UIL spelling 2012

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afortiori

for a still stronger reason; even more certain; all the more.

abidance

conformity; compliance

Abu Dhabi

an independent federation in E Arabia, formed in 1971, now comprising seven emirates on the S coast (formerly, Pirate Coast or Trucial Coast) of the Persian Gulf, formerly under British protection: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah (joined 1972), and Fujairah. 2,262,309; about 32,300 sq. mi. (83,657 sq. km). Capital: Abu Dhabi.

acquittal

deliverance from a charge; V. acquit: free from a charge or accusation; discharge from a duty; conduct (oneself) in a specified manner

aggravation

action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse

akimbo

with hands on hips and elbows extending outward

algorism

computation with Arabic figures

altercation

noisy quarrel

anacoluthon

an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another

anaphylactic shock

a severe and rapid and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reaction to a substance (especially a vaccine or penicillin or shellfish or insect venom) to which the organism has become sensitized by previous exposure

androgynous

having both male and female characteristics

anecdotal

based on secondhand accounts rather than personal experience or scientific investigation

anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

anti-infective

kills and inhibits growth of bacteria

antinome

Logical contradiction

appreciable

enough to be estimated or measured

Arikara

a member of the Caddo people who formerly lived in the Dakotas west of the Missouri river

ascetic

practices self denial as spiritual discipline

aspiration

a will to succeed

assigned

appointed to a post or duty

au courant

being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge

Auckland

the largest city and principal port of New Zealand

avoirdupois

excess bodily weight

axenic

used of cultures of microorganisms

Bellerophon

(Greek mythology) a mythical hero of Corinth who performed miracles on the winged horse Pegasus (especially killing the monster Chimera)

beryllium

a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element

bresaola

Bresaola or brisaola is air-dried, salted beef that has been aged two or three months until it becomes hard and turns a dark red, almost purple colour. It is made from top (inside) round, and is lean and tender, with a sweet, musty smell. It originated in Valtellina, a valley in the Alps of northern Italy's Lombardy region.

bresaola

bresaola=braised
Air-dried, salted beef, tender, sweet, becomes hard and dark red. Loses 40% of it's weight in the aging process. Juniper berries, cinnamon.

brio

quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

bucolic

a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life

caique

a Levantine sailing vessel,light rowing boat used on the Bosporus,Caic, a kind of skiff or small boat. (Nautical) (m)

calibrator

A. a known solution of an analyte obtained from a medical supply house or professional organization and used as a measuring stick to set instruments to read correctly

capriccioso

naughty

capriciousness

the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

caseous

of damaged or necrotic tissue,cheesy
-combo of ischemic cell death and cell lysis
-ie TB

catenate

arrange in a series of rings or chains, as for spores

cathect

to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person)

caveat

(law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing

cerotype

the number and the appearance in the nucleus of the chromosome

chanoyu

an ancient ritual for preparing and serving and drinking tea

charm quark

a quark with an electric charge of +2/3 and a mass 2900 times that of an electron and a charm of +1

cilia

short structures projecting from a cell and containing bundles of microtubules that move a cell through its surroundings or move fluid over the cell's surface

cloche

a woman's close-fitting helmet-like hat,a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold

coeval

living at the same time as; existing during the same period of time; contemporary; of the same age

collegiality

Church leadership does share in the decision-making process, under the direction of the Holy Spirit

colossus

a person of exceptional importance and reputation

comportment

dignified manner or conduct

condonation

act of overlooking, or of forgiving, an offense or transgression

congeries

miscellaneous collection

continuum

a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct of distinguishable from adjacent parts

crampons

metal spikes worn on the bottom of mountaineering boots, usually having twelve points that dig into the ice for traction

creditable

worthy of often limited commendation

credulous

disposed to believe on little evidence,gullible

crewel

fine worsted yarn used in tapestry

cuesta

(it) costs,slope

debacle

a sudden and violent collapse

dariole

usually a garnish in a cylindrical mold

decagon

a polygon with 10 sides and 10 angles

declassification

to remove the classification from (information, a document, etc.) that restricts access in terms of secrecy, confidentiality, etc.

deficit spending

government practice of spending more than it takes in from taxes

definitive

supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

deforestation

the removal of trees

demurrage

a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure

desiccate

preserve by removing all water and liquids from

detente

French word meaning an easing of tensions between the world's superpowers during the Cold War

dicephalous

two-headed

discommoded

to cause inconvenience to; disturb, trouble, or bother.

dissension

disagreement among those expected to cooperate

dilettante

an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

distinguishable

capable of being perceived as different or distinct

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

dolce vita

sweet life; the good life seen as one of physical pleasure and self-indulgence

Dragée

capsule

dulcify

make sweeter in taste

dyad

two items of the same kind

Ecuador

a republic in northwestern South America

efficacious

producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

eland

either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes

electroshock

the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma

en brochette

cooked on a skewer

ennead

the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one,a group or set of nine

enokidake

a thin, long-stemmed and tiny-capped white mushroom, Flamma velutipes, native to the northern mountain ranges of Japan and prized as a food.

epicycloid

a line generated by a point on a circle rolling around another circle

epidermis

the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates

errata

a list of errors in a printed work

erudition

profound scholarly knowledge

euphoric

exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation

excelsior

thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing

exemplum

example,a tale, usually inserted into the text of a sermon, that illustrates a moral principle

expatiate

add details, as to an account or idea

extant

still existing; not exterminated, destroyed, or lost

Fascisti

The members of an Italian political organization that controlled Italy under the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini from 1922 to 1943

faun

ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail

Fenian

When British and Irish fought over the island of what is currently Ireland because they wanted to get rid of British Rule

fermata

a pause; hold the note or rest longer than its written value

flagitious

shockingly brutal or cruel

flavonoid

A ______ is an antioxidant that helps protect the LDL cholesterol agianst oxidation and reduces blood platelet stickiness, making blood clots less likely to happen.

folderol

ornamental objects of no great value

frondescent

Bearing, resembling, or having a profusion of leaves or fronds; leafy

gauchely

(adj) lacking grace, or social polish

gentian violet

a green crystal (violet in water) used as a dye or stain or bactericide or fungicide or anthelmintic or burn treatment

gerbil

small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping

Gewürztraminer

A white grape grown predominantly in France, Germany, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, where the climate leans to the cooler side and the flavors have an opportunity to concentrate. Gewurztraminer can be made in dry or sweet varieties and are generally best if enjoyed sooner rather than later post-bottling. Flavors qualities include: honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apricot, pear, and rose.

glaciologist

expert in the formation, movements, etc. of glaciers

glissando

a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale

gnosis

intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths

golem

(Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means

golem

brought to life from dirt and rocks, rabbi, clumsy, betrays creator, yearns for love, seeks revenge

golem

a body without a mind, soulless beings created from inanimate matter by men; commonly lacked the ability to speak

Greenwich time

the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England

grommet

fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines

hectored

to be bullied in a blustering way

hedgehog

small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines

Heptateuch

first seven books of the bible

heritability

the proportion of variation among individuals that we can attribute to genes

hexapod

adj. Having six feet.

Hibernia

an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

histrionics

a deliberate display of emotion for effect, theatrical behavior

honorific

conferring or showing honor or respect

horologe

any instrument for indicating the time, esp. a sundial or an early form of clock

hygrometer

measuring instrument for measuring the relative humidity of the atmosphere

hypercritical

inclined to judge too severely

iconoclast

someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions

illusionist

someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience

impromptu

with little or no preparation or forethought

inauspicious

presaging ill-fortune

implication

a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

Indonesia

a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands

ineffable

defying expression or description

initiatory

serving to set in motion

inoculation

taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease

inordinate

beyond normal limits

intersperse

introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions

intriguing

capable of arousing interest or curiosity

invidious

containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice

javelina

dark gray peccary with an indistinct white collar

judgmental

authoritative and often having critical opinions

Kaddish

jewish prayer for the dead

karma

(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation

kedgeree

a dish of rice and hard-boiled eggs and cooked flaked fish

kilderkin

an obsolete British unit of capacity equal to 18 Imperial gallons

kyphosis

an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column

laity

everyone except the clergy

landau

a four-wheel covered carriage with a roof divided into two parts (front and back) that can be let down separately

landau

Soviet physicist who worked on low temperature physics (1908-1968)

lapidarian

of, like or pertaining to stones; inscribed on stones

larcenous

having a disposition to steal

lenity

mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

leonine rhyme

fancy words of internal rhyme

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