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Rarely Used Words Starting With A

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Rarely Used Words Starting With A
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 Aardvark 
noun
a badger-sized African burrowing mammal, with a tubular snout and a long tongue,feeding on ants and termites. — ORIGIN South African Dutch, from
aarde
‘earth’ +
vark 
‘pig’.Abeyance •
noun
(in phrase
in/into abeyance
) temporarily suspended or not used. — ORIGIN from Old French
abeer 
‘aspire after’.Abjure •
verb
formal swear to give up (a belief or claim). — DERIVATIVES
abjuration
noun. — ORIGIN Latin
abjurare
, from
 jurare
‘swear’.Ablation •
noun
 
1
the loss of solid material by melting, evaporation, or erosion.
2
the surgical removal of  body tissue. — ORIGIN Latin, from
auferre
‘take away’.Ablution •
noun
the washing of one's body or part of it (as in a religious rite)
 plural 
 
:
the act or action of  bathing — ORIGIN Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin
ablution-,ablutio,
from Latin
abluere
to wash away, from
ab-
+
lavere
to washAbrade •
verb
scrape or wear away. — ORIGIN Latin
abradere
, from
radere
‘to scrape’.
 
Abscind •
verb (used with object)
 
to sever.
 — 
ORIGIN 1650–60; < L
abscindere,
equiv. to
ab-
 
-
+
 scindere
to divide, tear Abstemious •
adjective
not self-indulgent, especially as regards eating and drinking. — DERIVATIVES
abstemiously
adverb
abstemiousness
noun. — ORIGIN Latin
abstemius
, from
ab-
‘from’ + a word related to
temetum
‘alcoholic liquor’.Abstruse
adjective
difficult to understand; obscure. — DERIVATIVES
abstrusely
adverb
abstruseness
noun. — ORIGIN Latin
abstrusus
‘concealed’.Abut •
verb
(
abutted
,
abutting
)
1
be next to or share a boundary with.
2
touch or lean on. — ORIGIN Old French
abouter 
, from
bouter 
‘strike, butt’.
1
By H.U.
 
Accost •
verb
approach and address boldly or aggressively. — ORIGIN originally in the sense go or lie alongside: from French
accoster 
, from Latin
costa
‘rib, side’.Accouchement •
noun, plural 
-ments
the confinement of childbirth; lying-in.
 — 
ORIGIN 1800–10; < F, deriv., with
-ment 
 
-
, of 
accoucher 
to give birth, be delivered, assist ingiving birth, OF: to lie down, take to bed, equiv. to
ac-
 
-
+
coucher 
to put to bedAcculturate •
verb
absorb and integrate into a different culture. — DERIVATIVES
acculturation
noun.Acerbic •
adjective
 
1
sharp and forthright.
2
archaic or technical tasting sour or bitter. — DERIVATIVES
acerbically
adverb
acerbity
noun. — ORIGIN from Latin
acerbus
‘sour-tasting’.Acidulous •
adjective
sharp-tasting; sour.Acme •
noun
the highest point of achievement or excellence. — ORIGIN Greek 
akme
‘highest point’.Acolyte •
noun
 
1
an assistant or follower.
2
a person assisting a priest in a religious service. — ORIGIN Latin
acolytus
, from Greek 
akolouthos
‘follower’.Acrid •
adjective
unpleasantly bitter or pungent. — DERIVATIVES
acridity
noun
acridly
adverb. — ORIGIN from Latin
acer 
‘sharp, pungent’.Acrostic •
noun
a poem or puzzle in which certain letters in each line form a word or words. — ORIGIN Greek 
akrostikhis
, from
akron
‘end’ +
 stikhos
‘row, line of verse’.Acrylonitrile •
noun
Chemistry
. A colorless, flammable, poisonous, carcinogenic liquid, C
3
H
3
 N, used for the production of polymers and copolymers, as rubbers, fibers, and clear plastics for beverage containers.
 — 
ORIGIN 1890–95; acryl(ic) + 
-
O
-
+ 
Actinium •
noun
a rare radioactive metallic chemical element found in uranium ores. — ORIGIN from Greek 
aktis
‘ray’.Actuate •
verb
 
1
cause to operate.
2
motivate to act in a particular way. — DERIVATIVES
actuation
noun
actuator
noun.Acupressure •
noun
a system of complementary medicine in which manual pressure is applied to the bodyat specific points along supposed lines of energy. 
 
Adressograph •
noun
 
Trademark 
. a machine designed for the rapid, automatic addressing of mail in largequantities.Adenoid •
noun
Usually,
adenoids.
an enlarged mass of lymphoid tissue in the upper pharynx, oftenobstructing breathing through the nasal passages.
 — 
ORIGIN 1830–40; < Gk 
adenoeid s.
Ad infinitum •
adverb
endlessly; forever. — ORIGIN Latin, ‘to infinity’.Adipose •
adjective
technical denoting body tissue used for the storage of fat. — DERIVATIVES
adiposity
noun. — ORIGIN Latin
adiposus
, from
adeps
‘fat’.Adjure •
verb
formal solemnly urge to do something. — ORIGIN Latin
adjurare
, from
ad-
‘to’ +
 jurare
‘swear’.Adjutant •
noun
a military officer acting as an administrative assistant to a senior officer. — ORIGIN from Latin
adjutare
, from
adjuvare
‘help towards’.Adroit •
adjective
clever or skilful in using the hands or mind. — ORIGIN from French
à droit 
‘according to right, properly’.Adventitious •
adjective
 
1
happening according to chance.
2
Botany (of roots) growing directly from thestem or other upper part of a plant. — DERIVATIVES
adventitiously
adverb. — ORIGIN Latin
adventicius
‘coming to us from abroad’.Advert •
verb
(
advert to
) formal refer to. — ORIGIN Latin
advertere
‘turn to’.Adze •
noun
a tool similar to an axe, with an arched blade at right angles to the handle. — ORIGIN Old English.Aerodrome •
noun
Brit. a small airport or airfield.Aetiology •
noun
 
1
Medicine the cause of a disease or condition.
2
the investigation of cause or a reason. — DERIVATIVES
aetiological
adjective. — ORIGIN from Greek 
aitia
‘a cause’.Affiance •
verb
(
be affianced
) literary be engaged to marry. — ORIGIN Old French
afiancer 
, from Latin
affidare
‘declare on oath’.

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