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gytrash

gytrash or guytrash (GAI-trash) - n., a specter that haunts lonely roads in the form of a black horse or dog.


Largely confined to northern England, so most of us are unlikely to meet one. Jane Eyre initially wonders whether Rochester's dog and then horse are gytrash, which sets up some characterization of her. Word origin is unknown.

---L.

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redact

redact (ri-DAKT) - v., to revise, edit, or combine into a form suitable for publication; to hide or remove parts of a text before publication.


Two slightly divergent senses. Been around since the 1300s, from Latin redāctus, past participle of redigere, to lead back.

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proditomania

proditomania (proh-dit-uh-MAY-nee-uh) - n., the irrational belief that everyone is out to get you.


Or more technically, that everyone is a traitor -- but specifically, a traitor to you. Coined in 1898 from Latin prodere, to betray + Greek mania. Another also rare word from the root is proditorious, traitorous/perfidious.

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oology

oology (oh-OL-uh-jee) - n., the study of eggs, especially bird eggs; the hobby of collecting wild bird eggs.


Also spelled oölogy to make it clear it's not pronounced OO-luh-jee. The root is the scientific prefix oo-, egg, from Greek ōión, egg + scientific suffix -ology, study of, from (via Latin and French) Greek logía, from légō, I speak/explain + nominalizing suffix -ía.

As sure as eggs is eggs
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---L.

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bouvier

bouvier (BOO-vee-ay) - n., a large, shaggy-coated breed of dog originally bred in Belgium for herding cows.


Also called bouvier de Flandres. (Bouvier is also the name of a variety of grape grown in central Europe, but that's not important right now.) The name is, in French, "cow-herd."

Bouvier
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ixia

ixia (IK-see-uh) - n., any of several South African plants (genus Ixia) with sword-shaped leaves and star-shaped flowers.


All in the lily family. The name comes from either Greek ixos, mistletoe/birdlime (huh?), or the Greek name for a similar but unrelated flower, the pine thistle. This is an Ixia polystachya:

Ixia is a star
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alecost

alecost (AYL-kost) - n., another name for costmary (Tanacetum balsamita), an aromatic perennial Eurasian herb with silvery leaves formerly used to flavor ale.


The alternate name means the costus, Latin name of an aromatic herb (take from Greek, possibly taken from the Sanskrit name for a specific herb) + St Mary. So this name is the "aromatic herb used in ale."

Alecost or costmary? --you decide
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