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A bird of prey, such as an eagle or a hawk; a type of dinosaur. Latin “raptor”=a plunderer, robber, or rapist < “rapere”=to seize + “-or”=noun-forming suffix.

An alphabetical word list usually at the end of a book related to a specific subject with explanations. Latin “glossarium” < “glossa”=a word inserted between the lines or in the margin as an explanation of a difficult word in the text.

Someone’s death; the end of something, such as a business, due to it no longer being successful or popular. Anglo-Norman “desmise”=to transfer property by a will or a lease < Latin “dimittere”=to dismiss or send away.

Of a person, severe, strict, inflexible; not inclined to be lenient. Old English “styrne” < Germanic “*sternjo-“=rigid.

A young lamb. Old English “eanian”=to give birth to a lamb.

To clean thoroughly; to wash or wipe off. Latin “detergere”=to wipe off < “de-“=away + “tergere”=to wipe.

Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time. Latin “ephemera” < Greek “efemeros”=lasting only one day (referring to a fever) < “epi-“=upon + “imera”=day.

A thin kind of goat-skin leather used for gloves. Diminutive of French “chevre”=goat < Latin “capra”=she-goat.

Bodily organ that produces a substance that the body needs, such as hormones, sweat, or saliva. Old French “glandre” < Latin “glandula” < “glans”=acorn (referring to the shape of some glands).

A medical device for taking blood from someone‚Äôs body or putting liquid, drugs etc. into it, consisting of a hollow plastic tube and a needle. Latin “siringa” < Greek “surinx”=a pipe, channel, or tube.

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