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Kavalier & Clay

Terms

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megalith
memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
gibe
laugh at with contempt and derision
inure
cause to accept or become hardened to
prognathous
having a projecting lower jaw
jibe
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
aetatureate
of or pertaining to a golden age; coined as a nonce-word by Michael Chabon, in the phrase: the usual hallmark of the aetataureate delusion
revenant
someone who has returned from the dead, a person who returns after a lengthy absence, coming back
Topkapi
palace in Istanbul; CENTER OF SULTAN'S POWER
dexter
Pertaining to, or situated on, the right hand; right, as opposed to sinister, or left. "On sounding wings a dexter eagle flew" -- Pope
civet
catlike mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
lupine
wolf-like
cenotaph
a monument built to honor soldiers who died in a war
lave
wash one's face and hands
nonce-word
a word only for the 'nonce' -- a present, one-time occasion
jibe
be compatible, similar or consistent
dolmen
prehistoric structure or tomb of unhewn stones
adamantine
not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course; having the hardness of a diamond
plait
any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
immure
to imprison; to shut in (metaphorically to shut oneself w/in 'mental walls')
satrap
a governor of a province in ancient Persia
prolix
long and wordy, Verbose., tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
jibe
shift from one side of the ship to the other
Roentgen
German physicist who discovered x-rays and developed roentgenography (1845-1923), a unit of radiation exposure
paternoster
a type of lift having a chain of open compartments that move continually in a loop so that (agile) passengers can step on or off at each floor, (Roman Catholic Church) the Lord's Prayer in Latin
simulcrum
an insubstantial or vague semblance, a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
escutcheon
a shield, a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers, part of ship's stern where name is displayed
acromegaly
GIGANTISM: Hypersecretion of the GH in adults which causes an overgrowth of bones in the hands, feet, and face
tergiversation
evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc., falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
flense
to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).

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