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::: ichthyology - study of fish; CF. ichthyo-: fish
::: ventilate - admit fresh air into to replace stale air
::: symmetry - arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ. symmetrical
::: belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
::: litany - supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
::: broach - introduce as a subject; moot; open up
::: adverse - going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile
::: craft - skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
::: placebo - harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
::: madrigal - pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments