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Comment by opt˟ 3 hours ago


An undiscovered material that acts as the catalyst between direct environmental electric extraction, and common every day devices used in the future.
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Americium (pronounced am-ə-rish-ee-əm) is a transuranic radioactive chemical element that has the symbol Am and atomic number 95. This transuranic element of the actinide series is located in the periodic table below the lanthanide element europium, and thus by analogy was named after another continent, America.[2] Americium was first produced in 1944 by the group of Glenn T. Seaborg at the University of California, Berkeley. Although it is the third element in the transuranic series, it was discovered fourth, after the heavier curium. The discovery was kept secret and only released to the public in November 1945.
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arcangel, thanks for the entry! 

Comment by arcangel on Sunday

Definition of 'Autarky'

A nation or entity that is self-sufficient. A political/economic term, Autarky comes from the Greek autarkeia - autos, meaning "self" and arkein, meaning "to be strong enough or sufficient". Autarky is achieved when an entity, such as a political state, is self-sufficient and exists without external aid.
Comment by H●ȴȴɣwͼͽd on April 16, 2014 at 12:13am
Comment by HOGSTER on April 15, 2014 at 8:11pm

Repress; From Latin reprimere to press back.

1. To keep feelings etc under control; suppress or restrain; to repress a desire.

2. To put into a state of subjugation, to repress a people.

3. Psychol. to banish (thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conduct) from one's conscious mind.

Comment by mystery on April 2, 2014 at 7:12pm


Alpenglow (from German: Alpenglühen) is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal red glowing band is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. This effect occurs when the Sun is just below the horizon.

Comment by H●ȴȴɣwͼͽd on March 21, 2014 at 3:24pm



 noun \-ˈlō-kwē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

: a word or phrase that is used mostly in informal speech : a colloquial expression

Full Definition of COLLOQUIALISM

a :  a colloquial expression
b :  a local or regional dialect expression
:  colloquial style


  1. His English is very good, but he has trouble understanding certain colloquialisms.

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Comment by mystery on March 17, 2014 at 10:35pm

macushla, n.

Pronunciation: U.S. /məˈkʊʃlə/ , /məˈkuʃlə/ , /məˈkʊʃˌlɑ/ ,

  As a form of address: (my) dear; darling.

Comment by H●ȴȴɣwͼͽd on March 17, 2014 at 9:53pm

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