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CAPUAN

PRONUNCIATION: (KAP-yoo-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Luxurious.

ETYMOLOGY: After Capua, a city in south Italy, that was known for its luxurious comfort in ancient times.
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CAPUTAN - the commander of a ship (with a Japanese accent)

CAP-MAN - protagonist of a children's book by Esphyr Slobodkina

CA-PUSAN - a South Korean city rich in calcuim

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HELOTAGE

PRONUNCIATION: (HEL-uh-tazh)

MEANING: noun: A state of servitude or bondage.

ETYMOLOGY: After Helos, a town in Laconia in ancient Greece, whose inhabitants were enslaved. Earliest documented use: 1934.

NOTES: Other towns in Laconia that have also inspired words in the English language are spartan, after Sparta, the capital of Laconia and caryatid. Laconia itself has given us the word laconic.
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HELLOTAGE - the function of a receptionist

PELOTAGE - the Art of Jai Alai

HELSTAGE - where the Devil puts on his show

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CANTERBURY

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAN-tuhr-ber-ee)

MEANING:
noun: A rack with open top and slatted partitions for magazines, sheet music, documents, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Canterbury, UK. It’s said that a bishop of Canterbury first ordered this piece of furniture. Earliest documented use: 1803. Some other words with Canterbury connections are canter and Canterbury tale.
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I-CAN'T-ER BURY - interment of the incapable

CENTERBURY - to lay the remains in the middle of three adjacent plots

CANTER BUOY - marks the turns of a regatta for horses

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ELYSIUM

PRONUNCIATION: (i-LIZH-ee-uhm)

MEANING: noun: A place of perfect happiness.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin Elysium, from Greek elysion pedyon (Elysian plain/fields). In Greek mythology, Elysium (or the Elysian Fields) was the final resting place for the souls of heroes and the virtuous after their death. Earliest documented use: 1599.
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ELISIUM - Element number 1701, found at Yale

ELY'S...UM... - the inventor of the Cotton Gin is at a loss for words

ELYSIMUM - a French flower, produced by crossing a lily with a chrysanthemum

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CANAAN

PRONUNCIATION: (KAY-nuhn)

MEANING: noun: A land of promise, abundance, and fulfillment.

ETYMOLOGY: After Canaan, an ancient region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. In the Bible, Yahweh promises this land to Abraham. Earliest documented use: 1548.

PRONUNCIATION: (KAY-nuhn)

MEANING: noun: A land of promise, abundance, and fulfillment.

ETYMOLOGY: After Canaan, an ancient region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. In the Bible, Yahweh promises this land to Abraham. Earliest documented use: 1548.
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CANANVAN - a congenital glycogen storage disease

CANCAN - a kick-kick dance-dance

CANABAN - the buzzword of the anti-marijuana movement
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TROCHILIC

PRONUNCIATION: (truh-KI-lik)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to the wheel or the rotary motion.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek trochos (wheel), from trechein (to run), which also gave us troche (lozenge) and the metrical trochee. Earliest documented use: 1570.
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TORO CHILIC - helping bulls calm down

TAROCHILIC - a spicy dish made from spiced beans and a Hawaiian root

PROCHILIC - in favor of reversing the climate-warming tendency

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ROTIFORM

PRONUNCIATION: (ROH-tuh-form)

MEANING: adjective: Wheel-shaped.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin rota (wheel). Earliest documented use: 1816.
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WROTIFORM - filled in one's vital information, as requested

BOTIFORM - shaped like a very small, very fast flying insect, once even considered supersonic

ROTIFOAM - shaving-cream rings

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ZODIAC

PRONUNCIATION: (ZOH-dee-ak)

MEANING: noun:
1. A circular diagram with 12 parts, each named after a constellation, used in astrology.
2. A circle, circuit, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin zodiacus, from Greek zoidiakos, shortening of zoidiakos kyklos (zodiac circle), from zoion (living being) + kyklos (circle, wheel). Earliest documented use: 1390.
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KODIAC - an Alaskan ursine, sometimes barely visible

AZODIAC - a nitrogen-containing compound with two acetate radicals

OZODIAC - a supermolecule combining two molecules of ozone - used to assist in replenishing the hole in the atmosphere

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EXORBITANT

PRONUNCIATION: (ig-ZOR-bi-tuhnt)

MEANING: adjective: Greatly exceeding what’s considered reasonable, especially in cost or price.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin exorbitare (to go out of the track), from ex- (out) + orbita (wheel track), from orbis (circle, disk). Earliest documented use: 1460.
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EXTORBITANT - due under penalty of dire consequences for failure to comply

HEXORBITANT - a six-cornered path around the sun

EXO-RABIT-ANT - outside Bugs Bunny's mother's sister

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ENCYCLICAL

PRONUNCIATION: (in/en-SIK-li-kuhl)

MEANING: noun: An official letter.
adjective: For wide circulation.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek kyklos (circle, cycle). Earliest documented use: 1616.

NOTES: A more common word for an encyclical is circular. In the Roman Catholic Church, a letter from the pope to bishops, usually dealing with the matters of doctrine, is called an encyclical.
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ENVYCLICAL - subject to sudden fits of jealousy

ENCYCLO-CAL - book of all knowledge on the West Coast USA

ENCY PLICAL - the map of North Carolina is folded

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