450 terms

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Cicerone
A guide who gives information about antiquities and places of interest to sightseers.
Ichthyosaurus
A genus from the late Triassic and early Jurassic of Europe and Asia.
Coquelicot
A shade of red. The term was originally a French vernacular name for the wild corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, which is distinguished by its bright red color, and orange tint.
Kilomanjaro
One theory is that the name is a mix of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning "mountain," and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as "whiteness." Another is that this word is the European pronunciation of a KiChagga phrase meaning "we failed to climb it."
rhododendron
A shrub or small tree of the heath family, with large clusters of bell-shaped flowers and typically with large evergreen leaves, widely grown as an ornamental.
verdigris
A bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.
cabochon
A gem polished but not faceted.
panegyric
A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something.
auspices
A divine or prophetic token.
oologist
A branch of ornithology studying bird eggs, nests and breeding behavior.
vicissitudes
A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
formaldehyde
A colorless pungent gas in a solution made by oxidizing methanol.
supercilious
Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
expatiated
Speak or write at length or in detail.
pecuniary
Relating to or consisting of money.
coppice
An area of woodland in which the trees or shrubs are, or formerly were, periodically cut back to ground level to stimulate growth and provide firewood or timber.
millinery
Women's hats
caravel
A small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th-17th centuries.
unpropitious
(Of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavorable.
connubial
Relating to marriage or the relationship of a married couple
gauss
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concierge
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putrefaction
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mitochondria
In a cell
têtê-à-têtê
Private Conversation
sanguine
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raillery
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avocations
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lassitude
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variegated
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incongruous
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pitons
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requisites
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pestiferous
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clandestine
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succulent
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frontispiece
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pulmonary
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grotesque
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cupolas
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mythos
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hermetically
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interstices
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bilious
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expeditionaries
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annexation
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translucent
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disquisition
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cypress
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interpolated
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Pyrenees
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tempestuous
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uncoquettish
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chandeliers
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lichenous
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excruciating
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labyrinthine
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endeavor or endeavour
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hallucinations
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Seminole
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acacias
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celerity
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lama
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sphinx
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orthopaedic or orthopedic
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treacherous
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financiers
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subterranean
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appendectomy
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incarcerated
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extenuation
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facilitate
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petulance
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massacres
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crematoria
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parenthetical
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germinate
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pastrami
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memorandum
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premonition
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conspicuous
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propoganda
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voluminous
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atrocity
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conundrum
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intimation
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strenuous
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piteously
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taxidermy
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monomania
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boroughs
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malign
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Sherpa
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crampon
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mandible
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brigands
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anecdotes
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gargoyle
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dragoons
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proviso
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pièce de résistance
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monsieur
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entrepreneurs
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Methuselah
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claustrophobic
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merengue
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vociferous
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generalissimo
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truculently
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reservoir
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fluorescent
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azalea
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tribulations
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ricochet
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incessant
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commendable
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stevedores
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contagious
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impeccable
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repugnance
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tapirs
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linoleum
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boisterously
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flabbergasted
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sinewy
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conspiracy
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amputation
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peroxide
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chimpanzee
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paralysis
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annoyance
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reprobate
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sophomore
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exasperation
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calamine
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quantum
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Hispaniola
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jauntily
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composure
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despondency
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orchids
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marmalade
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alacrity
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cordial
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barrette
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dexterity
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grandiose
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callous
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miracle
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atoll
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Chesapeake
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nausea
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instantaneous
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segregation
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correctional
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aerospace
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Cyclops
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sconces
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vegetation
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defensiveness
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scavenger
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consecutive
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geometry
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administration
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cypher or cipher
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affirmation
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Pacific
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infraction
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regents
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appointed
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heralded
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subdivision
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automated
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hoarsely
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bulletin
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committee
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allowance
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opponent
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scenery
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exterior
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Mohawk
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disengage
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simulate
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testament
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practically
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musician
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sparsely
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altitude
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improvise
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balloonist
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handiwork
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roundabout
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precise
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shortage
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nursery
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bookmobile
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levied
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tomes
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enlisted
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tonic
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undesirable
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disguise
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survival
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decent
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plantations
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energetic
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receptions
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neglected
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basting
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hornet
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Viking
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chapel
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pouted
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aspect
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rotating
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crooked
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warmth
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craggy
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Icelandic
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temple
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engraved
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newlyweds
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protested
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amusing
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cinders
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abroad
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superb
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Norse
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custody
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sullen
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Bollywood
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clambering
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strident
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severely
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manure
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intersect
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slobbery
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valuables
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expensive
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Venice
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breajfast
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salvation
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unison
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diagram
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spinster
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grocery
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pastures
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halter
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shilling
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canal
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enormous
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faucet
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invitation
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horrid
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produce
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matron
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promptly
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village
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bicycle
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castle
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violet
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lukewarm
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transporting
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diaper
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complete
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sprinkle
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alley
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button
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nannies
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perhaps
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mailboxes
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crumpled
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shelves
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kettle
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world
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tennis
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marbles
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primers
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lazily
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narrow
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standoff
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breeze
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impact
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scraped
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manner
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hushed
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shabby
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marsh
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clipper
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hairpin
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offer
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catttle
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mossy
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purse
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oval
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carving
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speak
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crept
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scale
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insect
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cheddar
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excellent
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promise
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dumplings
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pirate
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liberty
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cosmic
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voice
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lizard
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compost
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rodents
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dither
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cartoon
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shudder
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agog
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harvest
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rambling
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jacket
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thrilling
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blanket
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wailing
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tablet
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illness
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rafters
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sprial
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platform
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welcome
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padlock
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muster
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awfull
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hutch
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darling
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wheels
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radio
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glinting
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nutmeg
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alien
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escape
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vanish
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rinse
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fancy
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thorn
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fetch
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return
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pesky
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graze
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roar
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boxcar
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clasp
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zone
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one
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change
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nodded
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pretend
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missing
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wishes
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gall
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slumber
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panda
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stack
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south
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bitter
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flying
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roof
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fresh
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pilot
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winner
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obey
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walk
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lower
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coal
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was
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sunny
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toes
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soon
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nice
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going
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door
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clams
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kitten
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garden
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cord
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arms
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west
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team
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skim
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belly
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hire
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wink
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move
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aid
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rose
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deck
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bead
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hurt
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grins
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leaf
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spurs
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elm
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foot
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bank
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paws
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oak
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drive
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alone
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frogs
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dew
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paste
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unkind
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person
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nearly
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big
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get
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old
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hen
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now
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fell
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barn
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step
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too
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find
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cape
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eat
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take
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shed
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how
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ride
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wall
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baby
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note
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hunt
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slid
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made
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show
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into
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spots
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ring
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such
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most
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here
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gate
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mine
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deep
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glow
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love
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coing
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stone
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them
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plane
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stay
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