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[pen-tuh-guh-neez, -nees] /ˌpɛn tə gəˈniz, -ˈnis/

a style of language characterized by the use of euphemisms, technical jargon, acronyms, and circumlocutions, used especially by people working in the U.S. military establishment.


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    [pen-tuh-hee-druh n] /ˌpɛn təˈhi drən/ noun, plural pentahedrons, pentahedra [pen-tuh-hee-druh] /ˌpɛn təˈhi drə/ (Show IPA) 1. a solid figure having five faces. /ˌpɛntəˈhiːdrən/ noun (pl) -drons, -dra (-drə) 1. a solid figure having five plane faces See also polyhedron

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