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Macquarie Medley

7 July, 2015

For the last 3 weeks I've been a subscriber to the Macquarie's Word of the Day. The service is free - scroll bottom left - and it's always curious to see what random morsel drops on your plate each morning. (Though I'd also lobby for the derivation to be included, if the lexicographers are listening.)

Below is a sampling of the first wave, a departure from the usual obscurity of this blog's Word of the Week. Instead of rhopalic and witzelsucht, Lady Mac has endowed us with ghoul and sojourn, and other grabs below, complete with definitions. 

Question being, can you clue any of these with pizzazz?

MURINE - mouse-like

PORTERGAFF - mixed drink of porter or stout with ginger beer or lemonade

EXORBITANT - exceeding the bounds of custom or reason

PUTTO - representation of a young naked boy, especially as a cherub

BRIC-A-BRAC - assorted objects or ornaments

FUTTOCK - curved timber within a frame or rib of a tall ship

VINIFEROUS - producing wine

SOJOURN - temporary stay

GHOUL - evil demon of Islamic legend

Don't be murine, and produce something fine.

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