The News-Review will sponsor the 41st annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 14 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 by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

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. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


proprieties — The customs and manners of polite society, conventionally correct behavior. “Not one to bother with proprieties, Luke is considered by most people to be downright rude.”

exception — The act of excluding or omitting. “They’re usually open to the public only on Mondays from two to four, but since you’ve traveled so far, we’ll have to make an exception.”

gluttonously — In a manner marked by excess in eating and drinking especially when habitual. “After eating gluttonously, Jack took a short nap on the couch.”

spaghetti — A pasta made in solid strings of small diameter but larger than vermicelli. “The specialty of the restaurant was spaghetti with meat sauce.”

myth — A traditional story that is usually of unknown origin and that serves to explain some practice, belief, institution, or natural phenomenon. “The Greek myth about Persephone explains the coming of winter weather.”

marmot — A stout-bodied short-legged rodent that has coarse fur, a short bushy tail and very small ears, lives in burrows, and hibernates in winter. “When sensing danger, the marmot sits upright and gives an alarm whistle.”

topography — The art or practice of graphic delineation in detail usually on maps or charts, especially in a way to show their relative positions and elevations. “Identifying the enemy’s rocket sites will require an expert in topography.”

nutritiously — In a manner that promotes growth and development. “Judging from the kinds of foods that George likes, it is not going to be easy to get him to eat nutritiously.”

mischief — Action or conduct that annoys or irritates without causing or meaning to cause serious harm. “Hearing the puppy’s thumping and barking, Erica went to investigate the mischief he was creating.”

pendentive — Any supporting member at the corner of a square or polygonal plan for making the transition to a circular or octagonal plan. “The ingenious pendentive attracted the attention of the architectural historian.”

fiasco — A bulbous long-necked straw-covered bottle for wine. “On each table, a fiasco served as a candle holder.”

pachyderm — One of a group of thick-skinned mammals: an elephant or rhinoceros. “When the circus came to town, it usually featured at least one pachyderm.”

gaunt — Thin and angular. “On a high podium in front stood the conductor, a tall, gaunt man with dark deep-set eyes.”

envisage — Have a mental picture of in advance of realization. “Benjamin could scarcely envisage the scale of the project, so he broke it down into smaller, more manageable units.”

obdurate — Resistant to persuasion or softening influences, unyielding. “Fritz is maintaining an obdurate opposition to the new highway bypass.”

verbatim — Word for word; in the same words. “Marcelle can recite the entire Gettysburg Address verbatim.”

legitimately — According to law or rules. “Mabel legitimately owned the automobile, even though she couldn’t locate her title or registration.”

porcupine — Any of various relatively large rodents having stiff sharp erectile bristles mingled with the hair. “The yelping dog’s snout was covered with quills from a porcupine.”

noticeable — Likely to attract attention, conspicuous. “The only really noticeable things about him were his tiny mustache and his enormous ears, each of which was fully as large as his head.”

cumbrous — Giving trouble, vexatious. “A swarm of cumbrous gnats followed the hikers all day long.”

inapplicable — Not adapted, not suitable. “The name Brutus was inapplicable to the small dog.”

precipitated — Caused to move or act very rapidly. “The completion of the railroad precipitated the demise of waterborne transport.”

taciturnity — The quality or state of being disinclined or reluctant to talk or converse. “Gene and Leo’s taciturnity about the cause of the scuffle resulted in a trip to the principal’s office.”

pungent — Causing a sharp sensation: pricking, irritating, acrid. “The pungent odor of wet dog sent the guests out for fresh air.”

declivate — Inclining downward, sloping. “Mary Ann slid down the declivate roof of the playhouse.”

solfatara — A volcanic area or vent that yields sulfur gases and hot vapors and represents a late stage of volcanic activity. “Harry noticed a rotten-egg odor coming from a solfatara on the north side of the previously inactive volcano.”

diffraction — A modification which light undergoes in passing by the edges of opaque bodies or through narrow slits in which the rays appear to be deflected and produce fringes of parallel light and dark or colored bands. “One consequence of diffraction is that sharp shadows are not produced.”

stupendous — Of amazing size or greatness. “The construction of Khufu’s pyramid was a stupendous accomplishment for the ancient Egyptians.”

indisputable — That is beyond argument, unquestionable. “Geraldo considered the result of his experiment indisputable.”

olfactometry — The testing and measurement of the sensitivity of the sense of smell. “When Godfrey couldn’t smell any aromas from foods, his doctor recommended that he undergo olfactometry.”

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