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babblative                    given to babbling; prattling, prating, loquacious

babeldom                      a confused sound of voices

babirusa                      large wild pig of Indonesia

bablatrice                    a female babbler; an overly talkative woman

baccate                       having berries; berry-like

bacchanal                     drunkard; reveller

bacciferous                   bearing berries

bacciform                     shaped like a berry

baccivorous                   eating berries

bacillicide                   killer of berries

bacillophobia                 the fear of germs

backstay                      stay extending from ship's mastheads to the side of the ship

backwardation                 postponement by seller of delivery of stock; premium paid to buyer for such postponement

bactericide                   killer of bacteria

baculiform                    rod-shaped

baculine                      of, like or pertaining to the stick or cane; of, like or pertaining to flogging

baculum                       penis bone in some mammals

baculus                       rod, staff or scepter of power

bada-bing                     exclamation to emphasize that something will happen effortlessly and predictably

badaud                        a gawker

badigeon                      plaster and ground stone mixture for repairing masonry

badinage                      playful repartee or banter

badious                       chestnut-coloured

badmash                       a bad character; a worthless person

badot                         silly

baedeker                      guide book

baetyl                        magical or holy meteoric stone

bafflegab                     official or professional jargon which confuses more than it clarifies; gobbledegook

baft                          cheap coarse cotton fabric

bagarre                       scuffle or brawl

baggagery                     worthless rabble; the offscourings of society

bagging                       coarse fabric for making bags or sacks

bagnio                        public bathhouse; a brothel; a prison

bahadur                       self-important official

bahookie                      the buttocks

bahuvrihi                     compound word whose second part is a noun but that acts as an adjective

bail                          barrier or pole separating horses in an open stable

bailivate                     office of a bailiff

bailiwick                     a person's specific area of interest, skill or authority; the office or jurisdiction of a bailiff

bailment                      delivery of goods in trust

baisemain                     kiss on the hand

baithe                        to agree or consent

baize                         the green cloth used on billiard tables and other gaming tables

bakelite                      type of solid plastic

balaclava                     a knit hat which covers the head and neck

balaniferous                  acorn-bearing

balanism                      use of suppositories

balanoid                      acorn-shaped

balatron                      babbler, prater, buffoon; joker; clown; one who babbles

balatronic                    pertaining to buffoons

balbriggan                    knitted cotton fabric

balbutiate                    to stutter or stammer

balbutient                    stammering

baldachin                     a rich embroidered fabric of silk and gold; a cloth canopy fixed or carried over a VIP

baldaquin                     covering or canopy over a throne or altar

baldric                       an often ornamental belt worn over one shoulder to support a sword or bugle

balefire                      bonfire or beacon-fire

balisaur                      long-tailed badger

balistarius                   crossbowman

balistraria                   cross-shaped opening in wall for firing arrows

balize                        pole mounted on seashore as beacon

ballaster                     one who supplies ships with ballast

balletomania                  abnormal fondness for ballet

ballhooter                    a lumberjack who rolls logs down a hill

ballicatter                   a ridge of ice formed along the (ocean) shoreline by waves and freezing spray

ballistocardiograph           instrument for detecting body movements caused by heartbeat

ballistophobia                the fear of missiles

ballottement                  diagnosis of pregnancy by applying sharp force to abdomen

ballycumber                   one of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed

balmorality                   superficial enthusiasm for Scottish culture

balnearii                     people who steal clothing for public baths

balnearil                     the people who stole clothing from a public bath in ancient Rome

balneary                      bath

balneary                      relating to a bath, bathing, or a bathroom

balneology                    the science of the therapeutic use of baths

balter                        to tread clumsily; to tumble about; to stick together

baltering                     tumbling  

balustrade                    row of columns supporting a stair rail

balzarine                     light cotton dress material

banausic                      materialistic; merely mechanical; pertaining to workshops; earning a living

bandelet                      small flat moulding around a column

banderol                      flat band with an inscription; small banner

bandicoot                     small long-nosed ratlike marsupial

bandobast                     detailed organization; settlement

bandolier                     shoulder belt for carrying ammunition

bangstry                      masterful violence

bangtail                      mustang or wild horse

banjax                        to batter or destroy (a person or thing); to ruin; to confound, stymie

bannock                       flat unleavened loaf of bread

banquette                     raised way or footway above a parapet

banteng                       wild ox of Southeast Asia

banting                       a method of dieting for obesity by avoiding sweets and carbohydrates

bantling                      a baby, a very young child; (sometimes used contemptuously) a brat; bastard child

baptistery                    part of church reserved for performing baptisms

bar                           unit of pressure of one million dynes per square centimeter

baragnosis                    loss of ability to distinguish weight

baragouin                     any jargon or unintelligible language

barasingha                    deer dwelling in swamps of India

barathea                      pebbly silk or worsted fabric with broken rib weave

barathrum                     a deep pit at Athens, into which condemned criminals were thrown

barbarocracy                  government by barbarians

barbate                       bearded

barbet                        stout-billed tropical bird

barbette                      earthen terrace inside the parapet of a rampart

barbican                      an outer defensive work; esp a tower at a gate or bridge

barbigerous                   bearded; bearing a beard

barbula                       small tuft of hair just below the lower lip

barcarole                     gondolier's song

bardel                        pack saddle

bardocucullus                 hooded cloak worn by monks

bardolater                    a worshipper of the Bard

bardolatrous                  characterized by bardolatry (the worshop of Shakespeare)

bardolatry                    excessive devotion to or worship of Shakespeare

barege                        gauzy fabric of silk, cotton, wool, or worsted

barfulous                     jocular; said of something that would make anyone barf

bargee                        bargeman

bargemaster                   owner of a barge

barghest                      a goblin in English folklore

barkentine                    three-masted vessel

barlafumble                   a call for a truce by one who has fallen in fighting or play; a request for a time out

barleycorn                    old unit of length equal to one-third inch

barm                          yeast; froth on fermenting liquor

barmaster                     local judge among miners

barmcloth                     an apron

barmecidal                    providing only the illusion of abundance

barmecide                     illusory, imaginary; such as to disappoint

barmkin                       battlement or turret on the outer wall of a castle

barn                          unit of area measurement of particles equal to 100 square femtometres

barnard                       member of gang of thieves who acts as decoy

barnumize                     to advertise or promote with outlandish claims, after P.T. Barnum

barodynamics                  science of the support and mechanics of bridges

barognosis                    ability to perceive weight

barograph                     instrument for recording air pressure

barology                      study of gravitation

barophobia                    the fear of gravity

baroscope                     weather-glass

barouche                      four-wheeled hooded carriage

barracan                      fine silk cloth

barrack                       to shout at derisively or sarcastically

barracoon                     an enclosure or barrack formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts

barras                        coarse linen fabric

barrateen                     some kind of fabric

barratry                      inciting riot or violence; stirring up lawsuits or quarrels

barre                         placing capo or finger across guitar strings

barrulet                      narrow heraldic bar

bartisan                      parapet or battlement

barton                        farmyard

baryecoia                     deafness; hardness of hearing

baryphonic                    having difficulty speaking

bascule                       apparatus of which one end rises as the other sinks

basial                        of, like or pertaining to kissing

basiation                     kissing

basilica                      Roman Catholic church given special privileges

basilicon                     kind of ointment

basiphobia                    the fear of walking

basistasiphobia               the fear of standing and walking

basorexia                     an overwhelming desire to neck or kiss

bassinet                      light, conical helmet

bastinade                     to beat with a stick or baton, especially on the feet

bastinado                     a beating with a stick or cudgel; torture by beating on the soles of the feet

bastion                       tower at the corner of a fortification

bastle                        fortified house with vaulted ground floor

bataphobia                    the fear of heights or high places

bathetic                      characterized by bathos (insincere pathos)

bathmism                      directive evolutionary force

batholith                     large mass of intruded igneous rock

bathophobia                   the fear of falling from a high place

bathos                        appearance of the commonplace in elevated matter

bathykolpian                  deep-bosomed; large breasted

bathymeter                    instrument for recording contours of deep oceans

bathyorographical             of, like or pertaining to depth underwater or elevation above sea level

bathypelagic                  found in the depths of the sea

bathysiderodrophobia          the fear of subways, undergrounds or metros

bathysmal                     of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean

bathythermograph              instrument for recording water temperature as compared to depth

batie-bummil                  a useless bungler

batik                         method of dyeing fabric by covering certain sections with wax

batiste                       fine soft sheer fabric of plain weave

batology                      the study of brambles

batophobia                    the fear of heights or being close to tall buildings

batrachian                    relating to tailless amphibians, esp. frogs and toads

batrachivorous                frog-eating

batrachoid                    like a frog

batrachomyomachia             a storm in a puddle; much ado about nothing

batrachophagous               one who eats frogs

batrachophobia                the fear of frogs and toads

batraquomancy                 fortunetelling using frogs

batta                         extra pay; overtime wages

battels                       college accounts for board and provisions supplied from kitchen and buttery; generally, the whole of a person's college accounts

batten                        timber used to fasten down a door or hatch

battledore                    bat used to strike shuttlecock; game played with such a bat; a badminton racket

battology                     futile, boring repetition in speech or writing

battologist                   one who repeats the same thing needlessly or excessively

battue                        indiscriminate slaughter; driving game towards slaughter

baud                          unit of data transmission speed of one signal event per second

bausond                       having white spots on the forehead

bavardage                     small talk, chitchat; chattering; prattle

bavian                        insignificant or unskilled poet

bavin                         a bundle of brushwood or kindling used for fuel; by extension applied contemptuously to anything worthless

bayadere                      fabric with horizontal stripes in strongly contrasting colours

bayard                        one who has the self-confidence of ignorance  

bdellism                      use of leeches for blood-letting

bdelloid                      of, like or pertaining to leeches

bdellomete                    a mechanical leech, for the purpose of leeching blood

bdellophobia                  the fear of leeches

bdellotomy                    the surgical application of leeches; the practice of cutting leeches to empty them of blood while they continue to suck

beadle                        a minor parish official whose duties include ushering and preserving order

beadle                        mace-bearing official of an institution

beadsman                      monk or almoner who prays for benefactor

beata                         beatified woman

beatlemania                   obsession with the Beatles

beatster                      fish net repairer

beatus                        beatified man

beaupers                      linen fabric used for flags

beaver                        hinged face guard on a helmet

beaze                         to dry in the sun

bebeloglyphic                 profane, unholy writing  

beblubbered                   disfigured from weeping

bebother                      bother about

bechic                        relieving coughs

becket                        large hook or bracket used to hold tackle or spars

beckets                       rope handles

beckmesser                    a critic or teacher of music characterized by timid and excessive reliance upon rules; pedant

becquerel                     a unit of radioactivity equal to one nuclear decay per second

bedaggle                      to soil by dragging along the wet ground

beddage                       the total number of beds in a facility such as a hospital

bedizen                       to dress or adorn with gaudy finery or vulgarity

bedswerver                    unfaithful spouse

bee                           hardwood on either side of bowsprit through which forestays are reeved

beele                         double-pointed miner's pick

beerocracy                    government by brewers or brewing interests

beeskep                       straw beehive

beestings                     the first milk drawn from a cow after calving

beforetime                    formerly

behoof                        a benefit resulting from some course of action

beira                         pygmy antelope

bel                           unit of noise intensity equal to ten decibels

belay                         to secure a rope by winding on a pin or cleat

belcher                       coloured; spotted neckerchief

beldam                        an old woman, esp an ugly one; hag

belemnoid                     shaped like a dart

belike                        most likely; probably

bellarmine                    large jug with rounded belly and narrow neck

bellcote                      ornamental structure to hold one or two large bells

bellecism                     inclination towards violence; hawkishness

belles lettres                light, entertaining and often sophisticated literature

belleter                      bell-founder

belletristic                  of or concerned with belles lettres

bellibone                     a woman excelling both in beauty and goodness; a fair maid

belliferous                   bringing war

belling                       deer's mating call

bellipotent                   militarily powerful

bellonion                     mechanical instrument combining trumpets and drums

bellwether                    one who takes the lead; indicator of trends

beloid                        shaped like an arrow

belomancy                     fortunetelling by means of arrows

belonephilia                  sexual obsession with sharp objects

belonephobia                  the fear of pins and needles

belonoid                      shaped like a needle

Beltane                       Celtic May Day festival, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification

belvedere                     1. raised covered terrace or pavilion

belvedere                     2. raised turret or lantern on the top of a house

bema                          raised part of an eastern church containing the altar

bematist                      an official road surveyor in the time of Alexander the Great

benedict                      a newly married man who has long been a bachelor

benefactive                   indicating for whom or which

benefic                       kindly; benign; beneficent

benefice                      ecclesiastical office to which revenue is attached

beneficiate                   to treat ores to remove impurities

benet                         exorcist

bengaline                     crosswise ribbed fabric

benignity                     the state of being gracious; archaic  kindness

benison                       blessing, benediction

benthic                       of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean

benthos                       organisms that live at or near the bottom of the sea

berceau                       covered walk

berceuse                      lullaby

bergamask                     country dance

berge                         spy glass or telescope

berlin                        four-wheeled covered carriage

berline                       crude winter sled

berm                          narrow shelf or ledge at the top or bottom of a slope

bersatrix                     baby-sitter

besom                         broom, esp. one made of twigs

bespoke                       custom-made; making or selling custom-made clothes

bestiarian                    individual opposed to vivisection

bestiocracy                   rule by beasts

bethel                        a place of worship for seamen; nonconformist chapel

betimes                       in short time; speedily

bêtise                        a stupid or foolish act or remark; tudpidity; folly

betwixt                       between

bevan                         a loutish, unfashionable male; someone of the working class or from the wrong side of town

bever                         a snack between meals

bevue                         inadvertent error

bewray                        to make known; to reveal (as a secret) to one's disadvantage often unintentionally

bezel                         oblique side or face of a cut gem

bezesteen                     eastern marketplace

bezique                       card game played with two decks of cards

bezoar                        stony material found in ruminants' stomachs

bezonian                      a low fellow or scoundrel

bharal                        bluish-gray Himalayan goat

bialate                       two-winged

biarchy                       government by two people; diarchy

bibacious                     overly fond of drinking

bibble                        to drink often or much; to drink or eat noisily

bibcock                       a faucet that is bent downward

bibelot                       a small household ornament or decorative object; knickknack

bibitory                      of, like or pertaining or pertaining to drinking

bibliobibuli                  people who read too much and so are generally oblivious to the world around them

biblioclasm                   destruction of books, or of the Bible

biblioclast                   a destroyer of books, or of the Bible

bibliogenesis                 production of books

bibliognost                   well-read individual; person with wide knowledge of books

biblioklept                   book-thief

bibliolatry                   worship of the bible or other books

bibliology                    study of books

bibliomancy                   fortunetelling by opening a book at random

bibliomania                   a rage for collecting and possessing books; thus, bibliomaniac and bibliomaniacal

bibliopegist                  bookbinder

bibliophagist                 a devourer of books; bookworm

bibliophagist                 one who devours books, literally or figuratively

bibliophily                   love or fondness for books or reading

bibliophobia                  the fear of books

bibliopoesy                   making of books

bibliopolist                  one who deals in rare books

bibliopoly                    bookselling

bibliotaph                    one who hoards or hides books

bibliothec                    bibliotheca, collection of books, library

bibliothecarial               of or relating to a library

bibliotics                    study of documents to determine authenticity

bibulous                      highly absorbent; inclined to drink; addicted to alcohol

bicapitate                    two-headed

bickern                       anvil pointed at both ends

bicollateral                  having two identical sides

bicorn                        having two horns or points

bicorne                       the hat with two points worn by Napolean

biddery                       metal alloy inlaid with silver and/or gold

bidenticulate                 having two teeth

biduous                       lasting two days

bienséance                    something appropriate or proper

bifarious                     organized in two rows

biffy                         a toilet or outhouse

bifid                         divided in two by a deep split

bifilar                       having two threads

bigential                     consisting of two races, genera, or subspecies

biggin                        a building

bight                         a wide bay; a bend or coil in a rope

bijugate                      having heads on both sides of a coin

bilbo                         iron bar used to shackle prisoners' feet

bildungsroman                 psychological novel dealing with the early moral delvelopment of the protagonist

bilge                         lower point of inner hull of a ship

bilious                       ill-tempered; very unpleasant

billet-doux                   love letter

billingsgate                  coarsely abusive language

billon                        base metal, alloy of copper, tin or silver

bilocation                    ability to be in two places at once

biloquist                     one capable of speaking with two distinct voices

biltong                       South African dried meat; jerky

bimanous                      having two hands; two-handed

bimetallism                   currency exchange on both the gold and silver standards

bimillenary                   a span of 2,000 years; a 2,000th anniversary

binarchy                      government by two people; diarchy

binate                        doubled; coupled

binaural                      of, pertaining to or heard by both ears

bindle                        blanket roll

bindlestiff                   a tramp who carries a bundle of possessions or a bedroll

binnacle                      case in which a ship's compass is kept

binotonous                    consisting or comprised of two musical tones

binturong                     civet of southeastern Asia with long prehensile tail

biobibliography               annotated biographical bibliography

biocenosis                    state of association of creatures in a certain region

biocentric                    having life as main principle

biocide                       killing living material

bioecology                    study of interaction of life in the environment

biogenesis                    theory that all life is derived from living matter alone

biognosy                      general study or theory of life

biolith                       rock formed by living creatures

biometeorology                the study of how the weather affects people

biometrics                    study of biological measurement

bionergy                      vital essence or force

bionomics                     study of organisms interacting in their environments

biopic                        film telling the life-story of a celebrity

bioscope                      cinema; movie house

biotaxy                       classification of living organisms

biotope                       region of uniform environment and types of organisms

bipennate                     two-winged

biramous                      forked; with two branches

bireme                        rowed ship or galley with two banks of oars

biretta                       square three-ridged cap worn by Catholic clergy

birl                          to make a log spin by walking on it

biro                          a kind of ballpoint pen (BIC ballpoint)

birostrate                    double-beaked

bis                           twice; in two places

biscacha                      burrowing South American rodent

biserial                      in two rows or columns

bismer                        shame; disgrace; scorn

bisociation                   association of an object with two or more ideas

bisontine                     of, like or pertaining to bison

bissextile                    relating to the extra day in a leapyear

bistoury                      narrow surgical knife

bistre                        pigment with brownish colour derived from soot

bisulcate                     cloven-footed; cleft in two

bitheism                      belief in two Gods

bitt                          1. a post or pair of posts on the deck of a ship for securing lines

bitt                          2. a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten lines; bollard

bittern                       small heron

bitts                         posts mounted on a ship for fastening ropes

biune                         combining two entities into one

biverbal                      of, like or pertaining to two words; having a double sense

bivious                       offering a choice; splitting between two directions

bizarrerie                    a bizarre quality; something bizarre

blackguard                    1. a menial helper

blackguard                    2. to vituperate; to portray as a scoundrel

blackleg                      scab

blackmaster                   undertaker

blague                        humbug, claptrap, raillery; to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately; lie boastfully

blaguer                       one who talks pretentiously

blain                         a boil or blister

blandiloquence                complimentary speech; flattery

blandiloquent                 speaking in a flattering or ingratiating manner

blandiose                     something that wants to be grand but is only bland

blandish                      to flatter and coax; to cajole

blandishment                  something that tends to coax or cajole; allurement

blarney                       skilful flattery

blastogenesis                 reproduction by budding

blatherskite                  an obnoxious braggart; a garrulous talker of nonsense; a blustering, talkative fellow

blatterer                     one who blatters; a babbler; a noisy, blustering boaster

blatteroon                    a constant talker, one afflicted with logorrhea

blattnerphone                 instrument used to record sound on magnetic tape

blattoid                      of, like or pertaining to cockroaches

blauwbok                      extinct bluish-coloured antelope of Southern Africa

blazon                        heraldic arms painted on knight's shield or surcoat

bleezed                       a little flustered, as by drink

bleezy                        affected in the eyes, as by alcohol

blellum                       an idle boring chatterer

blench                        to shrink or flinch

blendling                     hybrid

blendure                      mixing

blennoid                      of or resembling mucus

blennophobia                  the fear of slime

blenny                        small elongated marine fish

blepharal                     of, like or pertaining to eyelids

blepharospasm                 a form of constant winking

blesbok                       South African antelope with white patch on forehead

blesiloquent                  to speak with a lisp or a stammer

bletcherous                   disgusting in design or function; esthetically unappealing

bletonism                     alleged ability to find an underground water supply

blewit                        type of edible toadstool

bling-bling                   shiny jewelry and other accoutrements

blissom                       subject to or having strong sexual desires

blive                         immediately or right away

blodder                       to flow with a gurgling sound from a small aperture

blanket                       a color that is gray or a light, blueish gray

bloomery                      factory where iron bars are manufactured

blooter                       a hard and wild kick of a ball; a fool, an oaf, a bumbler; a babbler

blottesque                    a painting style that is defined as having heavy brushstrokes or blots, which are not finely done

bloviate                      to orate or write verbosely or windily; to speak pompously or in an overbearing way

blucher                       leather half-boot

bluepeter                     blue flag with white square in centre used as ship's signal

bluestocking                  early feminist; educated or literary woman

bluey                         a swagman's bundle of personal effects

blunderkin                    a blundering fellow

blunge                        to mix clay with water

blype                         piece of skin that peels off after a sunburn

bo                            fellow; pal, buddy

boak                          to belch; to vomit; an eructation

boanerges                     skilled orator with powerful voice

boanthropy                    the insane delusion that one is an ox

boation                       a crying; a roaring; a bellowing

boatswain                     ship's crewmember in charge of equipment and maintenance

bobbasheely                   a very close friend, chum

bobeche                       circular wax catcher that fits over a candle

Bob's your uncle              used to show the simplicity of something; there you are!

bobstay                       rope used on ships to steady the bowsprit

bocking                       smoked herring

bodach                        old man; churl; goblin or spectre

bodement                      prediction or prophecy

bodewash                      dried buffalo dung, used as fuel for fire

bodge                         piece of poor or clumsy workmanship

bodger                        a chair-leg turner

bodgery                       botched work, bungling

bodkin                        dagger, stiletto; blunt needle; small tool for pricking holes

boeotian                      a dull, obtuse person

boethetic                     helpful, curative

boffin                        a scientific expert; esp. one involved in technological research

bogan                         quiet tributary or backwater

bogart                        to selfishly take or keep something; hog

bogatyr                       a medieval Russian heroic warrior, akin to Western European knight errant

boggard                       a spectre, goblin, or bogy

bogglish                      to be uncertain, doubtful or little  skittish about something

bogometer                     a conversational device used for the rhetorical measurement of bogosity

bogosity                      the degree to which something is bogus (i.e. bad, false)

bogyphobia                    the fear of goblins

bolar                         of, like or pertaining to clay

bolection                     moulding around a panel

bolero                        Spanish dance with sudden pauses and sharp turns

bolide                        large meteor that bursts; a fireball

bollard                       short post on a wharf or ship to which ropes are tied

bolometer                     instrument for measuring radiant energy or infrared light

bolthead                      straight-necked distillation vessel or flask

boltrope                      strong rope stitched to edges of a sail

bolus                         a large medical pill; a soft rounded mass of chewed food

boman                         well dressed criminal

bombaster                     one who stuffs or pads things

bombastry                     bombastic language or composition

bombazine                     twilled silk and worsted fabric

bombé                         bulging outwards

bombic                        of, like or pertaining to silkworms

bombilate                     to hum, buzz or drone continuously

bombilation                   a buzzing, droning or humming

bombosity                     the buttocks

bombous                       convex; rounded

bombycine                     of, like or pertaining to silk or cotton

bombylious                    humming or buzzing

bonasus                       bison

bonbonnière                   small box used for sweetmeats

bonce                         large marble used in games

bongo                         reddish African antelope with white vertical stripes

boniface                      the proprietor of a hotel, nightclub or restaurant; innkeeper

bonification                  paying of bonus or reward

boniform                      having the form of good

bonify                        to improve or ameliorate

boning                        estimating straightness by looking along a row of poles

bonism                        the doctrine that the world is good but not perfect

bonking                       when endurance cyclists have used every ounce of fuel in their bodies and cannot continue; fucking

bonnibel                      fair maid, bonny lass

bonnyclabber                  milk which has become thick due to being sour

bontebok                      South African antelope with unusual coloration

bonzery                       buddhist monastery

bonzoline                     artificial ivory-like substance used to make billiard balls

boobocracy                    government by boobs

booboisie                     boobs as a class; the general public regarded as consisting of boobies

boodle                        counterfeit money; funds obtained by corruption

boohai                        an out of the way, remote or non-existent place

boojum                        an imaginary animal, a particularly dangerous kind of snark

boondoggle                    an unnecessary activity or wasteful expenditure

boopic                        ox-eyed

borage                        rough-stemmed herb used in salads

borak                         nonsense, humbug; banter

borasco                       a squall often attended with a thunderstorm occurring especially in the Mediterranean

borato                        thin fabric

borborology                   filthy talk

borborygmic                   relating to intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas

borborygmus                   the rumbling sound of gas passing through the intestine

bordar                        tenant who holds land at his lord's pleasure

bordereau                     detailed bill or invoice

bordure                       border surrounding a heraldic shield

bore                          tidal flow of water up estuaries

boreal                        related to northern regions

Bork                          to defame or vilify (a person) systematically, esp. in the mass media

borné                         limited; narrow-minded

borsella                      instrument for shaping glass vessels

bort                          diamond fragments or dust

borzoi                        wolf-hound

boscage                       thick foliage; woodland

boschveldt                    bush country; wilderness

bosket                        thicket; plantation

bosky                         covered with trees or shrubs

bossa-nova                    Brazilian dance similar to samba

bosselated                    knobby

bosthoon                      an awkward fellow; a tactless, senseless person; boor, dolt

boston                        waltz-like dance

bosun                         boatswain

bot                           larva of a botfly that infests horses

botanomancy                   fortunetelling using burning branches or plants

botanophobia                  the fear of plants

botryoidal                    like a bunch of grapes

bottine                       small boot

bottomry                      using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage

bottony                       having three buds like a trefoil

bouclé                        fabric of uneven looped yarn

bouillotte                    card game resembling poker

bouleuterion                  meeting-place; assembly hall

bouleversement                a violent disturbance; tumult; a turning upsidedown; reversal; ruin

boult                         to sift through cloth; to examine by sifting

boun                          to prepare; to dress; to set out

bouquiniste                   a dealer in secondhand books

bourasque                     tempest

bourdon                       drone bass of a bagpipe or organ

bourrée                       French baroque dance with quick rhythm

bourse                        European stock exchange

boustrophedon                 writing alternating left-right then right-left

boustrophedonic               having alternate lines written in opposite directions

boutade                       a sudden outburst or outbreak; a caprice; a whim

boutade                       sudden outburst

bovarism                      a romantic or unreal conception of oneself; conceit

bovaristic                    conceited

bovicide                      slaughter of cattle; one who kills cattle

boviform                      cow-shaped

bowdlerize                    to purge literature of all possibly offensive or morally impure material

bower                         anchor carried at bow of a ship

bowery                        seedy or run-down district of a city

bowline                       rope used to keep weather edge of a sail taut

bowsprit                      spar that extends at bows of a ship

bowssen                       to immerse in water as a treatment for insanity; hence, bowssening

boxology                      a hierarchical presentation of software-architecture using boxes and arrows

boyau                         communication trench

boyg                          a problem difficult to get to grips with

brabble                       to squabble or quarrel

braccate                      having feathered legs or feet

bracciale                     bracket or socket mounted on a wall

brach                         female hunting hound

brachet                       whelp; brat; bitch hound

brachiation                   act of swinging by one's arms from place to place

brachiferous                  bearing or having branches or arms

brachiotomy                   amputation of an arm

brachistichrone               the path between two points along which a particle travels for the shortest time

brachycatalectic              lacking two syllables from end of a line of verse

brachycephalic                having a head that is broad

brachycerous                  having horns or antennae clipped or removed

brachydactylous               having short or stubby fingers

brachylogy                    conciseness of expression; a condensed expression

brachymetropia                short-sightedness

brachyology                   laconic, abbreviated or interrupted speech

brachypodous                  short-legged

brachypterous                 short-winged

brackish                      saltish; very salty

brackle                       to break bread or cake into pieces

bracteate                     thin beaten plate of gold or silver

bradawl                       small boring tool

bradyseism                    slow up-and-down movement of the earth's crust

brail                         leather strap to bind a hawk's wing

brails                        ropes on edge of sail for hauling up

braird                        to appear above ground (of crops)

branchial                     of, like or pertaining to gills

branchiferous                 having or bearing gills

branchiform                   gill-shaped

brandling                     striped earthworm used as fishing bait

brandophile                   one who collects cigar bands

brandophilist                 a collector of cigar bands

brank                         to prance; toss the head; to strut

brannigan                     a drinking spree; a noisy altercation or quarrel

bransle                       an old French follow-the-leader dance

brasero                       a place where criminals and heretics are burned

brash                         collection of broken pieces of rock or ice

brassage                      difference between cost of minting coin and its value

brassard                      badge worn on the arm; piece of armour for the arm

brassica                      plants of the mustard family, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and turnip

brattice                      1. fixed tower of wood on a castle wall

brattice                      2. partition in mine shaft used to support walls and roof

braxy                         disease of sheep causing fits

brayer                        instrument for spreading ink in printing

bream                         to clean a ship's bottom by burning off seaweed

breastsummer                  beam supporting front of a building; bressummer

breccia                       geological formation of angular fragments of rock

breedbate                     someone looking for an argument

brehon                        judge or magistrate in ancient Ireland

breloque                      an ornament attached to a watch

breme                         fierce; cruel; keen

bressummer                    beam supporting a wall over an opening

bretasche                     partition to control ventilation in a mine

breve                         mark over letter to indicate a short vowel sound

brevet                        commission enabling officer to take higher rank

breviary                      book containing daily church service

breviate                      a brief compendium; a lawyer's brief

brevicaudate                  short-tailed

breviloquence                 short-windedness; tendency towards brevity in speech

breviloquent                  speaking briefly about a subject

breviped                      short-legged creature

brevipennate                  having short wings

brevirostrate                 having a short nose

briarean                      many-handed

bricolage                     construction achieved by using whatever comes to hand; something constructed in this way

bricolé                       1. bank shot or rebound

bricole                       2. harness for humans to pull heavy loads

bridewell                     house of corrections; jail

bridgewater                   anything undesirable or worthless

bridoon                       light military bridle

brigandine                    leather armour with metal scales

brigantine                    two-masted ship

brigue                        to intrigue

brilliantine                  1. light lustrous cotton and worsted fabric

brilliantine                  2. perfumed oil for making hair glossy

brimborion                    a thing without value or use; trash, nonsense

brindled                      marked with streaks or spots

brio                          enthusiastic vigour

brisance                      the shattering or crushing effect of an explosion

brisure                       part of a parapet breaking from the general direction

britska                       ppen four-wheeled carriage

broadcloth                    dense twilled wool or worsted fabric

brobdingnagian                on a giant scale; enormous; immense

brocade                       rich silk fabric with raised patterns

brocard                       elementary law or principle; canon; axiom; maxim

broch                         luminous ring around the moon

broché                        with raised pattern

brochette                     skewer for holding food steady while cooking

brocken                       two-year-old stag

brockfaced                    having a white mark on the face or snout

brodequin                     light boot worn inside heavier boots

broderie                      embroidery pattern

brogan                        strong and tough working shoe

broma                         food; aliment

bromatology                   study of or discourse on food

bromidrosiphobia              the fear of body odour or sweat

bromidrosis                   the secretion of foul-smelling sweat; body odor

bromopnea                     bad breath; halitosis

bronchos                      temporary loss of voice; laryngitis

bronchoscope                  instrument for examining the windpipe

bronteum                      a device used in theater or movies to create thunder

brontide                      the low rumbling of distant thunder

brontology                    scientific study of thunder

brontomancy                   fortunetelling using thunder

brontophobia                  the fear of thunder and lightning

brouette                      small two-wheeled carriage

brougham                      one-horse closed carriage

bruit                         something rumoured widely; to report or spread rumour

brumal                        of, like or pertaining to winter; occurring in the winter

brumalia                      a pagan festival held at the winter solstice from which some features of the celebration of Christmas seem to have originated

brume                         mist or fog

brummagem                     showy and cheap; meretricious

brumous                       foggy, misty, wintry

brump                         to collect branches which have fallen off of trees

brunneous                     dark brown

brusquerie                    abruptness of manner

brutter                       ballhooter; lumberjack who rolls logs

bruxism                       habitual grinding of the teeth

bruxomania                    the compulsive grinding of one's teeth

bryology                      the study of mosses and liverworts

bubaline                      of, like or pertaining to buffalo or antelopes

bubonalgia                    painful inflammation of the groin

bubulcitate                   to cry like a cowboy (!?)

buccal                        of, like or pertaining to the mouth or cheek

buccan                        metal frame on which meat is dried and/or roasted

buccina                       Roman curved trumpet

buccinal                      shaped or sounding like a trumpet

buccinator                    the thin, flat muscle forming the wall of the cheek - so called from its use in blowing wind instruments

buccula                       a double chin

bucculent                     wide-mouthed

bucentaur                     legendary half-man and half-ox

buck-and-wing                 solo tap dance with many leg flings and leaps

buckram                       stiff-finished cotton or linen used for linings of garments

bucoliast                     writer of pastoral poems

bucolic                       of, like or pertaining to the tending of cattle; rustic; rural

buddle                        sloping container for washing ore

buffarilla                    an extremely ugly young woman

bufoniform                    shaped like a toad

bufotenine                    hallucinogen found in certain tropical toads

bugaboo                       something that causes baseless fear or worry; also, a false belief used to intimidate

bugbear                       an object or source of dread

buhl                          inlaying of precious material onto furniture

bulbiferous                   bearing bulbs

bulbitate                     to befoul one's trousers

bulbul                        gregarious African songbird

bulgur                        cooked broken wheat

bulimy                        extreme hunger

bulla                         round seal attached to a papal bull

bullace                       wild plum

bullantic                     capitalized and ornamented, as letters used on papal bulls

bullary                       collection of papal bulls

bullate                       having a blistered or puckered appearance

bulliform                     shaped like a blister or boil

bullimong                     cattle feed that consists of many grains all mixed up

bullionism                    belief in the importance of metallic currency in economics

bullition                     the act of boiling

bullock                       an ox or castrated bull

bullyrag                      to assault with abusive language; ; intimidate by bullying; to badger

bulse                         a small bag for diamonds or gold dust

bulwark                       the side of a ship above the deck

bumbledom                     the actions and mannerisms of pompous but inefficient government officials

bumboat                       small boat used in harbours to carry provisions

bumf                          toilet paper; also, worthless paperwork, literature, or junk mail

bumfuzzle                     to confuse, perplex or fluster

bumicky                       cement mixed with stone chips used in masonry

bummel                        stroll; leisurely journey

bump                          coarse cotton fabric

bumpkin                       spar projecting from stern of ship

bumptious                     offensively conceited or self-assertive

bumwhush                      ruin, obscurity, annihilation

buncombe                      speech-making intended for the mass media

bundling                      a former custom of an unmarried couple's occupying the same bed without undressing, esp. during courtship

bunghole                      the hole in a cask, keg, or barrel through which liquid is poured in or drained out

bunt                          middle of sail, fish-net or cloth when slack

bunting                       light loosely woven fabric used for flags

buntline                      rope attached to middle of square sail to haul it up to the yard

bupkis                        absolutely nothing

burd-alone                    all alone; friendless

burdet                        cotton fabric

burelage                      fine lines printed on stamp paper as protection against fraud or forgery

burgage                       tenure in socage for a yearly rent

burganet                      light helmet with nose and cheek protection

burgee                        small ship's flag used for identification or signalling

burgensic                     of, like or pertaining to a borough or its citizens

burghbote                     donations made to repair a castle, or to build a castle

burgrave                      commander of a German town or castle

burke                         to suppress quietly or indirectly; bypass; avoid

burladero                     the wooden barrier in a bullring used for protection

burlap                        coarse plain-woven jute or hemp fabric

burnet                        dark brown; dark woollen cloth

burrel                        coarse russet cloth

burrole                       an eavesdropper

burrstone                     type of rock used to make millstones

bursal                        of, like or pertaining to a state's revenues

bursary                       treasury of a monastery or college

burse                         square cloth case to carry the corporal during communion service

bursiculate                   resembling a small pouch

bursiform                     shaped like a pouch or purse

bushonics                     nonstandard English which features tangled syntax, mispronunciations, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers and a wanton disregard for subject-verb agreement

bushwa                        rubbish, nonsense

busker                        one who entertains esp by singing or reciting on the street or in a pub

buskin                        tragedy as a dramatic genre

buss                          rude or playful kiss

buteonine                     of, like or pertaining to buzzards

butt                          unit of volume equal to two hogsheads or 126 gallons

buttery                       storeroom for provisions and liquors

butyraceous                   resembling, producing or having the qualities of butter

butyric                       of, like or pertaining to butter

buxiferous                    bearing or producing box-trees (a small evergreen)

byre                          a cow barn

byrnie                        coat of mail or breastplate

byrthynsak                    stealing as much as one can carry; the theft of a calf or a sheep

byssaceous                    delicately filamentous

byssiferous                   having tufts or threads

byssine                       silky; soft; having many threads

byssoid                       fibrous; cottony soft

byssus                        mummy-wrapping fabric

bywoner                       South African agricultural labourer





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