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Resembling or having the properties of oil; of people, having an offensively ingratiating manner. French “olĂ©agineux” < Latin “oleaginus” = from the olice tree < “oleum”=oil.


A person who knows and can speak several languages. French “polyglotte” < Greek “poluglottos” < “polu”=many + “glotta”=tongue.

Not capable of being appeased or changed. French “implacable” < Latin “implacabilis” < “im-“=not + “placare”=to pacify, please + “-ibilem”=adjective-forming suffix meaning “given to.”

A dessert of fruit cooked in syrup. French “compote” < Old French “composte”< Latin “componere”=to put together < “com-“=together, with + “ponere”=to place, put.

In a state of decay or decline; falling off or deteriorating. French “dĂ©cadent” < Latin “decadere”=to decadere < “de-“=down + “cadere”=to fall.

The outer peel of a citrus fruit used for flavoring; Great enthusiasm and energy. French “zeste”=citrus peel. Unknown origin.

Two lines of poetry, one following the other, that are the same length. French “couplet” < diminutive of “couple” < Old French “cople” < Latin “copulare” < “co-“=together + “apere”=to fasten/join.

A very respected or prominent person in a particular field. French “doyen” < Latin “decanus”=commander of a group of ten < Greek “deka”=ten.

Highly ornate and extravagant in style. French “baroque” < Portuguese “barroco”=a rough or imperfect pearl.

A person from a low social position who has suddenly become rich and powerful. French “parvenir”=to arrive at a destination < Latin “pervenire” < “per”=through + “venire”=to come.

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