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SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee: Winning Words (1925-2012) DEFINED

SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE: All Winning words from 1925 - 2012(except 1943-45, during the Depression).
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gladiolus
any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers
cerise
a red the color of ripe cherries
luxuriance
the property of being lush and abundant
albumen
the white of an egg
asceticism
rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
fracas
noisy quarrel
foulard
a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)
knack
a special way of doing something
torsion
a twisting force
deteriorating
worsening
intelligible
capable of being apprehended or understood
interning
the act of restricting to or confining within prescribed limits
promiscuous
not selective of a single class or person
sanitarium
a hospital for recuperation or for the treatment of chronic diseases
canonical
conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
therapy
(medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
initials
monogram
sacrilegious
grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
semaphore
an apparatus for visual signaling with lights or mechanically moving arms
chlorophyll
any of a group of green pigments found in photosynthetic organisms
psychiatry
the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
dulcimer
a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
meticulosity
strict attention to minute details
insouciant
marked by blithe unconcern
vignette
a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
soubrette
a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
transept
structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church
crustaceology
the branch of study which treats of the Crustacea
condominium
housing consisting of a complex of dwelling units (as an apartment house) in which each unit is individually owned
schappe
a piece of fabric made of spun silk
syllepsis
use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one
catamaran
a sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck
eudaemonic
producing happiness and well-being
smaragdine
of or pertaining to emeralds, esp. in color
esquamulose
without scales
equipage
a vehicle with four wheels drawn by two or more horses
sycophant
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
eczema
generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin
ratoon
a new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant
Chihuahua
old breed of tiny short-coated dog with protruding eyes from Mexico held to antedate Aztec civilization
abalone
any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior
interlocutory
consisting of dialogue
croissant
very rich flaky crescent-shaped roll
shalloon
a twilled woolen fabric
macerate
soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
vouchsafe
promise or agree condescendingly, as a special favor
hydrophyte
a plant that grows partly or wholly in water whether rooted in the mud, as a lotus, or floating without anchorage, as the water hyacinth
incisor
a tooth for cutting or gnawing
narcolepsy
a sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
cambist
person skilled in the science of financial exchange
deification
the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
maculature
blotting paper
elucubrate
to think about, contemplate, and work through until one understands completely
sarcophagus
a stone coffin (usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions)
psoriasis
chronic recurrent dermatosis marked by itchy, scaly red plaques
Purim
(Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by Haman
luge
a racing sled for one or two people
milieu
the environmental condition
odontalgia
an ache localized in or around a tooth
staphylococci
spherical gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies
elegiacal
like an elegy; mournful
spoliator
a plunderer, robber, or ruiner
fibranne
fabric made of spun-rayon yarn
antipyretic
any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
lyceum
a public hall for lectures and concerts
kamikaze
a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
antediluvian
a very old (or old fashioned) person
xanthosis
an abnormal yellow discoloration of the skin
vivisepulture
an act or instance of burying someone alive
euonym
well-suited name
chiaroscurist
an interesting, talented person
logorrhea
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
demarche
a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs
succedaneum
(medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)
prospicience
seeing ahead
pococurante
indifferent, nonchalant
autochthonous
of rocks, deposits, etc.
appoggiatura
an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
Ursprache
a hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.
serrefine
a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel
guerdon
a reward or payment
Laodicean
lukewarm or indifferent
stromuhr
instrument designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery
cymotrichous
having wavy hair
guetapens
ambush, trap
stichomythia
A dialogue in which the endings and beginnings of each line echo each other, taking on a new meaning with each new line.
knaidel
(Yiddish) matzo-ball
feullieton
a part of a newspaper or magazine devoted to fiction, criticism, or light literature.