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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.

A fear, strong dislike, or aversion to things or situations, especially an irrational fear. Latin suffix “-phobia”=fear of < Greek “fobos”=fear < “fevesthai”=to flee.

Organisms such as molds or mushrooms have no flowers and live on dead or decaying things. Greek “sfongos”=sponge (spongy appearance of many fungi).

A thin, flat, circular object. Latin “discus”=round, flat object and/or face of the sun < Greek “diskos” < “diskein”=to throw or cast.

A piece cut from one plant and tied to or put inside a cut in another. Old French “grafe” < Latin “graphium” < Greek “grafion”=a stylus (like a cut twig).

A headache or migraine. Middle French “migraine” < Latin “hemicrania”=pain in one half of the head < Greek “imi”=half + “kranion”=skull.

Arousing pity or sympathy. Latin “patheticus” < Greek “pathitikos”=capable of causing feelings < “pathos”=suffering.

A person with no permanent home who moves from place to place. Latin “Nomad”=member of a wandering tribe < Greek “nomos”=pasture.

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