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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 10

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.

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.


accrescent. Growing continuously; specifically, growing larger after flowering. “After its flower had fallen away, the plant’s accrescent calyx became noticeably larger.”

pyrethrum. Any of various chrysanthemums with finely divided and often aromatic leaves. “The pyrethrurn is a source of a natural insecticide.”

cochleariform. Shaped like a spoon. “Jacques theorized that the cochleariform bone was used in prehistoric times as a spoon.”

minuscular. Very small in size or importance. “A minuscular speck of dirt on Alison’s frock was enough to infuriate her.”

sychnocarpous. Able to produce fruit repeatedly. “The apple and pear are sychnocarpous trees.”

arbuscle. A dwarf tree or treelike shrub. “The gardener recommended that Micah purchase an arbuscle to plant next to the house.”

panegyric. An oration or writing expressing praise. “Walt Whitman composed a famous panegyric on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln’s death.”

epithet. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase. “Donnie apologized for shouting an epithet at Mr. Garibaldi.”

gongorism. An excessively involved, ornate, and artificial style of writing. “In his later years, the poet lapsed into gongorism.”

alliteration. The repetition usually initially of a sound that is usually a consonant in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as in “daring deed”). “Poor writers rely on alliteration when lacking ideas.”

kielbasa. A smoked sausage. “Adria ordered a half-pound of potato salad and a kielbasa from the deli.”

sententious. Terse, aphoristic or moralistic in expression: pithy. “The sitcom’s drop in popularity was attributed to its growing tendency toward sententious sermonizing.”

censorious. Marked by or given to an inclination to discover and severely condemn especially social, moral or artistic errors. “Helen was in one of her censorious moods at the reception this evening.”

psalmody. The act, practice, or art of singing sacred songs in worship. “Although the New England Puritans did away with church organs and instruments, they kept their psalmody.”

litotes. Understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by a negative of the contrary (as in “He’s not a bad ball player”). “Rupert loved to use the litotes ‘not bad’ to convey high praise.”

aardwolf. A striped hyenalike mammal of southern and eastern Africa that feeds chiefly on carrion and insects. “Termites are the favorite food of the aardwolf.”

catastasis. The dramatic complication immediately preceding the climax of a play. “As the catastasis progressed, the tension mounted, culminating in the inevitable clash of characters.”

colobus. Any of a genus of slender long-tailed African monkeys. “In the colobus the thumb is either absent or greatly reduced in size.”

desman. An aquatic insectivorous mammal of Russia that resembles a mole. “At one end the desman has a long, flared snout and at the other end a long, flattened tail.”

amphora. An ancient Greek jar or vase having a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck, and two handles that rise almost to the level of the mouth. “Divers recovered an unblemished amphora from the bottom of the bay.”

ratatouille. A stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat. “Mamie used vegetables from her own garden to make the ratatouille.”

derailleur. A mechanism for shifting gears on a bicycle that operates by moving the chain from one set of exposed gears to another. “Joseph’s pants kept getting caught in the derailleur of his bicycle.”

quokka. A stocky Australian reddish or chestnut brown wallaby with a short tail — also called a shorttailed wallaby. “Meggie’s pet quokka wanted to follow her everywhere.”

aretalogy. A narrative of the miraculous deeds of a god or hero. “Owen was fascinated by the aretalogy of Hercules’ labors.”

radicchio. A chicory of a red variety with variegated leaves that is used as a salad green. “Instead of lettuce, Angela always uses radicchio in her salads.”

cordillera. A group of mountain ranges forming a mountain system of great linear extent. “The Andean cordillera extends along the west coast of South America.”

anadiplosis. Repetition of a prominent word, usually the last in a phrase, clause, sentence or verse, at the beginning of the next phrase, clause, sentence or verse. “Anne read the second member of the anadiplosis louder than the first for emphasis.”

guenon. Any of various long-tailed chiefly arboreal African monkeys. “The guenon is a favorite zoo monkey because of its bright markings, good nature and its habit of grimacing at observers.”

brachylogy. Conciseness of expression. “A successful poet is a master of imagery and brachylogy.”

convertible. An automobile having a top that may be folded back, lowered, or removed. “Thelma and Louise enjoyed cruising the highway in Louise’s convertible.”

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