Category: Vocabulary

Mar
25
2015

Trojan horse

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tro jən hors

1. in Greek mythology, a huge wooden horse by means of which the Greeks besieging Troy cunningly gained entrance to and overran the city, ending the Trojan War.
2. any person, thing, stratagem, or the like that is intended to overthrow or defeat by subversion from within.

503px-Cheval_de_Troie_d'après_le_Virgile_du_Vatican

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Mar
24
2015

ecology

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ih ka l@ ji

noun
definition:  the scientific study of the relationships between living things and their environments.
example:  An interest in ecology drew her to study the effects of warmer ocean temperatures on sea animals.
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Mar
24
2015

gargoyle

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gar goIl

noun
1. a macabre or grotesque sculpture of an animal or person, often carved as an architectural ornament.
2. on a building, a rainspout in the shape of such an ornament.

Mausoleum(05)

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Mar
23
2015

mediate

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mi di eIt

transitive verb
definition:  to act as an intermediary in (a dispute) or bring about (an agreement).
example:  The mayor mediated the dispute between the school district and the teachers’ union.
example:  The lawyer mediated the agreement between the two sides.

intransitive verb
definition:  to act as an intermediary, as between contending parties.
example:  The therapist mediated between the quarreling husband and wife.
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Mar
23
2015

centaur

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sen tawr
noun
in Greek mythology, any of a race of creatures that have the head, arms, and torso of a man and the trunk and legs of a horse.

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