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Vocababble

My favorite vocabulary-developing website:
http://www.freerice.com/index.php

catarrh = inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus (1398, from M.L. catarrus, from L.L. catarrhus, from Gk. katarrhous "a catarrh," lit. "a flowing down," from kata- "down" + rhein "to flow.")

chronic catarrh of the nose = sinusitis

rostrum = 1. beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils, 2. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it, dais (1542, from L. rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," lit. "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Plural form is rostra.)

aegis = protection, armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass, kindly endorsement and guidance ("protection," 1793, from L. ægis, from Gk. Aigis, the shield of Zeus, said by Herodotus to be related to aix (gen. aigos) "goat," from PIE *aig- "goat" (cf. Skt. ajah, Lith. ozys "he-goat"), as the shield was of goatskin. Athene's aigis was a short goat-skin cloak, covered with scales, set with a gorgon's head, and fringed with snakes.)

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xplorher
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
trippy
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liveonearth
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been loving free rice. It's even kinda fun to intentionally get every word wrong until you're down to a vocab level of 1, just to work your way back up again. It takes 3 right answers to move up a level, but only one to go down a level.

It was on free rice that I ran across "aegis" and because of you, I had to look it up. Made perfect sense when I read the word origin. =-]
xplorher
Nov. 7th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
vocabable
I just earned 1030 grains of rice...
it's fun!
liveonearth
Nov. 7th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: vocabable
Congratulations!!
Do you remember any of the words you learned?
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