Adumbrate
[verb] to produce a faint image or resemblance of
Akimbo
[adj] with hand on hip and elbow bent outward
Alpenstock
[noun] a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
Aperture
[noun] an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc
Apotheosis
[noun] the process of being raised to godlike status
Apotropaic
[adj] intended to ward off evil
Apprise
[verb] to give notice to; inform; advise
Appurtenance
[noun] something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory
Autodidact
[noun] self-taught person
Blithe
[adj] joyous, merry, or gay in disposition
Carminative
[adj] expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence
Catachresis
[noun] misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor
Cognoscenti
[noun] persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field
Coprolaliac
[noun] abnormally disposed to using profanity
Coruscant
[adj] glittering
Daguerreotype
[noun] early type of photograph produced using silver-coated copper plated and mercury vapour
Descant
[noun] a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme
Deuteragonist
[noun] the actor next in importance to the protagonist
Diaphoretic
[adj] producing perspiration
Dissonant
[adj] out of harmony; incongruous; at variance.
Dysautonomia
[noun] any disease or malfunction of the central nervous system
Eclat
[noun] brilliance of success, reputation
Emetic
[adj] causing vomiting
Enfilade
[noun] - gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops
Entomology
[noun] the branch of zoology dealing with insects
Epicene
[adj] having characteristics of both sexes
Erumpent
[adj] bursting forth
Etiology
[noun] - the study of causation
Febrile
[adj] feverish
Festoon
[noun] A string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points
Fictile
[adj] capable of being molded
Fingerling
[noun] something very small
Foist
[verb] to insert deceitfully
Genuflecting
[verb] bending the knee
Glabrous
[adj] having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence
Granulomatous
[noun] an inflammatory tumor or growth composed of granulation tissue
Greensward
[noun] stretch of grassy turf
Habiliment
[noun] clothes or clothing
Hauteur
[noun] arrogance
Homunculus
[noun] a diminutive human being
Hypertrophy
[noun] - abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth
Hypogonadism
[noun] diminished hormonal or reproductive functioning in the testes or the ovaries.
Ideogram
[noun] - a written symbol that represents an idea or object directly rather than a particular word or speech sound, as a Chinese character
Impecunious
[adj] having little or no money
Imprecation
[noun] a spoken curse
Infundibular
[noun] a funnel-shaped organ or part.
Inimical
[adj] adverse in tendency or effect
Interregnum
[noun] any pause or interruption in continuity
Involution
[noun] the act of involving
Junta
[noun] a military government that has taken power by force
Kinesthetic
[adj] regarding the sensation of movement in the muscles, tendons, joints
Lacuna
[noun] a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus
Lapidary
[noun] - the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones
Latinate
[adj] of, like, pertaining to, or derived from Latin
Legation
[noun] a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission
Locution
[noun] a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom
Lycanthropy
[noun] a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal
Malefic
[adj] productive of evil
Maxillofacial
[adj] of, pertaining to, or affecting the jaws and the face
Mesomorphic
[adj] pertaining to or having a muscular or sturdy body build
Metallurgy
[noun] the making and conducting of alloys
Micturition
[noun] urination
Mien
[noun] appearance
Mollify
[verb] to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease
Mordant
[adj] sharply sarcastic
Mucronate
[adj] having an abruptly projecting point, as a feather or leaf.
Mullion
[noun] a vertical member, as of stone or wood, between the lights of a window, the panels in wainscoting, or the like
Nacelle
[noun] the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, etc., in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried
Nascent
[adj] beginning to develop
Nepotism
[noun] - favouritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business
Nictate
[verb] to wink
Niggardly
[adj] reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly
Nonpareil
[adj] having no equal; peerless
Nostrum
[noun] patent medicines
Novitiate
[noun] the state or period of being a beginner in anything
Obeisance
[noun] an attitude of deference or homage
Ontological
[noun] the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence
Otiose
[adj] superfluous or useless
Oubliette
[noun] a secret dungeon with access through a trapdoor in its ceiling
Paroxysm
[noun] any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion
Patricide
[noun] the act of killing one's own father
Perambulate
[verb] walk
Peremptory
[adj] leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal
Phallocentrism
[noun] - a doctrine or belief centered on the phallus
Philology
[noun] the study of literary texts and of written records
Picayune
[adj] petty
Piebald
[adj] having patches of black and white or of other colors
Precipitant
[adj] falling headlong
Prehensile
[adj] adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something
Presbyopia
[noun] - abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth
Promulgate
[verb] to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation
Propitiate
[verb] to make favorably inclined
Purview
[noun] scope of vision
Putative
[adj] commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed
Rapacious
[adj] - aggressively greedy
Recidivism
[noun] repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime
Remora
[noun] a fish that attaches itself to sharks for easier travel
Retinue
[noun] a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage
Retrograde
[adj] moving backward; having a backward motion or direction; retiring or retreating
Retromandibular
[adj] behind the lower jaw
Revenant
[noun] a person who returns
Rictus
[noun] the gaping or opening of the mouth
Riparian
[adj] situated on the banks of a river
Scabrous
[adj] having a rough surface because of minute points or projections
Schema
[noun] a diagram, plan, or scheme
Selvage
[noun] the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling
Spectrometer
[noun] an optical device for measuring wavelengths, deviation of refracted rays, and angles between faces of a prism
Stevedore
[noun] a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel
Stolid
[adj] not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive
Strabismus
[noun] the condition of having a squint
Striate
[verb] to mark with a series of ridges or grooves
Supplicate
[verb] To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying.
Sybaritic
[adj] devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury
Tektitic
[adj] referring to fossils formed by meteoric impacts
Teratoid
[adj] resembling a monster
Torpor
[noun] sluggishness
Tumbrel
[noun] cart used during the French Revolution to carry victims to the guillotine
Undulate
[verb] to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion
Verdigris
[noun] covered with grayish-green rust
Wattle
[noun] a fleshy lobe or appendage hanging down from the throat or chin of certain birds, as the domestic chicken or turkey
Wen
[noun] - a benign encysted tumour of the skin, esp. On the scalp, containing sebaceous matter
Wimple
[noun] a woman's headcloth, commonly worn by nuns
Zaftig
[adj] a Yiddish word meaning, roughly, "voluptuous"