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A work of art made of of three panels; a series of three books. Greek “tri-“=three + “diptikos”=twice- folded < “di-“=two + “ptuki”=fold.


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

A person of outstanding merit who serves as a model of some quality. Anglo-French “peragone”=perfect jewel < Italian “parangone”=touchstone < Greek “parakonan”=to sharpen one thing against another < “para”=beside, next to + “akoni”=whetstone.

A feeling of strong dislike towards someone or something. Latin “antipathia” < Greek “antipathos”=opposed in feeling < “anti”=against + “pathos”=feeling.

The study of the nature and meaning of existence, truth, good, evil and so on. Anglo-Norman “philosophie” < Latin “philosophia”=study of wisdom and knowledge < Greek “filosofia”=love of knowledge < “filo”=like/love + “sofos”=wise, clever.

Lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine. Latin “monotonia”=sameness of tone < Greek “monotonia” < “mono”=one, single + “tonus”=sound, musical note.

Someone excessively focused on minor details or rules, or with displaying academic learning. Middle French “pedante”=teacher < Latin “pedagogus”=teacher < Greek “paidagogus”=slave who took children to school < “pais”=child + “agein”=to lead.

A polygon with 12 sides and angles. Greek “dodekagonon”=twelve-angled < “dodeka”=twelve (< “do”=two + “deka”=ten) + “gonia”=angle.

The weight of 1 liter of hydrogen at standard pressure and temperature. Greek “krithi”=barley-corn, the smallest weight.

Dislike of or opposition to getting married. Latin “misogamia” < Greek “misogamos” < “miso”=hatred/dislike + “gamos”=marriage.

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