The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing - A Manual of Ready Reference
Author: Joseph Triemens
Aperients - Laxative.
Averment - Assert formally as a fact.
Biliousness - Peevish; irritable; cranky; extremely unpleasant or distasteful.
bill of attainder - Legislative determination imposing punishment without trial.
Bodkin - Small, sharply pointed instrument to make holes in fabric or leather.
Carnelian - Pale to deep red or reddish-brown.
Catarrhal - Inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.
cholera morbus - Acute gastroenteritis occurring in summer and autumn; symptoms are severe cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Conspectus - General or comprehensive view; survey; digest; summary.
Copperas - Ferrous sulfate.
Cumulation - Accumulation, heap, mass.
Diathesis - Constitutional predisposition.
Disseised - Dispossess unlawfully or unjustly; oust.
emercement (amercement) - Fine not fixed by law; inflicting an arbitrary penalty.
Emoluments - Payment for an office or employment; compensation.
Erebus - Greek Mythology; the dark region of the underworld through which the dead must pass before they reach Hades.
Erraticism - Deviating from the usual conduct or opinion; eccentric; queer.
Histologist - One who does anatomical studies of the microscopic structure of animal and plant tissues.
Impecuniosity - Having little or no money; penniless; poor.
Indurated - Hardened; obstinate; unfeeling.
Inheres - Inherent or innate.
Intendent - Title of various government officials or administrators.
Irondequoit - Town of western New York on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay, near Rochester.
Lees - Sediment settling during fermentation, especially wine; dregs.
Luxation - Displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ.
Marque (letter of) - Commission granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation.
Meerschaum - Fine, compact, usually white clay-like mineral of hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, used for tobacco pipes, building stone and - ornamental carvings. Also called sepiolite.
Orfila - Mathieu Orfila (1787-1853). Chemist, founder of toxicology.
Pearlash - Potassium carbonate.
Prosody - Study of the metrical structure of verse.
Prussian blue - Dark blue crystalline hydrated compound, Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3.xH2O; ferric
Putrescibles - Liable to decay or spoil or become putrid.
Quassia - Shrub or small tree of tropical America, Quassia amara. Prepared form of the heartwood, used as an insecticide and in medicine as a tonic to dispel intestinal worms
quoits - Game; player throws rings of rope or flattened metal at an upright peg, attempting to encircle it or come as close to it as possible.
rotten stone - Porous, lightweight, siliceous sedimentary rock; shells of diatoms or
radiolarians or of finely weathered chert, used as an abrasive and a polish.
Saltpetre - Potassium nitrate, KNO3.
Sciatica - Pain extending from the hip down the back of the thigh and surrounding
Spatulate - Shaped like a spatula; rounded like a spoon.
Sustension - Sustaining.
Tete d'armee - Head of Army.
Theine - Caffeine.
Towardliness - Apt to learn; promising; docile; tractable; propitious; seasonable.