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General term for any drinkable liquid, usually other than water. Middle English “beverege” < Old French “bevrage” < Latin “bibere”=to drink.

A blue-green pigment that can appear on brass or copper over time when exposed to air or saltwater. Old French “vert de Grece”=”green of Greece” < Latin “viridis”=green.

Happening purely by chance; having no plan, order, or direction. Middle English “hap”=good luck or good fortune + “aserd”=gambling game with two dice < Old French “hasard” < Arabic “al zhar”=the die, meaning “chance or luck.”

A person’s appearance or manner, often seen as related to their character or personality. Blend of Middle French “mine”=countenance, appearance, and Old French “se demener”=to conduct oneself.

The use of magic or enchantment; the practice of magic arts; witchcraft. Middle English “sorceri” < Old French “sorcerie” < “sorcier”=magician < Latin “sors”=fate, divination i.e. one who influences destiny.

To move quickly, possible with undue haste. Middle English “rossche” < Old French “ruser”=to drive back in battle.

To repair or fix something that is broken or not working. Middle English “amende” < Old French “amender” < Latin “emendare”=to correct, to free from fault < “ex-“=out + “menda”=a fault.

Waste material, such as paper, empty containers, and food, that is thrown away. Middle English “garbage”=the offal and entrails of an animal, especially those used as food < Old French “garbe.”

A balled mixture of meat and spices, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Old French “ruissole” < Latin “russeolus”=reddish < “russus”=red.

A tune that is played or sung above the main tune in a piece of music. Old French “deschant” < Latin “discantus”=technique of writing or improvising music in parts < “dis-“=separate + “cantus”=singing, song < “cantare”=to sing.

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