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APHRODITE

PRONUNCIATION: (af-ruh-DEE-zee-ak, -DIZ-ee-ak)

MEANING: noun: Something, such as a food or drug, that increases sexual desire.
adjective: Arousing sexual desire.

ETYMOLOGY: After Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty in Greek Mythology. Earliest documented use: 1710. Another word coined after her is hermaphrodite.
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ACHRODITE - any colorless individual

APHRODATE - an evening out with a goddess

APHORODITE - an ancient scholar given to uttering concise quote-worthy statements

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TITANIC

PRONUNCIATION: (ty-TAN-ik)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Of great power, strength, size, etc.
2. Relating to or made of the element titanium.

ETYMOLOGY: After Titan, any of a family of giant gods in Greek mythology. The element titanium is named after Titans because of its high strength. Earliest documented use: 1628; for sense 2: 1814. Another word coined after the Titans is titanism
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TRITANIC - containing tritium

TITANTIC - a step above belly-dancing

TISANIC - brewed from plant leaves and stems

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BORASCO

PRONUNCIATION: (buh/boh-RAS-koh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A sudden violent gust of wind, typically accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. Also known as a squall.
2. A bad spell; something unproductive, especially a mine (the opposite of bonanza).

ETYMOLOGY: The term is also spelled as borasca or borrasca. It’s from Spanish borrasca (squall), from Latin borras (north wind), from Greek borras (boreas), after Boreas, the god of the north wind, in Greek mythology who also gave us boreal and hyperborean. Earliest documented use: 1686.
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BORISCO - Russia, Inc.

BORA'S C.E.O. - chief executive officer of half of a Tahitian island

BORASCH - beet soup from central Europe

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VULCANIC

PRONUNCIATION: (vuhl-KAN-ik)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to volcanoes.
2. Fiery; explosive; full of anger, energy, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After Vulcan, the god of fire and metalworking in Roman mythology. The word vulcanize is also coined after him. Earliest documented use: 1660. The word vulcanic is also spelled as volcanic.
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VULCAN - ICK ! - response of someone who finds Spock and his ilk to be repulsive

SULCANIC - full of grooves and furrows

VULPANIC - a stampede of foxes

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GORGONIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (gor-GOH-nee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Terrible; repulsive.
noun: Any of various corals having a hard, treelike skeleton.

ETYMOLOGY: After Gorgon, any of the three monstrous sisters in Greek mythology, who had snakes for hair: Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa. Earliest documented use: 1616. See also, gorgonize.
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GORDONIAN - knotty

GOREGONIAN - from the bloody history of the US Northwest

ORGONIAN - like a device constructed of layers of wood and other materials, as tin, claimed by its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, to restore energy to persons sitting in it, thereby aiding in the cure of impotence, cancer, the common cold, etc; first postulated in the 1940s

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ANTRE

PRONUNCIATION: (AN-tuhr)

MEANING: noun: A cave, cavern, cavity, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle French antre (cave), from Latin antrum (cave), from Greek antron (cave). Earliest documented use: 1585.
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ANTARE - a singularly bright star in the night sky, 𝛂-Scorpius

ANTIE - a female protester

AITRE - high-falutin' pronunciation of the French verb "to be"

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REEVE

PRONUNCIATION: (reev)

MEANING: verb tr.: To pass (a rope or the like) through.
noun: A local official.

ETYMOLOGY: For verb: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1600.
For noun: From Old English gerefa (high official). Earliest documented use: before the 12th century.
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PRE-EVE - the night before the night before a holiday

RÈVE - a French dream

PREEVE - slang for "to look at in advance"

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ANTRE

PRONUNCIATION: (AN-tuhr)

MEANING: noun: A cave, cavern, cavity, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle French antre (cave), from Latin antrum (cave), from Greek antron (cave). Earliest documented use: 1585.
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ANTARE - a singularly bright star in the night sky, 𝛂-Scorpius

ANTIE - a female protester

AITRE - high-falutin' pronunciation of the French verb "to be"

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VESTA

PRONUNCIATION: (VES-tuh)

MEANING: noun: A short wooden match.

ETYMOLOGY: After Vesta, the goddess of hearth and household in Roman mythology. Her temple had a fire tended by the vestal virgins. Earliest documented use: 1839.
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PESTA - an Italian bug

NESTA - what a swarm of pestas lives in

YESTA - 1) with "say," to agree; 2) the day before

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TALPA

PRONUNCIATION: (TAL-puh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A mole (the animal).
2. A cyst.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin talpa (mole). Earliest documented use: 1684.
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TALL P.A. - my Physician's Assistant's height is 2.5 meters

T-ALPHA - where I place my golf ball before driving on the first hole

TOLPA - the fee you pay to drive on the turnpike from Philadelphia to Pittsburg

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