Luciferous Logolepsy
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waddy
n. - war-club of aborigines.
 
wadi
n. - valley; stream; watercourse drying up in summer; oasis.
 
wagon-lit
n. - sleeping compartment of railway train.
 
wain
n. - farm wagon. wainwright, n. maker or repairer of carts.
 
waldgrave
n. - former German title of count; head forest ranger. waldgravine, n. wife of a waldgrave.
 
wanion
n. - bad luck due to the waning of the moon
 
wapentake
n. - subdivision of certain counties; court or bailiff of such area.
 
wapiti
n. - elk.
 
wappenshaw
n. - muster of men with their weapons formerly held in certain areas of Scotland.
 
warison
n. - bugle call ordering the attack.
 
weasand
n. - throat; gullet; wind-pipe.
 
Weltanschauung
n. - a comprehensive world view, especially from a specified standpoint
 
Weltschmerz
n. - sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism
 
Wergild
n. - value of a man's life, payable to his family by his murderer.
 
wether
n. - castrated ram.
 
wharfinger
n. - owner or manager of a wharf.
 
whin
n. - gorse. whinchat, n. small brown and buff song-bird.
 
whisternefet
n. - a sharp slap
 
whitlow
n. - abscess on finger, especially round nail.
 
widdershins
adv. - anticlockwise; backwards, in the reverse order or direction to normal.
 
widgeon
n. - kind of fresh-water duck with light crown.
 
wimble
n. - boring tool, e.g. gimlet, brace and bit.
 
wimple
n. - women's head covering worn round neck and chin, as by nuns.
 
windage
n. - deflection of projectile by the wind.
 
witan
n. - early English King's council.
 
witenagemot
n. - early English national council; witan.
 
withe
n. - tough, flexible branch or twig, especially one used for binding.
 
withernam
n. - taking one thing as reprisal for something else taken previously
 
withhold
v. - not give or grant; restrain; deduct; v.i. refrain (from).
 
withy
n. - willow; withe.
 
wittol
n. - complacent cuckold.
 
witzelsucht
n. - emotional state characterized by futile attempts at humor
 
wolfram
n. - tungsten.
 
wort
n. - infusion of malt before fermentation.
 
wroth
adj. - archaic angry.
 
wynd
n. - alley.
 

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