Akeelah and the Bee Spelling Words

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brunneous

brown (scientific)

grovel

to creep w/ the face to the ground

doubt

to lack confidence in

placid

serenely free of interruption or disturbance

fanciful

marked by or as if by fancy or whim

prestidigitation

sleight of hand

ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal ease

pterodactyl

any of various pterosaurs of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous

pulchritude

great beauty or appeal

sacciform

having the general form of a sac

empennage

the tail assembly of an airplane

souchong

a tea made from the larger older leaves of the shoot

intussusception

the reception of one part within another

staphylococci

bacteria

dictatorial

oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing towards others

truculent

feeling or displaying ferocity

supercilious

arrogantly superior

insolent

exhibiting boldness or effontry

fuchsia

vivid reddish-purple

imbrication

an overlapping of edges

rhesus

pale brown Asian monkey

eminent

standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted

hypertrophic

excessive development of an organ or part

concierge

hotel staff member who handles luggage & mail, makes reservations, & arranges tours

polydactyly

the condition of having more than the normal number of fingers or toes

syllogize

to reason by means of syllogisms

synecdoche

a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole

carmagnole

a lievely song popular at the time of the first French revolution

pastiche

stylistic imitation

xanthosis

an abnormal yellow discoloration of the skin

euphoric

incredible happiness

maculature

blotting paper

fibranne

fabric made of spun-rayon yarn

vivisepulture

an act or instance of burying someone alive

placebo

an inert or innocuous substance used especially in controlled experiments testing the efficacy of another substance

lucid

having full use of one's faculties

limn

to draw or paint on a surface

cabalistic

a medieval and modern system of Jewish theosophy

soliterraneous

sun and earth working together

grandiloquent

extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language

catastasis

the climax of a drama

edentulous

toothless

bioluminescent

the emission of light from living organisms

objurgatory

a harsh rebuke

effervescent

to bubble, hiss, and foam as gas escapes

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