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To go down on one knee as a mark of respect or religious reverence. Latin “genuflectare”=to bend the knee < “genu”=knee + “flectere”=to bend.

To sing; to repeat a word or phrase again and again. Middle English “chawnt” < Anglo-Norman “chantier” < Latin “cantare”=to sing.

Following some traditional or generally accepted rules or beliefs of a religion, philosophy, or practice. Latin “orthodoxus” < Greek “orthodoxos” < “orthos”=straight, correct, right + “doxa”=opinion.

Sleep in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed; to pass time idly or aimlessly. French “dos” < Latin “dorsum”=back (as in lying on one’s back).

Money paid for killing or capturing a person or animal; something given or occurring in generous amounts. Middle English “bunte” < Old French “bonte”=goodness < Latin “bonitatem”=goodness.

To curse or swear; to bring a curse down on someone. Latin “execrari”=to curse < “ex-“=without + “sacrare”=to devote religiously.

The study of matter and energy and the way they act on each other in heat, light, electricity, and sound. Latin “physica”=natural science < Greek “fusika”=natural things.

Causing great harm or damage but in a way that is not easily seen or noticed. Middle English “perniciouse” < Latin “perniciosus”=destructive, deadly, or ruinous < “per”=completely + “nex”=death, destruction.

To bring out or develop from a state of latent, rudimentary, or potential existence; to infer from data. Latin “educere”=to lead or bring out < “e-“=out + “ducere”=to lead.

Large flightless African bird with long legs and long neck, which can run very fast. Anglo-Norman “ostrige” < Latin “avis”=bird + “struthio”=sparrow < Greek “strouthos”=sparr

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