Of or containing dirt, sediment, or waste matter.
Late 15th century: from French féculent or Latin faeculentus, from faex, faec- ‘dregs’.
“Their feet kept slipping in the feculent bog.”
Cogitate (adj) koj-i-tayt Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect. Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- ‘considered’, from the verb cogitare, from co- ‘together’ + agitare ‘turn over, consider’. (more…)
Careen (verb) ka-reen (of a ship) tilt; lean over. Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way. Late 16th century (as a noun denoting the position of a careened ship): from…
Jotun (noun) jo-tun (Scandinavian Mythology)A member of the race of giants, enemies of the gods. From Old Norse jǫtunn, related to Old English eoten, of Germanic origin. (more…)
Lacet (noun) la-set A flat braided tape; especially a braid used to form designs on lace. Also: braided work, especially on lace. Frequently attributive, as "lacet braid", "lacet work", etc.…
Clairaudience (noun) kler-aw-dee-uns The supposed faculty of perceiving, as if by hearing, what is inaudible. Mid 19th century: from French clair ‘clear’ + audience, on the pattern of clairvoyance. (more…)
Wanwit (noun) won-wit Informal. A foolish, witless, or insane person; an idiot; a lunatic. Now archaic and rare. Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From wan- + wit. (more…)
Corporeity (noun) (rare) kor-por-ree-it-ee The quality of having a physical body or existence. Early 17th century: from French corporéité or medieval Latin corporeitas, from Latin corporeus ‘composed of flesh’, from…
Gambit (noun) gam-bit An act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage, especially at the outset of a situation. (in chess) an opening move in which a player…
Yokel (noun) yo-kl An uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside. Early 19th century: perhaps figuratively from dialect yokel ‘green woodpecker’. (more…)