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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!

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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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CURTAL

Adjective

1) brief, curtailed (obsolete)

2) having a docked tail (obsolete)

3) wearing a short frock coat (archaic)

4) physically shortened; short (rare)

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DEGLUTITION

Noun

1) the act or process of swallowing

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ERUMPENT

Adjective

1) bursting forth

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FORAMINATE

Adjective

1) having foramina: perforated

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GASCONADE

Noun

1) extravagant boasting

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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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MADEFY

Transitive Verb

1) to make wet or moist (obsolete)

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NEBULISE

Verb

1) to reduce to a fine spray

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OBTURATE

Verb

1) to block up or obstruct

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PIEZOELECTRICITY

Transitive Verb

1) the ability of certain crystals to generate a voltage in response to applied mechanical stress

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QUITCH

Verb

1) to shake; to stir, move (obsolete)

2) to flinch, shrink

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REBULLITION

Noun

1) the act of boiling or effervescing (obsolete)

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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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WANZE

Verb

1) to wane; waste, waste away; pine; wither

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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

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