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Old 10-11-2017, 03:28 AM
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miscellaneous words with interesting spellings or definitions:

buzkashi - an Afghani game on horseback that involves a headless goat carcass
caoutchouc - a tenacious, elastic, gummy substance obtained from the milky sap of several plants of tropical South America, Asia and Africa; used chiefly for erasing pencil marks
middelmannetjie - a continuous hump between wheel ruts on a dirt road; Afrikaans; literally; little man in the road
cheechako - a person who has moved into the mining districts of Alaska or the Yukon
farolito - a candle in a paper bag weighted with sand
seecatchie - an adult male fur seal
bahuvrihi - a compound word made of an adjective and a noun, such as high-fiber
sooterkin - a false afterbirth of a Dutch woman
taghairm - divination sought by roasting cats for 3 days without eating
bucentaur - a mythical creature that is half man, half cow
alkahest - the hypothetical universal solvent sought by alchemists, which could dissolve anything
amplexus - the mating embrace of frogs and toads
barguest - a type of large goblin dog
brickbats - small pieces of bricks
foxfire - a glow produced by fungi in rotting wood
furfur - dandruff
ibidem - adverb; in the same place
kabaka - the title of the king of Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda
lamia - a beautiful queen of Libya, who was turned into a child-eating daemon by Hera
maundy - the religious ceremony of washing the feet of the poor
svedberg - a unit of time that is equal to 1/10 trillionth of a second
arrhizal - having no roots
bothria - grooves in the muscles of a tapeworm
palabra - a word; palabra literally means "word"
selah - a word of unknown meaning that appears in the Hebrew Bible at the end of 74 verses
remuda - a herd of horses
siffleur - any animal that makes a whistling noise
smaragde - another word for an emerald
sirvente - a medieval song about war or politics, either satirically or in praise
tokamak or tokomak - a toroidal (doughnut-shaped) apparatus for producing controlled nuclear fusion reactions in hot plasma
uropygium - the rump (or butt) of a bird, from which the tail feathers grow
vermoulu - eaten by worms
calipash - the edible greenish material found underneath the upper half of a turtle's shell
holard - the entire total amount of water in the soil
chresard - the amount of water in the soil that is available to plants
echard - the amount of water in the soil that is not available to plants
farrago - a confused mixture
glosseme - the smallest linguistic unit that can convey a meaning
hypopyon - an accumulation of pus in the eye
kamaaina - a person born in Hawaii
laetrile - also called amygdalin; a compound found naturally in apricot and peach pits; laetrile converts to cyanide in the body; famous for being falsely bottled as vitamin b17 and promoted as a cancer cure; it has been proven to be a poisonous substance
breatharian - a person who believes that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can exist on nothing but air
cacoethes - an irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
deipnosophist - a person skilled in the philosophical art of dinner-table conversation
humdudgeon - an imaginary illness or a noisy complaint
incunabulum - an early book printed before 1501
jumentous - of, or relating to, horse urine
logomachy - an argument about words
onolatry - worship of donkeys
selkie or silkie - a mythical creature of Scottish origin that is a seal in water, but sheds its skin and becomes human on land
skimmington - a henpecked man with a nagging wife, or a man who is an unfaithful husband, who would ride on a horse with the wife, but behind her and facing backwards, while carrying a distaff, and would be accompanied by a procession of jeering neighbors making mocking music in a cavalcade of ridicule throughout the village
struthious - of, relating to, or resembling an ostrich
thaumatrope - a 19th century optical toy made of a disc with a picture or drawing on each side and two strings; when the disc was rotated quickly by twirling the strings, the two images combined into one due to persistence of vision
tokoloshe - in Zulu mythology, a tokoloshe is a dwarf-like hairy sprite that is mischievous and lascivious and can become invisible by drinking water
tsantsa or tzantza - a human head shrunk as a war trophy by tribes in Ecuador and Peru
velleity - a wish, desire or inclination that is not strong enough to make one act on it
wittol - a guy who tolerates his wife cheating on him
finnsko (also; finsko, finnesko) - a birch-tanned furry reindeer-skin boot
panisc - a godling of the forest in Greek mythology that is half man and half goat; a demigod of Pan
galliwasp - a lizard
slowworm - a lizard
wallfish - a snail
roseslug - a sawfly
kletterschuh - a lightweight climbing boot with a canvas or suede upper part and a sole made of felt, cord or Vibram
bashibazouk - an irregular, ill-disciplined mounted soldier of the Ottoman army; literally "corrupted head"
zumbooruk (also; zomboruk) - a small cannon mounted on a camel, with a swiveling turret
naiant - heraldic term for swimming horizontally
ipecacuanha - a Central and South American plant species that can be used to induce natural vomiting, in order to eliminate poisons from the stomach
voortrekker - one of the original Afrikaner settlers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State who migrated from the Cape Colony in the 1830s
eisteddfod(s,au,ic) - an annual festival of music and poetry entirely in the Welsh language, featuring Welsh bards, minstrels and literati of Wales performing and competing for 8 days in early August
haecceity - the property that uniquely identifies an object; thisness; quiddity
tchick (ed, ing, s) - to make a clicking sound by pressing the tongue against the palate and then suddenly breaking the seal by withdrawing part of the tongue
frankalmoign - a tenure in English law by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever, usually on the condition of praying for the soul of the donor and his heirs
tchoukball (-s) - an indoor team sport developed in the 1970s by Swiss biologist Hermann Brandt as a warm-up activity for the Swiss handball team
buckeen - a poor man who imitates the dress and habits of the wealthy
cacomixl - the Nahuatl word for a member of the raccoon family native to southwest USA and Mexico
gardyloo - an interjection first created in medieval France, and later Anglicized in Scotland in 1760, to warn people on the streets that a bucket full of urine and feces was about to be thrown from a window; it comes from gare de l'eau, French for "beware of the water"
glabella - the smooth area between the eyebrows
immane - huge; enormous
mammatus - a type of cloud structure, also known as mammatocumulus, or mammary cloud, which forms a series of sagging breast-shaped pouches underneath the base of an anvil cloud, and generally appear during or after a severe thunderstorm
xenogeny - the production of offspring that is totally different from either parent; can also refer to spontaneous generation of life from nonliving matter
zoonosis - a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans
ythundered - struck by a thunderbolt
schottische - a Scotch round dance in 2-4 time, similar to the polka, only slower(pronounced shah-dish)
taoiseach - the prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (pronounced tea-shah)
tyiyn - a monetary unit of Kyrgyzstan equal to 1/100th of a som
groenendael - a dog that is included in the Belgian Shepherd breed
bewusstseinslage - a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components
eleemosynary - relating to charity; or literally from Greek; pity
brrr - used to indicate coldness
twp - stupid
chynd - cut into chines (a ridge or crest)
skyrs - curds
skyfs - smokes
kynds - begets; produces
kydst - made known
ghyll - a ravine
grypt - grasped
gymps - to trim
gynny - a guinea hen
gyppy - a gypsy (offensive)
typp - a unit of yarn size
tymp - the plate on a blast furnace
tygs - old drinking cups
tryp - a flagellate protozoon; also known as trypanosome
skry - to denounce
hwyl - emotional intensity
mna(s) - a Sumerian and later Greek unit of weight equal to 1.25 pounds, or 50 shekels
shh - used to urge silence
swy - a game of two up
vly - a swamp
drys - prohibitionists
masjid/musjid - a mosque
disjaskit - fatigued
moolvi - a teacher of Islamic law
ekka - a small one-horse carriage
kieselguhr - siliceous earth, specifically porous infusorial earth, used as an absorbent of nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite
enterocoele(s) - the coelom formed from a pocketlike outgrowth of the wall of the archenteron, especially in echinoderms and chordates
crwth(s) - an ancient stringed musical instrument
dryasdust (s) - a dull, pedantic speaker or writer
prosopopeia(l,s,a,as,al) - a figure of speech in which an absent or imaginary person is represented as speaking
oxyphenbutazone(s) - an NSAID taken off the market in the 1980s
demisemiquaver(s) - a short musical note equal in time to half of a semiquaver, or 1/32nd of a whole note
gjetost(s) - hard brown cheese (pronounced yay-toast)
infangthief - in Anglo-Saxon law, the right of the lord of the manor to try and punish
a thief caught within the limits of his demesne
mingimingi - a type of New Zealand plant; in Maori, literally, twisted
putangitangi - the paradise shelduck, a large gooselike duck endemic to New Zealand
sharawadgi (also; sharawaggi) - a style of landscape architecture in which rigid lines and symmetry are avoided to give the area an organic appearance
karuhiruhi - the Australian pied cormorant, or pied shag
bhikkhuni - a fully ordained Buddhist nun; or female monk
keitloa - a variety of black rhinoceros in which the back, or posterior, horn is longer than the front, or anterior, horn
pipiwharauroa - a migratory bird of New Zealand with metallic green-gold plumage; also known as the shining cuckoo
albumblatt - a short instumental composition, usually for a piano; used mostly in classical music
amritattva - a state of immortality or deathlessness in Hinduism
dvandva - from Sanskrit "pair", a dvandva is a compound word in which multiple nouns
are formed together and the resulting word has a dual, or plural, meaning; an example of a dvandva would be the word bittersweet, which means that something is both bitter and sweet at the same time; another example is spacetime
kavakava (also; cavacava) - an alcoholic drink made in Polynesia from the crushed roots of the kava plant, from the pepper family; it has the property of narcotic sedation
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