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Plural:   earthapples
Alternative:   earth-apple  /  pl·  earth-apples



Secrets of Mastery:  ...(ii) pre-tasting each potato fresh before spending it in food-making (not to be feared or loathed; uncooked potatoes have a pleasant flavour, and repasts featuring intentionally hard-boiled, flash-singed, near-underdone, or plainly unprocessed juicy earthapples aren't a rarity);...  (Source: J∙ Okram - Bartonian Potato Pancakes  ●  Cooking Recipe.) 



Plural:   eateries

A place or establishment for eating;  dining hall;  canteen.  Specifically:  Common places in prisons, schools, student dormitories, etc∙, for organised mass eating.



Plural:   edgebits
Alternatives:   edge-bit,  pl∙ edge-bits 

The locking / unlocking part of a key located on its end, carrying various grooves and teeth that match the internal structure of a corresponding lock;  bit.  



Comparative:   eldritcher,  more eldritch
Superlative:   eldritchest,  most eldritch
Approximative:   eldritchish 

Strange;  fearful;  weird;  eerie.


Bruno prehardened his mind not to be frightened like some kind of cowardly milksop.  After all, he had endured an encounter with a luminous phantom in an eldritch old cellar last month.  And he also heroically overcame his own kidnapping!  (Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 



Electricity;  electric current;  electric wiring.


The professorial room would deserve he, verily, there are all those connexions therein.  The transmitters and othersome eletrics(Context:  A visiting family will be spending a night unexpectedly on 5 Misty Road.  Grandma Estela prepares rooms for them, describing in her archaic language the amenities available.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 



Plural:   embroilments 

A lengthy or intricate political or interpersonal conflict;  a confusing situation;  the state of being involved in something;  involvement;  enmeshment.


There was no more need for igniter cords, flints, and tinderboxes; the era of pouring gunpowder directly into the gunmuzzle was coming to an end.  The new gunshells were conveniently fired from simple and inexpensive modern-style guns, even including purse handguns.  Their prevailing use, therefore, was in light parlour shooting, such as minor nobility embroilments or salon sharpshooter competitions.  (Context:  Dr∙ Barton describes the history of firearm improvements.  This explainer is important in resolving the cases of mysterious shooting incidents under his current investigation.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 


Slovak / Slovenčina (SK):  konflikt;  ťahanice;  potýčka;  šarvátka

Czech / Čeština (CZ):  konflikt



Plural:   enchiridions,  enchiridia

A manual or handbook.



Plural:   Estelisms

A word typical of Grandma Estela's old-timer speech that contains numerous archaisms, pseudo-archaisms, and non-standard words.



Plural:   expirations 

A misspelt form of:   exspiration.  There is no such thing as "piration", but there is the Latin spiro, respiro (breathe).  Thus, we have inspiration (breathing in, inhaling), exspiration (breathing out, exhaling), and respiration (repeated inspirium and exspirium, breathing).   (Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 



Plural:   exspirations 

1.  Breathing out;  exhalation;  exspirium. 

2.  The end of durability, lifetime, shelftime, warranty, storability, or another time interval.


I agree that we see some mushroomoid twice on the right - or at least I don't foresee any other interpretation of those fungus-like shapes at this point.  But I would probably interpret the meaning a little differently:  There's obviously an hourglass in the middle.  That is, we see a reference to the passing time - or to some kind of temporal limitation, constraint, boundaries, predestination, exspiration of some time limit, deadline.  The flow of time seems to be the central motif to which all the other four glyphs connect.  (Context:  Dr∙ Barton is trying to interpret a mysterious sign that appeared on a door of a walled-off secret room.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 

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