Words

soutane (n.) — a type of cassock worn by Roman Catholic priests

cavil (v.) — make petty or unnecessary objections

ratiocinate (v.) — form judgments by a process of logic; reason

dunnage (n.) — a person’s belongings, especially those brought on board ship

phthisis (n.) — pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive systemic disease

wag (n.) — a person who makes facetious jokes

tramontana (n.) — a cold north wind blowing in Italy or the adjoining regions of the Adriatic & Mediterranean

larboard (n.) — archaic term for port (i.e., larboard and starboard)

abaft (adv.) — in or behind the stern of a ship

strake (n.) — a continuous line of planking or plates from the stem to the stern of a ship or boat

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