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bistoury
narrow surgical knife
bistre
pigment with brownish colour derived from soot
bisulcate
cloven-footed; cleft in two
bitheism
belief in two gods
bitts
posts mounted on a ship for fastening ropes
biune
combining two entities into one
biverbal
of, like or pertaining to two words; having a double sense
bivious
offering a choice; splitting between two directions
blackguard
a menial helper
blackguard
to vituperate; to portray as a scoundrel
blackmaster
undertaker
blague
humbug; pretentious nonsense
blain
a boil or blister
blandiloquence
complimentary speech; flattery
blandish
to flatter and coax; to cajole
blarney
skilful flattery
blastogenesis
reproduction by budding
blattnerphone
instrument used to record sound on magnetic tape
blattoid
of, like or pertaining to cockroaches
blauwbok
extinct bluish-coloured antelope of southern Africa
blazon
heraldic arms painted on knight's shield or surcoat
blench
to shrink or flinch
blendling
hybrid
blendure
mixing
blennoid
of or resembling mucus
blennophobia
fear of slime
blepharal
of, like or pertaining to eyelids
bletcherous
having an ugly design
bletherskate
a garrulous talker of nonsense
bletonism
alleged ability to find an underground water supply
blewit
type of edible toadstool
blissom
subject to or having strong sexual desires
bloomery
factory where iron bars are manufactured
bloviate
to write or speak windily
blucher
leather half-boot
bluepeter
blue flag with white square in centre used as ship's signal
bluestocking
early feminist; educated or literary woman
blunge
to mix clay with water
blype
piece of skin that peels off after a sunburn
boanerges
skilled orator with powerful voice
boatswain
ship's crewmember in charge of equipment and maintenance
bobeche
circular wax catcher that fits over a candle
bobstay
rope used on ships to steady the bowsprit
bocking
smoked herring
bodach
old man; churl; goblin or spectre
bodement
prediction or prophecy
bodewash
cow dung
bodge
piece of poor or clumsy workmanship
bodkin
small tool for pricking holes; small dagger
boeotian
stupid; dull
boethetic
helpful, curative
bogan
quiet tributary or backwater
boggart
spectre; bugbear; goblin
bolar
of, like or pertaining to clay
bolection
moulding around a panel
bolero
Spanish dance with sudden pauses and sharp turns
bolide
large meteor that bursts; a fireball
bollard
short post on a wharf or ship to which ropes are tied
bolometer
instrument for measuring radiant energy or infrared light
bolthead
straight-necked distillation vessel or flask
boltrope
strong rope stitched to edges of a sail
bolus
rounded mass
boman
well dressed criminal
bombaster
one who stuffs or pads things
bombastry
bombastic language or composition
bombazine
twilled silk and worsted fabric
bombé
bulging outwards
bombic
of, like or pertaining to silkworms
bombilate
to hum, buzz or drone
bombosity
the buttocks
bombous
convex; rounded
bombycine
of, like or pertaining to silk or cotton
bombylious
humming or buzzing
bonasus
bison
bonbonnière
small box used for sweetmeats
bonce
large marble used in games
bonification
paying of bonus or reward
boniform
having the form of good
bonify
to improve or ameliorate
boning
estimating straightness by looking along a row of poles
bonism
the doctrine that the world is good but not perfect
bonzery
Buddhist monastery
bonzoline
artificial ivory-like substance used to make billiard balls
boodle
counterfeit money; funds obtained by corruption
boopic
ox-eyed
borage
rough-stemmed herb used in salads
borasco
violent wind squall
borato
thin fabric
borborology
filthy talk
borborygmus
rumbling noise in the intestines
bordar
tenant who holds land at his lord's pleasure
bordereau
detailed bill or invoice
bordure
border surrounding a heraldic shield
bore
tidal flow of water up estuaries
borné
limited; narrow-minded
borsella
instrument for shaping glass vessels
bort
diamond fragments or dust
borzoi
wolf-hound
boscage
thick foliage; woodland
boschveldt
bush country; wilderness
bosket
thicket; plantation
bosky
covered with trees or shrubs
bossa-nova
Brazilian dance similar to samba
bosselated
knobby
boston
waltz-like dance
bosun
boatswain
bot
larva of a botfly that infests horses
botanomancy
divination using burning branches or plants
botryoidal
like a bunch of grapes
bottine
small boot
bottomry
using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage
bottony
having three buds like a trefoil
bouclé
fabric of uneven looped yarn
bouillotte
card game resembling poker
bouleuterion
meeting-place; assembly hall
bouleversement
overturning; reversal; ruin
boult
to sift through cloth; to examine by sifting
boun
to prepare; to dress; to set out
bourasque
tempest
bourdon
drone bass of a bagpipe or organ
bourrée
French baroque dance with quick rhythm
boustrophedon
writing alternating left-right then right-left
boutade
sudden outburst
bovicide
slaughter of cattle; one who kills cattle
boviform
cow-shaped
bower
anchor carried at bow of a ship
bowery
seedy or run-down district of a city
bowline
rope used to keep weather edge of a sail taut
bowsprit
spar that extends at bows of a ship
boyau
communication trench
boyg
a problem difficult to get to grips with
brabble
to squabble or quarrel
braccate
having feathered legs or feet
bracciale
bracket or socket mounted on a wall
brach
female hunting hound
brachet
whelp; brat; ***** hound
brachiation
act of swinging by one's arms from place to place
brachiferous
bearing or having branches or arms
brachiotomy
amputation of an arm
brachycatalectic
lacking two syllables from end of a line of verse
brachycerous
having horns or antennae clipped or removed
brachydactylous
having short or stubby fingers
brachymetropia
short-sightedness
brachyology
laconic, abbreviated or interrupted speech
brachypodous
short-legged
brachypterous
short-winged
brackish
saltish; very salty
brackle
to break bread or cake into pieces
bracteate
thin beaten plate of gold or silver
bradawl
small boring tool
bradyseism
slow up-and-down movement of the earth's crust
brail
leather strap to bind a hawk's wing
brails
ropes on edge of sail for hauling up
braird
to appear above ground (of crops)
branchial
of, like or pertaining to gills
branchiferous
having or bearing gills
branchiform
gill-shaped
brandling
striped earthworm used as fishing bait
brank
to prance; toss the head; to strut
bransle
an old French follow-the-leader dance
brasero
a place where criminals and heretics are burned
brash
collection of broken pieces of rock or ice
brassage
difference between cost of minting coin and its value
brassard
badge worn on the arm; piece of armour for the arm
brattice
fixed tower of wood on a castle wall
brattice
partition in mine shaft used to support walls and roof
braxy
disease of sheep causing fits
brayer
instrument for spreading ink in printing
bream
to clean a ship's bottom by burning off seaweed
breastsummer
beam supporting front of a building; bressummer
breccia
geological formation of angular fragments of rock
breedbate
someone looking for an argument
brehon
judge or magistrate in ancient Ireland
breloque
an ornament attached to a watch
breme
fierce; cruel; keen
bressummer
beam supporting a wall over an opening
bretasche
partition to control ventilation in a mine
breve
mark over letter to indicate a short vowel sound
brevet
commission enabling officer to take higher rank
breviary
book containing daily church service
breviate
a brief compendium; a lawyer's brief
brevicaudate
short-tailed
breviloquence
short-windedness; tendency towards brevity in speech
breviped
short-legged creature
brevipennate
having short wings
briarean
many-handed
bricole
harness for humans to pull heavy loads
bridewell
house of corrections; jail
bridgewater
anything undesirable or worthless
bridoon
light military bridle
brigandine
leather armour with metal scales
brigantine
two-masted ship
brigue
to intrigue
brilliantine
light lustrous cotton and worsted fabric
brilliantine
perfumed oil for making hair glossy
brindled
marked with streaks or spots
brio
enthusiastic vigour
brisure
part of a parapet breaking from the general direction
britska
open four-wheeled carriage
broadcloth
dense twilled wool or worsted fabric
brobdingnagian
immense
brocade
rich silk fabric with raised patterns
brocard
elementary law or principle; canon; axiom; maxim
broch
luminous ring around the moon
broché
with raised pattern
brochette
skewer for holding food steady while cooking
brocken
two-year-old stag
brockfaced
having a white mark on the face or snout
brodequin
light boot worn inside heavier boots
broderie
embroidery pattern
brogan
strong and tough working shoe
broma
food; aliment
bromatology
study of food
bromidrosis
strong-smelling sweat
bromopnea
bad breath
bronchos
temporary loss of voice; laryngitis
bronchoscope
instrument for examining the windpipe
brontology
scientific study of thunder
brontomancy
divination using thunder
brontophobia
fear of thunder and lightning
brouette
small two-wheeled carriage
brougham
one-horse closed carriage
bruit
something rumoured widely; to report or spread rumour
brumal
of, like or pertaining to winter
brumous
foggy; wintry
brunneous
dark brown
bruxism
habitual grinding of the teeth
bruxomania
compulsion for grinding teeth
bryology
the study of mosses and liverworts
bubaline
of, like or pertaining to buffalo or antelopes
bubonalgia
painful inflammation of the groin
buccal
of, like or pertaining to the mouth or cheek
buccan
metal frame on which meat is dried and/or roasted
buccina
Roman curved trumpet
buccinal
shaped or sounding like a trumpet
buccula
double chin
bucentaur
legendary half-man and half-ox
buck-and-wing
solo tap dance with many leg flings and leaps
buckram
stiff-finished cotton or linen used for linings of garments
bucoliast
writer of pastoral poems
bucolic
of, like or pertaining to the tending of cattle; rustic; rural
buddle
sloping container for washing ore
bufoniform
shaped like a toad
bufotenine
hallucinogen found in certain tropical toads
buhl
inlaying of precious material onto furniture
bulbiferous
bearing bulbs
bulgur
cooked broken wheat
bulimy
extreme hunger
bulla
round seal attached to a papal bull
bullace
wild plum
bullantic
capitalized and ornamented, as letters used on papal bulls
bullary
collection of papal bulls
bullate
having a blistered or puckered appearance
bulliform
shaped like a blister or boil
bullionism
belief in the importance of metallic currency in economics
bullition
the act of boiling
bullock
an ox or castrated bull
bullyrag
to assault with abusive language; to badger
bulse
a small bag for diamonds or gold dust
bulwark
the side of a ship above the deck
bumboat
small boat used in harbours to carry provisions
bumicky
cement mixed with stone chips used in masonry
bummel
stroll; leisurely journey
bump
coarse cotton fabric
bumpkin
spar projecting from stern of ship
bumptious
offensively conceited or self-assertive
buncombe
speech-making intended for the mass media
bunt
middle of sail, fish-net or cloth when slack
bunting
light loosely woven fabric used for flags
buntline
rope attached to middle of square sail to haul it up to the yard
burdet
cotton fabric
burgage
tenure in socage for a yearly rent
burganet
light helmet with nose and cheek protection
burgee
small ship's flag used for identification or signalling
burgensic
of, like or pertaining to a borough or its citizens
burgrave
commander of a German town or castle
burke
to suppress quietly; to bypass or avoid
burlap
coarse plain-woven jute or hemp fabric
burnet
dark brown; dark woollen cloth
burrel
coarse russet cloth
burrole
an eavesdropper
burrstone
type of rock used to make millstones
bursal
of, like or pertaining to a state's revenues
bursary
treasury of a monastery or college
burse
square cloth case to carry the corporal during Communion service
bursiculate
resembling a small pouch
bursiform
shaped like a pouch or purse
buskin
tragedy as a dramatic genre
buss
rude or playful kiss
buteonine
of, like or pertaining to buzzards
butt
unit of volume equal to two hogsheads or 126 gallons
buttery
storeroom for provisions and liquors
butyraceous
resembling, producing or having the qualities of butter
butyric
of, like or pertaining to butter
byre
a cow barn
byrnie
coat of mail or breastplate
byssaceous
delicately filamentous
byssiferous
having tufts or threads
byssine
silky; soft; having many threads
byssoid
fibrous; cottony soft
byssus
mummy-wrapping fabric
bywoner
agricultural labourer
caballine
of, like or pertaining to or suited to a horse
cabas
woman's work basket or handbag
cable
heavy rope or chain for mooring a ship
caboched
heraldic animal shown in full face with no neck or body
cabochon
highly polished convex gem
caboose
kitchen on the deck of a ship
cabotage
shipping and sailing between points in the same country
cabré
flying upside down with tail down
cabrie
a pronghorn
cabriole
curved furniture leg ending in a ball; exuberant dance or caper
cabriolet
two-wheeled carriage
cacaesthesia
morbid sensation
cachaemic
having diseased or poisoned blood
cachalot
sperm whale
cachepot
ornamental container used to conceal a flowerpot
cachet
a seal of approval; a mark of prestige
cachexic
having an unhealthy physical or mental state
cachinnate
to laugh loudly and inappropriately
cacidrosis
smelly sweat
cacodemomania
pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit
cacodoxy
bad doctrine or wrong opinion
cacoepy
poor or wrong pronunciation
cacoethes
insatiable desire or mania; bad habit
cacogen
antisocial person
cacogenics
study of racial degeneration
cacography
bad handwriting or spelling
cacolet
military mule litter
cacology
bad choice of words or faulty pronunciation
caconym
wrongly derived name
cacotopia
a state in which everything is as bad as it can be
cacuminal
retroflex, pertaining to a point, crown, top or peak
cadastre
record of ownership and value of property
caddis
worsted yarn
cadge
to beg or sponge from another
cadilesker
chief judge in the Turkish empire
cadrans
instrument by which a gem is adjusted while being cut
caducary
passing or expiring due to lapse or forfeit
caduceator
herald; messenger
caducity
being of a transitory or impermanent nature
caecity
blindness
caenogenesis
process of growth in individual not common in its species
caesaropapism
control of the church by a secular ruler
caesious
bluish or greyish green
caespitose
growing in clusters or tufts
caesura
natural breathing space in a line of verse
cafard
depression; the blues
cagamosis
unhappy marriage
cairngorm
yellow-brown quartz
caisson
vehicle or chest for holding ammunition
caitiff
base; cowardly; despicable
cakewalk
prancing stage dance with backward tilt
calamanco
satin twilled woollen fabric
calamist
piper; one who plays using a reed
calamus
quill or reed used as a pen
calando
slowing with gradually lowering volume
calash
light low-wheeled carriage with folding top
calathiform
cup-shaped
calathus
fruit basket carried on the head
calcar
furnace or oven for annealing
calcariferous
having or bearing spurs
calcariform
spur-shaped
calceate
to shoe
calceiform
shaped like a slipper
calciferous
bearing lime
calciform
pebble-shaped
calcifuge
plant that will not tolerate limy soil
calcimine
to whitewash
calcine
to burn so as to drive out water and carbon dioxide
calcivorous
feeding on or living in limestone
calcographer
one who draws with crayons or pastels
calefacient
warming; anything that warms
calefactory
a monastery sitting room
calender
machine with rollers which presses paper or cloth
calenture
tropical fever due to heat exposure
calescence
increase in heat
calico
plain white cotton
calicular
like a chalice or cup
caliginous
misty; dark; dim; obscure
caliology
study of bird's nests
calipace
turtle's carapace
calix
cup; chalice
calk
pointed piece on a horseshoe to prevent slipping
callant
boy; fellow
calligram
design using the letters of a word
callipygous
having beautiful buttocks
callisteia
awards given for beauty
callithump
boisterous and noisy parade
callow
unfledged; inexperienced
calodemon
good or beneficial spirit
calorifacient
producing or generating heat
calorifics
study of heat
calorimeter
instrument for measuring absorbed or evolved heat
calotte
Roman Catholic skullcap
calque
word or expression introduced into a language by literally translating it
calumet
ornamented ceremonial pipe
calumniate
to slander; misrepresent; besmirch
calumny
vile misrepresentation
calvary
experience of intense mental suffering
calver
to prepare fish while alive or freshly caught
calvities
baldness
calvous
bald
calycine
of, like or pertaining to a cup or calyx
calyx
outer covering of a flower
camaca
fine silk fabric
camaïeu
monotonous or uninteresting play or literary work
caman
shinty stick
camarilla
secret society of favourites of the king
camber
slight arch or convexity to a beam or deck of a ship
cambist
person skilled in the science of financial exchange
cambistry
science of international exchange
cambium
soft tissue found in trees
cambresine
fine linen fabric
cambric
fine thin white cotton or linen fabric
cameline
of, like or pertaining to camels
camelious
jocular term describing camel's hump
camelopard
giraffe
camelot
newspaper vendor
camelry
troops mounted on camels
cameralism
mercantilism designed to increase a ruler's power
camerated
divided into separate chambers
cameriere
waiter or valet
camerlengo
papal treasurer
camisade
night attack
camisole
straitjacket used for unruly prisoners
camlet
strong waterproof silk or wool fabric
camorra
group united for nefarious or traitorous ends
camouflet
mine used to destroy underground enemy emplacement
campaniform
bell-shaped
campanile
freestanding bell tower on church property
campanology
the art of bell ringing
campanulate
shaped like a bell
campestral
of, like or pertaining to the country; pertaining to level ground
camsteary
perverse; unruly
canaille
riffraff; proletarian; the mob; rabble
canaliculate
grooved or channelled lengthwise
canard
false rumour; hoax
canary
lively Renaissance courtly dance
cancellarial
of, like or pertaining to a chancellor
cancellous
having a porous structure
cancerophobia
fear of cancer
cancriform
shaped like a crab
cancrine
of, like or pertaining to crabs; palindromic
cancrine
palindromic
cancrizans
moving backwards; repeating a musical theme backwards
candela
unit of luminous intensity
candent
heated to whiteness
candescent
glowing hotly
canephor
sculpted figure carrying a basket on the head
canescent
hoary; tending to become white or grey
caneva
fancy woollen fabric made to resemble canvas
cang
wooden yoke hung around a criminal's neck
canicular
of, like or pertaining to the dog star
canities
whiteness of the hair
cannel
bevel on the edge of a chisel
cannelure
groove or fluting
cannikin
small can or drinking vessel
cannonade
an attack with heavy artillery
cannonarchy
government by superior firepower or by cannons
cannular
hollow or tube-shaped
canoness
woman living in a community under a religious rule
canonicate
the rank or office of a cannon
canophilia
love or fondness for dogs
canopus
vase for holding dead individual's inner organs
canorous
musical; singing; resonant
canque
Chinese cotton fabric
cantabank
strolling singer; second-rate musician
cantative
of, like or pertaining to singing
cantatrice
female singer
canter
person who makes hypocritical or affected statements
canterbury
stand with divisions for holding books or music
canthus
angle between eyelids at the corner of the eye
canticle
short holy song or sung prayer
cantillate
to chant or intone
cantle
corner, edge or slice of anything
canton
dexter chief region of a heraldic field
cantonment
small military town
cantorial
located on the north side of the choir in a church
canzone
instrumental work that is melodious or song-like
caparison
ornamented covering for a horse
capeline
surgical bandage for the stump of amputated limb; small iron skullcap
capelocracy
government by shopkeepers
capias
writ authorizing the arrest of a person
capillaceous
hairlike
capilotade
stewed meat dish
capistrate
hooded
capitalism
doctrine that private ownership and free markets should govern economies
capitation
numbering of individuals; head tax
capitulary
of, like or pertaining to a chapter of an organization
caple
a horse
capnomancy
divination by means of smoke
caponier
covered passage across a moat or ditch
capreolate
having or resembling tentacles
capric
having a goatlike smell; of, like or pertaining to goats
caprifoliaceous
of, like or pertaining to the honeysuckle plant
capriform
goatlike
caprine
of, like or pertaining to goats
capriole
leap and kick performed by a trained horse
capripede
satyr
capstan
upright device for winding in heavy ropes or cables
captation
attempt to obtain applause or recognition
captious
peevish; ready to take offence or find fault
capuchin
pointed hooded cloak worn by friars
caracole
spiral staircase; a half turn by a trained horse
caravanserai
inn or rest station for caravans
carbasus
lint or gauze
carboniferous
bearing carbon
carboy
large green bottle encased in wicker
carbuncle
architectural monstrosity or eyesore; red precious stone
carcanet
ornamental necklace, collar or headband
carcelage
prison fees
carceral
of, like or pertaining to prisons
carcinology
study of crabs and other crustaceans
cardialgia
heartburn
cardimelech
supposed vital force causing heart to work
cardinal
deep scarlet red colour
cardinalitial
of, like or pertaining to church cardinals
cardiognost
one who knows the workings of the heart
cardiograph
instrument for recording movements of the heart
cardioid
heart-shaped
cardophagus
donkey; something that eats thistles
careen
to turn a ship on its side in order to clean or repair it
caret
mark (^) used to note an omission
carfax
place where four roads meet; intersection of roads at center of a town
carferal
compound of carbon, iron and aluminum
caricology
study of sedges
caricous
of, like or pertaining to figs
carinated
shaped like the prow or keel of a ship
cariniform
keel-shaped
carioca
variation of the samba
cariogenic
causing dental cavities
cariole
light open carriage
carious
of, like or pertaining to dental cavities; decayed
caritative
generous; charitable
caritive
indicating lack of something
carking
imposing great hardship or strain
carminative
expelling, causing or relieving flatulence
carnaptious
bad-tempered; cantankerous
carnassial
specially adapted for eating flesh
carneous
fleshy; flesh-coloured; like or pertaining to flesh
carnet
customs or other permit; book of coupons
carniferous
bearing flesh; fleshy
carnifex
executioner
carnification
conversion into flesh
carnificial
of, like or pertaining to butchers or executioners
carnificine
place of execution; office of the executioner
carnose
fleshy; of or like flesh
caroche
stately carriage used on ceremonial occasions
carpal
of, like or pertaining to the wrist
carphology
fitful plucking movements as in delirium
carpogenous
producing or bearing fruit
carpology
study of fruit
carpophagous
fruit-eating
carrack
galleon
carriwitchet
a quip or quibble; a pun; a conundrum
carronade
short and light maritime cannon
cartiliginous
like or composed of cartilage
cartomancy
telling fortunes using playing cards
cartophily
the hobby of collecting cigarette cards
cartouche
oval- or scroll-shaped ornamentation on monument or tomb
cartulary
keeper of monastic records
carucate
as much land as a team of oxen ploughs in a season
caruncle
any fleshy growth on the body
caryatid
column shaped like female figure
cascabel
part behind the base-ring of a cannon
caschrom
spade with bent handle for tilling soil
casefy
to become or make cheese-like
casemate
bombproof chamber or armored compartment
caseous
cheese-like
casern
barrack or billet for soldiers
cashmere
soft twilled fabric made of fine goat's wool
cashmerette
soft imitation of cashmere
casque
helmet
cassation
annulment; overthrow of legal decision
cassideous
helmet-shaped
cassimere
closely woven twilled cloth of fine wool
cassock
close-fitting ankle-length clergyman's garment
castaneous
chestnut-coloured
castellan
governor of castle or fortification
castellar
of, like or pertaining to a castle
castellated
having battlements or turrets
castophrenia
belief that one's thoughts are being stolen
castory
brown colour; brown dye derived from beaver pelts
castral
of or belonging to the camp
castrametation
the art of designing a camp
casualism
the belief that chance governs all things
casuistry
plausible but flawed moral reasoning
catabaptism
belief in the wrongness of infant baptism
catabasis
the decline of a disease in a population
catachresis
incorrect usage of a word
catachthonian
underground; subterranean
cataclasm
disruption; breaking down
catacoustics
science of echoes or reflected sounds
catadioptric
employing both reflection and refraction of light
catadromous
migrating from fresh to salt water to spawn
catafalque
temporary tomb used in funerals and processions
catalactic
of, like or pertaining to exchange
catalactics
science of commercial exchange
catalectic
incomplete; missing final syllable
catamite
boy kept for homosexual purposes
catamount
any wild large species of cat
catapedamania
obsession with jumping from high places
cataphract
suit of mail; soldier in full armour; armoured ship
cataphysical
unnatural
cataplasm
plaster or poultice
cataplexy
condition feigning death used by animals
catarolysis
letting off steam by cursing
catarrhine
of, like or pertaining to Old World Monkeys
catasta
scaffold or stage for torture or selling slaves
catastaltic
astringent
catastasis
part of drama where action is at its height
catastrophism
belief in rapid geological and biological change
catchpole
constable; sheriff's officer
catechectics
the art of teaching by question and answer
catechumen
one undergoing instruction prior to conversion to Christianity
catena
series, chain or sequence
catenarian
of, like or pertaining to chains
catenate
to connect as in or by a chain
catenular
chain-like
cateran
a Scottish military irregular or brigand
cathead
projection near the bow of a ship to which anchor is secured
cathedra
chair or throne of office for a bishop or other high official
cathetometer
instrument for measuring short vertical distances
cathexis
investment of emotional energy in a thought or idea
cathisma
short hymn used as response
cathisophobia
fear of sitting
catholicon
cure-all; panacea
catholicos
primate of Armenian or Nestorian church
catogenic
formed from above
catoptric
of, like or pertaining to reflection or reflected light
catoptromancy
divination by examining mirror placed underwater
caudal
of, like or pertaining to the tail
caudiform
tail-like; tail-shaped
caudle
warm drink given to the sick
caul
net or similar covering for the head; afterbirth
cauliform
shaped like or resembling a stem
cauligenous
originating on the stem of a plant
caulotaxy
disposition and location of branches on a stem
cauponate
to engage in questionable trade for the sake of gain
causative
indicating causation by
causerie
chat or gossip; short and informal essay
causidical
of, like or pertaining to those who plead legal cases
causimancy
divination by means of fire
cautelous
treacherous; cunning; wily; cautious
cavatina
short operatic air
cavernicolous
cave-dwelling
cavernulous
full of small cavities or holes
cavesson
noseband for a horse
cavicorn
hollow-horned
cavil
to raise trivial and frivolous objections
cebocephalic
having a head shaped like a monkey's
cecils
minced meat made into balls and fried
cecity
blindness
cecutiency
a tendency toward blindness
cedrate
citron
ceilometer
instrument for measuring height of cloud ceiling above earth
celadon
pale green; pale green glazed pottery
celation
concealment
celeste
sky blue
celidography
descriptions of markings on the sun, a planet or moon
cella
inner chamber of a classical temple
cellarer
monastery official in charge of provisions
cellaret
case or drawer for holding wine bottles
celliferous
bearing cells
celluliferous
bearing little cells
celsitude
loftiness
celt
prehistoric bevelled-edge axe
celtuce
lettuce with an edible stalk
cementatory
having the quality of binding or uniting firmly
cementum
hard tissue covering roots of teeth
cenacle
room where the Last Supper was eaten
cenacle
meeting or dining room; group with common interests
cenatory
of, like or pertaining to supper
cendal
silk fabric resembling taffeta
ceneromancy
divination using ashes
cenobite
monk; member of religious group
cenoby
monastery or convent
cenophobia
fear of empty spaces
cenote
deep natural well
censer
vessel for burning incense in religious rituals
centesimal
counting or counted by hundreds or hundredths
centner
old unit of weight equal to about 110 pounds
cento
patchwork composition; collection of short quotations
centrobaric
of, like or pertaining to the centre of gravity
centuple
hundred-fold
cep
brown edible mushroom
cepaceous
smelling or tasting of garlic or onion
cephalate
having a head
cephaligation
placing of major organs and bodily functions in the head
cephalonomancy
divination by boiling an ass head
cephalophore
decapitated saint depicted with head tucked under arm
cephalopod
creature with tentacles or limbs attached to head
cepivorous
onion-eating
ceraceous
resembling wax
ceramography
historical description of types of pottery
cerated
covered with wax
ceratoid
shaped like a horn; horny
ceraunograph
instrument for recording thunder and lightning
ceraunomancy
divination using thunderbolts
ceraunoscopy
divination using lightning
cerberic
vigilant; dragon-like; like Cerberus
cercopithecan
of, like or pertaining to long-tailed monkeys
cercus
tail-like appendage
cerebration
unconscious action of the brain
cerements
clothes placed on a deceased individual
cerge
large wax candle burned before the altar
ceriferous
producing wax
cernuous
drooping or hanging
cerography
writing or printing on plates spread with wax
ceromancy
divination by means of wax drippings
ceroscopy
divination using wax
certes
in truth; certainly
cerulean
sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
cerumen
ear wax
ceruminiferous
bearing or yielding ear wax
cervelat
smoked pork sausage
cervicorn
branching like antlers
cervine
of, pertaining to or resembling deer, elk or moose
cervisial
of, like or pertaining or pertaining to beer
cesious
bluish-grey
cespitous
composed of or resembling turf
cessionary
someone to which something is ceded
cetacean
type of aquatic mammal, including whales and dolphins
cete
collective name for a group of badgers
ceticide
killing of whales and other cetaceans
cetology
study of whales and dolphins
cevesaile
ornamental corner of a coat
chabouk
horse-whip
chaconne
Spanish baroque dance in triple time
chad
bits of paper punched out of paper tape or cards
chaetiferous
bearing bristles; bristly
chaetophorous
in need of a shave
chaffer
to bargain or haggle
chain
unit of length equal to 22 yards
chaise
light open carriage for one or two people
chalastic
laxative
chalcography
the art of engraving on copper or brass
chalcotriptics
art of taking rubbings from ornamental brasses
chaldron
old unit of dry volume equal to between 32 and 72 bushels
challis
soft lightweight silk, wool or cotton fabric
chambranle
decoration around a door frame or fireplace
chambray
lightweight fabric with coloured warp and white filling
chambré
wine kept at room temperature
chamfer
to channel or make furrows upon; to bevel
chamfrain
piece of leather to protect a war horse's face
chamois
cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather
champaign
level countryside or plain
champerty
illegal contract to finance a lawsuit for a percentage fee
chancel
part of church containing altar and seats for choir
chancery
church office dealing with legal matters and archives
chandelle
sharp upward turn in aviation
chantage
blackmail to prevent exposure of scandalous facts
chanter
part of bagpipes on which the melody is played
chanticleer
a rooster
chantry
chapel or altar built for prayers for its benefactor's soul
chaology
the study of chaos or chaos theory
chaomancy
divination by examining phenomena of the air
chapbook
small independently produced popular book
chaplet
circlet or wreath for the head; short string of prayer beads
chaptalize
to add extra sugar to wine to raise alcohol content
charabanc
open tourist coach
characterology
study of development of character
charientism
expression of an unpleasant thing in an agreeable manner; euphemism
charivari
cacophonous mock-serenade performed for wedding
chark
to burn wood to charcoal
Charleston
fast-paced 1920s dance characterized by energetic kicking
charmante
silk fabric with a crepe back
charmeuse
soft and satiny silk fabric
charmeuse
soft satiny material
charnel
room where corpses are placed
charpie
shredded lint used to dress wounds
chartaceous
papery
charterhouse
Carthusian monastic building
chartreuse
yellow-green colour
chary
discreetly cautious or sparing
chasmogamy
opening of a flower in order to be fertilized
chasmophile
lover of nooks and crannies
chasmophilous
fond of nooks, crevices and crannies
chasseur
hunter; liveried hotel attendant
chasuble
sleeveless ecclesiastical garment
chatelaine
ring attached to belt for carrying keys
chatelaine
female castle owner, manager or caretaker
chaton
setting or stone of a finger-ring
chatoyant
with a changing lustre; iridescent
chauffer
small furnace
chaussures
general name for boots and shoes; footwear
chawdron
entrails
cheiloplasty
plastic surgery on the lip
cheiloproclitic
attracted to lips
cheliferous
bearing pincers or claws
cheliform
shaped like a pincer
chelonian
of, like or pertaining to tortoises or turtles
chenille
velvety silk, wool or cotton fabric with protruding pile
chernozem
black earth typically found in cool grassland climates
chersonese
peninsula
chesil
gravel
chessel
cheese-mould
chevalet
bridge of a stringed instrument
chevaline
horse meat
chevaster
double bandage for supporting chin in case of broken jaw
chevelure
nebulous part of a comet
cheverel
soft; flexible kidskin leather
chevet
east end of a church
cheville
unnecessary word used to extend line of verse
cheviot
coarse heavy plain or twilled wool or worsted
chevisance
resource; achievement; gain
chevon
goat flesh
chevrotain
small deer-like mammal
chiaroscuro
juxtaposition of light and shade in artwork or literature
chiasmus
contrast by parallelism in reverse order
chicanery
clever but misleading talk; deception
chiffon
sheer silk fabric
chiffonier
chest of drawers
chignon
knot or roll of hair worn at the back of the head
chilgoza
edible pine seed
chiliad
one thousand
chiliahedron
one-thousand sided solid figure
chiliarchy
government by one thousand people
chiliasm
belief that Jesus will reign on Earth for a thousand years
chiliastic
millenarian
chiliomb
sacrifice of one thousand animals
chilopod
multi-legged insect
chimere
loose sleeveless robes worn by Anglican bishops
chimerical
imaginary; fanciful
chiminage
toll paid for going through a forest
chinamania
obsession with collecting china
chine
the intersection of the middle and sides of a boat
chine
backbone and adjoining flesh of an animal
chino
strong twilled cotton cloth
chintz
glazed printed cotton fabric
chionablepsia
snow blindness
chiral
of, like or pertaining to the hand or handedness
chirality
chemical property of structural handedness
chirapsia
massage
chirk
cheer
chirm
collective term for goldfinches
chirocosmetics
beautifying the hands; art of manicure
chirocracy
government by physical force
chirognomy
divination by studying the hands
chirograph
written or signed document
chirography
study of handwriting or penmanship
chirogymnast
finger exercise machine for pianists
chirology
study of the hands
chiromancy
divination by means of palmistry
chironomy
gesticulation or mime
chiropody
medical science of feet