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A pale brown, beige color. Originally French referring to the color of unbleached linen < “écru”=raw, unbleached.


Following one after the other in order, such as numbers. French “consecutif” < Latin “consequi”=to follow closely < “con-“=together + “sequi”=to follow.

The solid posts on each side of the notches at the top of a castle wall. French “merlon” < Italian “merlone” < Latin “merulus”=blackbird – the posts look like blackbirds on a wall.

An outbreak of public anger or excitement. French “fureur” < Latin “furere”=to rage, to be mad, angry.

A decoration that goes along the top of the walls of a room or a building. French “frise”=border, ornament < Latin “Phrygium”=something from Phrygia.

An act of taking or destroying something. French “déprédation” < Latin “depraedare”=to plunder, pillage < “de-“=completely + “praeda”=botty or prey.

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 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.

A fellow-member of a learned profession, scientific body, fraternity, guild etc. French “confrere” < Latin “confrater” < “con”=together with + “frater”=brother.

Relating to or requiring an absence of oxygen. French “anaérobie” < “an”=without + “aérobie”=related to air < Greek “aer”=air.

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