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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


What do you think?

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    • Well done, Ileana. You had an advantage, as you point out, since many of the longer and more difficult English words are borrowed from Latin (which of course is the parent of Romanian). Thanks for taking the quiz 🙂

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