Thursday, 20 February 2014

An apparently random selection of words

Autacoid: any natural internal secretion. esp. one that exerts an effect similar to a drug.


Circumlocution: 1. an indirect way of expressing something. 2. an indirect expression.

Mansard Roof: a roof having two slopes on both sides and both ends, the lower slopes being steeper than the upper. Compare Gambrel Roof.

Mellifluous: (of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed, sweet.

Nadir: 1. the point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer and diametrically opposite the zenith. 2. the lowest of deepest point; depths: 'The nadir of despair'.


Otiose: 1. serving no useful purpose: 'Otiose language'. 2. (rare) indolent, lazy.

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