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Scripps National Spelling Bee Word List 2012 Part 1

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cub
the young of certain carnivorous mammals such as the bear or wolf or lion
jazz
a style of dance music popular in the 1920s
sniff
sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
gasp
a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
crate
a rugged box (usually made of wood)
lots
a large number or amount
pill
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
bolt
run away
tack
sailing a zigzag course
large
a garment size for a large person, above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
sweet
the property of containing sugar
strong
having strength or power greater than average or expected
salt
white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
drill
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
twig
small branch or division of a branch
rake
a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head
bunch
a grouping of a number of similar things
even
to a greater degree or extent, being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture
next
immediately following in time or order
cram
crowd or pack to capacity, study intensively, as before an exam
scoop
a large ladle
mess
a state of confusion and disorderliness
file
a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together, office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
gulp
a large and hurried swallow
Friday
the sixth day of the week
broth
a thin soup of meat or fish or vegetable stock
scan
examine hastily, obtain data from magnetic tapes
flock
move as a crowd or in a group, a group of birds
fate
an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
study
applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
proud
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
brace
a support that steadies or strengthens something else, prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
rainy
(of weather) wet by periods of rain
harsh
severe
trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools, a long flexible snout as of an elephant, the main stem of a tree
blimp
a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
shine
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light, be distinguished or eminent
dare
a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy
stew
food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
backpack
a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
cakewalk
an easy accomplishment
church
a place for public (especially Christian) worship
twice
two times
army
a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
grapevine
any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
ballroom
large room used mainly for dancing
shamrock
Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white pink- or purple-veined flowers
locker
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables
bookworm
someone who spends a great deal of time reading
homework
preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
sparkle
the quality of glittering or sparkling brightly
mixer
a kitchen utensil that is used for mixing foods
stench
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
cherry
a red the color of ripe cherries
jumbo
of great mass
drawer
a boxlike container in a piece of furniture, an artist skilled at drawing
bagpipe
a wind instrument
scent
a distinctive odor that is pleasant
lobby
a large entrance or reception room or area
whisk
a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes, brush or wipe off lightly, move quickly and nimbly
muse
reflect deeply on a subject
fleet
a group of warships organized as a tactical unit, move along rapidly and lightly
steam
water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
tongs
any of various devices for taking hold of objects
hangnail
a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail
hamper
a basket usually with a cover
tough
very difficult
gleeful
full of high-spirited delight
tiring
producing exhaustion
handcuffs
shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist
gravy
basically the juices that drip from cooking meats
batter
a flour mixture thin enough to pour or drop from a spoon, (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting, strike violently and repeatedly
crabby
perversely irritable
shears
(usually plural) large scissors with strong blades
ginger
liveliness and energy, perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
chef
a professional cook
stern
not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
midday
the middle of the day
firefly
nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
spinal
anesthesia of the lower half of the body
pitcher
an open vessel with a handle and a spout for pouring, the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit
doze
a light fitful sleep
frugal
avoiding waste
chapter
a subdivision of a written work
format
the general appearance of a publication
windchill
the temperature felt on the body that is a combination of temperature and wind speed
basket
a container that is usually woven and has handles
title
the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.
chowder
a thick soup or stew made with milk and bacon and onions and potatoes
blooper
an embarrassing mistake
crutch
a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground
clinic
a healthcare facility for outpatient care
tangy
tasting sour like a lemon
wallet
a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money
sunflower
any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays
mumps
an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
solve
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
drifting
aimless wandering from place to place
cricket
leaping insect
nibble
gentle biting
nacho
A small, often triangular piece of tortilla topped with cheese or chili-pepper sauce and broiled.

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apron
A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing.

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target
An object, such as a padded disk with a marked surface, that is shot at to test accuracy in rifle or archery practice.

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beaming
Smilingly happy; showing happy emotion.

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reflect
To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. See Synonyms at echo.

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To think seriously. See Synonyms at think.

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major
Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.

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pudding
A sweet dessert, usually containing flour or a cereal product, that has been boiled, steamed, or baked.

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witness
One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced: a witness to the accident.

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swallow
To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach.

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herbs
Plural form of herb

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wooden
Made or consisting of wood.

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hula
A Polynesian dance characterized by undulating hips, miming movements of the arms and hands, and usually accompanied by rhythmic drumbeats and chants.

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kitchen
A room or an area equipped for preparing and cooking food.

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wingspan
Wingspread.

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decide
To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.

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wreck
The act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; destruction.

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jewel
A precious stone; a gem.

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channel
A route of communication or access. Often used in the plural: took her request through official channels.

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The bed of a stream or river.

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crisis
A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.

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nugget
A small, solid lump, especially of gold.

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cusp
Astronomy Either point of a crescent moon.

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twirl
To rotate or revolve briskly; swing in a circle; spin: twirled a baton to lead the band.

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serious
Grave in quality or manner: gave me a serious look.

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mimic
To copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture; ape.

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harmless
Not causing or incapable of causing harm.

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turkey
A large North American bird (Meleagris gallopavo) that has brownish plumage and a bare wattled head and neck and is widely domesticated for food.

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scramble
To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.

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lonely
Without companions; lone.

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helmet
A head covering of hard material, such as leather, metal, or plastic, worn by football players, firefighters, construction workers, motorcyclists, and others to protect the head.

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carefree
Free of worries and responsibilities.

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grumpy
Surly and peevish; cranky.

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freckle
A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.

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migrate
To change location periodically, especially by moving seasonally from one region to another.

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garnish
To enhance in appearance by adding decorative touches; embellish: a coat that was garnished with a fur collar.

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closet
A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing.

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blissful
Extremely happy; full of joy; experiencing, indicating, causing, or characterized by bliss.

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compact
Closely and firmly united or packed together; dense: compact clusters of flowers.

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wizard
One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.

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broadcast
To send out or communicate, especially by radio or television: The agency broadcast an urgent appeal for medical supplies.

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shovel
A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow.

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explore
To investigate systematically; examine: explore every possibility.

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keyhole
The hole in a lock into which a key fits.

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wombat
Any of several stocky burrowing Australian marsupials of the family Vombatidae, somewhat resembling a small bear and feeding mainly on grass, leaves, and roots.

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shuffle
To slide (the feet) along the floor or ground while walking.

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To mix together (playing cards or tiles, for example) so as to make a random order of arrangement.

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folly
An act or instance of foolishness: regretted the follies of his youth.

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drizzle
To rain gently in fine, mistlike drops.

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quote
To repeat or copy the words of (another), usually with acknowledgment of the source.

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pupil
A student under the direct supervision of a teacher or professor.

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The apparently black circular opening in the center of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.

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feeble
Lacking strength; weak.

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praise
Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.

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dreadful
Inspiring dread; terrible.

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simmer
To be cooked gently or remain just at or below the boiling point.

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easily
In an easy manner; with ease.

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commute
To make substitution or exchange.

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gossip
Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.

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skillet
Chiefly British A long-handled stewing pan or saucepan sometimes having legs.

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intense
Possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree: the intense sun of the tropics.

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mumble
To utter indistinctly by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth: mumbled an insincere apology.

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shawl
A square or oblong piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders.

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upright
Being in a vertical position or direction: an upright post. See Synonyms at vertical.

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butterflies
Any of various insects of the order Lepidoptera, characteristically having slender bodies, knobbed antennae, and four broad, usually colorful wings.

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consider
To think carefully about.

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aboard
On board a ship, train, aircraft, or other passenger vehicle.

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In or into a group, organization, or business: brought aboard two new designers.

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relish
An appetite for something; a strong appreciation or liking: a relish for luxury.

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A condiment of chopped sweet pickle.

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droll
Amusingly odd or whimsically comical.

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cement
A building material made by grinding calcined limestone and clay to a fine powder, which can be mixed with water and poured to set as a solid mass or used as an ingredient in making mortar or concrete.

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mural
A very large image, such as a painting or enlarged photograph, applied directly to a wall or ceiling.

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faithful
Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal.

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rugged
Having a rough irregular surface. See Synonyms at rough.

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dismal
Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.

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rabies
An acute, infectious, often fatal viral disease of most warm-blooded animals, especially wolves, cats, and dogs, that attacks the central nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of infected animals.

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leftovers
Remaining as an unused portion or amount.

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mustard
Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Brassica, especially B. nigra and B. juncea, which are cultivated for their pungent seeds and edible leaves.

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weigh
To determine the weight of by or as if by using a scale or balance.

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twinkly
that twinkles

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ponder
To weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care.

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disgust
To excite nausea or loathing in; sicken.

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giggle
To laugh with repeated short, spasmodic sounds.

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twitter
To utter a succession of light chirping or tremulous sounds; chirrup.

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sourly
In a sour manner.

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blessing
Approbation; approval: This plan has my blessing.

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A short prayer said before or after a meal; grace.

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rascal
One that is playfully mischievous.

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dryness
a lack of moisture

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brainstorm
To think of or produce (a solution to a problem, for example) by brainstorming.

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reason
The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction. See Usage Notes at because, why.

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mallet
A short-handled hammer, usually with a cylindrical head of wood, used chiefly to drive a chisel or wedge.

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trio
A group of three.

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glimpse
A brief, incomplete view or look.

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kidney
Anatomy Either one of a pair of organs in the dorsal region of the vertebrate abdominal cavity, functioning to maintain proper water and electrolyte balance, regulate acid-base concentration, and filter the blood of metabolic wastes, which are then excreted as urine.

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fronds
The leaf of a fern.

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wardrobe
A tall cabinet, closet, or small room built to hold clothes.

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demanding
Requiring much effort or attention: exhausted by a demanding job. See Synonyms at burdensome.

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jitterbug
A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo swing or jazz music and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.

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absorb
To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.

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perky
Having a buoyant or self-confident air; briskly cheerful.

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nephew
A son of one's brother or sister or of the brother or sister of one's spouse.

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screenplay
The script for a movie, including descriptions of scenes and some camera directions.

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caper
A usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa) having white to pale lilac flowers and dehiscent fruits with reddish pulp.

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A playful leap or hop.

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Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.

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treadmill
A mechanism rotated by people treading on the moving steps of a wheel.

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vital
Of, relating to, or characteristic of life: See Synonyms at living.

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Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining: a vital organ; vital nutrients.

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stellar
Outstanding; principal.

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Of, relating to, or consisting of stars.

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reckon
Informal To think or assume.

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axle
A supporting shaft or member on or with which a wheel or a set of wheels revolves.

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talons
The claw of a bird of prey.

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heroic
Impressive in size or scope; grand: heroic undertakings.

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stomach
The enlarged, saclike portion of the alimentary canal, one of the principal organs of digestion, located in vertebrates between the esophagus and the small intestine.

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patriot
One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.

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episode
An incident or event that is part of a progression or a larger sequence: 'South Africa may remain one of history's most tragic episodes" ( Bayard Rustin).

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A separate program that is part of a television or radio series.

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cabinet
An upright, cupboardlike repository with shelves, drawers, or compartments for the safekeeping or display of objects.

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murmur
A low, indistinct, continuous sound: spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.

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uniform
A distinctive outfit intended to identify those who wear it as members of a specific group.

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racial
Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.

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compass
A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.

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prism
A solid figure whose bases or ends have the same size and shape and are parallel to one another, and each of whose sides is a parallelogram.

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wriggle
To turn or twist the body with sinuous writhing motions; squirm.

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journal
A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.

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assign
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To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.

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eyelet
A small hole or perforation, usually rimmed with metal, cord, fabric, or leather, used for fastening with a cord or hook.

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tissue
Biology An aggregation of morphologically similar cells and associated intercellular matter acting together to perform one or more specific functions in the body. There are four basic types of tissue: muscle, nerve, epidermal, and connective.

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A soft, absorbent piece of paper used as toilet paper, a handkerchief, or a towel.

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posture
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A position of the body or of body parts: a sitting posture.

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thermos
A vacuum bottle used to keep beverages hot or cold.

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fashion
The prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior: out of fashion.

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chorus
Music A composition usually in four or more parts written for a large number of singers.

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humane
Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge.

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ugliness
The condition of being ugly

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ransom
The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price.

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flannel
A soft woven cloth of wool or a blend of wool and cotton or synthetics.

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fragrance
The state or quality of having a pleasant odor.

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