The News-Review will sponsor a Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Wildlife Safari in Winston.
Words will appear each Monday on the Schools Page. The word lists can also be accessed at our website, www.nrtoday.com by entering ‘Spelling Bee’ into the search field or by entering www.nrtoday.com/spellingbee directly into your web browser. The last word list will be published Feb. 11, 2013.
The County Spelling Bee Champion will go home with a trophy and a new computer system. Trophies and other prizes will also be awarded to the First, Second and Third place winners.
All public school, private school, and home-school students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator.
SPELLING WORD LIST 8:
harried. Kept under constant attack or threat of attack, harassed. “A mosquito harried Charlie as he tried to sleep.”
globular. Round like a ball, spherical. “A globular lamp hung from the center of the ceiling in Gretchen’s dining room.
flourishes. Ostentations in the performance of something often intended to call forth or fix attention or admiration. “The five cabinet members then rolled up the large parchment and, with many bows and flourishes, retired.”
opacity. The quality or state of a body that renders it impervious to the rays of light; lack of transparency or translucency. “The envelope’s opacity made it impossible for Garnet to see if there was a check inside.”
revelry. Boisterous merrymaking. “The revelry at campaign headquarters began after the arrival of the winning candidate.”
canard. An airplane having the horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of the main supporting surfaces. “Tommy wants his next model airplane to be a canard.”
mourning. Feeling sorrow or grief for. “Jacob was mourning the loss of his turtle until a neighbor found it and returned it to him.”
horologist. A maker of clocks or watches. “After working as a watch repairman for seven years, Matt decided to become a full-fledged horologist.”
monotonous. Having no change or variety; wearisomely uniform. “The sky became quite gray and the whole countryside seemed to lose its color and assume the same monotonous tone.”
bandalore. A toy with an automatically winding cord by which it is brought back to the hand when thrown. “Jeffrey brought a bandalore for show-and-tell.”
bustling. Given to or full of noisy or energetic activity. “As they strolled along the bustling and busy avenue, he began.”
autonomy. The quality or state of being independent, free and self-directing. “After years of fighting the colonial government, the island was finally granted autonomy.”
apostrophe. A mark used to indicate omission of one or more letters or figures or to mark the possessive case of English nouns. “Use of the apostrophe when forming plural nouns is a common punctuation error.”
heifer. A young cow. “This year’s blue-ribbon heifer belongs to Mrs. Cates.”
hysteria. Conduct or an outbreak of conduct exhibiting unmanageable fear or emotional excess. “Hysteria overcame the defendant when the guilty verdict was announced.”
caribou. Any of several large deer of northern North America. “While in Montana, Jill photographed a caribou silhouetted on a high ridge.”
melancholy. Depressed in spirits, mournful. “The melancholy chirp of a cricket was the only sign of life near him.”
calico. Any of various cheap cotton fabrics with figured patterns. “Molly’s dress was made of a bold orange and yellow checked calico.”
impervious. Not allowing entrance or passage through; impenetrable. “Ted covered the woodpile with a tarp impervious to water.”
superstitious. Having or based on a belief, conception, act, or practice resulting from ignorance, unreasoning fear of the unknown, or a false conception of causation. “The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe.”
extraordinarily. In a manner beyond what is usual, regular, common, or customary. “Dr. Miller told us that Brutus was extraordinarily frisky this morning.”
herbarium. A room, building, or institution housing a collection of dried plant specimens. “Jackson was looking forward to visiting the herbarium while on vacation.”
ruminate. Muse upon, contemplate repeatedly. “Luke likes to ruminate in the backyard while chewing on a stem of grass.”
precibal. Occurring before meals. “The host graciously proposed a precibal toast to the guest of honor.”
effusive. Expressing or marked by unrestrained emotion; unduly demonstrative. “’Is this the right road?’ asked Milo, a little bowled over by the effusive greeting.”
prevaricate. Deviate from the truth, speak equivocally or evasively; lie. “Emmy tends to prevaricate whenever the teacher questions her behavior.”
enumerated. Related one after another; listed. “When the waiter had enumerated the dessert choices, making a single selection was difficult.”
erudition. An extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books. “The schoolmaster was esteemed as a man of great erudition.”
perjury. The voluntary violation of an oath. “One thing is certain after the testimony: Either Mr. Jakes or Mr. Cleveland has committed perjury.”
malediction. Curse, execration. “The villain’s last words were a malediction on the entire royal family.”