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gabelle
n. - tax on salt.
 
gaberlunzie
n. - a wandering, or licensed, beggar
 
gabion
n. - wicker-work cylinder filled with earth or stones for building fortifications, harbour bars, etc. gabionade, n. structure made with gabions.
 
gadoid
adj.,n. - (fish) of the cod family.
 
gadroon
n. - form of fluting; Architecture, notched moulding.
 
gaduin
n. - substance occurring in cod-liver oil.
 
galactophagist
n. - a milk drinker
 
galanty
n. - shadow play.
 
galea
n. - Biology, helmet-shaped structure. galeate, galeiform, adj. helmet-shaped.
 
galeanthropy
n. - the delusion that one has become a cat
 
galericulate
adj. - covered with a hat
 
galilee
n. - church porch, or chapel at entrance.
 
galimatias
n. - gibberish; confused, meaningless jargon
 
galingale
n. - ginger-like plant, or sedge, with aromatic root used in medicine.
 
galleass
n. - large armed 16th-century vessel with oars and sails.
 
galliard
adj. - gay; gallant; n. lively 16th-century dance.
 
galliardise
n. - great merriment
 
gallimaufry
n. - hash of liver and other organs; hotch-potch.
 
gallinaceous
adj. - like a chicken or pheasant
 
gallionic
adj. - indifferent; careless; irresponsible
 
gallipot
n. - small ceramic pot for medicine, etc.
 
galloway
n. - breed of small horse and black cattle.
 
galumptious
adj. - tiptop; first-rate; superlatively good
 
galvanic
adj. - pertaining to direct current from electric battery; giving or receiving shock. galvanism, n. current electricity; study of electric currents and their effects. galvanize, v. treat with galvanic current; stimulate into sudden excitement; coat with zinc. galvanometer, n. instrument measuring small electric currents. galvanoscope, n. instrument indicating presence and direction of small electric currents.
 
gambier
n. - yellow dye and astringent substance obtained from a vine of Malaysia.
 
gambrel
n. - horse's hock; kind of roof with pentagonal gable.
 
gambrinous
adj. - full of beer
 
gamelotte
n. - fibre for paper, etc., obtained from sedge.
 
gamic
adj. - sexual; requiring or resulting from mating.
 
gamogenesis
n. - sexual reproduction. gamogenetic, adj.
 
gamophobia
n. - fear of marriage
 
ganch
v. - to execute by impaling on stakes or hooks
 
gandoura, gandurah
n. - short, loose, sleeveless garment of Levant and Asia Minor.
 
gangue
n. - rock or earth yielding ore.
 
ganister
n. - kind of flinty rock used for road faces and lining furnaces.
 
ganoid
adj. - applied to hard, smooth, bright fish-scales; having such scales; n. fish with such scales.
 
ganoin
n. - (enamel-like substance forming) the surface of ganoid scales.
 
ganosis
n. - reducing shine of marble, especially on naked parts of statue.
 
gapeseed
n. - anything that causes stares; or someone who stares
 
garboil
n. - confusion
 
garderobe
n. - wardrobe; private room, privy.
 
garganey
n. - kind of teal.
 
garniture
n. - embellishment, ornamentation.
 
gasconade
n. - boasting; bravado
 
gaskin
n. - part of the hind leg of a horse
 
gasogene, gazogene
n. - apparatus for aerating liquids.
 
gastriloquist
n. - ventriloquist. gastriloquial, adj. gastriloquism, n.
 
gastrolater
n. - glutton. gastrolatrous, adj. gastrolatry, n. gluttony.
 
gault
n. - heavy clay.
 
gavage
n. - forcible feeding.
 
gazophylacium
n. - a treasury
 
geal
adj. - pertaining to the earth.
 
geck
n. - an object of scorn; a dupe
 
geest
n. - old superficial alluvial soil.
 
Geflugelte Worte
phr. - winged words: eloquent language; expressions that have traveled from one language to another
 
Gegenschein
n. - soft light in sky opposite sun; counter-glow.
 
gelasin
n. - dimple-like dent which appears in your cheeks when you smile
 
gelastic
adj. - pertaining to or used in laughing
 
gelid
adj. - cold; frozen.
 
gelogenic
adj. - laughter-provoking
 
geloscopy
n. - determining someone's character or future by the way they laugh
 
gemebund
adj. - a constant moaning
 
gemel
adj. - in pairs; twin.
 
geminate
v. - double; arrange in pairs; a. so arranged. geminiflorous, adj. having paired flowers. geminiform, adj. double. geminous, adj.
 
gemmule
n. - small gemma. gemmulation, n. production of gemmule. gemmuliferous, adj. bearing gemmules.
 
genarch
n. - head of family.
 
genesic
adj. - pertaining to generation or genital organs. genesiology, n. study of heredity or procreation. genesiurgic, adj. connected with generation.
 
genethliac(al)
adj. - pertaining to nativity and position of star at birth. genethlialogy, n. casting of nativities.
 
genethliacon
n. - a birthday poem
 
genetotrophic
adj. - denoting a defect in metabolism which prevents the normal assimilation of essential food elements.
 
genetous
adj. - congenital.
 
genetrix
n. - (pl. -rices) mother.
 
genicon
n. - a sexual partner imagined by one who is dissatisfied with their partner
 
geniculate
adj. - abruptly bent. geniculation, n.
 
genome
n. - complete set of chromosomes of a particular organism. genomic, adj.
 
gens
n. - (pl. gentes) ancient Roman clan; group with common male ancestor.
 
gentilitial
adj. - pertaining to nation or family; of high birth. gentilitious, adj.
 
geochrony
n. - chronology used in geology. geochronic, adj.
 
geocyclic
adj. - pertaining to earth's rotation or revolution; revolving round earth.
 
geodynamic
adj. - pertaining to forces within the earth. geodynamics, n. study of such forces.
 
geognosy
n. - geological study of materials forming the earth. geognost, n. student of geognosy. geognostic, adj.
 
geogony
n. - theory or study of formation of the earth. geogonic(al), adj.
 
geoid
n. - figure of the earth. geoidal, adj.
 
geomancy
n. - divination by lines and figures. geomantic, adj.
 
geophagous
adj. - eating earth. geophagia, geophagism, geophagy, n.
 
geophilous
adj. - living in or on the ground; growing under the ground.
 
geophyte
n. - plant growing in earth.
 
geopolitics
n. - study of relationship between geographical situation and politics of a nation.
 
georama
n. - map of world on inside of globe viewed from within.
 
georgic
adj. - pertaining to agriculture; rural; n. such poem.
 
geoscopy
n. - examination of earth and soil. geoscopic, adj.
 
geoselenic
adj. - pertaining to earth and moon.
 
geostrophic
adj. - pertaining to deflection due to earth's rotation.
 
geotaxis, geotaxy
n. - Biology, movement directed by gravitation. geotactic, adj.
 
geotechnics
n. - study of increasing the habitability of earth.
 
gephyrophobia
n. - morbid fear of bridges and passing over or under them.
 
gerascophobia
n. - fear of growing old
 
geratic
adj. - pertaining to old age and decadence. geratology, n. biological study of decadence.
 
gerendum
n. - (pl. -da) thing to be done.
 
german
adj. - of same parents; of one's parent's brother or sister. cousin-german, first cousin.
 
geromorphism
n. - condition of appearing older than one is
 
gharry
n. - light horse-drawn carriage.
 
giaour
n. - infidel; Christian.
 
gibus
n. - opera hat.
 
gid
n. - brain disease of sheep.
 
giddhom
n. - a frantic galloping movement made by cows when plagued with flies
 
gigot
n. - leg of mutton.
 
gilravage
v. - to celebrate noisily; to go on a rampage
 
ginglymus
n. - hinge joint. ginglymoid, adj. pertaining to or like a ginglymus.
 
girandole
n. - cluster of water-jets or fireworks; fountain with spreading spray; any such radiating ornament.
 
girasole
n. - an opal which turns red in the sunlight
 
girning
v. - act or process of contorting one's face; snarling
 
glabrous
adj. - free from hair or down; hairless; bald
 
gladiate
adj. - sword-shaped.
 
glair
n. - white of egg; any similar substance; v.t. cover with glair. glaireous, adj.
 
glandiform
adj. - acorn-shaped. glandiferous, adj. bearing acorns.
 
glaucescent
adj. - somewhat glaucous.
 
glaucous
adj. - grey-green; green-blue; yellow-green.
 
glebe
n. - soil; land attached to benefice. glebe house, parsonage.
 
gledge
n. - to squint the eyes
 
gleet
n. - mucous discharge, especially from urethra; v.i. emit such discharge.
 
glenoid
adj. - shaped like a shallow depression.
 
glirine
adj. - dormouse-like. gliriform, adj.
 
globigerina
n. - (pl. -ae ) protozoon living in surface waters of the sea. globigerina ooze, deposit of the chalky shells of globigerinae on the sea floor.
 
globulicide
adj.,n. - (substance) destroying blood corpuscles. globulicidal, adj. globulimeter, n. instrument measuring red corpuscles in blood. globulin, n. kind of protein in blood.
 
glochidiate, glochideous
adj. - barbed; bristly.
 
glomerate
adj. - collected compactly together. glomeration, n.
 
glomerule
n. - compactly clustered flower-head. glomerulate, adj.
 
glomerulus
n. - (pl. -li) intertwined cluster of organisms, nerve fibres, etc., especially capillaries in the kidney. glomerular, adj.
 
glossal
adj. - pertaining to tongue. glossalgia, n. pain in tongue. glossator, glossographer, n. writer of glosses or commentaries. glossectomy, n. removal of tongue. glosseme, n. smallest meaningful unit of a language. glossitis, n. inflammation of tongue. glossoid, adj. tongue-like. glossolalia, glossolaly, n. gift of tongues. glossology, n. terminology; study of language; medical study of tongue. glossopathym, n. disease of tongue. glossophagine, adj. feeding with tongue. glossoplegia, n. paralysis of tongue.
 
glossolalia
n. - nonsensical talk; gibberish
 
glucagon
n. - pancreatic hormone which raises blood-sugar level and reduces appetite.
 
glume
n. - dry bract of grass flower. glumaceous, glumose, adj. like or composed of glumes glumiferous, adj. bearing glumes.
 
gluside
n. - saccharin.
 
glutition
n. - act of swallowing.
 
glycaemia
n. - presence of glucose in the blood.
 
glyptic
adj. - pertaining to carving, especially of gems. glyptics, glyptography, n. gem-carving. glyptology, n. study of gem engravings.
 
gnathal, gnathic
adj. - pertaining to jaw. gnathism, n. formation of upper jaw; use of such formation as basis for classification. gnathonic, adj. flattering.
 
gnathonic
adj. - falsely flattering; fawning; sycophantic; parasitic
 
gnomic
adj. - full of aphorisms or maxims; or wise and pithy
 
gnomon
n. - anything that points out time of day by its shadow
 
gnotobiosis
n. - rearing of organisms in germ-free environment. gnotobiote, n. germ-free animal. gnotobiotic, adj.
 
gobemouche
n. - a gullible person
 
godemiche
n. - a dildo
 
godet
n. - panel inserted to make skirt flare.
 
gomphosis
n. - growth of tooth into bone cavity.
 
gonalgia
n. - pain in knee.
 
gonfalon
n. - hanging banner. gonfalonier, n. standard-bearer; medieval Italian magistrate.
 
gonion
n. - (pl. -nia) angle, especially of lower jaw. goniometer, n. instrument measuring angles. goniometry, n. trigonometry.
 
gonitis
n. - inflammation of knee.
 
gonoblast
n. - reproductive cell. gonochorism, n. separation of sex, dioecism; development of sex differentiation. gonocyte, n. gamete-producting cell.
 
gormandize
v. - eat greedily or voraciously, n. gourmandise.
 
gorsedd
n. - assembly for giving prizes, degrees, etc., at close of eisteddfod; meeting of bards and druids.
 
gracile
adj. - slender. gracility, n.
 
gradatim
phr. - adv. 'step by step'.
 
gradin
n. - one of a tier of steps, seats, etc.
 
gradine
n. - instrument used by sculptors
 
gradus
n. - abbreviation of gradus ad Parnassum, dictionary used in composition of Latin verses.
 
graip
n. - pitchfork used for hurling manure
 
grallatory, grallatorial
adj. - pertaining to wading birds.
 
graminaceous
adj. - grass-like; pertaining to grass family of plants. gramineal, gramineous, adj. graminivorous, adj. feeding on grass. graminology, n. study of grasses. graminous, adj. grassy.
 
grammalogue
n. - word represented by one shorthand sign; such sign.
 
grammaticaster
n. - a petty grammarian; a pretentious grammaticalpedant
 
grammatolatry
n. - worship of letters or words
 
grandgousier
n. - person who will eat anything and everything
 
grandisonant
adj. - sounding great; pompous. grandisonous, adj.
 
grangerize
v. - illustrate, especially by interleaving, with additional pictures. grangerism, n.
 
granulocyte
n. - kind of white blood cell. granulocytic, adj.
 
grapholagnia
n. - a more than passing interest in obscenepictures
 
graphometer
n. - angle-measuring instrument.
 
graphospasm
n. - writer's cramp.
 
grapnel
n. - small anchor or hook.
 
grassation
n. - act of attacking violently; a lying in wait to attack
 
graticulate
v. - divide (pattern, etc.) into squares for easiness of reproduction. graticulation, n. graticule, n. grid of lines used with the eyepiece of a microscope, telescope, etc., for measuring or locating objects; grid of lines on a major chart.
 
gratis dictum
phr. - an unsolicited or voluntary remark; mere assertion
 
gratuitous
adj. - done freely; needless; groundless. gratuity, n. gift of money; tip.
 
gratulant
adj. - expressing joy or satisfaction; congratulatory
 
gravamen
n. - (pl. -mina) substance of a grievance or charge.
 
gravedo
n. - cold in the head.
 
graveolent
adj. - having a rank smell; fetid; stinking
 
gravid
adj. - pregnant. gravida, n. pregnant woman.
 
gravific
adj. - that which makes heavy or produces weight
 
greave
n. - armour covering lower leg.
 
greaves
n. - tallow refuse.
 
gregarian
adj. - belonging to the herd or common sort
 
gremial
n. - pertaining to bosom or lap; n. bishop's apron.
 
gressorial, gressorious
adj. - adapted for walking.
 
grike
n. - crack or slit in rock or stone
 
grilse
n. - young salmon.
 
grisaille
n. - glass painted with grey pigment.
 
griseous
adj. - grizzled.
 
grisette
n. - young working girl.
 
grivoiserie
n. - lewd and lascivious behavior; a lewd act
 
groak
v. - to watch people silently while they're eating, hopingthey will ask you to join them
 
grobianism
n. - rudeness; boorishness
 
gromatic
adj. - pertaining to surveying. gromatics, n. surveying, especially of camp.
 
groyne
n. - wooden breakwater.
 
gruine
adj. - like or pertaining to crane (bird).
 
grume
n. - clot; clotted liquid. grumose, adj. comprising a cluster of granules. grumous, adj. clotted.
 
gryllid
n. - cricket (insect); a. pertaining to or like cricket; belonging to cricket family of insects.
 
guaiacum
n. - resin of a tropical American tree, used as rheumatic remedy.
 
guddle
n. - to catch fish barehanded
 
guepard(e)
n. - cheetah.
 
guerdon
n. -v.t. reward.
 
gug
n. - coalmine shaft that slopes downward
 
gugusse
n. - a young, effeminate man who trysts with priests
 
guilloche
n. - architectural ornament of intertwined curved lines or bands.
 
guimbard
n. - jew's-harp.
 
guipure
n. - kind of large-patterned heavy lace.
 
gules
adj.,n. - Heraldry, red.
 
gulosity
n. - enormous appetite; greediness
 
gumbotil
n. - dark sticky clay, formed by the weathering of boulder clay or glacial drift.
 
gunge
n. - market; granary.
 
gurgitate
v. -i. bubble. gurgitation, n. ebullition.
 
gustation
n. - act of tasting; sense of taste. gustatory, adj.
 
gutta
n. - (pl. -ae) drop. gutta-percha, n. rubber-like substance. gutta rosacea, acne rosacea. gutta serena, amaurosis. guttate, adj. like a drop; having spots like drops. guttiferous, adj. yielding gum. guttiform, adj. drop- shaped. guttation, n. exudation of drops of moisture. .
 
gutturotetany
n. - throat spasm causing stammer.
 
gyascutus
n. - a huge, imaginary, four-legged beast with legson one side longer than on the other, enabling it to walkeasily on hillsides
 
gymnophobia
n. - fear of nudity
 
gynaecocracy
n. - domination of society by women. gynaecocratic, adj.
 
gynaecology
n. - branch of medicine dealing with diseases of women, especially disorders of the reproductive system. gynaecologic(al), adj. gynaecologist, n.
 
gynaecomania
n. - sexual craving for women.
 
gynaecomorphous
adj. - having female form or characteristics.
 
gynandromorph
n. - animal having both male and female characteristics. gynandromorphic, adj. gynandromorphism, n.
 
gynecoid
adj. - of or like a woman
 
gyniatrics
n. - treatment of women's diseases.
 
gynics
n. - knowledge of women.
 
gynoecium
n. - (pl. -cia) Botany, pistils collectively.
 
gyrinid
n. - whirligig beetle; a. like or pertaining to this; belonging to the gyrinid family of beetles.
 
gyrograph
n. - instrument recording wheel's revolutions.
 
gyromagnetic
adj. - denoting the magnetic properties of the spinning electron in an atom.
 
gyromancy
n. - fortunetelling by walking in a circle until dizzy; the fortune is determined by where the person falls
 
gyrostatics
n. - study of rotating bodies and their properties.
 
gyrovagues
n. - monks who wander from one monastery to another
 
gyve
v. - to chain someone up in shackles
 

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