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April Fool

Pick the definition of each of these words you think is correct. Answers below.
Poll #1830509 April Fool

What is BEZOAR?

A hardened mass formed in the digestive tract of an animal
4(100.0%)
A mountain in the wilderness where the ancient Israelites camped
0(0.0%)
A resin secreted by trees in Arabia, used in perfume
0(0.0%)
A mythical dragonet whose gaze turns others to stone
0(0.0%)

What is DOODLESACK?

A bag for yarn, crochet hooks, and other craft supplies
1(33.3%)
The flap of skin that hangs down from a turkey's neck
1(33.3%)
A bagpipe
1(33.3%)
A money bag
0(0.0%)

What is MARLINSPIKE?

A conical instrument used in splicing rope
3(100.0%)
A gaffe used in deep-sea fishing for hooking the catch
0(0.0%)
A metal spur used in cock-fighting
0(0.0%)
A pickaxe
0(0.0%)

What is PESSARY?

A cousin of the pig native to the Southwest
2(50.0%)
An internal drug-delivery device similar to a suppository
1(25.0%)
A coin minted in British India
0(0.0%)
A small ostrich
1(25.0%)

What is SCRIP?

Candle wax that must be scraped out of the socket of the candlestick
0(0.0%)
The tip of a quill pen
0(0.0%)
Counters used to pay workers in place of legal tender
4(100.0%)
A crib sheet to help actors memorize their lines
0(0.0%)

What is THURIBLE?

An American humorist
0(0.0%)
A vestment worn by Catholic priests
1(25.0%)
A device used for measuring mileage by dropping pebbles in a closed box
0(0.0%)
An incense pot
3(75.0%)

What is TROCHEE?

A tropical bird with scarlet plumage
0(0.0%)
A pot holding clarified butter (ghee) in a Hindu temple
1(25.0%)
An injury to the throat
0(0.0%)
A metrical unit of two syllables where the accent falls on the first syllable
3(75.0%)

What is WHISTLEPIG?

A musical instrument
0(0.0%)
A large ground squirrel
0(0.0%)
A measure of ale
2(66.7%)
The boatswain's mate who pipes dignitaries aboard ship
1(33.3%)


1. A Bezoar is hardened mass formed in the digestive tract of an animal (once thought to be antidote to poison).
2. A Doodlesack is a bagpipe (cf. German Dudelsack.)
3. A Marlinspike is a conical instrument used in splicing rope (also known as a Fid).
4. A Pessary is an internal drug-delivery device similar to a suppository.
5. Scrip consists of counters used to pay workers in place of legal tender. Soldiers serving overseas and coal miners used to be paid in scrip.
6. A Thurible is an incense pot, suspended by chains, and carried in religious procession by a person known as a thurifer.
7. A Trochee is a metrical unit of two syllables where the accent falls on the first syllable, the opposite of an iamb (e.g., "ALL things BRIGHT and BEAU-ti FUL, all CREA-tures GREAT and SMALL---- is trochaic, whereas "The SPLEN-dor FALLS on CAST-le WALLS" is iambic).
8. A Whistlepig is a large ground squirrel, otherwise known as a Groundhog or Woodchuck.
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