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oakum                         old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships

oakus                         wallet; pocket billfold

oast                          kiln to dry hops or malt

obacerate                     to shut someone's mouth; contradict

obaceration                   the act of shutting someone's mouth

obambulate                    to walk about; wander aimlessly

obdormition                   numbness caused by pressure on a nerve, as when your foot is ‘asleep’

obduracy                      stubbornness; persistence

obdurate                      hardened against good or moral influence; stubbornly impenitent

obedible                      docile; capable of obedience

obedientiary                  someone subject to obedience

obeism                        practice of West African magic

obeliscolychny                lighthouse

obelize                       to condemn as spurious, doubtful, or corrupt

obelus                        1. a mark (- or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate spurious or doubtful passages; also, the division sign

obelus                        2. the dagger sign (†) used as a reference mark or to indicate that a person listed is deceased

obeophone                     mechanical keyboard instrument used to imitate other instruments

obequitate                    to ride about

obesophobia                   the fear of gaining weight

obflisticate                  humorous alteration of obfuscate, perh. after flustrate

obfuscate                     to cast into darkenss, obscure, to confuse, bewilder

obganiate                     to irritate someone by constantly repeating oneself

obi                           broad sash worn with a kimono

obit                          religious office for a dead person

obitual                       of, like or pertaining to obituaries

objectivism                   doctrine that all reality is objective

objicient                     objector

objuration                    the act of binding by oath; a solemn charge

objurgate                     to castigate

objurgate                     to chide; to scold; to rebuke

objurgation                   a harsh rebuke

objurgatory                   expressing (a harsh or violent) rebuke

objurgatrix                   a scolding, sharp-tongued, shrewish woman, a Xanthippe; a common scold

oblast                        a political subdivision of a republic in the [former] USSR

oblate                        1. flattened at opposite sides or poles

oblate                        2. layman living in a religious community under modified rule

oblation                      act of offering; a sacrifice; anything offered in worship

oblectation                   pleasure; satisfaction; recreation; delight

obligurate                    to feast, to spend (time) feasting

obliquation                   obliqueness

oblivescence                  forgetfulness; forgetting

oblivionize                   to consign to oblivion

obliviscence                  forgetfulness

oblocutor                     one who denies or disputes

Oblomovian                    characterized by sloth or lassitude

Oblomovism                    sluggish inertia

obloquy                       abusive language; ill repute; censure; slander; disgrace

obluctation                   the action of striving or struggling against something

obmutescence                  the act of becoming or keeping silent or mute

obmutescent                   preferring to have silence or to avoid noise; speechless

obnixely                      earnestly; strenuously

obnubilate                    to becloud; to obscure; to darken

obolary                       extremely poor

obreption                     seeking to obtain a gift by false premises

obreptitious                  done or obtained by trickery, or by concealing the truth

obrogate                      to alter the law by passing a new law

obrotund                      round but flattened on top and bottom

obscurantism                  opposition to the spread of knowledge; deliberate vagueness or abstruseness

obscurantist                  a person who opposes reform and enlightenment

obsecrate                     to beseech, implore, supplicate or beg

obsequent                     flowing in opposite direction to original slope of land

obsequies                     funeral

obsequious                    servilely ingratiating; fawning

obsidional                    of, like or pertaining to a siege

obsign                        to seal or confirm

obsolagnium                   waning sexual desire due to age

obstetrics                    study of midwifery

obstipation                   a severe and obstinate constipation

obstreperous                  noisy; unruly

obstriction                   obligation

obstringe                     to constrain, to put under obligation

obstruent                     causing obstruction; esp of a body passage

obstupefactive                obstructing the mental powers; stupifying

obtend                        to put forward or allege

obtenebrate                   to cast a shadow over

obtest                        to call to witness; to adjure; to protest; to beseech

obtortion                     a twisting, distortion, wresting, perversion

obtractuous                   slanderous, calumnious

obtrect                       to disparage; slander

obtrectation                  slander; detraction; calumny

obtruncate                    to cut or lop off the head of

obtund                        to lessen the violence of; to dull

obtundent                     dulling

obturate                      to stop up; to seal up

obturation                    an obstruction

obumbrate                     to overshadow

obvallate                     to surround with a wall; seal up

obvaricate                    to obstruct (a person or a person's progress)

obvelation                    a veiling over, a hiding or concealing

obvention                     any incidental occurrence or advantage

obvert                        to turn; to alter

obvolute                      overlap, convolute

obvolute                      overlapping; twisted

obvolvent                     enwrapping; curved downward or inward

ocarina                       egg-shaped flute-like wind instrument

occamy                        alloy imitating gold or silver

occipital                     of, like or pertaining to the back of the head

occlusion                     closing of an opening, passage or cavity

occultation                   concealing of one heavenly body by another

ocellated                     eyelike and ringed; having an eyelike spot or spots

ocellus                       small eye or eye-like coloured spot

oche                          the line behind which a darts player must stand; the throwing-line

ochlesis                      sickness resulting from overcrowded living conditions

ochlochracy                   a government formed by the mob

ochlocracy                    government by the mob

ochlophobia                   the fear of crowds or mobs

ochone                        used as an expression of regret or grief

ochophobia                    the fear of riding in automobiles

ochre                         yellowish or yellow-brown colour

ochroleucous                  yellowish white

ocker                         a rough, uncultivated, or aggressively boorish Australian man

ocracy                        government

ocreate                       wearing boots or leggings

octactinal                    having eight rays or points

octad                         set of eight things

octamerous                    having parts in eights

octan                         recurring every eight days

octapla                       multi-lingual book in eight texts

octarchy                      government by eight people

octarine                      the colour of magic

octarius                      pint

octastich                     poem of eight lines

octingentenary                eight hundredth anniversary of an event

octiron                       a fictional metal that is unaffected by anything except magic

octonary                      of, like or pertaining to or consisting of eight things; grouped in eights

octonocular                   having eight eyes

octothorpe                    the symbol # on a telephone or keyboard (hash mark, pound sign, number sign)

octroi                        trading privilege, monopoly or concession granted to a town

oculate                       having eyes

oculiform                     shaped like an eye

oculoplania                   letting one's eyes wander while assessing someone's charms

oculus                        round window, especially over main door in church

od                            mild oath

odalisque                     a female slave; a concubine in a harem

odalisque                     female slave in a harem

odditorium                    place for displaying oddities

odeum                         a usually small theatre or concert hall

odible                        worthy of hatred

odium                         hatred; offensiveness; blame

odobene                       walrus-like

odograph                      odometer; instrument for measuring distance travelled

odology                       science of the hypothetical mystical force of od

odontalgia                    toothache

odonterism                    chattering of the teeth

odontist                      dentist

odontogeny                    origin and development of teeth

odontograph                   instrument for obtaining curves for gear-teeth

odontoid                      tooth-like

odontology                    study of teeth

odontoloxia                   irregularity of the teeth

odontomancy                   fortunetelling using teeth

odontophobia                  the fear of teeth

odophone                      scale of odours

odoriferous                   emitting a usually pleasant smell

odorimetry                    measurement of strength and persistence of odours

odorivector                   substance producing an odour

odynophobia                   the fear of pain

oecist                        founder of a colony

oecodomic                     of, like or pertaining to architecture

oeillade                      a glance of the eye; esp. ogle

oenology                      study of wines

oenomancy                     fortunetelling by studying appearance of wine

oenomania                     obsession or craze for wine

oenometer                     instrument for measuring alcoholic strength of wine

oenophile                     one who is fond of or loves wine

oenophlygia                   the state of being drunk

oenophobia                    the fear or hatred of wine

oenopoetic                    of, like or pertaining to wine-making

oersted                       unit of magnetic field strength

oestrogenic                   producing female sex hormones

officialism                   excessive devotion to routine or position

officinal                     belonging to or used in a shop

officious                     volunteering one's services too eagerly

offscum                       that which is skimmed off; scum, dross, refuse; fig., that which is rejected as vile or worthless

ogdoad                        set of eight

ogee                          s-shaped

ogerhunch                     any frightful or loathsome creature, especially a bat

oggannition                   snarling or growling

ogive                         graph representing cumulative frequency

ogrous                        having the appearance or characteristics of an ogre; ogreish

ogry                          resembling, or pertaining to, an ogre

ogygian                       ancient, primeval; of obscure antiquity

ohmmeter                      instrument for measuring electrical resistance

oicotype                      a local or regional form of a migratory folktale

oikology                      science of housekeeping; home economics

oikomania                     mental disorder caused by an abusive home

oikonisus                     desire to start a family

oikophobia                    the fear of one's home

oinomancy                     fortunetelling using wine

oinophobia                    the fear of wine

okhrana                       in Imperial Russia  a secret police department set up in 1881

olamic                        everlasting, eternal; belonging to a vast period or eon

oleaginous                    resembling or having the properties of oil; unctuous; oily, greasy

olecranon                     funny bone, bont tip of the elbow

oleic                         of, like or pertaining to or derived from oil

oleiferous                    producing oil

olent                         having a smell; fragrant

oleograph                     print in oil-colours to imitate an oil painting

oleometer                     instrument for measuring amount of oil in a substance

oleraceous                    of the nature of a pot-herb; for kitchen use; edible

olericulture                  growing of herbs and vegetables

olfactible                    able to be smelled

olfactology                   study of the sense of smell

olfactometer                  instrument measuring intensity of odour of a substance

olfactphobia                  the fear of odors

olid                          rank-smelling

oligarchy                     government by the few

oligochrome                   work of art using few colours

oligodynamic                  of, like or pertaining to the effect of small quantities

oligogenics                   birth control

oligomania                    obsession with a few thoughts or ideas

oligophagous                  eating only a few specific kinds of food

oligophrenia                  feeble-mindedness

oligophrenic                  being mentally deficient or having a small brain

oligopolist                   one who supports limited competition

oligopoly                     few sellers, many buyers; a sellers' market

oligopsony                    market situation of few buyers of a service

oligosyllable                 aword of fewer than four syllables

oligotokous                   referring to a creature that lays four or less eggs

olio                          miscellany; potpourri

olitory                       of, like or pertaining to kitchen vegetables

olivaceous                    olive-coloured

olivary                       olive-shaped

olivaster                     having an olive complexion

olivet                        artificial pearl

olivetta                      container used to hold olives

oliviform                     shaped like an olive

ollamh                        learned man in ancient Ireland

Ollendorffian                 in the stilted language of foreign phrase-books

ology                         an informal term for some unidentified branch of learning

ololygmancy                   fortune-telling by the howling of dogs

omadhaun                      fool, idiot, simpleton

omasum                        the third of the four stomachs of a ruminant (see reticulem)

ombibulou                     referring to someone who drinks anything

ombibulus                     someone who drinks everything

ombré                         shadowy; shaded; dusky

ombrifuge                     a shelter from rain

ombrology                     study of rain

ombrometer                    rain-gauge

ombrophilous                  tolerant of large amounts of rainfall

ombrophobia                   the fear of rain

ombrosalgia                   aches and pains felt when it rains

omegoid                       shaped like a horseshoe or omega

omerta                        refusal to give evidence by those concerned with Mafia activities; code of silence

ominate                       to prognosticate; to prophesy from signs and omens; to utter prophecies or forebodings; to serve as a prophecy

ommateum                      compound eye

ommatophobia                  the fear of eyes

omneity                       that which is essentially all; that which comprehends all; allness

omniana                       about all sorts of things; bits and pieces of various information

omnicompetent                 legally competent in all matters

omnierudite                   one who is educated in all subjects, or who possesses universal knowledge

omnifarious                   of all kinds

omniferous                    bearing everything

omnify                        to make large or universal

omnigatherum                  miscellaneous assemblage or collection

omnigenous                    composed of or containing all kinds

omnilegent                    reading or having read everything; having encyclopedic curiosity and knowledge

omniloquent                   one who can talk about any and all subjects

omninescience                 ignorance of everything, universal ignorance

omniparity                    general equality

omniscian                     a person who knows, or professes to know, everything

omnism                        belief in all religions

omnist                        one that believes in all faiths or creeds

omnisufficiency               the quality of being 'all-sufficient'

omophagist                    a person who eats raw flesh

omophagy                      eating of raw flesh as a ritual observance

omoplatoscopy                 fortunetelling by observing cracks in burning scapulae (shoulder blade)

omphacine                     pertaining to fruit which is not ripe

omphalism                     centralization in government

omphaloid                     navel-like

omphalomancy                  fortunetelling from the knots in a baby’s umbilical cord

omphalophobia                 fear of belly buttons

omphalopsychite               one who meditates by gazing at the navel

omphalos                      the navel; a boss; a centre

omphaloskepsis                the contemplation of one's own navel to induce a mental trance

onager                        military engine for throwing great stones

onamatophobia                 the fear of names

onanism                       masturbation; self-gratification

oncogenesis                   producing cancerous tumours

oncology                      study of tumours

oncometer                     instrument measuring change in size of internal organs

oncosimeter                   instrument measuring variations in density of molten metal

oncostman                     mine worker paid by the day

ondograph                     instrument measuring change in wave formations of electricity

ondoyant                      wavy

oneiric                       of or relating to dreams; dreamy

oneirocrite                   a person who interprets dreams

oneirocritic                  one who interprets dreams

oneirocritical                specializing in the interpretation of dreams

oneirocriticism               dream interpretation

oneirodynia                   nightmare

oneirology                    study of dreams

oneiromancy                   fortunetelling by dreams

oneirophobia                  the fear of dreams

oneirataxia                   the inability to differentiate between dreams and reality

one-step                      ballroom dance marked by quick walking steps

onimancy                      fortunetelling using fingernails

oniochalasia                  buying as a means of mental relaxation

oniomania                     an uncontrollable urge to buy things

oniscoid                      like a woodlouse

onocrotal                     old term for the pelican

onolatry                      worship of the donkey or ass; also by extension, excessive admiration for or devotion to foolishness

onomamania                    mania for names

onomancy                      fortunetelling using a donkey or ass

onomasiologic                 relating to the gathering or comparison of lists of words that designate similar or associated concepts

onomasiology                  study of nomenclature

onomastic                     relating to, or consisting of a name or names; relating to onomastics

onomasticon                   a vocabulary or lexicon of proper names or place names

onomastics                    the science or study of the origins and forms of proper names of persons or places

onomatomania                  uncontrollable obsession with words or names or their meanings or sounds; esp. a mania for repeating certain words or sounds

onomatope                     an onomatopoeic word

onomatopeed                   used onomatopoeia

onomatophobia                 the fear of hearing a certain word

onomatopoeia                  the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it

onomatous                     bearing the author's name

ontal                         of, like or pertaining to reality or existence

ontocyclic                    returning to an infantile state or character in old age

ontogenesis                   origin and development of a single individual organism

ontogeny                      he development or course of development of an individual organism

ontography                    description of reality, essence or being

ontological                   based upon being or existence

ontology                      science of pure being; the nature of things

ontosophy                     knowledge of being or existence

onychocryptosis               ingrowing toenail

onychoid                      like a fingernail

onychomancy                   fortunetelling by the fingernails

onychophagia                  habitual biting of the nails, esp. as a symptom of emotional disturbance

onychophagist                 nail-biter

onychophagy                   the habit of biting one's fingernails

onychophorous                 bearing nails or claws

onychotillomania              compulsive picking at the fingernails

onymancy                      fortunetelling by the fingernails

onymatic                      of, like or pertaining to names

onymous                       bearing a name; not anonymous; eg. an onymous article in a magazine

onymy                         scientific nomenclature

onyxis                        ingrown nail

oofy                          wealthy, rich; hence oofiness, wealthiness

oogenesis                     production of eggs or ova

ooglification                 to substitute an "oo" sound for another vowel sound to make a regular English word into a slang eg. Detroit turns into Detroot

ooidal                        egg-shaped

oojah                         a "what's its name?", a thing whose name has been forgotten

oojah-cum-spiff               fine, all right (see previous)

oolly                         a lump or loop of iron, as wootz, when taken as a pasty mass from the crucible

oologist                      a collector of bird's eggs

oology                        study of eggs

oomancy                       fortunetelling using eggs

oometer                       instrument for measuring eggs

oophoron                      ovary

oose                          furry dust that gathers under beds

ootocous                      producing eggs; oviparous

opacimeter                    instrument for measuring opacity

opacular                      somewhat opaque

opalescence                   milky iridescence

opalotype                     photograph taken on a milky opal glass plate

opeidoscope                   instrument for illustrating sound by means of light

operculum                     cover or lid; lid-like organ or covering

operose                       1. tedious, wearisome

operose                       2. industrious, diligent

ophelimity                    ability to please sexually; ability to satisfy

ophiasis                      baldness in wavy bands

ophic                         of, like or pertaining to serpents

ophicleide                    a keyed brass instrument of the bugle family with a baritone range that was the structural precursor of the bass saxophone

ophidian                      of or like a snake

ophidiarium                   snake-house

ophidiomancy                  fortunetelling using snakes

ophidiophobia                 the fear of snakes

ophiolatry                    worship of snakes

ophiology                     study of snakes

ophiomancy                    fortunetelling by watching snakes

ophiomormous                  snakelike

ophiomorphic                  shaped like a snake

ophiophagous                  eating snakes

ophiophagy                    the eating of snakes

ophiophilist                  a person who loves snakes

ophism                        snake-worship

ophiuran                      brittle star

ophthalmometer                instrument for measuring the eye

ophthalmophobia               the fear that one is being stared at

ophthalmoscope                instrument for viewing the interior of the eye

ophryon                       the space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets

opificer                      an artificer; a workman; one who creates something

opinable                      capable of being thought

opine                         to hold or state as an opinion; to think

opiniaster                    one who obstinately holds to an opinion

opiniatry                     the quality or state of being opinionated; mental obstinacy or inflexibility

opinicus                      mythic heraldic winged beast with lion's body, eagle's head, camel's tail

opinionator                   one who holds or gives an opinion

opioic                        an opium-like substance produced naturally in the brain; possessing some properties characteristic of opiate narcotics but not derived from opium

opiomania                     craving for opium

opisometer                    an instrument with a revolving wheel for measuring curved lines, as on a map

opisthenar                    the back of the hand

opisthograph                  manuscript or slab inscribed on both back and front

opisthosomal                  of, like or pertaining to posteriors

opodeldoc                     soapy liniment

oppidan                       urban

oppignorate                   to pawn

oppilate                      to block up; to stop up

oppositive                    indicating opposition or location opposite to

opprobrious                   expressing contemptuous reproach; scurrilous; bringing disgrace; shameful, infamous

opprobrium                    something that brings disgrace; infamy, contempt

oppugn                        to attack by argument; to oppose; to call in question

opsablepsia                   the inability to look someone in the eye while speaking

opsigamy                      one who marries late in life

opsimath                      one who begins to learns late in life

opsimathy                     education late in life

opsimatria                    the bearing of children late in a woman's life

opsiometer                    instrument for testing vision

opsipatria                    the fathering of a child by an elderly man

opsiproligery                 the ability to still have children late in life

opsomania                     abnormal love for one kind of food

opsomaniac                    one who has a maniacal love for certain kinds of food

opsonium                      anything eaten with bread as a relish

opsophagy                     the eating of delicacies

optative                      mood expressing a desire or wish

optimate                      of the nobility or aristocracy

optogram                      image fixed on the retina

optology                      study of sight

optometer                     instrument for testing vision

optophobia                    the fear of opening one's eyes

optophone                     device transforming light into sound

opuscule                      little work or composition

opusculum                     a minor work

or                            heraldic colour gold or yellow

orad                          toward the mouth

oragious                      stormy

oralism                       instruction of the deaf through speech rather than sign language

orangery                      building for growing orange trees in a cool climate

orant                         representation of praying figure (esp. a woman) in early art

orarian                       coastal; a coast-dweller

orarion                       deacon's stole in orthodox church

orarium                       1. book of private devotions

orarium                       2. handkerchief; scarf attached to bishop's staff

oratiuncle                    short oration

oratory                       small chapel for private prayer; lectern for prayer

orbific                       creating the world

orcast                        poverty; indigence

orchesis                      act of dancing or rhythmical moving of the body

orchesography                 notation of dance movements by means of diagrams

orchidaceous                  exceptionally beautiful; gaudy; ostentatious

orchidectomy                  surgical removal of one or both testes; castration

orchidology                   study of orchids

orchidomania                  abnormal obsession with orchids

orchidometer                  instrument for measuring the size of the testicles

ord                           point of a weapon; a beginning

ordalian                      of, like or pertaining to an ordeal

ordinal                       book containing religious rites, especially for ordination

ordinant                      one who ordains

ordinate                      in rows or columns

ordo                          calendar with list of services for each day of the year

ordonnance                    proper coordination of figures in a picture

ordure                        loathsome dirt or refuse; something morally degrading

oread                         mountain nymph

orectic                       pertaining to the desires and their satisfaction; hence, impelling to gratification

oredelf                       the right to dig minerals; the digging of ore

oremus                        Roman Catholic liturgical prayer

orexis                        the aspect of mental activity concerned with emotion and desire rather than cognition; appetite, desire

orey-eyed                     expressing anger through the eyes

orf                           viral infection of sheep

orfèvrerie                    goldsmith's work

organdie                      fine translucent cotton

organicism                    conception of life or society as an organism

organistrum                   early musical instrument resembling the hurdy-gurdy

organity                      an organized whole

organogenesis                 origin or development of living organs

organoleptic                  dealing with testing effects of a substance on senses

organon                       1. an instrument for acquiring knowledge; specif. a body of principles of scientific or philosophic investigation

organon                       2. method of investigation; logical technique or system

organonymy                    1. the nomenclature of the body organs

organonymy                    2. the study of the names of musical instruments

organza                       transparent thin silk or nylon

orgulous                      proud; haughty

orichalc                      gold-coloured alloy; brass

oriel                         small room or recess with a polygonal bay window

oriflamme                     banner of red silk split into several points

oriform                       shaped like a mouth

orignal                       the original aboriginal name of the North American moose

orillion                      semicircular projection on a bastion to protect flanks

orismologic                   pertaining to orismology

orismology                    the science of defining technical terms

orison                        prayer

orleans                       interwoven cotton and worsted

orlop (deck)                  the lowest deck of a ship having 4 or more decks

ormolu                        something expensive looking; gold-plated metal

ornature                      ornamentation, adornment, decoration; embellishment; ornament

ornithic                      of, like or pertaining to birds

ornithocopros                 the dung of birds; guano

ornithoid                     bird-like

ornithology                   study of birds

ornithomancy                  fortunetelling by observing flight and cries of birds

ornithon                      aviary

ornithophilous                pollinated by birds

ornithophobia                 the fear of birds

ornithopter                   bird-like archaic flying machine

ornithorhynchus               the duckbilled platypus

ornithoscelidaphilia          the love of dinosaurs

ornithoscelidaphobia          the fear of dinosaurs

ornithoscopy                  bird watching

orobathymetric                of, like or pertaining to map showing submerged heights and sea depths

orogen                        mountain pass

orogenesis                    mountain-building

orogeny                       the process of mountain making, esp by folding of the earth's crust

orography                     description of mountains

oroide                        alloy used to imitate gold

orology                       the study of mountains

orotund                       marked by fullness and clarity of sound; pompous

orphanotrophism               care and support of orphans

orphrey                       gold or other rich embroidery on clerical robes

orpiment                      yellow arsenic compound used as pigment

orrery                        an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by balls moved by wheelwork

ort                           a scrap of food left after a meal is completed; scrap

orthian                       high-pitched

orthobiosis                   correct or moral living

orthodromics                  great-circle sailing; sailing by most direct route

orthoepy                      study of correct pronunciation

orthogenesis                  directional evolution of organisms

orthognathism                 state of having straight jaws

orthographer                  correct speller

orthographic                  orthogonal; correct in spelling

orthography                   study of spelling

orthology                     correct use of words

orthophobia                   the fear of correctness

orthopraxis                   correct practice in religion

orthopter                     ornithopter; flying machine with moving wings

orthopterology                study of cockroaches

orthostichous                 arranged in vertical rows

orthotomic                    cutting at right angles

orthotonic                    taking an accent in some but not all positions

orthotropism                  vertical growth

orthpolitiphobia              a fear of political correctness

orthpraxy                     pertaining to people who strictly follow the teachings of their religion

oryctognosy                   mineralogy

oryctology                    mineralogy or paleontology

oryctomancy                   fortunetelling using excavated objects

oryzivorous                   rice-eating

oscar                         cash, money

oscheal                       of, like or pertaining to the scrotum

oscillograph                  instrument for recording alternating current wave forms

oscillometer                  instrument for measuring ship's rollings

oscilloscope                  instrument for detecting electrical fluctuations

oscine                        of or relating to a large suborder of passerine birds that includes most songbirds

oscinine                      of, like or pertaining to song-birds

oscitancy                     the act of yawning; the state of being drowsy or inattentive; dullness

oscitant                      yawning

oscitate                      to yawn

oscitation                    the act of being inattentive; the state of being drowsy

osculant                      pertaining to a close embrace or long kiss

osculaphobia                  the fear of kissing

oscular                       of, like or pertaining to the mouth or to kissing

osculate                      to kiss

osculatory                    carved tablet kissed by priest during celebration of mass

osirify                       to identify with Osiris; (broadly) to deify; to give a new life in another world

Oslerian                      relating to Osler or to his theories and methods of practicing internal medicine

oslerize                      to do away with men over 60 years old; to euthanase

osmatic                       having olfactory organs

osmesis                       act of smelling

osmics                        scientific study of smells

osmidrosiphobia               the fear of body odour or sweat

osmidrosis                    emission of ill-smelling sweat

osmol                         unit of osmotic pressure

osmology                      study of smells and olfactory processes

osmometer                     instrument for measuring osmotic pressure

osmophilia                    the love of various smells

osmophobia                    the fear of odors

osnaburg                      coarse linen or cotton

osophy                        belief or doctrine

osphresiology                 study of the sense of smell

osphresiophobia               the fear of odors

osphresis                     sense of smell

ossein                        the organic basis of bone

ossia                         alternatively; rather (in music)

ossicle                       little bone or bone-like plate

ossiferous                    bearing bones

ossifrage                     osprey

ossify                        to change into bone; to become callous or conventional

ossivorous                    feeding on bones

ossomancy                     fortunetelling using bones

ossuary                       a depository for the bones of the dead

osteal                        of, like or pertaining to, or comprised of bone

ostend                        to show, reveal; to manifest, exhibit

ostensory                     container for holding consecrated communion wafers

ostent                        a sign, portent, wonder, prodigy

ostentiferous                 bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations

osteoclasis                   surgical breaking of a bone

osteogenesis                  production or formation of bone

osteography                   description of bones

osteoid                       bony; bone-like

osteology                     study of bones

osteomancy                    fortunetelling using bones

osteometry                    measurement of bones or skeleton

osteophone                    device used to allow deaf to hear sounds through the cranium

osteophyte                    abnormal bony outgrowth

ostiary                       doorkeeper

ostiolate                     having an opening

ostiole                       a small opening

ostium                        mouth-like opening

ostler                        person who takes care of horses at an inn and/or sells oats

ostracean                     of, like or pertaining to oysters

ostraceous                    of, like or pertaining to oysters

ostraconophobia               the fear of shellfish

ostreiform                    shaped like an oyster

ostreoid                      oyster-like

ostreophagous                 oyster-eating

ostreophobia                  the fear of shellfish, especially oysters

ostrichism                    habit or policy of refusing to face unpleasant facts

ostrobogulous                 slightly risqué or indecent; bizarre, interesting, or unusual

otacoustic                    aiding hearing

otacrust                      an eavesdropper; spy

otalgia                       earache

otarine                       of, like or pertaining to seals

otiant                        idle; resting; unemployed

otic                          of, like or pertaining to the ear

otiose                        lacking use or effect, functionless; being at leisure, idle; sterile, futile

otium                         leisure, ease, peace]  now rare  leisure; free time; ease

otium cum dignitate           leisure with dignity; specif. retirement from public life

otolaryngologist              a doctor who specializes in treating ear, nose and throat problems.

otolith                       calcium concretion in inside of vertebrate's ear to aid in equilibrium

otology                       the study of the ear and its disorders

otorhinolaryngology           study of ear, nose and throat

otoscope                      instrument for examining the ear

otosis                        mishearing; alteration of words caused by misapprehension of the sound

ottoman                       heavy clothing fabric with crosswise ribs

oubliette                     a dungeon whose only entrance is in the ceiling

oultrepreu                    extremely brave

ounce                         medium to large-sized great cat

oundy                         wavy

ouranomancy                   fortunetelling using the heavens

ouroboros                     snake eating own tail symbolizing totality or completion

oustiti                       lock-opening tool

outage                        amount of commodity lost in transport and storage

outcross                      to breed individuals of different strains of a species

outcumlins                    strangers coming from without; not dwelling in the neighborhood

outfangtheft                  the right under law of a lord to persecute a vassal caught outside of his jurisdiction

outfling                      sharp retort or gibe

outhaul                       rope used to haul a sail taut along a spar

outjet                        projection

outmantle                     to excel in dress or ornament

outmaster                     to overcome in a contest for mastery

outpassion                    to exceed in passion

outrance                      the utmost extremity; the bitter end

outré                         beyond what is proper; extravagant

outrecuidance                 extreme self-conceit; presumption

outremer                      area beyond the sea; overseas

outrigger                     spar extended from side of ship to help secure mast

outroop                       auction

ouzel                         blackbird; a dark-haired person

ovarious                      consisting of eggs

overcrow                      to crow or triumph over

overegg                       to embellish or supply to excess, to overexaggerate

overflush                     superfluity

overhaile                     to overtake; to overpower

overlock                      to oversew a hem or fabric edge to prevent fraying

overmantel                    ornamental structure set on a mantel-shelf

overpoise                     weight sufficient to weigh another down

overrack                      to overstrain

overset                       to upset; to disorder

overslaugh                    exemption from duty in turn when otherwise employed

ovibovine                     of, like or pertaining to musk-oxen

ovicide                       killing insect eggs

oviferous                     egg-carrying

oviform                       shaped like an oval or egg

ovigerous                     bearing eggs

ovil                          sheep-fold

ovine                         of, like or pertaining to sheep

oviparous                     producing offspring through laying eggs

ovivorous                     eating eggs

ovopyriform                   having a shape between a pear and an egg

ovoviviparous                 producing eggs which are hatched in parent's body

ovuliferous                   bearing ovules

owlery                        place frequented by owls

owling                        the practice of smuggling wool (or sheep) out of England, formerly illegal, and done chiefly by night; by extension, to carry on any contraband trade

Oxbridge                      a fictional university, esp. regarded as a composite of Oxford and Cambridge; often with implication of superior social or intellectual status

oxford                        soft durable plain-woven cotton

oxter                         the armpit ; to take under the arm; to walk arm in arm

oxyacaesthesia                extreme sharpness of senses

oxyacanthous                  having sharp thorns or spikes

oxyblepsia                    extremely keen sight

oxyesthesia                   being extremely sensitive to touch

oxygeusia                     extremely keen sense of taste

oxymoron                      figure of speech combining contradictory terms

oxyosphresia                  an extreme sensitivity to smells

oxyphonia                     sharpness or shrillness of voice

oxythymous                    pertaining to someone who is quick to anger

oxytocic                      drug that hastens the process of childbirth

oxytone                       word bearing acute accent on last syllable

oytser                        a treasure

ozoniferous                   bearing ozone

ozostomia                     foulness of breath





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