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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!

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bracken

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

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gastrique

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

Anthony Bourdain
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mittelstand

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

Hacker News
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strix

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

Sonny
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souq

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

Twitter
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favela

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

Twitter
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coracle

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

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atelic

showing an action or happening as being unfinished

Four Thousand Weeks (Oliver Burkeman)
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ignosticism

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

A Little History of Philosophy
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mawkish

sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

Reddit
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leveret

a young hare in its first year

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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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

Twitter
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grook

a form of short aphoristic poem or rhyming aphorism

Twitter
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choreomania

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

Dance Fever (Florence + The Machine)
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spoor

the track or scent of an animal

NYT Crossword
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geognosis

knowledge of the world

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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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.

Twitter
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scaffa

a cocktail prepared at room temperature

Wikipedia
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veridical

coinciding with reality

Wikipedia
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dipsomania

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

Twitter
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nullifidian

a person having no faith or religious belief.

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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ectopic

in an abnormal place or position

Twitter
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banlieue

a suburb of a French city, especially Paris.

Twitter
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gurn

to make a grotesque face

Steve Hind
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apposite

apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

Twitter
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genetrix

a female parent; a mother

Buttondown user
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ischemia

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

Twitter
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narthex

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

NYT Crossword
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parataxis

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

Twitter
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allograft

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

Email
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chrism

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

NYT Crossword
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modiste

a fashionable milliner or dressmaker

Casey Allen Spears
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jalopy

an old car in a dilapidated condition

What We Do In The Shadows
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glasnost

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

T
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chiaroscuro

the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

Shep Walker
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hosanna

an expression of adoration, praise, or joy

NYT Crossword
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excursus

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

Buttondown customer
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quadrille

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

Bridgerton
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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.

Twitter
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paternoster

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

Twitter
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sumptuary

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

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
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catafalque

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

No One Writes To The Colonel (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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oneiromancy

the interpretation of dreams in order to foretell the future.

Twitter
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apricity

the warmth of the sun in winter

Twitter
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terroir

the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced

Twitter
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oology

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

NYT Crossword
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nephology

the study or contemplation of clouds

NYT Crossword
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txoko

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

Twitter
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yegg

a burglar or safecracker

NYT Crossword
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marotte

a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it

Wikipedia
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aubade

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

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chrestomathy

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

Twitter
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holon

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

Wikipedia
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feve

a small trinket hidden in a king cake or similar dessert

Twitter
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scopophilia

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

Wikipedia
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hebetude

the state of being dull or lethargic

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apoptosis

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

Twitter
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pycnocline

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

Twitter
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deixis

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

Wikipedia
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hircinous

Of, or pertaining to goats; hircine

Buttondown
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bogatyr

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

Twitter
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antinomy

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

Buttondown customer
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adipose

fat

Nick Wolven
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propinquity

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

Twitter
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sere

(especially of vegetation) dry or withered

Twitter
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anosognosia

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

Twitter
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arrogate

take or claim (something) without justification.

NYT Crossword
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chiton

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

Advent of Code 2021
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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

Twitter
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etiology

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

Twitter
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polysemy

the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase

Wikipedia
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slew

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

NYT Crossword
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berm

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

Simon Sarris
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gantry

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

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mare

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

NYT Crossword
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latibulate

to hide oneself in a corner

Twitter
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xerophagy

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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enconium

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

Reddit
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interstice

a space that intervenes between things

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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figurant

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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teratogen

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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demotic

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

Twitter
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fictile

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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harridan

an angry and unpleasant woman

30 Rock
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picayune

of little value or account; small; trifling

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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concupiscence

strong sexual desire; lust

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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formulary

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

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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hybristophilia

sexual interest in and attraction to those who commit crimes

Parnassus on Wheels (Christopher Morley)
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widdershins

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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pullulate

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

Abeyance, North America (JoAnna Novak)
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factotum

an employee who does all kinds of work.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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muliebrity

womanly qualities; womanhood.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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gasconade

extravagant boasting.

Stripe
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callipygian

having well-shaped buttocks

Twitter
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meretricious

apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

Twitter
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nictitate

to blink

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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cloche

a small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants.

Abeyance, North America (JoAnna Novak)
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battement

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

Twitter
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ruction

a noisy fight

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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dissimulation

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

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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propitiation

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

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lordotic

having an increased inward curving of the lumbar spine

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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lazarette

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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bafflegab

incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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tonneau

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

NYT Crossword
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redolent

exuding fragrance : aromatic

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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snee

to cut or thrust with a knife, esp when fighting

NYT Crossword
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wainscott

line (a room or wall) with wooden paneling

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agnate

a relative whose kinship is traceable exclusively through males

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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ariose

characterized by melody; songlike

NYT Crossword
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sangfroid

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

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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erumpent

bursting forth or through a surface

Stripe
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mell

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

Typo
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muliebrity

womanhood

Twitter
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thurible

censer

NYT Crossword
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aureate

denoting, made of, or having the color of gold

Twitter
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transom

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

When Harry Met Sally (Nora Ephron)
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febrile

feverish

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travois

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

Twitter
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agential

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

Twitter
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chaparral

vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.

NYT Crossword
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gamine

a young woman with a mischievous, boyish charm

NYT Crossword
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novena

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

Twitter
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oscular

related to kissing

NYT Crossword
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uxorious

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

Twitter
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alterity

the state of being other or different; otherness.

Twitter
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interpellate

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

Twitter
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oriel

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

NYT Crossword
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caconym

an incorrect name for something

Twitter
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perihelion

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

Twitter
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pettifogging

placing undue emphasis on petty details

Twitter
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agnotology

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

Twitter
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ontogenesis

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

Wikipedia
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hiatal

of, relating to, or involving a hiatus

NYT Crossword
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salubrious

favorable to or promoting health or well-being

NYT Crossword
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hamartia

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

Twitter
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canticle

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

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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sacristy

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

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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cay

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

NYT Crossword
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palooka

a stupid, clumsy, or uncouth person

NYT Crossword
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deontic

relating to duty and obligation as ethical concepts

Twitter
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tatterdemalion

a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person

Twitter
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pythonist

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

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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sybarite

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

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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ataraxy

a state of serene calmness

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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snood

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

NYT Crossword
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peripatetic

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

The Generalist
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antrum

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

NYT Crossword
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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

Twitter
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rill

a small stream

NYT Crossword
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passerine

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

Twitter
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gouache

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

Twitter
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friable

easily crumbled

Twitter
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panegyric

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

NYT Crossword
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efflux

something given off in as or as if in a stream

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
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tenebrous

dark; shadowy or obscure

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
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doyenne

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

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
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chiral

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

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solecism

a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

Twitter
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exaptation

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

Twitter
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lustic

vigorous; jovial

Life after Life (Kate Atkinson)
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voluptuary

a person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure

NYT Crossword
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bedizen

dress up or decorate gaudily.

NYT Crossword
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locavore

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

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ostinato

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

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martinet

a strict disciplinarian, especially in the armed forces.

Reddit
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attar

a fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.

NYT Crossword
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apophasis

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

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belletrist

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

Twitter
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psychosphere

the sphere or realm of human consciousness

Twitter
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clowder

a group of cats

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ort

a scrap or remainder of food from a meal

NYT Crossword
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afflatus

a divine creative impulse or inspiration

Twitter
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desacralize

to divest of sacred qualities or status

Twitter
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stertoreous

snoring; hardly breathing

NYT Crossword
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apophenia

the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated things

The Queen’s Gambit
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recusancy

refusal to submit to established authority

Matthew Walter
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chiffonier

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

The Queen’s Gambit
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denude

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

Kissa by Kissa (Craig Mod)
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nudnik

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

Kissa by Kissa (Craig Mod)
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collimate

make (rays of light or particles) accurately parallel

Robin Sloan
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threnody

a lament

31 Poems (Dean Young)
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naphtha

a flammable oil

31 Poems (Dean Young)
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mishegaas

craziness; senseless behavior or activity

Twitter
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antapex

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

Twitter
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fissile

able to undergo nuclear fission; easily split

Tenet (Christopher Nolan)
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dun

to nag someone about paying a debt

NYT Crossword
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quorate

having a sufficient number of members to constitute a quorum

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parimutuel

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

Jerry Neumann
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graphomania

the compulsion to write

HHhH (Laurent Binet)
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remainderman

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

Christopher Vu
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pluviophile

a lover of rain

NWS Seattle
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unicursal

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

Twitter
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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

Wikipedia
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shirr

bake an egg without its shell

NYT Crossword
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poryphyry

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

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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pleonastic

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

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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syntony

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

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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gangue

the commercially valueless material in which ore is found

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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pericarp

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

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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asperity

harshness of tone or manner

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
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quirt

a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash

Jasdev Singh
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crypticity

the condition or state of something being cryptic

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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ailurophobe

someone who is irrationally afraid of cats

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votary

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

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
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anneal

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

Twitter
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chanticleer

rooster

ESPN
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burgess

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

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
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escheat

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

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stemwinder

an entertaining and rousing speech

Merlin Mann
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ratiocination

the process of exact thinking

Wikipedia
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parson

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

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natant

swimming or afloat

NYT Crossword
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cloche

a covering protecting plants or perishables from rough temperatures or weather

Do: Inhabit (Sue Fan & Danielle Quigley)
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brumation

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

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adumbrate

report or represent in outline

Twitter
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dudgeon

a feeling of offense or deep resentment

NYT Crossword
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septentrional

related to the north; northern

Twitter (@xdesro)
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spinnaker

a sail designed specifically for sailing off the wind

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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engram

a unit of cognitive information inside the brain

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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cotyledon

an embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants

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roan

denoting an animal with gray/silvery hair

NYT Crossword
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antedating

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

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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crenellation

the battlements of a castle or other building

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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fibril

a small or slender fiber

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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flexion

the action of bending or the condition of being bent

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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aileron

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

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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calumny

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

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vibratiuncle

a miniscule or slight vibration

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bollix

to bungle (ie a task)

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tonsorial

relating to hairdressing

Craig Mod
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susurrus

whispering, murmuring, or rustling.

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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gravitic

of or pertaining to gravity

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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culvert

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

Are You Listening? (Tillie Walden)
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quidnunc

an inquisitive and gossipy person

NYT Crossword
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piolet

ice axe

NYT Crossword
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kvell

feel happy and proud

NYT Crossword
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interwork

be able to connect, communicate, or exchange data

Andrew Buss
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muon

an unstable subatomic particle of the same class as an electron

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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plenum

an assembly of all the members of a group or committee

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rodomontade

boastful or inflated talk or behavior.

NYT Crossword
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tref

not kosher

NYT Crossword
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irenic

aiming at peace

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geometer

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

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egest

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

NYT Crossword
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dolorous

feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.

The A.V. Club
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autogyro

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

It Happened One Night
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neonate

a newborn child

NYT Crossword
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quincunx

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

NYT Crossword
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neotony

the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal

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neoteric

new or modern; recent

Wikipedia
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ablation

a procedure for restoring normal heart rhythm

Twitter
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clement

mild and peaceful

Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
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oracular

hard to interpret; enigmatic

Patrick Collison
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carom

strike and rebound

Reddit
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dysgenic

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

Twitter
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oleaginous

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

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extirpate

root out and destroy completely

Twitter
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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

NYT Crossword
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offal

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

NYT Crossword
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syncytium

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

Wikipedia
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funicular

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

The Lying Life of Adults (Elena Ferrante)
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salvific

leading to salvation

Twitter
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missal

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

NYT Crossword
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aporia

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

Twitter
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slatternly

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

Wikipedia
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chthonic

concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld.

Hades
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gongoozler

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

Wikipedia
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soteriology

the doctrine of salvation

Twitter (Liz Bruenig)
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trilemma

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

Twitter
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alimentary

relating to nourishment or sustenance.

Twitter
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squamous

covered with or characterized by scales

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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helpmate

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

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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dropsy

a non-technical edema

Twitter
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dewclaw

a rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs

The Art of Raising a Puppy
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weir

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

NYT Crossword
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concomitant

naturally accompanying or associated

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miserablist

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

Twitter
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autarky

economic independence or self-sufficiency

Twitter
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slue

turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction.

NYT Crossword
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toyetic

potentially marketable as a toy or having merchandising potential

Twitter
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elucubrate

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

Postwar (Tony Judt)
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scripturient

having a strong urge to write

Max Read
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oryx

a species of large antelopes

2020 NBA Playoffs, Game 2 Heat-Bucks
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lustration

a rite of purification, especially washing

Postwar (Tony Judt)
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saturnine

slow and gloomy

Better Living Through Criticism
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orts

table scraps

NYT Crossword
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glabrous

free from hair or down; smooth

A Spell of Songs (Peter Jay Shippy)
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loge

a small enclosure or booth in a theatre or arena

NYT Crossword
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cachinnate

to laugh loudly or immoderately

NYT Crossword
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varietist

one who varies from the norm

The Decline And Fall Of Practically Everybody (Will Cuppy)
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sestet

the last six lines of a sonnet

NYT Crossword
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impecunious

having little or no money

Postwar (Tony Judt)
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doctrinaire

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

Zach Lowe
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arrant

complete; utter

NYT Crossword
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goldbrick

invent excuses to avoid a task; shirk.

NYT Crossword
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cartouche

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

NYT Crossword
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timpani

kettledrums, especially when played by one musician in an orchestra

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coati

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

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besserwisser

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

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olio

a miscellaneous collection of things

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eunoia

beautiful thinking

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amphigory

nonsense verse

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phrontistery

a place for studying

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enchiridion

carried reference book

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apothegm

short, witty aphorism

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selcouth

strange; unfamiliar; marvelous

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piste

a ski run of compacted snow.

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autochthonous

native to the place where found (ant. allochthonous)

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polity

an organized society; a state as a political entity

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calf

a floating piece of ice detached from an iceberg.

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