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more neat words.


Main Entry:
ma·ven \ˈmā-vən\ Function: noun Etymology: Yiddish meyvn, from Late Hebrew mēbhīn Date: 1950 : one who is experienced or knowledgeable : expert; also : freak


mag·pie /ˈmægˌpaɪ/ [mag-pahy] –noun
1.either of two corvine birds, Pica pica (black-billed magpie), of Eurasia and North America, or P. nuttalli (yellow-billed magpie), of California, having long, graduated tails, black-and-white plumage, and noisy, mischievous habits.
2.any of several related corvine birds.
3.any of several black-and-white birds not related to the true magpies, as Gymnorhina tibicen, of Australia. incessantly talkative person; noisy chatterer; chatterbox.
5.a person who collects or hoards things, esp. indiscriminately.
6.Western U.S. a black-and-white cow or steer, as a Holstein.

magpie Etymology: 1605, common European bird, known for its chattering, earlier simply pie; first element from Mag, nickname for Margaret, long used in Eng. proverbial and slang senses for qualities associated generally with women, especially in this case "idle chattering" (cf. Magge tales "tall tales, nonsense," c.1410; also Fr. margot "magpie," from Margot, pet form of Marguerite). Second element, pie, is the earlier name of the bird, from O.Fr. pie, from L. pica "magpie," fem. of picus "woodpecker," possibly from PIE base *pi-, denoting pointedness, of the beak, perhaps, but the magpie also has a long, pointed tail. The birds are proverbial for pilfering and hoarding, can be taught to speak, and have been regarded since the Middle Ages as a bird of ill omen.
[Origin: 1595–1605; Mag Margaret + pie2]

1. long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call
2. someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
3. an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker [syn: chatterer]



myr·i·ad /ˈmɪriəd/ [mir-ee-uhd] –noun 1.a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.
2.ten thousand.
–adjective 3.of an indefinitely great number; innumerable: the myriad stars of a summer night.
4.having innumerable phases, aspects, variations, etc.: the myriad mind of Shakespeare.
5.ten thousand.
[Origin: 1545–55; < Gk mȳriad- (s. of mȳriás) ten thousand; see -ad1]

Etymology: myriad- 1555, from M.Fr. myriade, from L.L. myrias (gen. myriadis) "ten thousand," from Gk. myrias (gen. myriados) "ten thousand," from myrios "innumerable, countless," of unknown origin. Specific use is usually in translations from Gk. or Latin.

1. too numerous to be counted; "incalculable riches"; "countless hours"; "an infinite number of reasons"; "innumerable difficulties"; "the multitudinous seas"; "myriad stars"; "untold thousands"
1. a large indefinite number; "he faced a myriad of details"
2. the cardinal number that is the product of ten and one thousand


–noun 1.darkness; gloom: the murk of a foggy night.
–adjective 2.Archaic. dark; murky.
Also, mirk.
n. Partial or total darkness; gloom.
adj. Archaic
Partially or totally dark; gloomy.

Etymology: murk - c.1200, from O.N. myrkr "darkness," from myrkr "dark," cognate with O.E. mierce "dark," from P.Gmc. *merkwjo-, with no known cognates outside Gmc. Murk Monday was long the name in Scotland for the great solar eclipse of March 29, 1652 (April 8, New Style). Murky (1340) was rare before 17c.

1. an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance [syn: fog]
1. make dark, dim, or gloomy

/lɜrk/ [lurk]
–verb (used without object) lie or wait in concealment, as a person in ambush; remain in or around a place secretly or furtively. go furtively; slink; steal. exist unperceived or unsuspected.
4.Chiefly Computers. to read or observe an ongoing discussion without participating in it, as in an Internet newsgroup.
–noun Australian Informal. underhand scheme; dodge. easy, somewhat lazy or unethical way of earning a living, performing a task, etc.
7.a hideout.
[Origin: 1250–1300; ME lurken, freq. of lower2; cf. Norw lurka to sneak away]

—Related forms
lurker, noun
lurk·ing·ly, adverb
—Synonyms 1. Lurk, skulk, sneak, prowl suggest avoiding observation, often because of a sinister purpose. To lurk is to lie in wait for someone or to hide about a place, often without motion, for periods of time. Skulk suggests cowardliness and stealth of movement. Sneak emphasizes the attempt to avoid being seen. It has connotations of slinking and of an abject meanness of manner, whether there exists a sinister intent or the desire to avoid punishment for some misdeed. Prowl implies the definite purpose of seeking for prey; it suggests continuous action in roaming or wandering, slowly and quietly but watchfully, as a cat that is hunting mice.

Etymology: lurk
c.1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scand. (cf. dial. Norw. lurka "to sneak away," dial. Swed. lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ult. related to M.E. luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)).

shirk /ʃɜrk/ [shurk]
–verb (used with object) evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
–verb (used without object) evade work, duty, etc.
3.a shirker.
[Origin: 1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2]
—Synonyms 1. shun, avoid, dodge.

Etymology: shirk -1633, "to practice fraud or trickery," also a noun (1639, now obs.) "a disreputable parasite," perhaps from Ger. schurke "scoundrel, rogue, knave, villain" (see shark). Sense of "evade one's work or duty" first recorded 1785, originally in slang.

burk (or burke)

/bɜrk/ [burk] –noun Martha Jane, 1852?–1903, Calamity Jane.

American frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West. Often dressed in men's clothing, she was reputed to be a crack shot and an expert rider.

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