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Someone who really loves to show kindness and hospitality to strangers. Greek “filoksenos”=loving strangers < “filos”=love + “ksenos”=stranger, guest.

(n) A small amount; (v) to write something very quickly. Latin “iota” < Greek “iota”=the smallest letter of the alphabet.

A chief jester; the chief mimic at a Roman funeral processions who imitated the walk and gestures of the deceased. Latin “archimimus” < Greek “archi-“=principal, chief + “mimos”=performer, usually comic.

Involuntary grinding of the teeth during sleep. Greek “bruksi”=to grind teeth < “brukhein”=to eat greedily, to grind.

To throw someone out of a window. Latin “defenestratio” < “de-“=down from” + “fenestra”=window < Greek “fainein”=to show.

Poisoning by cheese. Greek “tiros”=cheese + “toksikon”=poison.

A hall or court; an assembly hall in a university. Latin “aula”=enclosure, hall, palace < Greek “auli”=courtyard < stem of “iauein”=to sleep or spend the night.

An ode or song in which the author retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem; more generally a recantation or retraction. Latin “palinodia”=recantation < Greek “palinothia” < “palin”=again + “othos”=song.

Coverings that protect the legs against wet mud; waterproof leggings. Greek “anti”=against + “igros”=wet + “pelos”=mud.

A mythical animal with the head, shoulders, and forelegs of a horse and the wings, tail, and legs of a cockerel. Greek “ippalektuon” < “ippa”=horse + “alektruon”=cock < “alektor”=defender < “aleksein”=to ward off.

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