glossarial /glo sair"ee euhl, glaw-/, adj.glossarially, adv.glossarist, n.
/glos"euh ree, glaw"seuh-/, n., pl. glossaries.
1. a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.
2. such a list at the back of a book, explaining or defining difficult or unusual words and expressions used in the text.
[1350-1400; ME glossarye < L glossarium difficult word requiring explanation < Gk glossárion, dim. of glôssa tongue, language; later taken as a collection of such words, by construing suffix as L -arium -ARY; cf. GLOSS2]

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(of obscure, antiquated, or local words), ,

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