the scientific word for moulting in many invertebrates; i.e. the shedding of the cuticula (a term used for any of a variety of tough but flexible, non-mineral outer coverings of an organism). The cuticula of these animals often forms an inelastic exoskeleton, it is shed during growth and a new, larger covering is formed. The remnants of the old, empty exoskeleton are called exuviae.
Etymology: from Ancient Greek ἐκδύω, ekduo, “to take off, strip off”.
GALACTOPHAGIA [aka GALACTOPHAGY]
consumption of milk; milk drinking.
Etymology: Greek galacto- (combining form denoting milk, from gala, “milk” + -phagia (combining form denoting eating, from phagein, “to eat”).
inducing sleep; drowsiness; soporific.
Etymology: from Latin somnus (sleep, drowsiness) + the suffix -fic (a combining form meaning “making,” “producing,” “causing,” appearing in adjectives borrowed from Latin), blend of somnific and soporific.
[Audrey Benjaminsen - Sleeping Beauty]
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.
divination from the flight and/or cries of birds.
Etymology: from Greek ornis, ornith- (bird) + manteia (prophecy).
1. a skull.
2. a death’s head; a human skull, as symbol of death.
Etymology: Dutch, from Middle Dutch schedele, from Old Dutch skēthila, *skeithila, “part, crown, crest, summit”, from Proto-Germanic *skaidilō, “part in the hair, top, crown, crest, summit”, from Proto-Indo-European *skÁit-, “to cut, part, separate”. Cognate with German Scheitel, “part, crest, apex”.
[Sierk van Meeuwen]
CHIMAERA [aka CHIMERA]
1. Classical Myth & Legend: a) a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail, b) an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts.
2. an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially an unrealisable dream.
3. Genetics: an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution.
Etymology: from Latin chimaera, from Greek khimaira, “she-goat”, from khimaros, “he-goat”.
[Elisabetta Trevisan - Chimera, the Sound of Thunder]
an intense love for celestial bodies, especially stars.
Etymology: Greek astro, “star” + philia, “love”.
1. sleep resembling death; a deep sleep; coma.
2. death resembling falling asleep, usually a peaceful and painless death.
Etymology: ultimately derived from Latin dormīre, “to sleep”.
one who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
Etymology: from Latin nemoralis, from nemus, nemoris, “a wood or grove” + Greek philia, “love”.
1. love; a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. wanting; longing; to feel a need or a desire for; wish for.
Etymology: Aromanian, from the verb voi or Vulgar Latin *volēre < Latin volere, present active infinitive of volō. Compare Daco-Romanian vrere.
1. a seller of sweets, such as candy, lollies or dried fruit.
2. confectioner; someone who makes confections (sweet preparation of fruit, candy, cakes, cookies, etc.) to sell.
Etymology: from Latin tragematopola.
the vault of heaven; the sky.
Etymology: from Late Latin firmāmentum, “sky” (considered as fixed above the earth), from Latin for “prop, support”, from firmāre, “to make firm”.
I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.