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Word Definition
habanera slow and seductive Cuban dance
habergeon sleeveless mail coat
habilable capable of being clothed
habilatory of, like or pertaining to clothes or dressing
habile dexterous; adroit
habiliment attire
habilitate to equip or finance; to qualify
habromania insanity featuring cheerful delusions
hachure shading or lines showing a slope on a map
hackle comb for flax or hemp
hackney four-wheeled two-horse carriage
hadal parts of the ocean below 6000 metres
hadeharia constant use of the word "hell"
haecceity aspect of existence on which individuality depends
haemal of, like or pertaining to blood
haemataulics study of movement of blood through blood vessels
haemathermal warm-blooded
haematic blood-coloured
haematogenesis production of blood
haemophilia hereditary disease causing excessive bleeding
hagiarchy government by saints or holy persons
hagiocracy government by holy men
hagiolatry worship or reverence for saints
hagiology study of saints
hagiomania mania for sainthood
hagioscope opening in wall to enable viewing of altar
hakenkreuz swastika
halation blurring in a photograph due to light reflection
halcyonine of, like or pertaining to kingfishers
halfpace landing or broad step
halibiotic of, like or pertaining to the entirety of life under the sea
halieutic of, like or pertaining to fishing
halieutics study of fishing
haligraphy treatise on salt
halitosis bad breath
halitous vaporous
halitus vapour; breath
hallux big toe
halolimnic of, like or pertaining to sea creatures who spend time in fresh water
halomancy divination using salt
halophilous tolerant of salt or salt-water
halyard rope or tackle for hoisting and lowering sails
hamarchy government by a cooperative body of parts
hamartia flaw in a character leading to his downfall
hamartiology study of sin
hamartiology section of theology dealing with sin
hamate hooked
hamble to mutilate a dog by cutting of the balls of its feet
hambo Swedish folk dance in three-four time
hame curved projection attached to the collar of a draft horse
hamiform shaped like a hook
hamose hooked
hamshackle to fetter; to restrain
hamular like a small hook
hamulate tipped with a small hook
hamulus a small hook or hook-like process
hanap chalice used in communion whose cover is a second chalice
hanaster one who paid the entrance fee for Oxford's medieval merchant's guild
handfast a firm grip; a contract
handlist list without detail
handsel inaugural gift; first installment or payment
handspike bar used as a lever
hank series of rings or clips for attaching a jib or staysail to a stay
hansom light two-wheeled cab
hapax word which occurs only once
hapaxanthous flowering only once
haplography omission of words or lines in recopying text
haplology omission of a doubled or similar sound or syllable in a word
haptic of, like or pertaining to the sense of touch
haptometer instrument measuring sensitivity to touch
haptotropic curving in response to touch
haqueton stuffed jacket worn under mail
hardihood boldness; audacity
hardparts skeletal parts of an organism
harengiform shaped like a herring
hariolate to divine; to foretell
hark to pay close attention; to listen
harl barb of feather used to make artificial fishing fly
harmonics study of musical acoustics
harmoniphone keyboard instrument with reeds
harmonograph instrument drawing curves representing vibrations
harmonometer instrument measuring harmonic relations of sounds
harn coarse linen
harpagon harpoon
harridan sharp-tongued; scolding woman
harrier medium-sized scenting dog for hunting hares
harry to plunder; to ravage; to destroy
haruspication divination by inspecting animal entrails
haslock wool on sheep's throat and neck
haslot cooked animal entrails
hassock kneeling cushion in a church
hastate spear-shaped
hatchment coat of arms of a deceased person
hauberk long chain mail coat
haulm stems of plants or straw collectively
haurient rising as if to breathe
haussmannize to open out; to rebuild
haustellum sucking proboscis or sucking end
haustorial having a sucking proboscis
haut high; haughty
hauteur haughtiness; arrogance
havelock white cover for a military cap
haversack bag worn over the shoulder for carrying provisions
havier castrated deer
hawkshaw detective
hawse distance between ship's bow and its anchor
hawsehole hole for ship's cable
hawser large rope for mooring or towing a ship
haycock conical pile of hay in a field
haysel hay season
headborough petty constable
headland cape; point; promontory
headsail sail set forward of the foremast of a ship
headstock device for supporting end or head of a member
heapstead buildings and places around a mine shaft
hearsecloth cloth lain over coffin during funeral
heartsome exhilarating; merry
hebamic of, like or pertaining to the socratic method
hebdomadally every week
hebenon anything with poisonous juices
hebephrenia form of dementia occurring at puberty
hebetate to make dull or obtuse
hebetic of, like or pertaining to puberty
hebetude stupidity
hecatarchy government by one hundred people; hecatontarchy
hecatomb large sacrifice or slaughter; killing of one hundred animals or people
hecatontarchy government by one hundred people
hector to intimidate by bluster, pomp or arrogance
heddle series of vertical cords to receive warp-thread
hederaceous of, like or pertaining to ivy
hederated crowned with a wreath of ivy
hederiferous ivy-bearing
hederiform shaped like ivy
hednon wedding present
hedonics part of ethics or psychology dealing with pleasure
hedonism belief that pleasure is the highest good
heeler a worker for a local politician or political party
hegemony leadership of one state within a confederacy
hegumene head of a nunnery
hekistotherm plant which can grow in very cold environments
helcoid ulcerous
helcology study of ulcers
heliac solar; coincident with that of the sun
helicograph instrument for drawing spirals on a plane
helicoid screw-shaped; like a coil
helicon bass tuba
helicosophy geometry that deals with spirals
helictite twisted; branching stalactite
heliofugal moving away from the sun
heliograph instrument for measuring intensity of sunlight
heliolatry sun worship
heliology science of the sun
heliometer instrument for measuring apparent diameter of the sun
heliophilous preferring or attracted to the sunlight
heliophobia fear of sunlight
heliosciophyte plant that thrives in sun better than shade
helioscope instrument for observing sun without injury to the eyes
helioseismology study of sun's interior by observing its surface oscillations
heliosis exposure to the sun; sunburn
heliotaxis response of an organism to the sun's rays
heliotrope purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
heliotropism movement of plants towards sunlight
helix screw-shaped coil
Hellenomania obsession with Greece and the Greeks; Graecomania
hellkite kite of infernal breed; extremely cruel person
helm ship's steering wheel
helminth worm
helminthiasis infestation with worms
helminthoid worm-shaped
helminthology study of worms
helobious living in marshes or moors
helotage the state of helots or being enslaved
helotry class of slaves
helve handle of an axe or similar tool
hemacytometer instrument for counting blood cells
hematology study of blood
hematomancy divination using blood
hemeralopia day-blindness; vision requiring dim light
hemerology calendar
hemialgia pain in one side of the body alone
hemianopsia blindness in one eye
hemiolic based on the ratio of 3 to 2
hemiplegic paralyzed on one side only
hemistich half a verse line
hemitery congenital deformity
hendecagon eleven-sided figure
hendecarchy government by eleven people
hendiadys expression of adjective and noun as two adjectives
henism doctrine that there is only one kind of existence
henotheism belief in one tribal god, but not as the only god
henotic tending to unify or reconcile; promoting harmony
henry unit of electrical inductance
hent to grasp; to seize
heortology study of religious feasts
hepatic of, like or pertaining to or acting upon the liver
hepatology study of liver
hepatoscopy divination by examining animal livers
hephaestic of, like or pertaining to iron-working and blacksmiths
heptamerous having parts in sevens
heptarchy government by seven people
hepteris ship with seven rows of oars
herbarium collection of preserved plants and herbs
herbescent growing like an herb
herborize to gather or tend herbs
herbose abounding with herbs
hercogamy prevention of self-pollination in plants
herdic low-hung carriage with back entrance
hereditament property that may pass on to an heir
heresiarch leader of a heretical movement
heresiology study of heresies
hereticaster a petty or contemptible heretic
hereticate to denounce as heretical
hereticide killing of heretics
heretofore until now
heriot payment to feudal lord upon death of tenant farmer
hérissé bristled
herisson swinging beam bearing iron spikes
herm head or bust of Hermes with a big wang on a square base
hermeneutic of, like or pertaining to the interpretation of passages
hermetic of, like or pertaining to sorcery or alchemy
heroarchy government by heroes
heroon temple to a hero; temple-shaped tomb
herpetic creeping
herpetiform resembling or shaped like a reptile
herpetoid of, like or pertaining to snakes
herpetology study of reptiles and amphibians
herpetophobia fear of snakes
herringbone twilled fabric woven in rows of parallel sloping lines
hesternal of, like or pertaining to yesterday
hesternopothia yearning for yesterday or earlier times
hesychastic keeping silence; soothing or quieting
hetaera paramour; prostitute; concubine
hetaerocracy government by paramours
hetairism concubinage; system of communal marriage
heterarchy government by a foreign ruler
heterism variation
heterochrony divergence from normal time sequence
heteroclitous irregularly inflected
heterodymus conjoined twins with two heads and torsos but one pair of legs
heterodyne interference due to different wave frequencies
heteroecious parasitism upon several hosts
heteroepy irregular or non-standard pronunciation
heterogenesis spontaneous or alternate generation
heterology differences due to different origin
heteronomous subject to different or foreign laws
heteronym word having same spelling but different sound and meaning
heteropathy excessive sensitivity
heterophemy accidental use of word different from that meant
heteroscian dweller of a temperate zone
heterotaxis anomalous arrangement of body parts
heterothermal taking the temperature of the surroundings
heterotrichosis having hair of varied or mixed colours
heterotropic squinting
heuristic helping to discover by trial and error
hexactinal having six rays
hexaemeron period of six days of creation
hexamerous having six parts
hexametromania mania for writing in hexameter
hexastichal having six lines or rows
hexeris galley with six rows of oars
heyday expression of elation or wonder
hiant gaping
hibernaculum winter retreat
hibernal of, like or pertaining to winter
hidation measuring or assessing land by hides
hide old unit of land area equal to 120 acres
hidrotic causing or exuding sweat
hiemal of, like or pertaining to winter
hieratical priestly; bound by religious convention
hierocracy government by priests or religious ministers
hierodule temple slave
hierogram sacred or hieroglyphic symbol
hierography description of sacred things
hierolatry worship of saints or sacred things
hierology science of sacred matters
hieromachy fight or quarrel between priests
hieromancy divination by studying objects offered in sacrifice
hieromania pathological religious visions or delusions
hieromonach monk who also serves as a priest
hieropathic pertaining to a strong love of the clergy
hierophant one who shows or reveals sacred things
hierophobia fear of sacred things
hieroscopy divination using entrails
hierurgy sacred performance
highbinder a scheming or corrupt politician
hight named; called; to command or call
hilasmic propitiatory
himation loose outer garment worn by ancient Greeks
hindermate companion who is a hindrance
hindforemost with the back part in the front place
hinnable able to neigh or whinny
hiplings with the hips foremost
hipparchy rule or control of horses
hipped melancholy; peevish; offended
hippiatric of, like or pertaining to the treatment of horses' diseases
hippiatrics study of diseases of horses
hippic of, like or pertaining to horses
hippocras medieval hot spiced wine
hippocrepian horseshoe-shaped
hippocrepiform shaped like a horseshoe
hippodamist horse-tamer
hippoid equine; of, like or pertaining to horses
hippology the study of horses
hippomancy divination using horses
hippomania obsession with horses
hippometer instrument to measure height of horses
hippomobile horse-drawn vehicle
hippophagy feeding on horses
hippophile lover of horses
hippophobe hater of horses
hircine goat-like; having a goatish smell; of, like or pertaining to smelly goats
hircismus stinky armpits
hircosity goatishness
hirrient roughly trilled
hirsute having or covered with coarse shaggy hair
hirsuties hairiness
hirudine of, like or pertaining to leeches
hirudinean of, like or pertaining to leeches
hirundine of, like or pertaining to swallows
hispid rough with or covered with strong hairs or bristles
hist expression used to attract attention
histogenesis the formation or differentiation of tissues
histology study of the tissues of organisms
histopathology study of changes in tissue due to disease
historicism belief that all phenomena are historically determined
historiography study of writing history
historiology study of history
histrionic of, like or pertaining to the stage or actors
hither to this place
hithermost nearest on this side
hitherside the nearest side
hoary pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
hobbish clownish
hobbledehoy awkward; gawky youth
hobnail thick and strong nail for shoeing horses
hobohemia community of hoboes
hod V-shaped trough for carrying bricks or mortar on the shoulders
hodden coarse undyed woollen cloth
hodiernal of, like or pertaining to the present day
hodometry measurement of distance of a sea voyage
hodoscope instrument for tracing paths of ionizing particles
hoggaster young sheep, hog, or boar
hogget one-year-old sheep or colt
hoggin sifted gravel
hogmanay gift or cake made on New Year's Eve
hogshead unit of capacity equal to 63 gallons
holderbat clamp fixed around sides of pipe
holism belief that fundamental universal principle is creation of wholes
holland coarse plain-woven cotton or linen
holm island in a river
holobaptism belief in baptism with total immersion in water
holobenthic passing entire life in the deep ocean
holocryptic inscrutable; undecipherable
holograph text written entirely in its author's handwriting
holophrase single word expressing sentence or phrase
holoptic having the eyes meeting in front
holosteric totally solid
holt woody hill or grove
holystone sandstone material used to scrape ships' decks
homaloidal of the nature of a plane; flat; plane-shaped
homarine of, like or pertaining to lobsters
homeomerous composed of similar parts
homeoteleuton the use or occurrence of similar endings
homichlophobia fear of fog
homiletical of, like or pertaining to homilies
homiletics the art of preaching
homiliary book of sermons
hominiform shaped like a human
hommock ridge in an ice field
homnivorous eating humans
homocentric having the same central or focal point
homochiral identically shaped
homodont having teeth all alike
homograph words spelled the same but of different meaning
homoiousia similarity but not identicality in substance
homolegomena books of the Bible used in early Christianity
homologate to confirm; to agree; to ratify
homomerous possessing similar parts or components
homonym words having the same sound but different meanings
homoousia identicality in substance
homophile one who prefers the company of the same sex; a homosexual
homophobia fear of homosexuals
homophyly resemblance due to common ancestry
homoplasty resemblance due to convergent evolution
homotaxic arranged in a similar manner
honorificabilitudinity honourableness
hoplarchy government by the military
hoplite a heavily armed Greek foot soldier
hoplology the study of weapons
hoplomachy fighting while heavily armoured
hopple to restrain by tying the feet together
hopsack rough-surfaced loose fabric
hora circle dance
horal of, like or pertaining to hours; hourly
horary of, like or pertaining to an hour; continuing for an hour; hourly
hordeaceous of, like or pertaining to barley
hordeiform shaped like a barleycorn
horme goal-directed or purposive behaviour
hornbook rudimentary treatise
hornito low oven
hornpipe lively British folk dance
hornwork cuckoldry
horography art of constructing sundials or clocks
horology science of time measurement
horometry time measurement
horrent bristling
horrescent expressing or showing horror
horripilation process causing goose-bumps
horrisonant dreadful-sounding
hortatory giving exhortation or advice
hortensial of, like or pertaining to gardens
hortulan of, like or pertaining to gardens
hospitate to greet; to welcome
hospitium hospice
hotchpot aggregation of property prior to equal division among heirs
houghmagandy fornication
houndstooth fabric with an irregular checked pattern
hourd timber gallery on summit of castle tower
housal belonging to the house
housel the eucharist; the act of taking the eucharist
howbeit although
howdah seat with a canopy erected on an elephant's back
hoy large one-decked boat
hoyden tomboy
huckaback absorbent cotton or linen used for towels
huggery the action of hugging
huitain group of eight lines of verse
hula sinuous Polynesian dance with rhythmic hip movements
hulchy swollen
humanism belief that human interests and mind are paramount
humanitarianism doctrine that the highest moral obligation is to improve human welfare
humect to moisten; to cause to become moist
humectation moisture
humgruffin terrible person
humicubation act of lying on the ground penitently
humify to moisten
hummock pile or ridge of ice
humoral of, like or pertaining to body fluid
humpenscrump crude musical instrument like a hurdy-gurdy
hustle lively disco dance derived from swing elements with a plus-like pattern
hwyl emotional state capable of arousing intense eloquence
hyacinthine of a blue or purple colour
hyaline glassy, of or like glass, transparent
hyalography engraving upon glass
hyaloid of, like or pertaining to glass
hyalopterous having glassy or transparent wings
hydatoid watery
hydragogue removing water or serum
hydrargyrism mercury poisoning
hydric of, like or pertaining to an abundance of moisture
hydriotaphia burial in an urn
hydrobiology study of aquatic organisms
hydrodynamics study of movement in liquids
hydrogenic caused or formed by water
hydrogeology study of ground water
hydrognosy historical account of water surfaces of the earth
hydrography study of investigating bodies of water
hydrokinetics study of motion of fluids
hydrology study of water resources
hydromancy divination using water
hydromania irrational craving for water
hydrometeorology study of atmospheric moisture
hydrometer instrument for measuring specific gravity of liquids
hydropathy study of treating diseases with water
hydropathy treating diseases with water
hydrophanous becoming transparent when placed in water
hydrophilous loving or preferring water
hydrophobia fear of water
hydropic dropsical; thirsty
hydroscope instrument for viewing under water
hydroscopist one who divines sources of fresh water
hydrospace regions beneath the oceans' surface
hydrotaxis movement towards or away from water
hydrotimeter instrument for measuring water hardness
hyetal rainy; of, like or pertaining to rainfall
hyetograph instrument for recording rainfall
hyetology science of rainfall
hyetometer instrument for measuring rainfall
hyetometrograph instrument for recording rainfall
hygeian of, like or pertaining to health; healthy
hygeiolatry excessive devotion to health
hygiastics science of health and hygiene
hygiology hygienics; study of cleanliness
hygric of, like or pertaining to water or moisture
hygrograph instrument for recording variations in atmospheric humidity
hygrology study of humidity
hygrometer instrument for measuring air moisture
hygrometry science of humidity
hygrophilous preferring or living where there is an abundance of moisture
hygroscope instrument for displaying changes in air humidity
hygrostat machine for regulating humidity of air
hylactic barking; in a barking manner
hylarchic ruling over matter
hyle matter
hylicism materialism
hylobatine of, like or pertaining to gibbons
hylogenesis the origin of matter
hylomania excessive tendency towards materialism
hylomorphism belief that matter is cause of the universe
hylopathism belief in ability of matter to affect the spiritual world
hylophagous eating wood
hylotheism belief that the universe is purely material
hylotomous wood-cutting
hylozoism doctrine that all matter is endowed with life
hymeneal of, like or pertaining to marriage
hymnal collection of church hymns
hymnody hymns collectively; hymn-singing
hymnography study of writing hymns
hymnology study of hymns
hyoid having a "U" shape
hypactic purgative
hypaethral roofless; open to the sky
hypalgesia diminished susceptibility to pain
hypallage figure in which relations between words are changed
hypaspist shield-bearing elite soldier
hyperacusis abnormally good sense of hearing
hyperalgia extreme sensitivity to pain
hyperanarchy condition of extreme anarchy
hyperaphia extraordinarily keen sense of touch
hyperarchy excessive government
hyperbaton rhetorical device in which word order is reversed
hyperbole impression by extravagant exaggeration
hyperborean an inhabitant of the extreme north
hyperbulia excessive zeal for action or activity
hypercatalectic having an extra syllable on the end of a line of verse
hypercathexis manic desire for a particular object
hyperdulia veneration of the Virgin Mary above saints and angels
hyperemesis excessive vomiting
hypergamy marriage of a man to a woman of lower status
hyperhidrosis excessive sweating
hypermania severe mania
hypermetropia long-sightedness
hypernym word representing a class of words or things
hyperope far-sighted person
hyperosmia very keen sense of smell
hyperphagia eating too much
hyperpyrexia excessive body temperature
hypertrichologist person who treats unsightly facial hair
hyphaeresis omission of sound or letter from a word
hypnagogic sleep-inducing; pertaining to drowsiness or sleep
hypnoetic of, like or pertaining to unconscious logical thought
hypnogeny production of the hypnotic state
hypnoid like sleep or hypnosis
hypnology study of sleep; study of hypnosis
hypnomancy divination using sleep
hypnomogia insomnia
hypnopompic of, like or pertaining to period between sleep and wakefulness
hypnosophy knowledge of phenomena relating to sleep
hypobole anticipating and refuting objections to an argument
hypobulic weak-willed; lacking willpower
hypocaust space under floor for heating by hot air
hypocorism pet-name; diminutive or abbreviated name
hypodynamia loss of strength
hypogeal underground
hypogeiody surveying underground
hypogeum underground chamber
hypogeusia diminished sense of taste
hypolimnion colder and deeper layer of water in a lake
hypomania minor mania
hypometropia shortsightedness
hyponychial underneath fingernail or toenail
hyponym term which is a member of a larger class
hypophrenia weakness of mental facilities
hypostasis basis; foundation; essence
hypostrophe return to primary argument after digression
hypostyle pillar
hypotaxis dependent construction
hypothecary of, like or pertaining to mortgages
hypothecate to mortgage; to place as security
hypotrichosis hairlessness
hypotyposis vivid description of a scene
hypsiloid shaped like the Greek letter upsilon
hypsography science of measuring heights
hypsometer instrument for measuring height of trees through triangulation
hypsophobia fear of high places
hypural situated beneath the tail
hyrax shrew
hysteresis lagging of an effect behind its cause
hysterogenic causing hysteria
hysteroid like or resembling a womb
hysteromania nymphomania
hystricine of, like or pertaining to porcupines


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