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Figurehead

The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship. A person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.

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Alektorophobia

Extreme fear of live chickens

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.

Melissophobia

Fear of bees

Tattoo

Of Polynesian origin. To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

February

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

May

Named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.

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