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Boysenberry (boi-zuhn-ber-ee, -suhn-): A blackberry fruit with a flavor similar to that of raspberries,
Origin: 1930–35; named after R. Boysen, 20th-century American botanist, who bred it
Nephilim: in the Hebrew Bible, a group of mysterious beings or people of unusually large size and strength who lived both before and after the Flood.
Grouse (grous): To grumble, complain
Origin: The verb grouse originated as a piece of British army slang, and several of its earliest occurrences are in Rudyard Kipling’s Barrack-Room Ballads (1892). Slang terms like grouse are notoriously difficult to etymologize, and grouse is no exception. Scholars have noted, however, a connection between grouse and Old French groucier, groucher, grocier “to grumble, murmur,” source of English grouch, grudge, and grutch (British dialect for grudge). Grouse entered English in the second half of the 19th century.