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Plural:   vainglories

A self-purposed glory that soon vanishes from memory;  vanity;  complacence.



British plural:   vanadisings
American:   vanadizing / pl∙ vanadizings

The process or result of covering something with the metal vanadium (a chemical element V, atomic number 23);  vanadizing;  vanadisation;  vanadization.


noun  ●  product name

Plural:   Vegetas

A popular powdery food seasoning containing crushed dried vegetables, salt, sugar, starch, monosodium glutamate (MSG), disodium inosinate, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and unspecified spices (traces of black pepper is probably one of them, among others).  Developed in 1958, first produced and marketed by the company Podravka located in Croatia, EU (a former Yugoslavian country) under the label "Vegeta 40, dotatak jelima", it is now generally known and sold as PODRAVKA.  The "Vegeta" trademark owner is currently a Czech company Vitana, which produces an almost indistinguishable modification of the original Vegeta 40 under the traditional brand name VEGETA.


Basic ingredients:  ...Vegeta  ●  8 g / 0.3 oz  -  aka Podravka, 1 teaspoon;  can be substituted with ½ cube (5 g / 0.2 oz) dry bouillon block or ¼ teaspoon salt.  Short procedure:  Promptly mix the egg, semolina, Vegeta and fats to confect a smooth paste.  (Source: J∙ Okram - Semolina Dumplings for Soups  ●  Cooking Recipe.) 



Carrying, producing or containing a venom;  poisonous;  venomous;  toxic.


The aerial parts of the potato plant are veniferous (the most quoted of the potato poisons is solanine).  (Source: J∙ Okram - Bartonian Potato Pancakes  ●  Cooking Recipe.) 



Plural:   versitools

A versatile tool that can be adjusted or transformed for many functions, such as universal screwdrivers with a single handle accompanied with a set of interchangeable bits;  poly-functional tool;  multi-function tool.


Dad's precious disassemblable versitool landed black handle down and bopped the unaware girl on the head.  (Context:  A boy in a treetop is trying to chisel out a key ingrown in wood.  Wanting to attract the attention of a girl playing under the tree, he intentionally drops one of his tools.  Unfortunately, Dad's convertible screwdriver hits the girl's head.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 



Plural:   Vesperisancti, Vesperisanctuses 

An evening prayer on a holy day, or a celebrated evening with a prayer (from vesper = evening prayer, and sanctus = holy, saint in Latin).  Specifically:  Halloween.


—And what about that Vesperisanctus?—  reminded Bruno.
—Oh...—  smiled the Doctor.  —It's not a human.  That's the name of the coming holiday.  Halloween.  The "CLC Eve" in this country.
—All Hallows Eve!—  Grandma corrected him obstinately.  (Context:  Grandma Estela announced in her archaic language that "Vesperisanctus" was coming.  A boy named Bruno thought it was a person.  Dr∙ Barton starts explaining the holidays forbidden or politically transformed and renamed in their communist country.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 



Plural:   vessel-knifings 

Cutting blood vessels (arteries, veins) with a knife;  venesection.


Pertaining to cutting blood vessels (arteries, veins) with a knife.


Denis expertedly gestured cross-wise over his forearm.  Bruno's movies-based apperception of the vessel-knifing problematics, however, was that veins should be cut through on the wrist.  (Context:  Two naive boys want to establish a mutual bond by blood brotherhood but do not know how to perform a proper blood handshake.  Bruno suggests cutting themselves on their wrists as he saw it on TV - which was actually a suicide and not the ritual they want to undergo.  Source:  J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.) 

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