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Learn English Language Through Obscure Words

By Tlb

 

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Allow yourself to learn a few words. We’ll never know; you’re going to tackle these soon when you get to learn English at language school. So here are the long lists:

 

A

Aba      garment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric

 

B

Basilicon   kind of ointment

 

C

Cacodemomania   pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit

 

D

Dactylomegaly   condition of having abnormally large digits

 

E

Economacy   position of controller of ecclesiastical affairs

 

F

Floromancy   belief that flowers have feelings

G

Gambado   bound or spring of a horse; fantastic movement

 

H

Hagiarchy      government by saints or holy persons

 

I

Ixora         tropical evergreen shrub with white flowers

 

J

Jackstay      iron or wooden bar running along yard of ship to which sails fastened

 

K

Kaleidophone    instrument for demonstrating sound waves by lines of light

 

L

Lampyridine   of, like or pertaining or pertaining to glow-worms or fireflies

 

M
Madder   Red dye made from Brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour

N

Nef   ornamental stand in shape of ship for holding salt or cutlery

 

O

Octonary   of, like or pertaining to or consisting of eight things; grouped in eights

 

P

Palinspastic      showing geological formations of an area as they existed in the past

 

Q

Quadripole   device having one pair of output terminals and one pair of input terminals

 

R

Recusant   one who refuses to attend Catholic Church services; nonconformist

 

S

Samarra   flame-decorated cassock worn by those condemned by the Inquisition

 

T

Tachistoscope   instrument for rapidly showing images on a screen to test perception

 

U

Urdee     of a heraldic device, pointed or broken into parallel pointed projections

 

V

Venography   injecting radioactive material into veins for medical examination

 

W

Wassail   toast to someone’s health; to go caroling or carousing; spiced ale

 

X

Xenolith   fragment of extraneous rock embedded in magma or another rock

 

Y

Yale   mythical animal resembling tusked horse with elephant’s tail and used in heraldry

 

Z

Zoogyroscope   device for depicting the movement of animals through rotating images

 


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