Here we go!
rataplan= the sound of tattoo, such as a drum, horse hooves, or machine gun fire, etc.
encomium= a tribute or praise
diaconal= having to do with being a deacon
espagnolette= the hardware on a French door
travelator= a moving walkway (like in an airport)
mirador= an architectural feature, like a small balcony or tower with an extensive view
edamame= young soybeans, steamed or boiled in the pod
avulsive= where something is torn away from where it belongs, often refers to an injury
attar= essential oil of flowers used for perfumes
exogam= a person who marries outside of a certain group. For example, it's good to marry outside of the group of your blood relatives, which is biological exogamy, the opposite of incest
perfervid= overly eager
anastomosing= the reconnecting of things that were previously branched, such as a braided stream
otiose= lazy or indolent
gibus= a collapsible top hat
bastinado= foot torture
machicolated= having openings in the floor of a projecting battlement so that objects can be dropped on attackers
asseverate= to state positively and firmly
catafalque= a stand for a coffin
tatami= Japanese floor mats, usually made of rice straw and rushes, always exactly twice as long as they are wide
viaticals= a type of investment where a third party buys a life insurance policy for more than its cash surrender value but less than its death benefit
Whew! Wonder how many of them I'll remember? The ones I SHOULD have recognized are rataplan, attar, anastomosing, and abseil. I knew I'd seen them before, but couldn't remember their meaning.
The one I find most interesting is exogam (exogamy), since it's a common concept. It can also be applied culturally or linguistically (oddly enough) where people only marry someone from other cultures, or who speak other languages.
If you are worded out, I'll leave you with a graphic demonstration of how the color "apple green" gets its name. Enjoy the lovely baby leaves.
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