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caballine                     of, like or pertaining to or suited to a horse

cabas                         woman's work basket or handbag

cable                         heavy rope or chain for mooring a ship

caboched                      heraldic animal shown in full face with no neck or body

cabochon                      highly polished convex gem

caboose                       kitchen on the deck of a ship

caboosh                       all, everything, everyone

cabotage                      shipping and sailing between points in the same country

cabotin                       medical quack

cabré                         flying upside down with tail down

cabrie                        a pronghorn

cabrilla                      Atlantic sea bass

cabriole                      urved furniture leg ending in a ball; exuberant dance or caper

cabriolet                     two-wheeled carriage

cacaesthesia                  morbid sensation

ca'canny                      canny; to go cautiously, quietly, gently, carefully, warily

cacestogenous                 relating to origin or development; caused by unfavorable home environment

cachaemic                     having diseased or poisoned blood

cachalot                      a sperm whale

cachepot                      ornamental container used to conceal a flowerpot

cachet                        a seal of approval; a mark of prestige

cachexic                      having an unhealthy physical or mental state

cachinnate                    to laugh loudly and inappropriately

cachinnation                  loud or hysterical laughter

cacidrosis                    smelly sweat

cack-handed                   left-handed; back-handed; awkward; clumsy

cacodaemon                    possessed by an evil genius, evil spirit or devil

cacodemomania                 pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit; posessed by the devil

cacodoxy                      incorrect doctrine, heresy, heterodoxy

cacoepy                       poor or wrong pronunciation

cacoethes                     an uncontrollable or insatiable desire; mania; a bad habit or insatiable urge

cacoethes loquendi            the irresistible urge to speak

cacoethes scribendi           the irresistible urge to write

cacogen                       an antisocial person

cacogenics                    study of racial degeneration

cacographer                   a bad writer or speller

cacography                    bad handwriting; bad spelling

cacohydrophobia               the fear of sewer water

cacolet                       military mule litter

cacology                      bad choice of words or faulty pronunciation

caconym                       wrongly derived name

cacophonophilist              one who loves harsh sounds

cacospectamania               the obsession of staring at something which is repulsive

cacotopia                     a state in which everything is as bad as it can be

cacozelia                     studied affectation in diction or style, as in a speech filled with pedantic latinisms

cacuminal                     retroflex, pertaining to a point, crown, top or peak

cadastral                     of a map or survey; showing or recording property boundaries, subdivision lines, buildings, and other details

cadastre                      record of ownership and value of property

caddis                        worsted yarn

cadge                         to beg or sponge from another

cadilesker                    chief judge in the Turkish empire

cadrans                       instrument by which a gem is adjusted while being cut

caducary                      passing or expiring due to lapse or forfeit

caduceator                    herald; messenger

caduceus                      symbol of the medical profession, two snakes winding around the staff of Caduceus

caducity                      being of a transitory or impermanent nature

caecity                       blindness

caenogenesis                  process of growth in individual not common in its species

caesaropapism                 control of the church by a secular ruler

caesious                      bluish or greyish green

caespitose                    growing in clusters or tufts

caesura                       natural breathing space in a line of verse; break, interruption

cafard                        severe depression or apathy; the blues

cagamosis                     an unhappy marriage

cagophilist                   a collector of keys

cahooting                     conspiring, plotting

cahoots                       collaboration, collusion

caiman                        small alligator-like reptile

cainophobia                   the fear of anything new

cairngorm                     yellow-brown quartz

caisson                       vehicle or chest for holding ammunition

caitiff                       a base, cowardly or despicable person

cakewalk                      prancing stage dance with backward tilt

calamanco                     satin twilled woollen fabric

calamist                      piper; one who plays using a reed

calamistrate                  to curl the hair, from the Latin word for curling iron

calamus                       quill or reed used as a pen

calando                       slowing with gradually lowering volume

calash                        light low-wheeled carriage with folding top

calathiform                   cup-shaped

calathus                      fruit basket carried on the head

calcar                        furnace or oven for annealing

calcariferous                 having or bearing spurs

calcariform                   spur-shaped

calceate                      to shoe

calceiform                    shaped like a slipper

calciferous                   bearing lime

calciform                     pebble-shaped

calcifuge                     plant that will not tolerate limy soil

calcimine                     to whitewash

calcine                       to burn so as to drive out water and carbon dioxide

calcivorous                   feeding on or living in limestone

calcographer                  one who draws with crayons or pastels

calefacient                   a medicinal agent which produces warmth or a sense of heat

calefaction                   warming; the state of being warmed

calefactive                   having the tendency to warm; warming

calefactory                   a monastery sitting room

calembour                     a pun

calender                      machine with rollers which presses paper or cloth

calends                       the first day of the ancient Roman month from which days were counted backwards to the Ides

calenture                     tropical fever due to heat exposure

calescence                    increase in heat

calico                        plain white cotton

calicular                     like a chalice or cup

caliginosity                  dimness of sight; darkness

caliginous                    misty; dark; dim; obscure

caliology                     study of bird's nests

calipace                      turtle's carapace

calix                         an ecclesiastical chalice or cup

calk                          pointed piece on a horseshoe to prevent slipping

callant                       boy; fellow

callet                        a drab untidy woman

calligram                     design using the letters of a word

calligyniaphobia              the fear of beautiful women

callipygian                   having beautiful or well-shaped buttocks

callipygous                   having beautiful buttocks

callisteia                    awards given for beauty

callithump                    a noisy, boisterous mock serenade, a charivari

callithumpian                 the sounds of a big parade, usually accompanied by horns and noise makers

callomania                    having delusions of one's own inordinate beauty

callow                        unfledged; inexperienced

calodemon                     good or beneficial spirit

calorifacient                 producing or generating heat

calorifics                    study of heat

calorimeter                   instrument for measuring absorbed or evolved heat

calotte                       Roman Catholic skullcap

calque                        word or expression introduced into a language by literally translating it

caltrop                       a device with four metal points so arranged so that one points upward as a hazard

calumet                       ornamented ceremonial pipe

calumniate                    to slander; misrepresent; besmirch

calumny                       the malicious uttering of false charges calculated to damage another's reputation

calvary                       experience of intense mental suffering

calver                        to prepare fish while alive or freshly caught

calvities                     baldness

calvous                       bald

calycine                      of, like or pertaining to a cup or calyx

calypso                       a fashion in which women tie a knot in their shirt and exposes her waist

calyx                         outer covering of a flower

camaca                        fine silk fabric

camaïeu                       monotonous or uninteresting play or literary work

caman                         shinty stick

camarilla                     a group of unofficial often secret and scheming advisors; cabal

camber                        slight arch or convexity to a beam or deck of a ship

cambist                       one who deals in bills of exchange or who is skilled in the science and practice of exchange; a banker

cambistry                     science of international exchange

cambium                       soft tissue found in trees

cambresine                    fine linen fabric

cambric                       fine thin white cotton or linen fabric

cameline                      of, like or pertaining to camels

camelious                     jocular term describing camel's hump

camelopard                    giraffe

camelot                       newspaper vendor

camelry                       troops mounted on camels

cameralism                    mercantilism designed to increase a ruler's power

cameralistics                 the science of managing public finances

camerated                     divided into separate chambers

cameriere                     waiter or valet

camerlengo                    papal treasurer

camisade                      night attack

camisole                      straitjacket used for unruly prisoners

camlet                        strong waterproof silk or wool fabric

camorra                       a group of people united for dishonest or dishonorable ends; a secret society

camouflet                     mine used to destroy underground enemy emplacement

campaniform                   bell-shaped

campanile                     freestanding bell tower on church property

campanology                   the art or study of bell ringing

campanulate                   shaped like a bell

campestral                    of, like or pertaining to the country; pertaining to level ground

camsteary                     perverse; unruly

canaille                      riffraff; proletarian; the mob; rabble

canaliculate                  grooved or channelled lengthwise

canard                        a false or unfounded report or story

canary                        lively Renaissance courtly dance

cancatervate                  to heap up into a pile

cancellarial                  of, like or pertaining to a chancellor

cancellous                    having a porous structure

cancerophobia                 the fear of cancer

cancriform                    shaped like a crab

cancrine                      of, like or pertaining to crabs; palindromic

cancrizans                    moving backwards; repeating a musical theme backwards

candela                       unit of luminous intensity

candent                       heated to whiteness

candescent                    glowing hotly

canephor                      sculpted figure carrying a basket on the head

canescent                     hoary; tending to become white or grey

caneva                        fancy woollen fabric made to resemble canvas

cang                          wooden yoke hung around a criminal's neck

canicular                     relating to the Dog Star, or its rising; of or relating to the dog days of summer

canities                      whiteness of the hair

cannel                        bevel on the edge of a chisel

cannelure                     groove or fluting

cannikin                      small can or drinking vessel

cannonade                     an attack with heavy artillery

cannonarchy                   government by superior firepower or by cannons

cannular                      hollow or tube-shaped

canoness                      woman living in a community under a religious rule

canonicate                    the rank or office of a cannon

canoodle                      donkey, fool, silly lovemaker; pet; fondle; caress

canophilia                    love or fondness for dogs

canopus                       vase for holding dead individual's inner organs

canorous                      musical; singing; resonant

Canossa                       a place of humiliation; to humble or humiliate oneself, to eat humble pie

canque                        Chinese cotton fabric

cantabank                     strolling singer; second-rate musician

cantative                     of, like or pertaining to singing

cantatrice                    female singer

canter                        person who makes hypocritical or affected statements

canterbury                    stand with divisions for holding books or music

canthus                       angle between eyelids at the corner of the eye

canticle                      short holy song or sung prayer

cantillate                    to chant or intone

cantle                        corner, edge or slice of anything

canton                        dexter chief region of a heraldic field

cantonment                    small military town

cantorial                     located on the north side of the choir in a church

cantrip                       a magic spell, a witch's trick; a deceptive move; a sham

canzone                       instrumental work that is melodious or song-like

caparison                     ornamented covering for a horse

capax                         legally competent

capeline                      surgical bandage for the stump of amputated limb; small iron skullcap

capelocracy                   the shopkeeping interest, or class; government by shopkeepers

capernoited                   crabbed, peevish, muddleheaded, tipsy

capernoited                   slightly intoxicated or tipsy

capias                        writ authorizing the arrest of a person

capillaceous                  hairlike

capilotade                    stewed meat dish; a story that’s hashed together

capistrate                    hooded

capitalism                    doctrine that private ownership and free markets should govern economies

capitation                    numbering of individuals; head tax

capitulary                    of, like or pertaining to a chapter of an organization

caple                         a horse

capnomancy                    fortunetelling by means of smoke

caponier                      a covered passage across a moat or ditch

capreolate                    having or resembling tentacles

capric                        having a goatlike smell; of, like or pertaining to goats

caprifoliaceous               of, like or pertaining to the honeysuckle plant

capriform                     goatlike

caprine                       of, like or pertaining to goats

capriole                      leap and kick performed by a trained horse

capripede                     satyr

capstan                       upright device for winding in heavy ropes or cables

captation                     attempt to obtain applause or recognition

captious                      peevish; ready to take offence or find fault

capuchin                      pointed hooded cloak worn by friars

capybara                      tailless aquatic rodent of South America

caracal                       long-legged nocturnal cat of African and Asian savannahs with long ears

caracara                      long-legged South American falcon

caracole                      spiral staircase; a half turn by a trained horse

carapace                      the shell of an animal such as a turtle or armadillo

caravanserai                  an inn where caravans rest at night; usually a large bare building surrounded by a court

carbasus                      lint or gauze

carboniferous                 bearing carbon

carboy                        large green bottle encased in wicker

carbuncle                     architectural monstrosity or eyesore; red precious stone

carcanet                      ornamental necklace, collar or headband

carcelage                     prison fees

carceral                      of, like or pertaining to prisons

carcinology                   study of crabs and other crustaceans

carcinophobia                 the fear of cancer

cardialgia                    heartburn

cardimelech                   supposed vital force causing heart to work

cardinal                      deep scarlet red colour

cardinalitial                 of, like or pertaining to church cardinals

cardiognost                   one who knows the workings of the heart

cardiograph                   instrument for recording movements of the heart

cardioid                      heart-shaped

cardophagus                   donkey; something that eats thistles

careen                        to turn a ship on its side in order to clean or repair it

caret                         mark (^) used to note an omission

carfax                        place where four roads meet; intersection of roads at center of a town

carferal                      compound of carbon, iron and aluminum

caricology                    study of sedges

caricous                      of, like or pertaining to figs

carinated                     shaped like the prow or keel of a ship

cariniform                    keel-shaped

carioca                       variation of the samba

cariogenic                    causing dental cavities

cariole                       light open carriage

carious                       decaying, rotten (with dry rot)

carious                       of, like or pertaining to dental cavities; decayed

caritative                    generous; charitable

caritive                      indicating lack of something

cark                          worry; trouble, distress

carker                        a whining, troublesome child

carking                       imposing great hardship or strain; burdensome, annoying

carlot                        a peasant, in the pejorative sense

carminative                   expelling gas, causing or relieving flatulence

carnac                        an elephant driver, a mahout

carnaptious                   bad-tempered, irritable, grumpy, curmudgeonly, cantankerous

carnassial                    specially adapted for eating flesh

carneous                      consisting of flesh; fleshy; flesh-colored; pale red

carnet                        customs or other permit; book of coupons

carniferous                   bearing flesh; fleshy

carnifex                      an executioner, esp. the public executioner in ancient Rome

carnification                 conversion into flesh

carnificial                   of, like or pertaining to butchers or executioners

carnificine                   place of execution; office of the executioner

carnophobia                   the fear of meat

carnose                       fleshy; of or like flesh

carnous                       fleshy, pulpy (of fruits or roots)

caroche                       stately carriage used on ceremonial occasions

carpal                        of, like or pertaining to the wrist

carphology                    fitful plucking movements as in delirium

carpogenous                   producing or bearing fruit

carpology                     study of fruit

carpophagous                  fruit-eating

carrack                       galleon

carrefour                     a crossroads, a carfax; a public square, plaza

carriwitchet                  a hoaxing or riddling question; a pun; a quibble; a conundrum

carronade                     short and light maritime cannon

cartiliginous                 like or composed of cartilage

cartomancy                    telling fortunes using playing cards

cartomaniac                   a collector of maps

cartophily                    the hobby of collecting cigarette cards

cartouche                     oval- or scroll-shaped ornamentation on monument or tomb

cartulary                     keeper of monastic records

carucate                      as much land as a team of oxen ploughs in a season

caruncle                      any fleshy growth on the body

caryatid                      a draped female figure supporting an entablature (upper section of a classical building); column shaped like female figure

cascabel                      part behind the base-ring of a cannon

caschrom                      spade with bent handle for tilling soil

casefy                        to become or make cheese-like

caseifaction                  the act of turning into cheese

casemate                      bombproof chamber or armored compartment

caseous                       cheese-like

casern                        barrack or billet for soldiers

cashmere                      soft twilled fabric made of fine goat's wool

cashmerette                   soft imitation of cashmere

casque                        helmet

Cassandra                     one that predicts misfortune or disaster

cassation                     annulment; overthrow of legal decision

cassideous                    helmet-shaped

cassimere                     closely woven twilled cloth of fine wool

cassock                       close-fitting ankle-length clergyman's garment

cassowary                     large flightless Melanesian bird

castaneous                    chestnut-coloured

castellan                     governor of castle or fortification

castellar                     of, like or pertaining to a castle

castellated                   having battlements or turrets

castophrenia                  belief that one's thoughts are being stolen

castory                       brown colour; brown dye derived from beaver pelts

castral                       of or belonging to the camp

castrametation                the art or science of laying out an encampment

casualism                     the belief that chance governs all things

casuist                       a sophist who insists on debating the smallest details

casuistry                     specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead

catabaptism                   belief in the wrongness of infant baptism

catabasis                     the decline of a disease in a population

catachresis                   use of a wrong word in a context; strained use of a word or phrase

catachrestic                  characterized by the misuse of words for the context

catachthonian                 subterranean; also, catachthonic

catachthonian                 underground; subterranean

cataclasm                     disruption; breaking down

catacoustics                  science of echoes or reflected sounds

catadioptric                  employing both reflection and refraction of light

catadromous                   living in fresh water and going to the sea to spawn

catafalque                    temporary tomb used in funerals and processions

catagelophobia                the fear of ridicule or laughter

cataglottism                  kissing using the tongue, French kissing

catalactic                    of, like or pertaining to exchange

catalactics                   science of commercial exchange

catalectic                    incomplete; missing final syllable

catamite                      a boy kept for purposes of sexual perversion

catamount                     any wild large species of cat

catapedamania                 obsession with jumping from high places

catapedaphobia                the fear of jumping from a high (or low) place

cataphract                    suit of mail; soldier in full armour; armoured ship

cataphysical                  unnatural

cataplasm                     plaster or poultice

cataplexy                     condition feigning death used by animals

catarolysis                   letting off steam by cursing

catarrhine                    of, like or pertaining to old world monkeys

catasophistry                 quibbling;, deceit; to outwit, to evade by quibbling

catasta                       scaffold or stage for torture or selling slaves

catastaltic                   astringent

catastarian                   related to slavery or torture

catastasis                    part of drama where action is at its height

catastrophism                 belief in rapid geological and biological change

catawampus                    askew; awry; positioned diagonally

catchpole                     a sheriff's deputy or bailiff; esp. one who makes arrests for failure to pay a debt; bumbailiff

catechectics                  the art of teaching by question and answer

catechumen                    one undergoing instruction prior to conversion to Christianity

catena                        series, chain or sequence

catenarian                    of, like or pertaining to chains

catenate                      to connect as in or by a chain

catenular                     chain-like

cateran                       a former military irregular or brigand of the Scottish Highlands

cathartic                     something which is used to clean one's bowels

cathead                       projection near the bow of a ship to which anchor is secured

cathect                       to charge with mental energy; to give (ideas, etc.) an emotional loading

cathedra                      chair or throne of office for a bishop or other high official

cathetometer                  instrument for measuring short vertical distances

cathexis                      investment of emotional energy in a thought or idea

cathisma                      short hymn used as response

cathisophobia                 the fear of sitting

catholicon                    cure-all; panacea

catholicos                    primate of armenian or nestorian church

catillate                     to lick dishes

catogenic                     formed from above

catoptomancy                  fortunetelling using a mirror or several mirrors

catoptric                     relating to a mirror, produced by reflection

catoptromancy                 fortunetelling by examining mirror placed underwater

catoptrophobia                the fear of mirrors

caudal                        of, like or pertaining to the tail

caudiform                                            tail-like; tail-shaped

caudle                        warm drink given to the sick

caul                          net or similar covering for the head; afterbirth

cauliform                     shaped like or resembling a stem

cauligenous                   originating on the stem of a plant

caulotaxy                     disposition and location of branches on a stem

cauponate                     to engage in questionable trade for the sake of gain

causative                     indicating causation by

causerie                      informal talk or discussion, esp. on literary topics; a chatty article or paragraph

causeuse                      a sofa built for two people

causidical                    of, like or pertaining to those who plead legal cases

causimancy                    fortunetelling by means of fire

cautelous                     treacherous; cunning; wily; cautious

cavatina                      short operatic air

cavernicolous                 cave-dwelling

cavernulous                   full of small cavities or holes

cavesson                      noseband for a horse

cavicorn                      hollow-horned

cavil                         to raise trivial and frivolous objections

cebocephalic                  having a head shaped like a monkey's

cecils                        minced meat made into balls and fried

cecity                        blindness

cecutiency                    a tendency toward blindness

cedrate                       citron

ceilidh                       a friendly call or visit; a social gathering with traditional music, dancing, and storytelling

ceilidh                       1. a private conversation or visit

ceilidh                       2. an evening of musical entertainment

ceilometer                    instrument for measuring height of cloud ceiling above earth

celadon                       pale green; pale green glazed pottery

celation                      concealment

celeste                       sky blue

celidography                  descriptions of markings on the sun, a planet or moon

cella                         inner chamber of a classical temple

cellarer                      monastery official in charge of provisions

cellaret                      case or drawer for holding wine bottles

celliferous                   bearing cells

celluliferous                 bearing little cells

celsitude                     loftiness

celt                          prehistoric bevelled-edge axe

celtuce                       lettuce with an edible stalk

cementatory                   having the quality of binding or uniting firmly

cementum                      hard tissue covering roots of teeth

cenacle                       meeting or dining room; group with common interests; room where the last supper was eaten

cenatory                      of, like or pertaining to dinner or supper

cendal                        silk fabric resembling taffeta

ceneromancy                   fortunetelling using ashes

cenobite                      monk; member of religious group

cenoby                        monastery or convent

cenogamy                      communal marriage ceremony

cenophobia                    the fear of empty spaces

cenotaph                      a tomb or monument erected in honor of a person whose body is elsewhere

cenote                        deep natural well

censer                        vessel for burning incense in religious rituals

centenarian                   a person who is over one-hundred years old

centesimal                    counting or counted by hundreds or hundredths

centicipitous                 hundred-headed

centner                       old unit of weight equal to about 110 pounds

cento                         patchwork composition; collection of short quotations

centrobaric                   of, like or pertaining to the centre of gravity

centuple                      hundred-fold

cep                           brown edible mushroom

cepaceous                     smelling or tasting of garlic or onion

cephalalgic                   any form of headache remedy

cephalate                     having a head

cephaligation                 placing of major organs and bodily functions in the head

cephalomancy                  fortunetelling by boiling a head, usually that of a donkey

cephalonomancy                fortunetelling by boiling an ass head

cephalophore                  decapitated saint depicted with head tucked under arm

cephalopod                    creature with tentacles or limbs attached to head

cepivorous                    onion-eating

ceraceous                     resembling wax

ceramography                  historical description of types of pottery

cerated                       covered with wax

ceratoid                      shaped like a horn; horny

ceraunograph                  instrument for recording thunder and lightning

ceraunomancy                  fortunetelling using thunderbolts

ceraunoscopy                  fortunetelling using lightning

cerberic                      vigilant; dragon-like; like cerberus

cercopithecan                 of, like or pertaining to long-tailed monkeys

cercus                        tail-like appendage

cerebration                   unconscious action of the brain

cerebropathophobia            the fear of going insane because of a disease

cerebrotonia                  a pattern of temperament that is marked by a cerebrotonic personality or characteristics

cerebrotonic                  designating or characteristic of a type of personality which is introverted, intellectual, and emotionally restrained, usu. associated with an ectomorphic physique

cerements                     clothes placed on a deceased individual

cereologist                   one who studies or investigates crop circles

cereology                     the study or investigation of crop circles

cerge                         large wax candle burned before the altar

ceriferous                    producing wax

cernuous                      drooping or hanging

cerography                    writing or printing on plates spread with wax

ceromancy                     fortunetelling by means of wax drippings

ceroscopy                     fortunetelling using wax

certes                        in truth; certainly

cerulean                      sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green

cerumen                       ear wax

ceruminiferous                bearing or yielding ear wax

cervelat                      smoked pork sausage

cervicorn                     branching like antlers

cervine                       of, pertaining to or resembling deer, elk or moose

cervisial                     of, like or pertaining to beer

cesious                       bluish-grey

cespitous                     composed of or resembling turf

cessionary                    someone to which something is ceded

cetacean                      type of aquatic mammal, including whales and dolphins

cete                          collective name for a group of badgers

ceticide                      killing of whales and other cetaceans

cetology                      study of whales and dolphins

cevesaile                     ornamental corner of a coat

chabouk                       horse-whip

chaconne                      Spanish baroque dance in triple time

chad                          bits of paper punched out of paper tape or cards

chadband                      one who is unctuous and hypocritical

chaetiferous                  bearing bristles; bristly

chaetophobia                  the fear of hair

chaetophorous                 in need of a shave

chaffer                       haggle; barter; chatter

chafferer                     a vendor who enjoys talking while making a sale

chain                         unit of length equal to 22 yards

chairoplane                   a roundabout with seats suspended by chains; a chairoplane erected on a fairground

chaise                        light open carriage for one or two people

chalastic                     laxative

chalcenterous                 having bowels of brass; tough

chalcography                  the art of engraving on copper or brass

chalcotriptics                art of taking rubbings from ornamental brasses

chaldron                      old unit of dry volume equal to between 32 and 72 bushels

challis                       soft lightweight silk, wool or cotton fabric

chambranle                    decoration around a door frame or fireplace

chambray                      lightweight fabric with coloured warp and white filling

chambré                       wine kept at room temperature

chamfer                       to channel or make furrows upon; to bevel

chamfrain                     piece of leather to protect a war horse's face

chamois                       cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather

champaign                     an expanse of level, open country; plain

champerty                     illegal contract to finance a lawsuit for a percentage fee

chancel                       part of church containing altar and seats for choir

chancery                      church office dealing with legal matters and archives

chandelle                     an abrupt, climbing turn of an aircraft

chanking(s)                   pieces of food which are rejected from what is chewed (spat out)

chantage                      blackmail to prevent exposure of scandalous facts

chanter                       part of bagpipes on which the melody is played

chanticleer                   a rooster

chantpleure                   to sing and weep at the same time

chantry                       chapel or altar built for prayers for its benefactor's soul

chaogenous                    arising out of, or born amidst, chaos

chaology                      the study of chaos or chaos theory

chaomancy                     fortunetelling by examining phenomena of the air

chapbook                      small independently produced popular book

chaplet                       circlet or wreath for the head; short string of prayer beads

chaptalize                    to add extra sugar to wine to raise alcohol content

charabanc                     a sightseeing motor coach

characterology                study of development of character

charette                      an intensive effort to complete something before the deadline

Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg  a Native American lake name meaning "you fish on your side, I fish on my side an no one fishes in the middle"

charientism                   a gracefully veiled insult; euphemism

charivari                     cacophonous mock-serenade performed for wedding

chark                         to burn wood to charcoal

charleston                    fast-paced 1920s dance characterized by energetic kicking

charmante                     silk fabric with a crepe back

charmeuse                     soft and satiny silk fabric

charnel                       room where corpses are placed

charpie                       shredded lint used to dress wounds

charrette                     a final, intensive effort to finish a project (usu. architectural) before a deadline

chartaceous                   papery

charterhouse                  carthusian monastic building

chartopaigniologist           an expert in gambling

chartreuse                    yellow-green colour

chary                         discreetly cautious or sparing

chasmogamy                    opening of a flower in order to be fertilized

chasmophile                   lover of nooks and crannies

chasmophilous                 fond of nooks, crevices and crannies

chasseur                      hunter; liveried hotel attendant

chasten                       in jewellery, the part of the ring that holds the stone

chasuble                      sleeveless ecclesiastical garment

chatelaine                    1. female castle owner, manager or caretaker

chatelaine                    2. ring attached to belt for carrying keys

chatmate                      a gossip

chaton                        setting or stone of a finger-ring

chatoyant                     changing in luster or color; ; iridescent (like a cat's eyes)

chauffer                      small furnace

chaussures                    general name for boots and shoes; footwear

chavish                       the sound of many birds chirping together, or many people chatting at once

chawdron                      entrails

cheechako                     a newcomer (to Alaska or the Yukon); tenderfoot

cheiloplasty                  plastic surgery on the lip

cheiloproclitic               being attracted to a person's lips

cheimaphobia                  the fear of coldness or being cold

chalcedony                    a family of colored quartz, usually with a milky or waxy appearance

cheliferous                   bearing pincers or claws

cheliform                     shaped like a pincer

chelonian                     of, like or pertaining to tortoises or turtles

chenille                      velvety silk, wool or cotton fabric with protruding pile

chernozem                     black earth typically found in cool grassland climates

cherophobia                   an irrational fear of merriment or gaiety

chersonese                    peninsula

chesil                        gravel

chessel                       cheese-mould

chevalet                      bridge of a stringed instrument

chevaline                     horse meat

chevaster                     double bandage for supporting chin in case of broken jaw

chevelure                     nebulous part of a comet

cheverel                      soft; flexible kidskin leather

chevet                        east end of a church

cheville                      unnecessary word used to extend line of verse

cheviot                       coarse heavy plain or twilled wool or worsted

chevisance                    1. resource; achievement; gain

chevisance                    2. to acquire money by pawning something

chevon                        goat flesh

chevrotain                    small cloven-footed deerlike animal of southeast Asia

chiack                        to jeer at; tease; deride

chiaroscuro                   juxtaposition of light and shade in artwork or literature

chiasmus                      contrast by parallelism in reverse order

chicanery                     clever but misleading talk; deception

chiffon                       sheer silk fabric

chiffonier                    chest of drawers

chignon                       knot or roll of hair worn at the back of the head

chilgoza                      edible pine seed

chiliad                       a group of 1000; a period of 1000 years; millennium

chiliahedron                  one-thousand sided solid figure

chiliarchy                    government by one thousand people

chiliasm                      belief that Jesus will reign on earth for a thousand years

chiliastic                    of or relating to 1000 years; millenarian

chiliomb                      sacrifice of one thousand animals

chilopod                      multi-legged insect

chimere                       loose sleeveless robes worn by anglican bishops

chimerical                    imaginary; fanciful

chiminage                     toll paid for going through a forest

chinamania                    obsession with collecting china

chine                         1. backbone and adjoining flesh of an animal

chine                         2. the intersection of the middle and sides of a boat

chino                         strong twilled cotton cloth

chinquapin                    any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees related and similar to the chestnut native to the eastern United States

chintz                        glazed printed cotton fabric

chionablepsia                 snow blindness

chionophobia                  the fear of snow

chiral                        of, like or pertaining to the hand or handedness

chirality                     chemical property of structural handedness

chirapsia                     massage

chirk                         cheer

chirm                         collective term for goldfinches

chirocosmetics                beautifying the hands; art of manicure

chirocracy                    government by physical force

chirognomy                    fortunetelling by studying the hands

chirograph                    written or signed document

chirography                   study of handwriting or penmanship

chirogymnast                  finger exercise machine for pianists

chirology                     study of the hands

chiromancy                    foretelling the future by studying a person's hand

chironomy                     gesticulation or mime

chiropody                     medical science of feet

chiropractic                  treatment of disorders of the locomotor system and spinal column

chiropterophilous             pollinated or frequented by bats

chirosophy                    knowledge of palm-reading

chirospasm                    writer's cramp

chirotonsor                   an alternate title for a barber

chirotony                     election by a show of hands

chiru                         straight-horned Tibetan antelope

chital                        Indian spotted deer

chitinous                     made of or resembling the hard horny substance (chitin) of which the integument of insects or crustaceans is composed

chlamydate                    having a mantle or hood

chlamys                       horseman's loose cloak

chlorochrous                  green-coloured

chlorometer                   instrument for measuring amount of chlorine in a solution

choanoid                      shaped like a funnel

choate                        complete

chock                         metal casting with curved arms for passing ropes for mooring ship

cholangiocholecystocholedochectomy   the surgical removal of the hepatic duct, common duct, and gall bladder

cholelithiasis                production of gall stones

choliamb                      verse with an iambus in the fifth place and a spondee in the sixth

cholic                        of, like or pertaining to bile

choller                       double chin or the hanging lip of a hound dog

chololith                     gall stone

chômage                       work stoppage or slump

chondrogenesis                production of cartilage

chondroid                     like or resembling cartilage

choplogic                     involved and often specious argumentation

choragus                      leader of a choir or organizer of musical festivals

chordee                       painful, downward-curving erection of the penis

choregus                      the financial backer in ancient Greece, usually of a play

choreomania                   dancing mania or frenzy

chorepiscopal                 of, like or pertaining to an early local bishop

choreutic                     of, like or pertaining to a chorus

chorisis                      multiplication of parts by branching or splitting

chorizont                     one who disputes identity of authorship

chork                         to make the sound that feet do with shoes full of water

chorographer                  one who maps or describes a region

chorology                     science of the geographic description of anything

chorometry                    land surveying

chorophobia                   the fear of dancing

chott                         a shallow saline lake of northern Africa; the dried bed of such a lake

chouse                        to cheat, trick, defraud

chouse                        to cheat; to swindle

chrematistic                  of, like or pertaining to the pursuit of wealth or to business

chrematistics                 the study of wealth; the science of political economy

chrematophobia                the fear of money

chreotechnics                 useful or practical trades or arts

chrestomathic                 teaching what is useful; devoted to the learning of useful matters

chrestomathy                  a volume of selected passages or stories of an author

chrism                        consecrated or holy oil

chrismation                   sacrament of baptism in eastern churches

chrismatory                   vessel for holding holy oil

chrisom                       white robe put on newly baptised child

chrisomalis                   the loser who wrote this damn list

christolatry                  worship of Christ

christophany                  appearance of Christ to men

chromatism                    presence of abnormal coloration

chromatocracy                 government by rulers of a particular skin colour

chromatograph                 instrument for performing chromatographic separations

chromatoptometer              instrument measuring eyes' sensitivity to colour

chromophilous                 staining easily

chromophobia                  the fear of colours

chromotocracy                 a government dominated by one race

chronobiology                 study of biological rhythms

chronogram                    inscription whose letters form a Roman numeral date

chronograph                   instrument for recording the moment of an event

chronomancy                   fortunetelling by means of time

chronophagic                  time consuming

chronopher                    electrical instrument for transmitting time signals

chronophobia                  the fear of time

chronoscope                   instrument for measuring very short time intervals

chronostichon                 chronogrammatic line or stanza

chronosynchronicity           presentation of all stages of a person's life in a single piece of art

chronotherapy                 treatment of a sleep disorder by changing sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock

chryselephantine              inlaid with gold and ivory

chrysoaristocracy             government by the wealthy; plutocracy

chrysochlorous                greenish-gold

chrysocracy                   rulership by the wealthy (literally a government by gold); plutocracy

chrysography                  writing in gold or silver letters

chrysology                    study of precious metals

chrysophilist                 gold-lover

chrysophobia                  the fear of gold

chrysopoetics                 transmutation of substances into gold

chrystocrene                  rock formation resembling glacier

chthonian                     of, like or pertaining to the earth or the underworld

chthonic                      pertaining to the gods and spirits of the underworld; dwelling in the underworld; infernal

chthonophagia                 an irresistable urge to eat earth

chubasco                      a severe squall of rain and wind especially along the west coast of Central America

chuckwalla                    herbivorous desert-dwelling lizard

chuffed                       proud, satisfied; pleased, delighted

chumbolone                    a stupid idiot

chunter                       to mutter, murmur; to grumble, find fault, complain

churching                     church ceremony given to women after childbirth

churchism                     devotion to church rules over religious precepts

chyle                         milky fluid secreted into blood by small intestine

chyliferous                   bearing chyle

chyme                         partially digested food

chymiferous                   bearing chyme

chypre                        mixture of resins used in making perfume

cibarious                     of, like or pertaining to food; useful for food

cibation                      taking food; feeding

cibophobia                    the fear of or distaste for food

ciborium                      freestanding canopy to cover altar; vessel for holding eucharistic bread

cicatrization                 scarification; production of marks upon

cicerone                      a guide who conducts sightseers

cicisbeo                      male companion or lover of of a married woman

ciconine                      of, like or pertaining to storks

cienega                       marsh or swamp

cilice                        haircloth shirt worn as penance

cillosis                      spasm or twitch in the upper eyelid

cimelia                       treasures in storage

cimeliarch                    church vestry or treasury

cimex                         bedbug

cimicide                      substance used to kill bed-bugs

cimier                        crest of helmet; removable heraldic device or favour of courtly love

cincture                      to gird or surround; belt worn around ecclesiastical vestment

cineast                       one who takes artistic interest in motion pictures

cinerarium                    a place or container to receive the ashes of the cremated dead

cinerary                      of, like or pertaining to ashes

cinereal                      cinereous; ashen

cinerious                     ashen; ash-grey

cingular                      shaped like a girdle or ring

cingulomania                  the strong desire to hold someone in your arms

cingulum                      girdle or girdle-like structure; priest's belt

cinnabar                      red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour

cinque-pace                   lively medieval dance with five steps

ciplinarian                   one who teaches disorder

cipolin                       white marble streaked with green

cippus                        small column used to mark burial location; the stocks

circa                         about; around

circadian                     occurring every 24 hours

circinate                     ring-shaped; rolled inwards; spiralling

circiter                      about; around

circuity                      motion in a roundabout course

circumambages                 instances of deviousness or indirectness in speech or writing; circumlocutions

circumambagious               roundabout in speech

circumambient                 going round about; encompassing

circumaviate                  to fly around

circumbendibus                an indirect or roundabout course, esp. in speaking or writing; circumlocution

circumcrescent                growing around; above or over

circumduct                    to cause to revolve around an imaginary axis

circumfloribus                flowery and long-winded

circumforaneous               a wandering from place to place; as a circumforaneous musician

circumforentor                surveyor's instrument used to measure angles

circumfulgent                 shining about or around

circumfuse                    to pour around or about

circumincession               the reciprocal existence of three parts of the trinity in each other

circumjacent                  adjacent on all sides; surrounding

circumlittoral                around or near the shore

circumpose                    to place around

circumvallate                 to surround with a rampart or fortification

circumvolution                anything winding or sinuous

cire                          fabric with a glazed finish

cirque                        a deep, steep-walled basin on a mountain usu. forming the blunt end of a valley

cirrate                       having tendrils

cirriped                      barnacle or other parasitic crustacean

cisalpine                     situated on this side of the Alps

ciselure                      the art of chasing metal

cismarine                     situated on this side of the ocean

cismontane                    situated on this side of the mountains, esp. the Alps

cispontine                    situated on this or the nearer side of the bridge (in London, north of the Thames)

cist                          tomb consisting of stone chest covered with stone slabs

cisvestism                    wearing strange or inappropriate clothes

cithara                       ancient Greek musical instrument like a lyre

citigrade                     moving quickly

citreous                      lemon-coloured; lemony

citrine                       dark greenish-yellow

cittosis                      abnormal desire for strange foods

cladistics                    taxonomic theory distinguishing by common ancestor

cladogenesis                  origin and evolution as if branching from common ancestor

cladoptosis                   annual shedding of twigs and branches

cladose                       branching; branched

clamancy                      urgency

clamant                       loud; insistent; urgent

clangor                       loud ringing noise or clang

clapperdudgeon                a beggar whose parents were beggars

claque                        a group hired to applaud at a performance; a group of sycophants

clarence                      four-wheeled carriage

clarigate                     to declare war formally

classis                       a group; governing body of reformed churches

clastic                       able to be disassembled into its component parts

clathrate                     shaped like a net or lattice

clathrose                     marked with latticed lines or grooves

claudent                      closing; ending; confining

claudication                  limpness; cramp-like pain

claustral                     cloistral; secluded; narrow-minded

claustration                  the action of enclosing or confining in a cloister

claustrophial                 a space which could only be appreciated by someone who desires to be confined

claustrophobia                the fear of closed spaces

clavate                       club-shaped

claver                        gossip

claviature                    keyboard

clavichord                    old keyboard stringed instrument

claviform                     in the shape of a club

clavigerous                   1. club-bearing

clavigerous                   2. keeping keys

clavis                        key; glossary; index; legend

cledonism                     circumlocution used to avoid speaking unlucky words

cleg                          horse-fly

cleidomancy                   fortunetelling using keys

cleisiophobia                 the fear of enclosed spaces

cleithral                     completely roofed over

clem                          to starve

clemmed                       hungry; famished

clepe                         to name; to call

clepsammia                    an "hourglass" which measures a period of time other than an hour

clepsydra                     instrument which measures time by trickling water

cleptobiosis                  the act of plundering food

cleptophobia                  the fear of thieves or of becoming a thief

clerestory                    upper storey of a church; windows near the roof of a building

clerihew                      jingle summing up person's life in two couplets

clerisy                       scholars and educated people as a class

clerisy                       the educated and intellectual people considered collectively; the literati or intelligentsia

cleromancy                    fortunetelling using dice

cleronomy                     inheritance

clevis                        u-shaped fastener with pin used to close the open end

clew                          corner of sail with hole to attach ropes

clicket                       a latch

clientage                     the whole number of one's clients

climacophobia                 the fear of falling down stairs

climacteric                   critical time in a person's life; any critical turning point

climatarchic                  presiding over a climate or region of the earth

clinamen                      inclination; bias; prejudice

clinchpoop                    a lout, jerk, clod, boor, slob, boob, fathead

clink                         cash; money

clinkstone                    type of igneous rock that rings when struck

clinology                     study of aging or individual decline after maturity

clinomania                    an overwhelming desire to stay in bed; esp. on a snowy (or rainy) day

clinometer                    instrument used to measure slopes and elevations

clinophilia                   passion for beds

clinophobia                   the fear of staying in bed

clinquant                     glittering of gold or tinsel

cliometrician                 one who uses mathematics/computers to analyze historical data

cliometrics                   the application of statistics in economic history

cliosophic                    in praise of wisdom

clithridiate                  shaped like a keyhole

clithrophobia                 the fear of enclosed spaces

clitter                       to make a shrill rattling noise

clivose                       hilly; steep

cloaca                        sewer; toilet; cesspool of moral filth

cloacal                       pertaining to a sewer; hence, concerned with or replete with obscenity or out-and-out indecency

clochard                      tramp; vagrant; hobo

clodpate                      a combination of a clod and a blockhead

clodpoll                      a stupid person; blockhead, clodpate

cloffin                       to sit idly by a fire

cloison                       partition; dividing band

clonic                        spasmodic; occasional; irregular

cloque                        fabric with an embossed design

cloture                       means of ending legislative debate

clou                          main point of interest; dominant idea

clough                        ravine; trench; gully

clove                         old weight of seven to ten pounds for wool or cheese

clowder                       collective term for cats

clumperton                    a clownish, clumsy lout

clupeoid                      like or resembling a herring

clusterfist                   1. a clumsy-fisted fellow; a clown, boor, lout

clusterfist                   2. a close-fisted or grasping fellow; a tightwad

clypeate                      shaped like a buckler

clysmian                      of, like or pertaining to or caused by flood

clyster                       an enema

cnemial                       of, like, or pertaining to the tibia (shin-bone)

cnemis                        shin bone

cnicnode                      point where tangents form a cone of the second order

cnidarian                     of, like, or pertaining to invertebrates such as jellyfish and anemones

cnidophobia                   the fear of insect stings

cnidosiphobia                 the fear of itching

coacervate                    to heap; to cause to mass together

coadjument                    mutual assistance

coadjutor                     bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and having the right of succession

coadunate                     to unite; to combine

coagment                      to join or cement together

coalize                       to bring into coalition

coaming                       raised edge around ship's hatches to keep water out

coaptation                    joining or fitting together

coarctation                   constriction

cobaltiferous                 bearing cobalt

coburg                        thin single-twilled worsted fabric with cotton or silk

cocarde                       emblem on airplane's wing indicating its nationality

cocciferous                   bearing or yielding berries

coccineous                    bright red

cochlear                      anything spiral-shaped; twisted spirally

cock-a-hoop                   exulting; awry

Cockaigne                     an imaginary land of great luxury and ease

cockalorum                    1. a self-important little man; boastful talk

cockalorum                    2. the game of leapfrog

cockamamie                    ridiculous; incredible

cocker                        to pamper; to indulge

cocket                        official shipping seal; customs clearance form

cockloft                      small room just under the roof

cockshy                       object of criticism or ridicule

cocotte                       prostitute; a flirt or tease

coctile                       baked; hardened by fire

codicil                       supplement to a will

codicology                    study of manuscripts

codling                       unripe apple

codology                      jocularity or leg-pulling

codon                         mouth of a trumpet or bell

codswallop                    nonsense, drivel, rubbish

coehorn                       small mortar for throwing grenades

coelacanth                    lobe-finned fish long thought to be extinct

coeliac                       of, like or pertaining to the abdomen

coelom                        body cavity; abdomen

coemption                     purchase of the entire supply of a commodity

coenaculous                   fond of dining; relishing food; especially suppers

coenesthesis                  an awareness of one's body and overall health

coercimeter                   instrument for measuring coercive force

coetaneous                    of the same age; coeval

coeval                        of the same length of time; having the same duration

cofferdam                     narrow vacant space between two bulkheads of a ship

coffle                        gang of slaves tied together

coffret                       small coffer; presentation box

cofishes                      other fish in a group; coworkers, cohorts

cog                           single-masted, square-sailed ship with raised stern

cogent                        convincing; compelling

coggage                       paper

cogitabund                    given to deep thought, having the appearance of being in deep meditation; pensive

cognomen                      family name

cognoscente                   someone who is knowledgeable about a subject

cohibit                       to restrain

cohobate                      to redistill (a distillate) one or more times

cohobation                    a repeated distillation

cohyponym                     word which is one of multiple hyponyms of another word

coign                         angle; viewpoint

coinstantaneous               simultaneous; at the same time

col                           depression or pass in a mountain range

colation                      filtration

coleopterology                study of beetles and weevils

coliform                      resembling or shaped like a sieve

collachrymate                 to weep together with, or in sympathy with; to commiserate

collachrymation               a weeping together

collation                     a light meal

collectanea                   collection of passages; miscellany

collectic                     adhesive; sticky

collectivism                  doctrine of communal control of means of production

colleger                      mortar-board

collegialism                  theory that church is independent from the state

collieshangie                 an uproar or a quarrel; squabble; brawl

colliform                     shaped like or resembling a neck

colligation                   bringing or binding together; conjunction

collimation                   making parallel; adjusting to put into line

collineomaniac                a hunter

colliquation                  the process of melting or wasting away

collocation                   the placing of things together

collogue                      to converse confidentially; to conspire with

colloid                       jelly-like

collop                        1. a small piece or slice, especially of meat

collop                        2. a fold of fat flesh

colloquy                      speaking together; mutual discourse

colluctation                  a wrestling or struggling together; strife; conflict; opposition

collutory                     mouthwash

colluvies                     accumulated filth; foul discharge

collyrium                     eye lotion or ointment

collywobbles                  bellyache

colobus                       long-tailed African monkey

colocolo                      wild South American cat

colonnade                     row of evenly spaced column or trees

colonoscope                   instrument for viewing the colon

colophon                      publisher's emblem or inscription in a book

colorimeter                   instrument for measuring and determining color

colostrum                     mother's first milk

colporteur                    peddler of religious tracts and books

colposcope                    instrument for viewing the neck of the uterus

colposinquanonia              estimating a woman's beauty based on her chest

colubriform                   shaped like a snake

colubrine                     like a snake; cunning; of, like or pertaining to snakes

colugo                        a flying lemur

columbaceous                  of, like or pertaining to doves or pigeons

columbarium                   a structure of vaults lined with recesses

columbine                     of or like a dove; dove-coloured

columella                     fleshy part of nose that separates nostrils

colure                        celestial circle that intersects another at the poles

colytic                       restraining; preventative

comate                        hairy

comburent                     burning; causing combustion

comburivorous                 consuming by fire

comedogenic                   causing blackheads

comephorous                   bearing or having hair; hairy

comestion                     a devouring by fire

cometology                    study of comets

comiconomenclaturist          one who collects funny names

comiphorous                   tufted

comitative                    indicating accompaniment

comitatus                     band of warriors who escort a prince; a county or shire

comity                        friendly quality of social atmosphere, social harmony; courteousness; civility

commatic                      divided into short lines; divided with commas

comminate                     to threaten; to denounce

commination                   a formal denunciation

comminute                     to crush, pulverize, reduce to minute particles; triturate

commis                        assistant; deputy; apprentice

commissure                    joint; joining surface

commonalty                    common people; the general populace

commonition                   warning; cautioning

commorant                     resident of an institution

commorient                    dying together

commove                       to excite; to put into motion; to disturb

comose                        having tufts of hair; tufted; hairy

compaginate                   to join; to connect

companionway                  stairs from upper deck of ship to lower deck

compaternity                  spiritual relationship between child's parents and godparents

compeer                       one who is equal in rank; a companion

compellation                  the act of addressing someone

compellative                  indicating address or appellation; vocative

compendious                   concise but comprehensive

compenetrate                  to penetrate throughout; pervade, permeate thus, compenetration ; pervasive penetration, mutual permeation

comper                        one who habitually enters many competitions

comperendinate                to delay, to postpone

comperendination              delay; dilatoriness

compital                      of, like or pertaining to crossroads

complaisant                   wishing to please others; obliging

complanate                    level

complect                      to embrace; to interweave

complicant                    overlapping

compline                      prayer service held just before bedtime

complot                       to plot or conspire

comport                       a dish with a stemmed base for serving desserts

comportation                  a bringing together; an assemblage

compossible                   possible in coexistence with something else

compotation                   an act of carousing in company; drinking or tippling together

comprachico                   a person who buys and sells children after deforming them

comprecation                  prayer meeting

comprivigni                   the relation of a child to its step-siblings

compunction                   regret; remorse

compurgation                  clearing an accused person by means of oaths

compusion                     wrinkling one's face

computronium                  hypothetical material engineered to maximize its use as a computing substrate

comstockery                   censorship of lewd and salacious material

conation                      mental effort towards a goal, desire, purpose

conative                      of, like or pertaining to purposeful action or desire

conatus                       a natural impulse or tendency

conbobberation                a disturbance

concameration                 vaulting

concelebrate                  to jointly recite the canon of the eucharist in unison with others

concent                       a harmony or concord of sounds or voices

conceptualism                 theory that universal truths exist as mental concepts

concernment                   the thing in which one is concerned or interested; affair; business

concetto                      ingenious expression; witticism

conchiferous                  bearing a shell

conchiform                    shaped like a shell

conchologist                  a collector of shells

conchology                    study of shells

conchomancy                   fortunetelling using shells

conchyliferous                bearing a shell

conciliabule                  secret meeting of conspirators

concilliabule                 a secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot

concinnity                    harmony or elegance of design especially of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other

concinnity                    harmony; congruity; elegance

concinnous                    characterized by concinnity; neat, elegant; harmonious

concionative                  pertaining to public speaking

concipient                    conceiving

concision                     schism; separation; division

conclamation                  a shout of many voices together

concolorate                   having the same colour on both sides

concomitant                   accompanying

concordat                     agreement between the pope and a secular government

concresce                     to grow together; coalesce

concrescence                  a growing together; coalescence

concrew                       to grow together

concubitant                   of a suitable age for marriage

concupiscence                 strong desire, appetite or lust

concupiscible                 lustful, desirous; that merits desire; suitable to be longed for or lusted after; greatly desirable

condign                       well-deserved; fitting; appropriate

condorm                       to sleep together with

confabulate                   1. to talk familiarly together, converse, chat

confabulate                   2. to fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for memory gaps

confabulatory                 marked by familiar talk; colloquial

confelicitous                 taking pleasure in others' happiness

conferva                      green algae that floats on surface of stagnant water

confirmand                    candidate for religious confirmation

confiteor                     prayer of confession of sins

conflate                      to bring together; fuse; to combine (as two readings of a text) into a composite whole

conformative                  indicating resemblance; similative

confricate                    to rub together

confusticate                  to confuse, confound, perplex

confute                       to disprove or overcome through argument

congee                        permission to depart; dismissal; discharge

congelation                   act of freezing something into a solid state

congener                      something of the same kind or nature

congeries                     aggregation; collection

congiary                      gift distributed amongst the people or soldiers

conglobate                    shaped like a small ball or globe

conglobe                      to gather together into a globe or round mass

conglutinate                  to glue or join together

congou                        a fine grade of black tea imported from China

coniaker                      coin counterfeiter

coniferous                    bearing cones

conification                  making conical or pyramidal in shape

conjobble                     to chat together; to concert; to settle; to discuss

conjubilant                   rejoicing together; shouting together with joy

connate                       congenitally or firmly united

connubial                     of, like or pertaining to marriage

connumerate                   to count together

consectary                    deduction; conclusion or corollary; consequent

consecution                   logical sequence or progression of an argument

consenescence                 state of general decay

consentaneous                 accordant or agreeable; consistent

consentient                   unanimous; of one accord

consilience                   jumping together; bridging the gaps to join together; concurrence; coincidence

consilient                    having common inferences drawn from different premises

consistory                    a solemn assembly or council; a church tribunal

consociate                    to ally or associate

conspecies                    different species that are part of the same genus

conspectus                    comprehensive survey; synopsis; summary

conspue                       to despise; to abhor; to loathe

conspurcation                 defilement

constate                      to assert

constative                    capable of being true or false

constellate                   to cluster; to compel by stellar influence

constringe                    to draw together; to cause to contract or shrink

constructivism                belief that knowledge and reality do not have an objective value

constuprate                   to ravish

consuetude                    custom; familiarity

consuetudinary                a book describing the customs of a particular group, esp. a religious one

consultor                     advisor to a Catholic bishop

contabescent                  wsting away; atrophied

contango                      charge paid by purchaser for postponing payment from one settling day to next

conteck                       strife

contect                       to cover or overlay

contemn                       to despise or scorn

contemnor                     one found guilty of contempt of court

contemper                     to blend together; to adapt

contemperation                accommodation; compromise

contenement                   property necessary to maintain one's station

contesseration                forming a union by breaking a tablet as token

conticent                     silent

contignation                  joining together of timber

contline                      space between casks or strands of rope

contorniate                   having a groove around the edge

contorno                      contour or outline

contortuplicate               twisted back upon itself

contractile                   having the power or property of contracting

contradistinguish             to distinguish by contrasting qualities

contrafibularities            pulling someone's leg

contrahent                    a contracting party

contrail                      condensation trail

contranatant                  swimming upstream

contraplex                    having messages passing both ways simultaneously

contraposition                opposition; contrast

contrariant                   opposed or acting contrary to; one who is opposed to something

contraterrene                 opposite in character to earthly or terrestrial

contravallation               fortification built around besieged place

contravivulating              twisting, convoluted

contredanse                   folk dance in which two lines of couples face each other

contretemps                   embarrassing occurrence; mishap

contrist                      to sadden

contriturate                  to pulverize

contubernal                   living together in the same tent; cohabiting; messing together; intimate

contumacious                  stubborn; obstinate; opposing lawful authority

contumation                   disobedience to authority; rebellious stubbornness

contumelious                  insolently abusive and humiliating

contumely                     insolence; a scornful insult; insulting language or treatment

contumulate                   buried or entombed together

contumulation                 lying in the same tomb as another

conurbation                   an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities

conure                        tropical parrot-like bird of Central and South America

convenances                   what is suitable or proper; the required proprieties

conventicle                   secret or illegal religious assembly

conviciate                    to revile; reproach; slander, rail at

conviciatory                  wrangling; railing; reproachful

convicinity                   neighbourhood

convolve                      to roll together

coof                          a stupid fellow; dolt, lout

coolth                        the state or occasion of being cool; coolness

copacetic                     very satisfactory; fine

coparcenary                   joint heirship or ownership

cophosis                      deafness

copoclephilist                a collector of key rings

copoclephily                  the collecting of key-rings

coprolalia                    the uncontrollable use of obscene language

coprolite                     fossilized excrement

coprolith                     ball of hardened feces

coprology                     study of pornography

copromania                    obsession with feces

coprophagan                   a beetle that lives in dung

coprophagous                  excrement eating

coprophemia                   obscene language

coprophilia                   abnormal liking for excrement

coprophobia                   the fear of excrement

coprostasiphobia              the fear of constipation

coprostatis                   constipation

copyhold                      land tenure dependent on will of the lord of the manor

coquelicot                    brilliant red; poppy red

coquillage                    shell-like decoration

coracoid                      shaped like a crow's beak

coralliferous                 bearing coral

coralligenous                 producing coral

coram                         in the presence of; before

corban                        offering to God in fulfilment of a vow

corbeau                       blackish green

corbeil                       basket filled with earth used as a missile

corbel                        bracket or projection from the face of a wall

corbiculate                   like a small basket

cordage                       ropes in the rigging of a ship

cordate                       heart-shaped

cordiform                     heart-shaped

cordovan                      soft goatskin leather

cordwainer                    shoemaker

corella                       a cockateel

corf                          miner's basket, trolley or wagon

coriaceous                    having a leathery appearance, particularly pertaining to skin

Corinthian                    a sporting rake, a fast man; a licentious libertine

corium                        skin layer

corm                          swollen subterranean part of a stem

cormorant                     1. a rapacious sea-bird

cormorant                     2. a gluttonous, greedy, or rapacious person

cornet                        military rank of horn-bearer or standard-bearer

cornice                       moulding at the junction of ceiling and walls

corniculate                   horn-shaped; horned

cornific                      producing or forming horns

corniform                     shaped like a horn

cornigerous                   horned

cornobble                     to strike, hit, beat up, to beat on the head

cornscateouos                 signifies warm, damp air

cornucopiosity                cornucopia-like arrangement, profusion

cornuted                      cuckolded

cornuto                       cuckolder

coronach                      funeral dirge

coronagraph                   instrument for viewing the corona of the sun

coronoid                      shaped like a beak

corpocracy                    government by corporate bureaucrats

corporal                      white cloth on which communion bread and wine are placed

corposant                     an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of the surrounding atmosphere; St. Elmo's Fire

corrade                       to wear away through the action of loose solids ; to scrape together

correption                    shortening in pronunciation

corrigendum                   an error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet

corrivate                     to cause to flow together

corroboree                    a noisy festivity, tumult

corrody                       right of lord to demand free lodging from vassal

corsetier                     corset maker

corsned                       a medieval trial in which the accused had to swallow consecrated bread

cortege                       train of attendants; procession

cortinate                     like a cobweb

coruscate                     to sparkle; to throw off flashes of light; glittering

corvette                      highly manoeuvrable armed escort ship

corviform                     shaped like a crow

corvine                       crow-like; of, like or pertaining to crows or ravens

corybantic                    wildly excited; frenzied; agitated; orgiastic

coryphaeus                    the leader of a chorus; the leader of a party or school of thought

coscinomancy                  fortunetelling using a sieve and a pair of shears

cosher                        to live on dependents

cosherer                      someone who eats at the expense of others, especially relatives

cosmarchy                     rulership over the entire world, esp. by the devil

cosmetology                   study of cosmetics

cosmism                       belief that the cosmos is a self-existing whole

cosmocrat                     ruler of the world

cosmogenic                    produced by interaction of cosmic rays with earth's surface

cosmogony                     theory of the origin of the universe

cosmolatry                    worship of the world or nature

cosmoplastic                  moulding or shaping the universe

cosmopoietic                  an adjective referring to world creating

cosmorama                     a view of different parts of the world

cosmosophy                    knowledge of the cosmos

cosmotellurian                of, like or pertaining to both heaven and earth

cosmotheism                   the belief that identifies God with the cosmos

cosset                        to fondle or pamper

costal                        of, like or pertaining to the ribs

costellate                    ribbed

costermonger                  a seller of fruits, vegetables, and other food, especially from a street cart

costive                       1. affected with constipation, causing constipation

costive                       2. slow in action or expression

costive                       3. stingy, niggardly

costiveness                   constipation; stultification

costrel                       an earthenware or leather bottle with loops for attachment to the belt

coteau                        uplands; higher ground of a region

cotehardie                    medieval long close-fitting garment with tight sleeves

coterie                       a social or literary circle

cothurnal                     of, like or pertaining to tragedy

coticular                     of, like or pertaining to whetstones

cotillion                     elaborate ballroom dance with frequent changes of partner

cotquean                      a man who does what is traditionally women's work

cottar                        medieval peasant inhabiting a cottage

cottonocracy                  government by those involved in the cotton trade

cotyliform                    disc-shaped with a raised rim

couchant                      in heraldry, an animal lying on its belly with head lifted

couchee                       evening reception

coulée                        steep and dry gully

couloir                       gully

coulombmeter                  instrument for measuring electric charge

coulometer                    instrument measuring amount of substance released in electrolysis

coulrophobia                  an irrational fear of clowns

coulter                       iron cutter in front of a ploughshare

countenance                   approve of; condone; encourage

counterblast                  a defiant pronouncement or denunciation

counterfoil                   part of ticket or cheque retained by giver

countermand                   to revoke an order by a contrary order

counterphobic                 seeking out situation that is feared

counterscarp                  narrow earth band on the outer wall of a defensive ditch

coupe                         four-wheeled closed horse-drawn carriage

courante                      quick Italian baroque dance involving running steps

courgette                     zucchini

couther                       to comfort by giving refreshments and warmth

couthy                        a warm and friendly person ; a place that is cozy

couvade                       symptoms of pregnancy suffered by the father

couveuse                      incubator for babies

covinous                      fraudulent

cowcat                        person whose function is to occupy space

cowin                         a tiny shellfish eaten straight from the shell using a hatpin

coxalgia                      hip pain

coxcomb                       foolishly vain or conceited man

coypu                         large aquatic South American rodent

cozen                         to coax or deceive by trickery

crabbit                       ill-tempered, grumpy, curt, disagreeable, in a bad mood (esp. in the morning)

crachoir                      spittoon

crackjaw                      hard to pronounce

craic                         the combined sensation of good conversation, good company, good times etc.; great fun

crambazzle                    a worn out old man

crambo                        game in which rhyme must be found for given word

cramoisy                      crimson

crampon                       boot-spike for rock and ice climbing

craniometer                   instrument for measuring the skull

crantara                      a burnt piece of wood dipped in blood and taken from clan to clan as a signal

crapehanger                   pessimist

crapulent                     physically ill through overeating or overdrinking

crapulosity                   1. an inclination to drunkenness or gluttony

crapulosity                   2. something which is complete rubbish

crapulous                     suffering from overindulgence in food or drink

craquelure                    a network of fine cracks that may appear on the surface of an oil painting as it ages; in extended use

crash                         coarse drapery and towelling fabric

crasis                        blending; melding two vowels into a diphthong

crassilingual                 having a thick tongue

crassitude                    1. thickness (as of a solid body)

crassitude                    2. the quality or state of being crass; grossness; excessive dullness of intellect, obtuseness

crastinate                    procrastinate, delay

crastination                  procrastination

crateriform                   cup-shaped

cratometer                    instrument for measuring power of magnification

creancer                      guardian or mentor

creant                        creating; formative

creatic                       of, like or pertaining to flesh

creatophagous                 carnivorous; flesh-eating

crebrous                      frequent

credal                        of, like or pertaining to a creed

credence                      small table for holding sacred vessels

credenda                      things to be believed; articles of faith

credenza                      credence table or shelf; a sideboard

credo                         concise statement of doctrine; section of mass followed by offertory

cremaillere                   zigzag line of fortification

cremaster                     muscle by which the testicles are suspended

cremnophobia                  the fear of cliffs and precipices

crenate                       scalloped

crenel                        open space on a parapet used for launching projectiles at enemies

crenellated                   notched; having battlements

crenitic                      of, like or pertaining to mineral springs

creophagous                   flesh-eating; carnivorous

crepance                      sore on a horse's hind ankle-joint

crepe                         light crinkled fabric

crepehanger                   pessimist; gloomy person

crepitant                     having or making a crackling sound

crepitate                     to crackle; to snap; to rattle

crepitation                   the crackling and popping sound accompanying a wood fire

crepitus                      fart

crepon                        heavy crepe fabric with lengthwise crinkles

crepuscle                     the fading light at the end of the day, also known as twilight

crepuscular                   of, like or pertaining to twilight; dim

crescive                      growing; increasing

crescograph                   instrument for measuring the growth of plants

cresset                       iron basket for burning oil to provide light

cretaceous                    of or resembling chalk; of a whitish colour

cretify                       to change into calcium or lime; to fossilize

cretonne                      heavy cotton or linen cloth

crewel                        fine worsted yarn used in tapestry

cri de coeur                  an impassioned outcry (as of appeal or protest)

criant                        garish; discordantly coloured

cribble                       1. to decorate wood or metal with small dots or punctures

cribble                       2. to push something through a sieve

cribration                    sifting

cribriform                    shaped like a sieve

cribrous                      perforated or punctured like a sieve

cricoid                       ring-shaped

criminogenic                  causing crime

criminology                   study of crime; criminals

crin                                  horsehair                fabric

crinal                        of or related to the hair

cringeworthy                  causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness

cringle                       loop at corner of sail to which a line is attached

crinigerous                   hairy

crinoline                     stiff flax or cotton fabric

criophore                     sculpture of a man carrying a ram

crista                        ridge or fold resembling a crest

crithomancy                   fortunetelling by strewing flour or dough over sacrifices

criticaster                   an inferior or petty critic

critomancy                    fortunetelling using viands and cakes

croceate                      saffron-coloured

croche                        knob at top of a deer's horn

cromlech                      prehistoric stone circle

cromnyomancy                  fortunetelling using onions

cromulent                     legitimate, spurious and not at all legitimate

croodle                       1. to coo like a dove

croodle                       2. to cower or crouch down; to draw oneself together, as for warmth; to cling close together, or nestle close to a person; snuggle

croosle                       a low whimper, such as produced by infants

croquinole                    curling of one's hair with curling iron

crose                         to whine empathetically with someone who is in pain

crosier                       pastoral staff or crook held by bishop or abbot

crosslet                      small cross with crossed arms used as heraldic bearing

crosstrees                    horizontal crosspieces at a masthead used to support ship's mast

crotal                        small spherical bell

crotaline                     of, like or pertaining to rattlesnakes

crotchet                      a highly individual and usually eccentric opinion or preference

crotcheteer                   one who has a crotchet or who thrusts his crotchets on others

croze                         groove in the staves of a cask

crozzled                      charred, burnt to a coal

crubeen                       term for pig's feet as food

cruciferous                   bearing a cross

cruciform                     cross-shaped

cruciverbalist                a designer or afficionado of crossword puzzles

crudification                 the process or result of making something crude; an example of this

cruentation                   leaking or oozing of blood from dead body

cruet                         vessel used in religious ceremonies, especially to hold the eucharist

cruive                        pen or sty for animals

crumenal                      a purse

crumenically                  in relation to the purse; related to money

crupper                       strap of saddle that passes beneath horse's tail; armour for horse's flanks

crural                        of or belonging to the leg

crurophilous                  pertaining to one who likes legs

cruset                        goldsmith's crucible

crwth                         crowd; an ancient Celtic musical instrument; an early form of the fiddle

crwth                         welsh six-stringed instrument played with a bow

cryobiology                   study of life under cold conditions

cryometer                     instrument for measuring low temperatures

cryophobia                    the fear of ice or frost

cryoscope                     instrument for determining freezing points of substances

cryptaesthesia                a supernormal perception such as telepathy or clairvoyance

cryptadia                     things to be kept hidden

cryptaesthetic                of, like or pertaining to supranormal perception

cryptarchy                    a government which is run secretly

cryptodynamic                 having secret or hidden power

cryptogenic                   of unknown origin

cryptonym                     secret name

cryptoscopophilia             the urge to look through the windows of homes you walk past

cryptotype                    an implicit and specific rule of language use

cryptous                      of, like or pertaining to crypts

cryptozoology                 the study of the lore concerning legendary animals esp. in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence

crystallogenesis              production of crystals

crystallomancy                fortunetelling by means of clear objects

crystalomancy                 fortunetelling using a crystal globe

cteniform                     comb-shaped

ctetology                     study of the inheritance of acquired characteristics

cubation                      act of lying down or reclining

cubica                        fine unglazed fabric resembling shalloon

cubiform                      shaped like a cube

cubomancy                     fortunetelling by throwing dice

cuckold                       a man whose wife is unfaithful

cuckquean                     a woman whose husband is unfaithful

cuculine                      of, like or pertaining to cuckoos

cucullate                     hooded; hood-shaped

cucumiform                    cucumber-shaped

cucurbit                      chemical vessel used in a still or alembic

cucurbitaceous                resembling a cucumber or a squash

cuddy                         right of a lord to entertainment from a tenant

culacino                      the mark left on the table by a moist glass

culch                         rubbage and refuse of every form; a person or thing not highly regarded

culet                         flat back or base of a gemstone

culicide                      a poison that kills mosquitoes

culiciform                    like or resembling a mosquito

culicino                      mark left on a tablecloth by a wet glass

cullet                        broken or refuse glass used to facilitate melting in glassmaking

cullibility                   gullibility

cullion                       mean or base person; rascal

cully                         cheat; deceive

culm                          stem of grass or sedge

culmen                        highest point

culmiferous                   bearing coal-dust

cultch                        flooring of an oyster-bed; rubbish

cultriform                    knife-shaped

cultrivorous                  pertaining to actual or illusory knife swallowing

cultus                        religious ritual; a cult

culver                        dove or pigeon

culverin                      lightweight, portal, long-barrelled cannon

culvertage                    degradation of a peasant to the position of serf

cumatic                       sea-colored, blue

cumbent                       lying down; reclining

cumber-ground                 a person or thing that uselessly cumbers the ground; a useless or unprofitable occupant of a position; Someone who takes up space

cummock                       a staff with a crooked end on it

cumuliform                    shaped like a heap

cumulose                      1. full of heaps

cumulose                      2. of a soil deposit  consisting chiefly of accumulated organic matter

cunabula                      cradle

cunctation                    delay; procrastination

cunctative                    delaying

cunctatory                    delaying

cunctipotent                  being all powerfull, or omnipotent

cuneate                       wedge-shaped

cuneiform                     shaped like a wedge

cuniculous                    full of holes and tunnels; full of rabbits

cupel                         goldsmith's vessel for assaying metal

cupidity                      1. inordinate desire for wealth; avarice, greed

cupidity                      2. strong desire; lust

cupola                        spherical vault or concave ceiling

cupriferous                   bearing copper

cupulate                      of, like or pertaining to a cup; cup-shaped

cupuliferous                  bearing cupules

curate                        assistant to a parish priest

curette                       instrument for scraping sides of body cavities

curglaff                      the shock felt when plunging into cold water

curia                         papal court and its officials

curie                         unit of radioactive decay and intensity

curiology                     picture-writing

curiosa                       pornographic books

curlew                        long-legged migratory bird with downward-curving bill

curmurring                    rumbling or flatulent sound

curpin                        a bird's rear end

curple                        the hind-quarters or rump of a horse; the rump, posterior

curricle                      two-wheeled open carriage

currycomb                     metal comb used to groom horses

cursorial                     used in walking or running

curtal                        short; abbreviated; curtailed; early form of the bassoon

curtate                       shortened; short

curtilage                     court or field attached to a dwelling

curule                        of high authority

curvet                        to leap; to frisk

curvicaudate                  having a curvy tail

curwhibble                    a thing-a-ma-jig or a what-ya-ma-callit

cusec                         unit of liquid flow equal to one cubic foot per second

cushlamochree                 an Irish term meaning sweetheart

cusk                          large Atlantic fish like the cod

cuspidor                      a spittoon

custos                        guardian, custodian or keeper, especially of convents or monasteries

custrel                       attendant to a knight; a knave

cutaneous                     of or related to the skin

cuvette                       shallow dish for holding liquids

cwm                           Welsh valley or glen; cirque

cyaneous                      sky blue

cyanogenesis                  production of cyanide

cyanometer                    instrument for measuring blueness of the sky or ocean

cyanotype                     blueprint

cyanthropy                    the insane delusion that one is a dog

cyathiform                    shaped like a cup

cybernate                     to control by means of a computer

cyberphobia                   the fear of computers

cyclograph                    instrument for describing arcs of circles without compasses

cyclolith                     stone circle

cyclometer                    instrument for measuring revolutions of a wheel

cyclophoria                   squint due to weakness in the eye muscles

cyclosis                      circulation

cyclostyle                    device for making multiple copies of written text

cyesis                        pregnancy

cyesolagnia                   sexual attraction to pregnant women

cylix                         shallow cup with long stem

cyllosis                      congenital physical deformity

cymaphen                      telephone receiver

cymbiform                     shaped like a boat

cymograph                     instrument for tracing the outline of mouldings

cymometer                     instrument for measuring frequency of electrical waves

cymophanous                   opalescent; having a wavy or floating light

cymophobia                    the fear of waves

cymotrichous                  having wavy hair

cymotrichy                    wavy-hairedness

cymric                        relating to, or characteristic of the non-Gaelic Celtic people of Britain or their language; specif the Welsh

cynanthropy                   pathological belief or delusion that one is a dog

cynartomachy                  bear-baiting using dogs

cynegetic                     of or related to hunting

cynocephalous                 having the face or head of a dog

cynoclept                     one who steals dogs

cynography                    writing or treatise on dogs

cynoid                        dog-like; canine

cynolatry                     worship of dogs

cynology                      scientific study of dogs

cynomorphic                   pertaining to a dog's viewpoint

cynophilist                   one who loves dogs

cynophobia                    the fear of dogs

cynosure                      anything that attracts attention; object of interest or admiration

cynosure                      centre of attention

cyphonism                     use of pillorying as punishment

cypress                       silk or cotton gauze fabric, usually black

cyprian                       lewd woman; prostitute

cypridophobia                 the fear of prostitutes

cyprinoid                     of, like or pertaining to carp

cypripareuniaphile            a person who loves prostitutes

cypseline                     of, like or pertaining to swifts

cyrenaic                      adherent of doctrine that pleasure is ultimate goal

cystolith                     calcium carbonate that masses in cell wall of some plants

cystoscope                    instrument for examining the bladder

cytheromania                  nymphomania

cytogenesis                   formation of cells

cytology                       the study of cells or the interaction of cells

cytometer                     instrument for counting cells

czardas                       hungarian dance that increases in speed

czarevna                      the proper title for the daughter of a czar





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