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In England, the noun “peep-toe” means open-toed shoe.

An obsolete word for warehouse is "entrepot."

In England, the term "blind road" means a cul-de-sac or dead-end street.

An outdated term for a tip or gratuity is “baksheesh.”

In general, the preferred spelling in the United States and Ireland is “whiskey;” for Britain and Canada, it's “whisky.”

An oven used for heating pottery is called a “muffle.”

In Greek mythology, "gigantomachy" was the struggle between the giants and the gods. It can also mean any war between giants or giant powers.

Anaerobic respiration is the term for when muscles burn glucose without oxygen.

In Greek, the word climax means "ladder." In Greece, it is spelled "klimax."

Another word for a male sheep or ram is a "tup."

In Hawaiian, ukulele means "little jumping flea."

Another word for a second job or an additional source of money from extra work is "parergon."

In heraldry, a two-legged dragon with wings and a barbed tail is a "wyvern."

Another word for toothpaste is dentifrice.

Anthropologists believe stones were one of man's first calculating devices, aiding in addition and subtraction throughout primitive times. In fact, the word "calculus" is derived from the Latin for "stone."

A “kench” is a deep bin in which animal skins and fish are salted.

A 45-letter word connoting a lung disease, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, is the longest word in Webster's Third New International Dictionary. The longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary means the act of estimating as worthless – floccipaucinihilipilification, which has 29 letters.

A ballet enthusiast is called a balletomane.

A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.

A blood clot that clogs the artery is called a thrombosis.

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