1. a question or statement so framed as to exercise one’s ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; conundrum.
2. a puzzling question, problem, or matter.
3. a puzzling thing or person.
4. any enigmatic or dark saying or speech.
5. to propound riddles; speak enigmatically.
Etymology: from Middle English redel, redels, from Old English rǣdels, rǣdelse (“counsel”, “opinion”, “imagination”, “riddle”), from Proto-Germanic *rēdisliją (“counsel, conjecture”). Akin to Old Saxon rādisli (Dutch raadsel), Old High German rādisle (German Rätsel “riddle”), Old English rǣdan (“to read, advise, interpret”).
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1. a foul-smelling tobacco.
2. poor-quality tobacco with a foul, rancid, or putrid smell.
3. offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
Etymology: from the Spanish mondongo (“tripe”, “entrails”), perhaps via its English etymon mondongo.
[William Michael Harnett]
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
1. cave, cavern, grotto, den; a hollow in the earth, especially one opening more or less horizontally into a hill, mountain, etc.
2. the roofed channel in which the water of an ancient Roman aqueduct flows whether underground or raised on embankments or arches; channel; drain.
Etymology: Latin specus, “cave, cavity, drain, channel; probably akin to Latin specere, “to look”.
1. flame bearer; one who carries fire.
2. fiery; consisting of fire or burning strongly and brightly.
Etymology: from Middle English flaume, flaumbe, blend of Anglo-Norman flame and flambe, flamble, the first from Latin flamma, the second from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; akin to Old English glēd, “ember”; ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē-, “to shimmer, gleam, shine”.
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water lily; lily, a flowering aquatic plant from the Nymphaeaceae family.
Etymology: French for “water lily”, from Mediaeval Latin, from Arabic نلوفر (nilūfar), Persian نیلوفر (nīlūfar), from Sanskrit नीलोतपल (nīlotpala), from नील (nīla, “blue”) + उतपल (utpala, “lotus, water-lily”).
1. Musical direction: freely; liberally.
2. free mind.
Etymology: Italian > Latin liber- – “free”.
Etymology: from Old French, ultimately from Latin potēns “mighty”, from posse “to have power”.
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1. soaring; flying or rising high in the air.
2. standing, but with the wings spread, as if about to fly.
Etymology: derived from French, present participle of essorer.
AU CŒUR BRISÉ
broken-hearted; overwhelmed by grief , despair or disappointment, especially due to lost love, death, etc.
Etymology: French - au (the) + brise (broken) + cœur (cardia, core, heart).
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CICATRIX [aka CICATRICE]
1. the tissue that forms in a wound during healing; a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn; a scar.
2. Botany: a scar on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, especially a leaf.
Etymology: from Latin, of obscure origin.
beautiful; handsome; elegant, graceful; comely in appearance.
Etymology: from Latin venustus; akin to vener-, venus, ”love, charm”, Venus “Goddess of Love”.
[Charles Amable Lenoir]
PIEPOWDER [aka PIEPOUDRE]
1. a traveller; wayfarer; one who journeys away from home.
2. itinerant merchant; a chiefly used in Court of Piepowders, a summary court formerly held at fairs and markets to administer justice among itinerant dealers and others temporarily present.
Etymology: from French, literally “dusty foot”, referring to the travelling dealers, from French pied (“foot”) + poudreux (“dusty”).
[Antonio Javier Caparo]