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.

 

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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

1) pertaining to, or having the form of, a ring; ring shaped

2) banded or marked with circles

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BRUMOUS

Adjective

1) foggy or misty; wintry

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CORYBANTIC

Adjective

1) wild; frenzied

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DEDOLEATE

Verb

1) to cease to be unhappy

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ERUMPENT

Adjective

1) bursting forth

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FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION

Noun

1) the act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthless

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GITHERMENTS

Noun

1) a random assortment of unlatching things (obsolete)

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HORRESCENT

Adjective

1) bristling with horror; shuddering

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IDEOPRAXIST

Noun

1) a person who is impelled to carry out an idea

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JOCOSERIOUS

Adjective

1) simultaneously jocular and serious; mixing mirth with serious matters

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KYRIOLEXY

Noun

1) the use of literal expressions, as opposed to figurative (rare)

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LUCIFEROUS

Adjective

1) illuminating; providing light

2 (figuratively) illuminating; offering insight

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METAGROBALISE

Verb

1) to mystify or puzzle

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NEPHELOCOCCYGIA

Noun

1) the act of seeking and finding shapes in clouds

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OBTURATE

Verb

1) to block up or obstruct

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PABULOUS

Adjective 

1) (obsolete) nourishing

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QUICQUIDLIBET

Noun

1) whatever one pleases; anything whatsoever

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REVIVISCENCE

Noun

1) an act of reviving: the state of being revived

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SPUMESCENT

Adjective

1) resembling froth or foam; foaming (rare)

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TENEBROUS

Adjective

1) dark and gloomy

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ULLAGE

Noun

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

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VERTIGINATE

Intransitive verb

1) to whirl dizzily around: twirl

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WIRBLE

Verb

1) to whirl; eddy

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XANTHIC

Adjective

1) yellow; yellowish

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YESPEN

Noun

1) amount that can be held in two hands cupped together (obsolete)

2) two hands cupped together (obsolete)

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ZEPHYR

Noun

1) a light wind from the west

2) any light refreshing wind, a gentle breeze

3) anything of fine, soft, or light quality, especially fabric