1. an ornamental necklace, chain, collar; a richly decorated collar.
2. a woman’s ornamental circlet for the hair, often of gold decorated with jewels or pearls; headband.
Etymology: from Old French carcan, “collar”, perhaps from Mediaeval Latin carcannum, perhaps of Germanic origin.
[Nicholas Hilliard - The Hardwich Hall Portrait (Queen Elizabeth I of England)]
1. (in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries.
2. an act or instance of retaliation; vengeance.
3. the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation, to secure redress of a grievance.
4. the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation.
Etymology: from Middle English reprisail, from Old French reprisaille, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from riprendere, “to recapture”, from Latin reprehendere, “to hold fast”.
[Tom Bagshaw - Drake’s Revenge]
embroidered with flowers; decorated with flowers; scented.
Etymology: Latin, ultimately from flōs, “flower”.
inducing sleep; soporific.
Etymology: from Latin somnifer, from somnus, “sleep” + ferre, “to do”.
Informal: the morbid fear of hearing or receiving good news.
Etymology: from Ancient Greek εὖ (eû, “well, good”) + -φοβία (-phobía, from phóbos, “fear”). It is uncertain how eu, i.e. “good” developed into encompassing “good news”.
[Ilovedoodle - Good News is On The Way]
A fabulous photo of Roald Dahl.
to mystify; to puzzle out.
Etymology: origin uncertain, thought to be from obsolete French metagraboulizer.
[Nicebleed & Kyle Cobban - The Solution]
1. one who collects flowers.
2. one who compiles a collection of literary works for publishing.
Etymology: Latin anthologia < Greek, literally, gathering of flowers; from anthos, “flower” + legein, “to collect”.
[John William Waterhouse]
Wednesday; the fourth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the third day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; it follows Tuesday and precedes Thursday.
Etymology: Italian, from Latin Mercuriī diēs, variant of diēs Mercuriī (“day of Mercury”).