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verb: pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air [no obj.] • the smell of stale fat wafted out from the cafe • [with obj.] each breeze would waft pollen around the house. • Much of the old-time fragrance is wafted back to me — Hesse, Hermann. Demian
noun: 1. a gentle movement of air. 2. a scent or odor carried on a movement of air.
weathervane: mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
katzenjammer: A katzenjammer is an unpleasantly loud, confused, and dissonant sound. A katzenjammer next door might keep you awake all night and make you cranky all the next day.
The noun katzenjammer, while considered somewhat outdated today, has at times been used colloquially to mean various kinds of unpleasant sensations, from general confusion to depression to noisy uproar to a bad, dull headache. The word means "cat's wail" in German, from katze, "cat," and jammer, "distress" or "wailing."
atoll: An atoll is an island formed by a ring-shaped coral reef encircling a lagoon. The word comes from the language of the Maldives, an island chain in the Indian Ocean famous for gorgeous beaches and coral reefs.
The word atoll appeared in English in the early 17th century, when the British and the Dutch were vying for control of Indian Ocean trade. You may have heard of Bikini Atoll, in the South Pacific — where the U.S. did extensive nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s. Its people were moved to neighboring atolls but haven’t been able to return because of lingering radiation. Even so, Bikini Atoll has become a destination for divers interested in WWII shipwrecks.
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