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Flashcards in WL 40 Deck (39):
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termagant

n. shrew, scolding, brawling woman

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terminology

n. terms used in a science or art

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terrapin

n. american marsh tortoise

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tesselated

adj. inlaid, mosaic

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testator

n. maker of a will

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theosophy

n. wisdom in divine things

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timorous

adj. fearful, demonstrating fear

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titillate

v. tickle

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tocsin

n. alarm bell

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tonsure

n. shaving of head, especially by persons entering a religious order

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touchstone

n. stone used to fest the fineness of gold alloys; criterion

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trencherman

n. good eater

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triolet

n. eight-line stanza

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troglodyte

n. cave-dweller

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trope

n. figure of speech

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truckle

v. curry favor, act in an obsequious way; fawning

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tutelary

adj. protective; pertaining to a guardianship

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ukase

n. official degree, usually Russian

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unilateral

adj. one-sided

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untoward

adj. unfortunate; annoying

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ursine

adj. bearlike; pertaining to a bear

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usufruct

n. right of enjoying things belonging to another

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valance

n. short drapery hanging above windowframe

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valedictory

adj. pertaining to farewell

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valetudinarian

n. invalid

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vassal

n. in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord

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vendetta

n. feud; private warfare

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verbatim

adv. word for word

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vermicular

adj. pertaining to a worm

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Vertiginous

adj. causing dizziness; giddy

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viable

adj. capable of maintaining life

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vitreous

adj. pertaining to or resembling glass

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vivisection

n. act of dissecting living animals

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wastrel

n. profligate; squanderer; waster

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welkin

n. sky

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welter

v. wallow

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whorl

n. ring of leaves around stem; ring

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yeoman

n. man owning small estate; middle-class farmer

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yokel

n. country bumpkin