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babag
n. - argument or fight
 
babery
n. - bizarre architectural ornamentation
 
baccaceous
adj. - like a berry; bearing berries.
 
baccate
adj. - pulpy; like a berry; bearing berries.
 
bacchante
n. - a frenzied woman, as at a rousing orgy or let-it-all-hang-out cult ceremony
 
bacciferous
adj. - bearing berries. bacciform, adj. berry-shaped. baccivorous, adj. feeding on berries.
 
bacteriotropic
adj. - affecting bacteria.
 
bacteritic
adj. - caused or marked by bacteria. bacteroid, adj. like bacteria; n. irregularly shaped form of bacterium, especially found in plant root-nodules.
 
baculus
n. - stick; rod; symbol of power. baculiferous, adj. bearing canes, reeds, etc. baculiform, adj. rod-shaped. baculine, adj. pertaining to rod or punishment therewith.
 
badaud
n. - an idle, markedly stupid individual who believes just about anything and is a half-witted gossip
 
badigeon
n. - mixture of plaster and ground stone, or glue and sawdust, for repairing masonry and woodwork respectively; v.t. repair with badigeon.
 
badinage
n. - banter.
 
baffona
n. - a woman with a slight moustache
 
bagasse
n. - dry residue, especially of sugar cane and beet after extraction of juice, and plants after removal of fibre.
 
baimaiden
n. - female underground miner
 
balandra
n. - single-masted Spanish cargo ship.
 
balaniferous
adj. - bearing acorns.
 
balanism
n. - use of suppositories or pessaries.
 
balanoid
adj. - acorn-shaped; pertaining to acorn barnacles; n. acorn barnacle.
 
balata
n. - elastic gum obtained from milk-tree of Brazil.
 
balatron
n. - a joker; a clown
 
balbriggan
n. - knitted cotton fabric used in underwear.
 
balbuties
n. - Medicine, stammering.
 
baldachin(o), baldakin, baldaquin
n. - silk and gold fabric; fabric canopy over throne, altar, etc.; stone canopy over altar.
 
baldric(k)
n. - shoulder belt for sword, etc.
 
balistarius
n. - (pl. -ii ) crossbow-man.
 
balistraria, ballistraria
n. - cross-shaped opening in fortress wall for discharge of arrows.
 
balize
n. - pole bearing beacon, etc., on sea-shore.
 
balladromic
adj. - (of missiles, etc.) maintaining course towards a target.
 
balletomane
n. - person fanatically devoted to ballet. balletomania, n.
 
ballistite
n. - kind of smokeless explosive power.
 
ballottement
n. - diagnosis of pregnancy by sharp pressure, causing movement of foetus. renal ballottement, diagnosis of floating kidney by same means.
 
balneal
adj. - pertaining to bathing. balneary, n. bathing-place; medicinal spring. balneation, n. bathing. balneatory, adj.
 
balneography
n. - treatise on baths. balneographer, n. author of such.
 
balneology
n. - science of medical application of baths. balneological, adj. balneologist, n.
 
balneotherapy
n. - treatment by natural waters. balneotherapeutic, adj. balneotherapeutics, n.
 
balsamical
adj. - unctuous, mitigating, soothing, balmy
 
banausic
adj. - common, ordinary, and undistinguished; dull and insipid
 
banderilla
n. - dart stuck into bull at bull-fight. banderillero, n. bull-fighter wielding this.
 
banderol(e), bandrol
n. - small streamer, flag or banner.
 
bandobast
n. - practical, detailed organization; settlement.
 
bandog
n. - fierce dog on chain; mastiff.
 
bantling
n. - brat; illegitimate child.
 
baraesthesia
n. - ability to perceive pressure.
 
baragnosis
n. - loss of ability to perceive weight.
 
baragouin
n. - gibberish
 
barathea
n. - worsted fabric with twill hopsack weave; silk or silk-and- worsted fabric with lightly ribbed or pebbled weave.
 
barbastelle
n. - long-eared species of bat.
 
barbate
adj. - bearded; tufted; barbed; having awns.
 
barbel
n. - fleshy appendage on head of certain fishes; carplike fish having a barbel. barbellate, adj. bristly.
 
barbet
n. - brightly plumaged toucan-like tropical bird of Old World; kind of long- haired poodle.
 
barbette
n. - gun platform behind parapet; armoured protection of gun platform on ship.
 
barbican
n. - tower on or beyond outer wall of city or castle.
 
barbigerous
adj. - having beard.
 
barbitone
n. - a sleep-inducing drug; veronal.
 
barbotine
n. - kaolin paste used to ornament pottery.
 
barbule
n. - hooked out-growth on barb of feather. barbullate, adj. barbellate.
 
barcarole, barcarolle
n. - gondolier's song.
 
barghest
n. - goblin, often dog-like, appearing as portent of death.
 
barkhan, barchan
n. - crescent-shaped sand dune.
 
barley-break
n. - Old English catching game.
 
barognosis
n. - ability to perceive weight.
 
barogram
n. - recording made by barograph.
 
barograph
n. - instrument continuously recording atmospheric pressure.
 
barology
n. - science of weight and gravitation.
 
baroscope
n. - weather-glass. baroscopic(al), adj.
 
barothermograph
n. - instrument recording simultaneously pressure and temperature, especially atmospheric.
 
barouche
n. - four-wheeled four-seater carriage with folding hood and separate driver's seat. barouchet, barouchette, n. light barouche.
 
baroxyton
n. - Music, large bass brass wind instrument.
 
barquentine, barkentine, barkantine
n. - three-masted vessel with square-rigged foremast and fore-and-aft rigged main and mizzen masts.
 
barracoon
n. - enclosure in which slaves or convicts were confined.
 
barratrous
adj. - pertaining to the habitual causing of fights
 
barratry
n. - unlawful action by captain or seamen injuring owner or freighter of ship; inciting to litigation or riot; simony. barrator, n. person habitually entering into quarrels and law-suits. barratous, barratrous, adj. quarrelsome; guilty of barratry.
 
bartizan
n. - small overhanging turret.
 
barycentre
n. - centre of gravity. barycentric, adj.
 
baryecoia
n. - Medicine, hardness of hearing.
 
baryphony, baryphonia
n. - difficulty of speech. baryphonic, adj.
 
barysphere
n. - area of earth underlying lithosphere.
 
baryta
n. - barium oxide. barytes, n. barium sulphate.
 
barythymia
n. - nervous depression.
 
bascule
n. - balanced lever. bascule-bridge, n. drawbridge raised by falling counterpoises, as Tower Bridge, London.
 
basial
adj. - pertaining to kissing. basiate, v. kiss. basiation, n.
 
basifugal
adj. - Botany, growing away from base, or at apex only.
 
basilar
adj. - pertaining to or at the base.
 
basipetal
adj. - Botany, growing from top to base.
 
basophobia
n. - a fear of falling which makes one afraid to stand up
 
bastinado
n. - (pl. -oes) beating on soles of feet; v.t. administer such punishment to.
 
bathic
adj. - pertaining to depths, especially of sea.
 
bathmism
n. - energy or force of growth. bathmic, adj.
 
batholith, batholite
n. - Geology, mass of intruded igneous rock below surface and of great depth. batholithic, batholitic, adj.
 
bathyal
adj. - pertaining to zone of sea from 180 metres/600 feet to abyssal zone.
 
bathybic
adj. - pertaining to or dwelling in deepest zone of sea.
 
bathycolpian
adj. - deep-bosomed
 
bathylimnetic
adj. - living at bottom of lake or marsh.
 
bathymeter
n. - instrument for deep-sea sounding. bathymetric, adj. pertaining to vertical distribution of organisms in sea. bathymetry, n. process of measuring depths of sea.
 
bathyorographical
adj. - pertaining to or showing depths below and heights above sea level.
 
bathypelagic
adj. - living in deep sea.
 
bathyseism
n. - earthquake taking place at great depth.
 
bathysmal
adj. - pertaining to deepest part or bottom of sea.
 
bathysophical
adj. - pertaining to knowledge of deep-sea life and conditions.
 
batiste
n. - fine linen; cambric; fine cotton or wool fabric, especially as treated for use as antiseptic dressing.
 
batology
n. - scientific study of brambles. batological, adj. batologist, n.
 
batophobia
n. - fear of heights, or of being close to high buildings.
 
batrachian
adj. - pertaining to frogs or toads; n. a frog or toad. batrachoid, adj. like a frog or toad. batrachophagous, adj. eating frogs or toads. batrachophobia, n. fear of frogs or toads.
 
battels
n. - pl. accounts of Oxford college, especially for provisions.
 
batten
v. - to thrive and grow fat by feeding
 
batter
v. -i. Architecture, recede as it rises (of a wall); n. such inclination. batter rule, plumb-line of such walls, falling within base.
 
battological
adj. - pertaining to unnecessarily repetitive writing or speaking
 
battology
n. - an unnecessary repetition. battological, adj. battologize, v.i. battologist, n.
 
battue
n. - driving of game towards guns; shooting-party of that kind; massacre of helpless persons.
 
batture
n. - raised bed of sea or river.
 
baudekyn
n. - baldachin.
 
bavardage
n. - small talk or chitchat; idle chatter
 
bayla
n. - a song and dance routine done by gypsies
 
bdelloid
adj. - pertaining to leech; leech-like in appearance; n. leech. bdellometer, n. cupping-glass for surgical bleeding. bdellotomy, n. surgical application of leeches.
 
bdelygmia
n. - a litany of abuse; string of execrations
 
beccafico
n. - European songbird, considered a table delicacy, especially in Italy.
 
bechic
adj. - curative of cough.
 
becket
n. - hook-like device of rope, wood or metal to secure ship's ropes, etc.
 
bedizen
v. - dress gaudily.
 
bee-bread
n. - mixture of honey and pollen stored by bees for food.
 
beele
n. - miner's pick with two sharp ends. beeleman, n. worker using a beele.
 
beestings
n. -pl. first milk of cow after birth of calf.
 
beeswing
n. - scum found at surface of aged wine
 
beguine
n. - member of religious order of lay sisters, especially of Belgium; rumba-like dance of French W Indies. beguinage, n. convent of beguines.
 
bel esprit
n. - (pl. beaux esprits, ) genius; witty person; wit.
 
beldam
n. - a repulsive older woman
 
belemnite
n. - bullet-shaped molluscan fossil. belemnitic, adj.
 
belemnoid
adj. - dart-shaped.
 
bel-étage
n. - main storey of building.
 
belleric
n. - kind of myrobalan.
 
bellicism
n. - war-mindedness.
 
belliferous
adj. - bringing war.
 
belling
n. - deer's cry at mating time.
 
bellipotent
adj. - powerful in war.
 
bellonion
n. - mechanical musical instrument consisting of drums and trumpets.
 
bellote, ballote
n. - holm-oak acorn.
 
belocolus
n. - magic stone held by a soldier which will make him invisible
 
beloid
adj. - arrow-shaped.
 
belomancy
n. - divination using arrows.
 
belonoid
adj. - needle-shaped.
 
belvedere
n. - turret, or open shelter on roof, giving fine view; summer-house.
 
ben trovato
phr. - 'well invented'; a. well expressed; n. such speech or thought.
 
bencher
n. - senior member of an Inn of Court.
 
bend sinister
n. - diagonal line on coat of arms indicating bastardy.
 
benedick
n. - newly married husband, especially one formerly a confirmed bachelor.
 
benefic
adj. - favourable, especially astrological.
 
benefice
n. - church living; v.t. endow with a benefice. beneficed, a., holding a benefice.
 
beneficiate
v. prepare for smelting. beneficiation, n.
 
benison
n. - blessing.
 
benthos
n. - sea-bottom's flora and fauna. benthic, benthoic, benthonic a.
 
berceuse
n. - cradle-song; lullaby.
 
bergamot
n. - variety of pear; essence obtained from rind of variety of pear-shaped orange; fruit and tree yielding such essence; snuff scented with such essence; aromatic plant of mint family.
 
bergère
n. - 'shepherdess'; kind of 18th-century chair and sofa. bergèrette, n. kind of country song or dance.
 
berkelium
n. - radioactive, metallic element made artificially.
 
bernicle
n. - barnacle-goose.
 
bersaglieri
n. -pl. (sing. -re ) Italian sharpshooter corps.
 
bestiarian
n. - animal-lover, especially opposed to vivisection. bestiarianism, n.
 
bête noire
n. - 'black beast'; pet abomination; bugbear.
 
bêtise
n. - foolishness; foolish or stupid act.
 
béton
n. - concrete made by mixing gravel with cement and sand.
 
betulin(ol)
n. - resinous extract of birch bark; birch camphor.
 
bevatron
n. - synchrotron-like apparatus for accelerating charged particles to an immensely high level.
 
bezel
n. - sloping edge of cutting tool; edge and facet of cut gem; flanged groove holding watch- or clock-glass; v.t. grind to edge; bevel.
 
bezoar
n. - stone-like mass found in stomach of ruminants, formerly used in East as antidote to poison. bezoardic, adj.
 
bialate
adj. - with two wings.
 
bibacious
adj. - fond of drinking. bibacity, n.
 
bibble
v. - to drink often or much; or to drink or eat noisily
 
bibelot
n. - small object of art; trinket; curio.
 
bibitory
adj. - pertaining to drinking.
 
biblia abiblia
n. - books that are no books: books of no human interest or worthless as literature
 
bibliobibuli
n. - those who read too much, and hence tend to be unaware of or oblivious to the real world
 
biblioclasm
n. - destruction of books; destructive criticism of Bible. biblioclast, n. person so destroying or criticizing.
 
bibliognost
n. - person having deep knowledge of books. bibliognostic, adj.
 
bibliomancy
n. - divination by reference taken at random in book, especially in the Bible.
 
bibliopegy
n. - art of book-binding. bibliopegic, adj. bibliopegist, n. book- binder.
 
bibliopoesy
n. - making of books.
 
bibliopole
n. - bookseller, especially of rare books. bibliopolery, bibliopolism, bibliopoly, n. selling of books. bibliopolar, bibliopolic, adj. bibliopolist, n. bibliopolistic, adj.
 
bibliosoph
n. - bibliognost.
 
bibliotaph
n. - person keeping his or her books secret or locked up. bibliotaphic, adj.
 
bicameral
adj. - having two Chambers or Houses. bicameralism, n. bicameralist, bicamerist, n. person advocating such legislative system.
 
bicapitate
adj. - two-headed.
 
bice
n. - green or blue pigment.
 
bicephalous, bicephalic
adj. - having two heads.
 
bichord
adj. - Music, having two strings, especially two strings for each note.
 
bicipital
adj. - pertaining to biceps; bifurcating. bicipitous, adj. having two heads or extremities.
 
bickern
n. - anvil pointed at both ends.
 
bicollateral
adj. - having two sides the same. bicollaterality, n.
 
biconic
adj. - having shape of two cones with bases together.
 
biconjugate
adj. - Botany, having a pair each member of which is divided into a pair.
 
bicorn
adj. - having two horns or points. bicornuate, bicornuous, adj.
 
bicrural
adj. - two-legged.
 
biddery, bidree
n. - alloy of several metals on which gold and silver are inlaid.
 
bident
n. - two-pronged instrument; sheep aged two years. bidental, bidentate, adj. having two prongs or teeth. bidenticulate, adj. having two small teeth.
 
biduous
adj. - lasting two days.
 
bien aimé
n. - (fem. -aimée pron. same) 'well beloved' (person).
 
bien aise
n. - 'well being'; comfort.
 
bienséance
n. - proper, correct or fitting thing; pl. the proprieties.
 
bifacial
adj. - having distinct upper and lower surfaces; having both sides the same; having two faces.
 
bifarious
adj. - in two rows; twofold; pointing in two directions.
 
bifer
n. - plant flowering or fruiting twice a year. biferous, adj.
 
bifid(ate)
adj. - divided into two portions; forked. bifidity, n.
 
bifilar
adj. - having two threads, especially of measuring instrument.
 
bigeminate
adj. - biconjugate. bigeminal, adj. arranged in pairs.
 
bigener
n. - hybrid arising from two genera. bigeneric, adj. pertaining to two genera.
 
bigrid
adj. - applied to thermionic valve having two grids and combining functions of two valves.
 
bijugate, bijugous
adj. - having two overlapping heads, said of coin struck to two persons; Botany, with two pairs of leaflets.
 
bilboes
n. - pl. fetters, especially long iron bar with sliding shackles used to imprison persons on ship.
 
biliary
adj. - pertaining to bile.
 
biliteral
adj. - consisting of or using two letters; n. such linguistic root.
 
billon
n. - alloy of precious metal with larger quantity of base metal.
 
biloquist
n. - person with power of speaking in two distinct voices.
 
biltong
n. - strips of dried meat.
 
bimanous, bimanal
adj. - having two hands; pertaining to human species. bimanual, adj. requiring or using two hands.
 
bimarine
adj. - situated between seas.
 
bimaxillary
adj. - pertaining to both jaws.
 
bimensal
adj. - occurring every two months.
 
bimestrial
adj. - occurring every two months; lasting two months.
 
bimetallism
n. - currency system in which both gold and silver are standard money. bimetallic, adj. bimetallist, n. advocate of bimetallism. bimetallistic, adj.
 
bimillenary
n. - space of two thousand years. bimillennium, n. (pl. -ia) two thousand years.
 
binate
adj. - double; in couples. bination, n. celebration by a priest of Mass twice on the same day.
 
bine
n. - flexible shoot of climbing plant, especially hop.
 
binnacle
n. - fixed case or stand for ship's compass. binnacle list, list of sick men on man-of-war.
 
binocle
n. - binocular instr.
 
binotic
adj. - binaural.
 
binotonous
adj. - consisting of two notes.
 
biocoenosis, biocenosis
n. - (pl. -ses ) association of living creatures in a certain area. biocoenotic, adj.
 
biogen(e)
n. - ultimate component part of protoplasm.
 
biogenesis
n. - theory that life derives only from living matter. biogenetic, a.; biogenetic law, recapitulation theory. biogenesist, n. adherent of biogenesis.
 
biogenous
adj. - produced from living organism; giving life.
 
biogeny
n. - history of evolution of living organisms; biogenesis. biogenic, adj.
 
biogeography
n. - study of geographical distribution of plants and animals. biogeographic(al), adj.
 
biognosy, biognosis
n. - sciences of life collectively.
 
biograph
n. - early form of cinematograph.
 
biokinetics
n. - study of changes during development of organism.
 
biolinguistics
n. - study of relations between physiology and speech.
 
biologism
n. - biological theory; use of biological terms. biologistic, adj.
 
biolysis
n. - destruction of life or organic substance. biolytic, adj.
 
biometrics, biometry
n. - calculation of length of human life; statistical biology. biometric, adj. biometrician, n. student of biometrics.
 
bionergy
n. - vital force.
 
biont
n. - physiologically independent living organism.
 
biophagous
adj. - feeding on living organisms. biophagy, n.
 
biophilism
n. - belief that animals have rights which human beings should respect
 
biorgan
n. - physiological organ.
 
bioscope
n. - form of cinematograph. bioscopy, n. med. examination of body for presence of life.
 
biosis
n. - life, as distinguishing living organisms.
 
biostatics
n. - study of physiological relations between structure and function.
 
biostratigraphy
n. - determination of age, etc., of sedimentary strata from fossils which they contain.
 
biotaxy
n. - biological classification.
 
biotelemetry
n. - automatic transmission over a distance, for measurements of the condition, functions, etc., of a living creature, e.g. of an astronaut on space flight.
 
biotin
n. - growth-promoting vitamin of the vitamin B complex, found in liver and yeast.
 
biotope
n. - area having uniform conditions and supporting a particular, uniform association of animal life.
 
biotype
n. - all organisms having the same genetic constitution.
 
biparous
adj. - bringing forth two offspring at a birth.
 
bipennate
adj. - having two wings.
 
bipropellant
n. - rocket propellant consisting of fuel and oxidizer stored separately until ignition.
 
biramose, biramous
adj. - divided into two branches.
 
bireme
n. - (galley) having two banks of oars.
 
biretta
n. - Roman Catholic, cleric's square cap.
 
bise
n. - cold, dry north wind of Switzerland, Italy and S France.
 
bisonant
adj. - having two sounds.
 
bisontine
adj. - pertaining to bison.
 
bisque
n. - point allowed to tennis player; stroke(s) allowed to golfer; extra turn allowed to croquet player; kind of rich thick soup; pottery fired but not glazed.
 
bissext
n. - intercalary day. bissextile, adj. containing the bissext; intercalary; n. leap-year.
 
bistort
n. - a plant with twisted astringent root; snake-weed.
 
bistoury
n. - small, narrow surgical knife. bistournage, n. a method of castration.
 
bistre
n. - brown pigment derived from wood soot.
 
bisulcate
adj. - with two grooves; cloven.
 
biune, biunial
adj. - combining two in one. biunity, n.
 
biunial
adj. - combining two in one
 
bivariate
adj. - denoting a quantity that depends on two variables.
 
biventral
adj. - with two bellies.
 
biverbal
adj. - relating to two words; punning.
 
bivious
adj. - offering two paths or directions.
 
bivocal
n. - diphthong. bivocalize, v. place between two vowels.
 
blain
n. - sore; blister.
 
blanquette
n. - stew of white meat in white sauce.
 
blastogenesis
n. - reproduction by budding; theory of inheritance of characters through germ-plasm. blastogenetic, blastogenic, adj. pertaining to germ cells.
 
blende
n. - zinc sulphide; name of several lustrous metallic sulphides.
 
blendling
n. - hybrid. blendure, n. mixture.
 
blennoid
adj. - like mucus. blennogenic,blennogenous, adj. generating mucus. blennorrhoea, n. mucus discharge. blennorrhoeal, adj.
 
blennophobia
n. - morbid fear of slime.
 
blenny
n. - long, slender, spiny-rayed marine fish.
 
blepharal
adj. - pertaining to eyelids. blepharism, blepharospasm, n. muscular spasm of eyelid. blepharitis, n. inflammation of eyelids.
 
bletonism
n. - faculty of water divining.
 
blissom
adj. - with strong sexual desires; in rut.
 
blowtop
n. - a person who becomes angry very easily or quickly
 
blucher
n. - leather half-boot.
 
blunge
v. - v.i. mix clay and water for pottery; blend. blunger, n. apparatus for such mixing.
 
boanthropy
n. - a type of insanity in which a man thinks he's an ox
 
boatel, botel
n. - waterside hotel for sailing enthusiasts.
 
bobstay
n. - rope attached to and steadying bowsprit.
 
bocage
n. - boscage; decorative representation of trees, leaves, etc.
 
bocking
n. - coarse baize; smoked herring.
 
bogie
n. - wheeled undercarriage of a rail vehicle; railway coach; truck for coal, etc.
 
bolar
adj. - pertaining to clay.
 
bolection, bilection
n. - projecting part of moulding round panel.
 
bolide
n. - large meteor; 'fire-ball'.
 
bolometer
n. - instrument measuring small amounts of radiant heat electrically. bolograph, n. photograph made with a bolometer. bolometric, adj.
 
bolthead
n. - long, straight-necked glass vessel for distilling; matrass.
 
bolus
n. - large pill; any round mass. bolus alba, china clay.
 
bombardon
n. - deep bass double-reeded wind instr.
 
bombasine, bombazine
n. - twilled, black, worsted, worsted-with-silk or worsted-with- cotton dress material. bombazet(te), n. thin smooth-surfaced worsted fabric.
 
bombé
adj. - bulging or curved outward, especially such furniture, embroidery, etc.
 
bombic
adj. - pertaining to silk-worm.
 
bombilate, bombinate
v. -i. buzz; boom. bombilation, bombination, n.
 
bombous
adj. - rounded; convex.
 
bombycine
adj. - bombic.
 
bon ton
phr. - 'good tone'; high society; good breeding.
 
bona vacantia
n. - Law, unclaimed property, especially of a person who has died intestate.
 
bonasus, bonassus
n. - aurochs.
 
bonbonnière
n. - dainty sweetmeat box.
 
bonce
n. - large playing marble; kind of marbles game.
 
bonification
n. - betterment; payment of bonus. boniform, adj. like or seeming good. bonify, v. improve; make good.
 
bonne
n. - female servant.
 
boracic
adj. - pertaining to or derived from borax. boracic acid, former name for boric acid. boracous, adj.
 
borasco, borasca, borasque
n. - Mediterranean squall.
 
borborology
n. - the stomach-like rumbling of unclean talk
 
borborygm
n. - the noise made by gas in the bowels; a fart
 
borborygmite
n. - a dirty mouth, or practitioner of spurcitious--foul and obscene--language
 
borborygmus
n. - rumbling of gas in the stomach. borborygmic, adj.
 
bordereau
n. - (pl. -x) invoice; detailed bill; memorandum.
 
borracha
n. - crude rubber; rubber tree.
 
bort
n. - ground diamond fragments, used in polishing, etc. borty, adj.
 
bos in lingua
n. - an ox on the tongue: a weighty reason for silence
 
boscage, boskage
n. - thicket of trees or shrubs.
 
bosch
n. - wood; bush. bosch-bok, n. bush-buck; kind of antelope. bosch-man, n. Bushman. bosch-vark, n. kind of wild pig. bosch-veldt, n. bush country.
 
bosky
n. - covered with trees
 
bosselated
adj. - covered with or formed into knobs.
 
botargo
n. - relish made from tunny's or mullet's roe.
 
botryoid(al)
adj. - having shape of cluster of grapes. botryose, adj. with flowers in clusters that develop upwards from base.
 
bottine
n. - small boot; surgical boot for correcting deformity.
 
bottomry
n. - raising loan on ship as security.
 
boucherize
v. preserve by impregnating with copper sulphate.
 
bougie
n. - wax candle; flexible medical instrument for insertion into body passages; suppository.
 
boule
n. - advisory council or senate of ancient Greece. bouleuterion, n. (pl. -ia) assembly-place.
 
boules
n. - form of bowls played in France.
 
bouleversement
n. - overturning, upset.
 
boult, bolt
v. - sift. boultel, n. sifting cloth. boulter, n. one who sifts; sieve; fishing line with many hooks.
 
bouquetin
n. - ibex of the Alps.
 
bourasque
n. - borasco.
 
bourdon
n. - Music, bass drone, as of bagpipe.
 
bourse
n. - foreign money-market.
 
boustrophedon
n. - an ancient style of writing in which the direction of the lines alternated
 
bouts-rimés
n. -pl. pl. 'rhymed endings'; composition of verses to given rhymes; verses so composed.
 
bovrilise
v. - to condense an ad to essentials; to epitomize
 
bow-chaser
n. - ship's gun for firing ahead.
 
bowyer
n. - maker of bows (the weapons).
 
boyau
n. - (pl. -aux ) winding trench; zigzag
 
bracciale
n. - wall socket or bracket.
 
brachial
adj. - pertaining to arm; arm-shaped. brachiate, v.i. swing by arms from place to place; a. having arms. brachiation, n. brachiferous, adj. having arms or branches. brachiotomy, n. amputation of arm.
 
brachistocephalic, brachistocephalous
adj. - having skull of which breadth is 85 per cent or more of length.
 
brachycatalectic
adj. - with two syllables lacking from end; n. such verse line
 
brachycephalic, brachycephalous
adj. - short-headed; having skull of which maximum breadth is 80 per cent or more of maximum length. brachycephalism, n.
 
brachycerous
adj. - having short horns or antennae.
 
brachydactylous, brachydactylic
adj. - having short digits. brachydactylism, brachydactyly, n.
 
brachygraphy
n. - short-hand. brachygrapher, n. stenographer. brachygraphic(al), adj.
 
brachylogy
n. - condensed expression; laconic speech.
 
brachymetropy, brachymetropia
n. - shortsightedness. brachymetropic, adj.
 
brachypodous
adj. - having short legs or stalk.
 
brachypterous
adj. - having short wings.
 
brachyure
n. - short-tailed animal, bird, etc. brachyuran, n. a crab.
 
bract
n. - leaf from axil of which flower is produced. bracteal, adj. bract-like. bracteate, adj. bearing bracts. bracteiform, adj. bract-shaped. bracteole, n. small bract; bract at base of flower. bracteolate, adj. having bracteoles. bracteose, adj. having many bracts.
 
bradycardia
n. - (abnormally) slow heart rate. bradykinetic, adj. moving slowly.
 
bradykinin
n. - blood hormone causing dilation of blood vessels. bradytelic, adj. evolving at a slower rate than normal.
 
brail
v. truss sail; haul up. brails, n.pl. cords on edge of sail for trussing.
 
branchial, branchiac
adj. - pertaining to gills. branchiate, adj. having gills. branchicolous, adj. living in gills. branchiform, adj. gill-shaped.
 
brash
n. - slight sickness; broken pieces of rock or ice; collection of fragments; a. rash; brittle; lifeless. water-brash, n. pyrosis.
 
brassage
n. - charge for minting coin, difference between value of metal, with cost of minting, and face value.
 
brassard
n. - armlet; arm-badge.
 
brattice
n. - partition, especially in mine gallery to regulate ventilation or support sides or roof; v.t. erect brattice. brattice cloth, canvas sheet for regulating ventilation in mine.
 
braxy
n. - apoplectic disease of sheep; meat of sheep dead from disease, especially from braxy; a. sick with or dead from this disease.
 
breccia
n. - Geology, aggregate of angular rock fragments. breccial, adj. brecciation, n. making into brecciae.
 
breedbate
n. - someone looking for an argument
 
bressummer
n. - beam or girder over opening and supporting a wall.
 
breviate
n. - summary; precis.
 
brevicaudate
adj. - having short tail.
 
brevifoliate
adj. - having short leaves. brevilingual, adj. having short tongue. breviloquence, n. laconic manner of speech. breviped, adj. having short legs. brevipennate, adj. having short wings.
 
brewster
n. - brewer. Brewster Sessions, court hearing applications for liquor trade licences.
 
Briarean
adj. - pertaining to Briareus, monster in Greek legend with hundred hands; having many hands.
 
bricole
n. - indirect stroke, especially in real tennis, in which ball is hit against wall or rebounds from it; and billiards, in which ball hits cushion between the two contacts of a cannon.
 
bridewell
n. - prison; house of correction.
 
brigantine
n. - two-masted ship, square-rigged on foremast only.
 
brimborion
n. - something useless or nonsensical
 
britannia metal
n. - cheap white alloy of copper, zinc, antimony and bismuth, with lead.
 
brocatel(lo)
n. - kind of variegated marble; thick figured silk used in upholstery.
 
brock
n. - badger. brocket, n. stag in its second year; Brazilian pronged deer. brock-faced, adj. having white mark on face.
 
broderie
n. - embroidery-like pattern. broderie anglaise, mixture of solid and open-work embroidery.
 
brogan
n. - coarse, strong shoe; brogue.
 
bromatology
n. - treatise on or study of food.
 
bromidrosis
n. - the secretion of foul-smelling sweat; body odor
 
bromine
n. - non-metallic chlorine-like element found in seawater and mineral springs. bromize, v. compound with bromine; prepare photographic plate with bromide. bromism, n. condition due to excessive use of bromide. brominated, adj. compounded with bromine.
 
brontephobia, brontophobia
n. - dread of thunder and lightning.
 
brontide
n. - sound like distant thunder, due to seismic causes.
 
brontograph
n. - instr. recording discharges of atmospheric electricity. brontogram, n. record made by this.
 
brontology
n. - study of thunder. brontometer, n. brontograph.
 
brose
n. - kind of porridge; broth. Athole-brose, mixture of whisky and honey.
 
brotus
n. - any extra measure without charge, such as a baker's dozen
 
brouette
n. - small two-wheeled carriage; kind of four-seater motor car.
 
brucellosis
n. - an undulant fever of cattle.
 
brucin(e), brucina
n. - strychnine-like poison derived from nux vomica plant.
 
bruit
n. - sounds in chest symptomatic of disease; rumour; v.t. report; spread abroad.
 
brumal
adj. - pertaining to brume or winter.
 
brumby, brumbie, brumbee
n. - wild horse.
 
brume
n. - mist or fog. brumous, adj.
 
brummagem
n. - making an imposing display but inferior and of little worth; showy but cheap
 
brunneous
adj. - dark brown.
 
brutum fulmen
n. - failed thunderbolt: empty noise or idle threat
 
bruxism
n. - grinding of teeth, especially in sleep.
 
bruxomania
n. - the habit of unconsciously grinding the teeth, especially in sleep, or under stress
 
bryology
n. - study of mosses and liverworts; plant life of such kind of a region. bryological, adj. bryologist, n. bryophyte, n. moss or liverwort.
 
bubo
n. - (pl. -oes) swelling with inflammation of lymphatic gland, especially of groin. bubonalgia, n. pain in groin. bubonic, adj.
 
bubulin
n. - compound obtained from cow dung, used in calico printing
 
buccal
adj. - pertaining to mouth or cheek.
 
buccan
n. - framework over which meat is roasted or dried; v.t. dry meat on such.
 
buccate
adj. - with protruding cheeks.
 
buccinal
adj. - having shape or sound of trumpet. buccinator, n. muscle forming cheek- wall. buccinatory, adj.
 
buccula
n. - double chin
 
bufonite
n. - toadstone.
 
bullace
n. - small wild plum fruit and tree.
 
bullate
adj. - puckered; with blistered appearance. bullation, n.
 
bullion
n. - gold or silver in the mass, especially uncoined. bullionist, n. upholder of metallic currency.
 
bullish
adj. - Commerce, anticipating or associated with a rise in price.
 
buphthalmia
n. - enlargement of eye. buphthalmic, adj.
 
burbot
n. - long, slender, freshwater fish of cod family; eel-pout.
 
burette
n. - graduated glass measuring tube; Ecclesiastical, sacramental cruet.
 
burgee
n. - small triangular pennant of yacht, etc.
 
burgensic
adj. - pertaining to citizen or freeman of borough.
 
burin
n. - engraver's tool; graver. burinist, n. engraver.
 
burletta
n. - light comic opera.
 
burnettize
v. saturate with zinc chloride solution to prevent decay. burnettizing, n. such process, invented by Sir W Burnett.
 
burrstone
n. - flinty rock used for millstones; millstone made of this.
 
bursa
n. - (pl. -sae or - sas) sac, especially fluid-filled at point of friction in joint, etc. bursal, adj. pertaining to bursa; pertaining to states revenue. bursitis, n. inflammation of bursa.
 
buskin
n. - high boot; thick-soled boot (also called cothurnus) worn by actors in ancient Greek tragedy; classic tragedy.
 
butte
n. - steep, isolated hill.
 
byssus
n. - filamentous tuft ('beard') by which molluscs attach themselves; fine flax and fabric woven from it. byssaceous, adj. consisting of fine threads; like a byssus. byssal, adj. byssiferous, adj. having a byssus; tufted. byssine, adj. silky; the fabric byssus. byssogenous, adj. producing a byssus. byssoid, adj. like a byssus; fibrous; cottony.
 
bywoner
n. - sub-tenant of farm; agricultural labourer.
 

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