1. a small conduit or burrow, as an underground drain or rabbit hole; a rabbit hole.
2. a low tunnel, as to a burial chamber.
3. Pathology: a burrow in the skin caused by the itch mite.
Etymology: Latin cuniculus - rabbit, burrow.
[Tanya Miller - Down The Rabbit Hole (Alice In Wonderland)]
Greek mythology: the daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus (Τυνδάρεως) of Sparta. Her myth gave rise to the popular motif in Renaissance and later art of Leda and the Swan. She was the mother of Helen (Ἑλένη) of Troy, Clytemnestra (Κλυταιμνήστρα), and Castor and Pollux (Κάστωρ καὶ Πολυδεύκης, also spelled Kastor and Polydeuces). Leda was admired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan.
Etymology: Greek Λήδα.
[Annie Stegg - Leda & the Swan]
1. resembling a rodent.
2 of incisor teeth.
Etymology: from Neo Latin Glires.
1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic.
2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
3. disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vagabond.
5. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction.
6. a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.
7. an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of support; tramp; vagrant.
8. a carefree, worthless, or irresponsible person; rogue.
Etymology: late Middle English vagabound (< Old French vagabond) < Late Latin vagābundus - wandering, vagrant, equivalent to Latin vagā(rī) - to wander.
[Antonio Javier Caparo - Vagabond]
not witty; dull, unfunny, deadly serious, humourless.
Etymology: Latin inficetus, infacetus, from in- + facetus - courteous, elegant, witty, facetious.
Leopardus pardalis: also known as the dwarf leopard, a medium-sized American wildcat that ranges from Texas to northern Argentina and has a tawny-yellow or grayish coat dotted and striped with black.
Etymology: the name ocelot comes from the Nahuatl word ōcēlōtl, which usually refers to the jaguar (Panthera onca) rather than the ocelot.
one who studies roses.
Etymology: Greek rhodon (rose) + -loger (one who does, from -logy - the study of).
1. a miniature representation of something, especially a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one; a little world; a world in miniature; a miniature form that represents a larger reality.
2. Philosophy: a) a person regarded as epitomising the universe. b) human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome or miniature of the world or universe.
3. anything that is regarded as a world in miniature.
Etymology: Middle English microcosme < Mediaeval Latin mīcrocosmus < Greek mīkròs kósmos - small world.
the systematic study of folklore and folk literature, especially concerning origin and transmission.
Etymology: derived from Middle English storie < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia (“story”) + Middle English -logie < Latin, Greek -logia (from logos, “speech”, “account”, “story”).
[The Unicorn In Capitivity (from the Unicorn Tapestries)]
1. the production or generation of heat.
2. the production or generation of fire.
3. Informal: born from fire; the use of fire for reproduction; generation by fire.
Etymology: Greek pyro (fire) + genesis (origin).
[Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo]
1. a voluntary engagement, or a paper containing it; a promise.
2. the action or result of promising.
3. Roman/Civil Law: a promise without mutuality; a promise which has not been accepted by the person to whom it is made.
Etymology: Latin pollicitātiōn- (stem of pollicitātiō) a promising, equivalent to pollicitāt(us), past participle of pollicitārī - to promise, frequentative of pollicērī - to promise, literally, bid for.
1. poppy red; a vivid red to reddish-orange colour.
2. any of several azo dyes (as Biebrich scarlet) giving red colours and used as biological stains.
3. having the colour ponceau.
Etymology: French, compare Old French pouncel - poppy.
1. to blow, to breathe; live; to breeze (intransitive).
2. to expire, pass away or die.
Etymology: Latin, which ‘spiritus’ (spirit) is derived from.
to hover; float; levitate.
Etymology: from Middle High German swëben, from Old High German swebēn, from Proto-Germanic *swibēną (“to move”), from Proto-Indo-European *sweyp-, *sweyb- (“to twist, turn around”). Cognate with Dutch zweven (“to float”).
[James R. Eads]