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A court that is given official authority to deal with a particular situation or problem. Latin “tribubnal” < “tribunus”=head of a tribe.


A criss-crossed wooden frame used to support climbing plants. Old French “trelis” < Latin “tri-“=three + “licium”+thread.”

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.

A flag on a ship that shows what country the ship belongs to; the lowest commissioned rank in the US navy. Old French “enseigne” < Latin “insignia”=signs of office.

A tray, used for handing refreshments or for presenting letters, visiting-cards, etc. French “salve”=tray for presenting food to the king < Spanish “salva”=a sample of food < Latin “salvar”=to make safe.

A liquid mixture you put on your skin or hair to clean, soften, or protect it. Middle French “loccion” < act of washing < Latin “lotio” < “lavare”=to wash.

A written statement by a group that says what they believe in and intend to do. Latin “manifestus”=clear, revealed < “manus”=hand + “-festus”=uncertain origin.

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.

An outdoor event where there are competitions and refreshments, often a fund raiser. French “fĂȘte” < Old French “feste” < Latin “festa”=religious celebration.

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