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A poem celebrating a marriage. Greek “epithalamion” < “epi-+=upon + “thalamos”=bridal chamber.


A triangular bone in the lower back, between the two hip bones of the pelvis. Latin “os sacrum” < “os”=bone + “sacrum”=sacred, holy < Greek “hieron osteon”=sacred bone (believed to be where the soul is.

Not expected or unusual. Latin “anomalus” “< Greek “anomal” < “an-“=without + “omalos”=even + Latin “-ous”=suffix meaning “characterized by.”

A set of moral principles that guides someone’s (or some group’s) behavior. Old French “ethique” < Latin “ethice”=moral philosophy < Greek “ithikos”=moral or showing moral character.

The use of more words than are needed to convey meaning. Latin “perissologia” < Greek “perissos”=redundant + “logos”=word.

A commander of 10,000 men. Greek “muriarkos” < “murios”=ten thousand + “-arkos”=ruler, that which rules.

The point where a planet is furthest from the star it is orbiting. Latin “aphelium” < Greek “af-/apo-“=off, from + “helios”=sun.

The point where a planet is closest to the star it is orbiting. Latin “perihelium” < “peri-“=around, go round + Greek “helios”=sun.

The feature where a word can have multiple meanings. French “polysémie” < Latin “polysemus” < Greek “polisemos”=having any meanings < “poly”=many + “sima”=sign or mark.

An event or short period of time during which something happens. Greek “episothion”=a space between to choral songs < “epi”=in addition + “eisothos”=entering + “othos”=way

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