The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. 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.


Retrograde — Moving, directed, or tending in a backward direction. “The soldiers fought a retrograde action.”

Alphanumerical — Consisting, of both letters and numbers and often other symbols as well. “Because she used two separate alphanumerical codes, Georgia made many mistakes.”

Domineering — Disposed to exercise or to flaunt dictatorial authority in a way to override any protestation. “Craig protested his brother’s domineering behavior.”

Squeamish — Inclined to become nauseated: queasy. “Pat is squeamish when it comes to rides at the fair.”

Orchid — A distinctive and often brightly colored tropical flower with three petals. “Many varieties of the orchid can be found in Hawaii.”

Aquatic — Living wholly or chiefly in or on water. “The oil spill caused the deaths of many aquatic animals and plants.”

Avocado — The pulpy green or purple pear-shaped edible fruit of various tropical American trees. “Dennis poured lemon juice over the sliced avocado.”

Hybrid — An offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species or genera. “A hybrid often has increased vigor and strength.”

Univalve — Having or consisting in one valve. “The aquatic univalve will usually attach its eggs to leaves or sticks.”

Pentacle — A five-pointed star producible by one continuous line. “The man who came to the door wore a necklace with a bronze pentacle on it.”

Statuesque — Having a massive dignity or impressiveness: majestic. “A statuesque sculpture stood in the town square.”

Corona — Something suggesting a crown. “Perhaps the lampshade’s gold color and frilly edges made Ronald imagine that it was a corona.

Quadrilateral — A plane figure of four sides and consequently four angles. “The perimeter of a baseball diamond forms a quadrilateral.”

Crescent — The shape or figure defined by a convex and a concave edge. “The moon’s silvery crescent disappeared as the eclipse reached totality.”

Ecologist — A specialist in the branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environment. “Kimberly will work as a summer intern for an ecologist in the Everglades.”

Adversaries — Ones that contend with, oppose or resist. “Cynthia’s adversaries in the tennis tournament were not easily defeated.”

Substantiate — Prove, confirm, verify. “If three witnesses would substantiate Henry’s own testimony, his alibi would be hard to disprove.”

Indelible — That which cannot be removed, washed away, or erased: permanent. “Lily’s narrow escape from drowning left an indelible mark on her personality.”

Formulate — Plan out in an orderly fashion. “The board decided to call in a consultant to help formulate plans for the new factory.”

Equivalent — Corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function. “Butter and margarine are equivalent in most recipes.”

Blemish — Defect, flaw. “A skilled watercolorist can render a blemish invisible.”

Wreckage — Something that has been reduced to a ruinous state by violence; the remains of a wreck. “’But how will we get down?’ groaned the Humbug, looking at the wreckage below.”

Gallant — Marked by a blend of the high spirited, brave, dashing and chivalrous. “Following the meal came songs, epic poems and speeches in praise of the princesses and the three gallant adventurers who had rescued them.”

Fury — Violent anger: rage. “Now his sadness had changed to fury and he stalked about the room adding up anger and multiplying wrath.”

Whether — Used as a function word followed usually by correlative “or” or by “or whether” to indicate alternative conditions or possibilities. “I do so hate to make up my mind about anything, whether it’s good or bad, up or down, in or out, rain or shine.”

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