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Of or relating to knowledge or knowing. Greek “episteme”=knowledge < “epistanai”=to know, understand + “-ic”=suffix meaning “related to, of the nature of.”


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

Established beyond dispute and/or incontrovertible evidence. Latin “apodicticus” < Greek “apodeikninai” =to demonstrate, show off < “apo-“=off, away + “deikninai”=to show.

A potion, drug, or charm supposed to be capable of exciting sexual attraction or love towards a particular person. Middle French “philtre” < Latin “philtrum”=love potion < Greek “filtron” < “filein”=to love + “-tron”=noun-forming suffix.

A case or receptacle usually having a lid. Old English “box”=a small evergreen tree used to make containers (“box-wood” < Latin “buxus”=boxwood < Greek “piksis”=box-wood.

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

Inability to recognize familiar objects or stimuli, usually as a result of brain injury. Greek “agnosia” < “a-“=without ” gnosis”=knowledge.

A Chinese puzzle made from a square cut into seven pieces that can be arranged to make other shapes. Uncertain origin but perhaps Mandarin “tang”=Chinese + Greek “gram”=something written, a letter shape.

A piece of music written to express emotion but doesn’t have a regular form. Latin “rhapasodia”=part of an epic poem < Greek “rapsothos”=recitation of epic poetry < “raptein”=to stitch + “othos”=song, poem.

A brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful act; a sudden take-over of a government by its citizens or military. Old French “colp”=a blow, hit < Latin “colaphus”=a blow with the fist < Greek “kolafos”=to hit, cuff.

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