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A secluded enclosure or part of a garden, especially one attached to a large house. Anglo-Norman “pleisance”=delight, pleasure < Latin “placentia”=agreeable < “placere”=to please.

Having committed a sin; causing disease. Middle French “peccant”=unhealthy < Latin “peccans”=wrongdoer, sinner < “peccare”=to sin.

Fish-eating; related to a diet of fish. Latin “piscis”=fish + “-vorous=devouring < “vorare”=to devour, eat.

Someone who speaks Portuguese. Latin “Lusitania”=Portugal + Greek “fonos”=adjective-forming suffix meaning to make the sound of < “foni”=voice, sound, language.

Incapable of being satisfied. Latin “insatiatus” < “in-“=not + “satiatus”=filled, satisfied < “satiare”=to fill < “satus”=enough.

Secrets or mysteries; mysterious hidden things. Latin “arcanus” < “arcare”=to shut up < “arca”=a chest.

To direct or control a business or department and the people and equipment in it; to succeed in dealing with something. Italian “maneggiare”=to handle, to use < Latin “manus”=hand + “-izare”=adjective-forming suffix pertaining to making.

Speaking prophetically; talking about fate. Latin “fatum”=fate, ‘that which has been spoken’ < “fari”=to speak + “loquent”=speaking in the manner of < “loqui”=to speak.

Speaking about holy or sacred things. Latin “sanctus”=holy + “loquent”=speaking in the manner of < “loqui”=to speak.

Untruthful in speech; given to telling lies. Latin “mendacium”=falsehood < “mendum”=blemish or error + “loquent”=speaking in the manner of < “loqui”=to speak.

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