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Strange but Elegant Words Quiz: R

This is the latest in our occasional series of quizzes about strange but elegant English words. Sometimes I’ll give you a definition, and let you choose the right word; and sometimes I’ll give you a word and let you choose the definition. Let us know how you get on! 

Earlier quizzes in this series: Strange but Elegant Words A–C,        D–E,        F–K,        L–M,        N–O,       P.

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Data correct per Oxford Dictionaries. Cover image: Public domain.

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    What does the term ‘ratite’ refer to?

    • A class of flightless birds
    • A class of rodents
    • An unidentified mineral mentioned in the Bible
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    What is a razzia?

    • A style of haircut popularised by punks in the 1970s
    • A raid
    • A breed of longhorn cattle
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    • An imitation diamond
    • Inflammation of the facial mucous membranes
    • Surgery on the nose
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    • The liquid run-off from a wormery
    • A fish nest
    • To rescue from the sea
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    • Grid-like in form
    • Constructed with one or more pivoted joints
    • Skilled in public speaking
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    • To abduct
    • To make love in the daytime
    • To pass rope through a hole
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    Resurrection man

    • One who digs up cadavers and sells them
    • A Siberian shaman
    • A pejorative term for a stock-market trader
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    • An unintelligent yokel
    • A word puzzle
    • A kind of monkey
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    • to illuminate a manuscript
    • To repay in kind
    • To apply whale fat to ropes
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    • An X-ray machine
    • A satellite which remains stationary relative to earth
    • A dimmer switch
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    • Difficult to grasp
    • Soft and easily styled (of hair)
    • Restore to a functional state
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    • A swollen red nose associated with alcohol consumption
    • Rose-water
    • Rust-coloured


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