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::: herpetologist - one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
::: consolidation - unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger; V. consolidate: merge; strengthen
::: rabid - of or suffering rabies; like a fanatic; extremely zealous; furious; CF. rabies: hydrophobia
::: bourgeois - middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions
::: burgeon - grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
::: bilious - suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable; easily irritated
::: potable - suitable for drinking; drinkable
::: hypochondriac - person unduly worried about his health; worrier without cause about illness; ADJ. CF. hypochondria: neurosis that one is or is becoming ill; CF. abdomen
::: balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
::: distinct - clearly different; clearly noticed