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valentine A card send to a loved one on St. Valentine's Day. Saint Valentine, 3rd century Christian martyred during the persecution of Christians by Claudius II.
vandal Someone who intentionally defaces or destroys the propery of others. The Vandals, a Germanic people who overran Gaul, Spain, North Africa and Rome in the 5th century.
venereal Sexually transmitted. Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
vernier An auxiliary scale or measuring device for fine adjustments attached to a larger scale or device for making gross adjustments. Pierre Vernier (1580-1637), a French mathematician.
Pure, chaste. Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth.
Victorian 1. A style of furniture and decorating characteristic of the era of English Queen Victoria. 2. Overly proper, prudish. Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901), known for her austere life style and strict morality.
volcano An opening in the earth through which molten lava issues or a mountain build up of lava. Vulcan (Latin Volcanus), the Roman god of fire and metalworking.
volt A unit of measurement of electrical current. Count Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), the Italian physicist who developed the first electric battery in 1800.
To strengthen rubber by applying heat and pressure. Vulcan (Latin Volcanus), the Roman god of fire and metalworking.
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