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