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ichthyology - study of fish; CF. ichthyo-: fish
unction - the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
physiognomy - face (as showing the character and the mind); art of judging human character from facial features
swelter - (of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
brook - tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream
labile - likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. lability
defer - give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
severity - harshness; intensity; sternness; austerity; ADJ. severe: harsh; strict; extremely violent or intense
centrifuge - machine that separates substances by whirling them
jest - playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfully