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.”
Elucidate (verb) el-us-i-dayt Make clear; explain. Mid 16th century: from late Latin elucidat- ‘made clear’, from the verb elucidare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + lucidus ‘lucid’. (more…)
Timocracy (noun) ti-mok-ra-see A form of government in which possession of property is required in order to hold office. A form of government in which rulers are motivated by ambition…
Gansey (noun)(W.Indies) gan-zee A sweater or T-shirt Late 19th century: representing a pronunciation of Guernsey. (more…)
Moil (verb) (archaic) moy-l Work hard. Move around in confusion or agitation. Late Middle English (in the sense ‘moisten or bedaub’): from Old French moillier ‘paddle in mud, moisten’, based…
Sagacity (noun) sag-as-i-tee The quality of being sagacious. Early 17th century: from Latin sagax, sagac- ‘wise’ + -ious. (more…)
Gauche (adj) gow-sh Unsophisticated and socially awkward. Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘left’. (more…)
Stria (noun) st-ry-a A linear mark, slight ridge, or groove on a surface, often one of a number of similar parallel features. Late 17th century (as a scientific term): from…
Morphometry (noun) mor-fom-e-tree The process of measuring the external shape and dimensions of landforms, living organisms, or other objects. morpho- + -metry. (more…)
Arcana (noun) ar-kay-na Secrets or mysteries. Mid 16th century: from Latin, neuter plural of arcanus (see arcane). (more…)