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Spring Tide

A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen ("to leap up"), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.

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East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil.


The fear of rain


1 hogshead=63 gallons


The point in a planet’s orbit that is farthest from the Sun.


18 inches; derived from distance between elbow and tip of middle finger.

Right ascension

The celestial longitude of an object in the sky, measured eastward along the celestial equator in hours of time from the vernal equinox; analogous to longitude on Earth.


A small crude shelter used as a dwelling. A rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors.

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