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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 5

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 5:

valiantly. In a brave or bold manner courageously. “Deidre tried valiantly to swim the English Channel.”

loitering. Frittering away time in the course of doing something or proceeding somewhere. “Amanda would have been ready to meet the bus if she hadn’t loitered in front of the TV.”

portentous. Of, relating to, or constituting something that foreshadows a coming event: ominous. “Oliver’s dream proved portentous.”

ricotta. A white unripened whey cheese of Italian origin that resembles cottage cheese. “Angela’s favorite Italian recipe calls for ravioli stuffed with ricotta.”

parody. A writing in which the language and style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule often with certain peculiarities greatly heightened or exaggerated. “Jackie’s parody of Mickey Spillane won her first place in the essay contest.”

vulnerable. Capable of being wounded: defenseless against injury. “Maggie’s sensitive nature made her vulnerable to cross remarks.”

leopard. A large strong cat of southern Asia and Africa that is adept at climbing and is usually tawny or buff with black spots. “The so-called ‘black panther’ is actually a black-coated form of the leopard.”

azimuth. An arc of the horizon measured between a fixed point and the vertical circle passing through the center of an object. “Using a compass, the navigator took the magnetic azimuth of the star.”

julienne. Cut in long thin strips — used especially of vegetables and fruits. “Bruce added julienne cucumber to the salad.”

meagerness. The quality or state of being small, thin, or inadequate. “The meagerness of supporting evidence rendered the politician’s book and speeches unconvincing to Albert.”

ghastly. Giving rise to terror: frightening. “The gnarled trees appeared ghastly in the moonlight.”

suffice. Be enough: meet or satisfy a need. “One teaspoonful of salt will suffice for the stew.”

calabash. The common bottle gourd. “A calabash with a hole cut in it makes a dandy birdhouse.”

babblative. Given to excessive talking: garrulous. “The babblative waitress called everyone at our table ‘sweetheart.’”

aporia. A passage in speech or writing incorporating or presenting a difficulty or doubt. “The Bible verse ‘Then the steward said within himself, “What shall I do?”’ is an aporia.”

octahedron. A solid bounded by eight plane faces. “Tanya bought a music box in the form of an octahedron for her new grandson.”

fantasize. Create or develop imaginative and often fantastic views, ideas, or explanations. “After Calvin was elected to the student council, all he ever did was fantasize about becoming president of the United States.”

epos. A body of poetry expressing the tradition of a people. “The ancient epos survived in later literature.”

sprawling. Lying or sitting with arms and legs stretched out carelessly or awkwardly. “The bucking of the horse sent the cowboy sprawling on the ground.”

pomander. A mixture of perfumed or aromatic substances usually made in a ball and enclosed in a perforated bag or box. “Mom’s clothes always smelled of the pomander she kept in her closet.”

inclusion. The act of taking in as a part of a larger group, class, or principle. “The inclusion of females in the traditionally male school’s freshman class caused an uproar.”

vixenish. Resembling a shrewish ill-tempered woman. “Elena could become vixenish when she felt slighted.”

elegiac. Consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which is often felt to be pentameter. “Gonda could not figure out how to scan the elegiac couplet.”

ductility. The quality or state of being capable of being drawn out into wire. “The ductility of platinum is such that it has been drawn into a wire less than two thousandths of an inch in diameter.”

vellication. The act of twitching or of causing to twitch. “While dissecting a frog in biology class, Sam noticed vellication of the legs.”

disconsolate. Hopelessly sad: being beyond comfort. “No words were sold, the marketplace closed down, and the people grew poor and disconsolate.”

shrewish. Resembling or having the characteristics of an ill-tempered, scolding woman. “Because Della is naturally ill-tempered, she had no difficulty acting the part of the shrewish neighbor.”

mosquito. Any of numerous two-winged flies that have a rather narrow abdomen and usually a long slender rigid proboscis with which they puncture the skin of animals to suck the blood. “I have everything here from the buzz of a mosquito a million years ago to what your mother said to you this morning.”

illumination. A giving of physical light or the state of being lighted. “Because of its many windows, Sarah’s office always has ample illumination.”

doffed. Lifted the hat. “When he reached the car, the figure doffed his cap.”


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