Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Definitions #4

A list of words that I had to look up-I think they were from Carol Shield's novel Unless. Thank you thefreedictionary.com!

Efflorescence:  (Given the context of the novel) The highest point; the culmination

Solipsistic: The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified OR The theory or view that the self is the only reality.

Probity: Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.

Chitinous:.....ummm I think it means hard: A tough, protective, semitransparent substance, primarily a nitrogen-containing polysaccharide, forming the principal component of arthropod exoskeletons and the cell walls of certain fungi.

Panthenogenesis: is a form of asexual reproduction found in females, where growth and development of embryos occurs without fertilization by a male.

Calumny: A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.

Embouchure: the mouthpiece of a woodwind or brass instrument, The manner in which the lips and tongue are applied to such a mouthpiece

Harridan: A woman regarded as scolding and vicious.

Divagation: To wander or drift about, To ramble; digress.

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