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1

ba

In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food

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backmost

Furthest back.

3

banal

unoriginal, stale, hackneyed

4

bandeau

a narrow band worn around the head to hold the hair in position, or a top worn around a woman's chest.

5

bane

something that harms or destroys

6

bantamweight

a weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between flyweight and featherweight. In boxing it ranges from 112 to 118 pounds (51 to 54 kg).

7

barnacle

a marine crustacean with an external shell, which attaches itself permanently to a variety of surfaces. Barnacles feed by filtering particles from the water using their modified feathery legs.

8

barren

unable to produce or sustain life

9

becharm

to charm; to captivate.

10

beleaguer

to harass

11

bemuse

puzzle, confuse, or bewilder (someone).

12

beneficial

helpful, good

13

benne

another term for sesame

14

bestiary

a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, esp. a medieval work with a moralizing tone.

15

bias

preference, prejudice

16

bibasic

Having two hydrogen atoms which can be replaced by positive or basic atoms or radicals to form salts; - said of acids.

17

bibulous

excessively fond of drinking alcohol.

18

bigender

Having two genders simultaneously, e.g. both male and female.

19

bilk

obtain or withhold money from (someone) by deceit or without justification; cheat or defraud

20

bloat

make or become swollen with fluid or gas.

21

bludgeon

a thick stick with a heavy end, used as a weapon.

22

bo

Fellow, chap, boy

23

bolster

to support, prop up, buttress

24

botch

carry out (a task) badly or carelessly.

25

botrytis

a fungus that forms a grayish powdery mold on a variety of organic matter. It causes a number of fungal plant diseases, including chocolate spot, and is deliberately cultivated (as noble rot) on the grapes used for certain wines.

26

braggadocio

boastful or arrogant behavior.

27

bruit

to spread (a report or rumor) widely; or a sound, typically an abnormal one, heard through a stethoscope; a murmur.

28

brusque

rudely brief, surly

29

bugbear

a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing.

30

bungler

a clumsy person

31

buoyant

cheerful; capable of floating

32

bureaucratic

relating to the business of running an organization, or government.

33

burgeon

begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.

34

burgess

a person with municipal authority or privileges, in particular

35

bustle

to be noisily busy and in a hurry

36

buttress

to support, reinforce, bolster