drey

the nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs in a tree

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syzygy

a conjunction or opposition, esp. of the moon with the sun

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paladin

1. a knight renowned for heroism and chivalry 2. any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne’s court, of whom the count palatine was the chief

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ludic

showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness

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bier

a movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave

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varlet

1. an attendant or servant 2. a knight’s page 3. a rascal; a knave

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acme

the highest point, as of achievement or development; the point at which someone or something is best, perfect, or most successful

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bowdlerize

remove material that is considered improper or offensive (from a book, for example), esp. with the result that it becomes weaker or less effective; to expurgate (a book, for example) prudishly

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mackintosh

1. a full-length waterproof coat 2. a lightweight, waterproof fabric that was originally of rubberized cotton

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eponym

1. a person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something, such as a city, country, or era 2. a name or noun formed in such a way

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