abstemious

Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:54 am
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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

apothegm

Feb. 18th, 2011 06:13 pm
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ap·o·thegm

   
[ap-uh-them]

–noun
a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism

albedo

Jan. 21st, 2011 10:01 am
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al·be·do

   
[al-bee-doh]

–noun, plural -dos.
1. Astronomy . the ratio of the light reflected by a planet or satellite to that received by it.
2. Meteorology . such a ratio for any part of the earth's surface or atmosphere.
3. the white, inner rind of a citrus fruit.

*words to know when you talk about climate change

ambsace

Dec. 28th, 2010 01:00 pm
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ambs·ace
(phonetic pronounciation: aims-ace)
n.
1. Games: Double aces. (i.e. the lowest throw possible in a game of dice.)
2. Bad luck; misfortune.
3. The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.
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an·ag·no·ri·sis


[an-ag-nawr-uh-sis, -nohr-]

–noun, plural -ses  /-ˌsiz/

(in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, esp. preceding peripeteia.
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a·nath·e·ma·tize

   
[uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz]
verb, -tized, -tiz·ing.

–verb (used with object)
1. to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse

–verb (used without object)
2. to pronounce anathemas; curse

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Anyone want to submit cool verbs? It's easy to find cool nouns and adjectives; I find it harder to find verbs.

acerose

Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:19 am
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ac·er·ose

   
[as-uh-rohs]

adjective Botany

needle-shaped, as the leaves of the pine.

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