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pachyderm

Short Definition : thick-skinned animal

Definition
(noun) any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pachyderm

derm means skin(dermatologist is a skin specialist) and eg for pachderm animals are elephants,hippopotomus,etc ..the word pachy sounds like pack.. so the skin is so packed that is becomes thick.. thus pachyderm is thick-skinned

PAKKI(strong)+derm(skin)

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Pachy(Paanch,5) + Derm(Skin)...Five layers of Skin...thick skinned

Packed derm(skin)...hence thick skinned animals.

pachy a greek root means thick + dermwich means skin

pachyderm-derm means skin and pachy means hardly packed like the skin of the elephant,hippopotamus

pacifist

Short Definition : one opposed to force; antimilitarist; ADJ. N. pacifism: opposition to war as a means of resolving disputes

Definition
(noun) someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
Synonyms : disarmer pacificist
Definition
(adj) opposed to war
Synonyms : dovish pacifistic
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pacify means to make calm or soothe.. and a person who pacifies.. is opposed to war and force..

One who wants Peace(paci)+first(fist)

pacifist is one who denies to use his fist so antimilitarist.

a pacifier is a baby's dummy or teething ring..which soothes him..just like that a pacifist is a person who soothes you

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Pacifist.....Pac(Peace) from Fist(Fight)..who seek peace from fight is ANTI-MILITARIST.

pacify

Short Definition : soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue; bring peace to

Definition
(verb) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
Example Sentence
  • She managed to mollify the angry customer
Definition
(verb) fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
Example Sentence
  • The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pacify

pacific ocean is calm in its way....=pacify =calm or quiet

a passive person is always calm,so calm down

padre

Short Definition : chaplain (in the armed forces)

Definition
(noun) a chaplain in one of the military services Definition
(noun) `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
Synonyms : father
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for padre

padh-re padh-re mainly done by all the fathers in home

padre sounds like "Father" - in fact, it is father in Spanish and Italian. Father is the military chaplain of a home :)

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(Mallus)Pathiri Malayalam word for Priest comes from Padre

speak the way Russians do.. it sounds like father

paean

Short Definition : song of praise or joy; Ex. paeans celebrating the victory

Definition
(noun) a formal expression of praise Definition
(noun) (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
Synonyms : pean
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for paean

it is pronounced exactly as P.N. remember it by 'Priase Number'=praise song.

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Paean sounds like "pian+o" which is used in praise songs

(paean sounds like pain) If you take pains and achieve something, then you will hear paeans about you.

Pagan worship(Worshipping natural forces) involve Paen(songs)

take it as peon....he always praises

paEAn...EA sports have taken lots of PAIN to make comp games...hence ppl paean them for that..........love playing cricket and fifa..EA SPORTS

paean is pronounced like pee-un == unpee.. you are not going to pee ... on da contrary, you'd praise them... so paean = praise/ eulogy

PAEAN = PA + EAN ;PA means personal assistant always wants to earn praise from bosses.

peon ban gaya G.M. so gane laga paean

PAAN SINGH TOMAR movie: their PAAN SINGH did the work with gr8 effort, so their was a song of praise for him in the movie

painstaking

Short Definition : taking pains; showing hard work; taking great care; very careful and through

Definition
(adj) characterized by extreme care and great effort
Example Sentence
  • conscientious application to the work at hand
  • painstaking research
  • scrupulous attention to details
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for painstaking

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ohh..pretty easy...divide it like..pain+s+taking....so someone WHO is TAKING A LOT OF PAIN to complete his work.

Divide this way "King" takes great care of his kingdom by taking pain as well.

o no preeti it also means being careful. some suggest a mnemonic for that

PAINSTAKING = My backborn feeling pain due to hard work done for stacking of bricks.

palatable

Short Definition : agreeable; pleasing to the taste

Definition
(adj) acceptable to the taste or mind
Synonyms : toothsome
Example Sentence
  • palatable food
  • a palatable solution to the problem
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PAL+AT+TABLE - u nd ur PALs At Table......obviously food is gonna very tasty...

PALATABLE sounds similar to Palak (Spinach) on the table. So the palak on the table is very pleasing in taste.

its easy - plate - able - only tasty food hi rakhte hain

Anything which the palate can take in is palatable

sounds like placate which means to pacify someone or make him agreeable

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PLATE n TABLE. so u are having plate on table

palate

Short Definition : roof of the mouth; sense of the taste

Definition
(noun) the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
Synonyms : roof of the mouth
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for palate

remember PAL+ATE, ur pal eats everything u hav cooked it means he has good sense of taste

Remember Plateau - Roof of the mountain

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palate seems like plate and the endoupper surface of you mouth is like the plate

palatial

Short Definition : of or suitable for a palace; magnificent

Definition
(adj) relating to or being a palace
Example Sentence
  • the palatial residence
Definition
(adj) suitable for or like a palace
Example Sentence
  • palatial furnishings
  • a palatial yacht
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for palatial

Read it: palashial i.e., like a palace.

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'palat' in hindi means 'turn' we'l be turning again and again to see a magnificient thing!

A glacier is magnificent. Imagine a palace on top of a glacier. That would be palatial

in hindi palatial (pala- shi -el)palat ke dekhshe is so beautiful ie magnificent)

Think that: Shial (Fox) was pala (pet) in an ancient palace.

paleontology

Short Definition : study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents

Definition
(noun) the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for paleontology

paleonto(get the feeling of word plant and pale..so plant(and animals too) when it dies becomes pale and the remains of it are known as fossils,+logy(means study)..so study of fossils known as paleontology.

paleontology = pale (dull) + eon (age) + to + logy(study) = dull age means prehistoric life's study

ROSS IS a PALEONTOLOGIST,Always talks about dinosours ,fossils,blah blah blah

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pehle(pele) ki padai(logy).

paleontology -imagine that pele has died and buried and his fossil has formed which people are studying

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