Unfamiliar words, places, and sundry other references get added to the list with a view toward richer cultural and conversational engagement.
|Recently Erased Ignorance|
|1||ducal palace||of or relating to a duke or dukedom|
|2||doge||the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa|
|3||eyrie||British spelling of AERIE: the nest of a bird (esp. bird of prey?) on a cliff or a mountaintop|
|4||purblind||having impaired or defective vision. from the adverb PURE 'utterly' + BLIND|
|5||rapine||POETIC/LITERARY the violent seizure of someone's property.|
|6||garrulous||excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters|
|7||muzhik||a Russian peasant|
|8||effluvium||an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge|
|9||moist star||(Shakespeare) the moon|
|10||stylobate||a continuous flat coping or pavement supporting a row of architectural columns|
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Definitions appearing on this page are generally either verbatim or derived from Merriam-Webster's College Dictionary, Tenth Edition, 1999 or its online counterpart.