a person who is very fond of and is usually a collector of teddy bears.
Arctophiles and children should make time for Teddy Melrose, the teddy bear museum, tea room and workshop …
—Juliet Clough, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 30 June 1996
from Greek arktos bear + -phile (denoting fondness for a specified thing.)
Collins English Dictionary
Archaic. a week.
It had taken them only a sennight to travel from Sentarshadeen … into the heart of the lost Lands to face the power of Shadow Mountain.
Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory,To Light a Candle, 2004
She that I spake of, our great captain’s captain, / Left in the conduct of the boldIago, / Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts / A sennight ‘s speed.
William Shakespeare, Othello, 1622
The archaic English noun sennight means literally “seven nights,” i.e. a week.
The Old English form was seofan nihta.
Middle English had many forms,including soveniht, sevenight, seven nyght, sennyght.
A person whose official duty it is to examine or investigate something.
As usual in such cases, ‘Scrutator‘ proceeded to make short work of him.
Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne
Scrutator tells us that in the time of Mr. Meynell “it was not the fashion to have second horses in the field.”
Alice M. Hayes
‘Messrs. M. S. Giuseppi and W. A. Littledale were appointed scrutators of the ballot.’
A small stream or creek; small often dry tributary stream in southern Africa
The descent to the spruit, which is often a short, steep pitch and is then called a donga, needs careful driving, and the ascent up the opposite bank is for a heavy waggon a matter of great difficulty.
Impressions of South Africa
By the side of every “spruit” or brook one sees clumps of tall arum lilies filling every little water-washed hollow in the brook, and the ferns which make each ditch and water-course green and plumy have a separate shady beauty of their own.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876
The lack of health facilities presented an immediate risk to life, as did the possibility of contracting water-borne diseases from the spruit that flowed through the property.
ANC Daily News Briefing
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\nə-ˈkrä-lə-jist, ne-\ noun
A list of people who have died, especially in the recent past or during a specific period.
The first half begins with a necrology and calendar for the nuns, prioresses, and confessors of Maria Magdalena, as well as the General Masters of the Order based upon the Humbert prototype. –Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany
Oh, and if I can include one other figure in this necrology, it was reported from London that the world’s oldest man, Henry Allingham, the last surviving World War I veteran, died at the very ripe age of 113. –Every Death Diminishes Me
This prompted Ted, who’s made necrology a specialty, to note that two prominent same-day deaths are rare. –David Finkle: The Breakfast Club Takes on Jackson, Fawcett, Sanford, Mrs. Madoff
New Latin necrologium, from necr- + -logium (as in Medieval Latin eulogium eulogy)
First Known Use: 1799
He saw the true gold into which the beggarly matter of existence may be transmuted by spagyric art; a succession of delicious moments, all the rare flavours of life concentrated, purged of their lees, and preserved in a beautiful vessel.
The rare adjective spagyric comes from New Latin spagiricus “alchemical; alchemy; an alchemist” and was first used and probably coined by the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus (c1493–1541). There is no trustworthy etymology for the word. Spagyric entered English in the late 16th century.