without; apart from.
without; apart from.
dance of death; dance of the dead; an allegorical representation of the ever-present and universal power of death.
Etymology: German - töten “to kill” + tanz “dance”.
1. the act of enticing by soft words; enticement.
2. gaining affection by caressing.
Etymology: from Latin suppalpari, “to caress a little”; sub, “under, a little” + palpare, “to caress”.
1. skilled, skillful, clever, dexterous, adroit, expert.
2. ingenious, sagacious, intelligent, inventive.
1. the act of scorching or burning.
2. Pharmacology: the roasting or drying of moist substances.
Etymology: from Late Latin ustulāre, from Latin ūrere, “to burn”.
1. an obsolete word for poisoner; a person who poisons something or someone.
2. to poison; to imbitter; to impair.
Etymology: from Latin im- (prefix for “in, into”) + poison (from Old French puison “potion”, from Latin pōtiō “a drink”, especially a poisonous one, from pōtāre “to drink”).
courteous anticipation of others’ wishes; the act of anticipating another’s wishes, desires, etc., in the way of favour or courtesy; hence, civility; obligingness.
Etymology: from Latin praevenīre, present active infinitive of praeveniō, “anticipate”.
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.
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”.
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”.