chivvy (v.) — tell (someone) repeatedly to do something

miasma (n.) — a highly unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapor

equanimity (n.) — mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation

hypochondria (n.) — abnormal anxiety about one’s health, especially with an unwarranted fear that one has a serious disease

fete (v.) — honor or entertain (someone) lavishly

longueur (n.) — a tedious passage in a book or other work

esoterica (n.) — highly specialized subjects or publications

sciatica (n.) — pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back often owing to degeneration of an invertebral disk

stereopticon (n.) — a slide projector that combines two images to create a three-dimensional effect, or makes one image dissolve into another

demure (adj.) — (of a woman or her behavior) reserved, modest, and shy


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