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  • An offal dish from the cuisine of northern Portugal described as "a steaming black mash that involves the heart, lungs, liver and throat lining of a pig stewed in the animal's blood".

    September 6, 2013

  • There is precious little jam these days.

    September 6, 2013

  • See http://www.sott.net/article/180600-England-Return-of-the-Shug-Monkey.

    "An even more disturbing spectre called the shug monkey, which is described by witnesses as an unholy combination of mastiff and great ape is also seen on occasion..."

    September 6, 2013

  • Quite the opposite of upregulate.

    September 6, 2013

  • A scrimmage in a Border Station

    A canter down some dark defile

    Two thousand pounds of education

    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail. -- from Kipling's poem Arithmetic on the Frontier

    September 3, 2013

  • Also rabauld, ribault, ribaudkin, infernal machine or organ gun.

    September 3, 2013

  • US Infantryman slang for the metal clip designed to hold two 30-round rifle/machine gun magazines together. The formal military name for this article was "Holder, Magazine T3-A1".

    September 3, 2013

  • See examples at parkerize.

    September 3, 2013

  • So who's minding the mint? Some ex-checker or something?

    March 24, 2013

  • Lot's of this going around today.

    March 23, 2013

  • Same context: A once-famous fun-filled foot-long interspecies.

    March 23, 2013

  • It's a bird.

    March 23, 2013

  • Funny, my nephews launched a fusillade of whistling Nerf darts at me today.

    March 23, 2013

  • *stpr - postprocedural

    March 22, 2013

  • For ruzuzu's cattle list:

    n. A cow that does not produce milk.

    n. Australia, dated; A cattle thief; one who alters the brands of cattle.

    March 22, 2013

  • Happy National Bubble Week! 3/20-3/26, 2013.

    Who else can blow bubbles off the tip of their tongue?

    March 20, 2013

  • star-apple

    March 19, 2013

  • Who knew? I wonder whether a mismatch between term and definition is at work here.

    March 18, 2013

  • Time to wake up, tra-la-la.

    March 18, 2013

  • Zing went the strings, reestee.

    March 18, 2013

  • A peñita might perhaps look like the smaller of those rocky milestones that crop out along some or another songline, bilby.

    March 18, 2013

  • It's not a clam. See also the example sentence at Yarsagumbu. YouTube has some great examples worth perusing.

    March 17, 2013

  • @lydunka - my feeling is that the well was nearly dry, so the water level in the well was very low. More rope required to reach the water, and more time and effort required to hoist the bucket.

    March 17, 2013

  • A piñata shaped like a street-piano.

    March 17, 2013

  • It's Herr Feuerman. May I borrow some lime-liniment?

    March 16, 2013

  • Pass the fat-liquor, please.

    March 16, 2013

  • “My mother called whiskey 'jagger' -- I don't know why.” --from the Examples.

    March 16, 2013

  • To become heavy, compact, or firm; harden, as land or roads after a thaw or rain. --CD&C

    March 16, 2013

  • Slim looked much like the other fellows come to watch the rodeo, dressed in newish jeans and shirt, polished boots, with a modestly-sized oval buckle on his belt and his Sunday hat atop his head. His wife, on the other hand, was all gussied up like a jibby-horse.

    March 16, 2013

  • Kaboom!

    March 16, 2013

  • Stop your blubbering. It's just a little water, blood and (whale) oil.

    March 16, 2013

  • Let's pick up the pieces. The best belong to me now.

    March 16, 2013

  • Prolonged debate over whether, or not, the neoterists were in truth "just verbarians" prevented participants at the neologists' society conference from truly enjoying their plenary supper. The evening ended with toasts and cheers to the New Word Order.

    March 16, 2013

  • I'll perform, on the whistle, a selection of jigs, hornpipes, reels and slow airs tomorrow evening in a St. Paddy's variety show. Maids of Mitchelstown, Boys of the Town, Kerfunten, Cul Aodhe, and others.

    March 15, 2013

  • I totally disagree that gallbladder is a word worthy of trending. And, Hey You!, Eshman! Take off those jelly shoes.

    March 15, 2013

  • Yum. It tastes like it rhymes with dugong.

    March 15, 2013

  • Terrific!

    March 15, 2013

  • This binomial name of a moth species contains all the vowels once; and the wye.

    March 15, 2013

  • A group of butterflies is called a rabble, and also a swarm, or lek.

    March 15, 2013

  • A collective noun. A puddling of ducks.

    March 15, 2013

  • The rumor was that misdaub and surcoat were seen together on Viscount Exmouth's boat on Lake Como, and then later in the season, taking the waters at Marienbad.

    March 14, 2013

  • Because some words just look funnier than others.

    March 14, 2013

  • Sometime citizens of the Hyphen Nation.

    March 14, 2013

  • Well of course! Sturgeon bladder is the key to carlock.

    March 14, 2013

  • Apropos of 3/13/13. Habemus papam francescum.

    March 14, 2013

  • This adjectival term is also employed as a noun and as an adverb in the example sentences.

    March 13, 2013

  • Perhaps, bilby, you are looking for jockey-box? See comments under glove box.

    March 12, 2013

  • Nothing remains but worthless paper money blowing down dusty paper streets.

    March 12, 2013

  • Its a game, and there's not much to it.

    March 9, 2013

  • A style and flavor of iced cream in Michoacán Mexico. --from the Wordnik examples under Tarascan.

    March 8, 2013

  • "... the rut is still hot and he how many deer were harvested in Ohio anyone around delmarva completly snowed in?" --from the Wordnik examples.

    The world will end neither with bangs nor whimpers, but with choking, entropic misspellings and garbled grammar and punctuation.

    March 8, 2013

  • Come guess me this riddle: what beats pipes and fiddle?

    What's hotter than mustard and wilder than cream?

    What best wets your whistle? What's clearer than crystal?

    What's sweeter than honey and stronger than steam?

    What will make the dumb talk? What will make the lame walk?

    The elixir of life and philospher's stone.

    And what helped Mr. Brunel to dig the Thames Tunnel?

    Wasn't it poteen from ould Inishowen?

    So stick to the cratur' the best thing in nature

    For drowning your sorrows and raising your joys.

    Oh lord, it's no wonder, if lightning and thunder

    Was made from the plunder of poteen me boys.

    --Later verses of the Irish song The Humours of Whisky.

    March 7, 2013

  • Check Google Books for the better spelling instigatrix. Marie Antoinette was called in writing an instigatrix at least as early as 1794.

    March 7, 2013

  • to kill

    March 6, 2013

  • Eye-rhymes with toward and coward.

    Foward, ye wards of the Fo!

    Drive the cowards to and fro

    'Til their lower'd flag lies on the snow.

    March 6, 2013

  • instars

    March 6, 2013

  • Light reading, so to speak.

    February 28, 2013

  • It's a falcon.

    February 28, 2013

  • In plant anatomy, having the phloem surrounding the xylem in a concentric vascular bundle.

    February 27, 2013

  • An occupational surname. Cf. stockinger.

    February 27, 2013

  • It's a toy.

    February 27, 2013

  • Shorty, to his friends.

    February 27, 2013

  • *lfst - selfstanding

    February 26, 2013

  • This word does not imply that the Romans invented Wordie/Wordnik.

    February 26, 2013

  • It's a bird, by the waybung.

    February 26, 2013

  • The Aberdeenshire loon - Now some birders will be looking to add this one to their life lists.

    February 26, 2013

  • Hey great alexz, you found ONE! Nice ONE!

    February 26, 2013

  • Unicode character ("modifier letter turned comma") representing the ʻokina or phonetic glottal stop used in writing Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages. Compare U+2018, the "single opening quotation mark".

    February 26, 2013

  • Neither ONE nor TWO are airport codes, to my knowledge. However, ANE is the code for the Aéroport de Angers - Loire, in France; TRE is the Tiree Airport in Tiree, Scotland; FOR is Pinto Martins Intl Airport in Ceará, Brazil; and FIV stands for the Five Finger Coast Guard Heliport in Five Finger Alaska. There is no SIX, to my knowledge.

    February 26, 2013

  • A family member long ago dubbed me the Word Bird, @VerbalElation. I am or have been, among other things, an antiques collector and a fossil plant systematicist. The latter of these discovers and catalogs relationships between extinct and living plant lineages. Finding words and drawing connections by means of organized or themed lists is but another exercise in collecting and organizing that offers me satisfaction. I delight in words. They humor me. I list words as a hobby, yes, and to keep them close to hand. But for broader reasons too.

    The world in its variety is very finely and sometimes bewilderingly nuanced, whether one examines a just synchronic snapshot, a moment in time, or a diachronic interval that spans a particular history. Our words, the words of our language, record the manifold physical and cultural landscapes that we and our forbears have perceived. I collect words in order to learn and examine their subtleties. If I am startled because there are so many words for "snow" it is because I have not known snow it its delightful variety. If "snow" is the only word known to me for the frozen precipitation that falls from the sky in winter, then my perception of that particle of the world is restricted, and perhaps biased in its narrowness. A broad vocabulary broadens the horizon I see when I look beyond myself.

    February 26, 2013

  • This 20-letter mouthful contains various words within the string, including: this, is, his, other, her, era, rape, ape, and of course, therapeutist.

    February 25, 2013

  • Outside of partisan politics, brute facts are called opinions.

    February 25, 2013

  • Has blondinette ever been used for a shade of commercial hair-color?

    February 25, 2013

  • It's a bird, but the word might be put to creative use as a derogative term.

    February 25, 2013

  • Theirs, one of the best performances I ever attended.

    February 25, 2013

  • “Then there's the conflict between the ethno-preservationist national-anarchists and the anti-racist left-anarchists, and between the proprietarian anarchists and the communal anarchists.” --from the Examples.

    February 25, 2013

  • The whole allusion and connection to coquina lies with the mussel's genus name Donax, which reminded me of the song's repetitive verse "Dona dona dona..." . I like the visuals, especially the live oak trees and the old coquina stone city gates of St. Augustine FL, both of which have been pictured on post cards and tourist souvenirs for well over a century.

    February 25, 2013

  • Please welcome the newest member of the Organism Orchesta.

    February 24, 2013

  • Yep, it's a fish.

    February 24, 2013

  • Dona dona dona Donax

    Oyfn firl ligt dos kelbl

    ligt gebundn mit a shtrik

    hoikh in himl flit dos shvelbl

    freyt zikh dreyt zikh hin un krik.

    Lakht der vint in korn

    lakht un lakht un lakhtt

    lakht er op a tog a gantsn

    mit a halber nakht.

    Dona, dona, dona, dona,

    Dona, dona, dona, da,

    Dona, dona, dona, dona,

    Dona, dona, dona, da.

    Shreit dos kelbl zogt der poyer

    ver zhe heyst dikh zein a kalb

    volst gekent tzu zein a foygl

    volst gekent tzu zein a shvalb.

    Lakht der vint in korn ...

    Blinde kelber tut men bindn

    un men shlept zey un men shekht

    ver s'hot fligl, flit aroyftzu

    iz bei keynem nit keyn knekht.

    February 24, 2013

  • Carrion or a candy-treat; You pick.

    February 24, 2013

  • Anagram: drown the sun.

    February 23, 2013

  • Do isobronts leave tracks in the snow?

    February 22, 2013

  • It's really not worth sniping at.

    February 22, 2013

  • Enough to make a bibacious man cry, with abandon.

    February 22, 2013

  • adj. botany, A form of dehiscence whereby a seed capsule opens via pores or holes, allowing seeds to be dispersed like salt from a shaker. Species of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) are the most familiar plants exhibiting poricidal dehiscence. Compare septicidal, septifragal, and loculicidal.

    February 22, 2013

  • Compare septicidal and poricidal.

    February 22, 2013

  • A word derived from Portuguese penhorar, from the days of the slave trade in coastal West Africa.

    February 22, 2013

  • Thanks to bilby for first listing and commenting upon the word that described a feeling I had not previously had a name for.

    February 22, 2013

  • An ice-lover; an organism that lives and thrives in the ice environment.

    pagophilic

    February 22, 2013

  • "A character in The Tooth of Crime asks plaintfully, "Ain't there any farmers left, ranchers, cowboys, open space? Nobody just livin' their life?" --Johan Callens, Ed., 1998. Sam Shepherd: Between the Margin and the Center (1). American Theater Review, Vol. 8, Pt. 3, p.26.

    February 21, 2013

  • An octopus whose tentacles are conjoined teratologically might be called a sympus.

    February 21, 2013

  • Neither a game nor a lion. It's the name of the seventh month in the Attic year.

    February 21, 2013

  • It's a coral, the mushroom coral.

    February 21, 2013

  • I'm an adjective you don't meet every day.

    February 21, 2013

  • Picea (see picea) is the genus name of the spruce tree. In the past, spruce resin/gum was processed into a sort of chewing gum. This gum had the pitchiness but not the blackness implied by the adjective piceous, as Robert Frost told us in this excerpt from his 1920 poem The Gum-Gatherer:

    What this man brought in a cotton sack

    Was gum, the gum of the mountain spruce.

    He showed me lumps of the scented stuff

    Like uncut jewels, dull and rough.

    It comes to market golden brown;

    But turns to pink between the teeth.

    The entire poem may be read at Bartleby.com.

    February 21, 2013

  • It's raining tonight and the sidewalks are empty,

    The umbrellas are gone

    And the streets are so lonely --

    I lie here awake and the silence is thunder,

    Even though you are gone

    Your sadness remains.

    A piece of a song I've been working on for some time.

    February 21, 2013

  • When pigs fly, aeronautics engineers will require a pig cannon.

    February 21, 2013

  • Has a bec-de-corbin on one end.

    February 20, 2013

  • Don't let the definition put a sack (wineskin) over your head. strstr() is a string function in the standard C library and in PHP. An example of entry-definition mismatch.

    February 20, 2013

  • Of or like plants of the subfamily Amarylloidea.

    February 20, 2013

  • One who loves or collects species of the amarylloid genus Galanthus, the snowdrops.

    February 20, 2013

  • Makers of junk food not only battle for market share, but they also compete for stomach share. What's in your paunch, and whom did you pay for the privilege of putting it there? Thanks to John McGrath @Wordie for tweeting the NYT article that gave me this phrase.

    February 20, 2013

  • Al2SiO5; aluminum silicate, a clay mineral and food additive that is better baked, not fired.

    February 20, 2013

  • Wictionary calls iron filings a food additive. No wonder magnets stick to my abdomen sometimes.

    February 20, 2013

  • Eat what you can then use the leftovers to stick your upper plate to the roof of your mouth.

    February 20, 2013

  • chandlery

    February 20, 2013

  • *thsp withspeak

    February 20, 2013

  • Nice cow name, unless you have a lamb that needs an epithet.

    February 20, 2013

  • Just the slightest hint of goropism, Paddy.

    February 20, 2013

  • That's some heavy sh--, man.

    February 20, 2013

  • *mpcr hempcrete

    February 20, 2013

  • boation

    February 20, 2013

  • Social with crabs, but not a socialite with crabs.

    February 19, 2013

  • Cf. raking-piece.

    February 19, 2013

  • Took me 2 yrs., 59 days, 13 hrs., and 43 mins. to get a clock fixed there once.

    February 19, 2013

  • prithee; (I) pray thee.

    February 19, 2013

  • Don't sororize with the enemy.

    February 19, 2013

  • Compare bugger all.

    February 18, 2013

  • Contrast ranoid.

    February 18, 2013

  • What of BBach?

    February 18, 2013

  • A swinesty, hogsty; a swinecote, pig-cote.

    February 18, 2013

  • Humorous term and Twitter.com hashtag referring to Marco Rubio's awkward and mid-sentence groping for an out-of-frame bottle of Poland Springs water during the broadcast of his Republican response/rebuttal to Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.

    February 18, 2013

  • The five precisely spaced dots in this word's i's spell E-S-E in Morse code.

    February 17, 2013

  • The discussion thread below brings the terms despecificate and adsignification to mind.

    February 17, 2013

  • I like the flavor of pit-roasted pork. I wouldn't recommend cinder pig though. Too metallic-tasting.

    February 17, 2013

  • From the Same Context heading: any ill-satisfied plaguey uppish tea-drinker, and, praise those thermopower weapons.

    February 17, 2013

  • Cover your right eye and read to me the third line of letters please.

    February 16, 2013

  • To cast cavells -- to cast lots. Northumberland dialect.

    February 16, 2013

  • brozier

    February 16, 2013

  • brosier

    February 16, 2013

  • Compare glasschord.

    February 16, 2013

  • Compare glasschord.

    February 16, 2013

  • Percussive cousin of Benjamin Franklin's glass harmonica. Cf. crystallophone.

    February 16, 2013

  • *ssch: glasschord, which see.

    February 16, 2013

  • Then would you insist as well that anthropologists' field-recordings should be relegated to the dung-heap and debitage of disallowed/disavowed data?

    February 15, 2013

  • It's a golf club. With a neck like a duck.

    February 15, 2013

  • Better a fraught than a draught, of moonshine, I always say.

    fraught - two bucketsful. --from the definitions.

    February 15, 2013

  • A feast; entertainment.

    February 15, 2013

  • It's a plant. The pieces of it's name have an interesting (to me) derivation.

    February 15, 2013

  • A hawk's or falcon's dropping which squirts at an angle other than vertical. --from the definitions.

    February 15, 2013

  • It's a particular fish, in bilby-land.

    rock-whiting

    February 15, 2013

  • Known as a croaker sack in the deep south of the US; the burlap bag used by frog-giggers to contain and keep their middle-of-the-night catches damp.

    February 14, 2013

  • See pot-hat.

    February 14, 2013

  • List of most expensive divorces.

    February 14, 2013

  • List of Hawaii tornados.

    February 14, 2013

  • Goes in the same toolbox as your oyster-hammer.

    February 14, 2013

  • "They counte Peace to be cause of ydelnes, and that it maketh

    men hodipekes and cowardes.

    "--Bp. Christopherson, _Exh. ag.

    Rebel._ 1554. The Rebel was a poem, printed in Notes and Querries: A Medium of Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc., No. 33, Saturday, June 15, 1850, p. 34.

    February 14, 2013

  • A certain alga growing on stones that, when wetted, yields a strong and pleasant odor of violets. Perfect for lining a grotto or outdoor shower, I should think.

    February 13, 2013

  • How do you solve a problem like Maria?

    February 13, 2013

  • I once purchased a bottle of orange-water perfume at a Cuban tienda in Tampa FL.

    February 13, 2013

  • The storied swamp-cypress of Mexico.

    February 13, 2013

  • Interesting, if not zblbl, because water-cooler is African ungulate herd-slang for the water-hole, where hackers (slang for crocodiles) lie in wait to ambush the users.

    February 13, 2013

  • Compare staddle.

    February 13, 2013

  • Here, Wiki.

    February 13, 2013

  • An inverted umbrella device deployed beneath an olive tree that catches olives shaken from it during harvesting.

    February 13, 2013

  • An olive-harvesting tool.

    February 13, 2013

  • Primarily looking for the edible kind, and associated words, ruzuzu, but I'd be pleased if you'd add it anyway! It should probably go on my list of "greens", too.

    February 12, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 12, 2013

  • It's a tree.

    February 12, 2013

  • Therefore, non habemus papam.

    February 12, 2013

  • anagogical

    February 12, 2013

  • Kaboom.

    February 12, 2013

  • Frayed bits of dental-floss lodged inextricably between the teeth.

    February 12, 2013

  • sarceled. Pig butchery seems to dominate the visuals provided.

    February 12, 2013

  • I like the term aide-mémoire.

    February 12, 2013

  • My favorites so far are powfagged, cubdrawn, and forswonk.

    February 12, 2013

  • And aholehole repeats four letters and makes it a whole fish.

    February 12, 2013

  • added buckling.

    February 11, 2013

  • Wh-what?

    February 11, 2013

  • “I really love the doner kabob at my local Turkish restaurant, and the cacik is awesome, pronounced "jawjeek" phonetically.” --from the examples.

    I'll go with the cacik. Or tzatziki, if it's available.

    February 11, 2013

  • Or glassphalt, for the more body-conscious.

    February 11, 2013

  • See peaberry.

    February 11, 2013

  • See andromeda.

    February 11, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 11, 2013

  • *ndsp sandspout.

    February 10, 2013

  • It's a bird.

    February 10, 2013

  • Why isn't the media reporting this threat to world security? Who is behind the conspiracy? Why has the White House been silent on this issue?

    February 10, 2013

  • James Cook named the Sandwich Islands after his benefactor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Cook reported that the native name for the Islands we now know as Hawai'i was Owyhee. The so-named county in SW Idaho is derived from Cook's term, and recalls 3 Hawaiian trappers who were lost in that region.

    Visuals are fairly representative of this part of Idaho.

    February 10, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 10, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 10, 2013

  • Charming definition, to which should be appended "while sipping mojitos from a cruise ship deckchair".

    February 10, 2013

  • *loved*

    February 10, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 10, 2013

  • pelele

    February 10, 2013

  • Thundersnow thunders now in New England's 2/8/2012 blizzard.

    February 9, 2013

  • One for those who list the winds of the world.

    February 9, 2013

  • Compare German Kiste.

    February 8, 2013

  • A place at which to shop for others' former spouses.

    February 8, 2013

  • My father sometimes uses this term for outhouse.

    February 8, 2013

  • A pantry, but for vin.

    February 8, 2013

  • *rkwr arkwright

    February 8, 2013

  • Cf. humidor.

    February 8, 2013

  • “He is aflame, from the edge of his collar -- a patent clerical guillotine of washable xylonite, purchased at a famous travellers 'emporium in the Strand -- to the thin, silky rings of dark hair that are wearing from his high, pale temples.” --Richard Dehan, The Dop Doctor. London, Wm. Heinemann Ltd., 1910.

    February 8, 2013

  • Cf. galalith and ivoroid.

    February 8, 2013

  • Just lovely, qroqqa!

    February 8, 2013

  • Get thee to a peachery, ma chérie.

    February 8, 2013

  • A grovecrop of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) trees.

    February 8, 2013

  • Great job ruzuzu. Who goes next?

    February 8, 2013

  • How about rotten pears?

    February 7, 2013

  • Don't name your daughter mydaleine.

    There is a herring connection, ruzuzu!

    February 7, 2013

  • Sounds like a fancy air filter, ruzuzu.

    February 7, 2013

  • Is bandie a nickname for bandicoot, bilby?

    February 7, 2013

  • T.S. Eliot was imp of the purr-verse in his work Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

    February 7, 2013

  • The offal of pilchards.

    February 7, 2013

  • One of the tonsils. --from the definitions.

    February 7, 2013

  • Very moony.

    February 7, 2013

  • Get thee to a minkery, minx.

    February 7, 2013

  • I think of two things when I see this word: (1), a Bavarian tourist shop full of cuckoo clocks, the ticks, tocks and cuckoos all competing with eachother; (2) the diner in Gainesville FL named "The Clock" that has dozens of clocks on the walls, none of them telling the correct time.

    February 7, 2013

  • A boat.

    February 7, 2013

  • Cf. stater.

    February 7, 2013

  • One for the coin listers.

    February 7, 2013

  • Just added tanekaha as an obliquely-related term.

    February 7, 2013

  • You're welcome, friend. Thank you in return.

    February 7, 2013

  • Something for a nemophilist to get lost in.

    February 7, 2013

  • Nice list! Many of these terms would apply to the poets and their works as well.

    February 7, 2013

  • Methinks this word is missing a "p".

    February 7, 2013

  • I'm an adjective you don't meet every day.

    February 7, 2013

  • Just added sugar-teat.

    February 7, 2013

  • A red wine from Bordeaux.

    February 7, 2013

  • A white wine grown near Napoli.

    February 7, 2013

  • A local French red wine, from the village of that name.

    February 7, 2013

  • A type of red wine.

    February 7, 2013

  • An Italian wine that incorporates aspirin so you won't get headache.

    February 7, 2013

  • Another varietal wine, for the oenology listers.

    February 7, 2013

  • A shout-out to, well, you know who you are. Each of you.

    February 7, 2013

  • See citation at prayer flag.

    February 7, 2013

  • A variety of Italian wine grape; one for Wordnik's oenology listers.

    February 7, 2013

  • Whilst I slept ruzuzu guessed the answer: causa mortis. Congrats ruzuzu. Thanks for playing and trying and trying fbharjo.

    February 7, 2013

  • Not there yet...

    February 7, 2013

  • A small gooseberry pie. --from the definitions.

    February 7, 2013

  • Etymology and word roots at the bottom of the page....

    February 7, 2013

  • It's a fish. haddock

    February 7, 2013

  • It's a fish, too.

    February 7, 2013

  • It's called a puffin, too.

    February 7, 2013

  • fbharjo, just a straightforward first-letters anagram. The terms themselves fall within a broad rubric that also encompasses the looked-for word/phrase.

    February 7, 2013

  • Not quite, @ry! Thanks for your indulgence!

    February 7, 2013

  • A morbid species of phlegm.

    February 7, 2013

  • This derogatory term has been re-purposed several times.

    February 7, 2013

  • Nice, bilby. Thanks!

    February 6, 2013

  • This list is a little word game. Welcome.

    February 6, 2013

  • I wish I were on a plane to the Solomon Islands today to observe life after the 90cm tsunami that resulted from the 8.0 earthquake.

    February 6, 2013

  • This would look nice on my tombstone, right after fiddler.

    February 6, 2013

  • A tree-stand from which to ambush a tiger. Unless Tiger got there first and is waiting in the tree.

    February 6, 2013

  • A deus ex machina hydraulica, for one?

    February 6, 2013

  • Could I get a neck massage too?

    February 6, 2013

  • See definitions at microtaggant, taggant.

    February 6, 2013

  • *rchd archdapifer

    February 6, 2013

  • One for the coin and currency listers.

    February 6, 2013

  • See the better definition at rapakiwi.

    February 6, 2013

  • scratch cradle, cat's cradle.

    February 6, 2013

  • A term coined by Seattle food expert Jon Rowley to describe the combination of subtle local variations in underwater environments that affect the flavor of Pacific oysters and other seafoods. Cf. terroir.

    February 6, 2013

  • Worn inside a Hessian, perhaps?

    February 6, 2013

  • Placerville CA was called Hangtown in those days, as were others, I suppose.

    I remember seeing a scarecrow-like effigy in miner's clothing hanging from an old downtown building in the 1980's.

    February 6, 2013

  • (Mind where you place the hyphen.)

    February 6, 2013

  • The art of making handles.

    February 6, 2013

  • A nice illustration and nicer animation of the Witch of Agnesi are given at its Wikipedia citation, which see.

    February 5, 2013

  • The maths term semicontinuum and its definition seems appropriate here, in a tangential way.

    February 5, 2013

  • "It's no skin off my nose."

    February 5, 2013

  • A bumped-up birthrate.

    February 5, 2013

  • "Bartender! Another rum shrub for my landscaper friend!"

    February 5, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 5, 2013

  • Contrast willow-garden.

    February 5, 2013

  • See Richard III.

    February 5, 2013

  • The king under the car park. BBC World News, 2/5/2013.

    February 5, 2013

  • It's also a palindrome, says Wordnik.

    February 5, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    February 4, 2013

  • This bivalve may be successfully opened with an oyster-hammer.

    February 4, 2013

  • For performing more intricate work than may be accomplished by an oyster-sledgehammer.

    February 4, 2013

  • Cf. paillette, papilette.

    February 4, 2013

  • Skookumchuck Creek is a tributary of the Salmon River in Idaho.

    February 4, 2013

  • *nthr unthrive

    February 4, 2013

  • Full enough, and a pain to page down to to add a word....

    February 4, 2013

  • Like a beard-hater. Really.

    February 3, 2013

  • Fear of catsharks? Cf. selachophobia.

    February 3, 2013

  • Cf. broth of a boy.

    February 3, 2013

  • Po-Te-N-Ti-Al (polonium, tellurium, nitrogen, thallium, aluminium).

    February 3, 2013

  • Just thought you'd like to know, it's neither radish nor radicchio.

    February 3, 2013

  • Don't know if wire lettuce's time has come, but in the season between the muddy winter thaw and the ripening of foxtail and June grasses (whose prickly awned fruits cling and burrow mercilessly into pantlegs, bootlaces, and stockings), I enjoy tramping the remote and desolate hills and dry treeless vales of Malheur County Oregon.

    February 3, 2013

  • The bles'séd Wiktionary definition of zanzibug employ's the pos's'es's'ive *mosquito's* us'ed, deplorably, a's a plural.

    February 3, 2013

  • Sc-H-I-Sm (scandium, hydrogen, iodine, samarium).

    February 3, 2013

  • I never looked at this phrase, and don't recall making this comment.

    February 3, 2013

  • Great Jumping Frenchmen with their miryachit affections!

    February 3, 2013

  • It's all free. And fun. And useful!

    February 3, 2013

  • *tchg matchgate

    February 3, 2013

  • Just added game-hole.

    February 3, 2013

  • Po - I (polonium, iodine). And to some, that's what poi tastes like.

    February 2, 2013

  • F -O - N - K (fluorine, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium).

    February 2, 2013

  • Better bistered than blistered.

    February 2, 2013

  • Rhymes with robot.

    February 2, 2013

  • Cockaigne, for an example from the Middle Ages.

    February 2, 2013

  • Definitions include a URL and an ISBN. And references to Australia, bilby.

    February 2, 2013

  • Added C. elegans to the list.

    February 2, 2013

  • bêche-de-mer

    February 2, 2013

  • Just added bitumen and coal tar. Oh, and radium too.

    February 2, 2013

  • I'm imagining the softly glowing pearly sausages mentioned in the quotation below.

    February 1, 2013

  • It's a moderate tree.

    February 1, 2013

  • Pus in your pupik. Or an onion. U pick.

    February 1, 2013

  • Nice visuals.

    February 1, 2013

  • Well I'll bejiggered.

    February 1, 2013

  • I always wondered about those pigeon-fanciers.

    February 1, 2013

  • Vanuatu pidgin, for one.

    February 1, 2013

  • An old term for ram, a male sheep.

    February 1, 2013

  • Rhymes with doggerel.

    February 1, 2013

  • One for the coin listers. Compare rose-rial.

    February 1, 2013

  • Eels were sold by the stick in old England. 25 eels to the stick.

    February 1, 2013

  • In my rock-climbing days we called obvious and protruding hand-sized rocks and knobs that even a non-climber could employ as a handhold chicken heads. We didn't have a comparable ice term for our ice-climbing of frozen waterfalls and curtains of ice on cliff faces.

    February 1, 2013

  • *ftst toftstead

    February 1, 2013

  • A two-year old ewe. Compare hoggaster, hoggerel, hog.

    February 1, 2013

  • Not to be confused with the various trees and woods called bloodwood.

    January 31, 2013

  • lollardism

    January 31, 2013

  • grudgings

    January 31, 2013

  • A mixture of oats, peas, and vetches.

    January 31, 2013

  • From Old Norse bygg; Middle English big, bigge: barley.

    January 31, 2013

  • Armless is harmless, Texas.

    January 31, 2013

  • I think of verjuice and crabstick.

    January 31, 2013

  • A species of itch that some people cannot resist scratching.

    January 31, 2013

  • Words, figuratively seeds of ideas. The abdelavi is a type of melon from Arabia and North Africa.

    January 31, 2013

  • mashriq

    January 31, 2013

  • One for the bladed weapons listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • Another for the coin listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • Another for the gums and resins listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • yamani

    January 31, 2013

  • Another one for the coin listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • One for the coin and currency listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • One for the coin listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • Duly noted: the species epithet, raetam is an anagram of the generic name, Retama.

    January 31, 2013

  • Rhymes with Derp.

    January 31, 2013

  • One for the gums and resins listers.

    January 31, 2013

  • One for those who list all things nautical.

    January 31, 2013

  • See examples for grass crown.

    January 30, 2013

  • --Arthur George Liddon Rogers, ed. A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Clarendon Press, 1887, p.313.

    January 30, 2013

  • Shetland Islands: The water which flows from a dunghill.

    January 30, 2013

  • *nthr wanthrift

    January 30, 2013

  • Armless is harmless, Texas.

    January 30, 2013

  • One for the fabric listers.

    January 30, 2013

  • Scots. Two slices of oat bread, buttered and laid face-to-face.

    January 30, 2013

  • Hispalis - (Seville)

    January 30, 2013

  • -- A History of Agriculture and Prices in England from the Year after the Oxford Parliament (1259) to the Commencement of the Continental War (1793), Arthur George Liddon Rogers, ed., 1887, p.749.

    January 30, 2013

  • Ruthenia, Rus?

    January 30, 2013

  • See jarp. Also termed egg-tapping, egg fight, egg knocking, shackling, dumping. All the King's horses and all the King's men... From the folk who gave us conkers.

    January 30, 2013

  • One for the weapons listers.

    January 30, 2013

  • Another one for the hat-listers.

    January 30, 2013

  • One for the hat-listers.

    January 30, 2013

  • One for the coin and currency listers.

    January 30, 2013

  • involucrum cadaverale

    January 30, 2013

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for the phrase Supreme Court of the United States. --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906, p.317.

    January 30, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    January 30, 2013

  • It's a fish.

    January 30, 2013

  • New England: A dessert made by stewing fruit topped with pieces of biscuit dough, which steam as the fruit cooks.

    January 30, 2013

  • Hum + buzz.

    January 29, 2013

  • Mutters and murmurs.

    January 29, 2013

  • I like my toads fire-bellied and spade-footed. A knot of toads is a little overwhelming, however.

    January 29, 2013

  • In entomology, the act of ejecting a pungent fluid from the anus, with a slight noise.

    January 29, 2013

  • I like how the oddly palindromic string *bbubb just sits there like a blunt toad in this word..

    January 29, 2013

  • Better leather-lunged than leather-lipped? You pick.

    January 29, 2013

  • Talk, cackle.

    January 29, 2013

  • The American night-heron; quawk.

    January 29, 2013

  • caterwaul

    January 29, 2013

  • This lidded movable names that which it is intended to safely contain.

    January 29, 2013

  • A homographic homophonic autoantonym that means to silence, or to make a (squishy) sound.

    January 29, 2013

  • My favorites so far are elfmill, tin cry and croyn.

    January 29, 2013

  • Thanks for tagging, ruzuzu!

    January 29, 2013

  • One of the common names of the copperhead snake. chunkhead

    January 28, 2013

  • Common name of a pit viper of Mexico and Central America known also as the Mexican moccasin. Genus Agkistrodon.

    January 28, 2013

  • Trinidadian common name for the anaconda.

    January 28, 2013

  • A Brazilian name for the mythical giant anaconda.

    From Old Tupi mbói.

    January 28, 2013

  • Snakes of the genus Aparallactus are called centipede-eaters.

    January 28, 2013

  • I'm an adjective you don't meet every day.

    January 28, 2013

  • hot-headed

    January 28, 2013

  • A marine fuflun. Hands a few to ruzuzu with a long-handled dipnet.

    January 28, 2013

  • Janet's method occurs in a list of similar medical eponyms.

    January 28, 2013

  • *pspl sheepsplit

    January 28, 2013

  • God's bodkin

    January 28, 2013

  • Plural of anticlinorium; anticlines.

    January 27, 2013

  • Zing went the strings.

    January 27, 2013

  • Same context: stunting boorishness.

    January 27, 2013

  • Sporty.

    January 26, 2013

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "How soon can you obtain the information?" --US Railroad Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 26, 2013

  • As fat as mud; very fat: as, “veal, mud-fat and tender as a chicken, worth a shilling a pound,” --Century Dictionary & Cyclopedia

    January 25, 2013

  • Embroidery, especially embroidery upon muslin.

    January 25, 2013

  • a caramelized pancake similar to a Dutch Baby, but

    January 25, 2013

  • This is how my mother says it.

    January 25, 2013

  • In Náhuatl: péyotl.

    January 24, 2013

  • It's a bird.

    January 24, 2013

  • Construction of a different sort of "new one".

    January 24, 2013

  • One for ruzuzu's list of Panvocalic Pants. Each of the vowels occurs but once; in this case alphabetically. The definition given for tackle twill has etymological/provenance information. This fabric type does not yet appear on any of the Wordnik fabric lists.

    January 24, 2013

  • Ice-eckle.

    January 24, 2013

  • I knew you'd find3 your squirrels3 list.

    January 24, 2013

  • A place in which to think outside the box.

    January 24, 2013

  • kadilesker, fool-killer.

    January 24, 2013

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for the phrase "What is the rate of increase?" --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 24, 2013

  • "What importance do they attach to?", in the odd shorthand of railroad telegraphy. --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 24, 2013

  • Railway telegraphy term meaning "Of no importance". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 23, 2013

  • Railroad telegraphers' term meaning "You are wanted at home". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906, p.268.

    January 23, 2013

  • Sure, ry, those are all great. One would think the top of the list would be duct tape, the handy-man's secret weapon.

    January 23, 2013

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for the phrase "Not a holiday". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 23, 2013

  • Cerberus ate my homework.

    January 23, 2013

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