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EVANGELOCHAM »

EVANGELOCHAM [ih-van jel’ o kam] [evangel: 1300–50; Middle English  < 1585–95;  < Late Latin evangelus  < Greek euángelos  (adj.) bringing good news. (see eu-, angel); replacing Middle English evangile  < Middle French.]  [Chameleon: 1300–50;  variant of chamaeleon  < Latin  < Greek chamailéōn,  equivalent to chamaí  on the ground, dwarf (akin to humus) + léōn lion; […]

EVANGOSTRICH »

EVANGOSTRICH [ih-van-jaw’-strich] [evangel: 1300–50; Middle English  < 1585–95;  < Late Latin evangelus  < Greek euángelos  (adj.) bringing good news. (see eu-, angel); replacing Middle English evangile  < Middle French.] [ostrich: 1175–1225; Middle English ostrice, ostriche  < Old French ostrusce  (compare French autruche ) < Vulgar Latin *avistrūthius,  for Latin avis  bird + Late Latin strūthiō […]

EVANGELEPHANT »

EVANGELEPHANT [[ih-van-jel’-uh-fuhnt] [evangel: 1300–50; Middle English  < 1585–95;  < Late Latin evangelus  < Greek euángelos  (adj.) bringing good news. (see eu-, angel); replacing Middle English evangile  < Middle French.] [c.1300, olyfaunt, from O.Fr. oliphant, from L. elephantus, from Gk. elephas (gen. elephantos) “elephant, ivory,” probably from a non-I.E. language, likely via Phoenician (cf. Hamitic elu […]

NEBULA SCRIPTURA »

NEBULA SCRIPTURA ([neb’ yuh luh] [skrɪpt ər’ uh])  [(1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nebulōsus full of mist, foggy, cloudy; related to Greek nephétē cloud, Old High German nebul cloud, Old Norse njól  night). (1250–1300; Middle English < Latin scrīptūra writing. See script, -ure)]  Hazy, vague, indistinct, irrational, unsound or confused biblical doctrine, theology, interpretation […]

NARCIGESIS »

NARCIGESIS [nahr- si -jee’ -sis] [(From: narcissus; 1540–50; < Latin < Greek nárkissos plant name, traditionally connected, by virtue of plant’s narcotic effects, with nárkç numbness, torpor; probably from a pre-Gk. Aegean word, but associated with Gk. narke “numbness” (see narcotic) because of the plant’s sedative effect.) (From: eisegesis; 1890–95; < Greek eisḗgesis, equivalent to […]

PLURA SCRIPTURA »

PLURA SCRIPTURA  ([ploo r-uh ] [skrɪpt ər’ uh]) [(1350–1400; Middle English  < Latin plūrālis,  equivalent to plūr-,  stem of plūs plus  + -alis -al); (1250–1300; Middle English  < Latin scrīptūra  writing. See script, -ure) ((Latin ablative, “by Scripture plus more”)* Consisting of, containing, or pertaining to more than the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; […]

REFORMERGENT »

RE FOR MER GENT (rə for mər’jənt) n., adj. [(1300–50;  (v.) Middle English reformen  < Middle French reformer, Old French  < Latin refōrmāre  ( see re-, form); (noun) partly derivative of the v., partly < French réforme); (EMERGENT n. 1350–1400; Middle English  (< Middle French ) < Latin ēmergent-  (stem of ēmergēns ) arising out […]

DOMYSTIC »

DO MYS TIC (də mɪst’ ik) n. (DOM, from DOMIONION n. – 1400–50; late Middle English  < Middle French  < Medieval Latin *dominiōn-  (stem of *dominiō ) lordship, property, ownership); (MYSTIC n. – 1275–1325; Middle English mystik  < Latin mysticus  < Greek mystikós,  equivalent to mýst ( ēs ) an initiate into the mysteries + […]

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