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peckish
adjective Etymology: 2peck Date: 1785 1. chiefly British hungry 2. crotchety
Pecksniffian
adjective Etymology: Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44) by Charles Dickens Date: 1849 unctuously hypocritical ; pharisaical
pecky
adjective Etymology: 3peck Date: 1848 1. marked by lenticular or finger-shaped pockets of decay caused by fungi 2. containing discolored or shriveled grains
pecorino
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Italian, from pecorino of sheep, from pecora sheep, ewe, from Latin, domestic animals, from plural of pecus cattle — more at fee ...
Pecos
geographical name river E New Mexico & W Texas flowing SE into the Rio Grande
Pecos National Monument
geographical name archaeological site N central New Mexico SE of Santa Fe containing Indian villages & a Spanish mission
Pecs
geographical name city S Hungary W of the Danube population 179,000
pecten
noun (plural pectens) Etymology: New Latin pectin-, pecten, from Latin, comb, scallop Date: 1682 1. scallop 1a 2. plural usually pectines a body part that resembles a comb; ...
pectic
adjective Etymology: French pectique, from Greek pēktikos coagulating, from pēgnynai to fix, coagulate — more at pact Date: 1830 of, relating to, or derived from pectin
pectic acid
noun Date: 1830 any of various water-insoluble substances formed by hydrolyzing the methyl ester groups of pectins
pectin
noun Etymology: French pectine, from pectique Date: 1838 any of various water-soluble substances that bind adjacent cell walls in plant tissues and yield a gel which is the ...
pectinaceous
adjective Date: circa 1844 of, relating to, or containing pectin
pectinate
adjective Etymology: Latin pectinatus, from pectin-, pecten comb; akin to Greek kten-, kteis comb Date: 1793 having narrow parallel projections or divisions suggestive of the ...
pectination
noun see pectinate
pectinesterase
noun Date: 1945 an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of pectins into pectic acids and methanol
pectoral
I. noun Date: 15th century 1. something worn on the breast 2. pectoral muscle II. adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin pectoralis, from ...
pectoral cross
noun Date: circa 1735 a cross worn on the breast especially by a prelate
pectoral fin
noun Date: 1769 either of the fins of a fish that correspond to the forelimbs of a quadruped
pectoral girdle
noun Date: circa 1890 shoulder girdle
pectoral muscle
noun Date: 1615 any of the muscles which connect the ventral walls of the chest with the bones of the upper arm and shoulder and of which there are two on each side of the ...
peculate
transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari, from peculium Date: 1802 embezzle • peculation noun • peculator noun
peculation
noun see peculate
peculator
noun see peculate
peculiar
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English peculier, from Latin peculiaris of private property, special, from peculium private property, from pecu cattle; akin to Latin pecus cattle ...
peculiarity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1646 1. the quality or state of being peculiar 2. a distinguishing characteristic 3. oddity, quirk
peculiarly
adverb see peculiar I
pecuniarily
adverb see pecuniary
pecuniary
adjective Etymology: Latin pecuniarius, from pecunia money — more at fee Date: 1502 1. consisting of or measured in money 2. of or relating to money • pecuniarily ...
ped
noun Etymology: Greek pedon ground; akin to Latin ped-, pes foot — more at foot Date: 1951 a natural soil aggregate
ped-
or pedo- or paed- or paedo- combining form Etymology: Greek paid-, paido-, from paid-, pais child, boy — more at few child ; childhood
pedagog
noun see pedagogue
pedagogic
adjective see pedagogical
pedagogical
also pedagogic adjective Date: 1619 of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education • pedagogically adverb
pedagogically
adverb see pedagogical
pedagogics
noun plural but singular in construction Date: circa 1859 pedagogy
pedagogue
also pedagog noun Etymology: Middle English pedagoge, from Latin paedagogus, from Greek paidagōgos, slave who escorted children to school, from paid- ped- + agōgos leader, ...
pedagogy
noun Date: circa 1623 the art, science, or profession of teaching; especially education 2
pedal
I. noun Etymology: Middle French pedale, from Italian, from Latin pedalis, adjective Date: 1618 1. a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (as an ...
pedal bone
noun Date: 1881 coffin bone
pedal point
noun Date: 1852 a single tone usually the tonic or dominant that is normally sustained in the bass and sounds against changing harmonies in the other parts
pedal pushers
noun plural Date: 1944 women's and girls' calf-length trousers
pedal steel
noun Date: 1969 a box-shaped musical instrument with legs that has usually 10 strings which can be altered in pitch by the use of pedals and which are plucked while being ...
pedal steel guitar
noun see pedal steel
pedal-note
noun Etymology: from the playing of the lowest notes on the organ by means of pedals Date: circa 1828 1. pedal point 2. one of the lowest tones that can be sounded on a ...
pedalfer
noun Etymology: Greek pedon ground + English alumen + Latin ferrum iron Date: 1928 a soil that lacks a hardened layer of accumulated carbonates
pedalo
noun (plural -los) Etymology: French pédalo, from pédale pedal + -o (perhaps as in meccano children's construction set) Date: 1945 chiefly British a small recreational ...
pedant
noun Etymology: Middle French, from Italian pedante Date: 1588 1. obsolete a male schoolteacher 2. a. one who makes a show of knowledge b. one who is unimaginative or ...
pedantic
adjective Date: circa 1600 1. of, relating to, or being a pedant 2. narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned 3. unimaginative, pedestrian • pedantically ...
pedantically
adverb see pedantic
pedantry
noun (plural -ries) Date: 1612 1. pedantic presentation or application of knowledge or learning 2. an instance of pedantry
peddle
verb (peddled; peddling) Etymology: back-formation from peddler, from Middle English pedlere, alteration of pedder peddler Date: 1532 intransitive verb 1. to travel about ...
peddler
also pedlar noun Date: 14th century one who peddles: as a. one who offers merchandise (as fresh produce) for sale along the street or from door to door b. one who deals ...
pederast
noun Etymology: Greek paiderastēs, literally, lover of boys, from paid- ped- + erastēs lover, from erasthai to love — more at Eros Date: circa 1736 one who practices anal ...
pederastic
adjective see pederast
pederasty
noun see pederast
Pedernales
geographical name river central Texas flowing E into Colorado River
Pedersen
biographical name Charles John 1904-1989 American (Korean-born) chemist
pedestal
I. noun Etymology: Middle French piedestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie di stallo foot of a stall Date: 1563 1. a. the support or foot of a late classic or ...
pedestrian
I. adjective Etymology: Latin pedestr-, pedester, literally, going on foot, from ped-, pes foot — more at foot Date: 1716 1. commonplace, unimaginative 2. a. going or ...
pedestrianism
noun Date: 1809 1. a. the practice of walking b. fondness for walking for exercise or recreation 2. the quality or state of being unimaginative or commonplace
pediatric
adjective Date: 1880 of or relating to pediatrics
pediatrician
also pediatrist noun Date: circa 1903 a specialist in pediatrics
pediatrics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1884 a branch of medicine dealing with the development, care, and diseases of children
pediatrist
noun see pediatrician
pedicab
noun Etymology: Latin ped-, pes + English cab Date: 1945 a tricycle with a 2-seat passenger compartment covered by a usually folding top and a separate seat for a driver who ...
pedicel
noun Etymology: New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus Date: 1676 a slender basal part of an organism or one of its parts: as a. a plant stalk that supports ...
pedicellate
adjective see pedicel
pedicle
noun Etymology: Latin pediculus, from diminutive of ped-, pes Date: 1626 1. pedicel b 2. the part of a skin or tissue graft left attached to the original site during the ...
pedicled
adjective see pedicle
pediculate
adjective Etymology: ultimately from Latin pediculus little foot, pedicel Date: circa 1890 of or relating to an order (Lophiiformes syn. Pediculati) of marine bony fishes (as ...
pediculosis
noun (plural pediculoses) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin pediculus louse, diminutive of pedis louse Date: circa 1889 infestation with lice
pediculous
adjective Etymology: Latin pediculosus, from pediculus Date: circa 1550 infested with lice ; lousy
pedicure
noun Etymology: French pédicure, from Latin ped-, pes foot + curare to take care, from cura care Date: circa 1842 1. a person who provides care for the feet, toes, and ...
pedicurist
noun see pedicure
pedigree
noun Etymology: Middle English pedegru, from Anglo-French pé de grue, literally, crane's foot; from the shape made by the lines of a genealogical chart Date: 15th century 1. ...
pedigreed
adjective see pedigree
pediment
noun Etymology: alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid Date: 1664 1. a triangular space that forms the gable of a low-pitched roof ...
pedimental
adjective see pediment
pedimented
adjective see pediment
pedipalp
noun Etymology: New Latin pedipalpus, from ped-, pes foot + palpus palpus Date: 1826 either of the second pair of appendages of an arachnid (as a spider) that are borne near ...
pedlar
noun see peddler
pedo-
— see ped-
pedocal
noun Etymology: Greek pedon earth + Latin calc-, calx lime — more at ped, chalk Date: 1928 a soil that includes a definite hardened layer of accumulated carbonates • ...
pedocalic
adjective see pedocal
pedogenesis
I. variant of paedogenesis II. noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek pedon + Latin genesis Date: 1936 the formation and development of soil • pedogenic also pedogenetic ...
pedogenetic
adjective see pedogenesis II
pedogenic
adjective see pedogenesis II
pedologic
adjective see pedology
pedological
adjective see pedology
pedologist
noun see pedology
pedology
noun Etymology: Greek pedon + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy Date: 1912 soil science • pedological also pedologic adjective • pedologist noun
pedometer
noun Etymology: French pédomètre, from Latin ped-, pes foot + French -mètre -meter — more at foot Date: 1723 an instrument usually in watch form that records the ...
pedophile
noun Date: 1951 one affected with pedophilia
pedophilia
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1906 sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object • pedophiliac or pedophilic adjective
pedophiliac
adjective see pedophilia
pedophilic
adjective see pedophilia
pedorthic
adjective see pedorthics
pedorthics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Latin ped-, pes + English orth- + -ics Date: 1974 the art and practice of designing, making, and fitting ...
pedorthist
noun see pedorthics
Pedro
biographical name Dom; name of 2 emperors of Brazil: I 1798-1834 (reigned as emperor 1822-31; as king of Portugal 1826); II 1825-1891 (reigned 1831-89)
peduncle
noun Etymology: New Latin pedunculus, diminutive of Latin ped-, pes Date: circa 1753 1. a stalk bearing a flower or flower cluster or a fructification 2. a narrow part by ...
peduncled
adjective see peduncle
peduncular
adjective see peduncle
pedunculate
adjective see pedunculated
pedunculated
also pedunculate adjective Etymology: New Latin pedunculus Date: 1752 having, growing on, or being attached by a peduncle
pee
I. noun Date: 1602 1. the letter p 2. plural pee British penny II. intransitive verb (peed; peeing) Etymology: euphemism from the initial letter of piss Date: circa 1880 ...
Pee Dee
geographical name river 233 miles (375 kilometers) North Carolina & South Carolina flowing SE into Winyah Bay — see Yadkin
Peebles
geographical name 1. (or Peeblesshire) (or Tweeddale) former county SE Scotland including upper course of the Tweed 2. burgh SE Scotland on the Tweed
Peeblesshire
geographical name see Peebles 1
peek
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English piken Date: 14th century 1. a. to look furtively b. to peer through a crack or hole or from a place of concealment — ...
peekaboo
I. noun Etymology: 1peek + 1boo Date: 1599 a game for amusing a baby by repeatedly hiding one's face or body and popping back into view exclaiming “Peekaboo!” II. ...
Peel
I. biographical name Sir Robert 1788-1850 English statesman II. geographical name river 425 miles (684 kilometers) NW Canada rising in W Yukon Territory & flowing E & N into ...
peel
I. verb Etymology: Middle English pelen, from Anglo-French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to strip ...
peel off
intransitive verb Date: 1941 1. to veer away from an airplane formation especially for diving or landing 2. depart, leave
peel tower
noun see peel IV
peelable
adjective see peel I
Peele
biographical name George 1556-1596 English dramatist & poet
peeler
I. noun Date: 1597 1. one that peels 2. a crab that is about to shed its shell 3. a log of wood (as Douglas fir) suitable for cutting into veneer — called also peeler ...
peeler log
noun see peeler I
peeling
noun Date: 1597 a peeled-off piece or strip
peen
I. transitive verb Date: 1513 to draw, bend, or flatten by or as if by hammering with a peen II. noun Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian penn peen ...
Peene
geographical name river 70 miles (113 kilometers) NE Germany flowing E through Pomerania and forming Peene Estuary which flows N-S
Peenemünde
geographical name village NE Germany on island at mouth of Peene Estuary
peep
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English pepen, of imitative origin Date: 15th century 1. to utter a feeble shrill sound as of a bird newly hatched ; cheep 2. to ...
peep show
noun Date: 1848 an entertainment (as a film) or object (as a small picture) that is viewed through a small opening or a magnifying glass and is usually sexually explicit
peep sight
noun Date: 1866 a rear sight for a gun having an adjustable metal piece pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming
peeper
I. noun Date: 1607 1. one that peeps; specifically voyeur 2. eye II. noun Date: circa 1611 1. one that makes a peeping sound 2. any of various tree frogs that peep ...
peephole
noun Date: 1681 a hole or crevice to peep through
Peeping Tom
noun Etymology: Peeping Tom, legendary citizen of Coventry who watched Lady Godiva riding naked Date: circa 1796 a pruriently prying person ; voyeur • Peeping Tomism noun
Peeping Tomism
noun see Peeping Tom
peer
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French per, from per, adjective, equal, from Latin par Date: 13th century 1. one that is of equal standing with another ; equal; ...
peer review
noun Date: 1969 a process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field • peer-review transitive ...
peer-review
transitive verb see peer review
peerage
noun Date: 15th century 1. the body of peers 2. the rank or dignity of a peer 3. a book containing a list of peers with their genealogy, history, and titles
peeress
noun Date: 1689 1. the wife or widow of a peer 2. a woman who holds in her own right the rank of a peer
peerless
adjective Date: 14th century matchless, incomparable
peeve
I. transitive verb (peeved; peeving) Etymology: back-formation from peevish Date: 1910 to make peevish or resentful ; annoy Synonyms: see irritate II. noun Date: 1911 1. ...
peevish
adjective Etymology: Middle English pevish spiteful Date: circa 1530 1. querulous in temperament or mood ; fretful 2. perversely obstinate 3. marked by ill temper ...
peevishly
adverb see peevish
peevishness
noun see peevish
peewee
noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1806 1. pewee 2. one that is diminutive or small; especially a small child 3. an age-specific level of youth sports; also a member of a ...
peewit
also pewit noun Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1529 any of several birds; especially lapwing
PEG
abbreviation polyethylene glycol
peg
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pegge, probably from Middle Dutch Date: 15th century 1. a. a small usually cylindrical pointed or tapered piece (as of wood) used to pin ...
peg leg
noun Etymology: 3peg Date: 1769 an artificial leg; especially one fitted at the knee
peg out
intransitive verb Date: 1854 chiefly British die
peg top
noun Date: 1788 1. a pear-shaped top that is made to spin on the sharp metal peg in its base by the unwinding of a string wound round its center 2. plural peg trousers
Peg-Board
trademark — used for material (as fiberboard) with regularly spaced perforations into which hooks may be inserted for the storage or display of articles
peg-top
or peg-topped adjective Date: 1858 peg
peg-topped
adjective see peg-top
Pegasus
noun Etymology: Latin (genitive Pegasi), from Greek Pēgasos Date: 14th century 1. a winged horse that causes the stream Hippocrene to spring from Mount Helicon with a blow ...
pegged
adjective see peg III
pegmatite
noun Etymology: French, from Greek pēgmat-, pēgma something fastened together, from pēgnynai to fasten together — more at pact Date: circa 1828 a coarse variety of ...
pegmatitic
adjective see pegmatite
PEI
abbreviation Prince Edward Island
Pei
biographical name I(eoh) M(ing) 1917- American (Chinese-born) architect
peignoir
noun Etymology: French, literally, garment worn while combing the hair, from Middle French, from peigner to comb the hair, from Latin pectinare, from pectin-, pecten comb — ...
peine forte et dure
foreign term Etymology: French strong and hard punishment ; torture
Peiping
geographical name see Beijing
Peipsi
geographical name see Peipus
Peipus
or Estonian Peipsi or Russian Chudskoe geographical name lake Europe between Estonia & Russia area 1390 square miles (3600 square kilometers)
Peirce
biographical name Charles Sanders 1839-1914 American physicist, mathematician, & logician • Peircean adjective
Peircean
adjective see Peirce
Peisistratus
or Pisistratus biographical name died 527 B.C. Athenian tyrant
pejorative
I. noun Date: 1882 a pejorative word or phrase II. adjective Etymology: Late Latin pejoratus, past participle of pejorare to make or become worse, from Latin pejor worse; ...
pejoratively
adverb see pejorative II
Pekanbaru
or Pakanbaru geographical name city Indonesia in central Sumatra population 398,694
peke
noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1915 Pekingese 2
Pekin
I. noun Etymology: Pekin, Peking (Beijing), China Date: 1885 any of a breed of large white ducks of Chinese origin used for meat production II. geographical name city N ...
Pekinese
noun see Pekingese
Peking
geographical name — see Beijing
Peking duck
noun Date: 1955 a Chinese dish consisting of roasted duck meat and strips of crispy duck skin topped with scallions and sauce and wrapped in thin pancakes
Peking man
noun Date: 1926 an extinct Pleistocene hominid known from skeletal and cultural remains in cave deposits at Zhoukoudianzhen, China and classified with the direct ancestor ...
Pekingese
or Pekinese noun (plural Pekingese or Pekinese) Date: 1849 1. a. the Chinese dialect of Beijing b. a native or resident of Beijing 2. any of a Chinese breed of small ...
pekoe
noun Etymology: Chinese (Xiamen) pek-ho Date: 1712 a tea made from young leaves slightly larger than those of orange pekoe
pelage
noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, from Latin pilus Date: circa 1828 the hairy covering of a mammal
Pelagian
I. noun Date: 15th century one agreeing with Pelagius in denying original sin and consequently in holding that individuals have perfect freedom to do either right or wrong II. ...
Pelagianism
noun Date: 1583 the teaching of Pelagius or Pelagians
pelagic
adjective Etymology: Latin pelagicus, from Greek pelagikos, from pelagos sea — more at plagal Date: circa 1656 of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea ; ...
Pelagie Islands
geographical name islands Italy in the Mediterranean S of Sicily between Malta & Tunisia
Pelagius
biographical name circa 354-after 418 British monk & theologian
pelargonium
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek pelargos stork (akin to Greek pelios livid, polios gray) + New Latin -nium (as in Geranium) — more at fallow Date: 1835 any of a ...
Pelasgian
noun Etymology: Greek pelasgios, adjective, Pelasgian, from Pelasgoi Pelasgians Date: 15th century a member of an ancient people mentioned by classical writers as early ...
pelecypod
noun Etymology: New Latin Pelecypoda, group name, from Greek pelekys ax (akin to Sanskrit paraśu ax) + pod-, pous foot — more at foot Date: circa 1876 lamellibranch
Pelee Island
geographical name island SE Canada in W Lake Erie SW of Point Pelee, Ontario area 18 square miles (47 square kilometers), population 256
Pelée, Mount
geographical name volcano French West Indies in N Martinique; erupted 1902
Pelee, Point
geographical name — see Point Pelee National Park
Peleliu
geographical name island W Pacific at S end of Palau Islands
pelerine
noun Etymology: probably from French pèlerine Date: 1744 a woman's narrow cape made of fabric or fur and usually with long ends hanging down in front
Peleus
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Pēleus Date: 15th century a son of Aeacus who becomes by the goddess Thetis the father of Achilles
pelf
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pelfre booty Date: 14th century money, riches
pelican
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pellican, from Late Latin pelecanus, from Greek pelekan Date: before 12th century any of a genus (Pelecanus) of large ...
Pelion
or Modern Greek Pílion geographical name mountain 5089 feet (1551 meters) NE Greece in E Thessaly SE of Mt. Ossa
pelisse
noun Etymology: French, from Old French pelice, from Late Latin pellicia, from feminine of pellicius made of skin, from Latin pellis skin — more at fell Date: 1717 1. a ...
pell-mell
adverb Etymology: Middle French pelemele Date: 1590 1. in mingled confusion or disorder 2. in confused haste • pell-mell adjective or noun
Pella
geographical name ancient city NE Greece, ancient capital of Macedonia
pellagra
noun Etymology: Italian, from pelle skin (from Latin pellis) + -agra (as in podagra, from Latin) Date: circa 1811 a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, ...
pellagrous
adjective see pellagra
pellet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pelote, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pilota, diminutive of Latin pila ball Date: 14th century 1. a. a usually small rounded, ...
pellet gun
noun Date: 1952 air gun 1
pelletal
adjective see pellet I
pelletise
British variant of pelletize
pelletization
noun see pelletize
pelletize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1942 1. to form or compact into pellets 2. to coat (seeds) with a soluble material (as to facilitate ease of handling) • ...
pelletizer
noun see pelletize
pellicle
noun Etymology: Middle French pellicule, from Medieval Latin pellicula, from Latin, diminutive of pellis Date: 1541 a thin skin or film: as a. an outer membrane of some ...
pellitory
noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English peletre, pelytory, from Anglo-French peletre, peretre, from Medieval Latin peletrum, piretrum, alteration of Latin pyrethrum — ...
pellitory-of-Spain
noun see pellitory
pellitory-of-the-wall
noun see pellitory
pellucid
adjective Etymology: Latin pellucidus, from per through + lucidus lucid — more at for Date: 1610 1. admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion 2. ...
pellucidly
adverb see pellucid
Pelly
geographical name river 330 miles (531 kilometers) NW Canada in Yukon Territory flowing W into Yukon River
pelmet
noun Etymology: probably modification of French palmette palmette Date: 1812 a short valance or small cornice for concealing curtain fixtures
Pelopidas
biographical name died 364 B.C. Theban general
Peloponnese
or Peloponnesus or Peloponnisos geographical name peninsula forming S part of mainland of Greece • Peloponnesian adjective or noun
Peloponnesian
adjective or noun see Peloponnese
Peloponnesus
geographical name see Peloponnese
Peloponnisos
geographical name see Peloponnese
Pelops
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Date: 15th century a son of Tantalus served by his father to the gods for food but later restored to life by them
pelorus
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1854 a navigational instrument resembling a mariner's compass without magnetic needles and having two sight vanes by which bearings are ...
pelota
noun Etymology: Spanish, from Old French pelote little ball — more at pellet Date: 1844 1. a court game related to jai alai 2. the ball used in jai alai
Pelotas
geographical name city S Brazil in SE Rio Grande do Sul at S end of Lagoa dos Patos population 289,484
peloton
noun Etymology: French, literally, ball — more at platoon Date: 1951 the main body of riders in a bicycle race
pelt
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, probably from pelett animal skin, from Anglo-French pelette — more at peltry Date: 15th century 1. a usually undressed skin with its ...
peltate
adjective Etymology: Latin pelta small shield, from Greek peltē Date: circa 1760 shaped like a shield; specifically having the stem or support attached to the lower surface ...
pelter
noun see pelt III
pelting
adjective Etymology: probably from English dialect pelt piece of trash Date: 1540 archaic paltry, insignificant
peltry
noun (plural peltries) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pelterie, from peleter furrier, from pelette small skin, from pel skin, from Latin pellis — more at fell ...
pelvic
adjective Date: 1828 of, relating to, or located in or near the pelvis • pelvic noun
pelvic fin
noun Date: 1889 one of the paired fins of a fish that are homologous with the hind limbs of a quadruped
pelvic girdle
noun Date: 1883 a bony or cartilaginous arch that supports the hind limbs of a vertebrate
pelvic inflammatory disease
noun Date: 1974 inflammation of the female reproductive tract (as the fallopian tubes and ovaries) that occurs especially as a result of a sexually transmitted disease and is ...
pelvis
noun (plural pelvises or pelves) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, basin; perhaps akin to Old English & Old Norse full cup Date: 1615 1. a basin-shaped structure in the ...
pelycosaur
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek pelyc-, pelyx bowl + sauros lizard Date: 1904 any of an order (Pelycosauria) of primitive chiefly Permian quadruped synapsid reptiles ...
Pemba
geographical name island Tanzania in Indian Ocean N of island of Zanzibar population 265,039
Pembroke
or Pembrokeshire geographical name administrative area of SW Wales area 614 square miles (1590 square kilometers)
Pembroke Pines
geographical name city SE Florida population 137,427
Pembroke table
noun Etymology: Pembroke, Wales Date: 1778 a small 4-legged table originating in the Georgian period and having two drop leaves and a drawer
Pembroke Welsh corgi
noun Date: 1938 any of a breed of Welsh corgis with pointed ears, straight forelegs, and a short tail — called also Pembroke
Pembrokeshire
geographical name see Pembroke
pemican
noun see pemmican
pemmican
also pemican noun Etymology: Cree pimihka•n Date: 1791 a concentrated food used by North American Indians and consisting of lean meat dried, pounded fine, and mixed with ...
pemoline
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1961 a synthetic drug C9H8N2O2 that is a mild stimulant of the central nervous system
pemphigus
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek pemphig-, pemphix pustule Date: circa 1779 an autoimmune disease marked by blisters on skin and mucous membranes and often by itching or ...
PEN
abbreviation International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists
pen
I. transitive verb (penned; penning) Etymology: Middle English pennen, from Old English -pennian Date: 13th century to shut in or as if in a pen II. noun Etymology: Middle ...
pen name
noun Date: circa 1864 an author's pseudonym
pen pal
noun Date: 1938 a friend made and kept through correspondence
pen point
noun Date: circa 1864 a small thin convex metal device that tapers to a split point, fits into a holder, and is used for writing or drawing
pen pusher
noun Date: 1911 pencil pusher
Pen-ch'i
geographical name — see Benxi
Pen-hsi
geographical name — see Benxi
penal
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin poenalis, from poena punishment — more at pain Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or involving ...
penal code
noun Date: 1828 a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment
penalise
British variant of penalize
penalization
noun see penalize
penalize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1868 1. to inflict a penalty on 2. to put at a serious disadvantage • penalization noun
penally
adverb see penal
penalty
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English penalte, from Middle French penalité, from Medieval Latin poenalitas, from Latin poenalis Date: 15th century 1. the suffering ...
penalty box
noun Date: 1931 an area alongside an ice hockey rink to which penalized players are confined for the duration of their penalty
penalty kick
Date: 1889 1. a free kick in rugby 2. a free kick at the goal in soccer made from a point 12 yards in front of the goal and allowed for certain violations within a ...
penalty shot
noun Date: circa 1948 an unhindered shot at the goal in ice hockey awarded to an individual for certain violations by an opponent
penance
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin poenitentia penitence Date: 14th century 1. an act of self-abasement, mortification, or devotion ...
Penang
geographical name 1. island SE Asia at N end of Strait of Malacca area 108 square miles (281 square kilometers) 2. state Malaysia (federation) comprising Penang Island & ...
Penates
noun plural Etymology: Latin, from penus food, provisions Date: 1513 the Roman gods of the household worshipped in close connection with Vesta and with the Lares

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