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Æ s Æsc
A b Abcissa
d Adnate
Adumbration
l Aliquot
n Ansa
Anta
Anthropocene
q Aquafaba
r Aril
s Asyndeton
t Attar
B a Bawd
o Bord
Bort
C a Carminative
e Ceil
h Chandler
Choropleth
o Col
Colophon
Copula
Corm
r Cresset
D e Decussate
Dendrogram
i Diesis
Dingbat
E c Eclogue
m Emulous
n Engastration
Entheogen
x Exotropia
F e Fettle
o Foy
u Funicular
Furbelow
G a Garniture
Gavage
e Geodesy
r Graticule
Graupel
Greek
H a Haline
Handsel
o Hod
I n Idempotent
s Isarithm
J a Jabot
Jacquerie
K e Kex
i Kickshaw
L a Lachrymal
e Lemel
Lentic
Lenticular
o Lotic
M a Mahout
Marmoreal
N e Nekton
O c Ocellus
d Oda
l Oleaginous
p Optocoupler
v Overleaf
P a Palapa
Pawl
h Phreatic
Phyletic
o Polder
Polysemous
t Pteric
u Purfle
Q u Quango
Quincunx
Quinsy
R a Rax
e Recto
i Rime
S e Selfheal
Sere
Sessile
m Smallholding
n Snath
p Splenetic
r Sri
t Stile
Stretorous
T a Taka
e Telson
h Thane
y Tyg
U l Ulu
n Unicameral
Unlimber
r Uraeus
V e Vega
Versal
Verso
W h Wheeple
Whid
X e Xenomancy
Y a Yarak
Z i Zizz
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↨Word ↨Class ↨Definition ↨Etymology ↨Source ↨Date
Quango
n.
Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation - an organisation to which a government has devolved power, but which is still partly controlled and/or financed by government bodies (British English) Wordiest 2018.12.13
Pawl
n.
A pivoted bar adapted to engage with the teeth of a ratchet wheel so as to prevent movement pal (Dutch) fixed Repairin' blinds 2018.12.05
Smallholding
n.
An agricultural holding smaller than a farm small + holding (British English) Big Dreams, Small Spaces, Monty Don 2018.11.29
Phyletic
adj.
Relating to, or denoting the evolutionary development of a species or other group phuletikos (Greek) of one's tribe The Elements of Graphing Data, William S. Cleveland 2018.11.23
Aquafaba
n.
The water in which legume seeds, such as chickpeas, have been cooked aqua + faba (Latin) water + bean The Great British Bake Off, Andy Devonshire 2018.11.20
Aliquot
n.
A portion of a larger whole, especially a sample taken for chemical analysis or other treatment alius + quot (Latin) one of two + how many The Elements of Graphing Data, William S. Cleveland 2018.11.14
Splenetic
adj.
Bad-tempered, spiteful; relating to the spleen splēn (Greek) spleen Thesaurus.com 2018.11.02
Telson
n.
The last segment in the abdomen, or a terminal appendage to it, in crustaceans, chelicerates, and embryonic insects (Greek) limit Gettin spicy at Red Lobster 2018.10.27
Handsel
n.
A gift given at the start of some enterprise or new situation, meant to ensure good luck handselen (Old English) giving into a person's hands Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke 2018.10.22
Engastration
n.
a cooking technique in which the cook stuffs one animal into another animal gastḗr (Greek) stomach Lords and Ladles, Maurice Linnane 2018.10.15
Kickshaw
n.
A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin; a trinket quelque chose (French) something Lords and Ladles, Maurice Linnane 2018.10.12
Gavage
v.
To feed by means of a tube passed into the stomach gaver (French) to stuff or cram The Elements of Graphing Data, William S. Cleveland 2018.10.07
Funicular
adj.
Relating to a rope or its tension funis (Latin) rope Ken Jennings 2018.10.01
Graticule
n.
A grid of horizontal and vertical lines crāticula (Latin) grill, grating, griddle EEVblog 2018.09.17
Optocoupler
n.
A device containing light-emitting and light-sensitive components, used to couple isolated circuits optikós (Greek) of seeing + coupler Arduino Projects Book 2018.09.13
Palapa
n.
An open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves (Mexican Spanish) Bachelor In Paradise 2018.09.05
Uraeus
(plural: uraei)
n.
A representation of a sacred serpent as an emblem of supreme power ouraios (Greek) cobra Columbus Scrabble Meetup 2018.08.28
Bawd
n.
A woman in charge of a brothel baud (Old French) bold, lively, jolly Harlots, Alison Newman and Moira Buffini 2018.08.10
Phreatic
adj.
Of or pertaining to ground water phréar (Greek) well, spring Star Trek Discovery 2018.07.22
Polder
n.
A piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river polre (Middle Dutch) The Truthful Art, Alberto Cairo 2018.07.18
Exotropia
n.
A form of strabismus in which the eyes are deviated outward trópos (Greek) a turn A fancy doctor 2018.07.04
Dendrogram
n.
A tree diagram, especially one showing taxonomic relationships dendro + gramma (Greek) tree + drawing Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps Jacques Bertin 2018.06.24
Geodesy
n.
The branch of mathematics concerned with the shape and area of the earth gē + daiein (Greek) earth + to divide Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps Jacques Bertin 2018.06.19
Ocellus
n.
A small eye of an insect or other arthropod that has only one lens, typically present in one or more pairs Oculus (Latin) little eye Learnin' about bees 2018.06.15
Isarithm
n.
A line on a map, chart or graph that links points having the same value arithmos (Greek) number Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps Jacques Bertin 2018.06.11
Diesis
n.
The ‡ (double dagger) symbol dia + ienai (Greek) through + send Google 2018.06.04
Choropleth
n.
A thematic map in which the distribution of a property is shown using different colors khṓra + plêthos (Ancient Greek) location + a great number d3.js 2018.06.03
Abcissa
n.
The x-coordinate of a point (Latin) cutoff The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte 2018.05.19
Overleaf
adv.
On the other side of the page over + leaf The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.05.12
Æsc
n.
The Æ or æ grapheme (Old English) ash tree The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.28
Unicameral
n.
Of a script or typeface: making no distinction between upper and lower case, but rather having only one case camera (Latin) chamber The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.27
Aril
n.
An extra seed-covering, typically colored, and hairy or fleshy arilli (Latin) dried grape stones Eatin' pomegranates 2018.04.21
Greek
v.
To display nonsense text or graphics in a document as a placeholder to create a dummy layout, or to demonstrate a type font Greek (English) unintelligible speech or text Adobe InDesign 2018.04.21
Verso
n.
The left-hand page of an open book versus (Latin) turned, changed The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.19
Recto
n.
The right-hand page of an open book rectus (Latin) correct, right The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.19
Lachrymal
adj.
Of or relating to tears lacrima (Latin) tear The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.18
Adnate
adj.
Growing with one side adherent to a stem adnatus (Latin) born or growing at or upon The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst 2018.04.17
Versal
n.
A large embellished letter at the beginning of a verse, manuscript , etc. universalis (Latin) universal Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton 2018.04.15
Bord
n.
A coalface parallel to natural fissures bord (Old English) plank, table Looking at anagrams 2018.04.14
Frank
v.
To facilitate or pay the passage of something or someone francus (Medieval Latin) free Die Neue Typographie, Jan Tschichold 2018.04.08
Adumbration
n.
A faint sketch, an outline, a brief representation umbra (Latin) shadow The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.04.06
Marmoreal
adj.
Of, or like marble marmor (Latin) marble The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.29
Sere
adj.
Dry and withered sōrēn (German) to wither The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.27
Cresset
n.
A metal container of oil, grease, wood, or coal burned as a torch and typically mounted on a pole craisse (Old French) variant of graisse, oil, grease The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.26
Hod
n.
A trough with a pole handle that is borne on the shoulder, for carrying building materials hot (Old English) a basket for carrying earth The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.25
Nekton
n.
The collection of aquatic organisms that can swim freely and are independent of currents nektos (Greek) swimming phrontistery.info 2018.03.23
Chandler
n.
A dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats chandelier (Old French) from chandelle, ‘candle’ The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.16
Kex
n.
A dry, hollow plant stem (British English) phrontistery.info 2018.03.09
Vega
n.
A tract of fertile meadowland (Spanish) phrontistery.info 2018.03.08
Furbelow
v.
To adorn with pleated or gathered material Falbala (French) trimming, flounce The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.03.07
Xenomancy
n.
Divination using strangers xeno- (Greek) strange, foreign, stranger phrontistery.info 2018.03.06
Mahout
n.
An elephant rider, trainer, or keeper mahāvat (Hindi) phrontistery.info 2018.03.04
Zizz
n.
A short sleep (British English) phrontistery.info 2018.03.03
Yarak
adj.
(of a trained hawk) Fit and in proper condition for hunting yārakī (Persian) strength, ability Looking for Y words, phrontistery.info 2018.03.02
Sri
n.
A title of respect used before the name of a man, god, or sacred book śrī (Sanskrit) beauty, fortune. Alphabear 2018.03.01
Wheeple
v.
To give forth a prolonged whistle or cry (British English) Alphabear 2018.02.27
Idempotent
adj.
Describing an action which, when performed multiple times on the same subject, has no further effect on its subject after the first time it is performed idem (Latin) same +‎ potent, having power Kalzumeus 2018.02.24
Graupel
n.
Precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm balls of rime graupel (German) National Weather Service Portland Twitter 2018.02.23
Ulu
n.
An Eskimo woman's knife, resembling a food chopper, with a crescent-shaped blade ulu (Inuit) Alphabear 2018.02.23
Foy
n.
A farewell feast, drink or gift fooi (Dutch) feast at the end of the harvest Alphabear 2018.02.20
Eclogue
n.
A pastoral poem, often in the form of a shepherd's monologue or a dialogue between shepherds eklogḗ (Ancient Greek) selection Seattle Art Museum 2018.02.19
Garniture
n.
A set of decorative objects, esp. vases garnir (French) to garnish Seattle Art Museum 2018.02.18
Asyndeton
n.
The omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence asundetos (Greek) unconnected Wikipedia 2018.02.16
Rax
v.
To stretch, stretch out, to reach out, reach or attain to, to extend the hand to, hand or pass something raxen, rasken (Middle English) to stretch oneself Alphabear 2018.02.14
Carminative
n.
A substance that relieves gastrointestinal gas carminare (Latin) to card, hence to cleanse, from carmen, a card for freeing wool or flax, or carminat-, healed by incantation Learnin' about lentils 2018.02.13
Anta
n.
A pier produced by thickening a wall at its termination anta (Latin) square pilaster Alphabear 2018.02.12
Rime
v.
To cover (an object) with hoarfrost hrīmaz, hrīmą (Proto-Germanic) hoarfrost The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.02.10
Corm
n.
A short, vertical, swollen underground stem of a plant that serves as a storage organ κορμός (Greek) tree trunk Alphabear 2018.02.08
Whid
v.
To move nimbly and with little noise, usually of small game hviða (Old Norse) gust of wind Alphabear 2018.02.05
Oda
n.
A room within a harem oda (Turkish) Alphabear 2018.02.03
Thane
n.
A rank of nobility in pre-Norman England, roughly equivalent to baron thegen (Old English) servant, soldier Alphabear 2018.02.01
Tyg
n.
A large English pottery mug with three or more handles dividing the rim into sections for several drinkers tygh (Swedish) things, gear, equipment [unconfirmed by primary source] Alphabear 2018.01.31
Entheogen
n.
A psychoactive substance that induces a spiritual experience entheos (Greek) full of god, inspired, possessed Portland PEERS Group 2018.01.27
Haline
adj.
Salty; of or relating to the degree of saltiness halas (Greek) salt Search for words that start with halo- 2018.01.27
Emulous
adj.
Motivated by a spirit of rivalry aemulus (Latin) rival The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.01.26
Stretorous
adj.
(of breathing) Noisy and labored stertere (Latin) to snore The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.01.25
Quinsy
n.
A suppurative inflammation of the tonsils kynanchē (Greek) from kyn-, kyōn dog + anchein, to strangle Branch from 'Selfheal' 2018.01.24
Selfheal
n.
A purple-flowered plant of the mint family that was formerly widely used for healing wounds self + heal (English) Wordiest 2018.01.23
Stile
n.
An arrangement of steps that allows people, but not animals, to climb over a fence or wall stigilō (Germanic root) Device for climbing The Waves, Virginia Woolfe 2018.01.22
Oleaginous
adj.
Rich, oily; obsequious oleum (Latin) oil The Waves, Wirginia Woolfe 2018.01.21
Jabot
n.
An ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse jabot (French) a bird's crop Internet Anagram Server 2018.01.20
Dingbat
n.
A printer's ornament other than a letter or number ding (English) to beat; deal a heavy blow Webding research 2018.01.17
Col
n.
The lowest point between two mountain peaks col (French) neck Wordiest 2018.01.16
Ansa
n.
The most protruding part of planetary rings as seen from distance ansa (Latin) handle Wordiest 2018.01.11
Quincunx
n.
An arrangement of five objects in the shape of a cross quīnque (Latin) five Brain 2018.01.11
Snath
n.
The shaft of a scythe snede (Middle English) the shaft of handle of a scythe Learnin' about swords n' stuff 2018.01.07
Attar
n.
An essential oil derived from botanical sources atir (Arabic) perfume JR, William Gaddis 2018.01.07
Jacquerie
n.
A peasant uprising or revolt jacques (French) peasant Wordiest 2017.12.16
Ceil
v.
To finish a surface or ceiling with plaster or wood ciel (French) sky, heaven Wordiest 2017.12.08
Lotic
adj.
Situated in rapidly moving fresh water lotus (Latin) washing Follows from lentic 2017.11.23
Lentic
adj.
Situated in still, fresh water lentus (Latin) calm, slow Follows from lenticular 2017.11.23
Lenticular
adj.
Lentil-shaped, biconvex lenticularis (Latin) lentil-shaped Brain 2017.11.22
Sessile
adj.
(of an organism) Fixed in one place; immobile sessilis (Latin) of or fit for sitting Zak Smith 2017.11.21
Polysemous
adj.
Having multiple meanings or interpretations polúsēmos (Ancient Greek) from polús, many + sēmaínō, I signify, mean Wikipedia 2017.11.11
Copula
n.
A word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate copula (Latin) connection, linking of words Wordiest 2017.11.10
Purfle
v.
To ornament the border or edges of porfiler (Old French), from (Latin) pro- + filum (thread) Guitar forums 2017.11.05
Fettle
v.
To trim or clean the rough edges of before firing fetlen (Middle English), to shape, prepare Friend of the Show, KM 2017.11.03
Anthropocene
n.
The present age, the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and environment anthrōpos (Greek), human being Internet Bio 2017.10.29
Decussate
v.
To cross or intersect in the form of an "x" dēcussō (Latin), arrange crosswise or mark with a cross Wikipedia.org 2017.10.27
Colophon
n.
A publisher's emblm or imprint kolophōn (Greek), summit Thesaurus.com 2017.10.26
Unlimber
v.
To unpack or unfasten and so make ready (English), to free (a gun) from its limber JR, William Gaddis 2017.10.25
Taka
(৳ or Tk)
n.
The basic monetary unit of Bangladesh, equal to 100 poisha ṭākā (Bengali) Bengali interpreter, ZD 2017.10.22
Pteric
adj.
Of, relating to, or resembling a wing pteron (Greek), wing, feather Wordiest 2017.10.20
Lemel
n.
Metal filings limer (French), to file Andrew Berry, goldsmith 2017.10.17
Bort
n.
A low-quality diamond used for industrial and manufacturing purposes brot (Old English), fragment Wordiest 2017.10.17

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