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vade mecum
n. - a favorite book carried everywhere
 
vadose
adj. - pertaining to water above the water table.
 
vagile
adj. - able to move about freely.
 
vaginate
adj. - sheathed.
 
vaginismus
n. - painful contraction of the vagina.
 
vagitus
n. - new-born child's cry.
 
vale
n. - 'farewell'. valediction, n. bidding farewell. valedictory, adj.
 
valency
n. - element's power to combine, measured by number of atomic weights of other elements with which the atomic weight of the element will combine. valence, n. valent, adj.
 
valetudinarian
n. - hypochondriac; sickly person. valetudinarianism, n. valetudinary, adj.
 
valetudinarianism
n. - weak or sickly state; thinking only of one's illness
 
valgus
adj. - clubfoot; bow-legged or knock-kneed (condition). valgoid, adj. like valgus.
 
vallate
adj. - having a raised rim. vallated, adj. having a rampart. vallation, n. rampart.
 
vallecular
adj. - pertaining to or like a groove. valleculate, adj. bearing grooves.
 
valorise
v. - fix arbitrary price of. valorization, n.
 
valorization
n. - government price-fixing
 
vaniloquence
n. - vain and foolish talk
 
vapulate
v. - to beat, whip
 
varec
n. - seaweed; kelp.
 
varicose
adj. - swollen, especially in irregular lumps and twists. varicotomy, n. incision into varicose vein. varicosis, n. state of being varicose. varicosity, n.
 
varietal
adj. - pertaining to a variety. varietist, n. person who chooses variety in the satisfaction of (sexual) desire.
 
varietist
n. - an unorthodox person; or someone who practices unorthodox sex
 
variola
n. - smallpox. variolic, variolar, adj. varioloid, adj. like smallpox; n. mild form of same. variolate, v. inoculate with smallpox.
 
variole
n. - small depression resembling pockmark; Geology, small light- colored sphere found in type of igneous rock. variolite, n. such rock. variolitic, adj.
 
variometer
n. - instrument measuring variations in magnetic force; variable inductor with one coil rotating within another.
 
variorum
n. - pertaining to a literary classic annotated by sundry contemporaries
 
varistor
n. - semiconductor with resistance varying in accordance with voltage.
 
varix
n. - (pl. -rices ) varicose swelling; ridge on surface of e.g. snail's shell.
 
varus
adj. - pigeon-toed (person or condition).
 
vas
n. - (pl. vasa ) Medicine, duct; vessel. vas deferens, spermatic duct. vasal, adj. vascular, vasculose, vasculous, adj. pertaining to fluid-conveying vessels. vasculature, n. arrangement of blood vessels. vasculiform, adj. flowerpot-shaped. vasiferous, adj. bearing a vas.
 
vasoconstriction
n. - constriction of blood vessels. vasodilatation, n. dilatation of blood vessels. vasomotor, adj. applied to nerves controlling constriction and dilatation of blood vessels.
 
vastate
v. - make immune. vastation, n. purification.
 
vastation
v. - purification through fire
 
vaticinate
v. - prophesy. vaticinal, vaticinatory, adj. prophetic. vaticination, vaticinator, n.
 
vecordious
adj. - senseless, insane, mad
 
vection
n. - infection with disease. vector, n. disease-carrying insect; Mathematics, symbol of quantity having magnitude and direction; compass direction of aircraft.
 
vedette
n. - outpost mounted sentry. vedette boat, small boat or ship for watching enemy.
 
vegetal
adj. - pertaining to or like a vegetable; lacking feelings. vegetant, adj. vegetable-like; causing growth; tonic. vegetative, adj. growing; plant-like; fertile; pertaining to unconscious life processes, as growth, digestion, etc. vegetivorous, adj. eating vegetables.
 
velamen
n. - (pl. -lamina ) water-absorbing outer covering of aerial roots of certain orchids. velamentous, adj. pertaining to or like a thin membrane.
 
velar
adj. - pertaining to soft palate; pronounced with back of tongue touching soft palate, as k, ng, etc.; n. such sound. velate, adj. having veil or velum. velation, n. act of veiling; secrecy. velic, adj. pertaining to velum. veliferous, veligerous, adj. bearing a sail or velum.
 
velitation
n. - a petty fight; a skirmish
 
velleity
n. - state of desiring faintly; slight wish.
 
vellicate
v. - to pull at, off, or out with a sudden jerk; to pluck; or to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch
 
vellum
n. - calf or lamb gut or skin prepared for writing on; parchment.
 
velocious
adj. - jocular, with great speed.
 
velocipede
n. - old-fashioned bicycle. velocipedist, n.
 
velum
n. - (pl. -la) veil-like membrane; soft palate.
 
velutinous
adj. - having downy covering; velvety.
 
venatic(al)
adj. - pertaining to, used in, or fond of hunting.
 
venation
n. - arrangement of veins on leaf or wing of insect.
 
vendue
n. - auction.
 
venenation
n. - poisoning; poisoned state.
 
venenose
adj. - poisonous.
 
venereology
n. - study of venereal diseases. venereologist, n.
 
venery
n. - the pursuit of sexual pleasure or indulgence
 
venesect
v. - open vein in blood-letting. venesection, n.
 
venial
adj. - forgivable; not criminal. veniality, n.
 
venireman
n. - a member of the jury
 
venous
adj. - pertaining to the veins; applied to blood carried by veins to heart, containing impurities. venostasis, n. constricting veins to check blood.
 
ventage
n. - finger hole in a wind instrument
 
venter
n. - Zoology, abdomen, belly; Law, womb, whence wife or mother.
 
ventiduct
n. - air-pipe. ventifact, n. stone rounded by wind action.
 
ventoseness
adj. - windiness; flatulence
 
ventral
adj. - pertaining to the belly.
 
ventricumbent
adj. - lying face down; prone
 
ventripotent
adj. - fat, overindulgent with respect to food
 
venule
n. - small vein. venulose, venulous, adj. having many venules.
 
veracious
adj. - truthful; true; exact. veracity, n.
 
verbigerate
v. -i. involuntarily repeat certain words, phrases, etc. verbigeration, n. verbigerative, adj.
 
verbigeration
n. - senseless reiteration of cliches
 
verbile
n. - person whose mental processes are most easily stimulated by words.
 
verbophobia
n. - fear and dislike of words
 
verboten
adj. - 'forbidden'; prohibited.
 
verd-antique
n. - kind of green mottled marble.
 
verecund
adj. - bashful; modest
 
vergiform
adj. - like a rod.
 
veridic(al)
adj. - veracious; genuine. veridicality, n.
 
veriloquent
adj. - speaking truthfully
 
verjuice
n. - sour juice; sourness.
 
vermeil
n. - vermilion; n. gilded metal.
 
vermian
adj. - like a worm.
 
vernal
adj. - pertaining or belonging to spring (season).
 
vernalagnia
n. - spring fever
 
vernalize
v. - to cause (plants) to come to early maturity, especially by chilling seeds, bulbs etc. vernalization, n.
 
vernicose
adj. - covered with natural varnish.
 
vernier
n. - short sliding scale indicating fractions of a graduation; additional control for obtaining fine adjustments.
 
vernissage
n. - preview or opening of an art exhibition.
 
veronal
n. - hypnotic drug, also called barbital.
 
verricule
n. - tuft of bristles, hairs, etc. verriculate, adj. having verricules.
 
verruca
n. - wart. verrucated, adj. bearing wart-like prominences. verrucose, verrucous, adj. covered with warts. verruculose, adj. having very small warts or wart-like prominences.
 
versant
n. - slope of a mountain (range); general slope of a region.
 
versicle
n. - short verse; Ecclesiastical, short verse followed by response. versicular, adj. pertaining to or marking verses.
 
versicolor
adj. - of various or varying colors.
 
verst
n. - unit of distance, equivalent of two-thirds of a mile.
 
verticil
n. - Botany, whorl.
 
vertiginous
adj. - having or causing vertigo; whirling.
 
vesicle
n. - small blister; bladder-like or rounded cavity; cell; cyst. vesical, adj. pertaining to bladder; oval. vesicant, vesicatory, adj. raising blisters. vesicate, v. blister. vesicular, adj. like a vesicle or bladder; bearing many vesicles.
 
vespal
adj. - pertaining to wasps. vespacide, n. substance or person killing wasps.
 
vespertine
adj. - in or of the evening; setting at same time as, or just after, the sun.
 
vespiary
n. - wasps'nest. vespid, n. social wasp. vespine, adj. pertaining to or like wasps.
 
vesta
n. - wax-match.
 
vestiary
adj. - pertaining to clothes or dress.
 
vesticate
v. - to blister
 
vesuvian
n. - old-fashioned kind of match; fusee. vesuviate, v.i. erupt; burst with heat.
 
vetanda
n. -pl. pl. forbidden things.
 
vetitive
adj. - having power to forbid or veto.
 
vexillary
adj. - pertaining to regimental colors or standard; n. standard-bearer. vexillology, n. study of flags.
 
viaggiatory
adj. - on the move; traveling around
 
viands
n. -pl. pl. food.
 
viatic(al)
adj. - pertaining to roads or travel. viaticum, n. Holy Communion administered to dying person; travelling provisions or expenses. viator, n. traveller. viatorial, adj. travelling.
 
vibrissa
n. - (pl. -sae ) sensitive whisker on animal's face. vibrissal, adj.
 
viburnum
n. - kind of shrub or tree including guelder-rose, etc.
 
vicarial
adj. - pertaining to vicar or delegate. vicarious, adj. acting for another; enjoyed or suffered for, or through, another; substituted.
 
vicegerent
adj.,n. - (person) representing a ruler or God. vicegerency, n. vicegeral, adj.
 
vicenary
adj. - pertaining to or consisting of 20; having 20 as a base. vicennial, adj. lasting, or happening every, 20 years.
 
vicinage
n. - neighbourhood. vicinal, adj. neighbouring; local.
 
vicissitude
n. - change of fortune; alternation. vicissitudinous, adj.
 
vicissitudinary
adj. - pertaining to change, alteration, mutation
 
victoria
n. - light open two-seater four-wheeled carriage, with raised driver's seat.
 
victual
v. -i. provision; n.pl. food. victualler, n. licensee of public house.
 
vicuna
n. - wild wool-bearing llama-like animal of the Andes.
 
viduage
n. - widowhood. viduity, n.
 
vigentennial
adj. - lasting, or happening every, twenty years; n. twentieth anniversary.
 
vigesimal
adj. - pertaining to or based on number twenty; twentieth.
 
vigesimation
n. - killing every twentieth person
 
vignette
n. - small, ornamental illustration without frame or with background shaded off; slight portrait or character sketch.
 
vilify
v. - slander; degrade. vilification, n. vilipend, v. speak slightingly of. vilipenditory, adj. despising.
 
vilipend
v. - to belittle, to disparage
 
villar
adj. - pertaining to feudal manor or village; n. villein. villatic, adj. rural; pertaining to villa.
 
villein
n. - free villager; serf. villeinage, n.
 
villus
n. - (pl. -li ) small vein-like outgrowth; soft hair. villiform, adj. like villus; with velvety surface. villose, villous, adj. bearing soft hairs. villosity, n.
 
vimen
n. - (pl. -mina ) long thin branch or twig. vimineous, adj. pertaining to or made of twigs.
 
vinaceous
adj. - pertaining to or like grapes or wine; wine-colored.
 
vincular
adj. - connective. vinculum, n. (pl. - la) bond, tie; Mathematics, horizontal line over figures with the same function as brackets.
 
vindemiate
v. -i. gather in fruit, or the vintage. vindemiation, n. vindemiatory, adj.
 
vinous
adj. - pertaining to or like wine; fond of wine; wine-colored. vinosity, n.
 
viparious
adj. - life-renewing
 
virelay
n. - old French poem with refrain and various special rhyming schemes.
 
virescent
adj. - becoming or slightly green. virescence, n.
 
virgal
adj. - composed of twigs. virgate, adj. like a rod; having many twigs; v.i. branch off.
 
virgule
n. - slanting mark (/) indicating pause, hyphen, or alternative. virgulate, adj. rod-like.
 
viridescent
adj. - greenish. viridigenous a. producing greenness. viridity, n. greenness; freshness.
 
virilescence
n. - acquisition by females of male characteristics. virilia, n. male reproductive organs. virilism, n. masculinity in women, especially with secondary male characteristics.
 
virose
adj. - poisonous; foul-smelling.
 
vis major
n. - 'greater force'; act of God; unavoidable accident.
 
visard
n. - mask; visor.
 
viscerotonic
adj. - Psychology, having sociable, comfort-loving temperament associated with endomorphy.
 
viscid
adj. - viscous. viscose,, n. cellulose prepared for use as rayon, etc. viscous, adj. thick and sticky like glue or treacle. viscosity,, n. treacliness; force opposing flow.
 
visile
adj.,n. - (person) with mental processes most readily stimulated by visual impressions.
 
vitalism
n. - philosophical doctrine that life processes are not entirely explicable, or bound, by scientific laws. vitalist, n. vitalistic, adj.
 
vitascope
n. - moving picture projector.
 
vitative
adj. - fond of life.
 
vitellus
n. - yolk of egg. vitelline, adj. pertaining to or colored like egg yolk. vitelline membrane, sac surrounding fertilized ovum. vitellin, n. protein in egg yolk.
 
vitiate
v. - impair; spoil; debase; make useless or impure. vitiation, vitiator, n.
 
viticula
n. - trailing, climbing vine
 
viticulture
n. - vine-growing. vitiferous, adj. bearing vines.
 
vitiligo
n. - Medicine, condition characterized by smooth white patches on skin.
 
vitilitigate
adj. - to be particularly quarrelsome
 
vitrail
n. - (pl. -aux ) stained glass.
 
vitreous
adj. - pertaining to or like glass. vitreal, adj. vitrescent, adj. becoming vitreous; able to be made into glass. vitrescible, adj. vitrifiable. vitric, adj. glassy. vitrics, n. study of glassware. vitrifacture, n. making of glassware. vitriform, adj. glassy. vitrify, v.i. & t. make or become vitreous. vitrine, n. glass case.
 
vittate
adj. - striped length-wise.
 
vituline
adj. - pertaining to or like calf, or veal.
 
vituperate
v. - speak bitterly, harshly or abusively (of). vituperation, vituperator, n. vituperative, vituperatory, adj.
 
vivandière
n. - woman camp-follower supplying provisions.
 
vivarium
n. - (pl. -ia) place or box, etc., for keeping living animals.
 
viverrine
adj. - pertaining to or like a civet; belonging to civet family; n. civet.
 
vives
n. - swelling of horse's submaxillary glands.
 
viveur
n. - person who lives (well); person indulging in pleasures.
 
vivify
v. - make alive or vivid; animate; sharpen. vivification, n.
 
viviparous
adj. - bringing forth live young. viviparism, viviparity, n.
 
vivisepulture
n. - live burial
 
vocable
n. - word; name; sound. vocabular, adj.
 
vocalic
adj. - pertaining to or like vowels.
 
volant
adj. - flying; able to fly; quick.
 
volar
adj. - pertaining to palm or sole; pertaining to flight.
 
volary
n. - aviary.
 
volation
n. - ability to fly.
 
volent
adj. - exercising will power.
 
volitate
v. -i. fly about; flutter. volitant, adj. able to fly; flying. volitation, n.
 
volitient
adj. - exercising free will
 
volitorial
adj. - able to fly.
 
volplane
v. -i. glide through air.
 
volte-face
n. - change to opposite opinion or direction.
 
volucrine
adj. - pertaining to birds.
 
voluptuary
n. - person excessively devoted to luxury. voluptuous, adj. luxurious; given up to luxury; sensuous. volupty, n. sexual pleasure.
 
volute
adj.,n. - spiral (object or ornament). volutate v.i. roll. volution, n. twist; convolution.
 
vomer
n. - slender bone which separates the nostrils
 
vomitory
n. - emetic; vessel for receiving vomit; passageway leading to a tier of seats, especially in Roman amphitheatre.
 
vomituration
n. - retching, ineffectual vomiting, dry heaves
 
vomiturition
n. - retching; unsuccessful attempt to vomit; easy vomiting.
 
voussoir
n. - any wedge-shaped stone forming part of arch, vault, etc.
 
vrouw
n. - housewife; woman.
 
vulcanology
n. - study of volcanic activity.
 
vulgarian
n. - vulgar person, especially one who is rich or has pretensions to taste.
 
vulgarism
n. - coarse, substandard or obscene expression; vulgarity.
 
vulgate
n. - 4th-century Latin translation of Scriptures; generally accepted text or version.
 
vulgus
n. - the common people; school composition in Latin verse.
 
vulpicide
n. - killing or killer of fox, except by hunting. vulpecular, adj. pertaining to young fox. vulpine, adj. fox-like; cunning.
 
vulva
n. - external portion of female reproductive organs. vulval, vulvar, adj. vulvate, vulviform, adj. shaped like vulva. vulvitis, n. inflammation of vulva.
 

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