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Monday 1 March 2021
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Morcellation (noun)

The removal of something, as in surgery, by cutting it into pieces
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02/21/2021: Lateritious (adjective) Having the color of a brick, reddish brown
02/14/2021: Promession (noun) Freeze-drying the dead. Technicians cool the body down to -320°F (-196°C), then vibrate it to a powder. A vacuum pump draws out the moisture. Buried, the powder vanishes completely in 6-12 months.
02/07/2021: Cultrate (adjective) Sharp-edged and pointy, such as a holly leaf
01/31/2021: Chiliad (noun) A thousand of something; a tenth of a myriad
01/24/2021: Exergual (adjective) Pertaining to a concavity on the reverse (“tails”) of a coin where an incription might appear, such as a date or motto
01/17/2021: Bistre (noun) A brownish yellow pigment [bistre] made from boiled chimney soot. The ideal raw material was beechwood.
01/10/2021: Resile (verb) To reverse from an agreement, to recant a previously held belief, to shrink or recoil, or to return to one’s original dimension after being stretched
01/03/2021: Fulgurous (adjective) Brilliant, dazzling, or flashing. Fulgurites, for example, are branch-shaped tubes that form when lightning strikes sand and fuses it into a glass.
12/27/2020: Rantoon (noun) Nineteenth century tricycle with a single steerable small wheel in front and two large side-by-side wheels behind
12/20/2020: Pycnostyle (adjective) The architectural quality of having columns very closely spaced — one and a half diameters between them or less (which I imagine would discourage all but the skinniest burglars)
12/13/2020: Autotomy (noun) The ability of some animals to sacrifice a body part in order to escape from a predator. Many lizards can do this; but at least one mammal, the dormouse, also has this talent.
12/06/2020: Cubane (noun) A molecule first synthesized in 1964, C8H8, consisting of a cube defined at each corner by a carbon atom and a projecting hydrogen atom. It’s a transparent solid that melts at 131°C (268°F) but boils only a few degrees warmer.
11/29/2020: Gyrovague (noun) A monk who travels from place to place seeking out spiritual novelty
11/22/2020: Florisugent (adjective) Sucking nectar from flowers. Hummingbirds, bees, and many moths and butterflies are florisugent.
11/15/2020: Tartuffery (noun) The expression of sentiments or beliefs greatly exceeding or contrary to those one actually holds. Synonyms: sanctimony, pharisaicalness, pecksniffery (from Charles Dickens)
11/08/2020: Nidor (noun) The smell of burning animal fat
11/01/2020: Mithridatize (verb) To build up an immunity to a particular poison by dosing oneself with it incrementally
10/25/2020: Stendhal syndrome (noun) A pathological attack of rapture, which may include dizziness and hallucinations, suffered by many who travel to foreign lands and take in too much beautiful religious artwork
10/18/2020: Antelucan (adjective) Pertaining to the pre-dawn hours
10/11/2020: Dactylion (noun) The tip of the middle finger
Vladimir Nabokov
Tennessee Williams
Roald Dahl
Countess Of Blessington
Euripides
William Blake
Emily Lamb,<br>Viscountess Palmerson
Miguel de Cervantes
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Horace
John Wilmot
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>I found it and I named it, being versed in taxonomic Latin; thus became godfather to an insect and its first describer — and I want no other fame.<br><br><aside>Vladimir Nabokov</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.<br><br><aside>Tennessee Williams</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.<br><br><aside>Roald Dahl</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.<br><br><aside>Countess Of Blessington</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:168px;"><i>New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.<br><br><aside>Euripides</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.<br><br><aside>William Blake</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:186px;"><i>From a man’s comfort it is almost better to have a bad wife than to have no wife. Besides it is always a man’s own fault if his wife is very bad.<br><br><aside>Emily Lamb,<br>Viscountess Palmerson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.<br><br><aside>Miguel de Cervantes</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.<br><br><aside>Elizabeth Barrett Browning</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:137px;"><i>Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.<br><br><aside>Horace</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Dead, we become the lumber of the world.<br><br><aside>John Wilmot</aside></i></span>

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