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Words of up to eight letters beginning with x
How many words can you think of beginning with the letter ‘x’? A lot of people may instinctively respond with xylophone, as this is often used in alphabet books for children. Limiting ourselves to words of eight letters or fewer (and thus not including the nine-letter word xylophone), we have found forty words beginning with x.
As you might expect, very few of these are in everyday use – with an exception being the informal abbreviation Xmas (for Christmas). Many of these x- words are scientific (such as the polysaccharide xanthan and the chemical compounds xanthate and xanthene) but others could have common applications – xeric meaning ‘very dry’, for example. Whether or not you’d be likely to use these words in casual conversation, they may well be useful for word games…
|xanthate||a chemical compound|
|xanthene||a chemical compound|
|xanthin||a yellow colouring matter|
|xanthine||a biochemical compound|
|xanthoma||a yellow patch on the skin|
|xebec||a sailing ship|
|xeme||a fork-tailed gull|
|xenia||gifts to a guest or guests|
|xenial||relating to hospitality|
|xenogamy||type of flower fertilization|
|xenolith||piece of rock brought in from another area|
|xenology||the study of alien biology|
|xenon||a gaseous chemical element|
|xenotime||a yellowish-brown mineral|
|xeroma||abnormal dryness of a body part|
|Xhosa||a South African people or their language|
|xi||a Greek letter|
|Xiang||a dialect of Chinese|
|xoanon||a wooden image of a god|
|xography||a photographic process|
|xu||a Vietnamese unit of money|
|xylan||a compound found in wood|
|xylary||of or relating to xylem|
|xylene||a liquid hydrocarbon|
|xylite||a volatile liquid|
|xylitol||a chemical substance|
|xylose||a plant sugar|
|xyrid||a sedge-like herb|
|xyster||a surgical instrument|
|xyston||an ancient Greek spear|
|xystus||an ancient Greek portico|
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