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.


extraneous — Existing or originating outside or beyond. “Leona didn‘t let extraneous noises bother her while she was studying.”

epistolary — Written in the form of a series of letters. “Evan read four epistolary novels last summer.”

deterge — Wash off, cleanse. “Dad used the hose to deterge the air-conditioner filter.”

brigandage — Plunder by a band of outlaws. “For their acts of brigandage, the robbers were sentenced to 20 years in prison.”

quaff — Drink freely or copiously. “Falstaff threw his head back and proceeded to quaff from the tankard.”

humerus — The long bone of the upper arm. “Alvin fractured his humerus in a rock-climbing accident.”

chifforobe — A combination of wardrobe and chest of drawers. “Michael carefully inspected the old chifforobe, hoping to find a secret drawer.”

garrison — A place in which troops are quartered; a military post. “Colonel Phipps searched throughout the garrison for his wallet.”

meticulosity — The quality or state of being extremely painstaking in the consideration or treatment of details. “The gallery visitor marveled at the artist’s meticulosity in depicting details so realistically.”

solace — Alleviation of grief or anxiety. “The eulogy gave some solace to Mrs. Ingram.”

arrogate — Claim or seize as one’s right something one is not entitled to. “The senator argued that the nation should not arrogate to itself the right to settle international disputes.”

conquistador — Conqueror; specifically, any one of the leaders in the Spanish conquest of America, especially of Mexico and Peru, in the 16th century. “Mr. Sanchez found the bronze helmet of a conquistador deep in the canyon.”

dendrologist — A specialist in the study of trees. “The dendrologist decried the continuing deforestation of the rain forests.”

finesse — Delicate skill; exquisite grace. “Wayne plays baseball with a finesse that only players who have natural ability demonstrate.”

autobahn — A road in Germany with double traffic lanes in each direction separated by a parkway. “Elaus pulled his Mercedes over to the side of the autobahn to read the map.”

franchisee — One who is granted a franchise to operate a unit in a chain of business establishments. “Each franchisee who attended the convention received a brass plaque.”

syllabus — A compendium or summary outline of a discourse, course of study, or examination requirements. “After reading the syllabus for the seminar, Brad realized he had made a terrible mistake.”

orthogonal — Lying in or intersecting at right angles. “The streets in the new subdivision are laid out in an orthogonal pattern.”

sarong — A loose skirt that is made of a long strip of cloth wrapped around the body and held in place by tucking or rolling at the waist. “The sarong was first worn in the Malay Archipelago and the Pacific islands.”

iniquitous — Unjust, wicked. “The person who did the iniquitous deed was never found.”

reflorescent — Flowering again. “After the removal of dead flowers, many plants become reflorescent.”

ignominious — Marked by disgrace or shame. “After the scandal broke, the official suffered an ignominious defeat.”

calamine — A pink powder consisting of zinc oxide and a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments. “An ointment containing calamine proved effective against Pam’s rash.”

fiduciary — Of, having to do with, or involving a confidence or trust. “Zoe acted in a fiduciary capacity during the lease negotiations.”

apotheosize — Deify, glorify. “Every year, a few of the graduate students tend to apotheosize Professor Abramson.”

ostracism — Exclusion by general consent from common privileges or social acceptance. “Holden was subjected to ostracism after he lost the fencing team’s equipment on the subway.”

impedance — The apparent opposition in an electrical circuit to the flow of an alternating current that is analagous to the actual electrical resistance to a direct current. “A high fidelity amplifier must have a low output impedance to make loudspeakers produce natural sound.”

basque — Of or relating to a people inhabiting from pre-Roman times the region of the western Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay in Spain and France. “The origins of the Basque language remain a mystery to modern linguists.”

surreptitious — Done, made, or acquired in secret or by stealth. “Denise was embarrassed when her surreptitious note to Steve was intercepted by the teacher.”

biloculine — Having two chambers. “Cheryl’s collection included the biloculine shell of a small mollusk.”

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