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::: collateral - security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters
::: nicety - precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
::: ultimatum - last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.
::: carapace - shell covering the back (of a turtle, tortoise, crab, etc.)
::: frond - fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
::: whine - complain (in a sad voice); make a high sad sound (as in pain or supplication)
::: lilliputian - extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
::: antecedents - preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
::: assumption - something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
::: denotation - meaning; distinguishing by name; V. denote: indicate; refer to directly; mean; CF. connotation