From the Word Wizard Club...
September 14, 2009

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

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fungus

Which Means:

An organism that lacks chlorophyll and lives off decomposing matter.

As In:

Image Mushrooms are a kind of fungus that have a umbrella-shaped top.

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The plural of fungus is 'fungi'. On Latin words ending in-US, the -US often become I in the plural: radius-radii, syllabus-syllabi.

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antenna

Which Means:

A jointed and moveable hair on the head of insects that senses movement.

As In:

Image The grasshopper has not only one antenna, but two!

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The plural of antenna is 'antennae'. On Latin words ending in A, the A often becomes AE in the plural.

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cactus

Which Means:

A kind of plant that lives in hot, dry areas, often with spines (no leaves) and single flowers.

As In:

Image This cactus plant is tough; it has survived several spills in the old woman's home.

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The plural of cactus is 'cacti'. On Latin words ending in-US, the -US often become I in the plural: radius-radii, syllabus-syllabi.

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bacterium

Which Means:

A tiny one-celled microorganism (living thing) that usually lives off another organism. Bacterium can be helpful and harmful.

As In:

Image The microscope will be able to examine the bacterium closely.

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The plural of bacterium is 'bacteria'. On Latin words ending in -IUM, the -IUM changes to -IA.

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larva

Which Means:

A worm-like organism that undergoes a complete change into another form.

As In:

Image Each of these larva will change into a butterfly!

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The plural of larva is 'larvae'. On Latin words ending in A, the A becomes AE.

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