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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.

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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.

To celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way. Middle French “rustre”=coarse, brutish man < Latin “rusticus”=of the countryside.

A strong fence made of upright posts. Middle French “palissade” < Latin “palus”=stake, wooden post.

Something that blocks the way. Middle French “obstacle” < Latin “obstare”=to stand in the way < “ob”=against”+”stare”=stand.

Suggestive or reminiscent of something. Middle French “redolent”=fragrant < Latin “re(d)-“=again + “olere”=to give off a scent.

Richly impressive, bright, shiny. Middle French “resplendent” < Latin “resplendere” < “re”=intensifier + “splendere”=to shine.

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