A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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The extent to which one is, or the state of being, of or pertaining to turtles/tortoises

I'm having trouble finding a word which fits. I did a google search for testudineousness and testudinateness, but sadly had no hits.
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What's Old English for “petal”?

What was the Old English word for petal? (As in "rose petal".) I've done research. And it seems the word petal is a relatively recent addition in the English language.
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Is the word “stool” an informal word or a formal word?

Is the word "stool" an informal word or a formal word? I think it is a kind of formal word, especially a medical word. It is used in several academic papers and articles, and also doctors like using ...
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What do you call a 'view' for music?

I'm building a platform where people can store and manage their physical music collection, like vinyl records, cd's and so on (it's called www.melodystack.com for whoever might be interested, it's not ...
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Problems visualizing a description [closed]

I am currently learning Japanese and for the Chinese characters, there is a really nice book that combines stories or images to each character. The problem is that sometimes the description is a bit ...
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Can “unbiased” be called as one of the synonyms of “apathy”?

Consider the sentence: "He is apathetic of whoever wins the elections", can't we say that he is not biased towards any of the election parties?
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What is a “biological-only” father called?

To simplify things, I'll put it as if it were my father: My mother conceived me without being married, and my father never acknowledged me. I don't remember ever having met my father. What is ...
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Term for someone receiving pastoral care

I'm currently writing a manual on pastoral care in a Church community. In our cultural context, we use the term "pastor" not only for the traditional role of a community leader but also for anyone ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Is there a word for an road/path that splits specifically into three directions?

According to Wiktionary.org and Dictionary.com, one of the definitions of a fork is the something that divides into two or more branches. Wiktionary.org provides an alternative definition that is ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Are “gadfly” and “gadabout” related? [closed]

A recent question prompted the answer of "gadabout" - which made me think of "gadfly". Are the two related? If so, which gave rise to the other; or, did they occur contemporaneously? What's a "gad"?
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Word for bringing supply chain into a business

For example, a company that makes telephones might develop expertise in chip making thereby avoiding reliance on a 3rd party supplier. What is the word or term for this business practise?
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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Opposite of Hoarder

Hoarder, who has a condition as described by wikipedia: Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an ...
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Word for the cost of duplication?

I know there is a word or two-word phrase (i.e. xxx-cost) that can be used in a business context to describe the cost of duplicating an item, but I can't remember it. For example; for software this ...
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Correct term for “primary” and “secondary” hand

I'm looking for the correct term for a right-handed person's right hand, and a left-handed person's left hand, and same for their other hand, where one term signifies one's "primary" hand, and the ...
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Old English word for “lonely”

What Old English (and by Old English I mean the language of Anglo-Saxons, recorded in written works from VII to X century A.D.) adjective is the most appropriate to describe the feeling of loneliness ...
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What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
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Prefixes for Perishable

Unperishable, non-perishable and imperishable. I'm quite confused with which prefix is used. Searching online did not really give me any answers. I hope someone here can.
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The Difference Between the Words Woman and Wife [closed]

In my mother tongue, Persian, the words 'wife' and 'woman' mean the same, that is, somebody that is married to a man (of course I mean their literal translation in the Persian language). However, ...
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Why ''ich'' was changed for ''I''?

How can You explain in a simplified way that instead of the old English ''ic'' ,''ich'' in Middle English ,[ik], there appeared ''I'',[ai]? I ask because the basic words are very difficult to be ...
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Is it bad that there are informal words I didn't know exist? [closed]

For example, I hadn't heard of the informal word 'biopic' until recently. I thought informal language was something a vast majority found solace in. As someone with a well-developed lexicon, I am ...
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What's the name of this phobia?

What word * refers to the fear that ceilings will fall on you? Example: John's * made him decide to live in a bungalow, because he thinks one ceiling falling on him would not be sufficient to kill ...
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Term for the depressions left by a pen tip on an underlying paper sheet

Is there a specific term for the depressions / indentations left on an underlying sheet of paper caused by the pressure applied from the tip of a pen or pencil writing on a sheet of paper above it? (...
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Real parents vs biological parents [closed]

I've heard that the phrase 'real parent(s)' doesn't mean 'biological parent(s)', because (according to what I've heard) it is used for those parents who have adopted a child. However, people usually ...
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'to forget' (usage) [duplicate]

I've always thought 'forget something somewhere', i.e. with an adverbial of place is wrong usage but recently came across a sentence in a PET book which says. 'I forgot my jacket at Tom's place' and ...
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Is 'keep in secret' correct?

Are both correct? Information was kept in secret. Information was kept a secret.
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Rhyme That Both Changes and Keeps Meaning Partially

What do you call a rhyme that alters the meaning of a phrase to a related, but partially different meaning? i.e: polar bears to Solar Bears (an ice hockey team in Florida) Is there a name for such ...
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Short form for the phrase “organizational matters”

Does a short form of the phrase "organizational matters" exist in English? At the beginning of my classes, I tend to write today's agenda on the board. Mostly, I start with the item "organizational ...
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Word for something that can be obsolete in the future, obsolete-able

Done → Doable Destroyed → Destructible Consumed → Consumable Obsolete → ??? The word "Obsoletable" is listed some ~ 34,000 times in Google; however, I can't find it in ...
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Is there a word for knowing the definition, but not the pronunciation of a word?

The word chimera for example. When encountered for the first time in a book, it comes with a description of the beast. There is however no help on its pronunciation. So in your mind, you may ...
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correct language usage [closed]

Those clerics, who often have views on life which are in stark contrast to the Belgian lifestyle, have been provoking identity crises in many immigrant youths, making them vulnerable for ...
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What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer?

What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer? Can you make some sentences using the word prospective for better understanding?
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What does “eat” mean (not so easy) [closed]

Easy isn't it? everyone knows what "eat" means. Except I'm not sure there is agreement. We probably all agree that to eat, one puts food in the mouth, masticate (chew) and swallow. But is even ...
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What is the way to grow vocabulary? [closed]

What is the best way to increase your vocabulary? I feel that vocabulary books, tests, or quizlets take too long. I know reading is definitely a good option, but is there any other ways to increase ...
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Relationship Questions

What is it called when you're living with your boyfriend/girlfriend but you are not married yet? What is it called when a couple decides they don't want to get married but plays the role of a married ...
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What is the opposite of a “crown” (in the topographical sense)?

Streets are “crowned” (meaning slightly convex) to drain rainwater away from the center of the road and into the gutter. What would you call a surface that is slightly concave?
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monged on Dylan Thomas

Tolkien, C S Lewis, there amongst the dreaming spires in Oxford with their over-mapped and over-textured mythopoeic inklings of an underlying landscape, a default Arcadia. Henry Treece, Nicholas Moore,...
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What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?

When it's holiday and some company/firm/business place is temporarily closed, How do you express that? For example: Bob: I'm going to the Apple Store on Queens Road tomorrow, care to join me? ...
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Is peppermint tea autological [closed]

Basically as the question says. Is peppermint tea autological because it tastes pepperminty. I know they are different words but phonetically they are identical. If not, is there another word which ...
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“Aesthetically pleasing” for the other senses?

'Aesthetically pleasing' most commonly refers to something that looks good. But is there a term that describes something that sounds good? I've seen the term euphonious when I looked it up, is this ...
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Holy holy=Holy s###?

I thought I heard the store manager (a native English speaker, mid-20's) muttered to himself like "Holy holy." That was when the store was newly opened and was so crowded with lots of customers. He ...
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Comparisons between “Comments,” “ complaints,” and “criticism” [closed]

The definitions of the three words came under discussion, with no real outcome. M/W dictionary was interrogated: I thought the answers were not helpful because each word is taken singularly and not in ...
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how you call the action of take a number instead of waiting in line or queue?

Is there a word describing this action? What is the name of the machine that provides you a ticket with your number or priority turn? you don't wait in line/queue in order, just take a seat and wait ...
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What is a word for “to make explicit”?

The definition of explicit that I wish to use: stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt. E.g. the speaker's intentions were not made explicit. My motivation: I'...
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What is the noun form of the verb “vocalize”? [closed]

I know, vocalize means "to give voice to". I would like to know the noun form of it. thank you :)