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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
16
2013

phyllotaxy

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

fI l@ taek si

noun

definition 1: the arrangement of plant leaves along a stem, or the principles governing this arrangement.
definition 2: the study of these principles.

derived word: phyllotactic, adj.

Example from The Elements of Botany by Sir Francis Darwin

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