lexiphanic

Feb. 14th, 2011 07:56 pm
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lexiphanic



-adjective
Using, or interlarded with, pretentious words; bombastic; as, a lexiphanic writer or speaker; lexiphanic writing.

loggia

Feb. 8th, 2011 05:20 pm
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log·gia

   
[loj-uh, loh-jee-uh; Italian: lawd-jah]

–noun, plural -gias, Italian -gie  [-je]

1. a gallery or arcade open to the air on at least one side.
2. a space within the body of a building but open to the air on one side, serving as an open-air room or as an entrance porch.

larrup

Jan. 9th, 2011 07:43 pm
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lar·rup

   
[lar-uhp]

–verb (used with object), -ruped, -rup·ing.
to beat or thrash

limn

Dec. 31st, 2010 07:29 pm
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Limn
\ˈlim\

transitive verb
1
: to draw or paint on a surface
2
: to outline in clear sharp detail : delineate
3
: describe <the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers>

Limn means "to outline in sharp detail" or "to describe." It's a close relative of illuminate.

Origins:
Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare
First Known Use: 1592

May your New Year be limned by prosperity, love, and joy.

lappet

Nov. 23rd, 2010 11:33 pm
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lap·pet



-noun
1. A decorative flap or loose fold on a garment or headdress.
2. A flaplike structure, such as the wattle of a bird or the lobe of the ear.

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