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  • subdue


    mortify - From Latin, meaning "kill or subdue the flesh," it originally meant "to kill," then "to destroy the vitality or vigor of," before it took on its present meaning. More...

    pacify - Can mean "to subdue by armed action." More...

    subdue - From Latin subducere, "draw from below." More...

    tame - Came from Indo-European dom-, "tame, subdue." More...

  • mountains


    massif - A compact group of mountains or a mountain range section; it first meant "building block" and the word massive is derived from that. More...

    Idaho - Shoshone for "light on mountains." More...

    orogenesis, orogeny - Orogenesis is the formation of mountains (Greek oros) and orogeny is the process by which mountains are formed. More...

    ultramontane - Means "beyond the mountains." More...

  • strings


    belly - In the violin family, the top surface of an instrument, across which the strings are placed. More...

    spaghetti - Naming pastas for everyday things is an Italian tradition, as in spaghetti, which means "strings." More...

    plectrum - Originally a device for tightening the strings of a harp, it is now the piece used to pluck a guitar's strings; its plural is plectrums or plectra. More...

    puppet, marionette - The word puppet originally meant "doll," and a puppet usually goes on the hand and arm, while a marionette (or string puppet) is a jointed figure with strings or wires. More...