28 July 2014

The Monthly Dozer II (June) 1/3: Vocab (PPFTF)

hirsute (adj.) -- covered with hair; hairy

hispid (adj.) -- covered with stiff or rough hairs; bristly

crinosity (n) -- the state of being hairy 

chaetophobia (n) -- an abnormal fear of hair

cahier (n) -- a report, especially one concerning the policy or proceedings of a parliamentary group

charabanc (n) -- a large bus, typically used for sighseeing

chaplet (n) -- 1. a wreath or garland for the head 2. Roman Catholic Church a. a rosary having beads for five decades of Hail Marys b. the prayers counted on such a rosary 3. a string of beads

wreath (n) -- a ring or circlet of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration

garland (n) -- a wreath or festoon, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration

festoon (n) -- a string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points

plait (n/v) -- a braid, especially of hair; the act of plaiting

catarrh (n) -- inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat

cabana (n) -- a shelter on a beach or at a swimming pool used as a bathhouse

caballero (n) -- a Spanish gentleman; a cavalier

cavalier (n) -- a gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman

tortuous (adj.) -- having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting

gallant (adj.) -- smartly or boldly stylish; dashing

chivalry (n) -- the medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood

paramour (n) -- a lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship

calumet (v) -- a long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples

cancan (n) -- an exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and marked by high kicking

cantharis (n) -- 1. a brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria or Cantharis vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe 2. cantharides (used with a sing. or pl. verb) a toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac (n) -- arousing or intensifying sexual desire

fulcrum (n) -- the point or support on which a lever pivots

canter (n) -- a smooth gait, especially of a horse, that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot

torus (n) -- Architecture a large convex molding, semicircular in cross section, located at the base of a classical column

cantabile (adj.) -- in a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction

torsion (n) -- 1. a. the act of twisting or turning b. the condition of being twisted or turned 2. the stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction

canonize (v) -- to declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such

canthus (n) -- the angle formed by the meeting of the upper and lower eyelids at either side of the eye

canthisis (n) -- iinflammation of the canthus

cant (n/v) -- angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope; to set at an oblique angle

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