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A line that curls around a central point, moving further away from the center all the time. Latin “spiralis” < “spira”=coil < Greek “speira”=twisting, winding.


Tiny piece of matter with a +ve charge that is in the middle of an atom. Greek “protos”=first.

Marked by two colors, often black and white, like a magpie. Middle English “pie+=magpie + “-ed” < Latin “pica”=magpie, jay < Greek “kitta.”

An orator or pubic speaker. Latin “rhetor”=teacher of rhetoric and speaking < Greek “ritor”=public speaker < “areo”=I shall say.

A spear-like weapon with a barbed end used especially for hunting large fish or whales. French “harpe”=dog’s claw < Latin “harpa” < Greek “arpi”=sickle.

An elder or minister of the Christian Church. Latin “presbyter”=elder < Greek “presbos”=old man.

Showing complete interest and fascination; in a trance state. Middle English “rape”=to carry away < Latin “rapere”=seize, carry off < ?Greek “eraptomenos”=feed on.

A wine shop or cellar; a small grocery store in an Hispanic neighborhood. Spanish “bodega” < Latin < “apotheca” < Greek “apotheke”=a store.

A powerful, often illegal, drug made from poppy seeds. Latin “opium” < Greek “opion”=poppy juice < “opos”=plant juice < Proto-Indo-European “*swokwos”=juice.

To waste away, especially as a result of the breaking down of cells. French “atrophier” < Latin “atrophia” < Greek “a-“=without + “trofi”=food, nourishment.

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