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cabochon
n. - convex-cut, polished stone. en cabochon, cut in that manner.
 
cabotage
n. - coastal navigation; restriction of internal air services to a country's own carriers.
 
cabotin
n. - medical quack
 
cacaesthesia
n. - morbid sensation.
 
cacation
n. - excretion
 
cacemphaton
n. - a harsh-sounding word or phrase
 
cacestogenous
adj. - caused by unfavorable home environment
 
cachaemia
n. - poisoned condition of blood. cachaemic, adj.
 
cachalot
n. - sperm whale.
 
cache-sexe
n. - small cover for the genitals.
 
cachexy, cachexia
n. - generally unhealthy physical or mental state. cachectic, cachexic, adj.
 
cachinnate
v. -i. laugh harshly and loudly. cachinnation, cachinato, n. cachinatory, adj.
 
cachinnation
n. - loud or immoderate laughter
 
cachou
n. - lozenge for sweetening the breath.
 
cachucha
n. - quick Spanish dance, with castanet accompaniment.
 
cacique
n. - a slightly pompous person
 
cacodoxical
adj. - heretical
 
cacodoxy
n. - heterodoxy.
 
cacoepy
n. - incorrect pronunciation. cacoepist, n. cacoepistic, adj.
 
cacoethes
n. - strong desire; bad habit. cacoethic, adj.
 
cacogastric
adj. - dyspeptic.
 
cacogen
n. - an anti-social person
 
cacogenics
n. - study or process of racial deterioration. cacogenic, adj.
 
cacography
n. - incorrect spelling or writing. cacographer, n. bad speller. cacographic(al), adj.
 
cacology
n. - bad pronunciation; impropriety of wording or unacceptable diction
 
caconym
n. - bad or wrongly derived name. caconymic, adj.
 
cacophenism
n. - an unfairly harsh or derogatory word ordescription
 
cacophrenic
adj. - pertaining to an inferior intellect
 
cacotechny
n. - a corrupt state of art
 
cacozelia
n. - studied affectation in diction or style, as in aspeech filled with pedantic latinisms and inkhorn words
 
cacuminal
adj. - pertaining to point, top or crown. cacuminate, v. sharpen. cacumination, n. cacuminous, adj. pointed.
 
cadastre
n. - register of lands, their values and owners. cadastral, adj. cadastration, n. making this.
 
cadge
v. - to hawk or peddle, as fish; or to beg, sponge or fleece
 
cadi
n. - local judge in Islam.
 
cadit quaestio
phr. - the investigation drops: the argument or case collapses; that dispenses with the issue
 
caducous
adj. - fleeting; transient; unenduring
 
caecum
n. - (pl. -ca), blind outgrowth at junction of large and small intestines, terminating in vermiform appendix. caecal, adj. caeciform, adj. shaped like a caecum. caecity, n. blindness.
 
caenogenesis
n. - development in individual of processes not common to its species. caenogenetic, adj.
 
caesaropapacy
n. - secular possession of highest ecclesiastical power.
 
caesious
adj. - pale blue-green.
 
caespitose, cespitose
adj. - growing in tufts.
 
cagamosis
n. - unhappy marriage
 
caitiff
adj. - base; despicable; cowardly; wicked
 
calamus
n. - feather quill; reed used as pen; Malacca and rattan cane palm.
 
calascent
adj. - increasing in warmth
 
calcareous
adj. - pertaining to limestone; consisting of carbonate of lime.
 
calcariferous
adj. - spurred. calcariform, calcarine a. spur-shaped.
 
calceiform
adj. - slipper-shaped.
 
calcicole
n. - plant thriving on limy soil.
 
calcimine
n. -,v.t. whitewash.
 
calcine
v. -i. v.t. convert or be converted into powder or lime by burning; roast. calcination, n. calcinatory, a.; n. vessel for calcination.
 
calcitonin
n. - hormone secreted by the thyroid gland, controlling the rate of bone destruction.
 
calcivorous
adj. - applied to plants thriving on limestone.
 
calcographer
n. - one who draws with crayons
 
calefacient
adj. - warming. calefaction, n. calefactive, adj. calefactory, a.; n. warm room or vessel.
 
calelectricity
n. - electricity caused by changes in temperature. calelectric(al), adj.
 
calender
n. - mangle or press, especially to produce glazed surface.
 
calends
n. - pl. first day of month in ancient Roman calendar. at the Greek calends, never. calendal, adj.
 
calenture
n. - sunstroke, or other fever or delirium due to heat.
 
calepin
n. - a dictionary, esp. a polyglot dictionary
 
calescent
adj. - becoming warm. calescence, n.
 
caliduct
n. - conduit for hot fluid.
 
caliginous
adj. - obscure; dim; misty; dark
 
caligo
n. - dim-sightedness. caliginous, adj. dim; obscure.
 
caliology
n. - study of birds' nests. caliological, adj. caliologist, n.
 
calipee
n. - edible jelly-like substance found on underside of turtle
 
callipygian, callipygous
adj. - having well-shaped buttocks.
 
callisection
n. - vivisection of anaesthetized animals.
 
callisteia
n. -pl. pl. beauty prizes.
 
callisthenics, calisthenics
n. - strengthening and beautifying exercises.
 
callithumpian
n. - a noisy demonstration
 
callomania
n. - the delusion that one is beautiful
 
calodemon, calodaemon
n. - good spirit.
 
calomel
n. - strong purgative, compound of mercury, acting on liver.
 
calotte
n. - skull cap, especially of Roman Catholic clergy; small dome.
 
calque
n. - word or phrase directly translated from one language and used in another.
 
caltrop
n. - spiked device laid on the ground to disable enemy horses or vehicles.
 
calumniate
v. - slander. calumnious, calumniatory, adj. calumny, calumniation, calumniator, n.
 
calvarial
adj. - pertaining to crown of head.
 
calvities
n. - baldness. calvous, adj.
 
calyx
n. - (pl. -lyces ) outer whorl of generally green floral leaves (sepals) in flower. calycate, adj. having calyces. calyciform, adj. calyx- shaped. calycine, adj. pertaining to calyces. calycoid, adj. calyx-like.
 
camarilla
n. - political secret society, especially of king's favourites.
 
cambism
n. - theory of commercial exchange. cambist, n. person dealing in bills of exchange. cambistry, n. study of international exchange.
 
cambium
n. - soft enveloping tissue of trees from which new tissues are formed. cambial, adj. cambiform, adj. like cambium in nature or function. cambiogenetic, adj. producing cambium.
 
camera lucida
n. - instrument containing prism by which image of object is projected onto flat surface, where it may be traced.
 
cameralism
n. - economic theory in which public revenue is sole measure of national prosperity. cameralist, n. adherent of cameralism. cameralistic, adj. pertaining to public revenue. cameralistics, n. study of national finance.
 
camerate(d)
adj. - divided into chambers. cameration, n. division into chambers; vaulting.
 
camerlingo, camerlengo
n. - papal treasurer.
 
camion
n. - flat, low, four-wheeled truck or dray.
 
camisade, camisado
n. - attack by night.
 
camlet
n. - fine dress fabric of silk and camel-hair, or wool and goat's hair. camleteen, camletine, n. imitation camlet of hair and worsted.
 
camorra
n. - secret terrorist organisation, especially of 19th-century. camorrism, camorrist, n.
 
campaniform
adj. - bell-shaped.
 
campanology
n. - study and knowledge of bells; bell-making; bell-ringing. campanological, adj. campanologist, n. campanist, n. expert on bells; bell-ringer.
 
campanulate, campanular, campanulous
adj. - bell-shaped.
 
campestral, campestrial
adj. - pertaining to or thriving in open countryside.
 
canaille
n. - the mob; rabble.
 
canaster
n. - coarse tobacco.
 
cancellate(d), cancellous
adj. - marked with network of lines; having a sponge-like structure.
 
cancriform
adj. - crab-shaped; Medicine, cancer-like. cancrivorous, adj. feeding on crabs. cancrizans, adj. moving crab-wise or backwards; Music, having theme repeated backwards. cancroid, adj. crab-like; cancer-like.
 
cancrine
n. - reading the same backwards as forwards
 
candent
adj. - white-hot.
 
candescent
adj. - glowing. candescence, n.
 
canephorus
n. - (pl. -ri) sculpture of a young man or woman carrying a basket on head.
 
canescent
adj. - becoming white; hoary. canescence, n.
 
cang(ue)
n. - wooden yoke, inscribed with list of his offences, hung round criminal's neck in China.
 
canicular
adj. - pertaining to dog star or dog days.
 
canities
n. - whiteness of hair.
 
cannel
n. - kind of fine, brightly burning coal.
 
cannellate(d)
adj. - fluted. cannelure, n. groove, especially in cartridge.
 
cannular, cannulate
adj. - hollow; tubular.
 
canorous
adj. - sweet-sounding.
 
cantabank
n. - second-rate ballad singer
 
cantatory
adj. - pertaining to singer or singing.
 
cantatrice
n. - female singer.
 
cantharides
n. - medical preparation of dried Spanish flies, formerly used as a diuretic or aphrodisiac. cantharidal, adj. cantharidate, v. treat with this. cantharidean, cantharidian, adj. made of this. cantharidism, n. condition due to excessive use of this.
 
canthus
n. - angle between eyelids at corner of eye. canthal, adj.
 
cantilena
n. - smooth, flowing melody or vocal style.
 
cantor
n. - liturgical singer and leader of prayers in synagogue; precentor. cantoral, cantorial, adj. pertaining to the north, or precentor's, side of choir.
 
capacitance
n. - Electricity, ability to store an electric charge; measure of such ability. capacitor, n. device for accumulating electric charge.
 
capias
n. - writ of arrestment.
 
capistrate
adj. - hooded.
 
capitate
adj. - head-like. capitatim adv. per head. capitation, n. counting or levying by the head, i.e. per person; poll tax. capitative, adj. per person.
 
capitular
adj. - pertaining to cathedral chapter. capitulary, n. statute or member of such chapter.
 
caporal
n. - coarse tobacco.
 
capote
n. - lady's long hooded cloak.
 
capreolate
adj. - having tendrils.
 
capric
adj. - pertaining to goat. caprid, n. goat.
 
caprifoliaceous
adj. - pertaining to or like honeysuckle; belonging to honeysuckle family of plants.
 
caprine, caprinic
adj. - pertaining to or like goat.
 
capripede
n. - satyr.
 
caprylic
adj. - of or pertaining to an animal odor
 
capsicum
n. - plant yielding (e.g. red or green) peppers; its fruit.
 
captation
n. - attempt to obtain applause or recognition.
 
captious
adj. - intended to confuse or artfully entangle inargument; deceptive or sophistical
 
caracole
n. - half turn by trained horse; caper; v.i. make such turn.
 
caravanserai, caravansary
n. - Eastern inn, especially for accommodation of caravans.
 
caravel, carvel
n. - small three- or four-masted ship of 15th and 16th centuries; Turkish battleship.
 
carbacidometer
n. - instrument measuring quantity of carbon dioxide in air.
 
carbasus
n. - lint; gauze.
 
carbomycin
n. - antibiotic drug obtained from a soil fungus, used chiefly against respiratory infections.
 
carcanet
n. - jewelled necklace or collar.
 
cardophagus
n. - (pl. -gi ) eater of thistles; donkey.
 
careen
v. - heel over; turn on side for repairs.
 
caricology
n. - study of sedges. caricography, n. description of sedges.
 
carillon
n. - peal of bells. carilloneur, carillonist, n. player on carillon.
 
carinate
adj. - like or having a keel. carinal, cariniform, adj. keel-shaped. carination, n.
 
cariole, carriole
n. - light one-horse carriage or cart; Canadian, kind of sleigh.
 
caritative
adj. - charitable.
 
carmagnole
n. - wide-lapelled, buttoned jacket of Piedmont; costume of Jacobin French revolutionaries, including the carmagnole, red cap and tricolor sash; French revolutionary song and dance.
 
carminative
adj. - pertaining to farting
 
carminative
n. - & a. (medicine) expelling wind.
 
carnassial
adj. - (of teeth) adapted for tearing.
 
carnelian
n. - hard, red variety of chalcedony.
 
carneous
adj. - like or of flesh; flesh-colored. carnifex, n. executioner. carnification, n. conversion into flesh. carnificial, adj. pertaining to executioner or butcher. carniform, adj. flesh-like. carnify, v. convert into or become like flesh. carnivorous, adj. flesh-eating. carnose, adj. fleshy.
 
carnet
n. - customs licence for temporary importation of motor vehicle.
 
caronamide
n. - substance that prolongs the action of penicillin by preventing its excretion.
 
carpel
n. - Botany, pistil; organ forming part of pistil. carpellary, adj. carpellate, adj. having carpels. carpid(ium), n. small carpel.
 
carpitis
n. - arthritis of carpus.
 
carpogenous
adj. - fruit-producing. carpolith, carpolite, n. fossil fruit or seed. carpology, n. study of fruit structure. carpophagous, adj. feeding on fruit.
 
carpus
n. - (pl. -pi ) wrist; small bones of wrist. carpal, adj.
 
carrageen
n. - kind of dark red, branched seaweed; Irish moss.
 
carrel, carrell
n. - booth for individual study in library.
 
carriwitchet
n. - an absurd, riddling question, somewhat ofa hoax; teasing quibble; pun
 
carron oil
n. - lotion, composed of limewater and linseed oil, formerly used for burns.
 
carronade
n. - kind of short, light ship's gun.
 
cartogram
n. - map showing statistical information diagrammatically.
 
cartomancy
n. - divination or fortune-telling by playing-cards.
 
caruncle
n. - fleshy outgrowth. caruncular, carunculous, adj. carunculate, adj. having caruncles.
 
caryatid
n. - sculptured female figure acting as pillar. caryatidal, caryatic, adj.
 
casease
n. - enzyme decomposing the casein in milk and cheese.
 
casemate
n. - bomb-proof room in fortification.
 
casern(e)
n. - garrison's barracks.
 
cassation
n. - annulment. Music, a serenade-like instrumental composition for outdoor performance. court of cassation, highest French court of appeal.
 
cassideous
adj. - helmet-shaped.
 
cassidony
n. - lavender.
 
cassiterite
n. - native dioxide of tin, the chief ore of tin.
 
castanean, castanian
adj. - pertaining to chestnut. castaneous, adj. chestnut-colored.
 
castrametation
n. - art of laying out a camp.
 
castrensian
adj. - castral.
 
castrophrenia
n. - the belief that one's thoughts are beingstolen by enemies
 
casualism
n. - doctrine that all things happen by chance.
 
casuist
n. - sophist; resolver of questions of conscience. casuistic, adj. casuistry, n. study of rules of right and wrong; application of such rules to particular cases; false reasoning, especially on moral matters.
 
casuistry
n. - the determining of right and wrong in matters of conduct or conscience, or the applying or principles of ethics, particulary in instances that are complex or ambiguous; false, deceptive reasoning about law or morals
 
casus belli
n. - event which justifies a declaration of war.
 
catabaptist
n. - opponent of infant baptism.
 
catabasis
n. - (pl. -ses ) decline of disease. catabatic, adj.
 
catabolism
n. - destructive chemical processes in living creatures. catabolic, adj. catabolize, v.
 
catachresis
n. - incorrect use of a word or phrase, especially from any etymological misunderstanding
 
catachresis
n. - use of wrong words. catachrestic, adj.
 
catachthonian, catachthonic
adj. - subterranean.
 
cataclasis
n. - (pl. -ses ) Geology, deformation of rocks by crushing and shearing. cataclastic, adj.
 
cataclasm
n. - breaking down. cataclasmic, adj.
 
catacosmesis
n. - an ordering of words in descending order ofimportance; anticlimactic sequence in phrasing
 
catacoustic
adj. - pertaining to echoes. catacoustics, n. study of echoes.
 
catadioptric
adj. - pertaining or due to both reflection and refraction of light. catadioptrics, n. study of such phenomena.
 
catadromous
adj. - migrating from fresh to salt water to spawn.
 
catafalque
n. - fixed bier for lying-in-state.
 
catakinetic
adj. - destructive of energy.
 
catalectic
adj. - lacking a syllable at end. catalexis, n.
 
catalepsy
n. - rigid or trance-like fit. cataleptic, adj. cataleptiform, adj. like catalepsy.
 
catallactic
adj. - pertaining to exchange. catalactics, n. study of commercial exchange.
 
catalysis
n. - alteration in speed of chemical reaction due to introduction of a substance which remains unchanged. catalyse, v. catalyst,, n. such introduced substance. catalytic, a.; n. catalyst; alterative. catalytic converter, n. device for reducing toxic emissions from internal-combustion engine.
 
catamite
n. - boy kept for homosexual purposes.
 
cataphasia
n. - speech disorder involving constant repetition of word or phrase.
 
cataphoresis
n. - movement, due to application of electricity, of particles through fluid; injection of drugs electrically. cataphoretic, adj.
 
catarolysis
n. - cursing to let off steam
 
catastaltic
n. - & a. (drug) exercising restraint; astringent.
 
catastasis
n. - (pl. -ses ) climax or culmination of drama.
 
catchpole, catchpoll
n. - bumbailiff.
 
catechu
n. - astringent substance extracted from fruit, wood or leaves of several tropical plants including acacias and areca palm.
 
catechumen
n. - person receiving instruction, especially in religion. catechumenate, catechumenism, n. status of a catechumen catechumenical, adj.
 
catena
n. - chain; series. catenoid, catenular, catenulate, adj. chain- like. catenarian, adj. pertaining to chain or catenary. catenary, adj. chain-like; n. curve assumed by chain suspended between two points. catenate, v. join together like a chain; a. chain-like. catenation, n.
 
cathedra
n. - throne; bishop's or professor's chair. ex cathedra, (Latin) 'from the chair'; authoritative. cathedratic, adj.
 
catholicon
n. - panacea.
 
catholyte
n. - portion of electrolyte about cathode.
 
cation
n. - positively charged ion moving towards cathode in electrolysis.
 
catogenic
adj. - Geology, formed from above; sedimentary.
 
catoptric
adj. - pertaining to reflection of light. catoptromancy, n. divination by gazing into mirror or crystal. catoptrics, n. study of reflection.
 
cattalo
n. - a cross between domestic cattle and N American bison.
 
caudal
adj. - pertaining to tail. caudad, adv. towards tail. caudate, adj. tailed. caudiform, adj. tail- like.
 
caul
n. - membrane sometimes covering head of new-born infant, and regarded as lucky.
 
cauline
adj. - Botany, growing on stem. cauliform, adj. like a stem. cauligenous, adj. borne on stem. caulescent, adj. with aerial stem. caulome, n. stem structure of plant. caulotaxy, n. disposition of branches on stem.
 
causerie
n. - a light and informal conversation; brief,conversational essay
 
cautery
n. - medical instrument used for searing wounds, etc.; use of such instrument cauterant, a.; cauterize, v.
 
cavatina
n. - simple song or melody.
 
cavernicolous
adj. - living in caves. cavernulous, adj. full of small cavities.
 
cavicorn
adj. - with hollow horns.
 
cavil
v. -i. find fault; n. querulous objection.
 
cavo-relievo
n. - sculpture in which highest part is level with surface of stone; hollow relief.
 
cedilla
n. - mark under letter C to show that it should be pronounced S.
 
cedrate
adj. - citron.
 
ceilidh
n. - informal gathering with music, dancing etc.
 
ceilometer
n. - instrument measuring the distance between cloud ceiling and Earth's surface.
 
celadon
n. - porcelain with greyish-green glaze; pale greyish green.
 
celation
n. - concealment. celative, adj.
 
celature
n. - process of embossing metal.
 
celerity
n. - swiftness.
 
celibatarian
n. - & a. (person) advocating celibacy.
 
celidography
n. - description of sun's or planet's surface markings. celidographer, n.
 
cellulosic
adj. - plastic made from cellulose.
 
celoscope
n. - Medicine, instrument for examining body cavities.
 
cembalo
n. - dulcimer; harpsichord; any musical instrument with hammers to strike strings. cembalist, n. player on a cembalo.
 
cenacle
n. - dining-room, especially room in which the Last Supper was held.
 
censer
n. - receptacle for incense.
 
cental
n. - measure of weight equivalent of 100 lb.
 
centesimal
adj. - counting or counted by hundredths. centesimate, v. punish by punishing (especially executing) every hundredth man. centesimation, n.
 
centimetric
adj. - less than 1 metre in length (of very short radio and radar waves).
 
centrobaric
adj. - pertaining to centre of gravity.
 
centuple
adj. - hundredfold; v.t. increase a hundredfold.
 
centuriate
adj. - divided into hundreds. centuriation, n.
 
cepaceous
adj. - like an onion.
 
cephalosporin, ceporin
n. - antibiotic drug extracted from cephalosporium mould, of very wide application.
 
cephalothorax
n. - body, or head with thorax, of spiders, crustaceans, etc. cephalothoracic, adj.
 
ceraceous
adj. - like wax. ceral, adj. pertaining to wax or cere.
 
cerate
n. - medical unguent composed of wax, lard, etc.; a. having a cere. cerated, adj. covered with wax.
 
ceratoid
adj. - horny; like or shaped like horn.
 
ceraunoscope
n. - ancient instrument used to simulate the sound of thunder.
 
cere
n. - wax; wax-like protuberance at base of upper part of bird's bill. cerous, adj. pertaining to or like a cere.
 
cerebrotonic
adj. - having a shy, inhibited temperament associated with ectomorphy. cerebrotonia, n.
 
ceriferous
adj. - yielding wax.
 
cermet
n. - a strong alloy of a metal with a heat-resisting compound, especially used for turbine blades and similar objects.
 
cernuous
adj. - Botany, drooping; hanging.
 
cerography
n. - writing on wax; painting with wax colors; encaustic painting. ceroplastics, n. wax modelling.
 
certiorari
n. - writ for transference of hearing to superior court, or calling for production before superior court of records of a lower court.
 
cerumen
n. - wax of ear. ceruminiferous, adj. yielding this. ceruminous, adj. pertaining to this.
 
ceruse
n. - white lead.
 
cervical
adj. - pertaining to the neck or cervix.
 
cervine
adj. - pertaining to or like deer.
 
cervisial
adj. - pertaining to beer.
 
cesious
adj. - blue-grey.
 
cetane
n. - an oil found in petroleum. cetane number, number representing ignition value of diesel oil, being the percentage of cetane in a mixture used for testing by comparison.
 
ceteris paribus
phr. - 'other things being equal'.
 
chaetophorous
adj. - bearing bristles.
 
chagrin
n. - disappointment annoyance; vexation; v.t., disappoint deeply; annoy.
 
chaise
n. - light, two-wheeled carriage, especially with suspended body.
 
chalastic
n. - laxative.
 
chalcedony
n. - blue or grey variety of quartz. chalcedonic, chalcedonous, adj.
 
chalcography
n. - engraving on brass or copper. chalcolithic, adj. pertaining to copper or bronze age. chalcotript, n. person who takes rubbings of ornamental brasses.
 
chalicosis
n. - stone-cutters' lung disease, due to inhaling stone dust.
 
chalone
n. - glandular secretion curbing activity. chalonic, adj. pertaining to this; restraining.
 
chalybeate
adj. - containing salts of iron; n. such water, medicine, etc.
 
chamaecephalic
adj. - having a flattened skull. chamaecephalus, n. (pl. -li ) such person. chamaecephaly, n. such condition.
 
chambré
adj. - at room temperature (of wine).
 
chamma
n. - cloak-like Abyssinian garment.
 
champerty
n. - Law, crime of aiding another's lawsuit in order to share in gains therefrom. champertous, adj.
 
chancre
n. - syphilitic ulcer. chancriform, adj. like a chancre. chancroid, n. local sore resembling a chancre. chancrous, adj. like or having these.
 
chantage
n. - blackmail.
 
chapbook
n. - small popular book, formerly of songs, etc., sold by pedlars. chapman, n. pedlar.
 
chapelle ardente
n. - 'burning chapel'; framework bearing burning candles over coffin or catafalque.
 
charcuterie
n. - (shop selling) cold meats made from pork.
 
charientism
n. - a gracefully veiled insult
 
charivari
n. - medley, especially of noises; mock musical performance with whistles, utensils, etc.
 
charpoy
n. - light bedstead.
 
charqui
n. - dried strips of meat; jerked beef. charqued, adj. cut into strips and dried.
 
chasmogamy
n. - opening of flower for fertilization. chasmogamic, chasmogamous, adj.
 
chasmophilous
adj. - fond of nooks, crannies, crevices, and chasms
 
chatoyant
adj. - with lustre that seems different colors in different lights; n. stone which shines with a wavy band of light; cat's-eye.
 
chaussure
n. - foot covering.
 
chef-d'oeuvre
n. - (pl. chefs - pron. same) masterpiece.
 
chela
n. - (pl. -lae ) pincer-like claw of e.g. crab, scorpion. cheliferous, adj. having pincers. cheliform, adj.
 
chelonian
n. - (pertaining to) tortoise or turtle. chelonid, n. sea turtle.
 
chemin-de-fer
n. - 'road of iron'; railway; a kind of baccarat.
 
chemokinesis
n. - increase in activity caused chemically. chemolysis, n. decomposition chemically caused. chemonuclear, adj. pertaining to or arising from both a chemical and a nuclear reaction. chemoprophylaxis, n. prevention by means of a chemical drug. chemoreceptor, n. sense organ that responds to chemical stimuli. chemotaxis, n. movement of organism towards or away from chemical substance. chemotherapy, n. medical treatment by chemicals attacking disease-producing organism. chemotropism, n. growth in response to chemical stimulus.
 
chemurgy
n. - industrial organic chemistry.
 
chermany
n. - type of baseball played in southern U.S.
 
cherophobia
n. - fear of gaiety
 
chersonese
n. - peninsula.
 
cheval de bataille
n. - war-horse: one's favorite subject or argument, often to a tiresome degree
 
cheval-de-frise
n. - (pl. chevaux- ) spiked bar on wall or window-sill. cheval glass, full-length mirror in frame.
 
chevaline
n. - equine; n. horseflesh.
 
chevelure
n. - head of hair.
 
chevet
n. - east end of (especially French Gothic) church or chancel.
 
cheville
n. - an unnecessary word added to round off a sentence or complete a line of verse
 
chevrette
n. - kind of thin kid leather.
 
chiasma
n. - (pl. -mata) cross-shaped configuration especially in pairing chromosomes.
 
chiasmus
n. - (pl. -mi ) inversion of order of corresponding elements of two parallel phrases, as in born under one law, to another bound. chiastic, adj.
 
chignon
n. - knot or 'bun' of hair; pad over which hair is arranged.
 
chiliad
n. - one thousand (years). chiliadal, chiliadic, adj. chiliagon, n. thousand-sided figure. chiliarch, n. ancient Greek or Roman officer in charge of a thousand men. chiliasm, n. belief in second incarnation of Christ as king of world; millenarianism. chiliast, n. adherent of such belief. chiliastic, adj.
 
chillum
n. - hookah; bowl of hookah; tobacco-smoking. chillumchee, n. brass wash basin.
 
chimera, chimaera
n. - imaginary monster; bogy; impossible idea. chimerical, adj. imaginary; fanciful; fantastic.
 
chine
n. - backbone; cut of meat adjoining backbone; saddle; ridge; small ravine; v.t. cut into pieces.
 
chinoiserie
n. - decoration, furniture etc. imitating Chinese design.
 
chionablepsia
n. - snow blindness.
 
chiragra
n. - gout of the fingers.
 
chiral
adj. - pertaining to hand; turning to either left or right. chirality, n. chirapsia, n. massage.
 
chirr
v. -i. make trill sound like a grasshopper.
 
chirurgeon
n. - archaic, surgeon. chirurgery, n. surgery. chirurgic, adj.
 
chlamys
n. - horseman's loose cloak of ancient Greece. chlamydate, adj. having a mantle. chlamydeous, adj. Botany, pertaining to floral envelope.
 
chloral
n. - oily liquid obtained from chlorine and alcohol; (properly chloral hydrate) sleeping draught obtained from chloral. chloralism, n. condition due to abuse of this.
 
chloramphenicol
n. - an antibiotic drug originally isolated from a soil micro- organism, effective against various bacterial and viral diseases.
 
chlorochrous
adj. - greenish.
 
chlorometer
n. - instrument for measuring chlorine, especially in bleaching powders.
 
chlorosis
n. - anaemia in young women; green sickness; similar condition of plants, due to lack of light. chlorotic, adj. lacking chlorophyll.
 
choanoid
adj. - funnel-shaped.
 
chokedamp
n. - asphyxiating gas, mainly carbon dioxide, of mines.
 
cholecyst
n. - gall bladder. cholecystectomy, n. removal of gall bladder. cholecystitis, n. inflammation of gall bladder.
 
cholelithiasis
n. - production of gall-stones.
 
choli
n. - short, close-fitting blouse worn under a sari.
 
choliamb
n. - iambic trimeter having trochee or spondee in third foot. choliambic, adj.
 
cholic
adj. - pertaining to bile.
 
choller
n. - double chin.
 
chololith
n. - gall-stone. chololithic, adj.
 
chondral
adj. - cartilaginous. chondric, adj. chondrification, n. conversion into cartilage. chondrogenesis, n. production of cartilage. chondroid, adj. like cartilage. chondrosis, n. formation of cartilage. chondrostean, chondrosteous, adj. with cartilaginous skeleton.
 
choragus
n. - leader of chorus in ancient Greek drama; person officiating at festival.
 
chorditis
n. - inflammation of vocal cords.
 
chorea
n. - nervous disease marked by involuntary twitchings. chorea minor, St. Vitus's dance. choreic, choreal, adj.
 
choreutic
adj. - pertaining to choral song and dance.
 
choriamb
n. - metrical foot comprising a trochee and an iambus. choriambic, adj.
 
choric
adj. - pertaining to chorus in ancient Greek tragedy.
 
chorion
n. - membrane enclosing amnion. chorial, chorionic, adj.
 
choripetalous
adj. - with petals separated. chorisepalous, adj. with sepals separated.
 
chorograph
n. - instrument finding position of a place from angles enclosed by lines between it and three other known places.
 
chorography
n. - geographical description of a region. chorology, n. study of geographical distribution. chorometry, n. surveying of land.
 
chose jugée
n. - 'judged thing'; settled matter, on which further argument is useless. chose in action, Law, thing, such as mortgage, debt etc., in respect of which there is a right of legal action. chose in possession, thing, as goods and chattels, in ownership.
 
chrematistic
adj. - pertaining to gaining of money. chrematistics, n. study of money.
 
chrestomathy
n. - a collection of choice literary pieces
 
chromaesthesia
n. - mental association of colors with tastes, sights, sounds, figures, etc.
 
chromatin
n. - protoplasmic substance in cell nucleus, forming chromosomes and carrying hereditary characters.
 
chromatism
n. - occurrence of abnormal coloration.
 
chromatopathy
n. - disease causing abnormal coloration of skin.
 
chromophilous, chromophilic
adj. - Chemistry, readily staining. chromophobe, adj. staining only slightly.
 
chromoptometer
n. - instrument measuring eye's sensitivity to color. chromoptometry, n.
 
chromotypography
n. - printing in colors. chromoxylography, n. printing in colors from wooden blocks.
 
chronogram
n. - phrase or sentence certain letters of which form a date, generally in Roman figures. chronogrammatic, adj. chronogrammatist, n. composer of this.
 
chronopher
n. - electrical contact-maker for transmitting time signals.
 
chronophotography
n. - taking of a set of photographs of a moving object at regular intervals.
 
chronoscope
n. - instrument measuring very small intervals of time; chronometer in which figures are seen through apertures in dial. chronoscopy, n.
 
chronostichon
n. - chronogrammatic line of verse.
 
chronothermometer
n. - chronometer whose rate is altered by temperature changes.
 
chronotropic
adj. - affecting rate of pulse. chronotropism, n.
 
chrysanthous
adj. - yellow-flowered.
 
chryselephantine
adj. - made of, or ornamented with, ivory and gold.
 
chrysocarpous
adj. - having yellow fruit.
 
chrysochlorous
adj. - greenish-gold in color.
 
chrysochrous
adj. - golden yellow.
 
chrysology
n. - economic study of precious metals and their value.
 
chrysophilist, chrysophilite
n. - lover of gold.
 
chrysopoetics
n. - manufacture of, or transmutation into, gold.
 
chrysoprase
n. - green variety of chalcedony used as gem.
 
chrystocrene
n. - Geology, rock formation resembling glacier.
 
chthonian, chthonic
adj. - pertaining to Greek gods of underworld.
 
chthonic
adj. - dwelling or reigning in the underworld as deities or as spirits; infernal; ghostly
 
churrus
n. - hemp resin; leather bag for drawing water from well.
 
chyle
n. - milky fat-containing fluid secreted into blood by lactic vessels in small intestine. chylaceous, adj. chylific, adj. producing chyle. chyliform, adj. like chyle. chylocauly, n. Botany, possession of fleshy leaves. chylopoiesis, n. production of chyle. chylous, adj. consisting of chyle.
 
chyme
n. - semi-liquid partly digested food leaving stomach. chymiferous, adj. containing chyme. chymiflcation, n. conversion of food into chyme. chymous, adj.
 
chypre
n. - mixture of resins, etc., used in perfumery.
 
cibation
n. - feeding. cibarian, adj. pertaining to mouth. cibarious, adj. pertaining to food.
 
cibophobia
n. - dislike for food.
 
ciborium
n. - (pl. -ria) vessel holding consecrated wafers; canopy over altar.
 
cicatrice, cicatrix
n. - scar. cicatricial, adj. cicatricle, n. small scar. cicatricose, adj. scarred. cicatrize, v.i. & t. heal; grow over.
 
cicerone
n. - (pl. -ni ) guide escorting tourists, sightseers. ciceronage, n.
 
cicisbeo
n. - (pl. -bei ) married woman's lover or escort.
 
ciconine, ciconian
adj. - like or pertaining to a stork.
 
cigling
n. - buzzing noises made by a swarm of locusts
 
cilice
n. - hair-cloth; hair shirt.
 
cillosis
n. - muscular spasm of upper eyelid.
 
cincture
n. - girdle.
 
cinemograph
n. - instrument recording speed, especially of wind.
 
cinenchymatous
adj. - laticiferous.
 
cinerary
adj. - pertaining to ashes, especially of cremated body. cinerarium, n. place where ashes of cremated bodies are deposited.
 
cinerial
adj. - pertaining to like or colored like ashes. cinereous, cineritious, adj. like ashes.
 
cingulate
adj. - having girdle. cingular, adj. ring-shaped.
 
cinquain
n. - group of five, especially five-line stanza.
 
cipolin
n. - green-streaked white marble.
 
cippus
n. - (pl. -pi) small column marking burial- place or landmark.
 
circinate
adj. - ring-shaped; rolled into a close spiral.
 
circumambient
adj. - surrounding on all sides. circumambiency, n.
 
circumcrescent
adj. - growing over or round. circumcrescence, n.
 
circumesophagal
adj. - about or along the gullet.
 
circumferentor
n. - surveyor's angle-measuring compass instrument.
 
circumfluent
adj. - flowing round. circumfluence, n.
 
circumforaneous
adj. - wandering, especially from street to street; vagrant.
 
circumfulgent
adj. - shining about or round.
 
circumfuse
v. - surround with liquid; pour round. circumfusion, n.
 
circuminsular
adj. - surrounding an island.
 
circumjacent
adj. - surrounding. circumjacence, circumjacency, n.
 
circumlittoral
adj. - next to shore.
 
circummigrate
v. -i. wander from place to place. circummigration, n.
 
circumsolar
adj. - revolving round sun.
 
circumvallation
n. - surrounding trench or rampart.
 
circumvolant
adj. - flying round.
 
circumvolute
v. - twist; wind round. circumvolution, n. revolution; fold; circumlocution. circumvolutory, adj.
 
cirrate
adj. - having tendrils.
 
cirrhosis
n. - Medicine, hardened or fibrous condition, especially of liver. cirrhotic, adj.
 
cirriped
n. - parasitic marine crustacean, as barnacle. cirropodous, adj.
 
cisalpine
adj. - on this side of the Alps, especially on the southern or Roman side. cisandine, adj. on this side of the Andes. cisatlantic, adj. on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. ciselysian, adj. on this side of Elysium or heaven. cismarine, adj. on this side of the sea. cismontane, adj. on this side of mountains; desiring limitation of papal power. cisoceanic, adj. on this side of ocean. cispadane, adj. on this (southern) side of the River Po. cispontine, adj. on this side of bridges, e.g. on north side of Thames. cisrhenane, adj. on this side of the Rhine.
 
cisvestitism
n. - wearing weird or inappropriate clothes
 
cithara
n. - ancient lyre-like stringed musical instrument. citharist, n. player on this.
 
citreous
adj. - lemon-colored. citric, adj. pertaining to or derived from lemons and other acid fruit. citrine, adj. lemon-colored. citron, n. large lemon-like fruit. citrous, citrus, adj. pertaining to or like citron.
 
cittosis
n. - an abnormal desire for strange foods
 
cladistics
n. - Biology, method of animal classification by shared characteristics.
 
cladoptosis
n. - annual shedding of twigs.
 
clairaudient
adj. - able to hear sounds not actually present, as spirit communications, etc. clairaudience, n.
 
clairsentient
adj. - able to perceive sensations not actually present. clairsentience, n.
 
clamant
adj. - loud; insistent. clamatory, clamorous, adj. loud.
 
clancular
adj. - clandestine.
 
clangour
n. - loud, often repeated noise.
 
claque
n. - group of paid applauders. claqueur, n. member of this.
 
clastic
adj. - detachable into component parts; Geology, composed of fragments.
 
clathrate
adj. - lattice-like. clathroid, adj. clathrose, adj. marked with lattice-like lines or grooves.
 
claudent
adj. - shutting.
 
claudicant
adj. - limping. claudication, n.
 
claustral
adj. - cloistral. claustration, n. confinement, especially in convent.
 
clavecin
n. - harpsichord; carillon keyboard.
 
claviature
n. - keyboard; fingering system.
 
clavicembalo
n. - (pl. -li ) harpsichord.
 
clavicytherium
n. - harpsichord-like musical instrument.
 
claviger
n. - club-bearer; key-keeper or caretaker. clavigerous, adj.
 
clavis
n. - (pl. -ves ) key; glossary.
 
clavus
n. - (pl. -vi ) purple stripe worn on toga by persons of high rank in ancient Rome; corn (on foot); intensely painful headache.
 
cledonism
n. - using circumlocution to avoid speaking words deemed unlucky.
 
cleg
n. - gad fly; horse-fly.
 
clem
v. - starve. clemmed, adj. famished.
 
cleocentric
adj. - pertaining to the belief that fame is everything
 
clepsydra
n. - water-clock.
 
clerestory
n. - windowed part of nave wall rising above aisle roof.
 
clerisy
n. - educated or literary people collectively.
 
cleromancy
n. - divination by casting lots. cleronomy, n. inheritance.
 
clevis
n. - any securing device, U-shaped and with a pin between the extremities.
 
clew
n. - corner of sail to which ropes are attached; v.t. haul on this when changing sail.
 
climacteric
adj. - critical; forming a turning-point or crisis; n. turning-point, especially in life of individual, generally reckoned at 21, 35, 49, 63 and 81 years of age; 'change of life', menopause. grand climacteric, 63rd or 81st year of life. climacterical, adj.
 
clinamen
n. - (pl. -mina) bias.
 
clinocephalic, clinocephalous
adj. - having a saddle-shaped skull. clinocephalus, n. (pl. -li ) such person. clinocephaly, n.
 
clinodromic
adj. - moving at an angle, especially of missiles travelling at an angle to a moving target. clinoscopic, adj. pertaining to missiles travelling in line with a moving target.
 
clinology
n. - study of organism's retrograde development after passing maturity. clinologic, adj.
 
clinomania
n. - excessive desire to stay in bed
 
clinometer
n. - instrument measuring angle of slope. clinometric, a., clinometry, n.
 
clinophobia
n. - morbid fear of going to bed.
 
clinquant
adj. - glittering; showy; n. tinsel; meretricious work of art.
 
clithridiate
adj. - keyhole-shaped.
 
cloaca
n. - (pl. -cae ) sewer; watercloset; Zoology, passage or chamber receiving all bodily excretions in birds, reptiles, etc. cloacal, adj.
 
clonic
adj. - irregularly spasmodic. clonicity, n.
 
clou
n. - 'nail'; cynosure.
 
clupeoid
n. - & a. (fish) like a herring.
 
clypeus
n. - shield-shaped plate on an insect's head. clypeate a. shaped like a round shield.
 
clysis
n. - Medicine, washing-out of body cavity.
 
clysmian
adj. - pertaining or due to flood. clysmic, adj. cleansing.
 
clyster
n. - an injection into the anus; an enema
 
cnemis
n. - shin bone. cnemial, adj.
 
coadjuvant
adj. - co-operating. coadjuvancy, n.
 
coadunate
adj. - combine into one;, adj. united. coadunation, n. coadunative, adj.
 
coagment
v. - cement together.
 
coapt(ate)
v. - join or fit together. coaptation, n.
 
coarctate
adj. - closely pressed together. coarctation, n. constriction.
 
cocciferous
adj. - bearing berries.
 
coccus
n. - (pl. cocci, ) spherical bacterium.
 
cocotte
n. - flirt; prostitute; kind of casserole.
 
coctile
n. - baked.
 
coddum
n. - old-fashioned guessing game
 
codon
n. - a character, or group of characters, in the genetic code carried by the living cell, which directs the formation of a particular amino-acid.
 
coelialgia
n. - pain in belly.
 
coelom
n. - body cavity. coelomate, adj. having this. coeliac, adj.
 
coemption
n. - gaining monopoly in a commodity by buying all available supplies. coemptor, n. person practising this.
 
coenaculous
adj. - fond of eating, especially suppers.
 
coenaesthesis
n. - Psychology, sensation as a whole.
 
coenotrope
n. - Psychology, conduct characteristic of a group.
 
coessential
adj. - Religion, formed from same substance.
 
coetaneous
adj. - contemporary.
 
coeval
n. - & a. (person or thing) of same age; of same length of time.
 
cogitabund
adj. - meditative
 
cognomen
n. - (pl. -nomens, -nomina) family name; nickname. cognominal, a.; n. namesake. cognominate, v.
 
cognovit
n. - Law, admission by defendant of justice of plaintiff's case.
 
cohibit
v. - restrain. cohibition, n. cohibitive, adj.
 
coign
n. - corner; angle; viewpoint.
 
coinstantaneous
adj. - occurring at same instant. coinstantaneity n.
 
colation
n. - filtering.
 
colchicum
n. - meadow saffron; autumn crocus. colchicine, n. extract of this used as specific against gout.
 
coleopterous
adj. - pertaining to beetles and weevils; having hard anterior wings. coleopteran, n. such insect. coleopteroid, adj. beetle-like. coleopterology, n. study of such insects.
 
colibri
n. - humming-bird.
 
coliform
adj. - like a sieve.
 
collet
n. - flange holding a gem; metal collar or sleeve.
 
colletic
n. - adhesive (substance).
 
colligate
v. - bind together; collate facts for deduction of principle therefrom. colligation, n.
 
collimate
v. - make parallel; adjust into line; adjust line of sight. collimation, n. collimator, n. device in optical instrument for adjusting line of sight or producing parallel rays.
 
collocution
n. - conversation. collocutor, n. speaker in this.
 
colloid
n. - mixture between a solution and a fine suspension; jelly-like substance. colloidal, adj.
 
colloquy
n. - a conversation or dialogue; serious or formal conference
 
collotype
n. - method of printing illustrations from hardened gelatin film.
 
colluctation
n. - conflict
 
collutory
n. - mouthwash.
 
colluvial
adj. - pertaining to a mass of filth
 
colluvium
n. - Geology, mixture of rock fragments. colluvial, adj.
 
collyrium
n. - (pl. -ia) eye wash or ointment; suppository.
 
colocynth
n. - kind of cucumber forming ingredient of purgative; 'bitter apple'.
 
colophony
n. - rosin.
 
coloratura
n. - highly ornamented, virtuoso (musical passage); singer, especially soprano, of such music.
 
colubrine
adj. - snaky, sneaky, cunning
 
columbaceous
adj. - pertaining to pigeons. columbarium, n. collection of pigeon- holes; cinerarium. columbine, adj. like a dove. columboid, adj. like a pigeon.
 
columniation
n. - use or arrangement of columns in a structure.
 
colure
n. - celestial circle intersecting other at poles. equinoctial colure, such circle passing through equinoctial points. solstitial colure, such circle at right angles to equinoctial colure.
 
colytic
adj. - restraining; antiseptic.
 
comate
adj. - hairy.
 
comatulid
adj. - having hair that is neatly curled
 
comburent
adj. - burning; n. substance aiding combustion. comburivorous, adj. consuming by burning.
 
comiferous
adj. - tufted.
 
commatic
adj. - divided into short stanzas or lines; pertaining to comma. commatism, n.
 
commensal
adj. - living and feeding together; n such organism; symbiont. commensalism, commensality, n.
 
commensurable
adj. - measurable by same standard; proportionate. commensurate, adj. proportionate; v.t. make proportionate. commensuration, n.
 
commentitious
adj. - imaginary
 
commère
n. - gossiping woman; female compère. commèrage, n. gossip.
 
commination
n. - denunciation; threatening or cursing
 
comminatory
adj. - accusing publicly; denunciatory; threatening
 
comminute
v. - pulverize. comminution, n.
 
commissure
n. - seam; joint; cleft. commissural, adj.
 
commonalty
n. - common people.
 
commonition
n. - warning.
 
commorant
n. - (person) residing or dwelling. commorancy, n.
 
commoratio
n. - dwelling on a point by repeating it in different words
 
commorient
adj. - dying together
 
comose
adj. - with tuft of hair. comoid, adj. like a tuft of hair. comous, adj. hairy.
 
complanate
adj. - level. complanation, n. act of levelling.
 
complect
v. - to connect together; intertwine
 
completory
n. - compline.
 
compossible
adj. - able to coexist or coincide with other thing.
 
compotation
n. - drinking together
 
compote
n. - mixed fruit with syrup; mixed savoury dish. compotier, n. dish for this.
 
comprador(e)
n. - native major-domo; Chinese native agent or manager.
 
comprecation
n. - praying together.
 
comprobatio
n. - complimenting one's judges or audience togain their favor
 
compte rendu
n. - 'account rendered'; report.
 
compurgation
n. - vindication; that which vindicates
 
conarium
n. - pineal gland. conarial, adj.
 
conation
n. - mental striving. conative, a.; Grammar, expressing endeavour.
 
concamerated
adj. - divided into chambers. concameration, n. vaulting; vaulted roof.
 
concatervate
adj. - heaped up
 
concavo-convex
adj. - with one side concave and other convex. concavo-concave, adj. concave on both sides.
 
concertante
adj. - Music, exhibiting or needing great skill and brilliancy; alternating tutti passages and passages for a group of soloists.
 
concettism
phr. - love of or use of literary conceits, intellectual analogies, or erudite comparisons
 
conchers
n. - docile cattle
 
conchyliated
adj. - obtained from molluscs. conchyliferous, adj. bearing a shell.
 
conciliabule
n. - secret meeting of plotters.
 
conciliar
adj. - pertaining to council.
 
concinnity
n. - skill and harmony, esp. of style, in a literary work; elegant arrangement
 
concinnous
adj. - harmonious; fit; elegant. concinnity, n.
 
conclamation
n. - shouting together. conclamant, adj.
 
concolorate
adj. - having same color on both sides.
 
concordia discors
n. - 'discordant concord'; armed truce.
 
concresce
v. -i. grow together; coalesce. concrescence, n. concrement, n. concretion.
 
concubitant
adj. - marriageable. concubitancy, n. concubitous, adj. concubitus, n. coition.
 
concupiscence
n. - strong appetite; excessive sexual desire
 
concupiscent
adj. - having strong sexual desires. concupiscence, n lust.
 
condign
adj. - deserved; adequate; appropriate.
 
conductitious
adj. - hired; for hire.
 
condyle
n. - knuckle-like prominence at end of bone. condylar, adj. condyloid, adj. near or shaped like this.
 
confelicity
n. - pleasure in other's happiness.
 
conferva
n. - greenish algae on surface of stagnant water. conferval, confervoid, confervous, adj.
 
confiteor
n. - 'I confess'; n. prayer confessing sins.
 
conflation
n. - a combining or blending of two or more versionsof a text; confusion or mixing up
 
confute
v. - prove to be wrong; overcome in argument. confutation, n.
 
congé
n. - leave, especially to go; dismissal; bow. congé d'élire, permission to elect.
 
congelation
n. - act or state of freezing solid.
 
congener
n. - person or thing of same kind. congeneracy, n. congeneric, congenerous, adj.
 
congenetic
adj. - having common origin.
 
congeries
n. - conglomeration; heap or mess.
 
conglobate
adj. - ball-shaped; v.i. & t. form or be formed into a ball-shaped mass. conglobation, n.
 
conglobulate
v. - form into a ball. conglobulation, n.
 
conglutinate
v. - join together; glue;, adj. stuck together. conglutinant, n. & a. glueing or healing (substance). conglutination, n. conglutinative, adj.
 
conjunctiva
n. - membrane lining eyelid and joining it with eyeball. conjunctival, adj. conjunctivitis, n. inflammation of this.
 
connate
adj. - congenital; joined together from birth. connation, n. connatural, adj. congenital; having same nature.
 
connumerate
v. - count together. connumeration, n.
 
conoid
n. - somewhat conical (object). conoidal, adj.
 
consanguinity
n. - blood-relationship. consanguineal, consanguineous, adj.
 
consectaneous
adj. - logical consequence; corollary
 
consecution
n. - logical advance in argument; sequence. consecutive, adj. following in uninterrupted or logical order.
 
consenescence
n. - growing old together.
 
consensus gentium fallacy
phr. - the fallacy of arguing that an idea is true because most people believe it or because it has been said throughout history
 
consentaneous
adj. - agreeing; unanimous; suitable. consentaneity, n.
 
consentient
adj. - agreeing; unanimous. consentience, n.
 
consignificant
adj. - synonymous; meaningless unless used with another word. consignification, n. meaning in context. consignify, v.
 
consilient
adj. - agreeing in inferences drawn from different premises. consilience, n.
 
conspecies
n. - species belonging to same genus; variety. conspecific, adj. belonging to same species.
 
conspectus
n. - general view or outline; summary.
 
conspue
v. - spurn; despise.
 
conspurcate
v. - to pollute; defile
 
constate
v. - establish upon positive evidence. constatation, n.
 
constringe
v. - cause to contract; constrict. constringent, adj. constringency, n.
 
constructio ad sensum
phr. - construction according to sense, or framing a sentence from word sense rather than by adhering to standard grammar
 
constuprate
v. - to violate, to debauch
 
consuetude
n. - custom, tradition
 
contabescent
adj. - wasting away. contabescence, n.
 
contango
n. - Commerce, charge paid by purchaser for postponing payment from one settling day to next; v.i. permit such postponement. contango day, the day, second before settling day, on which such arrangements are made.
 
conte
n. - short story. conte pieux, moral story. conteur, writer of these.
 
contect
v. - cover. contection, n.
 
contemn
v. - view with contempt, scorn, and disdain; despise
 
contortuplicate
adj. - twisted back upon itself
 
contra bonos mores
phr. - 'against good morals'; harmful to public morality.
 
contra mundum
phr. - 'against the world'; in defiance of all accepted belief.
 
contra pacem
phr. - 'against the peace'.
 
contrabass
n. - & a. (voice or instrument) one octave lower than bass; double-bass.
 
contractile
adj. - able or causing to grow smaller. contractility, n.
 
contrahent
n. - & a. (party) entering into contract.
 
contrapuntal
adj. - pertaining to counterpoint. contrapuntist, n. expert in counterpoint.
 
contraremonstrant
n. - a remonstrator against remonstrance
 
contrectation
n. - handling; the love play preceding sexual intercourse; act of caressing someone, especially furtivelyor against their will
 
contubernal
n. - & a. cohabiting (person).
 
contumacious
adj. - obstinate; rebellious. contumacy, n. contumacity, n. such act.
 
contumely
n. - insult; contempt. contumelious, adj.
 
contuse
v. - bruise. contusion, n. contusive, adj.
 
conurbation
n. - city surrounded by large number of urban districts.
 
convenances
n. -pl. the proprieties; conventions.
 
conventicle
n. - chapel; meeting-house; nonconformist assembly. conventicular, adj.
 
conventual
adj. - pertaining to convent; n. inmate of convent.
 
convexo-concave
adj. - convex on one side and concave on other. convexo-convex, a., convex on both sides.
 
copaiba
n. - kind of oily resin. copaibic, copaivic, adj.
 
copal
n. - kind of resin used in varnishes, etc.
 
coparcener
n. - joint heir. coparcenary, n. & a.
 
cophosis
n. - deafness.
 
copolymer
n. - a compound of high molecular weight produced by polymerizing two or more different monomers. copolymerize v.i. & t. to become or make into a copolymer.
 
copremia
n. - poisoning resulting from chronic constipation.
 
coprolalia
n. - use of obscene language. coprolaliac, person practising this.
 
coprolite
n. - fossilized feces. coprolith, n. hard mass of fecal matter. coprolitic, adj.
 
coprology
n. - study of filth or faeces, or of obscene literature.
 
coprophagy
n. - feeding on dung. coprophagan, n. dung beetle. coprophagous, adj.
 
coprophemia
n. - obscene language
 
coprophilia
n. - love of obscenity. coprophilous, adj. living in or feeding on dung.
 
coprostasis
n. - constipation.
 
coprozoic
adj. - living in dung.
 
copula
n. - link; verb, especially part of to be, linking subject and predicate. copular, adj.
 
copyhold
n. - tenure of manor land at will of lord of manor; land so held. copyholder, n. holder of such land.
 
coquillage
n. - shell-like decoration.
 
coracle
n. - light round wicker boat covered with skin.
 
coram populo
phr. - 'in the presence of the public'; for appearance's sake. coram judice, before a judge. coram paribus, before one's equals or peers.
 
corbel
n. - supporting projection from wall.
 
corbiculate
adj. - like a small basket; pertaining to bee's pollen-holding organ.
 
cordate
adj. - heart-shaped. cordiform, adj.
 
coriaceous
adj. - like or consisting of leather.
 
coriander
n. - plant yielding seeds used in medical and in curries and pickles.
 
corkage
n. - charge made by hotel keeper for serving bottle of wine, or for consumption in his hotel of bottle purchased elsewhere.
 
cornea
n. - transparent hard material protecting eyeball. corneal, adj.
 
cornemuse
n. - ancient bagpipe-like instrument.
 
corneous
adj. - horny. corniculate, adj. having horns or horn-like outgrowths. cornific, adj. producing horn or horns. corniform, adj., horn-shaped. cornigerous, adj. bearing horns.
 
corniche
n. - coastal road, especially one running along a cliff face.
 
cornute
n. - cuckold; a. with horn-like outgrowths. cornuted, adj. horned; horn- shaped.
 
coronach
n. - dirge.
 
coronagraph
n. - astronomical instrument by which the solar corona can be observed in full sunlight.
 
coronoid
adj. - beak-shaped.
 
corposant
n. - flamelike electrical discharge from ship's masts, steeples, etc., in thundery weather; St. Elmo's fire.
 
correption
n. - shortening in pronunciation.
 
corrie
n. - round hollow in hillside.
 
corrigendum
n. - (pl. -da) thing to be corrected; erratum.
 
corrivate
v. - make to flow together. corrivation, n.
 
cortinate
adj. - cobweb-like. cortinarious a.
 
cortisone
n. - hormone, essential to life, secreted by cortex of adrenal glands; synthetic equivalent of this obtained from ox-bile or sisal.
 
corundum
n. - exceptionally hard mineral, crystallized alumina, used, when transparent, as gem.
 
coruscate
v. - sparkle; flash. coruscant, adj. coruscation, n.
 
corvine
adj. - pertaining to or like a crow. corviform, corvoid, adj.
 
corybant
n. - priest, votary or attendant of Cybele, ancient goddess of nature. corybantic, adj. pertaining to wild and noisy rites performed by these; n. wild, frenzied dance.
 
corymb
n. - flat-topped raceme-like inflorescence. corymbiate, corymbiform, corymbose, corymbous, adj. corymbiferous, adj. bearing these.
 
coryphaeus
n. - a leader of a school of thought, a religious movement, a political party or group
 
coryza
n. - cold in head.
 
cosmesis
n. - preservation of bodily beauty, especially of face. cosmetic, n. & a. cosmetician n. maker, seller, etc. of cosmetics. cosmetology, n. art of using cosmetics.
 
cosmocracy
n. - government of whole world. cosmocrat, n. ruler over world. cosmocratic, adj.
 
cosmogenic
adj. - produced by action of cosmic rays.
 
cosmogony
n. - study or theory of the origin and development of the universe or the solar system. cosmogonal, cosmogonic, adj.
 
cosmorama
n. - series of views of different parts of world. cosmoramic, adj.
 
costal
adj. - pertaining to ribs. costard, n. ribbed variety of apple. costate, adj. having ribs; ridged. costalgia, n. pain in ribs. costectomy, n. removal of rib. costellate, adj. finely ribbed.
 
costive
adj. - slow or stiff in the expression of opinions and in action and reaction generally
 
coteau
n. - (pl. -eaux ), divide between valleys; valley-side.
 
cothurnus
n. - (pl. -ni ), buskin. cothurnal, cothurnian, adj. pertaining to cothurnus or tragedy. cothurnate, adj. wearing cothurnus.
 
cotyledon
n. - first, embryonic seed leaf of plant. cotyledonal, cotyledonary, cotyledonous, adj. cotyloid, adj. cup- shaped.
 
couchant
adj. - Heraldry, lying, especially with head raised.
 
coulisse
n. - groove, especially in timber, for thing to slide in; back- stage place; lobby.
 
couloir
n. - deep cleft in mountain; corridor.
 
countercaster
n. - a contemptuous word for a bookkeeper or accountant;a person dealing in numbers
 
counterpoise
n. - equal and opposite weight or force; v.t. counterbalance.
 
counterpole
n. - exact opposite.
 
coup de plume
phr. - stroke of the pen: a literary attack
 
coup d'essai
phr. - trial stroke: a trial or warmup piece; an effort serving as practice
 
couvade
n. - custom among some peoples, whereby the husband of a woman giving birth simulates pregnancy and labour.
 
couveuse
n. - incubator for human infants.
 
couvre-feu
n. - curfew; scuttle-shaped device for covering fire at curfew.
 
coverture
n. - Law, status of married woman.
 
covin(e)
n. - collusion; fraud. covinous, adj.
 
covinous
adj. - deceitful, conspiring
 
coxalgy, coxalgia
n. - pain in hip. coxalgic, adj. coxitis, n. inflammation of hip joint.
 
cozen
v. - to cheat or fool
 
crambe repetita
phr. - warmed-over cabbage: annoying repitition or a tiresome, harped-on old story
 
crankle
n. - to break into bends and turns, as a stream
 
crapulous
adj. - given to gross excess in drinking or eating; debauched intemperance
 
crasis
n. - constitution; blending; running together of two vowels to form a long vowel.
 
crassamentum
n. - clot of blood.
 
crassilingual
adj. - thick-tongued
 
cratometer
n. - instrument measuring power of magnification. cratometry, n.
 
craton
n. - Geology, large, relatively stable section of earth's crust, forming the basis of a continent or ocean.
 
creancer
n. - guardian; mentor.
 
creatic
adj. - pertaining to flesh or meat. creatophagous, adj. flesh-eating.
 
credence
n. - belief; Ecclesiastical, small table or sideboard for sacred vessels.
 
cremnophobia
n. - dread of precipices.
 
crenate
adj. - scalloped. crenation, crenature, n.
 
crenitic
adj. - pertaining to mineral springs. crenotherapy, n. medical treatment by mineral springs.
 
crenulate
adj. - minutely crenate. crenulation, n.
 
creophagous
adj. - carnivorous. creophagia, creophagism, creophagy, n. eating of flesh. creophagist n.
 
crepehangar
n. - a gloomy person; a pessimist
 
crepitate
v. - crackle. crepitant, adj. crepitation, crepitus, n.
 
crepuscular
adj. - pertaining to twilight; appearing or active at twilight. crepuscle, crepuscule, n. twilight. crepusculine, adj.
 
crescograph
n. - instrument recording plant growth.
 
cresset
n. - hanging light-giving brazier.
 
cretify
v. - change into chalk or lime. cretifaction, cretification, n.
 
cri de coeur
phr. - cry from the heart: an ardent, impassioned declaration, appeal or lament
 
cri de guerre
phr. - war cry: a martial motto or slogan, as used ona heraldic device
 
cribriform
adj. - like a sieve. cribrous, cribrose, adj. cribration, n. sifting.
 
criminis
n. - "partner in crime"; accomplice.
 
crimp
n. - person luring or 'shanghaiing' sailors aboard vessel; v.t. so to obtain sailors for ship. crimpage, n. rate paid to crimp.
 
crinal
adj. - pertaining to hair. crinite, adj. Biology, covered in soft hair or tufts.
 
crinoid
adj. - like a lily in shape; n. Zoology, one of a class of sea creatures with round body and feathery arms.
 
crinose
adj. - hairy. crinosity, n.
 
criophore
n. - sculptured figure of man carrying ram. criosphinx, n. sphinx with ram's head.
 
crispate
adj. - curled; crisped. crispation, crispature, n. curling; shudder.
 
cristate
adj. - bearing crest. cristiform, adj. crest-shaped.
 
criticaster
n. - an incompetent, inferior critic
 
cromlech
n. - prehistoric monument, comprising a flat stone resting horizontally on two vertical stones or circle of stones.
 
crosier, crozier
n. - shepherd's crook-like staff borne by abbot or bishop.
 
crotaline
adj. - pertaining to rattle-snake. crotalic, crotaliform, crotaloid, adj. like a rattlesnake.
 
crounotherapy
n. - medical treatment by mineral waters.
 
croze
n. - groove in the staves of a barrel into which the endpiece fits.
 
cru
n. - vineyard; category in classification of certain French wines.
 
cruciate
adj. - cross-shaped or Y-shaped; marked with cross; v.t mark with cross. cruciation, n. torture; cruciate state.
 
cruentation
n. - oozing of blood, especially from dead body.
 
cruorin
n. - hemoglobin.
 
crural
adj. - pertaining to leg, especially thigh.
 
crurophilous
adj. - liking legs
 
cruse
n. - small earthenware pot.
 
crux criticorum
phr. - cross for critics: a riddle or puzzle for the critics
 
crymodinia
n. - rheumatism due to cold. crymotherapy, n. use of cold as medical treatment.
 
cryophorus
n. - instrument demonstrating freezing of water by its evaporation. cryophoric, adj.
 
cryoscopy
n. - determination of freezing points. cryoscope, n. instrument used in this. cryoscopic, adj.
 
cryptaesthesia
n. - clairvoyance. cryptaesthetic, adj.
 
cryptal
adj. - pertaining to or like a crypt.
 
cryptoclastic
adj. - Geology, composed of tiny fragments.
 
cryptoclimate
n. - climate of the inside of a building or other enclosed structure.
 
cryptogam
n. - non-flowering or non-seeding plant. cryptogamian, cryptogamic, cryptogamous, adj.
 
cryptogenic
adj. - of unknown origin. cryptogenetic, adj.
 
cryptophyte
n. - plant whose buds or seeds develop underground or under water.
 
cryptorchidism
n. - condition in which one or both testes do not descend normally.
 
cryptozoic
adj. - living hidden, or in darkness.
 
crystallomancy
n. - divination by a crystal ball.
 
crystic
adj. - Geology, pertaining to ice.
 
crystograph
n. - painting or writing on glass.
 
ctenoid
adj. - with comb-like edge. cteniform, adj. comb-like.
 
ctetology
n. - Biology study of acquired characteristics.
 
cuculine
adj. - pertaining to or like a cuckoo. cuculiform, adj. like a cuckoo. cuculoid, adj.
 
cucullate
adj. - hooded; hood-shaped. cuculliform, adj. hood-shaped.
 
cucurbit
n. - gourd-like chemical vessel, main part of still or alembic. cucurbitine, adj. like gourd seed in shape.
 
cui bono
phr. - to whose benefit: to what end or for what good (more strictly, "who stands to gain from this")
 
cuirass
n. - armour for breast and back. cuirassier, n. horse-soldier wearing this.
 
culiciform
adj. - like a mosquito. culicifuge, n. substance killing mosquitoes.
 
cullion
n. - rascal; orchid root; man orchid.
 
culm
n. - grass stem. culminal, adj.
 
cultrate
adj. - shaped like a knife blade; sharp-edged.
 
culverin
n. - kind of ancient small cannon.
 
cumshaw
n. - tip; gratuity.
 
cumulose
adj. - containing small heaps.
 
cunabular
adj. - pertaining to cradle or original dwelling; pertaining to incunabula.
 
cunctation
n. - delay. cunctator, n. procrastinator.
 
cunctative
adj. - tardy, dilatory
 
cunicular
adj. - pertaining to underground passages or burrows; burrow- dwelling.
 
cupel
n. - small dish, especially of bone ash, or furnace hearth for cupellation. cupellation, n. refining or separating precious metals.
 
cupreous
adj. - pertaining to or like copper.
 
cupressineous
adj. - pertaining to or like the cypress.
 
cupric
adj. - applied to compounds of bivalent copper. cupro-nickel, n. alloy of copper and nickel used for making 'silver' and 'nickel' coins. cuprous, adj. applied to compounds of univalent copper.
 
cupulate
adj. - cup-shaped; having a cup-shaped appendage. cupuliform, adj. cup-shaped.
 
curette
n. - surgical instrument for scraping sides of body cavity; v.t. use a curette on. curettage, n. use of this.
 
curiology
n. - picture-writing. curiologic(al), adj. curiologics, n.
 
curlicism
n. - literary indecency
 
currente calamo
phr. - with a running pen: fluidly or offhand
 
curricle
n. - light two-horse two-wheeled carriage. curricular, adj. pertaining to carriages and driving; pertaining to curriculum.
 
cursorial
adj. - adapted for walking or running. cursorious, adj.
 
curtal
adj. - short; curtailed; n. person wearing short garment; animal with docked tail.
 
curtate
adj. - shortened; short. curtate distance, Astronomy, distance of heavenly body from sun or earth in ecliptic plane. curtation, n. difference between curtate distance and true distance.
 
curtilage
n. - courtyard; land attached to house.
 
curule
adj. - applied to curved-legged chair occupied by high officials of ancient Rome. curule leg, outward-curving furniture leg.
 
curvet
n. -,v.i. leap; bound; leap of trained horse with forelegs first raised, immediately followed by raising of hind legs.
 
curvulate
adj. - slightly curved.
 
cushat
n. - wood-pigeon or ring-dove.
 
custos morum
phr. - 'keeper of morals'; censor. custos rotulorum, keeper of the rolls. custos sigilli, keeper of great seal.
 
cutis anserina
phr. - goose bumps.
 
cyaneous
adj. - sky-blue.
 
cyanometer
n. - instrument measuring blueness. cyanometric, adj. cyanometry, n.
 
cyanosis
n. - heart condition or disease causing blueness of surface of body; blue disease. cyanotic, adj.
 
cyathiform
adj. - cup-shaped.
 
cyclarthrosis
n. - (pl. -ses ) pivot joint. cyclarthrodial, adj.
 
cyclazocine
n. - synthetic drug protecting against the addictive effects of the morphine group.
 
cyclitis
n. - inflammation of ciliary muscle.
 
cyclometer
n. - instrument measuring arcs of circles or revolutions of bicycle wheel.
 
cyclophoria
n. - squint due to weakness of an eye muscle.
 
cycloplegia
n. - paralysis of ciliary muscle. cycloplegic, adj.
 
cyclostyle
n. - apparatus for printing copies from a handwritten stencil.
 
cyclothymia
n. - mental condition of alternating moods of euphoria and depression. cyclothyme, n. person having such moods. cyclothymic, adj.
 
cyclotomy
n. - incision into ciliary muscle. cyclotome, n. instrument used in this. cyclotomic, adj.
 
cyesis
n. - pregnancy. cyesiology, n. medical study of this.
 
cyesthes
n. - maternity clothes
 
cyllosis
n. - (pl. -ses ) congenital deformity, especially clubfoot.
 
cymbiform
adj. - boat-shaped. cymbate, adj. cymbocephalic, cymbocephalous, adj. having head with forehead receding and back projecting.
 
cymograph
n. - instrument for tracing outlines of projections, profiles, etc.
 
cynanche
n. - any inflammatory disease of throat, etc.
 
cynanthropy
n. - form of insanity in which patient has delusions of being a dog.
 
cynarctomachy
n. - bear-baiting with dogs.
 
cynegetics
n. - hunting.
 
cynocephalous, cynocephalic
adj. - having dog-like head or face. cynocephalus, n. flying lemur; mythological ape with dog's head.
 
cynoid
adj. - dog-like. cynopodous, adj. having dog-like claws. cynorrhodon, n. dog-rose.
 
cynophobia
n. - morbid fear of dogs.
 
cynosure
n. - guiding star; object of common interest. cynosural, adj.
 
cyphonism
n. - pillorying as punishment.
 
cyprian
adj. - lecherous, licentious, and lewd
 
cyprinoid
adj. - pertaining to or like a carp.
 
cypripareunia
n. - sexual intercourse with a prostitute
 
cypseline
adj. - pertaining to or like a swift. cypseloid, adj.
 
cytherean
adj. - pertaining to Venus; n. votary of Venus.
 
cytitis
n. - inflammation of skin.
 

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