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Capable of being split; cleavable; inclined to be splittable. Latin “fissilis” < “findere”=to split, cleave + “-ile”=adjective-forming suffix.

To boil down or away; to concentrate something by boiling. Latin “decoquere”=to boil down < “de-“=down, away + “coquere”=to boil or cook.

Telling someone’s future by looking at the lines on their hands; palmistry. French “chiromancie” < Latin “chiromantia” < Greek “keiromanteia” < “keiro”=hand + “manteia”=divination/fortune telling.

Of or relating to the earliest ages of the world or human history. Latin “primaevus”=original, primitive < “prime”=first.

General term for any drinkable liquid, usually other than water. Middle English “beverege” < Old French “bevrage” < Latin “bibere”=to drink.

To say something again, or over and over, in order to emphasize a point or make very clear. Latin “reiterare” < “re-“=again + “iterare”=to rehearse, repeat, or do again < “iterum”=again.

To split into two parts, often used to describe how roads and rivers divide. Latin “bifurcatus”=two-forked < “bi-“=two + “furca”=fork + “-ate”=adjective-forming suffix.

A part of a castle wall that sticks out from the rest; an institution, place, or person that strongly maintains specific principles, attitudes, or activities. Middle French “bastion” < Italian “bastione” < “bastia”=small square fortress < Latin “bastire”=to build.

A blue-green pigment that can appear on brass or copper over time when exposed to air or saltwater. Old French “vert de Grece”=”green of Greece” < Latin “viridis”=green.

To link things together in a chain or series. Latin “concatenare”=to link together < “con”=together, with + “catenare”=to chain < “catena”=a chain.

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