LEXI'S DICTIONARY

So many beautiful words...

...what's your favourite?

Professor Lexi Con featured 26 unusual, rare, archaic and obsolete words during The Alphabet of Awesome Science – one for every letter of the alphabet.

 

If you've already seen the show, then scroll below to revisit your favourites. If you haven't seen the show, then go back a page, coz, well... SPOILERS! 

Happy Word Nerding!

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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ANNULAR

Adjective

Of or pertaining to a ring or rings; ring-like, ring-formed, ringed.

B

BRUMOUS

Adjective

Foggy, wintry.

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C

CORYBANTIC

Adjective

Wild, frenzied.

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D

DEDOLEATE

Verb

To end one's sorrow or grief.

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E

ERUMPENT

Adjective

1. Bursting forth.

2. (of fungi or algae) Prominent; projecting from or bursting through host tissue.

Noun

A huge African magical beast, which resembles a rhinoceros.

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F

FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION

Noun

The action or habit of estimating as worthless.

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G

GUMFIATE

Verb

To puff up, cause to swell.

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H

HORRESCENT

Adjective

Shuddering; expressive of horror.

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I

IDEOPRAXIST

Noun

A person who is impelled to carry out an idea.

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J

JOCOSERIOUS

Adjective

Half jocular, half serious; partly in jest and partly in earnest; blending jokes and serious matters.

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K

KYRIOLEXY

Noun

The use of literal expressions.

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L

LUCIFEROUS

Adjective

1) That brings, conveys, or emits light

2 (figuratively) Affording illumination or insight; luminous, illuminating.

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M

METAGROBALISE

Verb

1) To puzzle, mystify, confound.

2) To puzzle out.

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N

NEPHELOCOCCYGIA

Noun

The act of seeking and finding shapes in clouds.

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O

OBTURATE

Adjective and Verb

Adjective: Stopped, obstructed.

Verb: To block or stop up; to close or obstruct.

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P

PLENISPHERE

Noun 

A perfect sphere.

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Q

QUICQUIDLIBET

Noun

Whatever one pleases; anything whatsoever.

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REVIVISCENCE

Noun

1. Return to animation or life following dormancy or death.

2. Revival; restoration to a flourishing or vigorous condition.

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R

S

SPUMESCENT

Adjective

Having the appearance of froth or foam.

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T

TENEBROUS

Adjective and Noun

Adjective: Full of darkness, dark

Noun: Darkness

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U

ULLAGE

Noun

The amount that a container (such as a tank or cask) lacks of being full

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V

VERTIGINATE

Verb

To turn round; spin, or rush dizzily.

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W

WIRBLE

Verb

To turn around and round; to whirl; to eddy.

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X

XANTHIC

Adjective

Of, relating to, or tending toward a yellow colour

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Y

YEPSEN

Noun

The two hands placed together so as to form a bowl-shaped cavity; as much as can be held in this.

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Z

ZEPHYR

Noun

Of a wind: to blow gently or mildly.

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