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grindstone

(noun) A flat circular stone, used for sharpening tools.

Instead of using a more modern invention, he still sharpens all of his tools on an old ______.

*Ibis (pronounced EYE biss)

(noun) wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills

vermilion

(adjective) of a vivid red to reddish-orange color

Everyone said she looked like a matchstick when the skinny girl dyed her hair __________

imminent

(adjective) about to happen, likely to occur at any moment

Once the storm was _______ we all went to the storm shelter.

*caul

n. membrane enclosing a baby during gestation that sometimes attaches to the baby's head during birth

invalid

(pronounced IN vah lid, not in VAL id)

n. someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury.

The unexpected illness turned the formerly energetic girl into a complete ____.

piazza

n. town square

n. a large covered porch, especially one attached to a house.

When we were in Italy, every morning we had coffee out on the ______ so we could enjoy the beautiful view.

reiterated

v. said again, repeated

The teacher ______ the instructions at least 5 times, so no student could claim they didn't know what to do.

burden

n. a worrisome responsibility, hardship

She thought having twins would be a huge ______, but with everyone's help it became quite easy.

careen

v. to swerve or lurch from side to side while in motion

The bus _____ed into the cafe cause thousands of dollars in damages.

sullenly

adv. in a gloomy, silent, surly way

She was ______ for weeks after her cat passed away.

iridescent

adj. having illustrious rainbow-like colors.

Above is a picture of a rainbow boa. If you look closely where the sun is reflection off of its skin, you will see an iridescent quality.

The Rainbow Boa" got its name because of its _____ skin.

vortex

n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides), center of a situation, which draws in all that surrounds it

The boat began spinning it circles once it was sucked into the _____.

blighted

adj. damaged; destroyed; ruined, destroyed or caused by decline or decay.
adj. suffering from a disease; destroyed

The _______ crops were a sure sign that the farm had been infested by millions of bugs.

doggedness

n. Persistence; stubbornness; stubborn adherence to a plan

She succeeded in everything she did due to her ambition and ______.

precariously

adv. dangerously, unsteadily; insecurely
The glass of water was placed ______ on the edge of the table, just waiting for someone to knock it over.

evanesced

faded away; dissipated

The smoke eventually _______ into the air and everyone could breath again.

heresy

an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred

For Jim, a die-hard Eagles fan, wearing a Giants jersey would be like ______.

At the time, since Galileo's theories disagreed with the Bible, he was accused of ______.

prim

adj. affectedly dainty or refined; exaggeratedly proper.

loll

(v.) to act in a lazy manner; to lounge; to recline

serene

Calm and untroubled; peaceful.

withered

adj. Shriveled or shrunken, as if from lack of water or good.

v. to shrivel; fade; decay

scold

Reprimand, Chastise, Chide

scowl

To look angry by drawing the eyebrows together and frowning

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