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nourishment - something that nourishes; food
fluted - having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
protean - able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
capillary - having a very fine bore; resembling a hair; fine and slender; Ex. capillary attraction; N: very fine hairlike tube; CF. capillarity
litotes - understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
requiem - mass for the dead; dirge
viable - capable of maintaining life; feasible; practical or workable; Ex. viable scheme
placate - pacify; bring peace to; conciliate; appease
codify - arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system of words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
knotty - intricate; difficult; tangled; CF. knot