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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-18 09:07 am

saturnine

sat·ur·nine   


[sat-er-nahyn]

–adjective
1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
3. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-17 10:45 am

trenchant

trench·ant 


[tren-chuhnt]

–adjective
1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
2. vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform.
3. clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.

*if anyone wants to volunteer to post for a while or even just a day, I'd really really really really appreciate it.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-14 11:58 pm

knar

knar

   
[nahr]

–noun
a knot on a tree or in wood.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-13 09:32 pm

orogeny

o·rog·e·ny 


[aw-roj-uh-nee, oh-roj-]

–noun
Geology:
the process of mountain making or upheaval

Also called or·o·gen·e·sis  [awr-uh-jen-uh-sis, or-uh-]


orogenic or orogenetic
-adjective

orogenically or orogenetically
-adverb
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-11 10:49 pm

enceinte

en·ceinte


[en-seynt, ahn-sant; Fr. ahn-sant]

–adjective
pregnant; with child
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-07 09:59 pm

invidious

in·vid·i·ous   


[in-vid-ee-uhs]

–adjective
1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks
2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons
3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor
4. Obsolete: envious
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-06 09:29 pm

glissando

glis·san·do

   
[gli-sahn-doh]

Music
–adjective
1. performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.

–noun, plural: -di  [-dee]
2. a glissando passage
3. (in string playing) a slide
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-06 12:35 am

mulct

mulct

   
[muhlkt]

–verb (used with object)
1. to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.; swindle.
2. to obtain (money or the like) by fraud, extortion, etc.
3. to punish (a person) by fine, especially for a misdemeanor.

–noun
4. a fine, especially for a misdemeanor.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-04 10:32 pm

handsel

hand·sel

   
[han-suhl]

–noun
1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
2. a first installment of payment
3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste

–verb (used with object), -seled, -sel·ing or (especially British) -selled, -sel·ling

4. to give a handsel to
5. to inaugurate auspiciously
6. to use, try, or experience for the first time

also, hansel
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-03 09:59 am

reticular

re·tic·u·lar

   
[ri-tik-yuh-ler]

–adjective
1. having the form of a net; netlike
2. intricate or entangled
3. Anatomy: of or pertaining to a reticulum

(Once I read the third meaning, I remembered the endoplasmic reticulum!

re·tic·u·lum


[ri-tik-yuh-luhm]

–noun, plural: -la  [-luh] for 1-3, genitive -li  [-lahy] for 4
1. a network; any reticulated system or structure.
2. Anatomy
a. a network of intercellular fibers in certain tissues
b. a network of structures in the endoplasm or nucleus of certain cells

3. Zoology: the second stomach of ruminating animals, between the rumen and the omasum.
4. (initial capital letter) Astronomy: the Net, a southern constellation between Dorado and Hydrus)
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-02 09:54 am

abstemious

ab·ste·mi·ous

   
[ab-stee-mee-uhs]

–adjective
1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet
2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life
3. sparing: an abstemious diet
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[personal profile] lettered2011-03-01 06:47 pm

calamus

cal·a·mus

   
[kal-uh-muhs]

–noun, plural -mi  [-mahy]
1. the sweet flag, Acorus calamus
2. its aromatic root
3. any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan
4. the hollow base of a feather; a quill


*another word brought to you by Captive Prince :o)
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-28 07:55 pm

damascene

Dam·a·scene

   
[dam-uh-seen, dam-uh-seen]

–adjective
1. of or pertaining to the city of Damascus
2. (lowercase) of or pertaining to the art of damascening

–noun
3. an inhabitant of Damascus.
4. (lowercase) work or patterns produced by damascening

–verb (used with object)
5. (lowercase) to produce wavy lines on (Damascus steel) (Also, dam·a·skeen  [dam-uh-skeen, dam-uh-skeen])

damascening



art of encrusting gold, silver, or copper wire on the surface of iron, steel, bronze, or brass. A narrow undercut is made in the surface of the metal with a chisel and the wire forced into the undercut by means of a hammer. The name is derived from the city of Damascus, which was celebrated for its damascened wares as early as the 12th century. The armourers of northern Italy used damascening to decorate their products during the 16th century. In the 19th century the art underwent a revival in Europe, particularly in France and Spain. Damascened work of high quality is still produced by craftsmen there and in Egypt and Iran. --dictionary.com
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-27 08:27 pm

somnolent

som·no·lent 


[som-nuh-luhnt]

–adjective
1. sleepy; drowsy.
2. tending to cause sleep.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-26 09:28 pm

transom

tran·som 


[tran-suhm]

–noun
1. a crosspiece separating a door or the like from a window or fanlight above it
2. (Also called transom light, transom window) a window above such a crosspiece
3. a crossbar of wood or stone, dividing a window horizontally
4. a window so divided
5. Nautical:
a. a flat termination to a stern, above the water line.
b. framework running athwartships in way of the sternpost of a steel or iron vessel, used as a support for the frames of the counter

6. Artillery: a metal piece connecting the sidepieces of the tail or the cheeks of a gun carriage
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-25 11:58 pm

picayune

pic·a·yune

   
[pik-ee-yoon, pik-uh-]

–adjective Also, pic·a·yun·ish
1. of little value or account; small; trifling: a picayune amount.
2. petty, carping, or prejudiced: I didn't want to seem picayune by criticizing.

–noun
3. (formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a spanish real.
4. any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
5. Informal: an insignificant person or thing.
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-23 09:53 pm

ursine

ur·sine   


[ur-sahyn, -sin]

–adjective
1. of or pertaining to a bear or bears
2. bearlike
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-22 07:11 pm

etiology

e·ti·ol·o·gy 


[ee-tee-ol-uh-jee]

–noun, plural: -gies.
1. Pathology
a. the study of the causes of diseases
b. the cause or origin of a disease

2. the study of causation
3. any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-21 06:40 pm

vitreous

vit·re·ous 


[vi-tree-uhs]

–adjective
1. of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, glossiness, etc.: vitreous china
2. of or pertaining to glass
3. obtained from or containing glass
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[personal profile] lettered2011-02-20 09:50 pm

fiduciary

fi·du·ci·ar·y 


[fi-doo-shee-er-ee, -dyoo-]

-noun, plural: -ar·ies

1. Law: a person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another

–adjective
2. Law: of or pertaining to the relation between a fiduciary and his or her principal, e.g. fiduciary capacity; a fiduciary duty
3. of, based on, or in the nature of trust and confidence, as in public affairs, e.g. a fiduciary obligation of government employees
4. depending on public confidence for value or currency, as fiat money