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ADE - is a sweetened drink of diluted fruit juice such as lemonade.
BANE - means "ruin, fatal injury, or death." It can also be an extreme aggravation or a deadly poison.
BILGE - is the rounded part of a ship's hull between the bottom and the sides or the lowest inner part of the ship's hull.
BOTT [also spelled BOT] - is the parasitic larva of a botfly.
BULL - is a male bovine, but it can also be an official document given by the Pope and sealed with a bull.
COG - one of the teeth on a wheel or gear.
CYST - An abnormal membranous sac in the body.
DOFF - to remove or discard. It can also be use as in tipping one's hat in greeting.
DUFF - can be a stiff flour pudding boiled or steamed in a cloth bag or decaying leaves on the ground in the forest.
DUN - a greyish brown colour or a debt-collector.
FETE - is a festival or feast, often held outside.
FEZ - a flat-topped, cone-shapped man's felt cap. Normally it is red in colour with a black tassel hanging from the top. It is worn mainly in the eastern Mediterranean. With a capital [Fez] it is a city in Morocco.
FOB - a small pocket in a man's waist coat for his watch or the chain that holds the watch to the pocket. In Old English, fob was to cheat or deceive someone.
FROND - the leaf of a fern.
HEMP - is a tall plant whose tough fibres can be made into rope or coarse cloth. It comes from the came word as "canvas" because canvas was originally made of hemp.
HOD - a tray with a long handle which can be placed across the shoulders to carry bricks or mortar.
JIB - is a sailing term for the triangular sail stretching from the foretopmast to the jib boom or bow [in smaller boats].
JUTE - can refer to two Asian plants or the fibbers from those plants used to make sacks and cords. It can also refer [with a capital] to a member of a Germanic people group who invaded Britain in 5th and 6th centuries AD.
KELP - brown and often large seaweed.
LOB - to throw [or hit] something in a high arc.
LOLL - to move or stand in a lazy or relaxed way.
LOP - to cut off parts or to trim something back.
LOX - can refer to smoked salmon or to liquid oxygen.
MACE - can be a ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority by governmental bodies or it can be a spice made from part of the nutmeg.
NOB - a knob or small lump.
RILL - a small brook or, on the moon, a long, narrow, straight valley.
RUBE - a ignorant country person.
TAT - is to do tatting - which is special handmade lace.
VIXEN - a female fox.
VOX - a voice or sound.
YULE - is another name for Christmas or the Christmas season although it originally came from a pagan mid-winter festival.
ZONK - to stun or to intoxicate
Collins Gage Canadian Intermediate Dictionary, Thomson Canada Ltd., 2006
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