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CONTRAFACTUM

PRONUNCIATION: (KON-truh-fak-tuhm)

MEANING: noun: A composition that makes use of an existing piece of music with different lyrics.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin contrafacere (to counterfeit), from contra- (against) + facere (to make or do). Earliest documented use: 1940.
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CONTRACACTUM - this spiny desert plant has it in for me...

CONTRAFACETUM - the side of a gemstone diametrically opposite to the one under consideration

COINTRAFACTUM - a bootleg orange-flavored after-dinner liqueur

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AKRASIA

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-KRAY-zh/zhee-uh)

MEANING: noun: The lack of will or self-control resulting in one acting against one’s better judgment.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek akretes (powerless), from a- (without) + kratos (power, strength). Earliest documented use: 1806. The adjective form is akratic.
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ASK RASIA - Rasia? Who's "Rasia?

A.K.A. "RASIA" - nickname for Rasella

O.K., RASIA - I'm satisfied with your answer

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AQUABIB

PRONUNCIATION: (AK-wuh-bib)

MEANING: noun:
1. A water-drinker.
2. A teetotaler.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin aqua (water) + bibere (to drink). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poi- (to drink), which also gave us potion, poison, potable, beverage, bibulous, bibacious, and Sanskrit paatram (pot). Earliest documented use: 1731.
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AQUAVIB - whale or dolphin undersea communications

AQUABIC - a European ballpoint pen that writes under water

AQUA-BNB - tourist lodgings in Atlantis

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EIDOLON

PRONUNCIATION: (eye-DOH-luhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. An idealized form.
2. A phantom.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek eidos (form, idea), ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which also gave us wise, view, supervise, wit, eidos, and eidetic. Earliest recorded use: 1828.
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IDOL ON - when you worship your car so much you can't bear to get inside it, even to turn off the ignition, so that it just stands there with the motor running

EID COLON - the little-known Arabic Festival of the Large Intestine, sometimes loosely (but erroneously) translated as Evacuation Day

EPIDOLON - located just above the dolon

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VERIGREEN

PRONUNCIATION: (VER-i-green)

MEANING: noun: A simple or gullible person.

ETYMOLOGY: From very, from Old French verai (true), from Latin verus (true) + green (immature, naive, etc.). Earliest documented use: 1954.
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VERIGREN - plural of verig

VERYGREEN - bright light of 3800 Ångstrom units wavelength

VEROGREEN - putting surface in a Florida golf course

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RAFFISH

PRONUNCIATION: (RAF-ish)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Vulgar or tawdry.
2. Unconventional; carefree; rakish.L

ETYMOLOGY: From raff (rubbish), also the source of riffraff. Earliest documented use: 1795.
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RAWFISH - what sushi is made from

LAFFISH - humorous, sort of

CRAFFISH - small crustacean that crawls on the bottom of a pond

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CLAMANT

PRONUNCIATION: (KLAY-mant, KLAM-uhnt)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Loud.
2. Demanding attention; urgent.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin clamare (to cry out). Earliest documented use: 1639.
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CLAY ANT - a pre-Columbian scarab in the form of a six-legged insect

UCLA, MA, NT - the Bruins in Los Angeles have a New Technology, Mother

CALAMANT - squidlike

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DRAGGLETAILED

PRONUNCIATION: (DRAG-uhl-tayld)

MEANING: adjective: Dirty or untidy.

ETYMOLOGY: From draggle (to trail on the ground or in mud, etc.) + tail. Earliest documented use: 1654.
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DRAGGLE-FAILED - cross-dressing event didn't work out very well...

DRANGLE-TAILED - lots of anguish and self-searching at the end of the œuvre

DRAGLET AILED - young Saphira was ill (see Eragon)

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FAITOUR

PRONUNCIATION: (FAY-tuhr)

MEANING: noun: A cheat or impostor.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin factor (maker, doer, perpetrator), from facere (to make or to do). Earliest documented use: 1340.
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FATTOUR - visit to the lard factory

FASTOUR - driver's view of the Indianapolis Speedway

FAITHOUR - the 23rd Psalm, condensed to a single word

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CONSTITUTIONAL

PRONUNCIATION: (kon-sti-TOO/TYOO-shuh-nuhl)

MEANING: noun: A walk taken for one’s health.
adj.: 1. Relating to the constitution, a set of principles governing a state, organization, etc.
2. Relating to someone’s physical or mental condition.
3. Relating to the fundamental makeup of something or someone; essential.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin con- (together) + statuere (to set up). Earliest documented use: 1682.
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CONSTITUTION ALB - the white garment worn when handling an old precious document

CONSTITUITIONAL - the cost of higher education does not rise

C'MONSTITUTIONAL - Let's go for a walk together!

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