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wallflower a European plant that grows well in vertical surfaces such as walls, bearing clusters of sweet-scented yellow, orange, or brown cross-shaped flowers. [3 definitions]
Walloon a member of a people of Celtic descent now inhabiting southern and southeastern Belgium and adjacent areas of France. [3 definitions]
wallop (informal) to strike with a forceful blow. [5 definitions]
walloping (informal) a sound beating or defeat; thrashing. [2 definitions]
wallow to roll the body about lazily in mud, sand, water, or the like, esp. for comfort or pleasure. [6 definitions]
wallpaper a decorative wallcovering made of paper printed with colors or colored patterns. [3 definitions]
Wall Street a lower Manhattan street in New York City that is the chief financial center of the United States. [2 definitions]
wall-to-wall covering all of a room's floor, as a carpet. [4 definitions]
walnut any of various trees related to the hickory, bearing edible nuts, and used as shade trees and as a source of high-quality wood. [4 definitions]
Walpurgis Night the eve of May Day, during which, according to German folklore, witches gathered for a sabbath before the feast of St. Walpurgis on May 1.
walrus either of two large marine mammals related to the seals, inhabiting arctic seas and having two large tusks, flippers, considerable blubber, and tough thick hide.
Walt Disney U.S. cartoonist and motion-picture animator, director, and producer (b.1901--d.1966).
Walter Mitty the main character of James Thurber's modern story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, who is mild and ineffectual, but who imagines himself a hero in various situations. [2 definitions]
Walter Sisulu South African former Deputy President of the African National Congress and anti-apartheid activist; born Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu (b.1912--d.2003).
Walter Ulbricht founding member of the German Communist Party and First Secretary of the Socialist Union Party (1950-71), who was a leader in the development and establishment of East Germany (b.1893--d.1973).
Walt Whitman a U.S. poet (b.1819--d.1892).
waltz a round dance for couples in three-four time with the accent on the first beat. [7 definitions]
Wampanoag a tribe of North American Indians living in the northeastern United States in what is now eastern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. [4 definitions]
wampum white and dark cylindrical beads made from polished shells, formerly used by North American Indians as money and ornaments.
wan unnaturally pale, as from illness or exhaustion. [3 definitions]
wand a thin stick or rod used by magicians or the like. [3 definitions]