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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 4

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.


manuscript. Not printed. “Rob bought an 18th-century manuscript map from the bookshop as a gift to his father.”

plumber. One who installs, repairs, and maintains piping, fittings, and fixtures that are involved in the distribution and use of water in a building. “The plumber replaced the lead pipes in the Davidsons’ house with copper ones.”

antelope. Any of various ruminant mammals of Africa and southwest Asia. “The bounding antelope managed to outdistance the pursuing lion.”

yeast. A substance used in baking and the fermentation of alcoholic beverages: leaven. “The sourdough bread recipe called for two packages of yeast.”

slavish. Requiring hard work: laborious. “’A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect,’ roared the Humbug, waving his cane furiously.”

peerless. Matchless, incomparable. “Randy wondered how he could compete against the peerless defending champion.”

sediment. Material deposited (as by water, wind, or glaciers). “The layers of sediment were evident in the shades of color on the rocky hillside.”

caramelize. Change (sugar or the sugar content of a food) into caramel. “Kara is going to caramelize some sugar to make peanut brittle.”

audition. Give a trial performance. “Cornelius decided to audition for the part of Shylock.”

knapsack. A bag or case often of canvas supported on the back by a strap over each shoulder and used especially for carrying supplies while on a march or hike. “The next morning, Boris found a young snapping turtle in his knapsack.”

condescended. Stooped or bent to action or speech less formal or dignified than is customary in one’s social rank. “The rajah condescended to seat himself on a rug under the tree.”

platypus. A small egg-laying aquatic mammal of southern and eastern Australia and Tasmania having a fleshy bill resembling that of a duck, dense blackish brown fur, five-toed webbed feet, and a broad flattened tail. “Cindy has asked for a platypus for her birthday.”

sagely. In a wise or prudent manner. “Vera invested her savings sagely.”

traversed. Moved to and fro over or along. “Zane serenely traversed the frozen pond.”

occasionally. Now and then: here and there. “Years ago I was just an ordinary bee minding my own business, smelling flowers all day, and occasionally picking up part-time work in people’s bonnets.”

terrarium. A fully enclosed wholly or predominantly glass container for the indoor cultivation of moisture-loving plants. “Mosses and other small woodland plants thrive in a terrarium.”

acuate. Having a sharp point: shaped like a needle: sharpened. “Cobb’s beagle was distinctive because of its acuate tail.”

visualize. See a mental image of. “Arthur could still visualize the accident down to the smallest detail.”

grandiloquent. Marked by a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style. “With a grandiloquent gesture, Mona left the ballroom.”

vorago. An engulfing chasm: abyss. “Before he knew it, Beck had crossed the bridge over the vorago.”

introspect. Look within (as one’s own mind). “Bokeem likes to sit on the edge of the pond in his aunt’s backyard and introspect.”

ascertained. Made sure of: discovered. “In the moonlight, the form of the heretofore unknown might now be ascertained.”

minstrels. Professional musical entertainers of a kind originating in medieval times. “Off to one side a group of minstrels sang songs to the delight of those either too young or too old to engage in trade.”

preface. The author’s introduction to a book usually explaining the object and scope of what follows : a foreword. “In her preface, the author explained how she got involved in the study of gorillas.”

sonnet. A fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of 14 lines. “Thomas remembered memorizing in high school a sonnet about Triton and a wreathed horn.”

emphatically. In a markedly forceful manner. “At the school board meeting, Jonah spoke emphatically in favor of requiring students to wear uniforms.”

heretical. Of, relating to, or characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards: unorthodox. “A free society allows the expression of all opinions, however heretical they may seem.”

parable. A usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle. “Ella’s Sunday school teacher began every class with a parable.”

equilibrist. One who balances himself in unnatural positions and performs hazardous movements. “Of all the acts in the circus, Yancy liked the equilibrist best.”

axiom. A proposition, rule, or maxim that has found general acceptance or is thought worthy thereof. “’Early to bed, early to rise’ is Uncle Abdul’s favorite axiom.”

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