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Discover the meaning of (Ornithopter) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/09/25/ornithopter/)
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(Pronunciation: ohr-ni-thop-ter
Definition: A flying machine designed to operate by the flapping of wings

Origin:
This word entered the English language in 1908 – almost simultaneously with the genesis of the word in French. It was assembled from the Greek words ‘ornis’, referring to ...)
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Discover the meaning of (Dab Hand ) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/12/05/dab-hand/)
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(Definition: A practiced individual who is especially skilled at some activity.
Pronunciation: daab-hand
Origin:
Modern British, originally (specifically) London English slang. “Hand”, obviously, means here to refer to “one who does”, and “dab” morphed slightly from its first usage as criminal li...)
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Discover the meaning of (Gnossienne) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/03/24/gnossienne/)
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(Definition: It’s a moment of awareness signified by the acknowledgment that no matter how close you feel, you get, or that you are to another person, said other will always have their own separate, private life of which you will not ever be entirely privy. It’s the knowledge that you will never t...)
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Discover the meaning of (Rathskeller) here (http://unusedwords.com/2012/12/08/rathskeller/)
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(Definition: The cellar of a town hall, usually used as a pub. (Used primarily in Germany.)
Pronunciation: rot-skell-urr

Origin:
Completely Deutsch! This lyrical German term, if it were anthropomorphized, would probably have an accent as thick as bratwurst.
Why this word?
Other than sounding...)
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Discover the meaning of (Mogigraphia ) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/08/20/mogigraphia/)
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(Definition: Also known as cheirospasm/chirospasm and graphospasm: writer’s cramp, I.e. the hand cramps that happen when one has been writing “long-hand” for a while without taking a break. Sometimes, the term mogigraphia is used to describe a creative difficulty in writing, as well....)
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Discover the meaning of (We are happy to welcome Kate Fulton to our writers' team! ) here (http://unusedwords.com/2012/11/15/we-are-happy-to-welcome-kate-fulton-to-our-writers-team/)
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(Kate Fulton has a bachelor’s degree in classics and psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is working on a library science degree from Simmons College. She has always been fascinated by words- their usage, spelling, and etymology.  Kate may be one of the few people who enjoyed the ve...)

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Discover the meaning of (Geophagy) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/12/14/geophagy/)
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(Definition: Practice of eating earthy or soil-like substances such as clay and chalk, in order to obtain essential nutrients.
Pronunciation: jee-OH-fa-jee

Origin:
Geophagy derives from the Greek words ge meaning “earth”, and phag-ein, meaning “to eat”.
Why this word?
In ...)
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Discover the meaning of (We are happy to welcome Rachelle Nones to our writers' team!) here (http://unusedwords.com/2013/02/18/we-are-happy-to-welcome-rachelle-nones-to-our-writers-team/)
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(Rachelle Nones holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and has completed coursework in linguistics, English and American literature, and the history of the English language. The dictionary is one of her favorite books!
Rachelle’s first post will be published later on today!
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Discover the meaning of (Nomenclature) here (http://unusedwords.com/2012/11/28/nomenclature/)
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(Definition: A system of words chosen to name things listed in a particular discipline; “legal terminology”; vocabulary (casual use).
Pronunciation: no-MON-kleh-chewr

Origin:
This term couldn’t become any more Unadulterated Antique if it tried.
Taken directly from the old Latin term nomen...)
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Discover the meaning of (Lush ) here (http://unusedwords.com/2012/11/26/lush/)
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(Definition: drunk, drunkard, an alcoholic drink
Pronunciation: LAH-sh

Origin
We should be familiar with lush, the adjective, meaning flaccid, soft or tender. This meaning dates back to the 1500′s, and originates from the Latin laxare, meaning loosen. Some 400 later, this word earned...)
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