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Here is the latest in my “words beginning with” quizzes.

The idea behind this game is not to embarrass you by uncovering your ignorance of English vocabulary, but to challenge you to work out what the correct meaning is likely to be.

In other words, if you know what the meaning is , that is a bonus that is certainly not expected at the outset!

  • Question of

    dactyl

    • A stick used for pointing at a screen or blackboard
    • An ancient mammal sometimes found as a fossil
    • A long (or stressed) syllable followed by two short (or unstressed) syllables
  • Question of

    decanal

    • A period of ten years
    • Relating to a church dean or deanery
    • A verb meaning to move goods from a waterway to other forms of transport
  • Question of

    decemvir

    • A member of a revolutionary group in 19th century Russia
    • Somebody who looks forward to Christmas
    • An ancient Roman magistrate
  • Question of

    demob

    • To stand troops down after a war
    • A general word for riot control
    • Headgear popular in the 1920s
  • Question of

    digamy

    • A slang term for archaeology
    • The state of being enamoured of a musician or musical group
    • A legal second marriage
  • Question of

    distaff

    • To reduce a workforce
    • The opposite side of something
    • A literary term for matters traditionally being of concern to women
  • Question of

    dolmen

    • A woman’s wide-sleeved coat
    • A Turkish robe
    • A prehistoric stone structure that was probably used as a tomb
  • Question of

    dragonet

    • Yes
    • A weighted net used for trawling the sea floor
    • No
    • A young dragon
    • A spiny marine fish
  • Question of

    drugget

    • A thick heavy fabric used for covering floors
    • A container for dispensing correct drug doses
    • A small cart designed to pulled by dogs
  • Question of

    dunnite

    • A coarse-grained igneous rock
    • A woodland bird
    • An explosive

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