A herbaceous Eurasian plant with small white or yellow flowers. Latin “alysson” < Greek “a-“=without + “lissa”=madness (used as a herbal cure for rabies).


A curse. French “maliçon” < Old French “maleiçon”=damnation < Latin “maledicere” < “male”=badly + “dicere”=to speak.

A crispy vegetable with long light green stems. French “céleri” < Italian “sellari” < Greek “selinon”=parsley.

To put in order, to tidy up, to prepare for battle. Old English “fetel”=band, girdle, belt < Old Germanic “*fatilo-z”=to hold.

A current of air; to move with a gliding motion, like on water. Middle English “wafter”=an escort ship < Low Dutch “wachter”=to guard.

To celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way. Middle French “rustre”=coarse, brutish man < Latin “rusticus”=of the countryside.

Coming into existence or starting to develop. Latin “nascens” < “nasci”=to be born.

A person or thing of outstanding excellence. Anglo-Norman “peragone” =perfect diamond < Greek “parakone”=whetstone.

A sudden and unreasonable change of mind or behavior. Italian “capriccio”=sudden jerky motion < Latin “capra”=goat.

In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect. Latin “derelictus”=abandoned < “de”=completely + “relinquere”=forsake.