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kaffiyeh                      the cloth head gear worn by many palestinians

kainotophobia                 the fear of change

kaiserin                      wife of a kaiser

kakidrosiphobia               the fear of body odour or sweat

kakidrosis                    body odour

kakistocracy                  government by the worst men of the state

kakorrhaphiophobia            the fear of failure

kalamkari                     fabric coloured by repeated dyeing

kaleidophone                  instrument for demonstrating sound waves by lines of light

kalling                       fortunetelling based on what variety of cabbage a blindfolded person picks

kalogram                      a monogram which uses the persons full name

kalology                      study of beauty

kalon                         beauty that is more than skin deep

kalopsia                      the delusion that things are more beautiful than they really are

kalpis                        a water jar

kalyptra                      veil worn by Greek women

kamalayka                     a shirt made of seal guts

kame                          steep irregular ridge

kamelaukion                   tall cylindrical hat worn by orthodox priests

kamerad                       to surrender

kamik                         knee-length sealskin boot

kaneh                         Hebrew measure of 6 cubits

kankedort                     a state of suspense; a critical position; an awkward affair

kantar                        Turkish unit of weight equal to approximately 100 pounds

kantele                       Finnish zither or 5-stringed harp

kantikoy                      to dance as an act of worship

kapnography                   means of producing designs on smoked glass surfaces

karabiner                     steel link with clip on side used in mountaineering

karao                         the marriage of a widow to her brother-in-law

karezza                       prolonged sex avoiding orgasm

karimption                    a crowd; a mass

karoshi                       death brought on by overwork or job-related exhaustion (Japanese)

karrozzin                     maltese horse-drawn carriage

karst                         rough limestone country with underground drainage

karyokinesis                  division of cell nucleus

karyology                     study of cell nuclei

karyotype                     appearance, number and arrangements of chromosomes

kasha                         porridge or gruel-like dish made from crushed buckwheat

katabasis                     going down; military retreat

katabatic                     relating to a cold flow of air traveling downward; a katabatic wind

katabothron                   underground water-channel

katathermometer               instrument for measuring the cooling power of air

katharometer                  instrument measuring changes in composition of gases

kathenotheism                 polytheism in which each God is considered single and supreme

katzenjammer                  1. hangover

katzenjammer                  2. distress, depression or confusion resembling that caused by a hangover

katzenjammer                  3. a discordant clamor

kausia                        Macedonian felt hat with broad brim

kava                          narcotic drink prepared from Polynesian plant

kayfabe                       the illusion that professional wrestling is not staged or 'worked'

kazachoc                      Slavic fast dance in which dancer squats and kicks out legs alternately

kazatzka                      Slavic folk dance performed by a couple

keb                           ewe that gives birth to stillborn lamb

kebbie                        a Scottish shepherd's walking stick or cudgel

keck                          to heave or retch, as in an effort to vomit

keckish                       inclined to vomit; squeamish

keckle                        to protect by binding with rope

ked                                   wingless fly that feeds on livestock

kedge                         small anchor to keep a ship steady

kedogenous                    brought about by worry, or anxiety

keedug                        a raincoat made out of an old sack

keek                          to glance; to peep

keelhaul                      to punish by dragging under keel of ship

keelivine                     a pencil which uses lead

keelson                       lengthwise wooden or steel beam in ship for bearing stress

keeve                         a large tub

kef                           a state of dreamy tranquility caused by drugs; a smoking material that produces such a state

keffel                        a horse; a nag

kegler                        a bowler

keister                       burglar's tool kit

kelemenopy                    a sequential straight line through the middle of everything, leading nowhere

keloid                        hard scar tissue which grows over injured skin

kelpie                        mischievous water spirit

kelt                          coarse fabric made of black and white wool

kemb                          to comb

kemp                          coarse, rough strand of wool

kemspeckle                    conspicuous; easily recognizable

kench                         to laugh loudly; guffaw

kennebecker                   knapsack

kenodoxy                      the love or study of vain-glory

kenophobia                    the fear of empty or open spaces

kenosis                       Christ's rejection of his divine side upon assuming human form

kenotism                      doctrine that Christ rid himself of divinity in becoming human

kenspeckle                    easily recognizable or distinguishable

kent-bugle                    an obsolete keybugle

kente                         hand-woven African silk fabric

kentledge                     pig-iron used as ballast in ship's hold

kep                           to catch an approaching object or falling liquid

kephalonomancy                fortunetelling using a baked ass's head

kepi                          a cap with a circular top, and a nearly horizontal visor (that French military cap that men in the Foreign Legion wear)

kepi                          the hat worn by members of the french foreign legion

kerasine                      horny; made of horn

keratogenic                   causing growth of horn, skin or hair

keratometer                   instrument for measuring curvature of the cornea

keraunograph                  instrument for recording distant thunderstorms

keraunophobia                 the fear of thunderbolts (lightning or thunder and lightning)

keraunoscopia                 fortunetelling using thunder

kerdomeletia                  an excessive desire for material wealth

kerf                          the initial cut made in a piece of wood that is used to guide the saw blade

kerfuffle                     disturbance; disorder, commotion

kermes                        brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects

kermesse                      cycle race held in an urban area

kermis                        indoor charity fair

kern                          1. irish foot-soldier

kern                          2. part of typeface letter that sticks out beyond its body

kern                          3. to granulate

kerning                       the addition or removal of space between individual characters in a piece of typeset text to improve its appearance or alter its fit

kersey                        coarse woollen cloth

kerseymere                    twilled fine wool

kerygma                       preaching of the Christian gospel

kerygma                       the apostolic proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ

kerygmatic                    of, like or pertaining to preaching the gospel

ket                           carrion; matted wool

ketch                         small two-masted sailing vessel

ketchcraft                    the hangman's craft

ketjak                        traditional balinese dance accompanied by male chorus

kettlestitch                  stitch made at head and tail of section of book to connect sections

kevel                         to paw the ground and toss one's head like a bull

kex                           dry hollow plant stalk

keybugle                      bugle with keys

keyline                       outline showing shape and position of an illustration

keystone                      to double the wholesale price for retail

khaddar                       homespun cotton cloth

khazeray                      food that is awful; junk, trash; anything disgusting, even loathsome

kheda                         an enclosure used for the capture of wild elephants

khor                          a dry watercourse; a ravine

kibitz                        to look on and offer unsolicited, meddlesome advice; to make wisecracks when others are trying to work or speak seriously

kibble                        1. the bucket of a well

kibble                        2. to grind cereal coarsely

kibe                          chapped area of skin

kibosh                        rot, stuff, humbug

kickie-wickie                 a wife

kickshaw                      a trinket; a cheap, worthless article ; a culinary delicacy

kidder                        a forestaller; a huckster

kiddle                        stake-fence set in stream for catching fish

kidlet                        a very little kid

kidology                      study of kidding

kier                          bleaching vat

kif                           drug like marijuana smoked in North Africa

kilderkin                     a cask measuring 18 gallons (1/2 barrel)

kilfud-yoking                 a fireside disputation

Kilkenny cats                 people who fight relentlessly to the bitter end

killas                        clay slate

killcow                       a bully; a swaggerer

killcrop                      greedy insatiable baby; a changeling

killock                       small anchor

kilobase                      unit of measure of length of nucleic acid chain equal to 1000 base pairs

kinchin                       a child

kincob                        embroidered silk with gold and silver threads

kindergraph                   photograph of a child

kinderspiel                   a children's cantata or play

kine                          cows

kinematics                    study of motion

kinescope                     cathode ray tube for a television

kinesics                      study of gestural communication

kinesipathy                   the practice of treating illness with exercise

kinesophobia                  the fear of motion or movement

kinetheodolite                theodolite used in tracking missiles and satellites

kinetics                      study of forces producing or changing motion

kinetogenic                   causing movement

kinetoscope                   instrument for producing curves by combination of circular movements

kingling                      a little king, a kinglet (a weak or petty king)

kingpost                      perpendicular beam in frame of roof

kinkle                        a slight kink

kip                           1. a unit of Laotian currency

kip                           2. the hide of a small animal

kip                           3. a place to sleep; a bed; to sleep

kip                           4. a unit of weight (1,000 pounds)

kippage                       state of displeasure or anger

kipple                        the collection of useless bits of trash we wallow in; all the paper and junk that is not recycled

kippleization                 the tendency of the universe towards decaying entropic trash

kir                           drink of black currant syrup and white wine

kirkbuzzer                    one who robs churches

kirking                       first attendance of a couple at church after marriage

kirpan                        small sword or dagger worn by sikhs

kirsch                        liqueur made from the wild cherry

kirtle                        man's or woman's tunic or coat

kish                          solid graphite that separates from pig-iron

kiskeedee                     a French-speaking person who is unable to understand English and keeps asking, "Qu'est-ce qu'il dit?" (What is he saying?)

kismet                        fate; destiny

kissel                        thickened fruit purée dessert

kistvaen                      tomb covered with stone slabs

kit                           a small pocket violin

kith                          knowledge; one's native land; one's friends

kitthoge                      left-handed; awkward

kiyoodle                      a mangy, worthless dog

klangfarbe                    tone-colour; timbre

klaxon                        loud mechanical horn

klazomania                    compulsive shouting; thus klazomaniac, one who shouts compulsively

klebenleiben                  the pathological reluctance to stop talking about a given subject

klendusic                     able to withstand disease due to protective mechanism

kleptocracy                   government by thieves

kloof                         a deep ravine

klopemania                    kleptomania; the inordinate desire to steal

Knabble                       to take small bites or to nibble

knackatory                    a shop for finnimbruns (knick-knacks)

knacker                       1. a buyer of worn-out domestic animals/carcasses for use esp. as animal food or fertilizer

knacker                       2. a buyer of old structures for constituent materials

knackered                     tired; exhausted

knackish                      cunning; crafty

knag                          knot in wood

knarred                       gnarled; knotty

knees-up                      a lively party, usu. including dancing

knickerbockers                loose breeches gathered in at the knee

knick-knackatory              collection of knick-knacks

knickpoint                    discontinuity in river profile due to intersection of new erosion curve

knismesis                     light tickling

knissomancy                   fortunetelling using burning incense

knitch                        bundle of wood tied together

knobber                       a stag in its second year

knobstick                     one who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union; a blackleg

knop                          loop or tuft in yarn

knosp                         unopened bud of a flower; ornament shaped like a bud

knout                         1. a leather scourge used for flogging

knout                         2. to flog; to scourge

knubble                       to beat with the fists

knur                          knob or knot in wood

knurl                         small excrescence or protuberance; to make knurls on

koan                          nonsensical question given to buddhist students for contemplation

kobold                        spirit of the mines

kohl                          eye-shadow; mascara

kohlrabi                      variety of cabbage

koine                         dialect that spreads to become common language of a region

koinoniphobia                 the fear of a room full of people

kolo                          central European folk dance having a ring of dancers

komatik                       sled with wooden runners

konimeter                     instrument measuring amount of dust in air

koniology                     study of atmospheric pollutants and dust

koniophobia                   the fear of dust

koniscope                     instrument for measuring dust in air

kop                           bank of terracing at a football field

kopophobia                    the fear of being mentally or physically exhausted

kora                          musical instrument similar to a harp

kore                          ancient Greek statue of a draped maiden

korophilia                    being attracted to young men or boys

kosmokrator                   the ruler of the world

koto                          obnoxious-sounding Japanese stringed instrument

kouros                        statue of a nude male

kraken                        legendary sea monster

krasis                        addition of water to sacramental wine

kraurosis                     shrivelling of the skin

kreatophagia                  eating of raw meat

kremlin                       a Russian citadel

kreng                         whale carcass after blubber is removed

kriegspiel                    war-game used to teach strategy

krimmer                       tightly curled grey or black lamb's wool

kritarchy                     government by judges

krobylos                      tuft of hair on the top of the head

krotoscope                    an applause-measuring instrument; applause meter

krukolibidinous               the act of staring at someone's crotch

krummhorn                     ancient double-reed wind instrument

krypsis                       doctrine that Christ secretly exercised divine powers

ktenology                     science of putting people to death

Kulturkampf                   a conflict between cultures or value systems

kumatage                      a bright appearance in the horizon, under the sun or moon, arising from the reflected light of those bodies from the small rippling waves on the surface of the water

kumiss                        fermented mare's milk

kummel                        cumin-flavoured liqueur

kurgan                        prehistoric burial mound

kursaal                       a public building at a German health resort, provided for the use and entertainment of visitors

kurtosis                      relative degree of sharpness of peak of distribution curve

kuru                          brain disease transmitted by cannibalism

kurveyor                      a travelling merchant who sells dry goods from a cart

kvass                         Eastern European rye beer

kvetch                        to complain habitually; gripe

kwashiorkor                   tropical disease of infants due to protein deficiency

kwyjibo                       a big, dumb, balding North American ape, with no chin (from The Simpsons)

kyacting                      clowning at work

kyle                          narrow strait

kylin                         Chinese mythical animal

kyllosis                      club foot

kyloe                         small long-haired cattle

kymatology                    study of wave motion

kymograph                     instrument for recording fluid pressure

kyphophobia                   the fear of stooping

kyphorrhinos                  having a nose with a bump in it; humped nose

kyphosis                      hunchbacked condition

kyphotic                      hump-backed

kyrie                         religious petition for mercy

kyrielle                      string of short lines in stanzas all ending with the same word

kyriolexy                     the use of literal expressions; speaking literally





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