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The process where organic matter rots and decays, often resulting in a bad smell. Middle French “putréfaction” < Latin “putrefacere” < “putrid”=rotten + “facere”=to make.


A person who prepares an account of the proceedings of a committee for a higher body, or presents a report on the current state of a problem or issue. Middle French “rapporter”=to report < “re-“=again + “apporter”=to bring or produce.

A wide pile of earth or a stone wall built to protect a castle or city. Middle French “rempard” < “remparer”=to fortify or take possession < Latin “anteparare”=to seize < “ante”=before + “parare”=prepare.

A person who behaves badly, wrongly, or criminally. Middle French “miscreaunt” < Old French “mescreant”=unbelieving, heretical < “mes”=ill, wrongly + “creire”=to believe < Latin “credare”=to believe.

Related to, or looking like, pigs. Anglo-Norman/Middle French “porcin”=of a pig < Latin “porcinus” < “porcus”=pig + “-ine”=suffix meaning “referring to.”

A structure with a square or triangular base and sloping sides that meet in a point at the top. Middle French “pyramide” < Latin “pyramis” < Greek “piramis”=Egyptian royal tomb.

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.

To give or be a sign of something that will happen in the future. Middle French “presage”=a sign, warning < Latin “praesagire”=to foreshadow < “pre-“=before + “sagire”=to perceive, see.

An ostentatious display. Uncertain origin, perhaps Middle French “paraph”=a florish added to a signature to limit forgeries.

A headache or migraine. Middle French “migraine” < Latin “hemicrania”=pain in one half of the head < Greek “imi”=half + “kranion”=skull.

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