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Psychrometer

An instrument used for measuring the water vapor content of the air.

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Nipper

A fore tooth of a horse. The nippers are four in number.

Auroraphobia

Fear of the northern lights

Hail

Hail falls mainly in the summer. It forms in thunderstorm clouds, which can extend high into the atmoshpere where extremely cold temperatures prevail. When a cloud releases rain, the rain can be forced upward, where it freezes into tiny ice pellets. If updrafts keep buffeting the pellets, layer upon layer of frozen water will be added to the pellets until, finally, hailstones are released.

Skyscraper

A skysail of a triangular form. A name for the one of the fancy sails alleged to have been sometimes set above the skysail. Hence, anything usually large, high, or excessive.

Pareidolia

The erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random -- like the Man in the Moon or animals in cloud formations or religious images in tortillas.

Pica

1/6 inch; used in printing for measuring column width, etc.

Bluey

A bushman's blanket; -- named from its color, or a bushman's bundle; a swag; -- so called because a blanket is sometimes used as the outside covering.

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