From the Word Wizard Club...
July 9, 2012

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embroidered

Which Means:

Decorated with beautiful needlework (designs sewn with thread).

As In:

Image My grandmother always makes me these lovely embroidered sweaters.

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The root verb is 'embroider'.

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illustrate

Which Means:

To provide drawings, pictures or artwork to show or explain something.

As In:

Image The engineer was asked to illustrate what the town would look like.

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Notice the ILL in 'illustrate'.

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abroad

Which Means:

In or to a foreign country.

As In:

Image Richard watched his friend fly abroad for the first time.

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Imagine yourself traveling far and wide: ABROAD.

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ferry

Which Means:

A vessel for carrying people and cars (or trucks) across a body of water.

As In:

Image The man drove the antique car onto the ferry.

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A ferry carries two Rs (just like 'carry').

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carnival

Which Means:

A festival with sideshows, games, rides, and food.

As In:

Image At the carnival, the boy won a prize after playing a game.

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This word comes from Old Italian 'carnelevare', removing meat to celebrate Lent.

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crouch

Which Means:

To bend down low and close to the ground; to squat.

As In:

Image Samuel likes to crouch and watch the ants working on the ant hills.

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Maybe you'll crouch on a couch!

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chain

Which Means:

A series of things connected together, one after the next, usually metal rings to form a rope.

As In:

Image They used the chain to pull the truck out of a ditch.

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A chain of these letters together spells 'chain'!

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whisker

Which Means:

A single long hair that grows out from the side of the nose in some animals, or a hair in the beard of a man.

As In:

Image This raccoon had not one whisker, but six.

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The letters of 'whisker' look whiskery!

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matter

Which Means:

The stuff that a physical object is made of; anything that has mass (weight) and takes up space.

As In:

Image The three states of matter are solid, liquid, and gas.

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The word 'matter' can also be a verb meaning "to be important": Does it matter to you where we go to eat?

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