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Larceny (noun) lar-sen-ee Theft of personal property. Under English law, theft was replaced by theft in 1968. At the end of the 15th century from the old French larcino, from Latin…

pryan

Pryan (also prian) (noun) pry-an (dialect of British, southwestern English mining) Soft white gravel clay. Mid-seventeenth century. Apparently, from Cornish prickly clay (Central Cornish stitch; related to Welsh prayer …

psychalgia

Psychiatry (noun) sai-kal-gee-a (originally) spiritual or mental pain or suffering (now rare or obsolete); (later also) pain of psychological rather than physiological origin. Early 17th century; earliest found…

tenebrous

Tenebrous (adj) ten-e-brus Dark; shadow or blurred. Late Middle English through Old French from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae ‘darkness’. (more…)

kecks

Kecks (noun) cake (informal, British) Pants, sweaters or underwear. An early 20th century phonetic revival of outdated leg “pants”. (more…)

pakalolo

Pakalolo (noun) pak-a-loo-loo A strong variety of marijuana grown in Hawaii. 1970s. From Hawaiian heels, literally “crazy tobacco” from paka tobacco (probably from English bacca or bacco) + lōlō paralyzed,…

anthomaniac

Antomanic (noun) (rare) an-tho-may-nee-ak A person (too) passionate or enthusiastic about flowers. Mid-nineteenth century; the earliest was used by the writer and comedian Horatio Smith (1779–1849). From anto- +…

nyctophobia

Nicophobia (noun) nikt-o-fo-bee-a A special or irrational fear of night or darkness. Early 20th century from Greek nux, nukt- ‘night’ + phobia. (more…)

chelonian

Chelonian (noun) kel-o-nee-an Reptile of the Testudines (formerly Chelonia) category; turtle, turtle or turtle. (more…)



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