Ken Welsch


Ken Welsch The Greatest Show on Earth

Words I didn't know, reading the book:

bowdlerize verb °To remove those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly. "The bowdlerized version of the novel, while free of vulgarity, was also free of flavor."

irrefragable adjective °Which cannot be refuted; indisputable, clearly right, incontrovertible. synonyms: incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, irrefutable, unanswerable, undeniable, unquestionable

achondroplasia noun °A genetic disorder, the most common form of short limb dwarfism.

neoteny noun °The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult. "Most amphibians are aquatic only well young, but some amphibians with neoteny remain aquatic even as adults." °The sexual maturity of an organism still in its larval stage. synonyms: pedomorphism

allometry noun °The science studying the differential growth rates of the parts of a living organism's body part or process.

allometric adjective °Of or pertaining to allometry. °(of a population) That grows at a rate proportional to a power of another population.

sledge dogs Sled dogs, known also as sleightman dogs, sledge dogs, or sleddogs are types of dogs that are used to pull a wheel-less vehicle on runners (a sled or sleigh) over snow or ice, by means of harnesses and lines. The origins of this arrangement are unknown.

profligate adjective °Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly. °Overthrown; beaten; conquered, especially by vice. noun °An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person. °An overly wasteful or extravagant individual. verb °(obsolete) To drive away; to overcome. synonyms: wasteful, extravagant, overthrown, beaten, conquered, wastrel, overcome

doddle noun °A job, task or other activity that is simple or easy to complete. synonyms: bagatelle, breeze, cakewalk, cinch, piece of cake, walk in the park, walkover

P69 advert noun °An advertisement, an ad. verb °To turn attention. °To call attention, refer; construed with to. "He adverted to the problem in the opening paragraph." synonyms: refer

adverted verb °past tense of advert.

P71 midden noun °A dungheap. °A refuse heap usually near a dwelling.

P76 Main Entry: pel•age
Pronunciation: \ˈpe-lij\ Function: noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, from Latin pilus Date: circa 1828 : the hairy covering of a mammal

p187 deportment noun °bearing; manner of presenting oneself:. "Her deportment impressed her interviewers." °conduct; public behavior:. "Their deportment changed visibly as the policeman approached."

P220 invaginate verb °(medicine surgery) To fold up or enclose into a sheath-like or pouch-like structure, either naturally or as part of a surgical procedure. °(medicine) To turn or fold inwardly.

P230 apical adjective °of or connected with the apex. °of a meristem: situated at the growing tip of the plant or its roots, in comparison with intercalary growth situated between zones of permanent tissue.

P231 gastrula noun °A stage in the development of embryos of most animals consisting of a two-layered sac of ectoderm and endoderm. gastrulate verb °To form into a gastrula.

P237 catenary noun °The curve described by a flexible chain or a rope if it is supported at each end and is acted upon only by no other forces than a uniform gravitational force due to its own weight. °(nautical) The curve of an anchor cable from the seabed to the vessel; it should be horizontal at the anchor so as to bury the flukes.

P236 scrapie noun °A degenerative prion disease of sheep and goats that attacks the central nervous system.

P250 phantasmagoric adjective °Characterised by rapid changes in light intensity and colour. °The quality of blurring real and imaginary elements as in a dream. synonyms: phantasmagorical

P332 superannuated adjective °obsolete due to age. °retired or discarded due to age. synonyms: antiquated, archaic, dated, obsolete, outdated, outmoded

P347 Main Entry: hal•tere
Pronunciation: \ˈhȯl-ˌtir, ˈhal-\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural hal•teres \ˈhȯl-ˌtirz, ˈhal-; hȯl-ˈtir-ēz, hal-\ Etymology: New Latin halter, from Latin, jumping weight, from Greek haltēr, from hallesthai to leap — more at sally Date: circa 1823 : one of a pair of club-shaped organs in a dipteran fly that are the modified second pair of wings and function as sensory flight stabilizers

P366 bodge verb °To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair. "Because of the lack of proper tools he will bodge the repair." noun °A clumsy or inelegant job, usually a temporary repair. °The water in which a smithy would quench items heated in a forge. adjective °(slang Northern Ireland) insane or off the rails.

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