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Aloof

A nautical word, from the old Dutchword loef, meaning to the windward.

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Junk

Pieces of old cable or old cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.

February

From the Latin word februa, "to cleanse." The Roman Februalia was a month of purification and atonement.

Dog Days

These are the hottest and most unhealthy days of the year. Also known as Canicular Days, the name derives from the Dog Star, Sirius. The traditional timing of Dog Days is the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of Sirius.

Diurnal Tide

A tide with one high water and one low water in a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

Alektorophobia

Extreme fear of live chickens

October

From the Latin word octo, "eight," because this had been the eighth month of the early Roman calendar.

Diurnal

Daily; refers to events which recur every 24 hours, such as a daily temperature cycle.

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