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Ian Dunn
576961.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:30 pm Reply with quote

Here is a list of rarely used words beginning with "H" taken from

Habroneme: Havng the appearance of fine threads.

Halatinous: Saline; salty.

Hectaologue: Code consisting of one hundred rules.

Helcitc: Acting to drag or draw out.

Hemerine: Daily.

Hercotectonic: Of or pertraining to the construction of fortications.

Hirculation: Disease of vines where they grow no fruit.

Hirquitalliency: Strength of voice.

Historiaster: Contemptible historian.

Hiulcity: A cleft or an opening.

Homerkin: Liquid measure of beer.

Hymnicide: Killing of hymns through alterations.

Hyometer: Rain gauge.

Hypenemious: Full of wind.

576970.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:13 pm Reply with quote
Has a bit more info...

habroneme adj 1886 -1886
having the appearance of fine threads
Her habroneme hair was admired by many hairstylists for its fine texture.
halatinous adj 1886 -1886
saline; salty
The halatinous mist brought back memories of his childhood at the seashore.
hecatologue n 1894 -1894
code consisting of 100 rules
The teen whined that her parents' list of rules was practically a hecatologue.
helctic adj 1658 -1658
acting to drag or draw out; drawing
While leechcraft is derided, it is medicinally useful from a helctic perspective.
hemerine adj 1854 -1886
daily; quotidian
The hemerine ritual of walking her dog kept her in good physical shape.
hercotectonic adj 1672 -1672
of or pertaining to the construction of fortifications or walls
The fort's hercotectonic strength was insufficient to repel cannon-fire.
hirculation n 1656 -1721
disease of vines where they grow no fruit
Despite a fantastic growing season, the vineyard was crippled by hirculation.
hirquitalliency n 1652 -1652
strength of voice
The wrestler's hirquitalliency compensated for his lack of strength and talent.
historiaster n 1887 -1894
petty or contemptible historian
While Foucault is widely praised today, he was no more than a historiaster.
hiulcity n 1681 -1681
an opening or cleft
They stepped into the hiulcity in the cliff face, unaware of the danger within.
homerkin n 1662 -1663
old liquid measure for beer
"I'm so thirsty I could drink a homerkin of beer," Simpson lamented.
hymnicide n 1862 -1862
killing of hymns through alterations
Many accused the revisionists in the Church of committing hymnicide.
hyometer n 1886 -1886
rain gauge
Her homemade hyometer was overwhelmed and destroyed by the deluge.
hypenemious n 1855 -1886
full of wind; windy; of an egg, malformed
Let us protect ourselves against the hyenemious assault of the hurricane.

Susannah Dingley
576999.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:27 pm Reply with quote

homotopy (n)
In mathematics, a continuous deformation of a continuous function to another continuous function.

More precisely, if f and g are continuous functions from a topological space X to a topological space Y, then, if I denotes the closed real interval [0,1], a homotopy from f to g is a continuous function h from X×I to Y such that h((x,0)) = f(x) and h((x,1)) = g(x) for all points x in X.

577070.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:52 pm Reply with quote

But of course ...

And then there is homoscedastic. Two variables are homoscedastic if they have the same variance, and once upon a time I needed to know that.

577075.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:09 pm Reply with quote

Herbicide - the act of taking a self aware VW Beetle to the scrap yard.

577080.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:31 pm Reply with quote

homologous - a word that Richard Dawkins may try to promulgate.

577081.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:31 pm Reply with quote
This chap seems slightly obsessed with words beginning with 'h', but there's some interesting stuff in there.

577112.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:28 pm Reply with quote

Hemerine: Daily.

Hebdomadal is also "daily" and in my mind equally rare.

577118.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:33 pm Reply with quote

Hebdomadal means "weekly" - note the similarity with words like heptagon and you'll realise that it means "every seven days".

577130.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:47 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Hebdomadal means "weekly" - note the similarity with words like heptagon and you'll realise that it means "every seven days".

My mistake. The French "quotidien" and "hébdomadaire" got muddled in my mind, as I learnt them at the same time.

Nevertheless, it's quite a rare word.

Sebastian flyte
577146.  Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:25 pm Reply with quote

Homovestism a condition where a person ONLY wears clothing seen as 'suitable' for their sex. Although more so it is the erotictism of wearing clothes seen as suitable for your sex..

577184.  Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:32 am Reply with quote

Cool... see also...

Homeovestism is "an impersonation of the idealized phallic parent of the same sex" in order "to overcome shameful and frightening cross-gender identifications" (Kaplan 1991)

577187.  Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:31 am Reply with quote

"Heteroclitic" - different. Nothing to do with female genitalia.

577597.  Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:47 pm Reply with quote

Hiulcity: A cleft or an opening.

No, surely a football club?

578578.  Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:24 am Reply with quote

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666

Hygrophobia- Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture (well you ain't gonna last long then, are you?)


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