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A hole or container, especially in the lower part of an engine, into which a liquid that is not needed can flow. Middle English “sompe” < Middle Dutch “somp”=marsh, swamp.

A goblin, phantom, or supernatural creature that causes fright. Middle English “bogil,” possibly from Welsh “bwg”=ghost, hobgoblin < “bwgwl”=terror.

Despite the fact or thing mentioned; in spite of. Middle English “natwithstanding” < “not”=negative, negation + Old English “withstandan” < “wit”=against + “standan”=to have or keep an upright position.

To protest or complain about something or someone very strongly. Middle English “inveygh”=to bring in, to introduce < Latin “invehere”=to carry or bear < “in”=into + “vehere”=to carry.

A crime that is less serious than a felony; a minor wrongdoing. Old English “mis-“=wrong, bad + Middle English “demeanure”=conduct or behavior towards others.

(n) Great enjoyment; (v) to enjoy something intensely. Middle English “reles”=scent, taste, odor < Old French “relaisser”=to leave behind, release.

A bowl with small holes in it, used for washing food or for emptying food into when it has been cooked in water. Middle English “colyndore” < Latin “colare”=to strain.

A plug or peg used to control the flow of liquid from something such as a barrel; a tap. Middle English “spigote” < early Proven├žal “espigou” < Latin “spiga”=spike, ear of corn.

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

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.

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