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Belonging to or coming from an early time in the very ancient past; very simple and basic. Old French “primitif” < Latin “primitivus”=first of its kind < “primus”=first.

An animal or person that is being hunted or chased. Old French “cuiree”=parts of the carcass of a deer killed by a hunt, placed on its skin and given to the hounds as a reward < “cuir”=skin, hide.

A place where stone is dug out of a large hole in the ground. Old French “quarriere” < Latin “quadrum”=a square.

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

Bodily organ that produces a substance that the body needs, such as hormones, sweat, or saliva. Old French “glandre” < Latin “glandula” < “glans”=acorn (referring to the shape of some glands).

A chunk or cube of bacon used to add fat to meat before cooking. French “lardon” < Old French “lard”=bacon < Latin “lardum”=fat, grease < Greek “laros”=pleasant to the taste.

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.

A set of three or more musical notes that are played or sung at the same time. Shortened form of “accord” < Old French “acord”=harmony, agreement < Latin “ad-“=to + “concordare”=to be of one mind < “con”=together + “cord”=heart.

Grossly unjust, unfair, or unrighteous; wicked. Old French “iniquité” < Latin “iniquus”=uneven, wrong < “in-“=prefix meaning “not” + “aequus”=equal, fair.

A form of government where (a) property is required in order to hold office or (b) rulers are motivated by ambition or love of honor. Old French “tymocracie” < Latin “timocratia” < Greek “timokratia” < “timi”=honor or value + “kratia”=rule.

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