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National Spelling Bee - 6th Grade

Nation Spelling Bee Study Words for Sixth Graders
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biscuit
bis·cuit
[bis-kit]
-noun
1.
a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast.
abolitionists
yip·pee
[yip-ee, yip-ee]
-interjection
(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)
yippee
yip·pee
[yip-ee, yip-ee]
-interjection
(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)
preferable
pref·er·a·ble
[pref-er-uh-buhl, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur-]
-adjective
1.
more desirable.
2.
worthy to be preferred.
multitude
mul·ti·tude
[muhl-ti-tood, -tyood]
-noun
1.
a great number; host: a multitude of friends.
satchel
satch·el
[sach-uhl]
-noun
a small bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap.
linear
lin·e·ar
[lin-ee-er]
-adjective
1.
of, consisting of, or using lines: linear design.
2.
pertaining to or represented by lines: linear dimensions.
3.
extended or arranged in a line: a linear series.
4.
involving measurement in one dimension only; pertaining to length: linear measure.
5.
of or pertaining to the characteristics of a work of art in which forms and rhythms are defined chiefly in terms of line.
fasten
fas·ten
[fas-uhn, fah-suhn]
-verb (used with object)
1.
to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
procedure
pro·ce·dure
[pruh-see-jer]
-noun
1.
an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
2.
a particular course or mode of action.
3.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, esp. litigation and judicial proceedings.
nectar
nec·tar
[nek-ter]
-noun
1.
the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower.
2.
the juice of a fruit, esp. when not diluted, or a blend of fruit juices: pear nectar; tropical nectar.
quarterback
quar·ter·back
[kwawr-ter-bak]
-noun
1.
a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
2.
the position played by this back.
3.
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.
kerchief
ker·chief
[kur-chif, -cheef]
-noun
1.
a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.
2.
a handkerchief.
wounded
wound·ed
[woon-did] Show IPA
-adjective
1.
suffering injury or bodily harm, as a laceration or bullet wound: to bandage a wounded hand.
2.
marred; impaired; damaged: a wounded reputation.
cascade
cas·cade
[kas-keyd]
noun, verb, -cad·ed, -cad·ing.
-noun
1.
a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
ignite
ig·nite
[ig-nahyt]
verb, -nit·ed, -nit·ing.
-verb (used with object)
1.
to set on fire; kindle.
officer
of·fi·cer
[aw-fuh-ser, of-uh-]
-noun
1.
a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, esp. one who holds a commission.
desirable
de·sir·a·ble
[dih-zahyuhr-uh-buhl]
-adjective
1.
worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment.
giddiness
an impulsive scatterbrained manner
laser
la·ser
[ley-zer] Show IPA
-noun Physics .
a device that produces a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent beam of light by exciting atoms to a higher energy level and causing them to radiate their energy in phase.
maimed
having a part of the body crippled or disabled
celery
cel·er·y [sel-uh-ree, sel-ree]
-noun
a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked.
sensibility
sen·si·bil·i·ty [sen-suh-bil-i-tee]
-noun,plural-ties.
1.
capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
2.
mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
3.
keen consciousness or appreciation.
uncouth
un·couth [ un kth ]

adjective
Definition:

1. ill-mannered: behaving in an ill-mannered or unrefined way
healthy
health·y [ hélthee ]
adjective
Definition:

1. in good condition: in good physical or mental condition
narrate
nar·rate [ ná ràyt ]

transitive verb
Definition:

1. tell story of something: to tell a story or give an account, usually in detail

2. speak on film: to provide the narration for a film or television program
reversible
re·vers·i·ble [ ri vúrssəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

1. able to be reversed: able to be changed or undone

2. usable inside out: made so that either side can be used as the outer or upper side
wrestle
wres·tle [ réss'l ]


verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb fight by gripping and pushing: to fight somebody using special holds and moves in an attempt to force his or her shoulders onto a mat
peekaboo
peek·a·boo [ pkə b ]


noun
Definition:

children's game: a game played to amuse small children, in which the face is hidden in the hands and then suddenly uncovered as "peekaboo!" is shouted
novice
nov·ice [ nóvviss ] (plural nov·ic·es)

noun
Definition:

1. beginner: somebody who is beginning or learning an activity and has acquired little skill in it
cashier
cash·ier [ ka shr ]


noun (plural cash·iers)
Definition:

1. worker taking and paying money: somebody who works in a store or bank and handles customers' money transactions
lawful
cash·ier [ ka shr ]


noun (plural cash·iers)
Definition:

1. worker taking and paying money: somebody who works in a store or bank and handles customers' money transactions
magnate
mag·nate [ mág nàyt, mágnət ] (plural mag·nates)

noun
Definition:

somebody rich and powerful: somebody who has a lot of wealth and power, especially somebody in business or industry
oxygen
ox·y·gen [ óksijən ]


noun
Definition:

element essential for breathing: a colorless odorless gas that is the most abundant element, forms compounds with most others, is essential for plant and animal respiration, and is necessary in most cases for combustion.
crocodile
croc·o·dile [ krókə dl ] (plural croc·o·diles or croc·o·dile)


noun
Definition:

1. large reptile with strong jaws: a large carnivorous reptile that lives near water, and has a long thick-skinned body and a broad head with strong jaws. Native to: tropical or subtropical regions.
dandruff
dan·druff [ dándrəf ]

noun
Definition:

scales of dead skin on scalp: loose dry scales of dead skin that are shed from the scalp
penalty
dan·druff [ dándrəf ]

noun
Definition:

scales of dead skin on scalp: loose dry scales of dead skin that are shed from the scalp
environs
en·vi·rons [ in vrənz, in v ərnz ]

plural noun
Definition:

surrounding areas: the land or area surrounding a place
thorax
en·vi·rons [ in vrənz, in v ərnz ]

plural noun
Definition:

surrounding areas: the land or area surrounding a place
necessity
ne·ces·si·ty [ nə séssətee ] (plural ne·ces·si·ties)

noun
Definition:

1. something essential: something that is essential, especially a basic requirement
food, shelter, and the other necessities
rhinestone
rhine·stone [ rn stn ] (plural rhine·stones)

noun
Definition:

small fake gem: a small piece of paste or glass used as an imitation diamond
notorious
no·to·ri·ous [ nō táwree əss, nə táwree əss ]

adjective
Definition:

1. famous for something bad: well known for some undesirable feature, quality, or act

2. well-known: widely known ( archaic )
stamina
stam·i·na [ stámmənə ]

noun
Definition:

resilient energy and strength: enduring physical or mental energy and strength that allows somebody to do something for a long time
backgammon
back·gam·mon [ bák gàmmən ] (plural back·gam·mons)

noun
Definition:

1. board game involving dice: a board game for two players who move counters according to throws of a pair of dice, the object being to remove all one player's counters from the board
hydrant
hy·drant [ hdrənt ] (plural hy·drants)

noun
Definition:

water source in street: an upright pipe, usually in a street, connected to a water main with a valve to which a hose can be attached, e.g. by the fire department
salary
sal·a·ry [ sálləree, sállree ] (plural sal·a·ries)

noun
Definition:

payment for nonmanual work: a fixed annual sum, paid at regular intervals, usually monthly, to an employee, especially for professional or clerical work
ferryboat
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navigator
nav·i·ga·tor [ návvi gàytər ] (plural nav·i·ga·tors)

noun
Definition:

1. somebody in charge of navigation: somebody who navigates something, especially a ship or aircraft

2. driver's route instructor: a passenger of a car who gives a driver information about a route
fortification
for·ti·fi·ca·tion [ fàwrtəfi káysh'n ] (plural for·ti·fi·ca·tions)

noun
Definition:

1. structure for defense: a structure built in order to strengthen a place's defenses, e.g. a wall, ditch, or rampart ( often used in the plural )

2. building of defenses: the art or practice of strengthening or creating defenses, e.g. by building walls or digging ditches
omission
·mis·sion [ ō mísh'n ] (plural o·mis·sions)


noun
Definition:

1. something left out: something that has been deliberately or accidentally left out or not done
errors and omissions excepted

2. omitting of something: the act of omitting something, or the state of being omitted
The omission of those three words changed the sense of the whole paragraph.
monetary
mon·e·tar·y [ mónnə tèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

relating to money: relating to or involving money or currency
establishment
es·tab·lish·ment [ i stábblishmənt ] (plural es·tab·lish·ments)

noun
Definition:

1. something established: something that is established as a business, institution, organization, or undertaking
worked for this establishment for forty years

2. people in power: a group of people who hold power and control the institutions in a society or a professional group
unkempt
un·kempt [ un kémpt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. needing grooming: tangled and matted and in need of combing or grooming

2. messy and neglected: messy or disorderly as a result of neglect

3. unpolished: lacking in polish or elegance
sashay
sa·shay [ sa sháy ]


intransitive verb (past and past participle sa·shayed, present participle sa·shay·ing, 3rd person present singular sa·shays)
Definition:

1. flounce gracefully: to walk in a way that is intended to attract attention, especially by swaying the hips or swinging the elbows ( humorous )

2. perform steps in square dancing: to dance a sequence of gliding or sideways steps in square dancing
preliminary
pre·lim·i·nar·y [ pri límmə nèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

coming before something: occurring before and leading up to something, especially an event of greater size and importance
onus
o·nus [ ṓnəss ] (plural o·nus·es)

noun
Definition:

1. burden: a duty or responsibility
The onus is on her to make the first move.

2. blame: the blame for something
He'll always bear the onus of having caused the accident.

3. law burden of proof or proceeding: the burden of proof or responsibility for acting in a legal proceeding
feverishly
fe·ver·ish [ fvərish ]


adjective
Definition:

1. having fever: affected by a fever

2. relating to fever: relating to, causing, or caused by a fever
a feverish cold

3. agitated: showing intense agitation, excitement, or emotion
capilary
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writhe
writhe [ rī ]


verb (past and past participle writhed, present participle writh·ing, 3rd person present singular writhes)
Definition:

1. intransitive verb twist or squirm: to make violent twisting and rolling movements with the body, especially as a result of severe pain
writhing in agony
sufferage
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bombastic
pompous language: language that is full of long or pretentious words, used to impress others

bom·bas·tic [ bom bástik ] adjective
pedicure
ped·i·cure [ péddi kyr ]

noun (plural ped·i·cures)
Definition:

1. session of treatment for feet: a session of cosmetic or medical treatment of the feet

2. cosmetic treatment of feet: cosmetic treatment of the feet, e.g. the application of nail varnish
desolate
des·o·late [ déssələt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. empty: bare, uninhabited, and deserted

2. alone: solitary, joyless, and without hope

3. grim: dismal and gloomy
vintage
vin·tage [ víntij ]

noun (plural vin·tag·es)
Definition:

1. wine production year: the year in which the grapes used in making a specific wine were harvested

2. wine from particular year: wine made from a particular harvest of grapes
sanitary
san·i·tar·y [ sánnə tèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

1. connected with public health: relating to public health, especially general hygiene and the removal of human waste through the sewage system

2. clean and hygienic: clean and free from agents that cause disease or infection
zoology
zo·ol·o·gy [ zō ólləjee, zə wóləjee ] (plural zo·ol·o·gies)

noun
Definition:

1. scientific study of animals: the branch of biology that involves the scientific study of animals and all aspects of animal life
speculate
spec·u·late [ spékyə làyt ] (past and past participle spec·u·lat·ed, present participle spec·u·lat·ing, 3rd person present singular spec·u·lates)

verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb conjecture: to form a conjecture on the basis of incomplete facts or information
versatile
ver·sa·tile [ vúrssət'l ]

adjective
Definition:

1. with many uses: able or meant to be used in many different ways

2. moving easily between tasks: able to move easily from one subject, task, or skill to another

3. changeable: subject to rapid or unpredictable change
rhombus
rhom·bus [ rómbəss ]
noun
Definition:

oblique-angled parallelogram: a parallelogram that has four equal sides and oblique angles
counterclockwise
coun·ter·clock·wise [ kòwntər klók wz ]


adverb,

adjective
Definition:

in direction opposite to clockwise: in the direction opposite to the one that the hands of a clock move
engineer
en·gi·neer [ ènjə nr ]


noun (plural en·gi·neers)
Definition:

1. engineering engineering professional: somebody who is trained as a professional engineer

2. rail locomotive driver: somebody who operates a railroad locomotive
semester
se·mes·ter [ sə méstər ] (plural se·mes·ters)

noun
Definition:

period when students are in school: especially in the United States, either of two periods of 15 to 18 weeks into which the academic year is divided in some universities and colleges
exoskelton
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tangential
tan·gen·tial [ tan jénshəl ]

adjective
Definition:

1. almost irrelevant: with only slight relevance to the current subject

2. of tangent: relating to or involving a tangent
misinterpret
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gimmick
gim·mick [ gímmik ] (plural gim·micks)


noun
Definition:

1. dishonest trick: a piece of trickery or manipulation intended to achieve a result dishonestly
It's not a genuine offer, just a sales gimmick.

2. hidden disadvantage: a piece of concealed information that, if known, would make an offer or opportunity less attractive
enzyme
en·zyme [ én zm ] (plural en·zymes)

noun
Definition:

protein controlling biochemical reactions: any complex chemical produced by living cells that is a biochemical catalyst
solicit
so·lic·it [ sə líssit ] (past and past participle so·lic·it·ed, present participle so·lic·it·ing, 3rd person present singular so·lic·its)


verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb plead for something: to try to get something by making insistent requests or pleas

2. transitive verb ask somebody for something: to plead with or petition a person or group for something
abominable
a·bom·i·na·ble [ ə bómminəb'l, ə bómnəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

1. loathsome: extremely repugnant or offensive

2. extremely unpleasant: of very bad quality, or very unpleasant to experience
grievance
griev·ance [ grvənss ] (plural griev·ances)


noun
Definition:

1. reason for complaint: a cause for complaint or resentment that may or may not be well-founded

2. resentment: bitterness or anger at having received unfair treatment

3. formal objection: a formal complaint made on the basis of something that somebody feels is unfair
ultramarine
ul·tra·ma·rine [ ùltrəmə rn ]


noun
Definition:

1. blue pigment: a deep blue pigment or dye, especially one made from lapis lazuli

2. deep blue color: a brilliant deep blue color
thespian
thes·pi·an [ théspee ən ]


noun (plural thes·pi·ans)
Definition:

actor: somebody who acts on the stage
literacy
lit·er·a·cy [ líttərəssee, líttrəssee ]


noun
Definition:

1. ability to read and write: the ability to read and write to a competent level
whisperer
whis·per [ wíspər, hwíspər ]


verb (past and past participle whis·pered, present participle whis·per·ing, 3rd person present singular whis·pers)
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb breathe words voicelessly: to speak or say something very softly, without using the vocal cords
yokel
yo·kel [ yṓk'l ] (plural yo·kels)


noun
Definition:

an offensive term that deliberately insults a country dweller by suggesting that he or she lacks the sophistication, education, or other qualities thought characteristic of city dwellers ( insult )
testimony
tes·ti·mo·ny [ téstə mnee ] (plural tes·ti·mo·nies)


noun
Definition:

1. evidence given in court: evidence that a witness gives to a court of law. It may take the form of a written or oral statement detailing what the witness has seen or knows about a case.

2. proof: something that supports a fact or a claim
This win is testimony to the tactical skill of the coach.
indomitable
in·dom·i·ta·ble [ in dómmitəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

unconquerable: brave, determined, and impossible to defeat or frighten
despicable
des·pi·ca·ble [ di spíkəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

worthy of contempt: fully deserving of contempt
raspberry
rasp·ber·ry [ ráz bèrree ] (plural rasp·ber·ries)


noun
Definition:

1. small cup-shaped fruit: a small red cup-shaped fruit with a sweet taste that grows round a pithy stalk and is made up of many tiny juicy globes drupelets
prejudice
prej·u·dice [ préjjədiss ]


noun (plural prej·u·dic·es)
Definition:

1. opinion formed beforehand: a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes

2. holding of ill-informed opinions: the holding of preformed opinions based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes
adorned
a·dorn [ ə dáwrn ] (past and past participle a·dorned, present participle a·dorn·ing, 3rd person present singular a·dorns)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. embellish: to add decoration or ornamentation to something

2. enhance: to add to the beauty or glory of something or somebody
intellectual
a person who uses the mind creatively
abracadabra
ab·ra·ca·dab·ra [ àbbrəkə dábbrə ]

interjection
Definition:

magic word: used to ensure the supposed success of a magic trick ( used by magicians and conjurors )
delicacy
del·i·ca·cy [ déllikəssee ] (plural del·i·ca·cies)

noun
Definition:

1. something nice to eat: a delicious, rare, or highly prized item of food

2. sensitivity: sensitivity to the feelings of others

3. need for tact: the quality of requiring great tact or sensitivity
a matter of extreme delicacy
unanimous
u·nan·i·mous [ yoo nánnəməss
adjective
Definition:

1. agreed on by everyone: shared as a view by all of the people concerned, with nobody disagreeing

2. in complete agreement: with all members in agreement with each other
Board members were unanimous in their rejection of the proposed merger.
impromptu
im·promp·tu [ im prómp t ]

adjective
Definition:

done spontaneously: not prepared or planned in advance
an impromptu speech
supremacy
su·prem·a·cy [ sə prémməssee, soo prémməssee ]

noun
Definition:

position of superiority: a position of superiority or authority over all others
grammarian
gram·mar·ian [ grə mérree ən ] (plural gram·mar·ians)

noun
Definition:

1. grammar expert: somebody who is skilled in grammar

2. writer on grammar: a writer on grammar, especially one who espouses prescriptive rules
unchangeable
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medallion
me·dal·lion [ mə dállyən ] (plural me·dal·lions)

noun
Definition:

1. medal: a large medal

2. large decorative metal disk: a large decorative metal disk worn on a chain around the neck
inoculate
in·oc·u·late [ i nókyə làyt ] (past and past participle in·oc·u·lat·ed, present participle in·oc·u·lat·ing, 3rd person present singular in·oc·u·lates)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. protect somebody against disease: to inject or introduce a serum, antigen, or a weakened form of a disease-producing pathogen into the body of a person or animal in order to create immunity to the disease
inoculated every child against polio
feral
fe·ral
adjective
Definition:

1. gone wild: describes animals or plants that live or grow in the wild after having been domestically reared or cultivated
feral cats

2. savage: similar to or typical of a wild animal, or living wild
Kelvin
kel·vin [ kélvin ]


noun (plural kel·vins)
Definition:

unit of absolute temperature: the SI unit of absolute temperature, equal to 1/273.16 of the absolute temperature of the triple point of water, equivalent to one degree Celsius. A temperature in kelvin may be converted to Celsius by subtracting 273.16.
Symbol K
aborigine
ab·o·rig·i·ne [ àbbə ríjjənee ] (plural ab·o·rig·i·nes)

noun
Definition:

1. original inhabitant: a member of a people who has lived in an area from the earliest known times ( often offensive )

2. native plant or animal: an animal or plant that has existed in a place since earliest times
cistern
cis·tern [ sístərn ] (plural cis·terns)

noun
Definition:

1. water tank: a tank for storing water, especially one connected to a toilet

2. underground tank: an underground tank for storing rainwater
elocution
el·o·cu·tion [ èllə kysh'n ]

noun
Definition:

art of clear speaking: the art of speaking clearly and well, with correct enunciation
succinct
succinct

suc·cinct [ sək síngkt ]

adjective
Definition:

brief and to point: expressed with brevity and clarity, with no wasted words
quotient
quo·tient [ kwṓsh'nt ] (plural quo·tients)

noun
Definition:

1. mathematics result of division: the number that results from the division of one number by another

2. mathematics whole number result of division: the whole number element of the result of dividing one number by another
yeti
ye·ti [ yéttee ] (plural ye·tis)

noun
Definition:

mysterious Himalayan animal: a mysterious hairy humanoid animal said to live in the Himalaya range
monstrosity
mon·stros·i·ty [ mon stróssətee ] (plural mon·stros·i·ties)

noun
Definition:

1. very ugly thing: an object, animal, or person that is very unpleasant or frightening to look at, often because it is large and strangely shaped

2. monstrousness: frightening size, shape, and ugliness
rambunctious
ram·bunc·tious [ ram búngkshəss ]

adjective
Definition:

unruly: noisy, very active, and hard to control, usually as a result of excitement or youthful energy ( informal )
surmountable
sur·mount [ sur mównt ] (past and past participle sur·mount·ed, present participle sur·mount·ing, 3rd person present singular sur·mounts)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. overcome difficulty: to deal with a difficulty successfully

2. get to top of something: to get over the top of a physical obstacle ( formal )
curmudgeon
cur·mudg·eon [ kur mújjən ] (plural cur·mudg·eons)


noun
Definition:

somebody who is irritable or stubborn: somebody considered to be bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn
herringbone
her·ring·bone [ hérring bn ]


noun
Definition:

1. pattern of interlocking "V" shapes: a regular geometric pattern made by placing two contrasting rows of slanting lines or blocks together so that they form rows of "V"s, zigzags, or chevrons. Use: bricklaying, textiles, parquet flooring, weaving, embroidery.
millennium
mil·len·ni·um [ mi lénnee əm ] (plural mil·len·ni·ums or mil·len·ni·a [ mi lénnee ə ])


noun
Definition:

1. 1,000 years: a period of 1,000 years, especially a period that begins or ends in a year that is a multiple of 1,000

2. prophesied rule by Jesus Christ: the thousand-year period of peace that, according to one interpretation of prophecies in the book of Revelation, will follow the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

3. hoped-for utopian age: an imagined future utopian age of joy, peace, and justice, especially one created through revolution

4. thousandth anniversary: a thousand-year anniversary, especially the one in the year 2000
convivial
con·viv·i·al [ kən vívvee əl ]


adjective
Definition:

1. pleasant: enjoyable because of its friendliness
spent many a convivial evening at the club

2. sociable: fond of the company of others
He was famously convivial.
papyrus
pa·py·rus [ pə prəss ] (plural pa·py·ri [ pə p r ] or pa·py·rus·es)


noun
Definition:

1. material resembling paper: writing material used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans that was made from the pith of the stem of a water plant

2. papyrus document: an ancient manuscript written on papyrus
impudent
im·pu·dent [ ímpyəd'nt ]


adjective
Definition:

rude: showing a lack of respect and excessive boldness
legalese
le·gal·ese

noun
Definition:

law jargon: language that is typically used in legal documents and is generally considered by lay people to be difficult to understand
concomitant
con·com·i·tant [ kən kómmitənt ]


adjective
Definition:

happening at same time: happening or existing along with or at the same time as something else ( formal )
parenthood and all its concomitant responsibilities
jalepeno
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zigzaggedness
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lugubrious
lu·gu·bri·ous [ loo gbree əss, lə gbree əss ]


adjective
Definition:

gloomy: extremely mournful, sad, or gloomy
toxicosis
tox·i·co·sis [ tòksi kṓssiss ]
noun
Definition:

harmful effects: the harmful effects of a poison, including any disease caused by toxins
olympiad
O·lym·pi·ad [ ō límpee àd ] (plural O·lym·pi·ads)


noun
Definition:

1. single Olympic Games: an occasion when the modern Olympic Games take place

2. four-year period for calculating dates: the four-year interval between one Olympic Games and the next, used by the ancient Greeks as a way of calculating dates
woebegone
woe·be·gone [ wṓ bi gòn ]

adjective
Definition:

sorrowful: feeling or looking distressed or sorrowful
kanji
kan·ji [ knjee ] (plural kan·ji or kan·jis)

noun
Definition:

1. Japanese writing system: a writing system for Japanese that uses pictorial characters based largely on Chinese ideograms.
See also kana (sense 1)

2. written character: a character used in kanji
supplicate
sup·pli·ca·tion [ sùpplə káysh'n ] (plural sup·pli·ca·tions)

noun
Definition:

1. appeal made to somebody in authority: a humble and sincere appeal to somebody who has the power to grant a request

2. addressing of requests: the addressing of humble and sincere appeals to somebody with the power to grant them
abacus
ab·a·cus [ ábbəkəss ] (plural ab·a·cus·es or ab·a·ci [ ábbə sī, ábbə kī ])


noun
Definition:

1. counting device: a mechanical device for making calculations consisting of a frame mounted with rods along which beads or balls are moved
uvula
u·vu·la [ yvyələ ] (plural u·vu·las or u·vu·lae [ yvyə l ])


noun
Definition:

flap in throat: a small fleshy "V"-shaped extension of the soft palate that hangs above the tongue at the entrance to the throat
peripheral
u·vu·la [ yvyələ ] (plural u·vu·las or u·vu·lae [ yvyə l ])


noun
Definition:

flap in throat: a small fleshy "V"-shaped extension of the soft palate that hangs above the tongue at the entrance to the throat
hexagonal
hex·a·gon [ héksə gòn ] (plural hex·a·gons)

noun
Definition:

six-sided figure: a two-dimensional geometric figure formed of six sides
affectation
af·fec·ta·tion [ à fek táysh'n ] (plural af·fec·ta·tions)


noun
Definition:

1. behavior intended to impress: feigned or unnatural behavior that is often meant to impress others

2. act intended to impress: an appearance or manner assumed as a show or pretense, often to impress others
biscotti
bis·cot·to [ bi skóttō ] (plural bis·cot·ti [ bi skóttee ])


noun
Definition:

anise-flavored cookie: a hard oblong cookie, often containing nuts and usually flavored with anise
effervescent
ef·fer·ves·cent [ èffər véss'nt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. bubbly: producing gas in the form of tiny bubbles

2. vivacious: behaving in a lively, high-spirited, or highly excited way
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cinematographer
cin·e·ma·tog·ra·phy [ sìnnəmə tóggrəfee ]


noun
Definition:

photographing of motion pictures: the art or technique of photographing and lighting motion pictures


cin·e·ma·tog·ra·pher noun
narcoleptic
nar·co·lep·sy [ nrkə lèpsee ]


noun
Definition:

condition with uncontrollable sleeping: a condition characterized by frequent, brief, and uncontrollable bouts of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations and an inability to move

[Late 19th century. After epilepsy]

nar·co·lep·tic [ nrkə léptik ] adjective, noun
quizzical
quiz·zi·cal [ kwízzik'l ]


adjective
Definition:

questioning: expressing a question, puzzlement, or doubt in a mocking or amused way
a quizzical glance
anthropology
an·thro·pol·o·gy [ ànthrə pólləjee ]


noun
Definition:

1. study of humankind: the study of humankind in all its aspects, especially human culture or human development. It differs from sociology in taking a more historical and comparative approach.
tandoori
tan·door·i [ tan dree ]

adjective
Definition:

cooked in clay oven: baked or cooked in a tandoor, usually after being marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices
magnificently
mag·nif·i·cent [ mag níffiss'nt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. beautiful: beautiful and impressive
a magnificent view of Rome from our balcony

2. exceptional: exceptionally good of its kind
lackadaisical
lack·a·dai·si·cal [ làkə dáyzik'l ]

adjective
Definition:

without enthusiasm: without much enthusiasm, energy, or effort
nonnegotiable
non·ne·go·tia·ble [ nòn nə gṓshəb'l, nòn nə gṓshee əb'l, nòn nə gṓshee əb'l ]

adjective
Definition:

1. not open to negotiation: not open to negotiation or arbitration
nonnegotiable demands

2. not transferrable: not legally transferable from one owner to another
nonnegotiable real property
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decaffeinate
de·caf·fein·at·ed [ dee káffə nàytəd ]

adjective
Definition:

without caffeine: having had all or most of the caffeine taken out
gigabyte
gi·ga·byte [ gíggə bt ] (plural gi·ga·bytes)

noun
Definition:

1. capacity unit of computer memory: a unit of computer data or storage space equivalent to 1,024 megabytes.
Symbol Gbyte
entrepreneur
en·tre·pre·neur [ òntrəprə núr, òntrəprə nr ] (plural en·tre·pre·neurs)

noun
Definition:

risk-taking businessperson: somebody who initiates or finances new commercial enterprises
froufrou
frou·frou [ fr fr ]

noun
Definition:

1. rustling of silk: the sound made by the rustling of silk, especially women's dresses

2. fancy trimmings: fancy trimmings or elaborate decoration, especially on women's clothes
hypochondria
hyp·o·chon·dri·a [ hpə kóndree ə ]

noun
Definition:

1. imagined illness: an excessive, usually long-term preoccupation with health and bodily sensations, accompanied by a deluded conviction of having a serious disease without objective evidence
variegated
var·i·e·gat·ed [ vérree ə gàytəd, vérri gàytəd ]

adjective
Definition:

1. having patches of different colors: marked with or containing patches of different colors

2. having patches of lighter color: marked with or containing patches of lighter color
variegated leaves
sabotage
sab·o·tage [ sábbə t ]

noun
Definition:

1. deliberate destruction: the deliberate damaging or destroying of property or equipment, e.g. by resistance fighters, enemy agents, or disgruntled workers

2. action to hinder: an action taken to undermine or destroy somebody's efforts or achievements
pestilence
pes·ti·lence [ péstilənss ] (plural pes·ti·lenc·es)

noun
Definition:

1. epidemic of disease: an epidemic of a highly contagious or infectious disease such as bubonic plague

2. disease: a serious infectious disease
incendiary
in·cen·di·ar·y [ in séndee èrree ]

adjective
Definition:

1. containing chemicals that cause fire: describes missiles containing highly flammable substances that will cause a fire on impact

2. likely to catch fire: able to catch fire spontaneously or cause a fire easily

3. inciting civil unrest: designed or likely to cause civil unrest
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quadrilateral
quad·ri·lat·er·al [ kwòddri láttərəl, kwòddri láttrəl ]

noun (plural quad·ri·lat·er·als)
Definition:

four-sided figure: a two-dimensional geometric figure with four sides
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chaperonage
chap·er·on [ sháppə rn ] (plural chap·er·ons) or chap·er·one [ sháppə rn ] (plural chap·er·ones)


noun
Definition:

1. group supervisor: somebody who accompanies and supervises a group of young people
tempestuous
tem·pes·tu·ous [ tem péschoo əss ]

adjective
Definition:

1. emotionally turbulent: frequently turbulent and giving rise to many emotions
a tempestuous relationship

2. with storms: having or affected by frequent or violent storms
tempestuous seas
endocrine
en·do·crine [ éndəkrin, éndə krn, éndə krn ]

adjective
Definition:

relating to internal secretion: relating to the endocrine glands or their secretions.
See also exocrine
mauve
mauve [ mōv ] (plural mauves)

noun
Definition:

pale purplish color: a pale color between purple and blue or pink
intermittent
in·ter·mit·tent [ ìntər mítt'nt ]

adjective
Definition:

irregular: occurring at irregular intervals
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grotesqueness
gro·tesque [ grō tésk ]


adjective
Definition:

1. distorted: misshapen, especially in a strange or disturbing way
grotesque shadows

2. incongruous: seeming strange or ludicrous through being out of place or unexpected
flagellum
fla·gel·lum [ flə jélləm ] (plural fla·gel·la [ flə jéllə ] or fla·gel·lums)


noun
Definition:

1. slender cellular appendage: a long thin tapering outgrowth of the cells of many microorganisms such as protozoans, that is a means of locomotion

2. antenna part: the very thin terminal part of an insect's antenna
Pompeii
Pom·pe·ii [ pom páy, pom páy ee ] ancient Roman city in southern Italy. It was buried by volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79, and has since been partly excavated
nepotism
nep·o·tism [ néppə tìzzəm ]

noun
Definition:

favoritism shown to relatives: favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends, especially in appointing them to good positions
resplendence
re·splen·dent [ ri spléndənt ]


adjective
Definition:

dazzling: having a dazzlingly impressive appearance
resplendent in his dress uniform
cytoplasm
cy·to·plasm [ stō plàzzəm ]


noun
Definition:

cell material excluding nucleus: the complex of chemical compounds and structures within a plant or animal cell excluding the nucleus. Cytoplasm contains the cytosol, organelles, vesicles, and cytoskeleton.
phalanx
pha·lanx [ fáy làngks, fá làngks ] (plural pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges [ fə lánjeez, fay lánjeez ])


noun
Definition:

1. tight group: a group of people, animals, or objects that are moving or standing closely together

2. ancient troop formation: especially in ancient Greece, a group of soldiers that attacked in close formation, protected by their overlapping shields and projecting spears

3. (plural pha·lan·ges) finger and toe bone: a finger or toe bone of a human being or vertebrate animal
elucidate
e·lu·ci·date [ i lssə dàyt ] (past and past participle e·lu·ci·dat·ed, present participle e·lu·ci·dat·ing, 3rd person present singular e·lu·ci·dates)


transitive and intransitive verb
Definition:

explain something: to explain or clarify something
arabesque
ar·a·besque [ àrrə bésk ] (plural ar·a·besques)


noun
Definition:

1. ballet formal pose of ballet dancer: a ballet position in which the dancer stands on one leg with the other extended back and both arms stretched out, usually one forward and the other backward

2. ornate design: an intricate and often symmetrical design incorporating curves, geometric patterns, leaves, flowers, and animal shapes
regurgitate
re·gur·gi·tate [ ri gúrji tàyt ] (past and past participle re·gur·gi·tat·ed, present participle re·gur·gi·tat·ing, 3rd person present singular re·gur·gi·tates)


verb
Definition:

1. transitive verb bring food up from stomach: to bring undigested or partially digested food up from the stomach to the mouth, as some birds and animals do to feed their young
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virulently
vir·u·lent [ vryələnt, vrələnt ]


adjective
Definition:

1. very poisonous: extremely poisonous, infectious, or damaging to organisms

2. malicious: showing great bitterness, malice, or hostility
virulent criticism

3. irritating: extremely obnoxious or harsh
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doughtily
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jingoism
jin·go·ism [ jíng gō ìzzəm ]

noun
Definition:

belligerent nationalism: extreme patriotism expressing itself especially in hostility toward other countries
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