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::: parasite - animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant; CF. para-: beside
::: grunt - utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
::: longevity - long life; long duration
::: nirvana - in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
::: supercilious - haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
::: redoubtable - formidable; causing fear
::: gastronomy - art and science of preparing and serving good food; CF. gastronome
::: irrepressible - unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold back
::: pinch - squeeze between the thumb and a finger, or other edges; Ex. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. N: amount that can be held between the thumb and a finger
::: latch - fastening or lock consisting of a movable bar that fits into a notch; V: close with a latch