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rabiator
n. - a violent man
 
raceme
n. - kind of inflorescence with flowers borne on footstalks up a central stem, as in lily of valley. racemiferous, adj. bearing racemes. racemiform, adj. like raceme. racemose, racemous, a..
 
rach(e)
n. - dog hunting by scent.
 
rachis
n. - (pl. -ides ) spine; central axis. rachialgia, n. pain in spine. rachidian, adj. rachiform, adj. like rachis. rachiometer, n. instrument measuring spinal curvature.
 
rachitis
n. - inflammation of spine; rickets. rachitic, adj. pertaining to or having rachitis. rachitogenic, adj. causing rachitis.
 
radectomy
n. - removal of part of tooth root.
 
radiodontia
n. - making and study of X-ray photographs of teeth. radiodontic, adj. radiodontist, n.
 
radiogenic
adj. - produced by radioactive decay; suitable for radio broadcasting.
 
radiogoniometer
n. - radio direction-finding apparatus. rodiogoniometry, n.
 
radio-heliograph
n. - arrangement of radio-telescopes for receiving and recording the radio waves emitted by the sun.
 
radiolucent
adj. - penetrable by X-rays.
 
radiomicrometer
n. - n. instrument measuring intensity of radioactivity.
 
radionuclide
n. - a radioactive nuclide.
 
radiopaque
adj. - not allowing passage of X-rays. radiopacity, n.
 
radiopraxis
n. - medical use of radioactivity.
 
radioscope
n. - instrument detecting radioactivity. radioscopy, n. examination of opaque bodies by X-rays.
 
radiosonde
n. - radio transmitter, borne into and from upper atmosphere by balloon and parachute, sending out information on atmospheric conditions.
 
radome
n. - protective housing for radar antenna.
 
radula
n. - (pl. -lae ) rasp- like toothed band of tissue in mollusc's mouth. radular, adj. radulate, adj. having radula. raduliform, adj. rasp-like.
 
raisonné
adj. - systematically arranged; ordered.
 
rale
n. - sound symptomatic of disease heard in auscultation.
 
ramage
n. - boughs of tree. ramal, rameal, adj. pertaining to branch.
 
ramellose
adj. - having small branches.
 
ramex
n. - hernia.
 
ramiferous
adj. - bearing branches. ramiform, adj. branch-alike.
 
ramify
v. -i. branch out; make complex. ramification, n.
 
ramoneur
n. - chimney-sweep.
 
ramulus
n. - (pl. -li ) small branch. ramular, adj. ramuliferous, adj. bearing ramuli. ramulose, ramulous, adj. having many ramuli.
 
ramus
n. - (pl. -mi ) branch, especially of nerve; barb of feather; mandible.
 
rana
n. - prince.
 
ranarium
n. - (pl. -ia) place for rearing frogs.
 
randan
n. - boat for three oarsmen, viz. one sculler with two oars in middle and an oarsman with one oar fore and aft; such style of rowing. randem, adv. with three horses in single file.
 
rangiferine
adj. - pertaining to or like reindeer; belonging to animal genus containing reindeer.
 
ranine
adj. - pertaining to or like frogs; belonging to subfamily of amphibians including frogs. raniform, adj. frog-like.
 
rantallion
n. - one whose scrotum is longer than his penis
 
rantipole
n. - a wild, rambunctious young man
 
ranula
n. - (pl. -lae ) small cyst on tongue. ranular, adj.
 
ranunculaceous
adj. - pertaining to or like buttercups; belonging to buttercup family of plants. ranunculus, n. (pl. - li ) buttercup, especially cultivated.
 
rapacious
adj. - greedy; obtaining by extortion; predacious; ravenous. rapacity, n.
 
rapine
n. - pillaging.
 
rapparee
n. - irregular soldier; vagabond.
 
rappee
n. - kind of strong snuff.
 
rapport
n. - relationship, especially harmonious. en rapport, (French) 'in rapport'.
 
rapprochement
n. - resumption of or improvement in relations between countries or persons.
 
raptorial, raptatorial, raptatory
adj. - predatory; pertaining to birds of prey.
 
raptus
n. - trance; rapture; seizure.
 
rasorial
adj. - scratching ground for food; pertaining to domestic fowls.
 
ratafia
n. - almond-flavoured liqueur or biscuit.
 
ratihabition
n. - ratification.
 
ratite
adj. - having flat breastbone; n. such flightless bird, as ostrich, emu, etc.
 
ratline
n. - small rope forming rung of rope ladder.
 
ratten
v. - compel to obey trade union by damaging or depriving of machinery, tools, etc.
 
rattoon
n. - small shoot growing from the root of a plant
 
rauwolfia
n. - tropical tree or shrub used as source of various drugs, especially reserpine.
 
ravelin
n. - projecting out-work in fortification, having two embankments forming salient angle; 'half-moon'.
 
ravissant
adj. - (fem. -e ) ravishing; causing rapture.
 
Réaumur
adj. - pertaining to temperature scale or thermometer having freezing point of water at 0° and boiling point at 80°.
 
rebarbative
adj. - grim, unattractive, forbidding, repellent
 
rebec(k)
n. - ancient three-stringed violin.
 
reboantic
adj. - reverberating
 
recalesce
v. -i. liberate heat suddenly when cooling through certain temperature. recalescent, adj. recalescence, n.
 
recension
n. - scholarly editorial revision
 
receptary
adj. - accepted as fact but unproved
 
réchauffé
adj.,n. - warmed-up (dish); rehash.
 
recherché
adj. - refined; carefully done; curious; far-fetched; extravagant.
 
recidivism
n. - state of returning habitually to crime. recidivist, n. recidivate, recidive, v.i. relapse; recur. recidivous, adj.
 
recitative
n. - speechlike declamatory song in opera, oratorio, etc.
 
réclame
n. - publicity.
 
reclinate
adj. - bending backwards or downwards.
 
recoct
v. - cook again; concoct; improvise.
 
recondite
adj. - concealed; abstruse; erudite.
 
recreant
adj.,n. - cowardly or renegade (person). recreancy, n.
 
recrement
n. - redundant matter; dross; Medicine, secretion of body absorbed again by body. recremental, recrementitial, adj.
 
recrudesce
v. -i. grow up or break out again. recrudescence, recrudescency, n. recrudescent, adj.
 
rectalgia
n. - pain in the rectum
 
rectigrade
adj. - moving in straight line.
 
rectirostral
adj. - having straight beak.
 
rectiserial
adj. - in vertical ranks.
 
recto
n. - right-hand page; front of printed or manuscript page.
 
rectopathic
adj. - easily hurt emotionally
 
rectrices
n. -pl. pl. (sing. rectrix) quill feathers of bird's tail. rectricial, adj.
 
rectrix
n. - a female ruler
 
rectum
n. - last part of large intestine, leading to anus. rectal, adj.
 
rectus
n. - (pl. -ti ) straight muscle.
 
recubation
n. - lying down
 
recumbentibus
n. - a knockdown blow
 
recusant
adj. - dissenting; disestablishmentarian
 
redan
n. - fieldwork in fortification, with two parapets making salient angle.
 
redargution
n. - refutation
 
redhibition
n. - the return of defective merchandise
 
redintegrate
v. - make whole again; restore. redintegration, n.; Psychology, revival of whole of previous mental state at recurrence of part of it. redintegrative, adj.
 
redivivus
adj. - living again; revived
 
reeve
n. - chief magistrate; bailiff; Canadian, rural council's president; Ornithology, female ruff (bird); v.t. pass (rope) through ring; fasten by reeving.
 
refection
n. - light meal; refreshment. refectory, n. dining room of monastery, college, etc.
 
reflet
n. - lustre, irridescence, esp. on pottery.
 
refluent
adj. - flowing back or backward. refluence, n. reflux, n. refluence; Chemistry, boiling of liquid in flask with condenser attached to minimize evaporation; v.t. & i. boil (liquid) thus.
 
refocillate
v. - to warm into life again; revive
 
refragable
adj. - capable of being refuted
 
refrangible
adj. - capable of being refracted
 
refringent
adj. - refracting. refringence, refringency, n.
 
refulgent
adj. - radiant, brilliant, shining
 
regardant
adj. - Heraldry, in profile and looking to rear.
 
regelation
n. - freezing again, especially of water from ice melted by pressure when pressure is relieved. regelate, v. & i.
 
regius
adj. - royal. regius professor, one holding professorship founded by royalty.
 
reglementation
n. - regulation.
 
regnal
adj. - pertaining to reign. regnancy, n. rule. regnant, adj. reigning.
 
reify
v. - literally "to make a thing"; given definite, concrete form to something that is abstract
 
reis
n. - chief; captain.
 
reive
v. -i. rob; plunder; carry off. reiver, n.
 
rejectamenta
n. -pl. pl. rejected things; excrement.
 
relict
n. - widow; survivor; a. pertaining to land bared by reliction. reliction, n. recession of sea leaving land bare; land so left.
 
religate
v. - tie together; restrain. religation, n.
 
reliquary
n. - container for holy relics.
 
reliquiae
n. - pl. 'remains'. reliquian, adj. reliquism, n. worship of relics.
 
relucent
adj. - reflecting; refulgent.
 
remiform
adj. - oar-shaped. remigate, v.i. row. remiges, n. pl. ( sing. remex) quill feathers of bird's wing. remiped, n. & a. (creature) having legs or feet adapted for propelling it through water.
 
remigrate
v. -i. migrate again; return. remigrant n. one who returns. remigration, n.
 
remontado
n. - someone who has fled to the mountains; a person who has renounced civilization
 
remontant
adj.,n. - (rose) flowering more than once in season.
 
rémoulade
n. - cold sauce of mayonnaise flavoured with herbs, capers, etc.
 
remplissage
n. - filling or padding used in music and literature
 
remugient
adj. - rebellowing; roaring or shouting anew
 
renable
adj. - fluent, eloquent
 
renascible
adj. - capable of being reborn
 
rencontre
n. - meeting; encounter; duel.
 
renifleur
n. - one who gets sexual pleasure from body smells
 
reniform
adj. - kidney-shaped.
 
renitent
adj. - resisting or opposing stubbornly; recalcitrant
 
rennet
n. - contents or part of stomach, or preparation therefrom, of young animal, used to curdle milk. rennin, n. gastric enzyme curdling milk.
 
renography
n. - treatise on or description of kidneys.
 
rentes
n. -pl. pl. government stock, bonds, etc. rentier, n. owner of rentes; one living on income from investments; one living on fixed income.
 
renvoi
n. - expulsion of alien from country; Law, referral of dispute to another jurisdiction.
 
repetend
n. - digit(s) repeated in recurring decimal; repetition of same or similar word in sentence; refrain.
 
replevin
n. - Law, repossession of goods wrongfully taken, with pledge to return them if defeated in lawsuit on the matter; writ or action in such case. repleviable, replevisable, adj. replevisor, n. plaintiff in replevin action. replevy, v.
 
repoussé
adj. - shaped in relief by being beaten up from under or reverse side; n. such artistic work. repoussage, n. art of doing such work.
 
repristinate
v. - to revive; to restore
 
reptant
adj. - creeping. reptation, n. reptatorial, reptatory, adj.
 
requiescat
n. - 'may he (or she) rest'; n. prayer for dead. requiescat in pace,, 'may he (or she) rest in peace' (abbr. R.I.P.).
 
reredos
n. - screen behind altar; erroneously, choir screen.
 
res gestae
n. - n. pl. 'things done'; matters incident to question in lawsuit.
 
rescript
n. - decree; rewriting or rewritten thing. rescriptive, adj.
 
réseau
n. - network, especially of lines on astronomical photograph.
 
resect
v. - Surgery, remove part of organ. resection, n. such surgical operation; determination of position by drawing lines on map from two or more known objects.
 
reserpine
n. - sedative drug.
 
resile
v. -i. draw back; return to first position or shape. resilient, adj. elastic; recovering quickly from shock, illness, etc. resilience, n.
 
resipiscent
adj. - restored to sanity; learned from experience
 
resorb
v. - reabsorb. resorbent, resorptive, adj. resorbence, resorption, n.
 
responsions
n. -pl. pl. first examination for B.A. degree at Oxford University.
 
resupinate
adj. - upside down. resupine, adj. supine. resupination, n.
 
resupination
n. - turning to an upside-down position
 
rete
n. - (pl. -tia,, network; net. retecious, retial, retiary, adj.
 
reticulate
v. - mark with network-like lines; a. like network. reticular, adj. net-like; intricate. reticulation, n. reticulate marking. reticule, n. handbag, especially of net. reticulose, adj. reticulated. reticulum, n. (pl. - la) network; second stomach of ruminant. retiform a. net-like; reticulate.
 
retine
n. - substance in animal tissue which retards tissue growth.
 
retinoid
adj. - like resin.
 
retortion
n. - turning or twisting back; retaliation.
 
retroact
v. -i. act backwards or opposite; react. retroaction, n. retroactive, adj. taking effect as from a previous date.
 
retrocede
v. - go back or inwards; cede back. retrocession, n. retrocessive, adj.
 
retrochoir
n. - space in choir behind high altar.
 
retroject
v. - throw back. retrojection, n.; Medicine, washing of cavity from within.
 
retromancy
n. - fortunetelling by things seen over one'sshoulder
 
retrometer
n. - device for transmitting sound by modifying a beam of light.
 
retromingent
adj. - urinating backward
 
retromorphosis
n. - degenerative metamorphosis; change for the worse.
 
retrorse
adj. - turned back or down.
 
retrostalsis
n. - reversed peristalsis. retrostaltic, adj.
 
retroussé
adj. - turned up (applied to nose only).
 
retuse
adj. - having a blunt end with a central notch, as some leaves.
 
reus
n. - defendant in a courtroom trial
 
revalescent
adj. - convalescent. revalescence, n.
 
revalorize
v. - restore to original value, especially such monetary unit.
 
revanche
n. - revenge; desire to regain lost territory; favour done in return. revanchism, n. policy of aggressively seeking recovery of lost territory. revanchist, n.
 
revehent
adj. - carrying back.
 
revenant
n. - person returning after supposed death or long absence; ghost.
 
revers
n. - tuned-back edge or part of garment.
 
revetment
n. - masonry etc. facing of embankment or trench. revet, v.
 
revirescent
adj. - growing young or strong again. revirescence, n.
 
reviviscent
adj. - capable of causing revival. reviviscence, n.
 
revolute
adj. - rolled back, especially at edges.
 
rhabdomancy
n. - divination by means of rod; water-divining. rhabdos, n. magic wand.
 
rhabdomyoma
n. - tumour of striated muscle.
 
rhabdophobia
n. - fear of being punished or severely criticized
 
rhadamanthine
adj. - strictly and inflexibly honest and just
 
Rhadamanthus
n. - in Greek mythology a judge of the souls of the dead; stern judge. Rhadamanthine, adj.
 
rhaebosis
n. - curvature; bandiness.
 
rhamphoid
adj. - beak-shaped.
 
rhema
n. - word; verb. rheme, n. speech element expressing an idea. rhematic, adj. pertaining to formation of words; derived from verbs. rhematology, n. study of rhemes.
 
rheology
n. - study of flow of matter. rheometer, n. instrument measuring or controlling currents. rheophile, adj. living in running water. rheophore, n. wire connection of electrical apparatus. rheoscope, n.galvanoscope. rheostat, n. variable electrical resistor. rheotaxis, n. direction of movement by water. rheotrope, n. commutator reversing electric current. rheotropism, n. direction of growth by water.
 
rhexis
n. - rupture.
 
rhigosis
n. - sensation of cold
 
rhinal
adj. - nasal. rhinalgia, n. pain in nose. rhinencephalon, n. olfactory lobe of brain. rhinenchysis, n. injection into nose. rhinitis, n. inflammation of nose or its mucous membrane. rhinodynia, n. rhinalgia rhinogenic, rhinogenous, adj. deriving from nose. rhinolalia, n. nasal speech. rhinology, n. medical study of the nose. rhinophyma, n. acne of the nose. rhinoplasty, n. plastic surgery of nose. rhinorrhagia, n. nose-bleeding. rhinorrhoea, n. continuous nasal catarrh. rhinoscopy n. medical examination of nose.
 
rhipidate
adj. - fan-shaped.
 
rhizanthous
adj. - with flowers emerging from root.
 
rhizocarpous
adj. - with perennial root, etc., but annual foliage and stems.
 
rhizogenic
adj. - root-producing. rhizogenous, adj.
 
rhizoid
n. - thin root-like filament of fern, etc.; a. root- like.
 
rhodocyte
n. - red blood corpuscle.
 
rhonchisonant
adj. - snorting; snoring
 
rhonchus
n. - whistling sound heard in auscultation. rhonchial, adj.
 
rhopalism
n. - a sentence or poem in which each word is one syllable longer than its predecessor
 
rhotacism
n. - mispronunciation or overuse of sound r. rhotacize, v.i. rhotacistic, adj.
 
rhumb
n. - point of compass; loxodrome.
 
rhyparography
n. - painting or description of mean or sordid things; still-life or genre painting. rhyparographer, rhyparographist, n. rhyparographic, adj.
 
rhysimeter
n. - instrument measuring speed of current or ship.
 
rhytiscopia
n. - neurotic preoccupation with facial wrinkles
 
ria
n. - long, wide creek.
 
riant
adj. - laughing; jolly.
 
rictus
n. - orifice; mouth, especially gaping; fixed grin or grimace. rictal, adj.
 
rideau
n. - ridge or mound of earth, especially as protection.
 
ridel, riddel
n. - altar-curtain.
 
ridibund
adj. - easily moved to laughter.
 
riffler
n. - type of file used in woodworking and sculpture
 
rigescent
adj. - becoming numb or stiff. rigescence, n.
 
rima
n. - (pl. -mae ) narrow fissure. rima oris, space between lips. rimal, adj. rimose, rimous, adj. having many rimae. rimulose, adj. having many small rimae. rimate, adj. having rima.
 
rime
n. - frost; hoar-frost; ice formed from supercooled fog or cloud; v.t. cover with rime. rimy, adj.
 
rinderpest
n. - cattle plague.
 
riparian
adj. - pertaining to or on river bank or lake shore; n. person living on or owning river bank. riparial, riparious, ripicolous, adj. living on river banks.
 
riprap
n. - stone wall used as a breakwater against waves
 
risible
adj. - pertaining to or capable of laughter; used in laughing; laughable. risibles, n.pl. sense of humour; inclination to laugh. risibility, n.
 
risorial
adj. - pertaining to or causing laughter.
 
ritornel(le), ritornello
n. - short prelude or interlude for musical instrument in song or opera.
 
rivière
n. - necklace of precious stones, especially having more than one string.
 
rivose
adj. - bearing winding furrows. rivulation, n. having irregular marks of color. rivulose, adj. bearing winding and haphazard lines.
 
rixation
n. - quarreling
 
riziform
adj. - like a rice grain.
 
roak
n. - seam in a metal bar
 
roble
n. - several kinds of New World oak, or other hard-timbered tree.
 
roborant
adj.,n. - tonic. roborate, v. strengthen; corroborate. roborative, adj.
 
roborean
adj. - like an oak; strong. roboreous, adj.
 
roc
n. - mythical Arabian bird of great size. roc's egg, unattainable object.
 
rocaille
n. - florid, shell-like, 18th-century ornamentation; rococo scroll ornamentation.
 
roche moutonnée
n. - n. (pl. roches moutonnées pron. same) 'sheep-like rock'; rock rounded by glacial action.
 
rodomontade
n. - arrogant boasting; pretentious blustering, ranting, or bragging
 
roi
n. - king. le roi le veult, 'the king wills it'; signification of royal assent to Act of parliament. roi fainéant, powerless king.
 
roil
v. - vex; disturb; irritate; rile
 
roinek
n. - 'red neck'; new immigrant, especially British; greenhorn.
 
roinous
adj. - mean, nasty and contemptible
 
roitelet
n. - a petty king
 
rolley
n. - lorry; trolley.
 
romal
n. - silk or cotton fabric; handkerchief of this.
 
roman a clef
n. - a novel whose characters are actual peoplethinly disguised
 
romaunt
n. - ancient romance in verse.
 
rood
n. - crucifix or cross; one-quarter of acre; seven or eight yards. rood screen, screen bearing crucifix.
 
roric
adj. - dewy.
 
rorqual
n. - large whale-bone whale; finback.
 
rorulent
adj. - covered with dew.
 
rosarium
n. - rose garden. rosarian, n. cultivator of roses.
 
Roscius
n. - famous ancient Roman actor; great actor.
 
roseola
n. - rash of rose-colored patches; rose rash. roseoliform, roseolous, roseolar, adj.
 
rosmarine
n. - walrus; mythical walrus-like sea animal believed to feed on dew; sea dew.
 
rosorial
adj. - pertaining to rodents; gnawing.
 
rostel(lum)
n. - small beak or beak-like outgrowth. rostellar, adj. rostellate, adj. having rostellum. rostelliform, adj. like rostellum.
 
rosular, rosulate
adj. - in rosettes.
 
rota
n. - roster; Roman Catholic tribunal; Music, round. rotameter, n. instrument measuring length of curved lines.
 
rotifer
n. - microscopic, multicellular, fresh-water creature with rotating cilia at one end. rotiferal, rotiferous a. rotiform, adj. wheel- shaped.
 
rotograph
n. - photograph of manuscript, etc., made direct on bromide paper without negative.
 
rotula
n. - kneecap. rotulian, rotular, adj. rotuliform, adj. like rotula.
 
roué
n. - debauched man; lecher. rouérie, n.
 
roulade
n. - arpeggio-like musical figure sung to one syllable; rolled slice of meat.
 
roundel
n. - rondeau; any round thing; badge, on aircraft, of concentric colored rings.
 
rubedinous
adj. - ruddy. rubedity, n.
 
rubefacient
adj. - (substance) causing redness of skin. rubefaction, n.
 
rubescent
adj. - reddening; flushing. rubescence, n.
 
rubiaceous
adj. - like or pertaining to madder plant; belonging to madder family of plants.
 
rubican
adj. - red bay; sorrel.
 
rubific
adj.,n. - rubefacient. rubification, n. rubificative, adj.
 
rubiginous
adj. - rust-colored; rusty. rubiginose, adj.
 
rubineous, rubious
adj. - ruby-colored.
 
rubor
n. - redness due to excess of blood in part.
 
rubric
n. - passage in book printed in red or other distinctive type, especially such direction in service book; any direction as to conduct or ceremony; title; heading. rubrical, adj. rubricality, n. ceremony. rubricate, v. mark in red; fix like a ritual. rubrication, n. rubrician, n. student of rubrics. rubricism, rubricity, n. strict adherence to rubric; formalism. rubricose, adj. ruddy.
 
ructation
n. - belching
 
ruderal
adj. - Botany, growing in refuse or waste ground.
 
rudesby
n. - a loud-mouthed ill-mannered boor
 
rudiment
n. - elementary principle; undeveloped part or organ. rudimental, rudimentary, adj.
 
rufescent
adj. - ruddy; bronzy. rufescence, n.
 
rufous
adj. - reddish; tawny; red-haired. rufulous, adj. somewhat rufous.
 
rugose
adj. - having wrinkles
 
rumal
n. - romal
 
rumen
n. - (pl. -mina ) first stomach of ruminant; cud. rumenitis ,, n. inflammation of rumen. rumenotomy n. incision into rumen.
 
runcible
adj. - sensuous
 
runcinate
adj. - pinnate with lobes pointing downwards.
 
runnel
n. - little brook
 
rupestrian
n. - made of, or written on, rock. rupestral, adj. rupestrine, adj. living on or in rocks.
 
rupicoline, rupicolous
adj. - rupestrine.
 
ruridecanal
adj. - pertaining to rural dean and his jurisdiction.
 
rusticate
v. - live in country; make rustic; punish by expelling from university for a period; Architecture, face with large, boldly textured blocks with deep grooves between. rustication, n.
 
rutidosis
n. - wrinkling.
 
rutilant
adj. - shining red. rutilous, adj.
 
rynchosporous
adj. - having beaked fruit.
 

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