Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 4

Aardwolf - a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects.

Just like the aardvark, only more wolf-like

Ailurophile - a person who likes cats; cat fancier.

I didn't know they needed to invent a whole new word for "cat lover" which is shorter to say and to type, anyway.

Air Equivalent - a measure of the effectiveness of a material in absorbing nuclear radiation, expressed as the thickness of an air layer (at 0° C and 1 atmosphere) causing the same absorption.

Air Screw - an airplane propeller.

Airy Fairy -
1. Informal.
a. delicate or lovely: an airy-fairy actress; an airy-fairy nightgown.
b. not based on reality or concerned with mundane affairs; unrealistic: airy-fairy ideas about spending a fortune that isn't even his.
2. Slang. effeminate; swishy.

Alabamine - In Chemistry, (formerly) astatine. Symbol: Ab

Because when we think of advanced scientific research, Alabama is the first thing that comes to mind.

Alack - An interjection used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.

For when Alas just won't do.

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