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ANEMIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-NEE-mi-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Growing in windy conditions.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek anemos (wind). Earliest documented use: 1879.
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ANEMIONS - microscopic particles that suppress your red blood cell count

MNEM-IOUS - to help you remember your debts

ÂNE MIAOUS - catlike noises made by a French donkey

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ACEDIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-SEE-dee-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Characterized by apathy, boredom, or sloth.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin acedia, from Greek akedia, from a- (not) + kedos (care). Earliest documented use: 1609. Also see acedia.
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ACTEDIOUS - behave tiresomely

ABEDIOUS - sleep excessively

ACETIOUS - sharp, vinegary

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ADVENTITIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (ad-ven-TI-shuhs)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Arising from an external source.
2. Happening by chance.
3. Appearing in an unusual place.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin adventicius (coming from outside, foreign), from advenire (to arrive), from ad- (toward) + venire (to come). Earliest documented use: 1603. Also spelled as adventious.
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ADDVENTITIOUS - installing additional windows

ADVENDITIOUS - for the purpose of selling more promotional messages

ADENTITIOUS - toothless

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CAESIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (SEE-zee-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Bluish or grayish green.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin caesius, probably from caelum (sky). Earliest documented use: 1835.
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CAESEOUS - cheesy

CADS IOUS - promissory notes, generally not repaid

CANESIOUS - a college in Buffalo NY, source of Jesuit sugar

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ANNELIDOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-NEL-uh-duhs)

MEANING: adjective: Of or relating to worms.

ETYMOLOGY: From French anneler (to ring), from Latin anellus, diminutive of anus (ring). Earliest documented use: 1835.
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PANNE-LIDOUS - like a bread-cover

ANNELI-NOUS - We're the Parisian branch of the Anneli family...

ANNELID FOUS - ...and we're crazy over earthworms!

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GAMBIT

PRONUNCIATION: (GAM-bit)

MEANING: noun:
1. An opening in which a minor piece is sacrificed to obtain a strategic advantage.
2. A maneuver used to secure an advantage.
3. A remark used to open or redirect a conversation.

ETYMOLOGY: From Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto (the act of tripping someone), from gamba (leg). Earliest documented use: 1656.
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GUMBIT - the masticatory equivalent of "Man Bites Dog"

GAMEBIT - money purchased and used within an App

GAMBIN - where you keep chess and checkers, Clue, Sorry, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Magic: the Gathering, and such, when you're not playing

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PROPUGNACULUM

PRONUNCIATION: (praw-puhg-NAK-yuh-luhm)

MEANING: noun: A fortress; defense; protection.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin propugnaculum (bulwark), from propugnare (to fight in defense of something), from pro- (toward) + pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick), which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, oppugn, repugn, impugn, pugnacious, pugilist, and repugnant. Earliest documented use: 1773.
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PRE-PUGNACULUM - little skirmish leading up to the actual conflict

PROPUGNOCULUM - in favor of the beady little eye of a small short-nosed dog

PROPUGNACUUM - a suction cleaning device that's angry all the time

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FLATFOOTED

PRONUNCIATION: (flat-FOOT-id)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Clumsy; unimaginative; uninspired.
2. Forthright.
3. Unprepared.
4. Uncompromising.
5. Having the arch of the foot flattened so the entire sole touches the ground.

ETYMOLOGY: From flat, from Old Norse flatr + foot, from Old English fot. Earliest documented use: 1601. (A flatfoot is not necessarily flatfooted.
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FATFOOTED - bloated and edematous from the ankle down

FEATFOOTED - world's-record-holder in the 100-meter dash

FLATFOOLED - convinced he was in the wrong apartment

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CONSANGUINEOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (kon-sang-GWIN-ee-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Related by blood; having a common ancestor.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin consanguineus, from con- (with) + sanguineus (bloody), from sanguis (blood). Earliest documented use: 1616.
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CON SANGUINE BUS - brings prisoners back from their Anger Management sessions

CONAN GUINEOUS - Night-show host O'Brien acted like Obiwan Kenobi (or the British Colonel at the River Kwai)

CONS AN' QUINEOUS - fake COVID-19 cure is actually good for malaria

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HAM-HANDED

PRONUNCIATION: (HAM-han-did)

MEANING: adjective: Clumsy; tactless; lacking social grace.

ETYMOLOGY: From ham + hand. It’s the same ham (one who overacts), apparently from the minstrel song, “The Hamfat Man”. Earliest documented use: 1918.
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WHAM-HANDED - a very hard-punching boxer

HAT-HANDED - begging

HAM-WANDED - a showy but incompetent magician

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