H Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Can you guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter H?
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Last updated: February 8, 2022
First submittedAugust 21, 2012
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Definition
Word
Animal that eats only plants
Herbivore
Garage for airplanes
Hangar
Belief in the pursuit of pleasure
Hedonism
Female school principal, in Britain
Headmistress
Spearlike weapon used to hunt whales
Harpoon
The longest side of a right triangle
Hypotenuse
10,000 square meters
Hectare
Colonial Spanish estate
Hacienda
Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca
Hajj
Budget hotel with dormitory-style
accommodations
Hostel
Definition
Word
Predecessor to the piano
Harpsichord
A vagabond who is willing to work,
unlike a tramp or a bum
Hobo
Religious recluse
Hermit
To bleed heavily
Hemorrhage
Uncivilized person; pagan
Heathen
Large flatfish, popular as food
Halibut
Extreme exaggeration
Hyperbole
Very hot type of chili pepper
Habanero
Where concubines live
Harem
Fancy way of saying bad breath
Halitosis
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Level 61
Sep 13, 2013
Bleeding, technically known as hemorrhaging....

Desanguination is a massive blood loss, and the complete loss of blood is referred to as exsanguination.

I never knew that.

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Level 53
Apr 22, 2014
How about Homebody for Recluse?
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Level 75
Feb 19, 2015
I agree
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2017
Changed to "religious recluse"
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2019
Does a hermit have anything to do with religion? If so I never knew that. Apparently it does, not necesarrily though. But the clue is correct>

I did know that some places kept a recluse on their grounds somehow to show off... I am not sure how the story goes again. Can't find what I mean. Not sure about the exact terminology and in which language I had found it, so that makes searching a bit harder.

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Level 72
Oct 6, 2014
My first guess for the 'piano predecessor' was hurdy gurdy. Got the right answer right away, though.
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Level 88
Nov 5, 2014
I'm always going to remember that last one as wearing a "hair suit".
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Level 52
Jan 5, 2015
3:35 left! Woot!
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2018
3:48 myself, it's weird how some of these are easy for me and other letters I miss a few.
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Level 84
Feb 19, 2015
Had to think on a couple but got them all...
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Level 50
Feb 23, 2015
Fun quiz.
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Level 76
Apr 27, 2017
Hubris for extreme exaggeration?
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Level 84
Sep 20, 2017
Not the same thing. Though using hyperbole and expecting to be believed or taken seriously might indicate a certain level of hubris. Bigly.
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2018
Trust me, my words are the best.
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Level 73
Apr 9, 2018
Can't "heretic" be accepted for "Uncivilized person; pagan"?
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2018
I was thinking "Hun".
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2018
Also tried heretic. Works for the pagan part, not sure about uncivilized...
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Level 80
Feb 8, 2022
I think heretics would follow the religion, but have unorthodox or rejected ideas about it.

Versus a heathen is someone who follows a different religion.

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Level 83
Feb 9, 2022
I tried hoyden. Works for uncivilized, but probably not for pagan.
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Level 77
Apr 9, 2018
Apologies to NYC - the first time I typed harem I accidentally inserted an L as the fourth letter and then couldn't figure out for a second why it wasn't accepted. A mind is a terrible thing to lose.
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Level 73
Apr 10, 2018
harem - somebody's misunderstanding of "haram," which means "forbidden." As in don't eat that meat (or, stay out of that room with those women) - it's forbidden.
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Level 84
Jul 30, 2018
These women are my property. Don't touch.
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Level 65
Feb 8, 2022
I only missed Harem because I kept trying Harum. My parents were huge Whiter Shade of Pale fans when I was growing up.
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Level 70
Feb 8, 2022
I bet I know what you'd type if any questions had the answer "protocol".
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Level 17
Jun 5, 2018
House of Ill Repute is also possible for where Concubines live.
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Level 63
Jul 10, 2021
Maybe if the category was H vocabulary phrases instead of H vocabulary words.
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Level 86
Feb 9, 2022
...and if concubine meant the same thing as prostitute...
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2018
The most civilised people I know are heathens.
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2019
Isn't a harem more of a "group" than a place?
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Level 81
Feb 9, 2022
It can refer to both the women and to the place in which they are kept
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Level 76
Feb 25, 2019
Tried haddock and herring for the fish one...
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2020
... and hake.
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Level 55
Sep 2, 2019
Didn't know I was a heathen nor uncivilised. Wouldn't refer to those who follow Paganism in this way.

Hermits is also not a religious saying, it is a person who lives alone away from humanity.

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Level 80
Feb 10, 2022
A definition or a clue doesn't need to encompass all possible meanings of a word. It goes for a lot of remarks in the comments, though for some reason no mathematician complained about the hyperbole.
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Level 72
Aug 19, 2020
Because Hajj has a type-in without the final j, I was left with 'jhostelharpsichordhermithaemorrhage' until I thankfully looked up to check my (incorrect) spelling of hemorrhage...
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Level 78
Mar 25, 2022
Your spelling wasn't incorrect, it just wasn't American.
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Level 71
Feb 15, 2021
I'm not keen on the connotation that 'Pagan' and 'Heathen' means 'Uncivilized'. To not believe in someone's God or to have a different God to believe in hardly means 'Uncivilized'. Some of the most civilized people are in this sense 'Heathens' and there are many people who have their own sense of God that are civilized.
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Level 52
Apr 12, 2021
It is not saying that the three are synonymous with one another. The term "Heathen," when used in one fashion, can mean "Pagan." When used in another, "Uncivilized."

The clue represents the different connotations of "Heathen," not a slap at "Pagan."

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Level 79
Apr 12, 2021
Read. the. dictionary.
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2022
I agree. I think anyone who lives by the dogma of a book or organized religion has been brainwashed and is a heathen or Philistine. They aren't choosing for themselves or thinking logically. Individual spirituality is more experiential and you have to reason, not merely accept an institutionalised doctrine. The Catholic Church used those words to coerce and control followers afraid to think for themselves and to isolate those who knew better. Organized religions are cults because they use fear tactics, such as Hell for non-believers. Any group that says "there is only one way or else (insert threat)", is a cult.
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2022
Also accept hypoteneuse? It's one of those British English - American English spelling differences.
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2022
Not seeing that as a word according to Wiktionary.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hypoteneuse

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Level 78
Mar 25, 2022
Yeah this is one where both sides of the Atlantic agree. It's hypotenuse.
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2022
I learned hypoteneuse as well. I think it is a more formal spelling and that since 2000 it has been dropped.
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2022
I learned that word at private school too.
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Level 45
Jun 25, 2022
I have the Dictionary of Numbers browser extension and it gave me the answer to the question about 10 000 square meters: "10,000 square meters [≈ 1 hectare, ha]" :')
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2022
I wouldn't call halitosis "a fancy way of saying bad breath". It's just the medical term. Surely "bad breath" is sufficient as a clue.
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Level 61
Jun 25, 2022
Heretic would also work for the Pagan clue.
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2022
No, it wouldn't. A heretic is someone who follows a given religion (usually meaning one of the Abrahamic religions) but differs from the orthodox views. A pagan or heathen is someone who doesn't follow the religion (again, generally meaning one of the Abrahamic religions) at all. So, for instance, the Catholic church accused Galileo of heresy, but they didn't consider him a pagan or a heathen
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Level 37
Aug 10, 2022
Pagan and heathen are compliments; they refer to those with the capacity for rational thought or in simpler terminology, the non-brainwashed.
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Level 56
Jun 25, 2022
Most school 'principals' in Britain are just called heads now. Only posh private schools are likely to retain 'headmaster' or 'headmistress'.
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2022
Horses only eat plants.
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2022
Ahhh...so concubines DON'T live in "horehouses"
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2022
Hi, can you make a badge for "vocabulary wizards" out of this series?
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Level 60
Aug 28, 2022
I think these distinc terms for the homeless are a bit of an American-ism unfortunately. Feels a bit degrading nonetheless.