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[edit] fabian

FAY-bee-yun

adjective

Etymology

from Fabian Society, founded in Britain 1884, named for Quintus Fabius Maximus (surnamed Cunctator "the Delayer"), the cautious tactician who opposed Hannibal in the Second Punic War. The Fabians sought to draw a distinction between their slow-going tactics and those of anarchists and communists. The Latin gens name is possibly from faba "a bean." [1]

Definition
  1. of, relating to, or in the manner of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus known for his defeat of Hannibal in the Second Punic War by the avoidance of decisive contests
  2. socialist
  3. cautious
  4. dilatory [2]

often capitalized


[edit] facebook

FASE-book

verb

Etymology

Facebook is a social networking website launched on February 4, 2004. The free-access website is privately owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. The website's name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some American colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus. [3]

Definition
  1. to communicate through the Internet site Facebook [4]
  2. to check someone's entry on the Internet site Facebook


[edit] fata morgana

FAH-tuh more-GA-nuh

noun

Etymology

1818, literally Fairy Morgana, mirage especially common in the Strait of Messina, Italy, from Morgana, the Morgan le Fay of Anglo-Fremch poetry, sister of King Arthur, located in Calabria by Norman settlers. Morgan is Welsh, "sea-dweller." There is perhaps, too, here an influence of Arabic marjan, literally "pearl," also a feminine proper name, popularly the name of a sorceress. [5]

Definition

mirage [6]


[edit] favonian

fuh-VOE-nee-un

adjective

Etymology

from Latin Favonius, the west wind [7]

Definition
  1. of or relating to the west wind
  2. mild [8]


[edit] fescennine

FEH-suh-neen

adjective

Etymology

1601 Latin fescennini (versus), ribald songs sung at rustic weddings, probably from Fescinninus, town in Etruria [9] noted for scurrilous verse [L Fescenninus, after Fescennia, city in Etruria noted for scurrilous verse]

Definition
  1. scurrilous
  2. obscene [10]


[edit] fez

FEZ

noun

Etymology

1802, from French fez, from Turkish fes, from Fez, the city in Morocco, where this type of tasseled cap was principally made [11]

Definition

a brimless cone-shaped flat-crowned hat that usually has a tassel, is usually made of red felt, and is worn especially by men in eastern Mediterranean countries [12]


[edit] francophone

FRANK-uh-fone

noun, adjective

Etymology

from Latin Franco-, “French” + Greek -phonos, “sound” [13]

Definition

of, having, or belonging to a population using French as its first or sometimes second language [14]

often capitalized


[edit] frankfurter

FRANK-furt-er

noun

Etymology

1894, from German Frankfurter because a sausage somewhat like a U.S. hot dog was originally made in Germany, where it was associated with the city of Frankfurt am Main (literally "ford of the Franks on the River Main"). [15]

Definition

a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing [16]

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