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Scripps National Spelling Bee

School Spelling Bee Study List
2015–2016 School Year
This list includes all 450 challenging School Spelling Bee Study List words for grades one through eight.
If you learn the spellings and meanings of these 450 words, you will be well prepared for a school spelling bee.
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bat
sock
yam
peep
candy

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pull

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bark
melt
sky
lucky
smug
vote
truck
blob
tank
napkin
good
dress
store
apart
thing
all-star
five
jelly
tiger
fuzzy
trace

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(verb)
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broom
frame
hidden
navy
glass

(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
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copycat
plus
down

(noun)
(preposition)
(adverb)

a usually wooden piece of sports equipment used to hit a ball.
a piece of clothing that covers the foot and is worn inside a shoe.
a sweet potato with brown skin and usually orange flesh.
a weak, high sound like a chirp or a squeak.
a sweet food made with sugar and often flavoring (such as chocolate) and
filling.
to hold onto something and move it toward yourself or toward the direction you
are going.
to make a short loud explosive sound (like a dog).
to change from a solid to a liquid because of heat.
the space surrounding the earth.
having good fortune.
marked by belief in one's own superiority, virtue and respectability.
to give a formal opinion in response to a proposed decision.
a vehicle built for moving things in its own frame.
a small drop or lump of something thick and wet.
a large container for holding liquid.
a piece of fabric or paper used during a meal to wipe your lips or hands.
correct, proper or right.
to put clothes on.
a place where things are available to buy.
away from one another.
an object whose name is not said or not known.
made up of the best performers or participants.
being one more than four.
a soft food made by boiling sugar and fruit juice.
a large, wild cat that lives in Asia and usually has orange fur with black stripes.
looking furry, soft or fluffy.
to copy something (such as a drawing) by putting a see-through piece of paper
over it and following the lines.
a brush on a long handle that is used for sweeping.
an open structure used for holding and supporting something.
out of sight : concealed.
a dark blue with gray and purple tones.
a hard, brittle and usually transparent substance used to make windows,
drinking vessels and other items.
a person who imitates or adopts another person's ideas, style or behavior.
increased by.
from a higher place to a lower place.
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goldfish
cheese
problem
cranny
grandma
patch
erase
tuba
curly
soup

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(noun)
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(noun)
(verb)
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towel
only
sailor
blue
which
rare
pamper
dojo
chair
forget
arch

(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)
(verb)
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bedrock
satin
dizzy
solo
passport

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(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

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habits
cream
regular
x-ray

(plural noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(verb)

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teacher
splashy
Ping-Pong

(noun)
(adjective)
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attic
brunch
hallway
truth
quack
connect
newbie
husband
April

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(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(verb)
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(noun)

a small usually yellow or orange fish that is often kept in ponds or fish tanks.
the curd of milk that has been pressed and ripened for use as a food.
something that is a source of difficulty, trouble or worry.
a small space that is easy to overlook and is a likely place to hide something.
the female parent of either of your parents.
a piece used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot.
to remove written letters or figures by rubbing or scraping.
a large, low-pitched brass musical instrument.
twisting into round or curved shapes.
a liquid food made with broth that often contains pieces of meat, fish, pasta or
vegetables.
a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying.
alone in a class or category.
a person who works on the crew of a boat or ship.
having the color of the clear sky or the deep sea.
being what one or ones out of a group.
not occurring or appearing very often : unusual.
to treat with a lot of care and attention.
a school for training in judo, karate or other martial arts.
a seat for one person that usually has four legs and a back.
to not be able to think of or remember.
a typically curved structure that goes over the top of and supports an opening
(as in a wall).
the solid stone that is under the ground and soil.
a smooth fabric with a shiny front and dull back.
feeling like your head is spinning and you might fall.
a piece of music played or sung by a single person.
an identification document that is issued to a citizen of a country that is used to
allow the person to leave and come back to that country.
normal repeated behaviors.
the thick part of milk that contains butterfat.
not showing change in occurrence, practice or habit.
to examine, treat or photograph with powerful invisible rays that make it
possible to see inside things (such as the human body).
a person who helps another learn a subject or a skill.
showy in a way that attracts attention.
a game played on a table with wooden paddles and a small plastic ball: table
tennis.
a room or storage space just below the roof of a building.
a meal served usually in the late morning.
the area inside the entrance of a building.
the real state of things : fact.
the sound a duck makes or an imitation of it.
to join, fasten or link (two or more) things together.
a person who has recently started a particular activity: a beginner.
a married man.
the fourth month of the year.
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exam

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reward
caramel
trademark

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(noun)

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Velcro

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atlas
motto

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frothy
puddle
zilch
length
canopy
surefire
tractor

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(noun)
(noun)
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(adjective)
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jersey
sofa
likable or
likeable
hinge
dozen
people
future
cough
balm
gusto
marlin
o'clock
upshot
barter
hefty
glimmer
jackpot
warning
sonar
garlic

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forum
plaza
silent
domino

(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)

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naysayer

(noun)

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(verb)
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a test given by a teacher to show how much a student has learned over a period
of time.
something that is given for a service provided or an achievement reached.
a light brown color.
a name or symbol that is used to identify a maker's products and that can
legally only be used by its owner.
– used for a closure made from fabric with small hooks that sticks to another
piece of the same fabric.
a book of maps.
a short phrase or sentence that expresses a guiding principle for a person or
group.
full of foam or light bubbles.
a small, shallow pool of water and especially of muddy or dirty water.
nothing.
the distance from end to end.
a covering usually for shelter or protection.
certain to succeed : dependable.
a usually four-wheeled vehicle used mainly on farms to pull or drive
equipment.
a soft knitted fabric used for making clothing.
a couch usually with arms and a back that is often able to be made into a bed.
having pleasant qualities : easy to enjoy.
a jointed piece on which a swinging part (like a door or a lid) turns.
a group of 12.
human beings in general.
time that is to come.
to force air from the lungs suddenly with a loud noise.
a healing ointment.
enthusiastic enjoyment or delight.
a big fish that lives in the ocean and that people catch for sport.
according to the clock.
outcome.
to trade goods or services for other things rather than using money.
impressively large.
a small amount or degree : a faint trace.
an unexpected success or reward.
a notice, bulletin or signal that serves to caution of the approach of danger.
a device used for finding underwater objects by using reflected sound waves.
the bulb of a plant related to the onion that has a strong smell and taste, is
composed of smaller bulbs called cloves, and is used in cooking.
a place where open discussion can happen.
a public square in a city or town.
not making noise : completely quiet.
a flat rectangular block the face of which is divided into two equal parts that
are blank or bear from one to six dots, and that is used to play a game.
one who denies, refuses or opposes.
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(noun)
(plural noun)
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(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)
(trademark)
(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adverb)
(verb)
(adjective)
(noun)

approximately, about.
a quick look.
foods that are seasoned with a blend of ground spices.
a temporary stop in a journey.
excellent, praiseworthy.
lacking or seeming to lack a regular plan, purpose or pattern.
a quick and witty comment that criticizes or insults someone.
a small bandage.
the arch or ridge over the eye, or the covering of hair growing on it.
of or relating to the smallest particles of an element.
born in a particular place or country.
a dog that is trained to guard property.
with affection : fondly.
to hold onto something tightly with your hand.
of, relating to or near the north pole or the south pole.
a person who tricks others by pretending to be someone else.

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around
glance
curries
layover
splendid
random
zinger
Band-Aid
eyebrow
atomic
native
watchdog
dearly
clutch
polar
impostor or
imposter
tirade
field
postpone
ocean
parade
coward
error
owlishly
barrel

(noun)
(noun)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adverb)
(noun)

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kiwi

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beagle

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acre
bawl
euro
tomorrow
wrinkle
crumb
dough

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(noun)
(adverb)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

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rattler

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medley
difficult
flattery
drench
bonkers
seldom

(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(verb)
(adjective)
(adverb)

a long speech marked by harsh language : rant.
an area, category or division of work or study.
to hold back to a later time : defer, delay.
the salt water that covers nearly three fourths of the surface of the earth.
a public procession : the movement of people or things in order.
someone who is easily intimidated or frightened.
an act or statement that is not correct.
in a manner resembling or suggesting an owl.
a round container that usually has curved sides, that is taller than it is wide, and
that has a flat top and bottom.
a bird from New Zealand that cannot fly and that has weak wings and a long
bill.
a small hunting dog with short legs and smooth fur that is often black, brown
and white.
any of various units of land area.
cry out loudly and without restraint : yell.
the common notes and coins used by most countries of the European Union.
on or for the day after today.
a slight fold formed on a surface of a smooth substance : crease.
a tiny piece of food.
a mixture of flour and other ingredients that is kneaded or rolled and then
baked.
a New World pit viper that has a series of horned interlocking joints at the end
of the tail which make short sharp noises when vibrated.
a performance blending together a series of songs or other musical pieces.
hard to do : not easy.
praise that is excessive or not sincere.
to make completely wet.
as if broken in mind.
not often.
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mustang

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fringe
calico
mutiny
blossom
magma
snippet
grumbling
mineral

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(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(verb)
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scarlet
granola

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umpire
Americana
nimble
trinket
shoehorn
aloha
pedigree
hubbub
several
galaxy
torrent
announcer
beverage
waist
valiant
thigh
everglades
summary
atrium

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(noun)
(verb)
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(adjective)
(noun)
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(noun)
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(adjective)
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(plural noun)
(noun)
(noun)

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truce
masterpiece

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(noun)

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emerald
nonfiction
platoon
junior
kangaroo
excuse
astronaut
lyrics
breadwinner
worrywart

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(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
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(noun)
(noun)

the small strong wild horse of western North America descended from horses
brought in by the Spaniards.
a decorative border of hanging threads or strips.
a blotched or spotted animal.
refusal to obey authority or orders.
the usually colorful flower of a seed plant.
hot liquid rock below the earth's surface.
a small part, piece or thing; specifically : a brief quotable passage.
complaining in a low voice.
a substance (such as diamond, gold or quartz) that is naturally formed and is
not of plant or animal origin.
any of various bright reds.
rolled oats mixed with other ingredients (such as brown sugar, raisins, coconut
and nuts) and eaten for breakfast or as a snack.
an official in a sport who rules on the plays.
materials concerning or characteristic of America.
marked by quick light movement : agile.
a small ornament (as a jewel or ring).
to force into a small, narrow or insufficient space : squeeze.
love, affection, kindness — often used to express greeting or farewell.
a list showing the line of ancestors for a person or animal.
a noisy confusion of sound.
being more than two in number but not very many.
one of billions of large systems of stars that make up the universe.
a raging flood or outpouring.
a person who introduces television or radio programs and gives information.
a liquid for drinking.
the part of the body between the chest and hips.
showing courage : brave
the part of the leg from the hip to the knee.
swampy grasslands at least seasonally covered by slowly moving water.
a short restatement of the main points.
a square hall from which other rooms open and which is often used as a sitting
room.
an agreement between opponents to stop fighting for a period of time.
a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement ; specifically : a work that marks
the high point of a person's creativity.
a highly prized gemstone of rich green color.
writing that is about facts or real events (rather than novels or stories).
a unit of soldiers consisting of two or more squads led by a lieutenant.
designed for or done by young people, especially adolescents.
a marsupial from Australia that moves by hopping on its strong rear legs.
a reason given to justify a fault, mistake or defect.
a traveler in interplanetary space.
the words of a song.
a family member whose wages pay for the household's expenses.
a person who worries too much or who worries for no reason.
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cymbals

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dispel
phrasing
coffee

(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

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dwindled
median

(verb)
(noun)

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(adjective)
(noun)

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soprano
tropical
catalog or
catalogue
lactose
diploma

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smidge
tarnish
fondant
cyberspace
prowess
measly
origin
trellis

(noun)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

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autumn

(noun)

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variety
moxie
parable
chemistry

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(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

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splurge
balderdash
hodgepodge
swollen
diagonal
superlative
macaw

(verb)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)

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Victorian
fulfilling
columnist

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(verb)
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bewilder
hammock

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(noun)

(noun)
(noun)

large brass plates that make a clashing sound when struck together or hit with a
drumstick.
clear away : make something go away.
style of expression : wording.
a drink made from the roasted and ground seeds of certain trees or shrubs that
have cherrylike fruits.
became steadily less : diminished in size, amount or quality.
a value that falls in the middle of a list of values arranged from smallest to
largest, or which is the average of the two middle values if there is no one
middle number.
the highest voice part in four-part harmony.
of, relating to, occurring in or used in the region near the equator.
a pamphlet or book that contains a list of items arranged systematically often
with other related matter.
a type of sugar that is found in milk.
a document that records that a person has completed a course or graduated
from a school.
a small amount.
to become dull, discolored or stained in appearance.
a creamy sugar preparation that is used as a basis for candies or icings.
the online world of computer networks and the Internet.
extraordinary ability : excellence.
contemptibly small.
ancestry : parentage.
a frame made of crossing pieces of wood that is used as a screen or as a support
for climbing plants.
the season comprising the months of September, October and November —
called also “fall.”
the quality or state of having numerous forms or types.
audacity, nerve.
a short story that teaches a moral or religious lesson.
a science that deals with the composition, structure and properties of substances
and transformations that they undergo.
to indulge in some unusual activity, expense, pleasure or luxury.
nonsense : empty talk or discourse.
a mixture or medley of different things.
distended or puffed up, as by disease or injury.
running across from corner to corner.
surpassing all others.
a large long-tailed parrot that has bright, showy feathers and lives in Central
and South America.
relating to or typical of the art, letters or taste during Queen Victoria's reign.
carrying out or accomplishing.
a person who writes a regular newspaper feature or conducts a radio or
television program similar to a feature.
to confuse.
a swinging couch or bed usually made of netting or canvas and hanging by
cords from supports at each end.
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squander
curfew

(verb)
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absurd
hoity-toity
whiff
nurture
vicinity
wharf

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(adjective)
(noun)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

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eerily
lavender
gauze
mirthful
beret
evaporation

(adverb)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

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vigorously
boycott

(adverb)
(verb)

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impulse
winsome
alternate
ottoman
entertain
anorak
documentary
jargon

(noun)
(adjective)
(verb)
(noun)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

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gratis
sympathy

(adverb)
(noun)

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paragon
festooned

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(verb)

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tonsils
mogul
udon
frequently
pomposity
marathon
polemic
casserole

(plural noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adverb)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)

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platinum

(adjective)

to spend extravagantly or foolishly : throw away.
the hour at which persons (such as juveniles, military personnel, or other
specified types) must be off the streets or at which businesses or places of
assembly must be closed.
extremely silly, foolish or unreasonable : completely ridiculous.
affecting superiority : haughty and patronizing.
an inhalation of odor, smoke, gas or vapor.
to further the development of : promote the growth of : foster.
a surrounding area or district.
a structure built at the water's shore so that ships can load and unload cargo and
passengers.
mysteriously or weirdly.
a fragrant mint plant with narrow leaves and spikes of lilac-purple flowers.
a loosely woven cotton fabric used to bandage wounds.
full of gladness or merriment.
a soft flat hat that is usually woolen and has no visor.
the change by which a liquid is turned into a gas or a substance that consists of
very small drops mixed with the air.
forcefully, actively or energetically.
combine against someone or something in a policy of absence of relations for
economic or political reasons.
a sudden spontaneous desire to do something.
causing joy or pleasure : agreeable, pleasant.
take or do in turns.
an overstuffed footstool.
to cause the time to pass pleasantly : amuse.
a hooded jacket or pullover made of heavy windproof fabric.
a film or television presentation that is factual.
the technical language of specialists or workers in a particular activity or area
of study.
without charge : free.
the feeling of being sensitive to or affected by someone else's emotions,
experiences or especially sorrows.
a model of excellence or perfection.
suspended in a decorative chain hanging typically in a curve between two
points.
a pair of masses of spongy tissue that lie one on each side of the throat.
a dominant person in a particular business or field.
a Japanese noodle made from wheat flour.
at short intervals.
a self-important demeanor, speech or action.
a footrace that is usually 26.2 miles in length.
of, relating to or of the nature of a controversial discussion or argument.
a type of food cooked and served in a dish made of earthenware, glass or metal
usually having a cover.
of, relating to, or made of a heavy, expensive silver metallic element that is
difficult to melt and is often used in electronic devices and jewelry.
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mundane

(adjective)

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alpaca
billiards

(noun)
(plural noun)

276.

cyclone

(noun)

277.
278.
279.
280.

Scrooge
genteel
collude
guardian

(noun)
(adjective)
(verb)
(noun)

281.

mosaic

(adjective)

282.
283.

personnel
tapioca

(plural noun)
(noun)

284.

electrode

(noun)

285.
286.
287.
288.
289.

modular
quagmire
enunciate
melodramatic
epoxy

(adjective)
(noun)
(verb)
(adjective)
(noun)

290.
291.
292.
293.
294.
295.
296.
297.
298.
299.

chortle
WYSIWYG
yurt
banquet
escarpment
zealous
décor
revelation
vague
cumulus

(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)

300.

montage

(noun)

301.
302.
303.
304.

query
maximum
territory
nationalism

(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

305.

latency

(noun)

306.
307.

obscure
Gemini

(adjective)
(plural noun)

characterized by human affairs, concerns, and activities that are often practical,
immediate, temporary and ordinary.
a South American animal like a llama with fine long woolly hair.
any of several games played on a table by hitting balls into one another or into
pockets using a long stick.
a storm with very high winds that rotate around a center of low atmospheric
pressure.
a person that hates to spend money.
not vulgar or rude : polite.
to connive with another : conspire, plot.
a person who is legally appointed to the care of another person or another
person's property.
of or relating to a colored surface pattern or picture made of inlaid tile, marble
or glass.
individuals of a particular (as professional or occupational) group.
a preparation of cassava starch processed and used as a thickening agent in
liquid foods, such as pudding, soups or juicy pies.
a conductor used to establish electrical contact with a nonmetallic portion of a
circuit.
capable of being easily joined to or arranged with other parts or units.
a complex situation that is hard to get out of.
to pronounce words or sounds clearly.
extremely or overly emotional.
any of various sticky, flexible resins that usually become rigid when heated, are
resistant to chemicals, and are often used in coatings and adhesives.
a sound expressing pleasure or joy.
a display on a computer that shows the exact appearance of a printed document.
a circular domed tent of skins or felt used by Mongol nomads of Siberia.
an elaborate meal attended by many people usually to celebrate a special event.
a long cliff or steep slope separating two flat or slightly sloped areas.
filled with passionate support for a person or a cause.
arrangement of accessories in interior ornamentation.
something that is revealed : disclosure.
not clearly expressed.
a cloud form with a flat base and rounded outlines that often looks like a
mountain.
a quick sequence of images in a film or television program that develop a
single theme, suggest a state of mind or bridge a time lapse.
a request for information.
the greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case.
a geographical area belonging to or controlled by a political authority.
a feeling characterized by an exaltation of one country above all others, and an
emphasis on loyalty to and the promotion of one country as opposed to other
countries.
the state or period of living and developing in a host without producing
symptoms : incubation period.
difficult to understand : not clear.
the third sign of the zodiac.
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308.
309.
310.
311.

fundamental
badger
alfresco
sustainable

(adjective)
(verb)
(adjective)
(adjective)

312.
313.
314.
315.
316.
317.

tarmac
approximate
hypnotic
tranquil
synthetic
organelle

(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)

318.

maverick

(noun)

319.

infrastructure

(noun)

320.

(noun)

321.
322.
323.
324.
325.
326.

caftan or
kaftan
résumé
cylindrical
hubris
pathogen
carnitas
stagflation

327.
328.
329.
330.
331.
332.
333.
334.
335.

esoteric
pinnacle
molasses
contentious
acoustic
supine
tenement
philharmonic
quid pro quo

(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

336.

iambic

(adjective)

337.
338.
339.
340.
341.
342.
343.

legislature
spectacles
methodology
umbrage
diametrically
commandeer
proprietary

(noun)
(plural noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adverb)
(verb)
(adjective)

344.

Celsius

(adjective)

(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(plural noun)
(noun)

basic : underlying.
harass or pester someone in an attempt to confuse, annoy or wear down.
open-air.
capable of lasting for a long time without interruption, weakening, or losing in
power or quality.
a road or runway made of asphalt.
near to correctness or accuracy : nearly exact.
tending to produce sleep.
free from disturbance or turmoil : quiet, peaceful.
produced by artificial processes : man-made.
a specialized part of a cell performing functions like the organs of many-celled
animals.
a member of any group who refuses to follow the rules or traditions of the
group.
the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of an organization or a
system).
an ankle-length coatlike garment with very long sleeves.
a brief account of one's education and professional experience.
relating to or shaped like a tube.
arrogance.
a specific cause of disease (such as a type of bacteria or virus).
small pieces of meat (especially pork) that are fried or roasted until crisp.
continual increases in the costs of goods and services combined with low
demand for those goods and services and relatively high unemployment.
difficult to understand.
a high top of a hill or mountain.
thick brown syrup made from raw sugar.
marked by a wearisome tendency to disputes.
of or relating to sound or to the sense of hearing.
lying on the back or with the face upward.
a single room or set of rooms for use by one resident or family : an apartment.
a musical concert or musical organization (as a society or orchestra).
something that is given to or done for you in return for something you have
given to or done for someone else.
relating to or consisting of a unit of rhythm usually of one unstressed syllable
followed by one stressed syllable.
an organized group of people with the authority to make or change laws.
glasses.
a set of methods, procedures and rules employed by a science, art or discipline.
displeasure : resentment : annoyance.
completely : utterly.
to take arbitrary or forcible possession of.
made and marketed by a person or persons having the exclusive right to
manufacture and sell.
relating to the international thermometric scale on which 0 is the freezing point
and 100 is the boiling point of water.
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345.

migraine

(noun)

346.

cartouches

(plural noun)

347.
348.
349.
350.

resilience
pancetta
braille
gibbous

(noun)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)

351.
352.
353.
354.
355.
356.
357.

germane
augment
serpentine
jurisdiction
languish
acetone
plaintiff

(adjective)
(verb)
(adjective)
(noun)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

358.
359.
360.
361.
362.
363.
364.
365.
366.
367.
368.
369.
370.

reciprocate
laceration
inclement
generosity
arboreal
ramifications
excursion
olfactory
adhesion
par excellence
shoji
ostensibly
appositive

(verb)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adjective)
(plural noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adverb)
(adjective)

371.
372.
373.
374.
375.
376.

soirée
effusive
impervious
Sanskrit
espadrille
patrician

(noun)
(adjective)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)

377.
378.
379.
380.
381.

estuary
frigate
commodious
machination
quasar

(noun)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

382.

corollary

(noun)

383.

inimical

(adjective)

a severe headache that usually affects one side of the head, is often
accompanied by nausea, and is followed by sleep.
oval or oblong figures (as on ancient Egyptian monuments) enclosing a
sovereign's name.
the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
unsmoked bacon used in Italian cuisine.
a system of writing for the blind that uses letters represented by raised dots.
seen with more than half but not all of the visible surface lit up — used of a
moon or planet.
relating to a subject in an appropriate way : pertinent.
enlarge or increase in size, amount or degree.
winding or turning one way and another.
the area within which authority may be exercised.
to lose strength or animation : fade.
a volatile fragrant flammable liquid used chiefly as a solvent.
one who commences a personal action suit or lawsuit to obtain a remedy for an
injury to one’s rights.
return in kind or degree : repay.
a wound made by tearing or rending roughly.
of weather: harsh, rough or stormy.
the quality of being willing to give money and other valuable things to others.
inhabiting or frequenting trees.
resulting developments : consequences.
a usually brief trip for pleasure.
of, relating to or connected with the sense of smell.
steady or firm attachment to a person, party, principle or idea : adherence.
being the best of its kind.
a paper screen serving as a wall, partition or sliding door.
to all outward appearances.
relating to a grammatical construction where one noun or noun phrase follows
another noun or noun phrase but refers to the same person or thing.
an evening party or reception.
expressing unrestrained emotion.
not allowing entrance or passage through : impenetrable.
an ancient language that is the classical language of India and of Hinduism.
a sandal with a fabric upper and a flexible often rope sole.
of, relating to or characteristic of gentle or noble birth or of breeding and
cultivation.
a water passage where the tide meets the current of a stream.
a warship that is smaller than a cruiser and larger than a destroyer.
large or roomy and convenient.
a scheme or subtle maneuver intended to accomplish some end.
a bright celestial object that resembles a star, is extremely distant from earth
and has a huge energy output.
a proposition that follows one just demonstrated and that requires no additional
proof.
viewing with disfavor: hostile.
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384.
385.

garrulous
tarantula

(adjective)
(noun)

386.

(interjection)

387.

mazel tov or
mazal tov
esplanade

388.
389.
390.
391.
392.

smorgasbord
mawkish
temerity
nascent
phoenix

(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)

393.
394.
395.
396.
397.

buoyancy
melee
ciao
schnitzel
porcelain

(noun)
(noun)
(interjection)
(noun)
(noun)

398.
399.
400.
401.

evanescent
acquiesce
pharaoh
gossamer

(adjective)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

402.

deciduous

(adjective)

403.

nanotechnology (noun)

404.

basilica

(noun)

405.

solstice

(noun)

406.

conglomerate

(noun)

407.
408.
409.
410.

turpitude
fungible
desertification
anemone

(noun)
(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

411.

oubliette

(noun)

412.

sakura

(noun)

413.

xenophobic

(adjective)

414.
415.

gargantuan
corsair

(adjective)
(noun)

(noun)

loquacious : talkative.
a large hairy spider that is capable of biting but is not significantly poisonous to
humans.
— used among Jewish people to express congratulations.
a level open stretch of paved or grassy ground often designed for walking or
driving.
a buffet offering a variety of foods and dishes.
falsely or immaturely sentimental.
unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition.
emerging : beginning to exist.
a legendary bird that is consumed in fire by its own act and then rises from its
own ashes.
the tendency to float on the surface of a liquid or in a fluid.
a confused fight, contest or struggle between individuals.
— used conventionally as an utterance at meeting or parting.
a seasoned and garnished veal cutlet.
a hard, white, delicate ceramic substance that is fired at a high temperature, and
is used especially for table and ornamental goods.
lasting a very short time : fleeting.
to accept something or comply with something passively or by not arguing.
a ruler of ancient Egypt.
a fine filmy substance consisting of fragments or strands of cobweb often seen
floating in air or caught on grass or bushes.
falling off or shed at the end of the growing period, after blooming, during
certain seasons, or at certain stages of development.
the art of manipulating atoms and molecules especially to build extremely
small devices (such as robots).
an oblong building with a wide central hall flanked by colonnaded aisles or
porticoes and ending in a semicircular wall.
one of the two points on the path of the sun at which its distance from the
celestial equator is greatest and which is reached by the sun each year about
June 22nd and December 23rd.
a corporation that acquires other companies whose activities are unrelated to
the corporation's primary activity.
a base or vile way of thinking or acting : depravity.
capable of being used in place of each other : interchangeable.
the process of becoming an area of dry land with few plants and little rainfall.
a brightly colored sea animal that resembles a flower and has a cluster of
tentacles around the mouth.
a dungeon with an opening only at the top and often a concealed pit below the
floor.
a type of ornamental cherry hybrid developed in Japan that bears white or pink
fragrant flowers.
characterized by fear and hatred of anything strange or foreign, especially
people.
of tremendous size or volume : gigantic.
a pirate of any kind or period.
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416.
417.
418.

idiosyncratic
vituperative
Orwellian

(adjective)
(adjective)
(adjective)

419.
420.

bossa nova
pachyderm

(noun)
(noun)

421.
422.
423.
424.

vainglorious
hegemony
echelon
larynx

(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

425.
426.
427.

concatenate
arpeggio
obelisk

(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

428.
429.
430.

sanctimonious
force majeure
tungsten

(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

431.
432.
433.

auriferous
pulchritude
de rigueur

(adjective)
(noun)
(adjective)

434.

nunchaku

(noun)

435.
436.
437.

guttural
interlocutor
joule

(adjective)
(noun)
(noun)

438.

freesia

(noun)

439.
440.
441.

(noun)
(noun)
(noun)

442.

susurration
potpourri
leitmotif or
leitmotiv
Chihuahua

443.
444.
445.
446.

ecclesiastical
cozen
insouciance
jai alai

(adjective)
(verb)
(noun)
(noun)

447.
448.

desiccate
Iroquois

(verb)
(adjective)

449.
450.

cheongsam
eleemosynary

(noun)
(adjective)

(noun)

marked by a peculiar way of behaving, being or thinking.
containing or characterized by wordy abuse.
relating to or suggestive of George Orwell or his writings; especially : relating
to or suggestive of his novel 1984.
music resembling the samba with jazz passages.
one of a group of hoofed mammals usually having a thick skin (such as an
elephant or rhinoceros).
marked by excessive pride in one's achievements : boastful.
preponderant influence or authority (as of a government or state) : domination.
a level (as of leadership or responsibility) in an organization or field of activity.
the upper part of the respiratory passage of air-breathing vertebrates with the
glottis above it and continuous below with the trachea.
link together : unite in a series or chain.
production of the tones of a chord in succession rather than at the same time.
an upright, four-sided pillar that gradually tapers as it rises and terminates in a
pyramid.
displaying high-mindedness in order to impress.
an event or effect that cannot reasonably be anticipated or controlled.
a gray-white hard metal that is used in its pure form mainly for electrical
purposes (such as for thin wires used in light bulbs).
gold-bearing — used of gravels and rocks.
physical beauty.
required by fashion, etiquette or custom especially among sophisticated or
informed persons : proper.
a Japanese weapon made of two sticks with one end of each joined by rawhide,
cord or chain.
being a speech sound that is formed in the throat.
a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.
a unit of measurement that represents absolute meter-kilogram-second unit of
work or energy.
a sweet-scented plant of the iris family with narrow tubular red, white or
yellow flowers.
a whispering sound : a murmur.
a jar of flower petals mixed with spices and used for scent or perfume.
a dominant recurring theme.
a very small round-headed large-eared short-coated dog reputed to predate
Aztec civilization.
of or suitable for use in a church or church service.
to deceive by artful persuasion or tricky dishonesty : cheat.
an attitude of not worrying about what others think of your work or behavior.
a ball game played on a large walled court by two or four players who wear
long curved wicker baskets strapped to their wrists.
to dry up or cause to dry up.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Native American people comprising a
confederacy of the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga and Seneca.
a dress of southern Chinese origin with a slit skirt and a mandarin collar.
of or relating to charity : philanthropic.
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