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::: fauna - animals of a period or region; CF. flora
::: idiom - expression whose meaning as a whole differs from the meanings of its individual words; distinctive style (of expression); Ex. idiom of the modern popular music; ADJ. idiomatic
::: unsightly - ugly; unpleasant to look at
::: euthanasia - mercy killing
::: altruistic - unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism
::: stagnant - (of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; not developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial output
::: dazzle - make blind with a sudden intense light; amaze; fill with wonder
::: squeamish - easily shocked or sickened by unpleasant things; fastidious; Ex. A nurse should not be squeamish.
::: macabre - gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death
::: galleon - large three-masted sailing ship