5th Grade Wordmasters List #3 - March/April 2012

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melee

a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all

writhe

to make twisting or turning movements in a way that suggests pain or struggle

flustered

Nervous or confused

amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

winnow

treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated

serene

(adj.) peaceful, calm

hybrid

(n) a composite of mixed origin; (adj)produced by crossbreeding; (n) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock

seep

pass slowly through small openings; ooze; trickle; N. seepage

haywire

something that has gone wildly out of control

remnant

a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

coax

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

torrid

(adj.) - giving off intense heat, passionate

furor

n. frenzied anger; rage; a public uproar or outburst of indignation; great enthusiasm for

bludgeon

A short club used as a weapon; to strike with a heavy club; to use force or strong arguments to gain some point

rank

offensive in odor or flavor

trace

an indication that something has been present

wax

(v.) - to increase gradually in size or degree

tempestuous

stormy, raging, furious

frill

a gathered piece of frabic or lace used as decoration; ruffle.

dilate

to make larger; expand

agitated

physically disturbed or set in motion

lair

(n.) the home or den of a wild animal; any hideout

wane

decrease in power or size; dwindle; decline; sink

aromatic

fragrant; having a sweet smell; N. aroma: strong pleasant smell

garnish

(v.) to adorn or decorate, especially food; (n.) an ornament or decoration, especially for food

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