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POLYHISTOR

PRONUNCIATION: (pol-ee-HIS-tuhr)

MEANING: noun: A person of great or wide learning. Also polyhistorian.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin polyhistor, from Greek polyistor (very learned), from poly- (much, many) + histor (learned). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which is also the source of words such as guide, wise, vision, advice, idea, story and history. Earliest documented use: 1588. A perfect synonym of this word is polymath.
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POLYHISTORY - evolution of the African Parrot

POLYP HIS TOR - put mushrooms on the hilltop

POLY "HI" STAR - the famed actor has a penchant for greeting EVERYBODY !

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BOMBINATE

PRONUNCIATION: (BOM-buh-nayt)

MEANING: verb intr.: To buzz or hum.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin bombinare, from bombilare (to hum, buzz), from Latin bombus (humming), from Greek bombos (booming, humming). Earliest documented use: 1880. A perfect synonym is bombilate.
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BAMBINATE - the infant had lunch

'BOMINATE - do things truly worthy of disapproval and dislike

BORBINATE - to lace with strong-tasting Kentucky moonshine

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ECHOISM

PRONUNCIATION: (EK-oh-iz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The formation of words by imitating sounds; also a word created in this manner.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin echo, from Greek ekho, from ekhe (sound). Earliest documented use: 1880. Another word for echoism is onomatopoeia. Here are some words coined by this process.
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TECHOISM - relying on electronic gadgetry

ECHOIAM - I AM I AM I AM ME TOO

ECOISM - The environment comes first!

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CYNOPHILIST

PRONUNCIATION: (sy-NOH-fi-list)

MEANING: noun: One who loves dogs.

ETYMOLOGY: From From Greek kyon (dog) + -philia (love). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which also gave us canine, chenille (from French chenille: caterpillar, literally, little dog), kennel, canary, hound, dachshund, corgi, cynic, cynegetic, cynophobia, cynosure, and canaille. Earliest documented use: 1890. A perfect synonym of today’s word is philocynic.
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CYGNOPHILIST - lover of swans

CYANOPHILIST - I just adore blue

GYNOPHILIST - antonym of "misogynist"

ICY-NOPHILIST - this malaria-spreading mosquito can live in polar climates

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TIMBROLOGY

PRONUNCIATION: (tim-BROL-uh-jee)

MEANING: noun: The collecting or study of postage stamps and related matter.

ETYMOLOGY: From French timbre (stamp) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1867. Timbrology and timbrophily are two synonyms of what’s commonly known as philately.
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TIMBRELOGY - the study of small hand drums; also, musical tone which lacks energy

TIMBEROLOGY - woodcraft

TIM-BIOLOGY - Mr Leary's pharmacologically-distorted view of life

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DAEDAL

PRONUNCIATION: (DEE-duhl)

MEANING:MM adjective: Ingenious; skillful; intricate; artistic.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin daedalus (skillful), from Greek daidalos. Earliest documented use: 1590. A related word is logodaedaly.

NOTES: In Greek mythology, Daedalus was an architect and craftsman who built the labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. When the king imprisoned him so the knowledge of the labyrinth wouldn’t spread, Daedalus made wings for himself and his son Icarus.
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DANDAL - what you do to a baby on your knee

DAMEDAL - a mild imprecation, these days...

DEEDAL - a kind of dumpling, preferred by my son John when repeated

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INVOLUTE

PRONUNCIATION: (adjective/noun: IN-vuh-loot; verb: in-vuh-LOOT)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Intricate; complex.
2. Curled inward.
noun: A curve traced by a point on a string while winding or unwinding it around another curve.
verb intr.: 1. To curl up.
2. To return to a former condition or to a normal state.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin involutus, past participle of involvere (to roll up), from in- (into) + volvere (to roll). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wel- (to turn or roll), which also gave us waltz, revolve, valley, walk, vault, volume, wallet, helix, devolve, voluble, welter, and willowy. Earliest documented use: 1661.
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IN VOLUME - how large quantities are made

INFO-LUTE - the Town Crier was a minstrel

IN V.O. FLUTE - in a champagne glass filled with Seagram's

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XYLOPHILOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (zy-LOF-uh-luhs)

MEANING: adjective: Growing on or living in wood.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek xylo- (wood) + -philous (liking). Earliest documented use: 1862.
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XYLO-PHI LOTUS - a water plant in the form of a wooden Greek letter

XYLOPHI-LOUD - a hammered musical instrument played at high volume

OXY-LO-pH ILO, US - we are an oxygenated, acidic, dock-workers' labor union

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SERAPHIC

PRONUNCIATION: (suh-RAF-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Like an angel: serene, beautiful, pure, blissful, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin seraphim, from Greek seraphim, from Hebrew seraphim, from saraph (to burn). Earliest documented use: 1632.
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SERA CHIC - will be all the rage in fashionable Madrid

TERAPHIC - 10^12 PHICs

SERA-pH, INC - a company that makes acidity-controlled injectable antibodies

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LENTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (LEN-tik)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to or living in still water.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin lentus (slow, calm), which also gave us relent, lentamente (slowly, used in music direction), and lentitude (slowness). Earliest documented use: 1935. The form lenitic is also used. The word for “relating to or living in moving water” is lotic.
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LENTICE - what you suck on for the forty days before Easter, to ease the yen for what you've forsworn for the duration

LINTIC - like belly-button fuzz

LANTIC - flavored with urine, as beer sometimes is (YCLIU!)

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