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anchorite: (n) person who lives in strict seclusion usually in a cell attached to a church. Anchorites spend their time in prayer and have minimal interaction with others.

cataract: (n) growth over the lens of the eye causing cloudy and blurred vision

cloaca: (n) anatomical structure present in amphibians, reptiles, birds, some fish, and a few mammals that serves as the sole outlet for the urinary, genital, and digestive tracts

Eskimo: (n) historical term for indigenous tribes in the Arctic; still used in parts of Alaska. Dillard uses the word in a way that today is considered offensive by people in Greenland and Canada, who prefer the term Inuit.

fecundity: (n) ability to reproduce in great abundance

Heisenberg's Indeterminacy Principle: (n) scientific theory, better known as the Uncertainty Principle, stating it is impossible to know both the position and velocity of a subatomic particle at the same time

herpetologist: (n) scientist who studies snakes

metaphysical: (adj) pertaining to the branch of philosophy that explores the ultimate nature of reality, beyond the physical world and what the senses can perceive

mystical: (adj) pertaining to knowledge about spiritual matters that comes from direct experience of the divine, not from the intellect or the senses

pellucid: (adj) transparently clear

self-consciousness: (n) awareness of oneself as a distinct individual separate from others

theodicy: (n) justification of why a loving and all-powerful creator can permit the existence of pain, suffering, and evil in the world

via negativa: (n) theological approach to understanding the nature of God by saying what he is not rather than what he is. The approach comes from the belief of God as greater than any limited human concept of him.

via positiva: (n) theological approach to understanding the nature of God by affirming what he is, drawing on attributes from human experience such as goodness, light, and love

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