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Word Definition
kainotophobia fear of change
kaiserin wife of a kaiser
kakidrosis body odour
kakistocracy government by the worst
kakorrhaphiophobia fear of failure
kalamkari fabric coloured by repeated dyeing
kaleidophone instrument for demonstrating sound waves by lines of light
kalology study of beauty
kalon beauty that is more than skin deep
kalpis a water jar
kalyptra veil worn by Greek women
kame steep irregular ridge
kamelaukion tall cylindrical hat worn by Orthodox priests
kamerad to surrender
kamik knee-length sealskin boot
kaneh Hebrew measure of 6 cubits
kantar Turkish unit of weight equal to approximately 100 pounds
kantele Finnish zither
kantikoy to dance as an act of worship
kapnography means of producing designs on smoked glass surfaces
karabiner steel link with clip on side used in mountaineering
karezza prolonged sex avoiding orgasm
karrozzin Maltese horse-drawn carriage
karst rough limestone country with underground drainage
karyokinesis division of cell nucleus
karyology study of cell nuclei
karyotype appearance, number and arrangements of chromosomes
kasha porridge or gruel-like dish made from crushed buckwheat
katabasis going down; military retreat
katabothron underground water-channel
katathermometer instrument for measuring the cooling power of air
katharometer instrument measuring changes in composition of gases
kathenotheism polytheism in which each god is considered single and supreme
katzenjammer hangover; uproar; clamour
kausia Macedonian felt hat with broad brim
kava narcotic drink prepared from Polynesian plant
kazachoc Slavic fast dance in which dancer squats and kicks out legs alternately
kazatzka Slavic folk dance performed by a couple
keb ewe that gives birth to stillborn lamb
kebbie a shepherd's crook
keck to retch; to feel disgust
keckle to protect by binding with rope
ked wingless fly that feeds on livestock
kedge small anchor to keep a ship steady
keelhaul to punish by dragging under keel of ship
keelson lengthwise wooden or steel beam in ship for bearing stress
keeve a large tub
kef state of dreamy or drug-induced repose
keffel a horse; a nag
keister burglar's tool kit
keloid hard scar tissue which grows over injured skin
kelpie mischievous water spirit
kelt coarse fabric made of black and white wool
kemb to comb
kemp coarse, rough strand of wool
kennebecker knapsack
kenodoxy the love or study of vain-glory
kenophobia fear of empty spaces
kenosis Christ's rejection of his divine side upon assuming human form
kenotism doctrine that Christ rid himself of divinity in becoming human
kenspeckle easily recognizable or distinguishable
kent-bugle an obsolete keybugle
kente hand-woven African silk fabric
kentledge pig-iron used as ballast in ship's hold
kep to catch an approaching object or falling liquid
kephalonomancy divination using a baked ass's head
kerasine horny; made of horn
keratogenic causing growth of horn, skin or hair
keratometer instrument for measuring curvature of the cornea
keraunograph instrument for recording distant thunderstorms
keraunoscopia divination using thunder
kerf cut, notch or groove; quantity of something cut at the same time
kermes brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
kermesse cycle race held in an urban area
kermis indoor charity fair
kern Irish foot-soldier
kern part of typeface letter that sticks out beyond its body
kern to granulate
kersey coarse woollen cloth
kerseymere twilled fine wool
kerygma preaching of the Christian gospel
kerygmatic of, like or pertaining to preaching the Gospel
ket carrion; matted wool
ketch small two-masted sailing vessel
ketjak traditional Balinese dance accompanied by male chorus
kettlestitch stitch made at head and tail of section of book to connect sections
kex dry hollow plant stalk
keybugle bugle with keys
keyline outline showing shape and position of an illustration
keystone to double the wholesale price for retail
khaddar homespun cotton cloth
khor a dry watercourse; a ravine
kibble the bucket of a well
kibble to grind cereal coarsely
kibe chapped area of skin
kickie-wickie a wife
kickshaws a trinket; a cheap, worthless article
kidder a forestaller; a huckster
kiddle stake-fence set in stream for catching fish
kidlet a very little kid
kidology study of kidding
kier bleaching vat
kif drug like marijuana smoked in North Africa
kilderkin old unit of capacity equal to 1/2 barrel or 18 gallons
kilfud-yoking a fireside disputation
killas clay slate
killcow a bully; a swaggerer
killcrop greedy insatiable baby; a changeling
killock small anchor
kilobase unit of measure of length of nucleic acid chain equal to 1000 base pairs
kinchin a child
kincob embroidered silk with gold and silver threads
kindergraph photograph of a child
kinderspiel a children's cantata or play
kine cows
kinematics study of motion
kinescope cathode ray tube for a television
kinesics study of gestural communication
kinetheodolite theodolite used in tracking missiles and satellites
kinetics study of forces producing or changing motion
kinetogenic causing movement
kinetoscope instrument for producing curves by combination of circular movements
kingpost perpendicular beam in frame of roof
kinkle a slight kink
kip skin of a young animal
kip unit of weight equivalent to 1000 pounds
kippage state of displeasure or anger
kir drink of black currant syrup and white wine
kirking first attendance of a couple at church after marriage
kirpan small sword or dagger worn by Sikhs
kirsch liqueur made from the wild cherry
kirtle man's or woman's tunic or coat
kish solid graphite that separates from pig-iron
kismet fate; destiny
kissel thickened fruit purée dessert
kistvaen tomb covered with stone slabs
kit a small pocket violin
kith knowledge; one's native land; one's friends
kitthoge left-handed; awkward
klangfarbe tone-colour; timbre
klaxon loud mechanical horn
klendusic able to withstand disease due to protective mechanism
kleptocracy government by thieves
klopemania kleptomania
knackish cunning; crafty
knag knot in wood
knarred gnarled; knotty
knickerbockers loose breeches gathered in at the knee
knick-knackatory collection of knick-knacks
knickpoint discontinuity in river profile due to intersection of new erosion curve
knissomancy divination using burning incense
knitch bundle of wood tied together
knobber a stag in its second year
knop loop or tuft in yarn
knosp unopened bud of a flower; ornament shaped like a bud
knout to flog; to scourge
knubble to beat with the fists
knur knob or knot in wood
knurl small excrescence or protuberance; to make knurls on
koan nonsensical question given to Buddhist students for contemplation
kobold spirit of the mines
kohl eye-shadow; mascara
kohlrabi variety of cabbage
koine dialect that spreads to become common language of a region
kolo Central European folk dance having a ring of dancers
komatik sled with wooden runners
konimeter instrument measuring amount of dust in air
koniology study of atmospheric pollutants and dust
koniscope instrument for measuring dust in air
kop bank of terracing at a football field
kora musical instrument similar to a harp
kore ancient Greek statue of a draped maiden
koto obnoxious-sounding Japanese stringed instrument
kouros statue of a nude male
kraken legendary sea monster
krasis addition of water to sacramental wine
kraurosis shrivelling of the skin
kreatophagia eating of raw meat
kremlin a Russian citadel
kreng whale carcass after blubber is removed
kriegspiel war-game used to teach strategy
krimmer tightly curled grey or black lamb's wool
kritarchy government by judges
krobylos tuft of hair on the top of the head
krummhorn ancient double-reed wind instrument
krypsis doctrine that Christ secretly exercised divine powers
ktenology science of putting people to death
kumiss fermented mare's milk
kummel cumin-flavoured liqueur
kurgan prehistoric burial mound
kurtosis relative degree of sharpness of peak of distribution curve
kuru brain disease transmitted by cannibalism
kvass Eastern European rye beer
kwashiorkor tropical disease of infants due to protein deficiency
kyle narrow strait
kylin Chinese mythical animal
kyllosis club foot
kyloe small long-haired cattle
kymatology study of wave motion
kymograph instrument for recording fluid pressure
kyphorrhinos humped nose
kyphosis hunchbacked condition
kyrie religious petition for mercy
kyrielle string of short lines in stanzas all ending with the same word
kyriolexy the use of literal expressions

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