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vaccary                       dairy or cow pasture

vaccimulgence                 the milking of a cow

vaccine                       of, like or pertaining to cows; preparation conferring immunity to disease

vaccinophobia                 the fear of vaccinations

vacillate                     fluctuate in opinion or resolution

vadelect                      servant; serving-man

vade-mecum                    ready reference manual regularly carried about

vadimony                      bond or pledge given before a judge

vadose                        of, like or pertaining to underground water above the water table

vafrous                       cunning; sly

vagarious                     erratic or unpredictable in behavior or direction

vagary                        an erratic, extravagant or unpredictable manifestation, action or notion

vagient                       crying like a baby

vagile                        having the ability to move about

vagility                      ability to succeed in the struggle for existence

vaginate                      sheathed; having a sheath

vagitus                       baby's cry or wail

vagrarious                    vagrant, wandering

vagrom                        1. vagrant, vagabond, wandering

vagrom                        2. eccentric, erratic

vagulate                      to wander in a vague manner; to waver  (used only in the writings of Virginia Woolf)

vail                          a tip; gratuity

vainglory                     idle boastfulness

vair                          blue-grey squirrel fur; heraldic representation of blue and white rows

valance                       1. drapery hung along the edge of a bed, table or canopy

valence                       2. linen helmet-cover for armour

valenki                       warm Russian felt boots

valetudinarian                a person of weak or sickly constitution; someone who is obsessed with some ailment

valgus                        club-footed; bow-legged

vallate                       having a raised rim or rampart

vallation                     ridge or bank of earth used as fortification

vallecula                     groove or furrow

vallum                        rampart; wall of earth thrown up from a ditch

valorise                      to set a fixed arbitrary price

valuta                        comparative value of a currency

vampirarchy                   exploitative rule comparable to rule by vampires

vandola                       stringed lute-like Spanish instrument

vaniloquence                  vain or foolish talk

vaniloquent                   speaking only of oneself or speaking egotistically

vanishment                    an act of vanishing or state of having vanished

vaporimeter                   instrument for measuring vapour pressure

vapulate                      to beat or flog; to suffer vapulation

vapulation                    a beating or flogging

vapulatory                    of or relating to flogging

vara                          unit of linear measure of between 33 and 43 inches

varec                         seaweed; kelp

varia                         miscellany

varicella                     chicken pox

variegated                    diverse and varied; having multi-coloured patches

varietal                      of, like or pertaining to a variety

varietist                     unorthodox person

variform                      of various forms

variola                       smallpox

variometer                    instrument for measuring magnetic declination

variorum                      1. an edition or text with notes by different persons

variorum                      2. an edition containing variant readings of the text

variorum                      3. a variation

varsovienne                   polka-like Polish dance

varus                         pigeon-toed

vascular                      of, like or pertaining to fluid-carrying vessels

vasculature                   arrangement of blood vessels

vasculiform                   shaped like a small vase or flowerpot

vasculum                      botanist's collecting case

vasiferous                    bearing a vessel or vas

vasiform                      shaped like a duct or vase

vastate                       to make immune

vastation                     to purify something by using fire, or to purify a soul by cremation

vastidity                     vastness; a vast extent

vatic                         prophetic; oracular; inspired

vaticide                      killing or killer of a prophet

vaticinate                    to prophesy; to predict

vaticination                  a prediction; a prophecy

vauclusian                    of a spring in which water is expelled by artesian pressure

vauntie                       being proud or in high spirits

vauntless                     not bragging or boasting

vavasour                      feudal noble who is both a liege and a vassal

vaward                        the foremost part; forefront

vease                         a run you make before a leap; can be spelled feeze or pheese

vecordious                    senseless, crazy, mad

vecordy                       madness, folly

vectigal                      of, like or pertaining to the paying of tribute or rent

vectitation                   act of carrying or conveying

vedette                       mounted sentry stationed to watch for enemy

veduta                        panoramic view of a town

vegan                         one who refrains from consuming (or using) animal products

vegete                        vigorous

vegetivorous                  eating vegetables

veilleuse                     a small and very decorated nightlight; a bedside food warmer

velamentous                   of, like or pertaining to or like a membrane or sail

velarium                      awning over an auditorium

velate                        having a veil; veiled

velation                      act of veiling; secrecy

veliferous                    bearing a sail or membrane

velitation                    a minor dispute or contest

velivolant                    flying with sails

velleity                      the lowest degree of volition; a slight wish or tendency, inclination

vellicate                     to twitch; to tickle or pinch

velociman                     hand-propelled tricycle

velocimeter                   instrument for measuring velocity

velocious                     with great speed

velocipede                    swift-footed; swift-footed person; old-fashioned bicycle

velometer                     instrument for measuring speed of air

velour                        piled velvety cotton

veloutine                     velvety corded wool

velutinous                    covered with dense, silky hairs; velvety

velvetine                     cotton with silk pile

venal                         of a type that may be bribed

venatic                       relating to, or used in hunting; fond of or living by hunting

venation                      arrangement of veins on a leaf or an insect's wing

venator                       huntsman; hunter

vendange                      grape harvest

vendible                      1. available or suitable for sale

vendible                      2. of a kind to command a cash return

vendicate                     to claim for oneself

vendictivolence               the desire of revenging oneself or of taking vengeance

venditation                   offering for sale

vendition                     the act of vending or selling; sale

venefic                       having poisonous effects

venenation                    poisoning

venencia                      instrument used to sample sherry from a cask

veneniferous                  transferring or carrying poison

venepuncture                  puncturing of a vein

venereology                   study of venereal disease

venerer                       gamekeeper; hunter

venerous                      lustful

venery                        pursuit of sexual gratification; hunting; pursuit of game

venesect                      to open a vein for blood-letting

venial                        pardonable; excusable

venigenous                    containing veins of metal or quartz

venireman                     member of a venire (panel from which a jury is drawn)

venography                    injecting radioactive material into veins for medical examination

venose                        veiny; veined

ventage                       finger-hole; small hole

ventana                       window

ventiduct                     ventilating pipe or passage

ventifact                     stone polished by wind-blown sand

ventorious                    characterized by venturesomeness

ventose                       windy; flatulent

ventose                       windy; flatulent; puffed up with conceit

ventral                       of, like or pertaining to the underside or the belly

ventricumbent                 lying on one's front or one's belly

ventriduct                    to turn towards the belly

ventripotent                  having a fat belly; being a glutton; taking a greedy delight in eating

ventripotential               having a large abdomen; big-bellied

venule                        small vein

venust                        handsome, beautiful; elegant, graceful; comely in appearance

venustaphobia                 the fear of beautiful women

venustate                     to make beautiful, fair or sightly

venustation                   a making handsome or beautiful

veracious                     truthful; exact

verbalism                     undue attention to words alone

verbatim                      word for word

verberate                     to beat

verbicide                     a person who intentionally twists the meaning of a word

verbid                        non-finite part of a verb

verbificent                   1. extremely liberal in making new words

verbificent                   2. using high-sounding or fabricated words where common ones would do

verbigerate                   to continually repeat a word or phrase, usually unconciously

verbigeration                 the senseless repetition of stereotyped phrases, esp. as a symptom of mental illness

verbile                       one whose mental processes are stimulated by words

verbivore                     a person who devours words

verbomania                    craze for words

verbophobia                   the fear of words

verderer                      officer in charge of royal forests

verdigris                     greenish copper coating

verdure                       greenness; health and vigour

verecund                      modest; shy; coy; bashful

verger                        church usher and attendant

vergiform                     shaped like a rod

verglas                       film of ice on rock

verticordious                 to turn the heart from evil

veridical                     veracious; genuine; truthful

veridicous                    truthful

veriloquence                  truthful speech; nothing but the truth

veriloquent                   speaking nothing but the truth

verily                        truly; certainly; confidently

verisimilitude                the quality or state of being verisimilar (having the appearance of truth)

verism                        artistic preference of the everyday to the legendary

verjuice                      sour juice of unripe fruit

verklempt                     overcome with emotion

vermeil                       bright red; scarlet; vermilion

vermeology                    study of worms

vermian                       like or relating to a worm

vermicide                     killing of worms

vermicular                    resembling a worm in form or motion; of, relating to, or caused by worms

vermiculate                   having wavy, wormlike lines or motion; sinuous, tortuous

vermiform                     wormlike, shaped like a worm; useless

vermifugal                    expelling worms

vermigerous                   bearing, containing or infested with worms

vermigrade                    creeping like a worm

vermilion                     bright red

vermiphobia                   the fear of worms

vermivorous                   eating worms

vernal                        of, like or pertaining to Spring

vernalagnia                   a romantic mood brought on by spring, also known as Spring Fever

vernalize                     to make springlike; to freshen

vernicle                      cloth with image of Christ's face impressed upon it

vernicose                     brightly polished or varnished

vernissage                    a private showing or preview of an art collection

vernition                     varnishing

vernorexia                    aromantic mood inspired by Spring

verricule                     tuft of hairs or bristles

verruca                       wart

verruciform                   shaped like a wart; wartlike

verrucose                     covered with warty elevations

versability                   aptness to be turned around

versal                        1. entire, whole

versal                        2. ornamental letter at beginning of a section of text

versant                       general slope of a mountain

versicle                      short verse in church service normally followed by response

versicoloured                 diversely or changeably coloured

versicular                    of or in verse

versiform                     changing in form

verso                         1. the back side of a printed sheet

verso                         2. the left-hand page of an open book

verst                         unit of distance equal to approximately 2/3 of a mile

versus                        against; in contrast to

versute                       crafty; wily

vert                          the heraldic colour green

verticil                      whorl

verticillated                 whorled

verticity                     power of turning

vertiginate                   to whirl dizzily around, spin, twirl

vertiginous                   1. revolving; whirling round

vertiginous                   2. affected with vertigo or dizziness; giddy, dizzy  3) unstable

vervel                        ring for a hawk's jess

vervelle                      decorated connector between helmet and mail of suit of armour

vesical                       of, like or pertaining to the bladder

vesicant                      blistering

vesicate                      to blister

vespacide                     substance or person who kills wasps

vespal                        of, like or pertaining to wasps

vespers                       prayer service held in early evening

vespertillian                 resembling a bat

vespertinal                   of, like or pertaining to the evening

vespertine                    happening in the evening

vespiary                      wasp's nest

vespillo                      he that carries forth dead bodies in the night to be buried, as they use in time of plague and great sickness {Blount, 1656}

vespine                       of, like or pertaining to hornets or wasps

vespoid                       wasp-like

vesta                         wax-stemmed match

vesthibitionism               the flirtatious display of undergarments by a woman

vestiary                      robing-room; cloakroom; of, like or pertaining to clothes

vestibule                     entrance-hall

vestiphobia                   a fear of clothing

vestiture                     clothes; covering; coat

vestry                        priest's dressing room

vesturer                      keeper of vestments

vesuvian                      smoker's slow-burning match

vesuviate                     to erupt; to burst with heat

vetanda                       forbidden things

vetitive                      having the power to veto

vettura                       carriage, cab or car

vetust                        old, ancient, antique

vexillary                     standard-bearer; pertaining to regimental colours or flags

vexillologist                 one who studies flags; a collector of flags

vexillology                   the study of flags

viaggiatory                   on the move; given to traveling around; a journey

viameter                      instrument for measuring revolutions of a wheel

viatecture                    construction of roads and bridges

viatical                      of, like or pertaining to roads or travel

viaticum                      1. money and supplies given to someone going on a journey

viaticum                      2. the Holy Communion given to a dying person

viator                        traveller; wayfarer

vibraslap                     modern percussion instrument with rod and ball

vibratile                     capable of vibratory motion

vibratiunculation             a slight shudder or vibration

vibrissa                      one of the long stiff hairs that project from the snout or brow of most mammals, as the whiskers of a cat

vibrograph                    instrument for recording vibrations

vibrometer                    instrument for measuring vibrations

vibronic                      of or caused by electronic vibration

vicarial                      of, like or pertaining to a vicar or delegate

vicarious                     characteristic of feelings or emotions felt or shared imaginatively through the feelings or emotions of another person

vice                          in place of; rather than

vicegerent                    acting in place of another; having delegated authority

vicegod                       hostile appellation applied to the Pope

vicenary                      based on the number twenty

vicennial                     occurring every twenty years

vicereine                     wife of a viceroy

vicinage                      neighbourhood; residents in a neighbourhood

vicinal                       neighboring; local

viciniphobia                  the fear of neighbors or a neighborhood

vicissitude                   a change of circumstances affecting one's life

victimology                   study of victims

victoria                      light open two-seated four-wheeled carriage

victualler                    one who operates a pub or eatery

vicuna                        fabric made from wool of the vicuna, a small ruminant

videlicet                     that is to say; namely; used to introduce examples, lists, or items

videndum                      thing to be seen

videtur                       it seems

vidimus                       attested copy; inspection of accounts

viduage                       widowhood; widows collectively

viduity                       widowhood

viduous                       widowed; empty

vigesimal                     relating to or based on the number 20

vigesimation                  the act of putting to death every twentieth man

vigia                         danger warning on a chart

vigneron                      vine-grower, viticulturist

vigorish                      percentage of gambler's winnings taken by bookkeeper

vigoro                        team sport combining cricket and baseball

vilipend                      to despise; to make light of; to disparage mockingly

vilipensive                   abusive

villanelle                    poem consisting of five tercets and a quatrain

villar                        of, like or pertaining to a manor or village

villatic                      of a farm or village; rural, rustic

villeggiatura                 a stay in the country

villiform                     of the form or shape of velvet

villiority                    being cheaper or of less value

villose                       velvety

villus                        soft velvety hair or fur

vimen                         long thin branch or twig

vimineous                     with long flexible shoots; being made of wicker

vinaceous                     wine-coloured

vinal                         of or due to wine

vincible                      capable of being overcome or subdued

vincular                      connective

vindemial                     of, like or pertaining to the vintage

vindemiate                    to gather grapes or other fruit

vindemy                       to take honey from beehives

vineatic                      of, like or pertaining to vines

vinew                         to make or become mouldy

vinewed                       mouldy; musty

vinification                  process of fermenting wine

vinolency                     drunkenness

vinolent                      addicted to wine

vinology                      scientific study of vines and winemaking

vinous                        of or relating to wine; showing the efects of the use of wine; the color of wine

violaceous                    of a violet color, bluish purple

violatic                      flying about

viperiform                    shaped like a snake or viper

viperine                      of, like or pertaining to vipers

viperous                      of, like, or pertaining to vipers; treacherous; venomous

viraginity                    the masculine qualities of some women

viraginous                    suggestive of a loud overbearing woman

virago                        1. a woman of great stature, strength and courage

virago                        2. a loud overbearing woman; termagant

virason                       sea breeze

virelay                       old French poem with refrain and unusual rhyming scheme

virescent                     becoming green or greenish; of a greenish colour

virgal                        composed of twigs

virgate                       1. old unit of land area usually equal to 30 acres or 1/4 hide

virgate                       2. rodlike; twiggy

virgivitiphobia               the fear of being raped

virgulate                     shaped like a rod

virgule                       a diagonal mark ( / ); slash; solidus

viricide                      killing of viruses; killing of men or of husbands

virid                         green

viridarium                    Roman garden

viridian                      chrome green

viridigenous                  producing greenness

viridity                      greenness; freshness

virilescence                  development of male character in the female

virilia                       male reproductive organs

viripotent                    fit for a husband; marriageable

virology                      study of viruses

viron                         to go totally around; to make the circuit

virose                        poisonous; foul

virucide                      killing of viruses

viruliferous                  bearing or containing a virus

virvestitism                  a preference of some women to wear mens clothing

vis                           force; power

visagiste                     expert in facial make-up; a makeup artist

visard                        mask or visor

vis-a-vis                     light carriage with seats facing one another

visceral                      of the organs of the body

viscerotonic                  having the type of personality that's sociable, comfortable, easy-going

viscid                        semi-fluid; sticky; glutinous; viscous

viscometer                    instrument for measuring viscosity

visibilia                     things that are seen

visile                        of, like or pertaining to sight; learning easily by sight

visiogenic                    suitable for transmission by television

visitador                     official visitor or inspector

visive                        of, like or pertaining to sight; visual; able to see or be seen

visometer                     instrument for measuring focal length of the eye

visuriency                    the desire of seeing

vitalism                      the doctrine that there is a vital force behind life

vitative                      concerned with the preservation of life

vitellary                     bright yellow

vitelligenous                 producing yolk

vitellus                      yolk of an egg

vitiate                       impair quality of; make invalid; spoil; make impure

viticetum                     plantation of vines; vineyard

viticolous                    living on vines

viticulture                   vine-growing

vitiferous                    bearing vines

vitilitigation                vexatious wrangling

vitrage                       thin curtain for windows or glazed doors

vitrail                       stained glass

vitrescent                    tending to become glass

vitrescible                   able to be turned into glass

vitricophobia                 the fear of one's stepfather

vitrics                       glassy materials; glassware; study of glassware

vitrifaction                  process of converting into glass

vitrifacture                  glassblowing

vitriform                     of the form or shape of glass

vitrine                       glass display case

vitriolic                     caustic or hostile

vitta                         band or stripe of colour on an animal or plant

vittate                       resembling a ribbon; striped lengthwise

vitular                       of, like or pertaining to a calf or to calving

vitulation                    a public thanksgiving or festival

vituline                      of, like or pertaining to calves or veal

vituperate                    to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate

vituperation                  abuse; rejection

vivandière                    female camp follower who supplies provisions

vivarium                      a place, especially an indoor enclosure, for keeping and raising living animals and plants under natural conditions for observation or research

vivat                         long live

vivency                       vitality

viverrine                     of, or like or pertaining to civets and mongoose

vivers                        food; eatables

vivificent                    living

viviparous                    producing live young

vivisepulture                 practice of burying people alive

vizard                        disguise; mask

vocabularian                  one who gives much or undue attention to words

vocative                      indicating calling or personal address

vocicultural                  of, like or pertaining to voice training

vociferant                    clamorous

vociferate                    to cry out with a loud voice; to bawl

vocoid                        vowel-like

voculation                    a type of speaking where you give proper pronunciation and enunciation; to properly accent every word

vogie                         1. vain, proud, conceited

vogie                         2. merry, cheerful, delighted, gay

voicespondence                correspondence by means of recorded oral messages

voided                        of a heraldic charge, having the inner part cut away

voidee                        a last minute snack

voile                         soft fine sheer fabric

voisinage                     neighborhood

voiturier                     driver of a carriage or coach

voivode                       leader of an army; provincial governor

volable                       nimble-witted

volacious                     apt or fit to fly

volage                        giddy, foolish; fickle, inconsistent

volant                        flying; able to fly; of a heraldic bird, with wings extended

volar                         of, like or pertaining to the palm or the sole; of, like or pertaining to flight

volary                        aviary

volation                      ability to fly

volcanology                   study of volcanoes

volens                        consenting to a course of action which requires risk

volentine                     (collectively)  birds, fowls

volery                        place for aircraft repair

volet                         short veil worn at the back of the head

volitant                      1. flying or capable of flying; flittering; fluttering

volitant                      2. moving about rapidly, to and fro

volitation                    flying; flight

volitient                     willing

volitive                      expressing desire or permission

volitorial                    able to fly

volower                       a person who performs baptisms

volplane                      to glide in or as if in an airplane; to make one's way by gliding

volpone                       cunning schemer; miser

volta                         old leaping dance

voltameter                    instrument for measuring electrical current indirectly

volte-face                    a facing about esp in policy; about-face

voltigeur                     lightly armed skirmisher

voltinism                     breeding rhythm; brood frequency

voltmeter                     instrument for measuring electrical potential

voluble                       fluent in speech; too fluent or glib

volucrine                     of, like or pertaining to birds; bird-like

volumenometer                 instrument for measuring volume of a solid

volumeter                     instrument for measuring volume of a liquid or gas

voluminal                     of, like or pertaining to volume or cubic capacity

voluntarism                   belief that the will dominates the intellect

voluptuary                    sensualist; person fond of luxury

volupty                       sexual pleasure

volutation                    action of rolling; turning; wallowing

voluted                       in spiral form

volution                      revolving movement; convolution; whorl

volvelle                      instrument like an astrolabe used by doctors for astrology

vomitacious                   vomit-inducing; nauseating

vomitory                      the entrance piercing the banks of seats of a stadium

vomiturition                  violent retching

voraginous                    of, like or pertaining to a whirlpool; voracious; devouring everything

vorago                        gulf; chasm; abyss

vorant                        devouring

vorlage                       the position of a skier leaning forward from the ankles, usually without lifting the heels from the skis

vorpal                        keen; deadly

vortical                      of, like or pertaining to a vortex; whirling

vorticist                     painter who expresses complexity of machinery through art

vorticity                     1. amount of vortical motion in a fluid

vorticity                     2. like or pertaining to a vortex; swirling

vortoscope                    device using mirrors to produce abstract photographs

votaress                      a female votary

votation                      action of voting

votive                        given by vow; consisting of a vow or wish

vouchsafe                     to grant as a privilege or special favor

voulu                         contrived, affected, deliberate

voussoir                      one of the wedge-shaped pieces forming an arch or vault

vraisemblance                 verisimilitude

vug                           a small unfilled cavity in a lode or in rock

vulcanology                   study of volcanoes

vulgo                         commonly; popularly

vulgus                        the common people; schoolboy Latin composition

vulnerary                     healing wounds

vulnerate                     to wound

vulnerose                     wounded

vulpecular                    of, like or pertaining to a young fox

vulpicide                     killing of a fox

vulpine                       of, relating to, or resembling a fox; foxy, crafty, cunning

vulsella                      forceps with toothed blades

vulturine                     rapacious; of, like or pertaining to a vulture

vulvar                        of, like or pertaining to or resembling the vulva

vulviform                     shaped like an oval or a vulva





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