Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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accretion the process of gradual increase or growth, especially by additions from the outside.
assail to attack with vigor or violence; assault.
cloture in U.S. parliamentary procedure, a method of ending debate and causing an immediate vote on the matter being discussed.
commodious comfortably spacious; roomy.
contretemps an embarrassing or unfortunate happening; mishap; mischance.
deadeye an expert shooter.
eidetic pertaining to or designating the ability to recall images in almost perfect detail.
gird to surround, bind, or encircle, as with a belt.
glabrous having no hair or fuzz; bald; smooth.
ineluctable impossible to be avoided; inescapable.
lorgnette eyeglasses, such as opera glasses, that have a short handle by which one holds them in position.
luminary a famous, important, or inspirational person.
maunder to speak in an aimless or foolish way; babble.
pungency sharpness or bite in taste or smell.
symbiosis a close association, usually a mutually beneficial relationship, between two dissimilar organisms.