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December 16, 2013
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2014 Douglas County Spelling Bee, Word List 5

The News-Review and Roseburg Kiwanis will sponsor the 37th annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 12 at Wildlife Safari in Winston.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through Feb. 10. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled 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.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or call 541-957-4212.

Week 5 Spelling Bee words

bursitis. Inflammation of a fluid-filled cavity in a joint of the body. “Pain during the tennis game was Brett’s first symptom of bursitis.”

nodosity. A protuberance or swelling. “Ardis felt a slight nodosity on the cat’s back.”

exhaustion. Weariness following overstrain or overexertion. “Vance collapsed from exhaustion after running the marathon.”

hepatitis. Inflammation of the liver. “Serum hepatitis can be transmitted through blood transfusions and unsterilized hypodermic needles.”

jaundice. Yellowish pigmentation of the skin, tissues, and body fluids caused by the deposition of bile pigments. “David’s jaundice was brought on by a liver problem.”

cataract. A clouding of the lens of the eye obstructing the passage of light. “Grandpa’s cataract necessitated surgical replacement of the lens in his eye.”

seizure. A sudden attack (as of a disease or sickness). “ A seizure of hay fever ruined the picnic for Tom.”

amnesia. Loss of memory, forgetfulness. “Alice suffered from amnesia as the result of a head injury.”

tetanus. An acute infectious disease characterized by tonic spasm of voluntary muscles and especially of the jaw muscles. “Puncture wounds are dangerous because they allow the bacteria that cause tetanus to enter the body.”

prey. Make raids for the sake of booty. “Pirates prey on the coastal shipping off Somalia’s coast.”

immune. Protected, guarded. “Wearing her heavy parka made Judith immune to the cold wind.”

feverishly. In an agitated manner. “Jay lay sleepless and feverishly went over the day’s events.”

triumphant. Conquering, victorious. “The triumphant general was given a parade when he returned.”

stalwart. Brave, valiant, resolute. “The stalwart defenders of the Alamo held their positions until the inevitable end.”

biscuit. A quick bread made in a small shape from dough that has been rolled and cut or dropped and that rises in baking. “A hot biscuit with butter and honey was the best part of the lunch.”

spontaneous. Proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint. “His employee’s spontaneous obedience made Tim’s job pleasant.”

ventilate. Cause fresh air to circulate through and contaminated air to be simultaneously withdrawn from. “To ventilate her kitchen, Margo set a fan in the doorway and opened the windows.”

neutralize. Destroy the peculiar properties or effect of. “Some people keep an air freshener in their car to neutralize any odors.”

permeate. Spread or diffuse through. “Igor wiped up the spill immediately, lest the smell of formaldehyde permeate the room.”

menthol. An alcohol that occurs naturally in peppermint oil and Japanese mint oil and can be made synthetically. “Menthol is used in medicines to relieve pain, itching, and nasal congestion.”

economist. A specialist in or student of the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities. “Adam Smith was the most influential economist of the 18th century.”

leisurable. Proceeding deliberately without haste. “The bikers made a leisurable tour of the campus.”

trespass. Make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion. “The rock salt from farmer Brown’s shotgun taught Wally a painful lesson: don’t trespass.”

commute. Travel back and forth regularly or frequently. “For his work Horst must commute daily between Philadelphia and New York.”

rampage. Act, rush, or storm wildly or excitedly. “Crazed fans began to rampage in the streets after their team won the championship.”

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