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    Five new words/phrases every day will be posted here.

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    1. a cheval
      phr. - 'on horseback'; astride; straddling.
    2. a corps perdu
      phr. - 'with lost body'; impetuously; in desperation.
    3. a fond
      phr. - 'to the bottom'; thoroughly.
    4. a la belle étoile
      phr. - 'under the beautiful star'; in the open air at night.
    5. a la mort
      phr. - 'to the death'; mortally.
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    1. a mensa et thoro
      adj. - 'from table and bed'; applied to judicial separation of husband and wife.
    2. a outrance
      phr. - 'to the utmost'; to the death.
    3. ab initio
      phr. - from the beginning; from the very start or outset
    4. ab irato
      phr. - from an angry man: hence, not to be taken too seriously
    5. ab ovo
      phr. - from the egg: from the very beginning, hence completely and in great detail; throughly or voluminously
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    1. abderian
      adj. - pertaining to foolish or excessive laughter
    2. abdominous
      adj. - having or pertaining to a distended stomach
    3. abliguration
      n. - extravagance in cooking and serving
    4. ablutomania
      n. - a mania for washing oneself
    5. abscissin
      n. - hormone which triggers the fall of autumn leaves in certain trees
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    1. absquatulate
      v. - to leave hurriedly, suddenly, or secretly
    2. abstersive
      adv. - serving to cleanse or purge
    3. acalculia
      n. - the inability to work with numbers
    4. acapnotic
      n. - person who doesn't smoke
    5. acariasis
      n. - infestation with mites or ticks; the itch.
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    1. acaricide
      n. - substance killing mites. acaricidal, adj.
    2. acarpous
      adj. - Botany, not yielding fruit.
    3. acatalepsy
      n. - state of being impossible to understand; Philosophy, sceptic doctrine that knowledge cannot be certain. acataleptic, adj.
    4. acataleptic
      adj. - incomprehensible
    5. acaudate
      adj. - lacking tail.
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    1. acaulescent
      adj. - lacking a stem.
    2. accensor
      n. - Roman Catholic, acolyte.
    3. acceptilation
      n. - the settlement of a debt without payment
    4. accessit
      n. - honourable mention of one who comes nearest to a prize.
    5. acciaccatura
      n. - Music, very short note played before a longer note; short appoggiatura.
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    1. accismus
      n. - rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.
    2. acclivity
      n. - slope upward. acclivitous, acclivous, adj.
    3. accolent
      adj. - neighbouring.
    4. accouchement
      n. - childbirth. accoucheur, accoucheuse, n. male and female midwife respectively
    5. accrementition
      n. - Biology growth by addition of similar matter.
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