Weird vocabulary words illustrated with examples.

secretagogue

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n. agent that stimulates secretion (usually of a hormone) In the gym, the bodybuilders passed ammonia snaps and lemon-flavored secretagogue packets.

arctophile

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n. collector of teddy bears! The condition of Aunt Peg’s guest bedroom indicates she is an active arctophile.

mordacious

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adj. inclined to bite; caustic; sarcastic Beware the mordacious donkey!

rogatory

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adj. seeking information (usually for legal proceedings) James Bond has no idea how many letters rogatory the legal proceedings following his antics require.

polyergic

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adj. multi-purpose; having multiple functions I hate to think of what campers had to pack before the polyergic Swiss Army knife was invented.

sordor

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n. filth, refuse; dregs; moral sordidness To find it, I had to sift through the sordor of two weeks’ kitchen trash.

hypactic

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adj. purgative; cathartic I find singing along to Pearl Jam to be highly hypactic.

mirabile dictu

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phr. wonderful to relate; amazing to say (Latin) For two weeks after meeting Cinderella at Disneyland, three-year-old Maggie shared this mirabile dictu with anyone who would listen.