phenology |fɪˈnɒlədʒi| noun [ mass noun ] - the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.
phrenology |frɪˈnɒlədʒi| - noun [ mass noun ] chiefly historical - the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities. ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Greek phrēn, phren- ‘mind’ + -logy.
immanent |ˈɪmənənt| adjective
existing or operating within; inherent: the protection of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements.
• (of God) permanently pervading and sustaining the universe. Often contrasted with transcendent. ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from late Latin immanent- ‘remaining within’, from in- ‘in’ + manere ‘remain’.
imminent |ˈɪmɪnənt| adjective
1 about to happen: they were in imminent danger of being swept away.
2 archaic overhanging. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin imminent- ‘overhanging, impending’, from the verb imminere, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + minere ‘to project’.
lubricious |luːˈbrɪʃəs| adjective
1 offensively displaying or intended to arouse sexual desire. he probed the ladies for every lubricious detail of their interactions.
2 smooth and slippery with oil or a similar substance. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin lubricus ‘slippery’ + -ious.
hellebore |ˈhɛlɪbɔː| noun
a poisonous winter-flowering Eurasian plant of the buttercup family, typically having coarse divided leaves and large white, green, or purplish flowers.
●Genus Helleborus, family Ranunculaceae: several species, including the Christmas rose.
• a false helleborine. ORIGIN Old English (denoting various plants supposed to cure madness), from Old French ellebre, elebore or medieval Latin eleborus, via Latin from Greek helleboros .
amygdala |əˈmɪgdələ| noun (pl.amygdalae |əˈmɪgdəliː| ) Anatomy
a roughly almond-shaped mass of grey matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions. ORIGIN Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek amugdalē ‘almond’.
noun (pl.cloacae |-siː, -kiː| )
1 Zoology a common cavity at the end of the digestive tract for the release of both excretory and genital products in vertebrates (except most mammals) and certain invertebrates.
2 archaic a sewer. ORIGIN late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘sewer’): from Latin, related to cluere ‘cleanse’. The first sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
This is an easy blog for both (all?) of us. I purposely put two similar words together twice just in case there’s confusion. I also put in words that I sort of know but sort of don’t remember exactly because I haven’t used them recently. I have more bits of paper scattered around with a word or two scribbled on them, but that’s enough for now.