Friday, April 19, 2013

Q Words That Are Unusual~ #atozchallenge

A pretty neat resource for word geeks like me! I never knew so many words could begin with the letter Qq. the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of obscure and rare words), the Compendium of Lost Words (a compilation of ultra-rare forgotten words), and many other glossaries, word lists, essays, and other language and etymology resources.

Word Definition
qanat---- underground tunnel for carrying irrigation water
qasida---- Arabic or Persian elegiac poem
qat---- leaves chewed or brewed in tea as a stimulant
qigong---- system of Chinese meditational exercises
qintar---- Albanian unit of currency
qiviut---- wool of the undercoat of a musk-ox
qoph a ----Hebrew letter
qua---- in the capacity of
quab---- to throb; to quiver
quab---- something unfinished or immature; unfledged bird
quackle---- to choke; to suffocate
quacksalver---- one who falsely pretends to knowledge of medicine
quad ----unit of energy equal to one quadrillion British thermal units
quadra---- square frame; plinth
quadrable---- capable of being expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms
quadragenarian ----a person between 40 and 49 years of age
quadragesimal---- of, like or pertaining to Lent; lasting forty days
quadragesimarian---- one who observes Lent
quadragintesimal---- forty-fold; having forty parts
quadral---- in four parts
quadraphonic---- produced by a sound system that employs four signal sources
quadrat---- small square block used as a space in printing
quadrate---- to make square; to make to agree
quadratrix---- a curve by which a circle may be squared
quadratura---- wall or ceiling painted with arches and columns in strong perspective
quadrel---- square block of brick
quadrennial---- lasting four years; occurring once every four years
quadrennium---- period of four years
quadrifid---- split into four
quadrifoliate---- having four leaves
quadriga---- two-wheeled carriage drawn by four horses
quadrigeminal---- in four similar or equal parts
quadrigenarious---- comprising four hundred
quadrille---- square dance for four couples; card game for four people
quadrilocular---- having four compartments
quadrimium----- four-year-old wine; best or oldest wine
quadripole---- device having one pair of output terminals and one pair of input terminals
quadrireme---- ancient ship with four sets of oars
quadrivial---- leading in four directions; concerning a four-way junction
quadrivium---- four branches of mathematics in medieval education
quadrivoltine---- having four litters in a single year
quadroon---- old term for a person of one-quarter black ancestry
quadrumanous---- of the primates other than man
quadrupedation---- stamping with four feet
quaedam---- disparaging term for a woman
quaere---- to introduce a question or issue
quaeritur---- the question is asked
quaesitum----- something sought for; the true value
quaestionary---- religious pardoner
quaestor---- ancient magistrate; a medieval pardoner
quaestuary---- money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit
quagga---- extinct African wild ass like the zebra
quagma---- hypothetical matter made up of quarks and gluons
quagswag ----to shake to and fro
quahog---- type of edible clam
quain---- angle; wedge-like corner
quale---- quality or property of something; abstract virtue or quality
qualificator---- one who prepares ecclesiastical cases for trial
qualimeter---- apparatus for measuring penetrating power of X-ray beams
qually---- of wine, cloudy or turbid
qualtagh---- first person encountered after leaving home on a special day
quamoclit---- tropical climbing plant with brilliant flowers
quango---- a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
quangocracy---- rule of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations
quannet---- flat file used like a plane
quant---- punting or jumping pole with a flat end
quantile---- any of a set of equal fractions of a given population
quantimeter---- apparatus for measuring quantity of X-rays
quantivalence---- chemical valence; ability of atoms to hold other atoms in combination
quantometer---- instrument for measuring proportions of elements in metallic samples
quantophrenia---- obsessive reliance on statistics and mathematical results
quantulate---- to calculate the magnitude of
quantulum---- small quantity
quantuplicity---- relative magnitude of a quantity
quaquadrate---- a sixteenth power
quaquaversal---- facing or bending all ways
quarender---- dark red apple
quaresimal---- Lenten; having the meagreness of Lenten meals
quarion---- candle
quark---- soft cheese made from skim milk
quarkonium---- meson formed of a quark and an anti-quark
quarl---- large curved brick or tile used to support melting pot
quarred---- soured; clotted
quarrelet---- small square
quarrenden---- variety of apple
quarrion---- Australian parrot like the cockatiel
quartan---- a fever recurring every third day
quartation---- mixing one part gold with three parts silver prior to purifying it
quarter---- unit of weight equal to 28 pounds
quarterdeck---- part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions
quartering---- sailing nearly before the wind
quarterland---- ancient land division on the Isle of Man
quarterlight---- small triangular ventilation window in a car
quartern---- one quarter of various measures
quartic---- a curve or equation of the fourth degree
quartinvariant---- an invariant of the fourth degree
quartodeciman---- early Christian who celebrated Easter on Passover even if not a Sunday
quartziferous---- bearing quartz

Many more words here....


  1. These words - especially the ones without the "u" - will come in handy the next time I play Scrabble. :)

    Happy A-Z!

    1. Oh me too Madeline, especially my Words with Friends games! I found a new site for


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