Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Picture — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "X"

"X" stands for the word, well you take your pick as I have few here with definitions.  All are 'supposedly' adjectives:
 
xanthareel - yellow eel formerly used in medicinal foods
xanthic - yellow; yellowish
xanthippe - ill-tempered woman
xanthocarpous - having yellow fruit
xanthochroia - yellowness of the skin
 xanthocomic - yellow-haired  
xanthocyanopsy - form of colour-blindness in which only blue and yellow can be distinguished
xanthoderm - yellow-skinned person
xanthodont - one with yellow teeth
xanthoma  - disease characterized by yellow patches on the skin
xanthometer - instrument for measuring colour of sea or lake water
xanthophyll - substance causing yellow colour of autumn leaves
xanthopsia - a visual condition where things appear yellow
xanthospermous - having yellow seeds
xanthous - yellow or red-haired
xebec - small three-masted pirate ship
xeme - fork-tailed gull
xenagogue - guide; someone who conducts strangers
xenial - of or concerning hospitality towards guests
xenium - gift made to a guest or ambassador; any compulsory gift
xenobiotic - indicating a substance or item foreign to the body
xenocracy - government by a body of foreigners
xenodiagnosis - diagnosis of disease by allowing laboratory-bred diseases to affect material
xenodocheionology - love of hotels
xenodochial - hospitable; kindly to strangers
xenodochium - building for the reception of strangers
xenogamy - cross-fertilization
xenogeneic - of a disease, derived from an individual of a different species
xenogenesis - generation of offspring entirely unlike the parent
xenogenous - due to an outside cause
xenoglossia - person's knowledge of a language never studied
xenolalia - person's knowledge of a language never studied
xenolith - fragment of extraneous rock embedded in magma or another rock
xenomancy - divination using strangers
xenomania - inordinate attachment to foreign things
xenomenia - menstruation from abnormal orifices
xenomorphic - having a form not its own
xenophilia - love of foreigners
xenophobia - fear of foreigners
xenops - a small tropical rainforest bird
xenurine - species of armadillo
xeransis - drying up
xerarch - growing in dry places
xerasia - abnormal dryness of the hair
xeric - dry; lacking in moisture
xerocopy - photocopy
xerodermia - abnormal dryness of the skin
xerography - photocopying
xerophagy - eating of dry food; fast of dry food in the week preceding Easter
xerophily - adaptation to very dry conditions
xerophobous - unable to survive drought
xerophthalmia - dryness and soreness of the eyes
xerophytic - able to withstand drought
xeroradiography - process for taking permanent pictures of X-ray images
xerosis - abnormal dryness of body parts
xerostomia - excessive dryness of the mouth
xerothermic - dry and hot
xerotic - dry
xerotripsis - dry friction
xesturgy - process of polishing
xilinous - of, like or pertaining to cotton
xiphias - swordfish
xiphoid - sword-shaped
xiphopagus - conjoined twins joined by a band of flesh on the torso
xiphophyllous - having sword-shaped leaves
xiphosuran - horseshoe crab
xoanon - primitive wooden statue overlaid with ivory and gold
xography - photographic process for producing three-dimensional images
xu - former monetary unit of Vietnam
xylan - gelatinous compound found in wood
xylary - of, like or pertaining to xylem
xylem - woody portion of a plant
xylocarp - hard and woody fruit
xylogenous - growing on wood
xyloglyphy - wood-carving
xylography - art of engraving on wood
xyloid - woody; ligneous
xylology - study of wood
xylomancy - divination by examining wood found in one's path
xylometer - instrument measuring specific gravity of wood
xylophagous -  wood-eating
xylophilous - fond of wood; living in or on wood
xylophory - wood-carrying
xylopolist - one who sells wood
xylopyrography - engraving designs on wood with hot poker
xylorimba - combination of xylophone and marimba
xylotherapy - use of certain sorts of wood in treating disease
xylotomous - wood-cutting; wood-boring
xylotypographic - printed from wooden blocks
xystarch - ancient Greek officer in charge of gymnastic exercises
xyster - surgeon's instrument for scraping bones
xyston - short pike used by Greek heavy cavalry
xystus - covered walkway for exercises  

I Googled and found the Yahoo.Answers.com for the answer for a seeker looking for adjectives beginning with the letter "X".  You can count them, it is a bunch that they had, here.

For me, I picked my "X" word to be "XENOPHANIC: This adjective refers to itinerant poets who make use of satire and witticism. The term comes from the Greek name Xenophanes, the wandering ..." Google found it in a link, Literary Terms and Definitions: X, here.

I wouldn't say that T.S. Eliot was itinerant but he did like to use satire and witticism.  I checked out from our library his book of his poems, mostly of which are whimsical I nature, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939).  The book I checked out is a 1982 edition published by Edward Gorey, which has been "reillustrated" (Wikipedia link).

On eBay this little book of 56 pages sells for $1.00 and up, depending on condition (after I read it I may buy one if I want it to be in my collection).  The 1939 edition sells for around $500 and up.  The Old Possum was a name Eliot assumed when he corresponded with his children and he adopted it again for this book.

I dabble in poetry and mine often tend to the witty side.   You may see some at my other blog, here.  There are no "next page" buttons at the bottom so when you come to the end of the page that comes up you will have to revert to going to the archived groupings listed on the right hand margin.

"X" is also for "Xentor Tales" which are a group of micro stories I wrote on that other blog for Jenny back in 2012 (find them here).
 
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Today I am linked again (this is the fourth series) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "X" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links are at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series)

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Comments:
Oh my goodness! Look at all those X-traordinary X-words!

Hey Jim, you better go back and do a new link at Alphabe-Thursday as yours goes back to Alphabe-Thursday.
 
Thanks, Ms. E.G.T.G. :)
 
Hi Jim! Great post! I love these kind of posts. Words we rarely see otherwise! You did a great job! Always nice to see you commenting at my blog. I have missed a few Alphabe Thursdays and I sure miss Jenny. She is the greatest lady ever, I pray she heals and they find out what the heck is making her so darn sick!
Enjoy the upcoming weekend and have a great evening. Always a pleasure to see oyu around Jim!
 
Wow! Thank you so much for the list of rare words, Dr Jim :)
 
Wow! That is a wonderful list!!
 
Ah ! Expansive post for X ~ Bravo to you! and Yes I did the yellowish bokehs in my photo ~

Happy Weekend to you,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
 
that's a whole bunch of yellow and medicine... You know, one of the reasons the English language added X to the alphabet was because of the Greeks. So your choice is very appropriate! {:-Deb
 
Quite a list! Hoping to utilize xenodochial♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/x-ray-and-silver-apps/
 
Happy birthday yesterday. Just stopping by to say Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Well, this explains xerosis of the liver.
 
I will book mark this list so I will have x words next round.
 

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