From the Word Wizard Club...
May 7, 2007

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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bison

Which Means:

A buffalo, a massive mammal in the US and Europe that was mostly killed for their hides (skins) and meat.

As In:

Image Tourists took pictures of the bison from their cars since it was dangerous to get too close.

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The plural for bison is bison. This is the same irregular plural form that fish, deer, and sheep have. You just change the verb in your sentence to show how many you are talking about!

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gourd

Which Means:

A kind of melon that often has a long neck, an irregular shape, and a hard shell. It can be dried and carved.

As In:

Image A gourd is a common Thanksgiving or fall table decoration.

Heads Up!

Be sure to write the OU in the correct order in this word.

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crowd

Which Means:

A large group of people.

As In:

Image A crowd followed the young man playing the flute.

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This word sounds like Ow! and is spelled that way.

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reservoir

Which Means:

An man-made or natural lake for storing water.

As In:

Image Behind the dam was a reservoir of water.

Heads Up!

A reservoir can also be a large amount of something else stored, other than water . Remember the first part of this word is 'reserve', but you must drop the last E and add -IOR.

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concert

Which Means:

A musical show.

As In:

Image The choir held a winter concert in the high school auditorium.

Heads Up!

This word has two Cs: the first sounds like K, the other, S.

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gobbledygook

Which Means:

What someone says when they speak unclearly using words that don't make sense or too many words.

As In:

Image The man in the front row understood everything Marjorie said, but the woman behind him thought it was a bunch of gobbledygook.

Heads Up!

Remember to write 'gobble' + 'dy' + 'gook'.

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auction

Which Means:

A public sale of things in which the highest bidder (the person who offers to pay the most for an item) gets to buy that item.

As In:

Image The vase went for a high price at the auction.

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EBay is an auction on the Internet. The person who calls out the prices at a public auction is an auctioneer.

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realm

Which Means:

An area of land or knowledge that someone rules over.

As In:

Image She was an expert in the realm of archeology.

Heads Up!

Spell this word REAL plus an M.

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flash

Which Means:

A sudden burst of light that quickly goes away.

As In:

Image When there was a flash of lightening in the sky, she had to jump out of the way.

Heads Up!

If there is more than one flash, they are flashes, with an E before the S.

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spire

Which Means:

A tall pointed peak.

As In:

Image The spires of the church reached high into the sky.

Heads Up!

The word 'aspire' is a verb meaning to try and achieve the highest, the best.

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