The Phrontistery

Books by Stephen Chrisomalis
Numerical Notation: A Comparative History Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger



Word Definition
mabble to wrap up
mabsoot happy
macadamize to cover a road with small broken stones
macarism a beatitude; taking pleasure in another's joy
macarize to declare to be happy or blessed
macaronic muddled or mixed-up
macerate to steep or soak; to break up; to emaciate
macerator a person who fasts and becomes emaciated
machair low-lying sandy beach
machairodont sabre-toothed
machicolation space between corbels in a parapet
machinule tool used by surveyors to obtain right angle
macies atrophy
macilent lean; excessively thin
mackinaw heavy napped and felted wool cloth
mackintosh lightweight rubberized waterproof cotton
macon smoked salted mutton
macrobian long-lived
macrobiote long-lived organism
macrocephalic having an abnormally large head
macrocephalous having a large head
macrocosm large and complex structure considered as a whole
macrography viewing an object with the naked eye
macrology much talk with little to say; redundancy; pleonasm
macromancy divination using large objects
macromania delusion that objects are larger than natural size
macrophobia fear of prolonged waiting
macropodine of, like or pertaining to kangaroos
macropterous having large wings or fins
macroscian one with a long shadow; one who inhabits polar regions
macrotous big-eared
macrural having a long tail
mactation killing or slaughter of a sacrificial victim
macular spotted; patchy
maculation the act of spotting or staining
maculomancy divination using spots
maculose spotted
madapollam fine cotton cloth
madarosis loss of eyelashes or eyebrows
madder red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
madefy to moisten or make wet
maderization wine becoming rusty in colour and flat in taste
madescent growing damp
madid wet; dank
madoline vegetable slicer with adjustable blade
madras fine plain-woven cotton or silk
maelid apple-nymph
maenadic furious; bacchanalian
maffick to celebrate exuberantly and boisterously
magadis ancient bridged stringed instrument
maggotorium place where maggots are bred for sale to fishers
magianism teachings or philosophy of the magi
magirics art of cookery
magisterial in the manner of a teacher or magistrate
magisterium teaching function of the Catholic church
magistral of, like or pertaining to a master or teacher
magnality wonderful or great thing
magnanerie art of raising silkworms
magnetics study of magnetism
magnetograph instrument for recording measurements of magnetic fields
magnetometer instrument for measuring intensity of magnetic fields
magneton unit of the quantized magnetic moment of a particle
magnicaudate having a long tail
magnificat canticle in praise of the Virgin Mary
magniloquent speaking in a grand or pompous style
magpiety garrulousness
mahout one who rides or drives elephants
maidan open plain; open space near a town
maieutic bringing out latent thoughts; socratic
maieutics midwifery
maillot tights worn by a ballet dancer
mainmast sailing ship's principal mast
mainour stolen goods discovered on thief
mainpernor one who gives mainprise
mainprise surety for the appearance of a prisoner at trial
mainsail principal sail on a ship's mainmast
mainsheet rope by which mainsail is trimmed and secured
mainstay stay that extends from the main-top to the foot of the foremast
majolica elaborate glazed Italian pottery
malabathrum dried leaf used in ancient times to make perfumed ointments
malacissation act of making soft or supple
malacoid made of a soft or fleshy substance
malacology study of molluscs
malacophilous pollinated by snails
malacophonous soft-voiced
malagma emollient plaster
malaguena Spanish dance performed by a couple, similar to the fandango
malapert bold; forward; saucy
malapropism misapplication of words without mispronunciation
malar of, like or pertaining to the cheek
malariology study of malaria
malaxage softening of clay by kneading it
malaxate to soften by kneading, rubbing or mixing with a liquid
malchus short cutting sword
maledicent cursing
malefic doing mischief; producing evil
malfeasance evil-doing; illegal activities
malgré in spite of
maliferous harmful; unhealthy
malinger to feign sickness in order to avoid duty or work
malism the belief that the world is evil
malison a curse
malleation hammering; a hammer-mark or dent
malleiform shaped like a hammer
mallophagous eating wool or fleece
malloseismic suffering from frequent and severe earthquakes
malm calcareous loam used in making brick
malmsey sweet perfumed wine
maltha thick mineral pitch
maltster one who makes or deals in malt
malvaceous of, like or pertaining to the mallow family of plants
malversation corruption in office; corrupt administration; misconduct
mambo Cuban ballroom dance resembling the rumba or cha-cha
mamelle rounded hill
mamelon rounded hill or protuberance
mammalogy study of mammals
mammer to stammer; to waver; to be undecided
mammetry idolatry; idols collectively
mammiferous having breasts
mammiform shaped like a breast
mammila nipple
mammiliform shaped like a nipple
mammock scrap or shred; a broken piece
mammogenic promoting growth of the milk glands
mammon riches; the wealthy; the upper classes
mammonism devotion to pursuit of wealth
mammose shaped like a breast
mammothrept spoiled child
mamzer illegitimate child
manal of, like or pertaining to the hand
mancipation legal transfer by actual or symbolic sale
manciple steward of a college or monastery; purveyor
mandament command; order
mandamus writ instructing that an action should be performed
mandarism government with a large bureaucracy
mandative of, like or pertaining to commands or leadership
mandibuliform shaped like a mandible or jaw-bone
mandorla oval panel containing a work of art; elliptical halo around holy person
mandrel axle of a circular saw
mandriarch founder or leader of a monastic order
manducate to chew or eat
mandylion loose outer garment worn over armour
manège the art of horsemanship
manganiferous bearing manganese
mangonel medieval war engine for throwing stones
manicate having a woolly growth that can be peeled off
manicism left-handedness
maniform having the shape of a hand
maniple clerical vestment worn on the left arm
manometer instrument for measuring pressure of a liquid or gas
manqué having had unfulfilled ambition; failing to achieve expectation
manrope rope used as a handrail on a ship
mansionary residence; mansions
mansuetude meekness; tameness; sweetness of temper
mansworn perjured
mantelletta knee-length sleeveless garment worn by Catholic cardinals and bishops
mantic of, like or pertaining to divination; prophetic; divinely inspired
mantissa decimal part of logarithm
mantology fortune-telling
manubrial shaped like a handle
manubrium any handle-like structure
manuduction careful guidance; leading by hand
manumission emancipation; freedom from slavery
manurance cultivation
manustupration masturbation
mappemond map of the world
maquette small model of something to be made on a larger scale
maquis guerrilla resistance force
marabout thin downy silk
maraging process by which alloy is slowly cooled in the air
marah bitterness; something bitter
marasmus wasting away of the body; emaciation due to malnutrition
marc refuse from winemaking
marcella cotton or linen in twill weave
marcescent withering without falling off
marchpane old name for marzipan
marcidity state of great leanness
marcottage propagation of trees by stripping ring of bark and covering with moss
maremma marsh; miasma
margaric pearl-like
margaritiferous pearl-bearing
margaritomancy divination using pearls
maricolous living in the sea
mariculture cultivation of aquatic flora and fauna
marigenous produced by or in the sea
marigraph instrument for recording tide levels
Mariolatry worship of the virgin mother
Mariology study of the Virgin Mary
maritage right of feudal lord to arrange marriages of vassals
mariticide killing or killer of one's husband
maritodespotism ruthless domination by a husband
marivaudage preciosity in literary style or expression
marl clay used as fertilizer
marline small rope wound about larger rope to keep it from fraying
marmarosis conversion of limestone into marble
marmoreal of or like marble
marocain ribbed crepe fabric
marquetry furniture inlaid with multicoloured wood, ivory, or metal
marquisette sheer meshed cloth
marrano Jew converted to Christianity to avoid persecution
marry expression of surprised agreement
martello circular fort for coastal defence
martext ignorant preacher
martinet a strict disciplinarian; one who adheres to rules
martingale lower stay of rope used to sustain strain of the forestays
martingale strap between horse's forelegs to keep its head down
martlet heraldic representation of a bird without feet
martyrium shrine erected in memory of a martyr
martyrolatry excessive devotion to martyrs
martyrology study of martyrs
marver marble or iron slab on which molten glass is rolled
mascaron grotesque face on a door-knocker
maschalephidrosis massive sweating of the armpits
mascle diamond-shaped plate or scale
mascon concentration of dense mass beneath the moon's surface
maskirovka use of deception or camouflage as military stratagem
masseter muscle used to move the lower jaw
masterate degree or title of a master
masticate to chew; to knead mechanically
mastigophorous bearing a whip
mastoid like a nipple or teat
mastology study of mammals
matachin Spanish ritualised sword-dance or battle dance
matelassé having a quilted ornamentation; fabric with raised pattern as if quilted
materialism belief that matter is the only extant substance
materteral of or resembling an aunt
mathemancy divination by counting
mathematicaster minor or inferior mathematician
mathesis mental discipline; learning or wisdom
matinal of, like or pertaining to the morning
matins prayer service held in early morning hours
matrass long-necked chemical flask
matrical of, like or pertaining to a womb or a matrix
matricular of, like or pertaining to a register
matriherital of, like or pertaining to inheritance along the female line
matriotism love for country or other institution when regarded as a mother
matripotestal of, like or pertaining to the power of mothers
matroclinic more like the mother than the father
matryoshka Russian hollow wooden doll
mattery purulent
mattock pickaxe for loosening soil
mattoid person on borderline between sanity and insanity
maturescent becoming mature
matutinal of, like or pertaining to the morning; happening early in the day
matutolypea getting up on the wrong side of the bed
maudlin tearfully sentimental
maugre in spite of
maugre in spite of; notwithstanding
maulstick stick used by painters to steady the hand
maunder to grumble; to drivel; to mutter
maundy custom of sovereign washing feet of poor or giving alms
mavrodaphne sweet dark red Greek wine
maxillary of, like or pertaining to a jaw
maximalism uncompromising adherence to extreme demands
maxixe Brazilian ballroom dance resembling the two-step
maxwell unit of magnetic flux
maya illusion; the world of phenomena
mayhap perhaps
mazarine rich blue or reddish-blue colour
mazer hardwood drinking bowl
mazology mammalogy; study of mammals
mazopathia any disease of the placenta
mazurka Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure
mazut petroleum residue after distillation
mazy dizzy; confused; labyrinthine; convoluted
mazzard wild sweet cherry
mazzebah ancient Jewish sacred stone pillar
mbalax West African popular music
mbaqanga jazz-influenced southern African popular music style
meable easily penetrable
meatus opening of a passage or canal
mecate old Mexican measure of about one-tenth of an acre
mechanism belief that life is explainable by mechanical forces
mechanolatry worship of machines
mechanomorphic having the form of a machine
mecometer instrument for measuring length
meconium first feces of a newborn child
meconology study of or treatise concerning opium
meconomancy divination using sleep
meconophagist consumer of opium or heroin
mediagenic able to present a good image in the media
medianic of, like or pertaining to spiritualists, mediums or prophets
medicament externally applied curative treatment
medicaster quack; charlatan
meditabund absorbed in meditation
medius the middle finger
medullary consisting of or resembling marrow or pith
medusiform resembling a jellyfish
meedless undeserving; unrewarded
meet fitting; proper
megacerine extinct giant deer
megachiropteran of, like or pertaining to fruit bats
megalith large rough stone used as a monument
megameter instrument for determining longitude by observing stars
megaprosopous having a large face
megascope instrument for projecting an enlarged image
megascopic visible to the naked eye
megathermic surviving only in tropical climates
megistotherm plant requiring very high temperatures
megrim dizziness; migraine; low spirits
mehari camel used for racing
meiosis understatement of size or importance for rhetorical effect
mekometer range-finder
mel honey
melalgia pain in the limbs
melanic black; very dark
melaniferous containing or bearing melanin
melano abnormally dark person or animal
melanochroic dark-skinned
melasma dark patch of skin
meldometer instrument for measuring melting points of substances
meleagrine of, like or pertaining to turkeys
melic to be sung; lyric
melichrous having a honey-like colour
meline canary-yellow
meliorism the belief the world tends to become better
meliphagous feeding upon honey
melisma tune; melodic embellishment; ornamentation
melismatic florid in melody
melittology study of bees
mellaginous of, like or pertaining to or resembling honey
melliferous producing or forming honey
mellification honey-making
mellisonant sweet-sounding
mellivorous honey-eating
melologue recitation with musical accompaniment
melomania craze for music
melopepon any of various kinds of squash
melopoeia composition of music
melton strong and smooth heavy woollen cloth
membral of, like or pertaining to the limbs rather than the trunk
memoriter from memory; by heart
menald speckled; spotted
menarche first menstruation
mendacity insincerity; inclination to tell falsehoods
mendicant member of impoverished religious order
mendiloquence artful lying
menisciform shaped like a crescent
meniscus crescent-shaped object; concave lens
menology register or calendar of saints' days
mensal of, like or pertaining to the dinner-table; monthly
menstruum solvent used in the preparation of drugs
mensuration measuring to find the dimensions of things
mental of, like or pertaining to the chin
mentalism belief that the world can be explained as aspect of the mind
mentatiferous telepathic
mentation thought; cogitation; cognition
menticide reduction of mind by psychological pressure
mentum the chin
mephitic foul-smelling
meracious pure; unmixed
mercedary pertaining to the giving or receiving of wages
mercer dealer in small wares or textiles
mercurial volatile; fluctuating
merdivorous dung-eating
merdurinous composed of urine and feces
merengue Caribbean ballroom dance in which feet are frequently dragged
mereology study of part-whole relationships
meretricious of, like or pertaining to prostitution; superficially attractive but lacking value
merino soft wool of the merino sheep; any soft merino-like wool or wool and cotton cloth
merism rhetorical device of contrasting two parts of a whole
meristic divided into parts or segments
meritocracy government by the meritorious
merkin pubic wig
merlon narrow wall in battlement between embrasures
merocracy government by a part of the citizenry
merogenesis segmentation
meromorphic fractional
meronym word whose relation to another is a part to the whole
meropia partial blindness
mersion dipping; as in baptism
merycism rumination
mésalliance unsuitable marriage
meseems it seems to me
mesial middle
mesic adapted to life with a moderate supply of moisture
mesnalty feudal estate
mesochroic having skin colour intermediate between light and dark
mesocracy government by the middle classes
mesology ecology
mesotherm plant living only in moderate climates
mesquin mean; ungracious
messaline soft lightweight silk with a satin weave
messianism belief in a single messiah or saviour
messuage house with land and auxiliary buildings
metabasis transition; transfer
metabiosis reliance of an organism on another for environment
metachronism an error of dating an event too late
metachrosis ability of animals to change colour
metage official weighing of goods; charge for such weighing
metagnomy divination
metagnostic incomprehensible; beyond understanding
metagraphy transliteration
metagrobolize to mystify; to puzzle out
metalepsis metonymy of a double or indirect kind
metalliferous bearing metal
metallogenic metal occurring as an ore as opposed to in rocks
metallogeny study of the origin and distribution of metal deposits
metallography study of the structure and constitution of metals
metallurgy study of alloying and treating metals
metameric of, like or pertaining to serial division or segmentation of body
metanalysis incorrect placement of 'n' at start of word following a nindefinite article
metanoia repentance; fundamental change in character
metanomen metaphorical name
metaphony umlaut; change in vöwel sound due to nearby consonant
metaphrase turning of prose into verse or vice versa
metaphrast one who produces a metaphrase
metaphysics study of principles of nature and thought
metaphysis change in form; metamorphosis
metaplasm alteration in spelling of a word
metapolitics study of politics in theory or abstract
metapsychology study of nature of the mind
metastasis removal from one place to another
metasthenic having strong haunches or hindquarters
metastrophe mutual exchange
metathesis transposition of sounds or letters of a word
métayage system of agricultural labour with share of produce as wages
metempirical beyond the scope of knowledge
metempsychosis passing of soul after death into another body
metemptosis omission of day from calendar to correct lunar calendar
metensomatosis movement of soul into new body before or after death
meteorism abdominal cramps and swelling due to flatulence
meteoritics the study of meteors
meteorograph instrument recording a variety of meteorological observations
meteoromancy divination by studying meteors
methanometer instrument for detecting presence of methane
metheglin mead; honey ale
methinks I believe; I think
methomania morbid craving for alcohol
methysis drunkenness
métier profession, occupation, calling or business
metonymy figurative use of word to name an attribute of its subject
metope front, forehead or frontal surface
metopic of, like or pertaining to the forehead
metopomancy divination using the forehead or face
metoposcopy fortune-telling or judgement of character by the lines of the forehead
metrics study of versification
metrocracy government by mothers or women; matriarchy
metrology science of weights and measures
metromania insatiable desire for writing verse
metronymy system of naming after the mother's or female line
metrophobia fear of poetry
metropolitan archbishop holding authority over other bishops
meuse space through which animal track passes
mew to shed, moult or change
mewling crying feebly
mezzotint method of copper engraving with even gradation of tones
mho unit of electrical conductance
miasma foul vapours from rotting matter; unwholesome air
micaceous consisting of or made of mica
micrander dwarf male plant
microanatomy study of microscopic tissues
microbarograph instrument for recording minute changes in atmospheric pressure
microbiology study of microscopic organisms
microcalorimeter instrument for measuring tiny quantities of heat
microcephalic having a very small head
microclimatology study of local climates
micrograph instrument used to write on a very small scale
microlith very small stone tool
micrology study or discussion of trivialities
micromancy divination using small objects
micromania pathological self-deprecation or belief that one is very small
micrometer instrument for measuring very small distances
micronometer instrument for measuring short periods of time
micropalaeontology study of microscopic fossils
microphagous feeding on small creatures or plants
microphyllous having small leaves
microphytology study of very small plant life
micropodal having extremely small feet
micropolis small city
micropsia disease causing objects to appear smaller than actual size
micropyle microscopic orifice
microscopy study of minute objects
microseismograph instrument for recording small or distant earthquakes
microseismometer instrument for measuring small or distant earthquakes
microsomatous having a small body
microtome instrument used to cut very small sections of something
micrurgy dissection under magnification or under a microscope
micturition the act of urinating
mida larva of the bean-fly
midinette shop-girl
midlenting custom of giving gifts to parents on mid-Lent Sunday
mien air or look; manner
mignon small and dainty
migraineur one who suffers from migraines
mil unit of 1/1000 inch used for measuring thickness of wire
mileometer instrument for recording distance travelled in miles
miliary like or concerning millet seeds
militaster soldier without skill or ability
milleflori glassware made of coloured rods embedded in clear glass
millenarianism belief that an ideal society will be produced in the near future
millesimal thousandth; consisting of thousandth parts
milliad millennium; period of a thousand years
milliammeter instrument for recording very small electrical currents
millionocracy government by millionaires
millocracy government by mill owners
milquetoast very timid; unassertive person
milt fish spawn
milvine of, like or pertaining to kites and similar birds
mim prim, demure
mimature mimicry
mimetic imitative; of, like or pertaining to mimicry
mimography written representation of signs
minacious threatening
minargent alloy of copper, silver and aluminum
minatory threatening
minauderie display of affectation
mineralogy study of minerals
miniaceous colour of reddish lead
miniate to decorate with rubrics; to illuminate a manuscript
miniaturist one who paints miniature pictures
minify to diminish, in appearance or reality
minim unit of liquid volume equal to 1/480 fluid ounces
minimifidian having the smallest possible degree of faith
minimism inclination to reduce a dogma to the least possible
minimuscular tiny
minium vermilion; red lead
miniver ermine in winter coat; ermine or squirrel fur
minnesinger medieval troubadour or poet
minster church associated with a monastery
minuend number from which another is to be subtracted
minuet slow and stately Baroque dance in 3/4 time
minutious paying undue attention to minutiae
miosis abnormal contraction of the pupil of the eye
miothermic of, like or pertaining to temperature conditions of the present day
mirabilia wonders
mirabiliary miracle worker
mirador belvedere or watchtower; architectural feature with good view
mird to meddle
mirific wonder-working; marvellous
mirliton reed pipe
misacceptation misinterpretation
misandry hatred of men
misaunter misadventure or mishap
misbeseem to be unsuited or unsuitable to
miscegene person of mixed racial heritage
miscellanarian writer of miscellanies
misericord ledge in church to lean against while standing; forgiveness or mercy
misfeasance doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner
mislight to lead astray by a light
misocapnic hating tobacco or its smoke
misoclere one who hates the clergy
misogallic hating France or the French
misology hatred of reason or knowledge
misoneism hatred of novelty
misopaedia hatred of children
misosophy hatred of knowledge or wisdom
misotheism hatred of God or deities
misprise to scorn; to slight; to undervalue
misprision mistake; overlooking of a crime of another
missal book containing complete service for mass
mistetch bad habit
mistigris variation of poker where blank card can have any value
misyoke to yoke or marry unsuitably
miter high headdress worn by bishop or archbishop
mithridate antidote to poison
mithridatism immunity to poison by taking increasingly large doses
miticide agent which kills mites
mitogenic causing cell division
mitrailleur machine-gunner
mitrate shaped like a mitre or bonnet
mitriform mitre-shaped
mittimus warrant granted for sending a charged person to jail
mixen dunghill
mixotrophic combining different modes of nutrition
mizmaze labyrinth; bewilderment
mizzen three-masted vessel; aft sail of such a vessel
mizzenmast mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship
mizzle to rain in small drops
mnemon unit of memory, largely hypothetical
mnemonist one from whose memory nothing is erased
mnemotechny system for improving memory
mnesic of, like or pertaining to memory
mobocracy government by mobs or crowds
mockado inferior quality woollen fabric
modalism belief in unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
modena crimson
modillion ornamental bracket under Corinthian or other column
modish fashionable; stylish
modiste a maker or seller of fashionable dresses and hats
modius cylindrical headdress of the gods
modulus number leaving same remainder when divided into two others
mofette volcanic opening in the earth emitting carbon dioxide
mofussil provincial; rural
mogadore ribbed silk used in making neckties
mogigraphia writing only with difficulty
mogilalia speaking only with difficulty
mohair fabric made from silky hair of angora goats
moilsome laborious
moineau small flat bastion that protects fortification when being built
moire watered silk
moiré watered appearance on cloth or metal
moirologist mourner for hire
molariform shaped like a molar
molendinar of, like or pertaining to a mill or miller
molendinary mill
moleskin heavy durable cotton
molimen great effort, especially in performing natural functions
molinary of, like or pertaining to mills or grinding
molinology study of mills and milling
mollescent softening
mollipilose downy; soft; having soft plumage
mollities softness; softening
mollitious luxurious; sensuous
molluscicide killing of mollusks
mollycoddle an effeminate man
molochize to sacrifice
molossus verse foot of three long syllables
molybdosis lead poisoning
momentaneous momentary; instantaneous
momilogy study of mummies
Momus satirist; critic
mon Japanese family crest
monachise to cause to become a monk
monachism monasticism
monadism theory that there exist ultimate units of being
monandry marriage to only one man at a time
monanthous having only a single flower
monaxial having only one axis
mondain worldly; fashionable; such a person
monepic comprising only one word or single-word sentences
monergism theory that the Holy Spirit alone can act
moneyocracy government by the monied classes
mongery trafficking or marketing, especially in discreditable ways
monial a nun
moniliform shaped like a string of beads
monism belief that all things can be placed in one category
monition caution; warning
monitory letter containing a warning
monkery monks in general; monasticism; behaviour of monks
monoblepsia colour-blindness for all but one colour
monocarpic producing fruit only once
monocerous having only one horn
monochord musical instrument having only one string
monochroic of one colour
monochromasy complete colour-blindness
monochronic contemporaneous
monocracy government by one individual
monoculture growing of one agricultural crop only
monoculus one-eyed person
monodont one-tusked
monodrama one-man show; play having only one actor
monody mournful ode or poem performed by a single mourner
monoecious having both male and female reproductive organs
monogenesis origin of offspring from identical parent
monogoneutic having only a single brood or litter
monogony asexual reproduction
monoideism obsession or fixation on a single idea or thought
monolatry worship of one god without excluding belief in others
monoliteral comprising only one letter
monolith large single stone in form of monument, obelisk or column
monology habit of offering soliloquies or monologues
monomachy single combat; a duel
monomania abnormal obsession with a single thought or idea
monomorphic having only one form
monoousian having the same substance
monophagous feeding on only one type of food
monophobia fear of being alone
monophylletic derived from common ancestry or parentage
monophysitism belief that Christ was primarily divine but in human form
monopode one-footed person with foot large enough to be a sunshade
monopolylogue dramatic work in which one actor plays many roles
monopsony case of only one buyer for products of several sellers
monopsychism belief that individuals have a single eternal soul
monopteron circular temple with one ring of columns
monoptote word with one form for all cases; indeclinable noun
monorhyme series of lines all rhyming together
monoschemic having the same metrical pattern throughout
monostichous in one line; in one row
monostrophe poem in which all stanzas share an identical structure
monostylar consisting of a single shaft
monosy separation of parts normally fused
monotheism belief in only one God
monotheletism belief that Christ had only one will
monothelious polyandrous
monotroch wheelbarrow
monoxylon canoe made from one log
monstrance vessel used to expose the Eucharist
montane mountainous; mountain-dwelling
montant vertical member in panelling or framing
montero huntsman
montgolfier balloon using fire for propulsion
monticle a little hill
monticolous mountain-dwelling
montiform shaped like a mountain
montre visible pipes of an organ
monture mounting, setting or frame
mooncalf false conception or fleshy mass in the womb
moonraker topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper
moorlog deposit of decayed woody material under a marsh
moot meeting; gathering; meeting-hall
mopsical short-sighted
moquette thick piled fabric used in upholstery and carpeting
mor humus layer formed by slow decomposition in acidic soil
mora delay
morassic of, like or pertaining to a morass
morbidezza an extreme delicacy and softness
morbiferous disease-bringing
morbilli measles
morbilliform like or resembling measles
morbus disease
morcellate to divide into small portions
mordacious given to biting; biting in quality
mordant biting; caustic; incisive; corrosive
mordent rapidly alternating a tone with one half-tone lower; reverse trill
moreen stout corded wool or cotton
morel dark-coloured horse; blackish colour
moresco a Moorish dance or morris-dance
morgan unit of inferred distance between genes on a chromosome
morganatic of, like or pertaining to a marriage between those of unequal rank
morganise to secretly do away with
morgen unit of land area slightly more than two acres
morgue haughtiness; arrogance
moria folly
morient dying
moriform shaped like a mulberry
morigeration deferential behaviour
morigerous obsequious or deferent
morion open helmet without visor
morioplasty restoration of lost parts of the body
morkin animal that has died by accident
morling sheep dead from disease; its wool
mormal inflamed sore
morne dismal; gloomy; sombre
morology nonsense
morosis pathological feeble-mindedness
morosophy foolish pretence of wisdom
morphallaxis regeneration in a changed form
morphean of, like or pertaining to dreams
morphew skin eruption
morphinomania habitual craving or desire for morphine
morphogenesis origin or development of a body part or organ
morphology study of forms and the development of structures
morphometry measurement of form or shape
morphonomy laws governing biological morphology
morphotic of, like or pertaining to formation or development
morris vigorous English dance performed by costumed men
morro rounded hill or headland
morsal of, like or pertaining to the cutting edge of a knife
morse walrus
morsitation act of biting or gnawing
morsure a bite
mortalism belief that the soul is mortal
mortiferous death-bringing; fatal
mortise hole or recess made in wood to receive a tenon
mortmain restrictive influence of the past on the present
moschate having a musky odour
moschiferous producing musk
moslings thin strips taken off when dressing skins
motable constantly moving
motatory continually moving
motiferous conveying motion
motile capable of moving spontaneously as a whole
motograph old telegraph or telephone receiver
motrix female motor
motte artificial mound upon which a castle is built
mottle to variegate blotchily
moucharaby projecting latticed window
mouchard police spy
mouillé sounded in a liquid manner; palatized
mouldwarp mole
moulin shaft in a glacier caused by water running down a crack
moulinet machine for bending a crossbow
mountenance amount; distance
mournival set of four things
mousseline fine sheer fabric
mousseline very fine glassware
mouton sheepskin processed to look like the fur of another animal
movent moving; capable of causing motion
mow to make a grimace
moya volcanic mud
mozzetta short cape with ornamental hood worn by Catholic prelates
mucago mucus; mucilage
mucedinous mouldy; mildewy
muchity great size or bulk
mucid mouldy; musty
muciferous conveying or secreting mucus
mucilage any sticky substance
mucivorous feeding on plant juices
mucopurulent of mucus and pus
mucorrhoea discharge of mucus
mucronate terminating in a sharp point
mucrone stiff sharp point forming an abrupt end
mucroniform like, having or resembling a sharp point
muculent like mucus
muffineer dish for keeping muffins hot
mugient bellowing; braying
mugwump one who is neutral politically
mulciberian of, like or pertaining to metalworking
mulct to swindle; to obtain by fraud
mulctuary punishable by a fine
muleteer mule-driver
muliebrile womanly; feminine
muliebrity womanhood
mulism obstinate quirk or habit
mull soft fine sheer cotton or silk fabric
mull to moisten leather to make it more supple
muller flat heavy stone or iron pulverizing tool
mullet five-pointed star in heraldry; ridiculous hairstyle
mulley hornless
mulligrubs a despondent or ill-tempered mood
mullion upright division between window panes
mullock waste earth or rock from a mine
mulm organic sediment at bottom of an aquarium
mulse boiled wine with honey
multanimous having a many-sided mind
multarticulate many-jointed
multeity manifoldness; very great numerousness
multicapitate many-headed
multicipital many-headed
multifarious having great diversity; manifold
multifid having many divisions
multiflorous many-flowered
multilocation appearance in many places simultaneously
multiloculate many-chambered
multiloquent talkative; garrulous
multiparous having given birth to multiple children
multiplicative indicating repetition or augmentation
multipotent having the power to do many things
multiscience knowledge of many things
multisonant producing many or very loud sounds
multisulcate many-furrowed
multitarian having many forms but one central essence
multivious leading in many directions; offering many different paths
multivocal having many meanings
multivolent having several differing opinions; disagreeing
multivoltine having several broods in one season
multure fee for grinding grain
mumpsimus view stubbornly held even when shown to be wrong
mundificative a cleansing or purifying medicine
mundify to cleanse; to purify; to heal
mundungus foul-smelling tobacco
mungo waste produced in a woollen-mill
munificence magnificent liberality in giving
munify to fortify
muniment means of defence; record fortifying or proving a claim
munting vertical framing piece between door panels
muonium positively-charged muon attached to an electron
murage tax for the upkeep of walls
murally by means of walls; on or from a wall
murcous having the thumb cut off
murdrum killing of a human being in a secret manner
murenger official in charge of ensuring city walls are repaired
muriated pickled; preserved
muriatic briny
muricate rough or warty with sharp points
muriform resembling a mouse or rat
murine of, like or pertaining to mice and rats
muriphobia fear of mice
murrain epidemic or plague affecting livestock
murrhine clear glassware containing pieces of coloured glass
musal of, like or pertaining to poetry or the Muses
muscariform shaped like a brush
muscicapine of, like or pertaining to flycatchers and related birds
muscicide substance for killing flies
muscid of, like or pertaining to house-flies
muscoid of, like or pertaining to mosses; moss-like
muscology the study of mosses
museology the study of museums
musicaster a mediocre musician
muslin plain-woven fine cotton
musomania obsession with music
musrol nose-band of a bridle
mussitate to mutter
mussitation murmuring; grumbling
mustelid otters, badgers and weasels
musteline of, like or pertaining to weasels, martens and badgers
mutagenesis origin or induction of mutation
mutative indicating a change of place or state
mutchkin old unit of liquid measurement equal to 3/4 of an imperial pint
mutic lacking normal defensive parts or organs
mutivity tendency to alter
mutualism belief in mutual dependence of society and the individual
mvule kind of African tree like a mulberry; hard wood of that tree
myasthenia muscular weakness or debility
mycetism fungus poisoning
mycology study of funguses
mycophagous eating fungus
mycosis disease due to the growth of a fungus
mycteric of, like or pertaining to the nostrils
mycterism sneering
mydriasis morbid dilatation of the pupil of the eye
myelic of, like or pertaining to the spinal cord
myogenic having a muscular origin
myograph instrument for recording muscular contractions
myology study of muscles
myomancy divination from the movements of mice
myophobia fear of mice
myosis excessive contraction of the pupil of the eye
myoxine of, like or pertaining to dormice
myriacanthous having many prickles
myriadth being a one-ten-thousandth part of a whole
myriarchy government by ten thousand individuals
myringa eardrum
myringoscope instrument for viewing the eardrum
myriorama picture consisting of many interchangeable parts
myristicivorous feeding upon nutmegs
myrmecoid antlike
myrmecology study of ants
myrmecophagid of, like or pertaining to anteaters
myrmecophagous feeding on ants
myrmecophilous having a symbiotic relationship with ants
myrmicine of, like or pertaining to ants
myrmidon follower; hireling; mercenary
myropologist one who sells perfume
mysophobia fear of contamination or dirt
mystacial having a mustache-like stripe
mystagogical of, like or pertaining to religious ritual initiation
mysteriosophy system of knowledge concerning secrets and mysteries
mythoclast destroyer of myths
mythogenesis origin of myths
mythography descriptive study or representation of myths
mythomania lying or exaggerating to an abnormal extent
mythopoeic giving rise to myths

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