1. any slow moving creature.
2. also called bear animalcule, water bear: any microscopic, chiefly herbivorous invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, living in water, on mosses, lichens, etc.
3. slow in pace or movement.
4. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Tardigrada.
Etymology: via Latin tardigradus, from tardus (sluggish) + gradī (to walk).
1. pertaining to a swallow; of or resembling a swallow.
2. belonging to the bird family Hirundinidae, which includes swallows and martins.
Etymology: from Latin hirundo ‘swallow’.
1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather; a piece of a spider’s web.
2. a thread or a web of this substance.
3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils.
4. any thin, light fabric.
5. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
6. sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous; of or like gossamer; thin and light.
Etymology: Middle English gosesomer.
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Spanish: turtle; any reptile of the order Testudines, comprising aquatic and terrestrial species having the trunk enclosed in a shell consisting of a dorsal carapace and a ventral plastron.
Spanish: cat; a small domesticated carnivore, Felis domestica or F. catus, bred in a number of varieties.
French: the sun; the star that is the central body of the solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat; sunshine; the heat and light from the sun.
1. Hunting: the note played on a hunting horn signifying that the animal hunted has been killed.
2. Obsolete: death.
3. a 3 year old salmon.
4. a great number.
Etymology: via Old French from Latin mors - death.
the production and emission of light by a living organism. Its name is a hybrid word, originating from the Greek bios for “living” and the Latin lumen “light”.
skull; a bone framework enclosing the brain of a vertebrate; the skeleton of a person’s or animal’s head.
Latin: Autumn; the season of the year between summer and winter; a period of decline.
Etymology: from earlier auctumnus, potentially of Etruscan origin; compare Old Irish úacht, Lithuanian áušti ‘to cool off’, Old Armenian oyc.
CLAIR DE LUNE
1. moonlight. Literal translation: “light of the moon”.
2. a pale, greyish-blue glaze applied to various kinds of Chinese porcelain.
Etymology: French, clair (light) + de (of) + lune (moon).
1. conscious perception with full awareness; the act or faculty of consciously apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2. the act or process of apperceiving; to comprehend (a new idea) by assimilation with the sum of one’s previous knowledge and experience.
Etymology: from the Latin, ad- ”to, toward” and percipere “to perceive, gain, secure, learn, or feel”.
SOIGNÉ [also SOIGNÉE]
1. showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable.
2. well-groomed; polished.
Etymology: French, from soigner - to take good care of, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon sunnea - care.
…all words are masks, and the lovelier they are, the more they are meant to conceal.
Steven Millhauser, In the Penny Arcade: Stories (via)