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paleontology - study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
transpose - reverse the order or position of
colloquy - informal discussion; conversation
brawn - human muscle; muscular strength; sturdiness
rarefied - made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction
waver - move or swing back and forth; be uncertain or unsteady in decision or movement; Ex. wavering between accepting and refusing
tether - tie (an animal) with a rope or tether; N: rope or chain to which an animal is tied; limit of one's endurance; Ex. the end of one's tether
aegis - shield; protection; defense
scintilla - trace; minute amount; shred; least bit; Ex. There is not a scintilla of truth; CF. spark
abject - (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology