8th grade SPELLING BEE words

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Rutabaga

n. European plant with a thick edible bulbous root

supplement

n. and v. quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)

patience

adj. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

centennial

n. the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

financier

n. an expert or one clever at handling stocks, bonds, investments, and other money matters

larynx

n. voice box; passageway for air moving from pharynx to trachea; contains vocal cords

accomplice

n. a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)

photosynthesis

n. process by which plants use the sun's energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars

ineffable

adj. incapable of being expressed (b/c too wonderful)

fallacy

n. a false or mistaken idea

psychoanalysis

n. A set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders

vengeance

n. punishment in return for an injury or a wrong; unusual force or violence (a BAD idea that harms the one perpetrating it -- one should only 'get back' or 'get even' w/ those who have helped one)

aggrandizement

an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power (usu. falsely exaggerated)

labyrinth

n. a very complicated maze

cajolery

n. strong persuasion by flattery; wheedling; coaxing

rotisserie

n. a turning device on which food is cooked (restaurant that serves food cooked this way)

omniscient

adj. All-knowing (Ms. Fong!)

circuitous

adj. indirect, ROUNDabout

pigeon

n. slang for tattle-tale; 'rat w/ wings', rock dove;

competitive

adj. characterized by rivalry.

scholarship

n. 1. studious attention to learning; 2. financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit

apprentice

n. A person who works for another in order to learn a trade

exhaust

1. v. to wear out completely 2. n. gases ejected from an engine as waste products

monopolize

v. to have and control fully and exclusively

scruple

n. an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action

agricultural

adj. relating to farming or rural things

encore

n. 1) an extra or repeated performance 2) again (French word)

suburban

adj. relating to or characteristic of the area just outside a big city

quarantine

n./v. isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

oblige

v. to force or compel somebody to do something

hysterical

adj. 1. uncontrollably emotional; 2. super funny (slang)

miraculous

adj. performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency

affiliation

n. a link or association w/ s.o./s.t.

subterranean

adj. underground

luxury

n. something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity; a lifestyle filled with overconsumption

indelible

adj. impossible to be removed, washed away or erased

anticoagulant

n. a drug that prevents clotting of the blood

conundrum

n. a hard puzzle; riddle; difficult problem

palatable

adj. acceptable to the taste or mind

analogize

v. to make a comparison of two things -- show their similiarity in some way/trait

infatuation

n. foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration

enfranchise

v. to give the vote and/or grant freedom to

analgesia

n. condition of being unable to feel pain

latitudinarian

(n) a person who is broad-minded and tolerant; one who displays freedom in thinking, especially in religious matters

adieu

n. "farewell;" a farewell (from the French word)

paramecium

n. a protozoan (very small animal) that moves by using the hair-like cilia around its body

adjudicate

v. 1. to put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge; 2. to bring an end to s.t.

calisthenics

n. light exercise designed to promote general fitness

brigadier

n. a general officer ranking below a major general

anemone

n. marine polyps that resemble flowers but have oral rings of tentacles

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