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The action of nodding the head, especially as a sign of drowsiness. Latin “nutatio”=nodding < “nutare”=to nod.


A type of fish which attaches itself to larger fish by using a sucker on top of its head – suckerfish. Latin “remora”=delay < “re-“=back(wards) + “mora”=delay. From the belief that such fish attached to ships and slowed them down.

Extremely thin because of illness of lack of food. Latin “emaciare” < “e-“=out + “macies”=leaness.

To catch someone suspected of a crime; to understand something. French “appréhender” < Latin “apprehendere”=to seize, get hold of < “ad-“=to + “prehendere”=to seize.

A work of art made of of three panels; a series of three books. Greek “tri-“=three + “diptikos”=twice- folded < “di-“=two + “ptuki”=fold.

Feeling or showing anger or annoyance because you believe you’ve been treated unfairly. Latin “indignari”=to be regarded as unworthy < “indignus”=unworthy < “in-“=not + “dignus”=worthy.

Open to more than one interpretation or not having one obvious meaning. Latin “ambigus”= doubtful, driving here and there < “amb-“=both ways + “agere”=to drive.

The art of tying string in patterns to make decorative items. Turkish “mikrama” < Arabic “miqrama”=bedspread, bed-cover.

A person who is believed to be able to see the future. Middle English “sothseyere”=one who tells the truth < Old English “soth” + “secga”=one who speaks.

A part of a garden with areas of flowers surrounded by low hedges; part of the ground floor of a theater auditorium behind the orchestra pit. French “parterre”=ground, floor < “par”=on + “terre”=earth, ground.

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