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Phonetic spelling (Year)
to produce (esp. literary work) by long and intensive effort
a stone coffin often displayed as a monument
a common chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly patches
POOR-im or poo-REEM (1983)
a Jewish festival celebrating the Persian Jews' escape from destruction by Haman
a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute; to race on that sled
mil-YOO or mee-LYŒ (1985)
surroundings, esp. of a social or cultural nature
pain in a tooth; toothache
spherical parasitic bacteria causing boils, septicemia, and other infections
el-i-JAHY-uhk-uhl or i-LEE-jee-ak-uhl (1988)
expressing sorrow or lamentation
one who plunders, robs, or ruins
FAHY-bran or fahy-BRAN (1990)
viscose rayon made from spun yarn
checking or preventing fever
an institution for popular education providing lectures, discussions, concerts, etc.
a Japanese pilot with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft into an enemy target
of the period before the biblical Flood; very old, old-fashioned, or out of date
ZANTH-sis or zan-THO-sis (1995)
a yellowish discoloration of degenerating tissues, esp. seen in malignant neoplasms
an act or instance of burying someone alive
an appropriate name for a person, place, or thing
a painter who uses light and shade rather than color to create the illusion of volume
law-guh-REE-uh or log-uh-REE-uh (1999)
pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech; incessant or compulsive talkativeness
an action or gesture by a diplomat, esp. a formal appeal or protest; a procedure or step
the act of looking forward; foresight
a careless or indifferent person; caring little; indifferent
aboriginal; indigenous; in pathology, found in the part of the body in which it originates
in music, an embellishing note preceding another note and taking a portion of its time
a language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language
sair-FEEN or ser-FEEN (2007)
a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel
a reward, recompense, or requital; to reward
a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion
an instrument for measuring how much blood flows per unit of time through a blood vessel
having wavy hair
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