This page is dedicated to all the many English words that are not normally given their due by being used very often. They sit silently in the background awaiting the moment when someone will free them from their inactivity and they can express themselves in the light of speech.
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EXIGUOUS. Scanty, meager, small, slender.
RHOTACISM. A change of speech sound.
INDECOROUS. Violating generally accepted standards of good behaviour or properity.
SUBFUSCOUS. Slightly dark, husky or somber.
COTILLION. A formal ball given for debutantes.
GENICULATION. Having kneelike joints or bends.
LOQUACITY. The state of being talkativeness.
SAXATILE. Living or growing on or among rocks.
WIGHT. Any human being or living creature.
MUZZ. To study intensely.
HETERDOX. Holding unorthodox doctrines or opinions.
POLYNYA. An area of unfrozen sea water surroumded by ice.
FELLOE. The circular rim, or a part of the rim of a wheel which the outer ends of the spokes are inserted.
CHIFFONIER. High chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirrio on top.
SCHLOCK. Cheap, trachy,junk or inferior quality.
XANTHEIN. The part of the colouring matter in yellow flowers that is soluable in water.
QUARTERNION. A group or set of four persons or things.
LAZAR. A person infected with a disease.
DELFT. Earthern ware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration usually colored blue.
KEGLING. The sport of bowling.
IMBIBE. To take or receive into the mind, as knowledge,ideas or the like.
PROMULGATE. To make known by open decloration, publish, proclaim formally.
LITHOTOMIST. A person who removes stones from the urinary bladder.
JAKES. An outdoor privy; outhouse; toilet or bedpan.
LIXIVATE. To treat with a solvent, to leach out.
SUSURRUSS. A soft murmuring or rustling sounds; wisper.
SUZERAIN. A soverign or a state exercising political control over an independant state.
ENNUI. A feeling of utter weariness and discontent, resulting from satiety or lack of interest or boredom.
SATIETY. The condition of being over gratified beyond the point of satifaction.
SIMULACRUM. A slight, unreal or superficial likeness or resembalance.
EVECTION. A periodic irregularity in the moon's movement caused by the attraction of the sun.
LIMNOLOGY. The scientific study of bodies of fresh water, such as lakes and ponds.
PECCABLE. Liable to sin or error.
BENEFACTION. An act of conferring a benefit. The doing of a good deed.
NUTATION. An act of nodding one's head involuntary or spasmodically.
WHICKER. To whinny or neigh.
WHILOM. Former. Or old time.
JUDDER. To vibrate violently.
STABILE. Fixed in a stable position. Resistant to physical or chemical change.
POTAGE. Any thick soup made with cream.
GRANGERIZE. To augment the illustrative content of a book by inserting additional prints, drawings and engravings, not included in the original volume.
QUARTERNITY. A group of four.
KAMBAL. A blanket or shawl made of course wool.
WINEBIBBER. A person who drinks a lot of wine.
MNEMONICS. The process or technique of improving or developing the memory.
FAMULUS. A servant or attendant of a scholar or a magician.
MULIEBRITY. Womanly nature or womanly qualities.
TYPHOLOGY. The study of the causes and treatment of blindness.
SITOLOGY. A branch of medicine dealing with nutrition and dietetics.
CONTIGUITY. The state of being contiguous.
OPPROBRIUM. The disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outragously shameful.
GASCONADE. Extravagant boasting, boasting talk, bluster.
GARRULOUS. Excessively talkative, in a rambling roundabout manner. Especially about trivial matters.
MONOCULAR. Having only one eye.
PECCANT. Sinning, guilt of a moral offence.
RAMISH. Having a dis agreeable taste or smell. rank.
RANCOR. Bitter rankling resentment or ill will, hatred, malice.
SEMATIC. Serving as a sign or warning of danger.
RANKIE. Unpleasant feelings.
MUSSITATION. Silent movement of the lips in simulation of the movement made in audible speech. muttering, mumbling, murmuring.
RIPARIAN. Pertaining to, or situation or dwelling on the bank of a river or other body of water.
TRISTICHOUS. Arranged in three rows, arranged or characterized by vertical tows.
WALDGLAS. Common medevial and renaissance glass ware characterized by a green color.
TARN. Small mountain lake.
SHILPIT. Puny, feeble, sickly, weak, watery.