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X

"Former Significant Other; Former Spouse." [Cont] Short for "ex," which in turn is short for "ex-wife," "ex-husband," ex-girlfriend," etc.


Xen-, Xeno-

"Foreign or Strange." This takes the form of "xeno-" before a consonant and "xen-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "xen-" and "xeno-," combining forms of "xenos" = "foreigner, stranger."


Xenogamy

"Cross Pollenation from a Differing Species." From the Greek roots "xeno-" (See "xen-") and "gamos" = "marriage." See also "gamic."


Xenoglossophilia

"An Attraction to, or Inclination to Pretentious Use of Foreign or Strange Language." From the Greek roots "xeno-" (See "xen-"), "glossos" = "talking" and "-philia." See "-philia."


Xenoglossophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Foreign or Strange Language." From the Greek roots "xeno-" (See "xen-"), "glossos" = "talking" and "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Xenomania

"A Frenzy for Foriegn Things." From the Greek "xenomaneo" = "passion for foreign fashions," from the roots "xeno-" (See "xen-") and "mania" = "enthusiasm or inspired frenzy."


Xenomancy

"Divination By Observing Strangers." From the Greek roots "xeno" (See "xen-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Xenomorphic

"Having an Unusual Form Due to Strange Circumstances." Particularly of minerals in geology. See "xen-" and "-morphic."


Xenophilia

"Attraction to Foreign Places, Things or People." See "xen-" and "-philia."


Xenophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Foreign or Strange Things." See "xen-" and "-phobia."


Xian, X-ian

"Christian." See "Xianity."


Xianity, X-ianity

"Christian." Originally a scholarly abbreviation. The "x" is from the Greek letter "chi," which starts the name of Christ and has the form of an x. It has entered common parlance, particularly online. See also "Xian" and "Xmas."


Xmas, X-mas

"Christmas." See "Xianity."


Xplosion

"Explosion." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling used in music advertisements.


Xtasy, X-tacy

"Ecstacy; MDMA." This spelling is mostly used in reference to the drug. See "ecstasy."


Xtra, X-tra

"Extra." [DV] From Black Vernacular.


Xtraordinary

"Extraordinary." [DV]


Xtreme

"Extreme." [DV] Mostly from Black Vernacular, with a high crossover into youth culture.


XX

"Double Cross, Betrayal." From the visual symbol of two crosses, which therefore represent a "double cross." It is also seen as "xxing" or "xx-ing" = "double crossing."


Xyl-, Xylo-

This takes the form of "xylo-" before a consonant and "xyl-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "xul-" and "xulo-" combining forms of "xulon" = "wood."


Xyloid

"Resmbling Wood, Woodlike." From the Greek "xuloeidês" of the same meaning. See "xyl-" and "oid."


Xylomancy

"Divination By Observing the Patterns of Tossed Sticks." From the Greek roots "xulo-" (See "xyl-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Xylophageous

"Wood Eating." From the Greek "xulophagos" of the same meaning.


Xylophone

"A Percussion Instrument Made With Wooden Bars." From the Greek "xulo-" (See "xyl-") and "phôneô," meaning "sound" or "voice."


Xylopole

"A Timber Merchant." From the Greek "xulopolês" of the same meaning.





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