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Vocab 15

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Ixion
Thessalian king bound by Zeus to a burning wheel in Tartarus for attempting to seduce Hera. He was also the first murderer. His son Centauros became father of the Centaurs or Ixionidae.
cullet
Finely ground glass powder used in ceramic recycling
carnelian, OR sard
brownish-red mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone; can be orange to almost-black.
fettle, fettling
To make ready, put in order, arrange, or take care of a horse or cattle. The action of doing so.
sable
the color black in heraldry, from the dark fur of a marten-like animal of the same name
puissant (pyesissunt)
Having great power or influence.
jonquil
a golden yellow, after the eponymous flower.
bosky
covered with an abundance of trees or shrubs; wooded
farrago (fah-RAH-go)
A confused mixture.
brevit
to forage, hunt, or snoop
antonomasia
the substitution of a noun with a commonly understood specific meaning for a proper noun, such as The City for London or New York.
carking
burdensome, annoying.
quenchless
inextinguishable
cynosure
Something that serves for guidance or direction; a 'guiding star'. the North Star or Ursa Minor
hecatomb
the sacrifice of 100 cattle to a god during a major celebration.
boudoir
A small elegantly-furnished room, where a lady may retire to be alone, or to receive her intimate friends. Formerly sometimes applied to a man's private apartment.
implacable (im-plack-able)
Unable to be placated.
Relentless; unstoppable.
rugose
Marked by rugae or wrinkles; wrinkled, corrugated, ridged.
fuscous
Of a dark or sombre hue; dusky, swarthy.
Lethe
river of forgetfulness, one of five rivers of Greek underworld. Supposedly would have to drink before reincarnation. Others are Styx (hate), Akheron (sorrow) (ferried across by Charon), Kokytos (lamentation) (icy ninth circle in Dante), Phlegethon (fire)
pseudoepigraphy
the false ascription of writings to an author
duende
Spanish: what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. Also a type of elf or goblin. Associated with flamenco. irrationality, earthiness, a heightened awareness of death, and a dash of the diabolical.
pseudology
lying considered as an art
pseudonymous
bearing or having been written under a false name
birl
To cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it. To spin or rotate. To gamble, a gamble.
nugacity
triviality; futility.
violescent
Tending to a violet color:
nouveau pauvre
One who is newly impoverished.
advert (adVert)
to comment on or refer to, to turn attention to. ___ to the business at hand.
nudisterian
of or relating to the day before yesterday.
exordium
The introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.
compotation
an act or instance of drinking together.
aphasic
Pertaining to the loss of speech
anthropogenic
caused or created by humans
antepenultimate
third from the end
purlieu
A place that one frequents or has contro of; haunt. A neighboring area
stridulous
Making or having a harsh or grating sound, like the high-pitched noise made by someone with an airway obstruction
abjure
To avoid or abstain from. Renounce under oath
ugsome
Dreadful, loathsome.
douce
Sedate; modest; quiet.
carious
adj. decayed (of bones or teeth)
conversazione
A formal gathering for conversation, especially on arts, literature, etc.
algid (Al-jid)
Cold; chilly.
xerophyte
A plant adapted to growing in a very dry or desert environment.
counterblast
An unrestrained and vigorously powerful response to an attacking statement
echolalia (echo-laylia)
Psychiatry. The uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person. Or the imitative noises a baby makes.
wakerife
Wakeful; alert.
lagan (Lag-un)
Anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered. Opposed to flotsam (floating) and jetsam (on beach).