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.”
Paraphilia (noun) pa-ra-fil-ee-a A condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities. From Latin (more…)
Frangible (adj) fran-jib-l Able to be broken into fragments; brittle or fragile. Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere ‘to break’. (more…)
Galluses (noun) (Scots) gal-u-siz Braces for a person's trousers. Mid 19th century: plural of gallus, variant of gallows. (more…)
Wangle (verb) wan-gl Manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone. Late 19th century (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.…
Paunch (noun) pawn-ch A large or protruding belly. (verb) To disembowel and animal Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pa(u)nche, based on Latin pantex, pantic-, usually in the plural in…
Draconian (adj) drak-oh-nee-un (of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe. Late 19th century: from the name of Draco (see Draco) + -ian. (more…)
Isagogics (adj) ai-sa-goj-iks Introductory study, especially of the literary and external history of the Bible prior to exegesis. Mid 19th century: plural of isagogic, via Latin from Greek eisagōgikos, from…
Quartan (adj) kwor-tun Denoting a mild form of malaria causing a fever that recurs every third day. Late Middle English: from Latin ( febris) quartana, based on Latin quartus ‘fourth’…
Keek (verb) (Scots) keek Peeped Surreptitiously Late Middle English: perhaps related to Dutch kijken ‘have a look’. (more…)