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Telling someone’s future by looking at the lines on their hands; palmistry. French “chiromancie” < Latin “chiromantia” < Greek “keiromanteia” < “keiro”=hand + “manteia”=divination/fortune telling.

To treat a wound or a growth on the body by extreme heat, burning it with a laser, chemical, or hot metal. French “cautériser” < Latin “cauterizare”=to burn or brand with iron < Greek “kauterion”=branding iron < “kaiein”=to burn.

A small flat game piece made of wood, plastic etc, with different numbers of spots, used for playing. French “domino”=A cloak worn at masquerades, with a small mask covering the top of the face < Latin “domino”=a hood worn by priests in winter < “dominus”=master.

A short bar hanging from two ropes high above the ground, used by acrobats to swing upon. French “trapèze” < Latin “trapezium”=a shape with four sides, only two of which are parallel < Greek “trapeza”=table.

A kind of small cap or bonnet worn by men and women in various countries. French “toque” < same root as Italian “tocca,” Spanish “toca,” and Portuguese “touca,” all referring to head wear.

Soft leather with a brushed, slightly rough surface. French “gants de Suède”=gloves of Sweden.

A brownish-black coal intermediate between peat and solid coal , usually where wood is still visible. French “lignite” < Latin “lignum”=wood + “-ite”=suffix used to mark minerals.

A female slave or concubine in a harem; an exotic, sexually attractive woman; a representation of a sexually attractive figure in art. French “odalisque” < Turkish “odalik” =chamber, room + “lik”=suffix expressing function.

A small waterfall; to fall or hang in large amounts. French “cascade” < Italian “cascata”=fall < Latin “cascare”=to fall + “-ata”=suffix forming nouns of action.

To fly up to a great height by floating on currents of air. French “essorer” < to fly up, rise < Latin “exaurare” < “ex-“=from, out of + “aura”=air, breeze.

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