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Related words: coltishly (KOHL-tish-lee) adverb; coltishness (KOHL-tish-nis) noun. ” snakelike; cunning; wily; resembling a snake. ” Related word: colubrid (KOL-e-brid) noun. comate. See comose. ” 1. torpid; lacking alertness. ” 2. affected with coma. ” Related words: comatosely (KOM-e-TOHS-lee) adverb; comatoseness (KOM-e-TOHS-nis) and comatosity (KOM-e-TOS-i-tee) both nouns. ” edible; eatable; fit to eat. ” Related word: comestibles (ke-MES-te-belz) noun. ” The adjective is also given as comate (KOH-mayt).

Related words: balefulness (BAYL-fel-nis) noun; balefully (BAYL-fel-ee) adverb. ” pertaining to bathing or baths. ” practical; merely mechanical. ” royal, kingly. ” The most interesting of related words in this group is a medical term, basilic vein, meaning a large vein of great importance located on the inner side of the arm. ” bassackwards (BAS-AK-werdz) From English slang, popular deliberate spoonerism of assbackwards, meaning “in reverse order”; feebly masking the true origin of the word and its supposed vulgarity.

Related word: atrabiliousness (A-tre-BIL-yes-nis) noun. autochthonous. See heterochthonous. ” of or pertaining to a kindly uncle or to someone playing that part. ” Related words: avuncularly (e-VUNG-kye-ler-lee) adverb; avuncularity (e-VUNG-kye-LAR-i-tee) noun. axillary (AK-se-LER-ee) From Latin axilla, meaning “armpit,” plural axillae. ” pertaining to the human armpit, or to the corresponding underside of a portion of a bird wing. ” B bacchanal. See bacchanalian. bacchanalian (BAK-e-NAYL-yen) From Latin Bacchanalia, from Greek Bákhos, both nouns meaning “a festival in honor of Bacchus,” the ancient god of wine.

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