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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 9

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.


cardiomegaly. Enlargement of the heart. “Severe anemia can result in cardiomegaly.”

otitis. Inflammation of the ear. “Jeff’s earache was diagnosed as a symptom of otitis of the middle ear.”

oxymoron. A combination for epigrammatic effect of contradictory or incongruous words. “Dexter feels that the phrase ‘jumbo shrimp’ is an oxymoron.”

jejune. Immature, juvenile. “Dennis rejected the jejune poems for publication.”

meringue. A mixture of beaten egg whites and powdered sugar baked at a low temperature and used as a topping (as on pies, puddings). “Thelma scraped the meringue off her pie.”

philologist. A scholar concerned with human speech as the vehicle of literature and as a field of study that sheds light on cultural history. “Hannah wants to become a philologist and study ancient Russian dialects.”

monomaniacal. Relating to, characterized by, or affected with such concentration on a single object or idea as to suggest mental derangement. “Stuart’s obsession with racing cars seems almost monomaniacal to his friends.”

grampus. A cetacean of temperate and tropical seas having a blunt snout and teeth in the lower jaw only. “Squid and octopus are the main foods of the grampus.”

vertiginate. Whirl dizzily around: twirl. “Young children love to vertiginate until they fall down.”

brougham. A light closed carriage with seats inside for two or four. “The brougham was once a common sight on the streets of London.”

impresario. The manager or conductor of an opera or concert company. “The impresario was eager to begin his opera company’s 10-city tour.”

hartebeest. A large African antelope with short ringed divergent horns. “The hartebeest grazes mainly on the open plains and scrublands of sub-Saharan Africa.”

impromptu. Without previous study, preparation or consideration; on the spur of the moment. “Leah is able to speak impromptu and at length on countless subjects.”

fulgurant. Flashing like lightning, dazzling. “Emily’s fulgurant diamond brooch attracted many eyes at the dinner party.”

piqued. Excited or aroused by a provocation, challenge or rebuff. “Perry’s loud voice piqued the dog’s barking.”

haiku. An unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. “Compressing an image or idea into only 17 syllables is what makes a haiku most challenging to compose.”

chandelle. An abrupt climbing turn of an airplane. “Sylvester almost fainted when the plane pitched into a sudden chandelle.”

sirenian. Any of an order of aquatic herbivorous mammals including the manatee, dugong and Steller’s sea cow. “The future of the sirenian in Florida is in doubt because of the increasing boat traffic.”

rhesus. A pale brown Asian monkey often used in medical research. “A rhesus was the first monkey to be rocketed into the stratosphere.”

albedometer. A device for measuring the reflection of light (as by snow). “David used an albedometer to measure the reflection of light by the clouds.”

cribral. Of or relating to a sieve, perforated. “The mouths of certain whales contain a cribral structure for collecting food.”

hypotactic. Of, relating to or exhibiting syntactic subordination (as by conjunction). “Yun loved the complicated hypotactic prose of academic German.”

pertinacious. Stubbornly unshakable. “There was something mysterious in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion.”

sukiyaki. Meat, soybean curd, onions, bamboo shoots and other vegetables cooked in soy sauce, sake and sugar. “Joyce watched with fascination as the Japanese cook prepared sukiyaki right at the table.”

ornithopter. A heavier-than-air airplane deriving its chief support and propulsion from flapping wings. “Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of an ornithopter provide early evidence of man’s quest for flight.”

anecdote. A usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing or curious incident. “The speaker’s presentation ended with a touching anecdote.”

slantindicular. Somewhat oblique. “The main staircase of the new library rises at a slantindicular angle to the facade.”

hosanna. An expression of enthusiastic praise; acclamation. “Mr. Wong greeted Katya with a loud hosanna.”

mansard. A roof having two slopes on all sides with the lower slope steeper than the upper one. “The mansion was topped with an elegant mansard.”

reliquary. A casket, shrine, or container for keeping or exhibiting relics. “According to the guidebook, the reliquary contains one of St. Catherine’s finger bones.” cardiomegaly. Enlargement of the heart. “Severe anemia can result in cardiomegaly.”

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