Spelling Bee Study Guide

feral
wild and menacing

Kelvin
the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d’Unites

aborigine
the earliest known inhabitants of a region

cistern
an artificial reservoir for storing liquids

elocution
an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture

succinct
brief, concise

quotient
the answer to a division problem

yeti
large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas

monstrosity
something hideous or frightful

rambunctious
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

surmountable
capable of being surmounted

curmudgeon
a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

herringbone
a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern

millennium
a span of 1000 years

convivial
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

papyrus
a document written on papyrus

impudent
improperly forward or bold

legalese
a style that uses the abstruse technical vocabulary of the law

concomitant
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

jalapeño
hot green or red pepper of southwestern United States and Mexico

zigzaggedness
the act of taking a path that is not straight but rather zigzag/circuitous

lugubrious
excessively mournful

toxicosis
disease caused by poison

olympiad
the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country

woebegone
affected by or full of grief or woe

kanji
a mix of Chinese characters with the original Japanese writing

supplicate
ask humbly (for something)

abacus
a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves

uvula
a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate

peripheral
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary

hexagonal
in the shape of a hexagon

affectation
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

biscotti
a type of Italian cookie

effervescent
marked by high spirits or excitement

propaganda
information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause

cinematographer
a photographer who operates a movie camera

narcoleptic
a person who has narcolepsy

quizzical
strange

anthropology
the study of man

tandoori
roasted in a charcoal oven

magnificently
in a splendid manner

lackadaisical
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way

nonnegotiable
that is not open to discussion or question or dispute

orthographize
to spell correctly or accordingly to the rules or orthography

decaffeinate
to extract caffeine from

gigabyte
a unit of information equal to one billion (1,073,741,824) bytes or 1024 megabytes

entrepreneur
someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it

froufrou
the rustling of a skirt or pant legs in motion

hypochondria
chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments

variegated
having a variety of colors

sabotage
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged

pestilence
any epidemic disease with a high death rate

incendiary
a bomb that is designed to start fires

malleable
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

annexation
the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation

quadrilateral
a shape with 4 sides and 4 angles

reticulated
resembling or forming a network

Mesopotamian
Before 3500 BC

chaperonage
the state of being a chaperone

tempestuous
(of the elements) as if showing violent anger

endocrine
any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream

mauve
a shade of purple

intermittent
stopping and starting at irregular intervals

duodenum
the part of the small intestine between the stomach and the jejunum

grotesqueness
the state of being hideously ugly

flagellum
a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)

Pompeii
ancient city southeast of Naples that was buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius

nepotism
favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

resplendence
brilliant radiant beauty

cytoplasm
goo inside a cell

phalanx
any closely ranked crowd of people

elucidate
make free from confusion or ambiguity

arabesque
position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose

regurgitate
eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

bereavement
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one

virulently
in a virulent manner

nebulosity
nebular matter

doughtily
transgression

jingoism
fanatical patriotism

polypeptide
a peptide containing 10 to more than 100 amino acids

crepuscular
like twilight

serotonin
a neurotransmitter involved in e.g. sleep and depression and memory

aquiline
curved down like an eagle’s beak

xanthic
yellowish

seismologist
a person who studies earthquakes

euphonious
sounding good

ululate
emit long loud cries

flammeous
flame-coloured

effulgent
radiating or as if radiating light

plantigrade
(of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot

tenebrific
dark and gloomy

silhouette
a drawing of the outline of an object

leviathan
monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament

kinesiology
the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

apocalyptic
prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom

cumulonimbus
storm clouds

oscillation
a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon

roux
a mixture of fat and flour heated and used as a basis for sauces

yeoman
in former times was free and cultivated his own land

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