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A medical treatment facility specialized in treating patients that need to be taken care of quickly without prior appointment.
Pathological dilation of the renal pelvis calyces.
To have spasms of the diaphragm.
A place providing snacks, drinks and Internet access to the public.
To cook in a wok with hot oil by stirring constantly.
A sportive outfit consisting of a sweatshirt and sweatpants.
A room where the board of a company meets.
An infectious agent composed of protein in a misfolded form.
- Related to zombies.
- Resembling a zombie.
A form of alternative medicine in which colored light is shone on acupoints.
A hypothetical fiery principle formerly assumed to be a necessary constituent of combustible bodies and to be given up by them in burning.
Belief that the Earth's shape is a plane or disk.
A long piece of tartan fabric, traditionally worn with a kilt.
A pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical colored bands in woven cloth.
The art, leasure or sport consisting of riding horses.
A constructed language designed to be unambiguous, concise and logical.
- To retreat from action or danger.
- To stop working after a certain age and start living on a pension.
Inflammation of an ovary.
Long part of a lateral ventricle of the brain on the forehead side.
An actor who is heard but not seen, such as for an animation, radio, dubbed movie, etc.
A feeling of nausea or dizziness caused by being in a moving vehicle such as a ship or car.
A protruding abdomen (usually in men) attributed to the consumption of beer.
A gibbon of the species Nomascus hainanus that is found only on Hainan Island, China.
The caterpillar of the geometer moth.
A cover for a teapot or coffee pot which keeps the beverage warm.
A neurological disease characterised by paralysis and emaciation, caused by eating certain legumes of the genus Lathyrus.
A supercontinent that existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras about 250 million years ago before the present-day continents drifted apart.
A large knife used to slice thin cuts of meat.
The removal of an implant.
Oil made of the roasted pumpkin seeds of the Styrian oil pumpkin.
Small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions.
A metal fastener with two legs that are bent to hold several sheets of paper together.


(About the weather) Hot and humid.
An aquatic amphibian of the family Salamandridae having a lizard-like body with four equal sized limbs and a tail.
A sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and balance.
The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power.
A software product, especially a video game, whose copyright is no longer defended or which is no longer marketed even by the company who made it.
A sweet wine typically served with dessert.
A device for measuring the concentration of glucose in the blood.
A built-in cabinet for storage in a kitchen.
- A baby that cries excessively.
- Someone who cries easily, often about trivial matters.
A form of asexual reproduction where growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization.
From the very beginning.
- Any of several Old World nocturnal, carnivorous mammals, of the genus Genetta in the family Viverridae, most of which have a spotted coat and a long, ringed tail.
- A group of genetically identical individuals (plants, fungi, bacteria etc.) that have grown in a given location, all originating from asexual reproduction of a single ancestor.
A marsupial from the family Macropodidae having powerful hind legs and large feet for leaping.
Fabric or leather straps worn over the shoulders to hold up trousers.
Unable to clearly distinguish the difference in pitch between different notes.
The milder strain of the variola virus that causes smallpox.
Rain which freezes upon contact with the ground.
The inclusion of part of hypertext document in another one by means of reference rather than copying.
To travel between one's home and workplace.
Edible mushroom of the genus Pleurotus with firm, white flesh.
To smoke tobacco very frequently.
The scientific study of spiders and related animals such as scorpions, pseudoscorpions, harvestmen, collectively called arachnids.
A small container for ink.
To become covered by a sheet of ice.
A female person who engages in sports.
A man whose job it is to sell things.
To carry out the necessary formalities when arriving at an hotel, an airport, etc.
- (physics) A volume of space that is substansively empty of matter.
- To clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner.
A board on which food is cut.


A light brown liquid sweetener produced from agave plants.
The act whereby an animal voluntarily loses a body part.
The violent overthrow of the government by Communist Russian Bolsheviks in the autumn of 1917.
A holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada in which a groundhog predicts whether spring will begin or winter will continue.
Inflammation of the eyelid margins.
A paper preprinted with staves for writing musical notation.
A perennial herb native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region that is used in herbal teas and as flavouring.
A story written by a fan that continues or expands on a work of fiction, usually without the permission of the original author.
The theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
A Christian festival that takes place 40 days after Christmas and commemorates the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
A hairstyle where facial hair is shaven except for the area between the chin and the neck.
Indonesian dish made of fried noodles, vegetables and meat.
Having a pattern similar to a chessboard.
A parasitic disease caused by a tapeworm that affects humans and some mammals.
A sequence of digits used to reach a particular person on a telephone network.
A war fought using nuclear weapons.
A large and continuous mass of land, as opposed to an island.
Arrangement in which both parents have the custody of a child.
A piece of furniture or support used to support one's feet.
- A door in the rear of a building.
- A design fault, planned or accidental, that allows the apparent strength of the design to be easily avoided by those who know the trick.
To draw a line underneath something, especially to add emphasis.
A small, folded, wire or plastic device used to hold sheets of paper together.
A flexor muscle located on the upper arm.
The ratio of the total floor area of buildings on a certain location to the size of the land of that location.
- From or relating to Western Sahara.
- A person from Western Sahara.
- A brief period of sleep, usually a few seconds, that is the result of sleep deprivation or a medical condition.
Excessively protective.
An eating disorder characterized by extreme overeating followed by self-induced vomiting.
The ambition to achieve perfection and not accepting anything less.
Lacking energy and motivation.
A clock mounted on a wall.


A rare malignant cancer of smooth muscle.
A type of undergarment worn by men that resembles short pants.
A person who did not win.
Someone who has the same first name and/or last name as another person, without being related.
The worthiness and respectability of an individual which affects his or her self-evaluation and standing in society.
A small statue of a gnome used as a garden ornament.
Satisfied with the achievements of oneself, or of another person.
A card game involving betting and individualistic play whereby the winner is determined by comparing the ranks and combinations of his cards with that of the other players.
An araneomorph spider of the genus Nephila whose webs are large and golden-colored.
A dark-coloured python measuring on average 3.7 metres long and native to tropic and subtropic areas of Southern- and Southeast Asia.
The large animals of a given region or time, considered as a group.
A unit of radioactivity equal to one millionth of a curie.
A mineral mostly composed of hexahydrate of calcium carbonate (CaCO3·6H2O).
- (Of a speed) Equal to or greater than five times the speed of sound.
- (Of a vehicle) Capable of moving at a speed equal to or greater than five times the speed of sound.
- To formulate theories.
- To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds.
Living on or in trees.
A business company operating in several countries.
The process by which the heavy residuals from oil distillation are transformed into light distillates and petroleum coke.
The study of how life on Earth emerged from inanimate organic and inorganic molecules.
An antiparticle of a neutrino.
An insecticide which acts on the central nervous system of insects by binding with the postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.
An Argentine political movement based on the thought of former President Juan Perón.
A selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle.
A political doctrine advocating annexation of foreign territories on the grounds of history or common ethnicity.
A penguin of the species Aptenodytes forsteri living in Antarctica and measuring about 120 cm.
The supply of financial services to micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses.
A vine of the species "Piper betle" whose leaves are chewed for its medicinal properties.
A vehicle consisting of a two-wheeled cart with one or two seats that is pulled by a human runner.
A condition in which one-half of a patient's body is paralyzed.
- Opposed to slavery.
- Opposition to slavery.


The medical application of nanotechnology.
- From a source of previously owned goods.
- The hand of a clock or watch that counts the seconds.
To represent by a false appearance of.
An Australian marsupial of the Vombatidae family having short legs and a short tail and measuring approximately 1 metre in length.
The perception of the force of gravity.
A single-celled microscopic organism having four flagella and measuring between 30 and 50 microns.
A cloth worn next to the skin under a shirt, having no or very short sleeves.
- A Greek goddess who was the mother of Aphrodite.
- The fourth largest moon of Saturn.
The ability of a cell to divide and produce all the differentiated cells in an organism.
Big sheet of plastic, adhesive on one side and decorative on the other.
A technique used in microscopy where the original image is reconstructed from the observed diffration patterns of electrons, X-rays or visible light.
The study of the stars and their influence on people's lives.
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A unit of energy equal to about 1055 joules.
The isolation of people who are susceptible to be contagious to prevent an illness from spreading.
Of or relating to osmosis.
The passage of a celestial body between an observer and a larger celestial body such as a star.
The act of legally releasing from slavery.
Of or relating to a gladiator.
A pocket-sized card with embedded integrated circuits which can process information.
A geometric figure that repeats itself under several levels of magnification.
- A very bright light obtained by directing an oxyhydrogen flame at a piece of quicklime (calcium oxide).
- A focus of public attention.
A word or phrase that is mainly used only in a specific region.
Device that provides an electric current to joint materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing coalescence (most often by melting small parts of them).
A layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues.
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A brain disorder that is most commonly characterized by a subject's obsessive drive to perform a particular task or set of tasks, compulsions commonly termed as rituals.
The eating and serving utensils such as knives, forks and spoons.
A canid of the species Nyctereutes procyonoides which resembles a raccoon.
The state of being not permitted by law.
An open type of outdoor footwear leaving most of the upper part of the foot exposed, particularly the toes.
Precipitation that consists in a mix of snowflakes and raindrops.
A mammal of the suborder Vermilingua having elongated snouts and feeding on ants and termites.


The condition of being impure, because of contamination, pollution, etc.
- A topic about which someone loves to talk at great length.
- A child's toy consisting of a (usually wooden or cloth) horse head mounted on a stick.
(Folklore) A small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings.
A beetle of the subfamily Scolytinae that reproduces in the bark of trees.
A neuron that was formed recently.
A parasite whose host is a parasite.
The process of conversion of lava to palagonite.
Originating in a place other than where it is found.
The gradual uplift or descent of part of the Earth's surface caused by the filling or emptying of an underground magma chamber and/or hydrothermal activity.
The addition or substitution of a methyl group to a substrate.
The later period of the Upper Paleolithic in Europe, dating from around 15,000 BCE to 7,000 BCE.
A cultural movement that started in Switzerland and peaked from 1916 to 1922, which rejects reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition.
- A celebration held to mark the 60th anniversary of an event relating to a person.
- A celebration held to mark the 75th anniversary of an event relating to an institution.
A trip consisting of traveling to a destination and then going back to the starting point.
- A natural or artificial egg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.
- Money put aside for a future need.
An egg-shaped ovoid of stone, porcelain, wood, or similar hard material, which is inserted into the toe or heel of a sock to hold it in the proper shape and provide a firm foundation for repairs.
Finely pulverized pyroclastic material ejected from a volcano in eruption.
A building which serves to accommodate police officers.
An edible plant of the species Salicornia europaea.
A medium-sized bird of prey of the species Milvus migrans.
The use of bicycles for transport, recreation, or sport.
A medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of genetic risk factors.
A plate of calcium carbonate formed by coccolithophores which they use for protection.
To lay bare, as the roots of a tree.
The offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey.
A mechanism for moving the chain from one sprocket to another to change gears on a multi-speed bicycle.
The bar used to steer a bicycle, motorbike, or similar vehicle.
The component of a bicycle, consisting of chainring(s) and crankarms, that converts the reciprocating motion of the rider's legs into rotational motion used to drive the chain, which in turn drives the rear wheel.
A person who categorically agrees to stay in someone's good favor.
An island in southwestern English Channel, east of Guernsey.


A document that gives a passenger the permission to board an airplane for a particular flight.
The part of the flower that covers the bud, usually green, that consists of sepals and forms the outermost whorl of the flower.
The smallest and most fragile bone of the face situated near the eye.
An enclosed compartment, on the deck of a small vessel such as a fishing boat, from which it may be navigated.
A propeller fitted inside a non-rotating cylinder, used to improve the efficiency of the propeller at low speeds.
Each of the four lobes of an anther, containing pollen.
A marine animal of the subphylum Medusozoa consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles.
The capacity of an illness or some other condition of being lethal.
A small motorcycle with a step-through frame and a platform for the feet.
The father-in-law of a man's child.
- The gas phase of water.
- To cook with water vapor.
A hypothetical elementary particle that would explain the origin of mass in the massive elementary particles.
Various PR techniques that aim to make a company look more environmentally friendly in the eye of the public.
A type of parallel projection, used to create a pictorial drawing of an object, where the object is rotated along one or more of its axes relative to the plane of projection.
An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built.
A drink made with yoghurt diluted with water and flavoured with salt or fruit juice.
A cultivar of sweet basil which contains cinnamate, the same chemical that gives cinnamon its flavor.
The vertical components that form the sides of a door frame, window frame, or fireplace, or other opening in a wall.
- A person or animal that is partially unable to use a limb or limbs.
- A shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
The activity of searching for and buying goods.
Using tissue, cells, etc. from the same organism rather than from a donor.
One of the short pieces of timber on which the planks forming the floor of a scaffold are laid, one end resting on the ledger of the scaffold, and the other in a hole left in the wall temporarily for the purpose.
An indication of the air temperature perceived by the body, taking into account the air humidity, density, and the speed of wind.
A type of pliers used by electricians and other tradesmen primarily for gripping, twisting, bending and cutting wire and cable.
Screwdriver in which the top of the handle can rotate, so as to support the palm of the hand while two fingers control the rotation of the screw.
An evolution of a species where adults start showing traits that were originally only seen in youngs.
The aging of the skin caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as sun light.
Mostly composed of rock fragments of volcanic origin.
Place where walnut trees are grown, in particular for their nuts.
The use of water for therapeutic purposes.
The therapeutic use of hot-water springs.


Assembly of parts designed to support the ridge, purlins and rafters of a roof.
The person responsible for the running of an inn.
A branch of economics concerned with the tasks of developing and applying quantitative or statistical methods to the study and elucidation of economic principles.
The fleshy side of an animal (or human) between the last rib and the hip.
A soft membranous spot on the head of a baby due to incomplete fusion of the cranial bones.
Each of the patches of facial hair grown on the sides of the face, extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin.
Of or relating to a museum.
Stairs designed to be used when a place must be evacuated quickly, such as in case of fire.
One of the five bones in a foot between the tarsa and the toes.
The broad, upper part of the sternum.
The conspicuous dip visible at the top of the human chest where the neck joins the sternum.
- A streetcar that is moved by gripping to a continuously moving cable under the vehicle.
- A cabin for transportation suspended on cables.
A rhyme that consists of orthographically similar words that do not rhyme when pronounced.
A person who navigates a canoe.
- A walkway between or along sections of seats in a theater, classroom, or the like.
- A corridor in a supermarket with shelves on both sides.
- Feeling hope.
- Inspiring hope.
An Italian dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee layered with a mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone and flavored with liquor and cocoa.
A light and sweet sponge cake roughly shaped like a human finger.
- A flying bird of the genus Pavo.
- A male bird of the genus Pavo.
The riding of a horse for therapeutic purposes.
- A tall palm tree, Lodicea maldivica, found in the Seychelles.
- The nut of the coco-de-mer palm tree.
That inhabits caverns.
A person specialized in building or repairing machinery.
A dove of the species Streptopelia decaocto having a black collar on its nape.
The first appearance of pubic hair in a person.
A video game genre where the player shoots at enemies through first-person perspective.
A type of music and dance born in Angola in the 1980s, characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable.
The transfer of pollen from an anther to a stigma, thereby enabling fertilization and sexual reproduction of a plant.
A decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.
A swallowtail butterfly of the species Papilio demoleus.
A species of mint native to much of Europe and southwest Asia which is used in medicine and cooking.


Like or resembling a spire.
A monoamine alkaloid found in the shrub Catha edulis (khat), having a stimulant effect.
A device that produces coherent electromagnetic waves through amplification by stimulated emission.
The horizontal threads (carried by the shuttle during the weaving) that are interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric.
To agitate a piece of cloth or other flexible material in order to remove dust, or to make it smooth and spread out.
Having lost one's psychological and moral dynamism or strength to go on doing a difficult or dangerous thing.
To suppose with contestable premises.
A class of people in a society characterized by low income, low level of education, high unemployment and, as a result of these, a low social status.
A fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants.
Any opinions or doctrines at variance with an official or orthodox position.
A type of crocus that is among the first to bloom at the end of winter.
A woman whose job is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard flights.
A species of cherry tree which produces edible fruit.
A floor covering for indoors made of wood.
Any adverse effect (or complication) resulting from medical treatment.
To remove those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly.
Away from the direction from which the wind is blowing.
A long, narrow board pivoted in the middle so that, as one end goes up, the other goes down.
An amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders.
A piece of playground equipment made of many pieces of material, such as metal pipe or rope, on which children can climb, hang, or sit.
A bouncy, outdoors playing device consisting of a metal spring beneath a plastic or wooden central beam or flange, with 1 to 4 plastic or fiberglass seats above it.
A toy that can be spun on an axis, balancing on a point.
Coarse cladding used on outside walls that consists of lime (or cement, or both) mixed with sand, and sometimes small gravel or shells.
A rubber ball (similar to an exercise ball) with handles which allow one to sit on it without falling off.
A type of puppet that is controlled by the hand or hands that occupies the interior of the puppet.
Which ordinal number.
A cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass.
A children's toy that outwardly consists of a box with a crank. At the end of a tune there is a "surprise", the lid pops open and a figure, usually a clown or jester, pops out of the box.
The direction along the earth's surface towards the geographic North Pole.
A type of non-magnetic compass which is based on a fast-spinning disc and rotation of the Earth (or another planetary body if used elsewhere in the universe) to automatically find geographical direction.


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A cooking vessel in the shape of a hemisphere which is used in Chinese and Southeast Asian cusine.
A person who types.
A kitchen appliance used to facilitate various repetitive tasks in the process of preparation of food.
A kitchen implement used to cut food products (such as cheese and carrots) into small strips.
The sermon and prayer given from the minbar at the Jumah and Eid prayers.
A semi-aquatic mammal of the species Ornithorhynchus anatinus that lays eggs.
An apparatus on which crushed ore is treated with running water in a way to wash the lighter and less valuable parts.
An apparatus with small holes, used to separate a solid from a liquid.
A chemical agent used for laundry which prevents static cling and makes fabric softer.
A horse used in combat, especially one carrying an armored knight.
Both friends and family.
A child between the ages of one and three.
Having assimilated into the family of one's spouse.
Of or related to the situtation in which the husband takes residence with the wife and (with or near) her parental family.
The part of a garment that covers the arm.
A musician who plays a keyboard instrument.
A nocturnal, bioluminescent beetle of the family Lampyridae.
A woman who has an unfaithful husband.
A man who tolerates his wife or a close woman to have sexual relations with another.
A physiological process in which new blood vessels are formed.
Dual-flap valve connecting the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart.
A type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a gentle slope.
Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself.
A penguin of the species Spheniscus demersus having a black back and a white chest with black stripes.
A device that counts the number of steps that a person takes.
A person expert in identifying and evaluating gemstones.
A milky bodily fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats, found in the lymph vessels of the small intestine.
A parasite that lives on the surface of its host.
A clear, colorless fluid that fills the spaces in the brain and the central canal of the spinal cord, as well as the spaces between nerve cells.
The cry of a cat.
- The horizontal threads (carried by the shuttle during the weaving) that are interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric.
- The sound a dog makes when barking.


A staphylococcus of the species Staphylococcus aureus, responsible for nosocomial infections in humans.
The cavity in the temporal bone between the eardrum and the inner ear that contains the ossicles, and which conveys sound to the cochlea.
A condition in which the middle ear becomes filled with fluid instead of air.
A particle classification system, classifying based on diameter.
- An abnormality of the eye, characterized by opacity of the lens.
- A large and powerful waterfall.
- Not having what is necessary for subsistence.
- Desiring constant affirmation.
A water sport consisting of riding a surfboard that has an attached sail.
A geographical phenomenon consisting of a pool of water parallel to the beach and connected to the sea.
A tiny, slender insects with fringed wings of the order Thysanoptera.
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A species of grass (Avena sativa) grown for its seed.
An infectious disease which occurs mostly in childhood and is characterized by swelling of the face and carotid gland.
A large salted and smoked herring.
[To say that one hopes that something does not happen.]
A tubular opening or passage leading to the interior of the body.
A curved depression with steep walls in a mountainside, created by glacier erosion, forming the end of a valley.
A stage in a competition, the winners of which will play the final.
To take possession of by force or authority.
A large flat bone located at the back of each shoulder.
The large muscle that raises the under jaw and assists in mastication.
Central axis of bird feathers, which carries the barbs, extending the calamus that is implanted into the skin.
A nesosilicate of the garnet group, with formula Ca3Fe2Si3O12.
A change to a video game that reduces the desirability or effectiveness of a particular game element.
A waterproof coat worn to protect against the rain.
Big woodlouse (Ligia oceanica) found on rocky shores.
An emotional state where a person realises that his/her life may be more than halfway over and starts to make significant changes in his/her life as a consequence.
The treatment of a disease by introducing new cells into an organism.
One who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature.
Old enough to marry.
A material used to make paper that has not been recycled from previous paper or other materials.
A protein embedded in the cell membrane that regulates the flow of water.


The legal right to use and derive profit or benefit from property that belongs to another person, as long as the property is not damaged.
A condition where organs, such as the uterus, fall down or slip out of place.
A form of pollination whereby pollen is transferred by animals.
The art of inlaying one metal, typically gold and silver, into another.
A grammatical category of the verb in some languages indicating that the action is performed in the direction of the speaker.
A colorless and odorless substance with the formula [(CH3)2CHO]CH3P(O)F, which is toxic to humans and animals.
The capacity of an eye to focus parallel rays of light on the retina, without using any accommodation.
A powered or unpowered vehicle that moves on a railway.
A horse heavier and stronger than a mount, of a race specifically bred for pulling a heavy load.
Asset or property of a corporation, which cannot be consumed or easily be converted into cash, and which enables its owner to carry on its operations.
- Something that is fixed in place, especially a permanent appliance or other item of personal property that is considered part of a house and is sold (or rented) with it.
- A person or thing present in the same place or position for a long time.
A small or barely detectable amount.
To accept a difficult situation without complaining.
A perennial rainforest shrub, native to western Central Africa.
An enclosed compartment, on the deck of a small vessel such as a fishing boat, from which it may be navigated.
The experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest due to continuous stress at work.
A broad muscle running from the upper back to the top part of the back of the neck.
A large waterbird of the species Pelecanus conspicillatus, which is white, with black wings and a pink bill.
Kitchen appliance in form of a wand which can be used to blend ingredients or puree food.
A rib that is attached not to the sternum but to the overlying rib by cartilage.