salubrious

favorable to or promoting health or well-being

canticle
canticle

a hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service.

sacristy
sacristy

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

cay
cay

a low bank or reef of coral, rock, or sand

palooka
palooka

a stupid, clumsy, or uncouth person

deontic
deontic

relating to duty and obligation as ethical concepts

tatterdemalion
tatterdemalion

a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person

pythonist
pythonist

a person who professes to prophesy through some divine or esoteric inspiration

ataraxy
ataraxy

a state of serene calmness

sybarite
sybarite

a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury

snood
snood

an ornamental hairnet or fabric bag worn over the hair at the back of a woman's head

peripatetic
peripatetic

traveling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

antrum
antrum

a natural chamber or cavity in a bone or other anatomical structure

aneuploidy
aneuploidy

the presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, for example a human cell having 45 or 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46

passerine
passerine

relating to or denoting birds of a large order distinguished by feet that are adapted for perching, including all songbirds.

rill
rill

a small stream

gouache
gouache

a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance.

friable
friable

easily crumbled

panegyric
panegyric

a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

efflux
efflux

something given off in as or as if in a stream

tenebrous
tenebrous

dark; shadowy or obscure

doyenne
doyenne

a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field

chiral
chiral

asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable

solecism
solecism

a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

exaptation
exaptation

a trait that has been co-opted for a use other than the one for which natural selection has built it

lustic
lustic

vigorous; jovial

voluptuary
voluptuary

a person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure

bedizen
bedizen

dress up or decorate gaudily.

locavore
locavore

a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

ostinato
ostinato

a motif or phrase that persistently repeats in the same musical voice and/or pitch

martinet
martinet

a strict disciplinarian, especially in the armed forces.

attar
attar

a fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.

apophasis
apophasis

a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it

belletrist
belletrist

a person who writes essays, particularly on literary and artistic criticism, that are composed and read primarily for their aesthetic effect

psychosphere
psychosphere

the sphere or realm of human consciousness

clowder
clowder

a group of cats

ort
ort

a scrap or remainder of food from a meal

afflatus
afflatus

a divine creative impulse or inspiration

desacralize
desacralize

to divest of sacred qualities or status

apophenia
apophenia

the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated things

stertoreous
stertoreous

snoring; hardly breathing

chiffonier
chiffonier

a tall chest of drawers, often with a mirror on top.

recusancy
recusancy

refusal to submit to established authority

denude
denude

strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare

nudnik
nudnik

a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.

collimate
collimate

make (rays of light or particles) accurately parallel

naphtha
naphtha

a flammable oil

threnody
threnody

a lament

mishegaas
mishegaas

craziness; senseless behavior or activity

antapex
antapex

the point of the celestial sphere from which the solar system is moving

fissile
fissile

able to undergo nuclear fission; easily split

dun
dun

to nag someone about paying a debt

quorate
quorate

having a sufficient number of members to constitute a quorum

parimutuel
parimutuel

a form of betting in which those backing the first three places divide the losers' stakes

graphomania
graphomania

the compulsion to write

pluviophile
pluviophile

a lover of rain

remainderman
remainderman

the person who inherits or is entitled to inherit property upon the termination of the life estate of the former owner

unicursal
unicursal

relating to or denoting a curve or surface which is closed and can be drawn or swept out in a single movement

pikuach nefesh
pikuach nefesh

the principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious rule. When the life of a specific person is in danger, almost any mitzvah lo ta'aseh of the Torah becomes inapplicable

shirr
shirr

bake an egg without its shell

asperity
asperity

harshness of tone or manner

gangue
gangue

the commercially valueless material in which ore is found

pericarp
pericarp

the part of the fruit formed from the wall of the ripened ovary

pleonastic
pleonastic

needlessly wordy or redundant (“I heard it with my own ears”)

poryphyry
poryphyry

a hard igneous rock containing crystals, usually of feldspar, in a fine-grained, typically reddish groundmass.

syntony
syntony

the state of being normally responsive to and in harmony with the environment

crypticity
crypticity

the condition or state of something being cryptic

quirt
quirt

a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash

ailurophobe
ailurophobe

someone who is irrationally afraid of cats

votary
votary

a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to religious service

anneal
anneal

to heat something and allow it to cool slowly, in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it.

chanticleer
chanticleer

rooster

burgess
burgess

an inhabitant of a town or borough with full rights of citizenship

escheat
escheat

the reversion of property to the state on the owner's dying without legal heirs

parson
parson

a beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar

ratiocination
ratiocination

the process of exact thinking

stemwinder
stemwinder

an entertaining and rousing speech

natant
natant

swimming or afloat

brumation
brumation

a state or condition of sluggishness, inactivity, or torpor exhibited by reptiles

adumbrate
adumbrate

report or represent in outline

dudgeon
dudgeon

a feeling of offense or deep resentment

septentrional
septentrional

related to the north; northern

aileron
aileron

a hinged surface in the trailing edge of an airplane wing, used to control lateral balance

antedating
antedating

an example or instance of a word/phrase at a date earlier than previously known

cotyledon
cotyledon

an embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants

crenellation
crenellation

the battlements of a castle or other building

engram
engram

a unit of cognitive information inside the brain

fibril
fibril

a small or slender fiber

flexion
flexion

the action of bending or the condition of being bent

roan
roan

denoting an animal with gray/silvery hair

spinnaker
spinnaker

a sail designed specifically for sailing off the wind

calumny
calumny

the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander.

vibratiuncle
vibratiuncle

a miniscule or slight vibration

bollix
bollix

to bungle (ie a task)

tonsorial
tonsorial

relating to hairdressing

gravitic
gravitic

of or pertaining to gravity

susurrus
susurrus

whispering, murmuring, or rustling.

culvert
culvert

a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railroad

quidnunc
quidnunc

an inquisitive and gossipy person

interwork
interwork

be able to connect, communicate, or exchange data

kvell
kvell

feel happy and proud

piolet
piolet

ice axe

muon
muon

an unstable subatomic particle of the same class as an electron

plenum
plenum

an assembly of all the members of a group or committee

rodomontade
rodomontade

boastful or inflated talk or behavior.

tref
tref

not kosher

geometer
geometer

a specialist in geometry (i.e. for mapmaking or exploration)

irenic
irenic

aiming at peace

egest
egest

to discharge, as from the body; void (opposed to ingest)

dolorous
dolorous

feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.

autogyro
autogyro

a type of rotorcraft that uses an unpowered rotor in free autorotation to develop lift

neonate
neonate

a newborn child

neotony
neotony

the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal

quincunx
quincunx

an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center

neoteric
neoteric

new or modern; recent

ablation
ablation

a procedure for restoring normal heart rhythm

clement
clement

mild and peaceful

oracular
oracular

hard to interpret; enigmatic

carom
carom

strike and rebound

dysgenic
dysgenic

exerting a detrimental effect on later generations through the inheritance of undesirable characteristics

oleaginous
oleaginous

rich with, covered in, or heavily producing oil or grease

extirpate
extirpate

root out and destroy completely

suet
suet

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
offal

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

syncytium
syncytium

a single cell or cytoplasmic mass containing several nuclei, formed by fusion of cells or by division of nuclei

funicular
funicular

a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

salvific
salvific

leading to salvation

missal
missal

a book containing the texts used in the Catholic Mass throughout the year

aporia
aporia

an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory

slatternly
slatternly

(relating to a woman’s appearance) dirty and untidy

chthonic
chthonic

concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld.

gongoozler
gongoozler

a person who enjoys watching activity on the canals of the United Kingdom

soteriology
soteriology

the doctrine of salvation

trilemma
trilemma

a difficult choice from three options, each of which is (or appears) unacceptable or unfavourable

alimentary
alimentary

relating to nourishment or sustenance.

helpmate
helpmate

a helpful companion or partner, especially one's husband or wife.

squamous
squamous

covered with or characterized by scales

dewclaw
dewclaw

a rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs

dropsy
dropsy

a non-technical edema

concomitant
concomitant

naturally accompanying or associated

weir
weir

a low dam built across a river to raise the water level upstream

miserablist
miserablist

a person who appears to enjoy being depressed, esp a performer of or listener to gloomy music

autarky
autarky

economic independence or self-sufficiency

slue
slue

turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction.

elucubrate
elucubrate

to solve, write, or compose by working studiously at all hours

toyetic
toyetic

potentially marketable as a toy or having merchandising potential

scripturient
scripturient

having a strong urge to write

lustration
lustration

a rite of purification, especially washing

oryx
oryx

a species of large antelopes

glabrous
glabrous

free from hair or down; smooth

orts
orts

table scraps

saturnine
saturnine

slow and gloomy

cachinnate
cachinnate

to laugh loudly or immoderately

loge
loge

a small enclosure or booth in a theatre or arena

varietist
varietist

one who varies from the norm

sestet
sestet

the last six lines of a sonnet

doctrinaire
doctrinaire

seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations.

impecunious
impecunious

having little or no money

arrant
arrant

complete; utter

goldbrick
goldbrick

invent excuses to avoid a task; shirk.

cartouche
cartouche

a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends

timpani
timpani

kettledrums, especially when played by one musician in an orchestra

coati
coati

a type of raccoon with a long snout and a striped tail

amphigory
amphigory

nonsense verse

apothegm
apothegm

short, witty aphorism

besserwisser
besserwisser

know-it-all, wiseguy, wiseacre, smart aleck

enchiridion
enchiridion

carried reference book

eunoia
eunoia

beautiful thinking

olio
olio

a miscellaneous collection of things

phrontistery
phrontistery

a place for studying

selcouth
selcouth

strange; unfamiliar; marvelous

piste
piste

a ski run of compacted snow.

autochthonous
autochthonous

native to the place where found (ant. allochthonous)

polity
polity

an organized society; a state as a political entity

calf
calf

a floating piece of ice detached from an iceberg.

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