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a large mollusk, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl
of or pertaining to an abbot, abbess, or abbey.
Late Latin abbātiālis
a pathological belief that the skin is infested with mites or insects, often leading to self-mutilation in order to eliminate the infestation
an altar attendant in public worship.
Medieval Latin acolytus < Greek akólouthos follower, attendant
in proportion to the value
Latin: literally, according to the worth
Latin admiss- or < French, formed from same elements
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
Medieval Latin afforēstāre
a village in N France
any chemical used in agricultural production, as commercial fertilizers, pesticides, and feed supplements.
a seaport in NW Puerto Rico
< Italian: in the cool, in a cool place
the prefix a- or, before a vowel, an-, used in Greek and English to express negation or absence.
faulty refraction of light rays by the eye
< Greek ámetr ( os ) unmeasured
(< Middle French ) < Late Latin anathematizāre to put under the ban, curse, detest < Greek anathematízein make accursed
a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness.
< Neo-Latin < Greek anaimía want of blood
the ligamentous envelope surrounding a part, as the joints of the wrist or ankle or the head of the radius
an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals
Middle English antrax malignant boil or growth < Latin anthrax carbuncle < Greek ánthrax a coal, carbuncle
the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body.
Greek, anthropo-, meaning human
alternate or responsive singing by a choir in two divisions.
<Medieval Latin responsive singing < Greek sounding in answer
used against enemy personnel rather than against mechanized vehicles
checking or preventing fever.
assuming colors and forms that effect deceptive camouflage.
< Greek fallacious (logically unsound)
relevant; suitable; appropriate
< Latin applic or < Middle French
capable of being understood.
<Late Latin, grasped
treelike in size and form
< Latin, to grow into a tree
consistently holding extremely conservative views
capable of absorbing, adjusting, or adapting
< Latin likened to, made like
taken for granted.
attention deficit disorder
a condition, usually in children, marked by inattentiveness, dreaminess, and passivity
any of several long-legged, web-footed shorebirds, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.
< French avocette, probably erroneous spelling for Neo-Latin avosetta < Italian < Upper Italian (< Venetian)
any of various alloys of tin with smaller amounts of antimony and copper, used as an antifriction lining for bearings.
Americanism ; named after Isaac Babbitt
- a rectangular shape given to a small gem, especially a diamond, by cutting and polishing.
- 2. Architecture . a small convex molding, especially one of semicircular section.
- 3. a long, narrow loaf of french bread
< French < Italian bacchetta little stick