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peonage - noun the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged; the condition of a peon

  • peperomia - noun any of various plants of the genus Peperomia; grown primarily for their often succulent foliage

  • peplos - noun a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist

  • peplum - noun a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse; a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist

  • peplus - noun a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist

  • pepper - noun sweet and hot varieties of fruits of plants of the genus Capsicum; pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground; climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam; any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers; verb attack and bombard with or as if with missiles; add pepper to

  • peppercorn - noun pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground

  • pepperidge - noun columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall

  • pepperiness - noun a hot spiciness

  • pepperwood - noun Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood

  • pepperwort - noun annual herb used as salad green and garnish; any of several water ferns of the genus Marsilea having four leaflets

  • peppiness - noun liveliness and energy

  • pepsin - noun an enzyme produced in the stomach that splits proteins into peptones

  • pepsinogen - noun precursor of pepsin; stored in the stomach walls and converted to pepsin by hydrochloric acid in the stomach

  • peptic - adj. relating to or promoting digestion

  • peptidase - noun any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis

  • peptization - noun the process of converting to a sol; bringing to a colloidal solution

  • peptize - verb disperse in a medium into a colloidal state

  • peptone - noun any of various water-soluble compounds that form by hydrolysis in the digestion of proteins to amino acids

  • peradventure - adv. by chance; noun doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case

  • perambulate - verb walk with no particular goal; make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property)

  • perambulation - noun a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries; a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

  • perambulator - noun a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

  • peramelidae - noun bandicoots

  • perca - noun type genus of the Percidae

  • percale - noun a fine closely woven cotton fabric

  • perceivable - adj. capable of being perceived especially by sight or hearing; capable of being apprehended or understood

  • perceiver - noun a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

  • perceptibility - noun the property of being perceptible by the mind or the senses

  • perceptibly - adv. in a noticeable manner

  • perceptively - adv. in a perceptive manner

  • perceptiveness - noun the quality of insight and sympathetic understanding; perception of that which is obscure; delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); a feeling of understanding

  • perceptivity - noun a feeling of understanding

  • perceptually - adv. with regard to perception

  • percher - noun a person situated on a perch; a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches); this order is now generally abandoned by taxonomists

  • percheron - noun one of a breed of grey or black draft horses originally used in France to draw heavy coaches or artillery

  • perchloride - noun a chloride containing an unusually high proportion of chlorine

  • percidae - noun active freshwater fishes; true perches and pike perches

  • perciformes - noun one of the largest natural groups of fishes of both marine and fresh water: true perches; basses; tuna

  • percipient - adj. characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; noun a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

  • percoid - noun any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes

  • percoidea - noun in some classifications nearly or exactly equivalent to the Perciformes which are considered a suborder

  • percoidean - noun any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes

  • percolation - noun the filtration of a liquid for extraction or purification; the act of making coffee in a percolator; the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium

  • percolator - noun a coffeepot in which boiling water ascends through a central tube and filters back down through a basket of ground coffee beans

  • percomorphi - noun one of the largest natural groups of fishes of both marine and fresh water: true perches; basses; tuna

  • percuss - verb strike or tap firmly

  • percussionist - noun a musician who plays percussion instruments

  • percussor - noun (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes

  • percutaneous - adj. through the unbroken skin; refers to medications applied directly to the skin (creams or ointments) or in time-release forms (skin patches)

  • perdicinae - noun Old World partridges

  • perdix - noun a genus of Perdicinae

  • perdurability - noun the property of being extremely durable

  • perdurable - adj. very long lasting

  • peregrinate - verb travel around, through, or over, especially on foot

  • peregrination - noun traveling or wandering around

  • peremptorily - adv. in an imperative and commanding manner

  • perennate - verb survive from season to season, of plants

  • perennation - noun the process of living through a number of years (as a perennial plant)

  • perennially - adv. in a perennial manner; repeatedly

  • pereskia - noun genus of tropical American shrubby trees and woody climbers having slender branches with broad flat leaves and large panicles of flowers

  • perfected - adj. (of plans, ideas, etc.) perfectly formed

  • perfectibility - noun the capability of becoming perfect

  • perfection - noun the act of making something perfect; the state of being without a flaw or defect; an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

  • perfectionism - noun a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable

  • perfectionist - noun a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards

  • perfective - noun the aspect of a verb that expresses a completed action; a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)

  • perfectly - adv. in a perfect or faultless way; completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

  • perfervid - adj. characterized by intense emotion

  • perfidiously - adv. in a perfidious manner

  • perfidiousness - noun betrayal of a trust

  • perfoliate - adj. of a leaf having the base united around (and apparently pierced by) the stem

  • perforated - adj. having a number or series of holes; having a hole cut through

  • perforation - noun the act of punching a hole (especially a row of holes as for ease of separation); a line of small holes for tearing at a particular place; a hole made in something

  • performer - noun an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

  • perfumed - adj. filled or impregnated with perfume; having a natural fragrance

  • perfumer - noun a person who makes (and sells) perfumes

  • perfunctorily - adv. in a set manner without serious attention

  • pergola - noun a framework that supports climbing plants

  • peri - noun (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done; a beautiful and graceful girl

  • perianal - adj. around the anus

  • perianth - noun collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils

  • periarteritis - noun inflammation of the outer coat of an artery

  • pericardiac - adj. located around the heart or relating to or affecting the pericardium

  • pericardial - adj. located around the heart or relating to or affecting the pericardium

  • pericarditis - noun inflammation of the pericardium

  • pericardium - noun a serous membrane with two layers that surrounds the heart

  • pericarp - noun the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary

  • pericementoclasia - noun pus pocket formation around a tooth

  • periclase - noun a white solid mineral that occurs naturally as periclase; a source of magnesium

  • peridinian - noun flagellate with a thick test composed of plates

  • peridiniidae - noun marine and freshwater dinoflagellates

  • peridinium - noun type genus of the family Peridiniidae

  • peridium - noun outer layer of the spore-bearing organ in many fungi

  • peridot - noun a pale green variety of chrysolite; used as a gemstone

  • perigee - noun periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

  • perigon - noun an angle of 360 degrees

  • perigonal - adj. of or relating to a perigone

  • perigone - noun collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils

  • perigonium - noun collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils

  • perijove - noun periapsis in orbit around Jupiter

  • perilously - adv. in a dangerous manner

  • perilousness - noun the state of being dangerous

  • perilymph - noun the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear

  • perimysium - noun the sheath of connective tissue that covers a bundle of muscle fibers

  • perineal - adj. of or relating to the perineum

  • perineotomy - noun surgical incision into the perineum

  • perineum - noun the general region between the anus and the genital organs

  • perineurium - noun the sheath of connective tissue that covers a bundle of nerve fibers

  • periodical - adj. happening or recurring at regular intervals; noun a publication that appears at fixed intervals

  • periodically - adv. in a sporadic manner

  • periodicity - noun the quality of recurring at regular intervals

  • periodontal - adj. of or relating to or involving or practicing periodontics

  • periodontia - noun the branch of dentistry dealing with diseases of the gums and other structures around the teeth

  • periodontic - adj. of or relating to or involving or practicing periodontics

  • periodontist - noun a dentist specializing in diseases of the gums and other structure surrounding the teeth

  • periodontitis - noun a disease that attacks the gum and bone and around the teeth

  • periosteum - noun a dense fibrous membrane covering the surface of bones (except at their extremities) and serving as an attachment for tendons and muscles; contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the enclosed bone

  • peripatidae - noun a family of Onychophora

  • peripatopsidae - noun a family of Onychophora

  • peripatopsis - noun type genus of Peripatopsidae; onychophorans of chiefly Asiatic and African tropical regions

  • peripatus - noun any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms

  • peripeteia - noun a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

  • peripetia - noun a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

  • peripety - noun a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

  • peripherally - adv. in or at or near a periphery or according to a peripheral role or function or relationship

  • periphrasis - noun a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

  • periplaneta - noun cosmopolitan genus of large cockroaches

  • periploca - noun genus of woody vines of warm regions of the Old World

  • peripteral - adj. having columns on all sides

  • perishability - noun unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being subject to decay or spoilage or destruction

  • perishable - adj. liable to perish; subject to destruction or death or decay; noun food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated

  • perishableness - noun unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being subject to decay or spoilage or destruction

  • perisperm - noun the nutritive tissue outside the sac containing the embryo in some seeds

  • perissodactyl - noun placental mammals having hooves with an odd number of toes on each foot

  • perissodactyla - noun nonruminant ungulates: horses; tapirs; rhinoceros; extinct forms

  • peristalsis - noun the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along

  • peristome - noun region around the mouth in various invertebrates; (botany) fringe of toothlike appendages surrounding the mouth of a moss capsule

  • peristylar - adj. having columniation completely circling an area of the structure

  • peristyle - noun a colonnade surrounding a building or enclosing a court

  • perithecium - noun flask-shaped ascocarp

  • perithelial - adj. of or relating to the tissue layer around small blood vessels

  • perithelium - noun tissue layer around small blood vessels

  • peritoneal - adj. of or relating to or affecting the peritoneum

  • peritoneum - noun a transparent membrane that lines the abdominal cavity in mammals and covers most of the viscera

  • peritonitis - noun inflammation of the peritoneum

  • peritrichous - adj. covered all over with uniformly distributed flagella

  • periwig - noun a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries

  • perjurer - noun a person who deliberately gives false testimony

  • perkily - adv. in a perky manner

  • perkiness - noun inappropriate playfulness; cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface

  • perm - noun a city in the European part of Russia; a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals; verb give a permanent wave to

  • permafrost - noun ground that is permanently frozen

  • permanence - noun the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

  • permanency - noun the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

  • permanently - adv. for a long time without essential change

  • permanganate - noun a dark purple salt of permanganic acid; in water solution it is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic

  • permeability - noun the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)

  • permeableness - noun the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)

  • permeant - adj. spreading or spread throughout

  • permeation - noun the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance; mutual penetration; diffusion of each through the other

  • permeative - adj. spreading or spread throughout

  • permissibility - noun admissibility as a consequence of being permitted

  • permissibly - adv. in a permissible manner

  • permissively - adv. in a permissive manner

  • permissiveness - noun a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior

  • permutability - noun ability to change sequence

  • permutable - adj. capable of changing sequence

  • permutableness - noun ability to change sequence

  • perniciously - adv. in a noxiously baneful way; in a harmfully insidious manner

  • perniciousness - noun grave harmfulness or deadliness

  • pernickety - adj. characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

  • pernis - noun a common European bird of prey; dull brown with white-streaked underparts

  • perognathus - noun pocket mice

  • peromyscus - noun New World wood mice

  • peroneal - adj. of or relating to the fibula or the outer part of the leg below the knee

  • peronospora - noun genus of destructive downy mildews

  • peronosporaceae - noun parasitic fungi: downy mildews

  • peronosporales - noun order of chiefly parasitic lower fungi: Albuginaceae and Peronosporaceae and Pythiaceae

  • perorate - verb deliver an oration in grandiloquent style; conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation

  • peroration - noun (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration; a flowery and highly rhetorical oration

  • peroxidase - noun any of a group of enzymes (occurring especially in plant cells) that catalyze the oxidation of a compound by a peroxide

  • perpendicularity - noun the quality of being at right angles to a given line or plane (especially the plane of the horizon); the relation of opposition between things at right angles

  • perpendicularly - adv. in a perpendicular manner; straight up or down without a break

  • perpetration - noun the act of committing a crime

  • perpetrator - noun someone who perpetrates wrongdoing

  • perpetually - adv. everlastingly; for all time; seemingly uninterrupted

  • perpetuation - noun the act of prolonging something

  • perplexed - adj. full or difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

  • perplexedly - adv. in a perplexed manner

  • perplexing - adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity

  • perplexity - noun trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

  • persea - noun avocado

  • persecutor - noun someone who torments

  • perseverate - verb psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus

  • perseveration - noun the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it; the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior

  • persevering - adj. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

  • perseveringly - adv. with perseverance

  • persistence - noun the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; persistent determination; the property of a continuous and connected period of time
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