From the Word Wizard Club...
February 1, 2010

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mirage

Which Means:

An illusion that looks like water in the distance, often seen in the desert.

As In:

Image The thirsty man thought he saw water in the distant desert.

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The G in 'mirage' is pronounced ZH as in 'illusion', or like a J as in 'Jack'.

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tempo

Which Means:

Pace, the speed and rhythm with which an activity is carried out.

As In:

Image The caterpillar, with all those legs, could crawl at a fast tempo.

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The word 'tempo' comes from Latin tempus, meaning 'time'.

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ravine

Which Means:

A deep and narrow trench, usually worn by a stream or torrent of water; a gorge.

As In:

Image The crane lifted the car from the ravine and raging river.

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The V in 'ravine' is the ravine! The word 'ravine' comes from the French 'ravin' meaning a gully.

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chandelier

Which Means:

A decorative lamp that hangs from the ceiling, containing a large arrangement of lights or candles.

As In:

Image The castle had chandeliers in every room.

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The word 'chandelier' comes from Old French 'chandelabre' meaning 'candlestick'.

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cello

Which Means:

A large, four stringed, stand-up violin.

As In:

Image Susanne has played the cello for several years.

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The word 'cello' comes from Italian violoncello, meaning 'bass viol'. The C is pronounced CH.

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