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To delineate or draw something in sharp detail. Middle English “lymn”=to illustrate a manuscript < Old French “luminer” < Latin “luminare”=to light (up) < “lumen”=light.


An animal, plant, or person that lives or is found in a specific place or environment. Anglo-Norman “deinzein” < Old French “deinz”=within < Latin “de”=from + “intus’=within.

To cut of the limbs of a person or animal. Old French “desmembrer”=to cut off limbs < Latin “dismembrare” < “dis-“=apart + “membrum”=limb.

Great skill; extraordinary ability. Anglo-Norman “pruesse” < Old French “proesse”=bravery, gallantry < “prou”=valiant.

Boast about or praise something, especially excessively. Old French “vanter” < Latin “vantare”=to boast < “vanus”=vain or empty.

An artificial passage for water fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating the flow. Old French “escluse” < Latin “excludere”=to shut out < “ex-“=out + “claudere”=to close.

To move quickly and with some force. Middle English “hortle” < to strike, dash, or knock < Old French “hurter”=to collide, hit, or push.

To increase the value, amount,or effectiveness of something; to enhance. Old French “augmenter”=to make something greater < Latin “augmentare”=to cause to grow < “augere”=to increase.

The way someone’s hair is styled and cut. French “coiffer”=to dress the hair < Old French “coiffe” < Latin “cuffia”=a close-fitting cap covering the top, back, and sides of the head.

Of a person, serious, boring, or old-fashioned. Archaic past form of “stay” < Old French “ester”=to stand, remain < Latin “stare”=to stand.

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