from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology, noting the wings of hymenopterous or other insects when they are deeply tinged with brownish gray, but semidiaphanous or semi-transparent.


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  • Full disclosure: all I've got to offer is a handful of signed first editions by various semi-obscure authors and whatever money's still in the banana stand.

    We Could Do a Lot With Two Hundred and Sixty-Five Million Dollars

  • Although we all do it anymore, there is an art to dropping semi-obscure pop culture references.


  • With "Glee" in rerun mode tonight, some people may feel a strong urge to get their weekly, fresh fix of people busting out semi-obscure pop songs in unexpected everyday situations.

    How to stage a musical in a busy airport

  • Newsweek wrote last year, after the award went to the semi-obscure Herta Müller, There are all the authors whose greatness actually diminishes the value of the Nobel.

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  • In the ongoing series "Overdue," semi-obscure films that might once have been a video-store clerk's personal favorite are rescued from moldering VHS tape oblivion.

    A Healthy Serving of Celluloid

  • Later, with the J. Geils Band, he mined his LP collection to revive semi-obscure R

    A Rock and Roll Dinosaur Rolls On

  • Ultimately, though, they were all derived from a species of semi-obscure board games which had, for nearly 50 years, been toying with ideas about war-strategy and counterfactual history.

    Boys, Men and the War-Strategy Game

  • It kind of sums up everything I like about the blog: fun maps and loads of semi-obscure geographical and historical info.

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  • I like, for example, certain semi-obscure streets, dusty little De Longpre Avenue, for example, which I have used in two novels, Cadillac Jack and Loop Group.


  • (Sorry, apparently I'm all about semi-obscure '80s music references this week.)

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