Scripps National Spelling Bee – Italian

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staccato
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ballot
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confetti
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semolina
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*the purified middlings of hard wheat (as durum) used especially for pasta (as macaroni or spaghetti)
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influenza
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cavalry
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piazza
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cadenza
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*a parenthetical flourish in an aria or other solo piece commonly just before a final or other important cadence
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pistachio
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spinet
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cantata
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incognito
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vendetta
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contraband
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mascara
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graffiti
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*unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface
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credenza
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*a sideboard, buffet, or bookcase patterned after a Renaissance credence
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parapet
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falsetto
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ditto
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provolone
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extravaganza
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scampi
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belladonna
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gondola
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rotunda
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cauliflower
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galleria
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regatta
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*a rowing, speedboat, or sailing race or a series of such races
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crescendo
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balcony
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portfolio
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antipasto
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libretto
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virtuoso
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harmonica
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maestro
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bravura
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*a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution
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fresco
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stucco
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inferno
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ballerina
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malaria
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grotto
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harpsichord
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allegro
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virtuosa
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spaghetti
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piccolo
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ravioli
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vibrato
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pesto
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aria
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bambino
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salami
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Parmesan
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oratorio
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*a lengthy choral work usually of a religious nature consisting chiefly of recitatives, arias, and choruses without action or scenery *alternate pronunciation- ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌō
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finale
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scenario
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contrapuntal
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illuminati
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concerto
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macaroni
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palmetto
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bandit
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fiasco
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cameo
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sonata
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coloratura
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*elaborate embellishment in vocal music
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scherzo
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*a sprightly humorous instrumental musical composition or movement commonly in quick triple time
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adagio
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*at a slow tempo —used chiefly as a direction in music
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segue
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zucchini
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capricious
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*impulsive, unpredictable
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archipelago
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charlatan
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*one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability
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maraschino
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paparazzo
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fantoccini
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*a puppet show using puppets operated by strings or mechanical devices *pronounced incorrectly- ˌfän-tə-ˈchē-nē
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mozzarella
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garibaldi
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ocarina
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prosciutto
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*dry-cured spiced Italian ham usually sliced thin
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trattoria
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*a usually small Italian restaurant *pronounced incorrectly- ˌträ-tə-ˈrē-ə
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vivace
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cappelletti
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*pasta in the form of little peaked hats filled with a savory mixture *pronounce incorrectly- ˌka-pə-ˈle-tē
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pizzicato
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intaglio
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