Comments by biocon

  • Opitulate means to help, assist, aid (OED).

    April 3, 2014

  • Literally, "with benefit to whom" (Latin).

    February 28, 2014

  • Sapientipotent signfies mighty in wisdom (OED).

    February 21, 2014

  • Urbaneness is the quality of being urbane (OED).

    February 21, 2014

  • Pachynsis signifies a pathological or abnormal thickening of a bodily organ, tissue, or structure.

    February 21, 2014

  • Ignific means producing fire (OED).

    February 11, 2014

  • Spanish: bloodstream.

    February 10, 2014

  • L. Apparatus circulatorius = bloodstream, circulatory system.

    February 10, 2014

  • L. Systema sanguineum = bloodstream, circulatory system.

    February 10, 2014

  • Eurycerous means having broad horns (OED).

    January 26, 2014

  • Scrupose means rough, jagged (OED).

    January 19, 2014

  • Tardiloquent means speaking slowly (OED).

    December 6, 2013

  • Paucify means To make few or fewer; to lessen, diminish (OED).

    November 25, 2013

  • Paucify means "to make few or fewer; to lessen, diminish" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    November 25, 2013

  • Pervagation is the action of wandering through or about (OED).

    November 25, 2013

  • Prevailent means 1. widespread, pervasive, prevalent prevailant; 2. powerful, influential (OED).

    October 9, 2013

  • See prevailent.

    October 9, 2013

  • Obumber means to shelter; overshadow; cast a shadow over, obscure (OED).

    October 6, 2013

  • Obumbilate means to obscure (OED).

    October 6, 2013

  • tenebrate = darkened, dark (OED).

    October 5, 2013

  • Sclerosic = sclerotic (OED).

    September 1, 2013

  • Dreper = one who kills, a murderer (OED).

    August 25, 2013

  • Thank you alexz. Typically, I include solely words of Latin or Greek origin in my lists but since smidge is such a cool word in my opinion, I will add it as well as iota.

    August 24, 2013

  • August 24, 2013

  • Oligohydraminos means deficiency of amniotic fluid sometimes resulting in embryonic defect through adherence between embryo and amnion.

    August 4, 2013

  • mycota or Mycota signifies 1. the fungal organisms of a particular habitat or location (with sg. or pl. concord); 2. a synonym of kingdom Fungi (with capital initial and sg. or pl. concord).

    July 27, 2013

  • Latin torvus = 1. staring, keen, piercing; 2. wild, stern, fierce, grim, savage.

    July 19, 2013

  • Latin caveat emptor literally means the buyer should beware, the purchaser should take precautions.

    July 17, 2013

  • Latin osculum pacis = a kiss given as a sign of friendliness, the kiss of peace; specifically that greeting given as a token of Christian love at early Christian religious services (OED).

    July 17, 2013

  • When this term is a taxonomic category (the vast majority of cases cited here), its first letter is capitalized (Infusoria).

    July 6, 2013

  • Latin hostes generis humani is a variant of hostes humani generis.

    June 26, 2013

  • Latin hostes humani generis = enemies (or enemy) of the human race. The term, hostes is plural, but either singular or plural in application. Cf. hostes generis humani).

    June 26, 2013

  • Latin volucer means 1. flying; 2. winged; 3. fleet, swift, rapid; 4. passing quickly by, fleeting, transient, transitory

    June 24, 2013

  • Recinct means to surround or enclose (OED).

    June 16, 2013

  • Taeniiform = taeniform. Both taenii- and taeni- are combining forms.

    June 8, 2013

  • L. terrestria = land animals.

    June 5, 2013

  • Torquemada means persecutor, "after Tomas de Torquemada 1498, Spanish Dominican monk and first inquisitor general for all Spanish possession."

    May 28, 2013

  • Forcepped (nonce word) means having or provided with forceps.

    May 25, 2013

  • Trophus is a masticatory apparatus in Rotifera.

    May 20, 2013

  • A belated thanks to fbharjo for ramification.

    May 17, 2013

  • Innatant = swimming or floating in or upon some liquid

    May 12, 2013

  • I thank leaden for adding two superlative words to this list.
    Thank you, ruzuzu, for your gracious comment.

    May 12, 2013

  • L. repandirostrus = with upturned snout.

    May 8, 2013

  • L. involucer (masc.) = unfledged and flightless.

    April 7, 2013

  • L. atrox = savage, cruel, fierce, atrocious, harsh, severe, unyielding.

    Panthera leo atrox (American Lion) was one of the North American megafauna that became extinct 10,000-12,000 years ago.

    March 30, 2013

  • English aetodes.

    March 28, 2013

  • Gk. ἀετώδης = eagle-like.

    March 27, 2013

  • Ancyloid means "resembling a clasp, noose or hook" (New Sydenham Soc. Lexicon 1879, from OED).

    March 24, 2013

  • Adlection means appointment, by nomination rather than election, to a governing body (esp. the former Roman Senate), or to a position of higher status (OED).

    1949 Oxf. Classical Dict. 6/2 Though the right of adlection had been largely employed by Julius Caesar, it was exercised cautiously by the first emperors.
    1974 Amer. Jrnl. Philol. 95 90 The adlection to praetorian and patrician rank could have occurred in absentia.
    1977 F. Millar Emperor in Rom. World 295 Under Commodus also we meet the earliest case of adlection inter consulares.
    2005 Internat. Jrnl. Classical Trad. 12 127 Adlection to the Senate would, of course, carry senatorial status.

    March 23, 2013

  • Tracture means a drawing, attraction; enticement (OED).

    March 23, 2013

  • Thanks for the notice.

    March 20, 2013

  • Thank you for your dulce words.

    March 20, 2013

  • Enneamer is a nine-part chemical compound. Gk. ennéa = nine; méros = part.

    March 12, 2013

  • Adjuvate means to (1) to help, aid, assist; (2) to facilitate (OED).

    March 8, 2013

  • Lucrate means to gain or win (OED).

    February 25, 2013

  • Ligatory means 1. a. serving to bind or tie up; 2. that has binding force, obligatory (OED).

    January 20, 2013

  • The term caput radicis means the crown of the root in a plant (OED).

    January 19, 2013

  • Caput Medusae signifies 1. the star Algol or Medusa's Head in Perseus; 2. a species of fossil Pentacrinite (OED).

    January 19, 2013

  • The term caput lupinum (literally wolf's head) means outlaw (OED).

    January 19, 2013

  • Caput Draconis signifies Dragon's Head, a star in Draco (OED).

    January 19, 2013

  • Proboscic: having a proboscis; relating to, resembling, or of the nature of a proboscis — now chiefly humorous with reference to a person's nose (OED). See proboscidiform.

    1852 J. Coldstream in Todd's Cycl. Anat. & Physiol. IV. i. 36/2 Pulmograda..4. Proboscic: the lower and central part of the body prolonged into a proboscis-like appendage.
    1920 Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Press 31 Dec. 16/3 Meanderer's emotion then found relief in a tear from each eye, which proboscic moistening he is brazen enough to confess here without blushing.
    1988 Newsday (N.Y.) (Nexis) 6 Nov. 39 A candidate for office dare not sneeze in public until his analysts have assessed public opinion of such involuntary proboscic activity.
    2000 Independent (Nexis) 26 July 5 With its proboscic snout, its attenuated delta wings..and its aristocratic demeanour, Concorde continues to make heads turn.

    January 14, 2013

  • L. sanguis = blood. This term is used in anatomy and physiology.

    January 9, 2013

  • Propinquant = nearby, close at hand (see propinquitous).

    December 23, 2012

  • Impere means a command, order (OED).

    December 17, 2012

  • The example here needs to be elided.

    December 11, 2012

  • In addition, ansa means a loop or structure resembling a loop (Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002).

    December 6, 2012

  • In addition, inveigh means to carry in, bring in (to use); introduce (OED).

    December 6, 2012

  • Le me gusta.

    December 1, 2012

  • Adauge means to increase, augment (OED).

    November 27, 2012

  • Nicetery means a charm or talisman for securing victory (OED). L. nīcētērium = a prize of victory.

    November 22, 2012

  • In addition, formose means beautiful, comely (OED). See formous, which is a variant of this word.

    November 11, 2012

  • See formose.

    November 11, 2012

  • Summum pulchrum means the highest beauty (OED).

    November 11, 2012

  • In addition, summum genus means the highest or most comprehensive division in a classification (OED).

    November 11, 2012

  • Summoperous (nonce word) means highest, utmost (OED).

    November 11, 2012

  • Siluriformes is the taxonomic order of catfishes (see siluriformes).

    November 10, 2012

  • The initial letter of the names of taxonomic categories, including orders, is uppercase (see Siluriformes).

    November 10, 2012

  • Medieval Latin lumbosus = great-buttocked (Levins, Peter 1579, Manipulus vocabulorum). An English cognate would be lumbose.

    November 5, 2012

  • Deperdite means A: (adjective) — lost, abandoned, involved in ruin or perdition; B: (noun) — something lost or perished (OED). Variant of deperdit.

    November 5, 2012

  • See deperdite.

    November 5, 2012

  • OED: Viduate means 1. destitute of something; 2. widowed.

    November 5, 2012

  • Persequent means "that follows; pursuing; subsequent, next" (OED).

    1904 F. W. Rolfe Hadrian VII xxii. 402 ‘You stay here till you feel better..,’ Hadrian mewed to His delighted and excited and persequent cat.

    November 2, 2012

  • Deterior means inferior in quality, worse (OED).

    October 31, 2012

  • L. Via Dolorosa = Sorrowful Way.

    October 22, 2012

  • Via Lactea (Latin) = Milky Way. Via is a feminine noun and lactea is a feminine adjective.

    October 22, 2012

  • The first letters of via and lactea should be upper case. See Via Lactea.

    October 22, 2012

  • This Latin phrase means "the lung attracting (inspiring) and restoring air."

    October 21, 2012

  • Excellent!

    October 16, 2012

  • Patulicate means to open, be made wide, spread out (OED).

    October 14, 2012

  • Aliture is the process of nourishing; nourishment (OED).

    October 13, 2012

  • Alition is the action of supplying nourishment; alimentation (OED).

    October 13, 2012

  • L. cavitas = a hollow or cavity. This term is used in anatomy.

    October 12, 2012

  • Conclamate means to call out against (OED).

    October 8, 2012

  • Os coccygis = the coccygeal bone or the coccyx. L. os = a bone; coccygis (genitive case) = of a cuckoo (referring to the form of the bill of this bird).

    October 4, 2012

  • L. sua sponte = of one's own will or accord, voluntarily. Sua = one's (own). Sponte (noun) = free will or accord.

    September 24, 2012

  • L. sponte A: (noun) = free will; B: (adverb) = of one's own will, voluntarily; for one's own sake.

    September 24, 2012

  • Cuisinic (nonce word) means pertaining to cuisine (OED).

    September 22, 2012

  • See bête noire.

    September 19, 2012

  • Subrige (transitive verb) means to raise up (OED).

    September 19, 2012

  • Infimous means 1. very low or base; 2. basest (OED).

    September 8, 2012

  • L. celer = 1. swift, quick, rapid, fast, speedy, hasty, hurried; 2. rash; 3. agile; 4. lively; 5. early.

    September 7, 2012

  • Superficie (OED). See superficies.

    September 5, 2012

  • Frigidate means to make frigid (OED).

    September 4, 2012

  • Frigefy means A: (transitive verb) to make cold, to cool or B: (intransitive verb) to become cold (OED).

    September 4, 2012

  • The word, unsalubrious. is a variant of insalubrious (OED).

    September 3, 2012

  • The term mens sana in corpore sano means a sound mind in a healthy body.

    September 3, 2012

  • Juvament means help, aid, assistance (OED).

    September 3, 2012

  • This word should be spelled vicinal.

    September 1, 2012

  • Gk. πλευρά = 1. side of body; 2. rib.

    August 26, 2012

  • In addition, strigose means meager; sapless (OED).

    August 25, 2012

  • The definition of velocious appears in many dictionaries. I am surprised it is not provided here, except in the Comments.

    August 20, 2012

  • In addition, incognita (inˈcognita) means unknown things or places (OED).

    August 12, 2012

  • permane means to remain; continue (OED).

    August 5, 2012

  • In addition, conflux is a verb meaning to flow or run together, combine (OED).

    August 2, 2012

  • In addition, appellate is a verb meaning to call or designate (OED).

    July 30, 2012

  • In addition, furca is a forked process or forklike structure.

    July 29, 2012

  • OED: pelagious = pelagic.

    July 29, 2012

  • Pantopelagian means frequenting or inhabiting the open seas (OED).

    July 29, 2012

  • In addition, thalassian means of or pertaining to the sea, marine (OED).

    July 29, 2012

  • Gk. λόφος = 1. nape; 2. withers (of horse); 3. crest (of hill, ridge, helmet, birds’ crown), tuft (of feathers or hair on crown), comb of fowl; 4. dorsal fin of large fishes; 5. tonsure (shaven zone) in middle of crown performed usu. as religious rite. Pl.: λόφοι.

    July 29, 2012

  • Tonse (verb) means 1. to cut the hair of; 2. to trim; dress up (OED).

    July 28, 2012

  • Gk. kόλος = docked; stump-horned; hornless. See docked.

    July 28, 2012

  • Gk. kεράςφορος = horned. See kεράςτης.

    July 28, 2012

  • Gk. kεράςτης = horned. See kεράςφορος.

    July 28, 2012

  • OED: imberbic means beardless. See imberb.

    July 26, 2012

  • Imberb means beardless (OED).

    July 26, 2012

  • Putatitious means supposed; (falsely) reputed; imaginary (OED).

    July 24, 2012

  • In addition, luteous means of or pertaining to mud, muddy, that is made of clay, loam, mud, morter, earth; filthy (OED).

    July 23, 2012

  • L. nomen vulgare = common name, vernacular name.

    July 20, 2012

  • Insignite means distinguished (OED).

    July 20, 2012

  • According to OED, juxta (adjective) means next-lying, immediately adjacent.

    July 19, 2012

  • Ratiocinable means able to be arrived at or deduced by reasoning (OED).

    July 19, 2012

  • Existimate means to esteem, deem, judge (OED).

    July 19, 2012

  • OED indicates that luctual means mournful, sorrowful.

    July 16, 2012

  • OED indicates that luctuous means mournful.

    July 16, 2012

  • In addition, caligate means wearing military boots (caligae) (OED).

    July 15, 2012

  • Extollation is the action of extolling; laudation, praise (OED).

    July 14, 2012

  • Let me consider adding Spanish and French words that mean bowl.

    July 13, 2012

  • Spanish escudilla = a bowl.

    July 13, 2012

  • L. echinus = 1. a hedgehog; 2. sea-urchin; 3. land-urchin; 4. copper vessel for the table, rinsing bowl; 5. prickly husk of a chestnut; 6. ornament under the chapiter of a Doric or Ionic column,

    July 13, 2012

  • Thank you.

    July 12, 2012

  • Effutiation means twaddle, balderdash (OED).

    July 12, 2012

  • L. capis = a bowl with one handle, especially used in sacrifices.

    July 12, 2012

  • L. capedo = a bowl or cup used in sacrifices.

    July 12, 2012

  • L. simpuvium = a vessel for offering liquids, lesser sacrificial bowl;

    July 12, 2012

  • See phial.

    July 12, 2012

  • Propinquous = propinquitous.

    July 4, 2012

  • The word várzea signifies low-lying flatland in Amazonia (particularly in Brazil) that is subject to periodic inundation (OED).

    July 3, 2012

  • See várzea.

    July 2, 2012

  • The phrase, veni, vidi, vici means "I came; I saw; I conquered."

    June 24, 2012

  • Lustrum may also denote a combination of four years or divisions (OED).

    June 23, 2012

  • Gk hoi (οἵ, masc. pl.) = the article "the;" Ionic Gk pοllοί (πολλοί, masc. pl. adjective) = many. Hoi polloi = the many, the majority, the masses, the plebes.

    June 23, 2012

  • Gk hoi (οἵ, masc. pl.) = the article "the;" οlίgοi (ὀλίγοι, masc. pl. adjective) = 1. small; 2. few. Hoi oligoi = the few, the elite.

    June 23, 2012

  • Cincinnate means (of hair): curled; in ringlets (OED).

    June 22, 2012

  • The term sensu lato means with (in) a broad sense.

    June 19, 2012

  • Efferate means fierce, harsh, morose (OED).

    June 13, 2012

  • In addition, minatory is a noun signifying a threat or menace (OED).

    June 12, 2012

  • Infude means 1. To pour in, infuse; 2. pour (on); 3. To infuse or inspire (a person) with (OED).

    June 10, 2012

  • The term πυρίγληνος = fiery-eyed.

    June 8, 2012

  • Gk. πυρίγληνος = fiery-eyed. See πυρίγληνος.

    June 8, 2012

  • Theriomaniac is one who has a mania for hunting wild beasts (OED).

    June 8, 2012

  • Thank you leaden.

    June 3, 2012

  • Trichorrhoea means a shedding of the hair (OED).

    June 3, 2012

  • Spanish pantanoso = marshy, swampy.

    June 3, 2012

  • In addition, curt means short in linear extent (length).

    June 3, 2012

  • Varia lectio means a variant (different) reading. Lectio (fem.) = a reading.

    June 2, 2012

  • Emberizidae are a cosmopolitan family of sparrows or finches that are generally granivores having a robust conical bill.

    June 2, 2012

  • Atlapetes is the generic epithet of 27 species of Latin American Emberizidae, which are nominated brush-finches (montane bird — Gk. Atlas = mythic Titan king of Mauretania, who was transformed into a mountain; pεtēnόn = a bird).

    June 2, 2012

  • The name, leucophrys, is the specific epithet of 14 avian species and the subspecific epithet of another two avian species (Gk. lεύkophrυs = white-browed). The name, leucophrus, is the specific epithet of a single avian species.

    May 29, 2012

  • Thank you much, gulyasrobi.

    May 29, 2012

  • Brotogeris is a genus consisting of eight species of parakeets from Latin America (Gk. Brotógērυs = with human voice; the Gk. suffix -υs is replaced with the L. suffix -is).

    May 28, 2012

  • Pyriglena (that which is fiery-eyed; Gk. pῠríglēnοs = fiery-eyed; a = fem. suffix signifying that which is) is the genetic epithet of a genus consisting of three species of antbirds (family Thamnophilidae) from Latin America.

    May 28, 2012

  • The first letter of this generic epithet should be upper case.

    May 27, 2012

  • Veniliornis a genus consisting of 14 species of woodpeckers from Latin America.Veniliornis is a Greek compound word meaning sea-serpent bird.

    May 27, 2012

  • L. contra valere means "to be worth against" (to be effective against).

    May 27, 2012

  • See ceryle. The information in the word list ceryle should appear here under Ceryle.

    May 24, 2012

  • Ceryle is a generic epithet. The first letter of generic epithets should be uppercase. See Ceryle.

    May 24, 2012

  • Based on the Latin origins nigrous = glossy black whereas atrous = matte black.

    May 20, 2012

  • Habiliments sometimes refer to the adornments of non-human animals as manifested in the following passages.

    "The habiliments of the two forms of larks are more divergent than would appear at first blush. Above, the coloration of neglecta (the western) is paler and grayer than that of magna, the black markings being less conspicuous, and those on the tertials and middle tail-feathers being arranged in narrow, isolated bars, and not connected along the shaft" (Birds of the Rockies, Leander Sylvester Keyser, McClurg, 1902).

    "If there is anything shabby or deficient in the attire of a specimen, it is usually safe in spring to relegate it to the female persuasion, although in many cases the young males are condemned to wear the mean habiliments of the female until they have gained their glorious prerogatives (The Birds' Calendar, H. E. Parkhurst, 1894).

    May 20, 2012

  • In addition, sequel means to follow (OED).

    May 16, 2012

  • In addition, sequest means to follow (OED).

    May 16, 2012

  • Ex situ means off site.

    May 15, 2012

  • In addition, descrive means to write down, inscribe; to write out, transcribe (OED).

    May 6, 2012

  • ὀδούς (masc. noun) = tooth

    May 6, 2012

  • κίρκος (masc., in verse) = hawk

    May 6, 2012

  • ἱέραξ (masc.) = hawk

    May 6, 2012

  • γύψ (masc.) = vulture.

    May 6, 2012

  • Teretous: See terete.

    May 6, 2012

  • Perpusil means very small; minute (OED).

    May 4, 2012

  • Myriate: "that is a very small part of a whole; infinitesimal" (OED).

    May 4, 2012

  • Calefying gases = greenhouse gases (see calefy).

    May 2, 2012

  • According to OED, confragose means rough with breaks, or shattered parts; broken.

    May 2, 2012

  • Pusill means small; mean; weak (OED).

    May 1, 2012

  • Macroglossal is long-tongued.

    April 28, 2012

  • The Latin term carpe jugulum, = seize the throat.

    April 28, 2012

  • In addition, grex means A clump of myxamœbæ formed during a phase of the life cycle of cellular slime moulds, the Acrasina or Acrasiomycetes (OED).

    April 27, 2012

  • In addition, remiss means 1. (of a condition, disease, etc.): not intense or strong; moderate, mild; 2. (of degree): moderate, low, slight; lesser (OED).

    April 27, 2012

  • Emunge means to wipe out, cleanse; also figuratively (as in Latin), to cheat (OED).

    April 27, 2012

  • Assequent means following, subsequent (OED).

    April 4, 2012

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