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EUPHORIA

PRONUNCIATION: (yoo-FOHR-ree-uh)

MEANING: noun: A feeling or state of elation or well-being.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek eu- (well) + pherein (to bear). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bher- (to carry, to bear children) that gave birth to words such as basket, suffer, fertile, burden, bring, bear, offer, prefer, birth, adiaphorism, delate, opprobrious, sufferance, and paraphernalia. Earliest documented use: 1684.
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EUPHORBIA - Spurge, or bastard spurge, a genus of plants of many species, mostly shrubby, herbaceous succulents, yielding an acrid, milky juice. Most of them have powerful emetic and cathartic products. [Honest. YCLIU!]

EDUPHORIA - delight in acquiring knowledge

GUPHORIA (pr. "guf-FAW-ree-uh") - laughing loudly and uncontrollably

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QUATERNION

PRONUNCIATION: (kwuh/kwah-TUHR-nee-uhn)

MEANING: noun: A set of four persons, things, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin quattuor (four). Earliest documented use: 1384.
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QUAKER'N'ION - breakfast cereal made of charged oatmeal particles

'QUATER NICON - a fine camera made at very low latitudes

AQUATERNION - a waterfowl whose best friend is T-Berton

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URTICACEOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (uhr-tih-KAY-shuhs)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to a nettle.
2. Stinging.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin urtica (nettle), from urere (to burn). Earliest documented use: 1836.
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URBICACEOUS - citified

URTICAREOUS - makes your cavities itch

UTICA CEO: US - We've just been put in charge of that city in upstate NY

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AUTOTELIA

PRONUNCIATION: (ah-toh-TEH-lik)

MEANING: adjective: Having a purpose, motivation, or meaning in itself; not driven by external factors.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek auto- (self) + telos (end). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, telic, entelechy, talisman, col, and accolade. Earliest documented use: 1864.
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AUTOTELLIC - car with built-in reporting to the police whenever you exceed the speed limit

Au HOTELIC - very posh lodgings, with all gold fixtures

AUTHOTELIC - the final chapter in a long story, such as Homer's Iliad or Odyssey

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VINACEOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (vy/vi/vuh-NAY-shuhs)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to wine.
2. Of the color of red wine: reddish.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin vinum (wine). Earliest documented use: 1688.
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PINACEOUS - bromeliad, like a pineapple

WINACEOUS - overfond of having a pair of Aces in the hole

BINACEOUS - synonym for BINARY

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YEANLING

PRONUNCIATION: (YEEN-ling)

MEANING: noun: The young of an animal, especially of a sheep or a goat.
adjective: New-born; infant.

ETYMOLOGY: From yean (to give birth to a young), from Old English geeanian, from eanian (to bear young) + -ling (small, young, inferior). Earliest documented use: 1644.
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YEARNLING - the first faint glimmering of a desire

YE, MANLING - I'm talkin' ta you, punk

YEAN LINGO - spoken in the land of Ye

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URSIFORM

PRONUNCIATION: (UHR-suh-form)

MEANING: adjective: Having the form or appearance of a bear.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ursus (bear). Ultimately from the Indo-European root rtko- (bear), which also gave us arctic (literally, of the bear), the name Ursula (diminutive of Latin ursa: bear), and arctophile (one who is very fond of teddy bears). Earliest documented use: 1791.
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CURSIFORM - 1. oathsome; 2. scriptlike

ARSIFORM - British: ass-shaped

URSIFARM - where bears are grown

URSIDORM - the final room that Goldilocks entered

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LEPTODACTYLOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (lep-tuh-DAK-tuh-luhs)

MEANING: adjective: Having slender fingers or toes.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek lepto- (thin) + -dactyl (toed, fingered). Earliest documented use: 1855.
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KLEPTODACTYLOUS - finger-stealing (not welcome at KFC)

LEPTO-d-ACETYL OPS - skinny-fingered vinegary penguin

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ZAFTIG

PRONUNCIATION: (ZAF-tik, -tig)

MEANING: adjective: Full-figured; pleasingly plump; buxom.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish zaftik (juicy), from German saftig (juicy), from Saft (juice). Earliest documented use: 1921.
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ZAFTING - alternative form meaning "betraying"

WAFTIG - blowing in the gentle breeze with your nose stuffed

ZAPTIG - Calvin shoots Hobbes with a Taser

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NOCTILUCENT

PRONUNCIATION: (nok-tuh-LOO-suhnt)

MEANING: adjective: Shining at night.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin nocti- (night) + lucent (shining). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leuk- (light), which also gave us lunar, lunatic, light, lightning, lucid, illuminate, illustrate, translucent, lux, lynx, pellucid, lutestring, lustrate, lucubrate, limn, and lea. Earliest documented use: 1691.
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NOCTILUSCENT - the night is deepening

NOCTILU CANT - Prime Minister Noctilu of Roumania regrets he is unable

NON-TILUCENT - my bathroom walls do not glow

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