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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 3

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, by entering ‘Spelling Bee’ into the search field or by entering 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.


fiends. Infernal beings: demons. “After a pleasant chat with the princesses, all that remains is a leisurely ride back through those chaotic crags whose frightening fiends have sworn to tear any intruder limb from limb and devour him down to his belt buckle.”

potentate. One who possesses great power or sway: ruler. “Barry acts more like a potentate than a leader in his role as class president.”

praline. A round patty of creamy brown sugar containing pecan meats. “The praline is a favorite candy of the southern United States.”

puritanical. Morally rigorous, strict. “Mrs. Langley is a puritanical woman who tolerates no nonsense from her students.”

sorbet. A frozen dessert made with a mixture of fruits. “Wylie ate sorbet between courses to cleanse his palate.”

bewitched. Cast a spell over. “Some say a sorceress bewitched the valley during the early days of settlement.”

excavator. A worker who digs out material or digs cavities (as in quarrying or for building construction). “The excavator gasped when the side of the pit gave way to reveal a dark chamber.”

affliction. A state of pain, distress, or grief. “John Addison wrote that some virtues are seen only in affliction.

unfavorable. Opposed, contrary. “Willa decided the time was unfavorable for her to tell her mother the news.”

intricate. Having many complexly interrelating parts or elements: complicated. “Jason described the intricate mechanism of the clock as ‘awesome.’”

tobacco. The leaves of a plant of the genus Nicotiana prepared and processed for use in smoking or chewing or as snuff. “At an early age, Amy vowed never to use tobacco.”

sibilant. Having, containing or producing the sound of or a sound resembling that of the “s” or the “sh in “sash.” “’She sells sea shells ...’ is a sibilant tongue twister.”

aerobatics. Spectacular flying feats and maneuvers (as rolls and dives). “Brian enjoyed the exhibition of aerobatics at the Labor Day festival.”

bulbous. Resembling or suggesting a bulb especially in roundness or in the gross enlargement of a part. “From off on the right, his heavy bulbous body lurching dangerously on the spindly legs which barely supported him, came the Overbearing know-it-all, talking continuously.”

perceived. Became aware of through the senses. “Through the mist, Steve perceived the shape of a house.”

baronial. Splendid, stately, spacious, ample. “The baronial fireplace had enough room to hold six-foot logs.”

prolonger. One who lengthens in time, extends in duration, or draws out. “Dr. Murphy kept his remarks short because he did not want to be the prolonger of the meeting.”

monolith. Something resembling a single great stone. “Sir Larry is considered a pillar of strength by his friends and a hulking obstinate monolith by his enemies.”

jauntily. In a light or carefree manner. “Steve’s hat was perched jauntily on the side of his head.”

assess. Determine the rate or amount of. “Joyce’s job with the insurance company was to assess damages.”

profuse. Overly plentiful: bountiful. “Buttons on the entertainer’s suit were so profuse that not another one could be placed anywhere.”

brandishing. Shaking or waving (a weapon) menacingly. “’That’s why I drove him off,’ cried the Humbug fiercely brandishing his cane.”

overwrought. Suffering from or revealing nervous strain: agitated. “(Tock’s) parents were so overwrought that they gave up having any more children and devoted their lives to doing good work among the poor and hungry.”

butterscotch. A hard candy made by boiling together brown sugar, corn syrup, and water. “Butterscotch has a deep golden color and a delicious rich taste.”

haunted. Inhabited by or as if by apparitions: frequented by ghosts. “The deserted Victorian house outside town is said to be haunted.”

polarize. Cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern. “Sunglasses that polarize light reflected off water help the wearer see into the water.”

spherical. Like a sphere: globular. “Linda suspected that the spherical rock she found was a geode.”

slovenly. Negligent of neatness and order, especially in dress or person. “He that is born under Capricorn shall incline to the slovenly.”

heather. A common evergreen low-growing shrubby plant. “The true heather of Scotland is also called ling or common heath.”

doughiness. The quality or state of being not thoroughly baked. “The doughiness of the cake mortified Mrs. Cavendish.”

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