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Old 03-15-2010, 11:00 PM   #4051
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chelicera - pince-nez sunglasses.

When Hugh Laurie appeared on the hit TV show House in chelicera made by Black Widow Eyeware, a division of Arachnid Inc., its distinctive hour-glass shape prompted a distinct uptick in pince-nez eyewear of all kinds.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:47 AM   #4052
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chelicera - scars left by ritualistic initiation; also used figuratively: scars left on the soul by entering a different state

Ysobel's chelicera left her wondering whether adulthood is worth it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:40 PM   #4053
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chelicera - A predictable orchestral encore.

The Sleeper Missouri High School Beethoven concert almost didn't get a standing ovation for fear that Moonlight Sonata would be the chelicera of choice.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:24 PM   #4054
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chelicera - obsc. Doberman Chelicera, a breed of dog, more commonly known as "Doberman Pinscher"

When Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann first named his unique breed of dog, he chose "Doberman Chelicera", but was soon persuaded that not enough of the world knew enough ancient Greek to understand his allusion.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:45 PM   #4055
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This word is growing stale. Let's try to wrap it up this week.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:57 PM   #4056
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chelicera - leftover zwieback crumbs in one's bed

Ysobel woke up in the discomforting company of variegated chelicera and vowed to start spring cleaning as soon as the first rays of sun would light up the horizon.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:13 PM   #4057
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dude... you've got 18 to pick from now... go for it!
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:38 PM   #4058
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Dear Fellow Dictionarios,

For the past hour or so, I have been working on the judging of the "chelicera" round. I was entering comments on the very last of the 18 entries when I hit a wrong key and lost everything before I could post it!!! Too bad, because my judging was assisted by running commentary from two shrinks, Rorschach and Freud, who analyzed, interpreted, and diagnosed each of the contributors through their definition(s). You would have been amused but, alas, I will never, ever be able to reproduce it.

The true definition of chelicera, for what it's worth, is "either of the first pair of appendaces near the mouth of a spider or other arachnid, often modified for grasping."

Among all of the cases presented, Drs. Rorschach, Freud and I selected lukkucairi's definition as most noteworthy. We thought it remarkable that any conscious, English-speaking person could look at a word like chelicera and imagine a verb. So lukku, you get the gold. As for the rest of you, who our panel diagnosed as likely suffering from vagina envy, overactive imagination, obsessive compulsive disorder, and/or some other garden variety neurosis, please treat yourselves to an enema, strait jacket, lobotomy, or electric shock therapy on me as consolation for my grievous errors of commission and omission.

Lukku, have at it.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:05 PM   #4059
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^ That is most unfortunate.

cheliceratic hugs, Ysa
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:39 PM   #4060
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hear ye hear ye, the new word is

pulveratricious
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:44 PM   #4061
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Among all of the cases presented, Drs. Rorschach, Freud and I selected lukkucairi's definition as most noteworthy. We thought it remarkable that any conscious, English-speaking person could look at a word like chelicera and imagine a verb.
Nonsense - there are plenty of loanword verbs in this language that end in vowels. I could hit you over the head with a thick book of them, if you'd only sit still for long enough.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:48 PM   #4062
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lukku,
It was meant as a compliment for your creative thinking, but I accept your gentle offering of lumps on my head in peace.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:30 PM   #4063
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tk, dammit, sit still

don't make me get all pulveratricious. my aim isn't that good
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:48 PM   #4064
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pulveratricious - after John Pulver, US Congressman (D-NC, 1820-38), from Buncombe County North Carolina

In 1820, John Pulver, who represented Buncombe County, North Carolina, in the U.S. House of Representatives, was supposed to address the question of admitting Missouri as a free or slave state. It was his first attempt to speak on this subject after nearly a month of solid debate and right before the vote was to be called. Pulver insisted on delivering a long and wearisome speech addressed to his constituents in Buncombe County that had little to do with the slavery issue. He was eventually shouted down by his colleagues, but his persistent effort made "pulveratricious" (later respelled "pulvericious", and shortened to "pulv") a synonym for meaningless political claptrap and later for any kind of nonsense. The term became a joke and metaphor in Washington, and soon became common usage.
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pulveratricious - of or pertaining to a lie so obviously untrue and yet retailed with such panache and vigor that the enjoyment of the bald-facedness of the outright prevarication actually reconciles its auditors to the fact that the teller has weasled out of a job of work.

When we heard Treekisser's pulveratricious story, we laughed, shrugged, and went on with the game.
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