Unfamiliar words, places, and sundry other references get added to the list with a view toward richer cultural and conversational engagement.

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1 eyrie British spelling of AERIE: the nest of a bird (esp. bird of prey?) on a cliff or a mountaintop
2 purblind having impaired or defective vision. from the adverb PURE 'utterly' + BLIND
3 rapine POETIC/LITERARY the violent seizure of someone's property.
4 garrulous excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters
5 muzhik a Russian peasant
6 effluvium an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge
7 moist star (Shakespeare) the moon
8 stylobate a continuous flat coping or pavement supporting a row of architectural columns
9 assize (usually assizes) historically, county courts that sat at some regular interval in the UK
10 panegyric a eulogistic oration or writing; also: formal or elaborate praise

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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.