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A place of safety that provides protection, especially for people who are in danger. Old French “sanctuaire” < Latin “sanctuarium” < “sanctus”=holy.


A poem celebrating a marriage. Greek “epithalamion” < “epi-+=upon + “thalamos”=bridal chamber.

To imply or suggest. Latin “connotare”=to signify secondarily < “con”=with + “notare”=to mark, signify.

Relating to or involving trust, often as the trust between a customer and a professional. Latin “fiducicarius” < “fiducia”=trust + “-ary”=suffix meaning “connected with.”

A triangular bone in the lower back, between the two hip bones of the pelvis. Latin “os sacrum” < “os”=bone + “sacrum”=sacred, holy < Greek “hieron osteon”=sacred bone (believed to be where the soul is.

A deep wide channel , usually filled with water, dug around a castle as a defense. Old French “mote”=mound, embankment.

General name for something that can be bought and sold, often a raw material. Anglo-Norman “commoditee”=product < Latin “commodiosus”=useful, profitable.

Engaged in deep or serious thought. Anglo-Norman “pensif”=thoughtful < Latin “pensare”=to weigh, ponder, think < “pendare”=to weigh, consider.

To free or remove someone/something) from a difficult situation. Latin “extricare”=to unravel or disentangle < “ex-“=out + “tricae”=perplexities.

A type of song from the German Romantic period (late C18th-early C19th). Pronounced “leet.” German “lied”=song < Old High German “liod” < Proto-Germanic “*leuthan.”

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