• Dr. Herpy

Word of the Day

By Jenna Thompson

October 17, 2019: Maunder ~ to wander slowly and idly

October 15, 2019: Belfry ~ a bell tower; especially : one surmounting or attached to another structure

October 14, 2019: Exoteric ~ suitable to be imparted to the public

October 11, 2019: Idée fixe ~ an idea that dominates one’s mind especially for a prolonged period

October 10, 2019: Blandish ~  to coax with flattery

October 8, 2019: Caustic ~ capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

October 7, 2019: Redound ~ to have an effect for good or ill

October 4, 2019: Futhark ~ any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries

October 3, 2019: Pursy ~ having a puckered appearance

October 2, 2019: Sawbones ~ physician, surgeon

October 1, 2019: Mitigate ~ to cause to become less harsh or hostile

September 30, 2019: Buttress ~ a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building

September 27, 2019: Cleave ~ to divide by or as if by a cutting blow

September 26, 2019: Frowsy ~ musty, stale

September 25, 2019: Lèse-majesté ~ a crime (such as treason) committed against a sovereign power

September 24, 2019: Axiomatic ~ taken for granted

September 23, 2019: Suffuse ~ to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light

September 20, 2019: Misprision ~ neglect or wrong performance of official duty

September 19, 2019: Issuable ~ open to contest, debate, or litigation

September 18, 2019: Bivouac ~ to make a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter

September 17, 2019Labile ~ readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown

September 16, 2019: Yopper ~  a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname

September 13, 2019: Abscond ~ to depart secretly and hide oneself

September 12, 2019: Deleterious ~ harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way

September 11, 2019: Repertoire ~ a list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform

September 10, 2019: Pell-mell ~ in mingled confusion or disorder

September 9, 2019: Olfactory ~ of or relating to the sense of smell

September 6, 2019: Skulk ~ to move in a stealthy or furtive manner

September 5, 2019: Adscititious ~ derived or acquired from something extrinsic

September 4, 2019: Minim ~  a musical half note

September 3, 2019Fecund ~ fruitful in offspring or vegetation

August 29, 2019: Augur ~ to foretell especially from omens

August 28, 2019: Irascible ~ having a hot temper and easily angered

By Sam Leygraaf

May 22, 2019: Peer-to-peer ~ relating to, using, or being a network by which computers operated by individuals can share information and resources directly without relying on a dedicated central server

May 21, 2019: Pungle ~ to make a payment or contribution of (money)

May 20, 2019: Remittance ~ transmittal of money (as to a distant place)

May 17, 2019: Palimpsest ~ something usually having diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface

May 16, 2019: Countermand ~ to revoke (a command) by a contrary order

May 14, 2019: Expatiate- to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.

May 13, 2019: Regale ~ to entertain sumptuously; to feast with delicacies

May 9, 2019: Stratagem – a cleverly contrived trick or scheme.

May 8, 2019: Perfunctory-  an action or gesture carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.

May 7, 2019: Links – sand hills especially along the seashore

May 6, 2019: wilder verb [wil-der] to cause to lose one’s way.

May 3, 2019: Asperity- a roughness of manner or of temper: harshness of behavior or speech that expresses bitterness or anger

May 2, 2019: Prodigious- resembling or befitting a prodigy : strange, unusual

April 30, 2019: Circadian- being, having, characterized by, or occurring in approximately 24-hour periods or cycles

April 29, 2019: Accolade-  a mark of acknowledgment

April 26, 2019: Putsch- a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government

April 25, 2019: Nonpareil- having no equal

April 24, 2019: Writhe- to move or proceed with twists and turns

April 23, 2019: Inexorable- not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless

April 17, 2019: Gullible- easily duped or cheated

April 12, 2019: Thole- chiefly dialectal endure

April 11, 2019: Despot-  : a ruler with absolute power and authority

April 10, 2019: Parthian- of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Parthia or its people

April 9, 2019: Opusculum- a minor work (as of literature) — usually used in plural

April 8, 2019: Cerebral-  of or relating to the brain or the intellect

April 5, 2019: Brummagem- not genuine : spurious; also : cheaply showy

April 4, 2019: Rowel- to goad with or as if with a pointed disk at the end of a spur

April 3, 2019: Arduous- hard to accomplish or achieve : difficult

April 2, 2019: Fantod- a state of irritability and tension

April 1, 2019: Hoodwink-to deceive by false appearance : dupe

March 22, 2019: Purview- the body or enacting part of a statute

March 21, 2019: Hamartia- a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy

March 20, 2019: Canker- to become infested with erosive or spreading sores

March 19, 2019: Orthography- the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage

March 18, 2019: Parabolic- expressed by or being a parable : allegorical

March 15, 2019: Two-Bit- cheap or trivial of its kind

March 14, 2019: Animadversion- a critical and usually censorious remark — often used with on

March 12, 2019: Delate- accuse, denounce

March 11, 2019: Bathetic- characterized by triteness or sentimentalism

March 7, 2019: Mirandize- to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest)

March 6, 2019: Abecedarian- of or relating to the alphabet

March 5, 2019: Leviathan-  a large sea animal

March 4, 2019: Feisty- full of nervous energy

March 1, 2019: Gormless- chiefly British : lacking intelligence : stupid

February 28, 2019: Billion- US : a number equal to 1,000 million; alsoBritish : a number equal to 1,000

February 27, 2019: Grift- to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game)

February 26, 2019: Avuncular- suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality

February 25, 2019: Impetus- a driving force: impulse

February 21. 2019: Hoopla- excited commotion

February 20, 2019: Obsequious-  marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

February 19, 2019: Emote: to give expression to emotion especially in acting

February 14, 2019: Heartstring- the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural

February 13, 2019: Cacophony- harsh or discordant sound : dissonance; specifically : harshness in the sound of words or phrases

February 12, 2019: Teem- to become filled to overflowing

February 11, 2019: Bardolater- a person who idolizes Shakespeare

February 8, 2019: Wisacre- one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness

February 7, 2019: Abstruse- difficult to comprehend : recondite

February 5, 2019: Mettlesome- full of vigor and stamina : spirited

February 4, 2019: Rigmarole- an elaborate or complicated procedure

February 1, 2019: Largesse- liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also : something so given

January 29, 2019: Amorphous- Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

January 28, 2019: Sleuth- to act as a detective : search for information

January 25, 2019: Myopic- lacking in foresight or discernment : narrow in perspective and without concern for broader implications

January 24, 2019: Adjudicate- to make an official decision about who is right (in a dispute): to settle judicially

January 23, 2019: Imbroglio- an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding

January 22, 2019: Gargantuan- tremendous in size, volume, or degree

January 18, 2019: Lamporphony- Loudness and clarity of enunciation

By: Amayah Dancy or Ana Gebler

December 19, 2018: Tchotchke- knickknack, trinket.

December 18, 2018: Elucidate: to give a clarifying explanation

December 17, 2018: Grinch- a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others

December 13, 2018: Perennial- present at all seasons of the year.

December 12, 2018: Lunette: something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon.

December 11, 2018: Immure: to enclose within or as if within walls.

December 10, 2018: Repartee: a quick and witty reply.

December 6, 2018: Dossier: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject.

December 4, 2018: Perspicacious: of acute mental vision or discernment.

December 3, 2018: Circumventplay: to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem

November 28, 2018: Betwixt: Between.

November 27, 2018: Yahoo: a boorish, crass, or stupid person.

November 26, 2018: Quirk- curve, twist.

November 20, 2018: Establishment: the action of establishing something or being established.

November 19, 2018: Henchman: A trusted follower.

November 16, 2018: Exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.

November 13, 2018: Recalcitrant: difficult to manage or operate.

November 12, 2018: Admonish-to indicate duties or obligations to.

November 9, 2018:  Boustrophedon: Lines written in alternating directions.

November 8, 2018: Palmary: Outstanding, best.

November 7, 2018: Derring-do: daring action: daring.

November 6, 2018: Umbrage: shade, shadow.

November 5, 2018: Mordant: burning, pungent.

November 1, 2018: Verbose: given to wordiness.

October 31, 2018: Hullaballoo- Sounds that people make when they are yelling at eachother.

October 30, 2018: Goblin- A creepy creature that comes out on Halloween.

October 29, 2018: Shambles- slaughterhouse : a scene or a state of great destruction : wreckage.

October 25, 2018: Fugacious: Lasting a short time.

October 24, 2018: Indoctrinate- to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments : teach.

October 23, 2018: Mawkish- lacking flavor or having an unpleasant taste.

October 22, 2018: Brouhaha: A state of commotion or excitement.

October 19, 2018: Squirrelled- to hide something of value away in a safe place

October 18, 2018: De Rigueur: Prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom.

October 17, 2018: Acceptation- acceptance; especially : favorable reception or approval.

October 16, 2018: Nary: Not any : not one.

October 15, 2018: Aeipathy: An enduring and consuming passion.

October 9, 2018: Ambivalent: having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something.

October 8, 2018: Occident: Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.

October 4, 2018: Intestine: internal; specifically : of or relating to the internal affairs of a state or country.

October 3, 2018: Weltschmerz- A mood of sentimental sadness.

October 2, 2018: Cloister- to seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister.

October 1, 2018: Manifesto- A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.

September 27, 2018: Orotund- marked by fullness, strength, and clarity of sound : sonorous.

September 26, 2018: Habiliment- characteristic apparatus.

September 25, 2018:  Secrete- To deposit or conceal in a hiding place.

September 24, 2018: Glade- An open space surrounded by woods.

September 21, 2018: Panoply- A full suit of armor.

September 20, 2018: Milieu- the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops : environment

September 19, 2018: Atone- to make amends : to provide or serve as reparation or compensation for something bad or unwelcome: to make reparation or supply satisfaction for : expiate

September 18, 2018: Lenitive- Alleviating pain or harshness: soothing.

September 17, 2018: Chiliad- A group of 1000.

September 14, 2018: Advert- To turn the mind or attention – used with to.

September 13, 2018: Taradiddle – a trivial or childish lie : fib : pretentious nonsense

September 12, 2018: Enigmatic: Of, relating to, or resembling an enigma : mysterious.

September 11, 2018: Deportment: The manner in which one conducts oneself: behavior.

September 10, 2018: Fathom: Probe.

September 7,2018: Schmooze: To converse informally.

September 6,2018: Quiddity: Essence, quibble, or eccentricity.

September 5, 2018: Banshee: a female spirit who wails as a warning.

September 4, 2018: Ingratiate: to gain favor for by deliberate effort.

By Nathan Arnold

May 22, 2018: Garrulous – given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative.

May 21, 2018: Raillery – an instance of joking or ridicule.

May 16, 2018: Aggress –  to make an attack : to act aggressively.

May 15, 2018: Layman – a person who is not a member of the clergy

May 14, 2018: Transpire – to take place

May 11, 2018: Otiose – producing no useful result

May 10, 2018: Slumgullion- a meat stew

May 7, 2018: Decimate- to select by lot and kill every tenth man of

May 3, 2018: Beaucoup- great in quantity or amount.

May 2, 2018: Ominous- menacing.

May 1, 2018: Eventuate- to come out finally.

April 30, 2018: Chivalry- mounted men at arms.

April 27, 2018: Treen- made entirely of wood.

April 26, 2018: Mollycoddle- to treat with excessive attention.

April 25, 2018: Slew- a large number.

April 24, 2018: Loath- unwilling to do something contrary to one’s ways of thinking.

April 23, 2018: Grudging- unwilling or reluctant.

April 20, 2018: Bloviate- to speak or write verbosely and windily.

April 19, 2018: Fruition- pleasurable use or possession.

April 18, 2018: Embarrass- to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress.

April 17, 2018: Deplorable- of very poor quality or condition.

April 16, 2018: Vulnerable- capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.

April 13, 2018: Reify- to consider or represent.

April 12, 2018: Newfangled- attracted to novelty.

April 11, 2018: Defer- put off

April 10, 2018: Ballamonger- an inferior poet.

April 9, 2018: Maladroit- lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations.

April 6, 2018: Mushyheaded- informal.

April 5, 2018: Veld- a grassland of southern Africa.

April 4, 2018: Career- to go at top speed in a headlong manner.

April 3, 2018: Sensibility- ability to receive sensations.

March 23, 2018: Malevolent- wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred.

March 22, 2018: Confabulate- to converse informally.

March 21, 2018: Dorp- a village.

By Kyle Calabrese

March 20, 2018: Genteel- Refined in manner; well-bred and polite.

By Mike Rockefeller

March 19, 2018: Dornick- a small stone that is easy to throw.

March 16, 2018: Anent- about, concerning.

March 15, 2018: Confabulate- to converse informally.

March 14, 2018: Invigilate- to keep watch.

March 13, 2018: Gradual- proceeding in small stages.

March 8, 2018: Minerva- a women of great wisdom.

March 7, 2018: Woolgathering- indulgence in idle day dreaming.

March 6, 2018: Scarify- to make scratches or small cuts in something.

March 5, 2018: Rabble- a disorganized or confused collection of things.

March 1, 2018: Sneak- move or go in a furtive or stealthy way.

February 28, 2018: Service- the action of helping or doing work for someone.

By Kyle Calabrese

February 27, 2018: Ring- a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger.

February 26, 2018: Validate- to make legally valid.

By Mike Rockefeller

February 23, 2018: Advance- move forwards in a purposeful way.

February 22, 2018: Narrate- give a spoken or written account of.

February 21, 2018: Eternity- infinite or unending time.

February 20, 2018: Daisy- a small European grassland plant which has flowers with a yellow disc and white rays.

February 15, 2018: Float- rest or move on near the surface of a liquid without sinking.

February 14, 2018: Necklace- an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around the neck.

February 13, 2018: Strive- make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

February 12, 2018: Score- the number of points, goals, runs, etc. achieved in a game or by a team or an individual.

February 9, 2018: Freedom- the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.

February 8, 2018: Aspire- direct ones hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.

February 7, 2018: Snow- atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.

February 6, 2018: Evergreen- a plant that retains green leaves throughout the year.

February 5, 2018: Recreation- activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.

February 2, 2018: Shadow- a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.

February 1, 2018: Snap- break suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound.

January 31,2018: Hibernate- spend the winter in a dormant state.

January 30, 2018; Burrow- a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, especially a rabbit, as a dwelling.

January 29, 2018: Groundhog- another name for a woodchuck, a stocky rodent that hibernates in Winter.

January 26,2018: Inspire- fill with urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

January 25, 2018: Extreme- either of two abstract things that are as different from each other as possible.

January 24, 2018: Duel- a contest with deadly weapons arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honor.

January 23,2018: Iodine- the chemical element of atomic number 53, a non-metallic element forming black crystals and a violet vapour.

January 22, 2018: Elements- an essential or characteristic part of something abstract

By: Paige

December 18, 2017: Permeable- allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Diaphanous- of very fine texture or delicate form

December 12, 2017: Petrichor- a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

December 11, 2017: Zoomorphic- having the form of an animal

December 8, 2017: Wend- to direct one’s course

December 7, 2017: maieutic- resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another.

December 6, 2017: Candor- open, honest, or sincere expression

December 5, 2017: Anachronism- something belonging to the wrong time

December 1, 2017:  Eu-catastrophe- a sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

November 30, 2017: Nostrum- a scheme, theory, device, ect.

November 29, 2017: Bludge- to avoid work or responsibility

November 28, 2017: Harbinger- one that foreshadows what is to come

November 27, 2017: Viand- food, provisions, or a tasty dish

November 21, 2017: Shilly- shally- to show hesitation or indecision

November 20, 2017: Bombinate- to buzz or drone

November 17, 2017: Jalousie- a blind with adjustable horizontal slats

November 15, 2017: Pathos- An element evoking pity or compassion

November 14, 2017: Pneumatic- of or relating to air, gases, or wind

November 13, 2017: Wastrel- a wasteful person

November 9, 2017: Cotton- to begin to like or understand

November 8, 2017: Archetype- an original pattern or model

November 7, 2017: Parable- a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

November 3, 2017: Tin-pot- cheap or trivial of its kind: petty, small-time, two-bit

November 2, 2017: Clew- a ball of thread, yarn, or cord

November 1, 2017: Apodictic- expressing or of the nature of necessary truth or absolute certainty

October 31, 2017: Heebie-jeebies- a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, ect.; the jitters; the willies.

October 30, 2017: Petrichor- the cool smell after it rains outside.

October 27, 2017: Preta- a wandering or disturbed ghost

October 26, 2017: Slapdash- done or made without careful planning

October 25, 2017: Nuncupative- spoken rather than written

October 24, 2017: Pelf- money, riches

October 23, 2017: Burke- to suppress quietly or indirectly

October 20, 2017: Malign- to speak evil of

October 19, 2017: Hew- to cut or fell with blows (as of an ax)

October 18, 2017: Transgress: to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.

October 17, 2017: Euphony: a harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound

October 13, 2017: Moribund- in a dying state; near death

October 12, 2017: Netiquette- the rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the internet.

October 10, 2017: Astrobleme- an erosional scar on the earth’s surface, produced by the impact of a cosmic body, as a meteorite or asteroid

October 9, 2017: Denegation- denial

October 6, 2017: Upcycle- to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original

October 5, 2017: Ensconce- to place or hide securely

October 4, 2017: Agita- a feeling of agitation or anxiety

October 3, 2017: Salubrious- favorable to or promoting health or well-being

October 2, 2017: Hibernal- characteristic of or relating to winter

September 28, 2017: Pangram- a sentence, verse, ect., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.

September 27, 2017: Aggiornamento- the act of bringing something up to date to meet current needs

September 26, 2017: Sobersides-  a humorless or habitually serious person (slang)

September 25, 2017: Monticule- a small mountain, hill, or mound

September 22, 2017: Deciduous- shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs

September 21, 2017: Polyhistor- a person of great and varied learning

September 20, 2017: Holus-bolus- all at once

September 19, 2017: Oceanicity- the degree to which the climate of a place is influenced by the sea

September 18, 2017: Amanuensis- one employed to write from dictation or copy manuscript

September 15, 2017: Sensorium- A part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation

September 14, 2017: Marginalia- nonessential items

September 13, 2017: Concatenation- a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events

September 12, 2017: Sinecure- an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable return.

September 11, 2017: Bibelot- a small household ornament or decorative object; trinket

September 7, 2017: Whoosis- an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled

September 6, 2017: Coalesce- to unite into a whole or to join forces

By: Victoria

September 5, 2017: Scrupulous: Having moral integrity, acting in strict regard or what is considered right or proper.

By: Eric

August 31, 2017: Soi-disant: self-proclaimed, so-called

By: Nik

May 24, 2017: Bureaucrat (byo͝orəˌkrat)- an official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.

May 23, 2017: Nudnik (no͝odnik/)- a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore

May 22, 2017: Ultracrepidarianism (əltrəkrepəˈderēənism)- expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one’s knowledge or expertise

May 18, 2017: Slacktivism (slaktəˌvizəm)- actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.

May 17, 2017: Zugzwang (zəɡˌzwaNG)- a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.

May 16, 2017: Hirsute (hərˌso͞ot) -hairy

May 15, 2017: Luddite (lədˌīt) -a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs

May 12, 2017: Imprimatur (imˈpriməˌt(y)o͝or) -an official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.

May 11, 2017:  Supposititious (səˌpäzəˈtiSHəs) -substituted for the real thing; not genuine.

May 10, 2017: Erstwhile (ərstˌ(h)wīl) -formerly

May 9, 2017: Collusion (kəˈlo͞oZHən) -secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.

May 8, 2017: Hypostatize (hīˈpästəˌtīz) -treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality.

May 5, 2017: Abrazo (əˈbräsō) – an embrace

May 4, 2017: Visceral (vis(ə)rəl) -felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body:deep

May 3, 2017: Diacritical (dīəˈkridək(ə)l) -Serving to indicate different pronunciations of a letter above or below which it is written.

May 2, 2017: Dox (däks)- Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

May 1, 2017: Floriferous (flôˈrifərəs)-producing many flowers.

April 28, 2017: Altruism (altro͞oˌizəm) -the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

April 27, 2017: Pollyanna (pälēˈanə) -an excessively cheerful or optimistic person

April 26, 2017: Perfidious (pərˈfidēəs) -deceitful and untrustworthy

April 25, 2017: Dinkum (diNGkəm) -genuine, honest, true

April 21, 2017: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (pneu·mo·no·ul·tra·mi·cro·scop·ic·sil·i·co·vol·ca·no·co·ni·o·sis \ˈn(y)ü-mə-(ˌ)nō-ˌəl-trə-ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik-ˈsil-i-(ˌ)kō-väl-ˈkā-nō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs\) – a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust

April 20, 2017: Latitudinarian (ladəˌt(y)o͞odnˈerēən)- Allowing latitude, especially in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship

April 19, 2017: Tatterdemalion (tatt-er-dih-MAIL-yun)- ragged or disreputable in appearance

April 18, 2017: Avarice (avərəs)- extreme greed for wealth or material gain

April 7, 2017: Inveterate (inˈvedərət)- having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

April 6, 2017: Kenning (keniNG)- a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning, e.g., oar-steed = ship

April 4, 2017: Chatoyant (SHəˈtoiənt)- showing a band of bright reflected light caused by aligned inclusions in the stone

April 3, 2017: Brachiate (brākēˌāt)- move by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.

March 31, 2017: Asterism (astəˌrizəm)- a prominent pattern or group of stars, typically having a popular name but smaller than a constellation.

March 30, 2017: Transpicuous (tranˈspikyo͞oəs)- easily understood; lucid.

March 29, 2017: Vulpine (vəlˌpīn)- relating to a fox or foxes.

March 28, 2017: Hortatory (hôrdəˌtôrē)- tending or aiming to exhort

March 27, 2017: Mumpsimus (məmpsiməs)- a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable

March 24, 2017: Esoterica (esəˈterikə) noun- highly specialized subjects or publications

March 23, 2017: Throttlebottom (throt-l-bot-uh m)- a harmless incompetent in public office

March 22, 2017: Ameliorate (əˈmēlyəˌrāt)- make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

March 17, 2017: Effulgence- giving off blinding, radiant rays of light

March 16, 2017: Cimmerian (səˈmirēən)- relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead

March 10, 2017: Jingoistic (ˈˌjiNGɡōˈistik)- characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy

March 8, 2017: Xenophobia (zenəˈfōbēə)- intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries

March 7, 2017: Syncretism (siNGkrəˌtizəm)- The amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought

March 6, 2017: Fusillade (fyo͞osəˌlād)- a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession

March 3, 2017: Arable (ˈerəb(ə)l- Land used or suitable for growing crops.

March 2, 2017: Laconic (ləˈkänik)- (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words

March 1, 2017: Arduous (ärjo͞oəs)- involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring

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