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Noun: Maquette  (ma-KET) Definition:  A usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building) Sample sentence: At the town meeting the architect presented a maquette of the proposed new school, which will include a state-of-the-art gymnasium and media center.

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Noun:Palisade (pal-uh-SAYD) Definition: 1. A fence of stakes especially for defense, or a long strong stake pointed at the top and set close with others as a defense. 2. A line of bold cliffs. Sample sentence: The biggest structure on the lot was a palisade made from wood harvested on the property, making the entrance […]

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A search for the term “fat-free” in the grocery section on Amazon.com brings up 3,386 products; “low-fat” yields 3,597. That’s a vast array of food products in which no- or low-fat content is touted as a virtue. Many of them compensate for the fat’s absence with extra sugar, corn syrup or other added sweeteners. But […]

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Adjective: Gibbous ( JIB-us) Definition: 1. Marked by convexity or swelling 2. Having a hump: humpbacked Sample sentence: The gibbous shadows that could be seen on the horizon were those of oxen pulling plows.  

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Wearing tight clothes can compress a sensory nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that runs from the abdomen through the thigh. The compression can cause numbness, tingling, and a burning pain in the legs above the knees, a condition called “meralgia paresthetica,” also known as “tingling thigh syndrome” and now sometimes termed “tight jean […]

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Noun: Nectar   (NEK-ter) Definition: 1. The drink of the Greek and Roman gods 2. Something delicious to drink 3. A beverage of fruit juice and pulp 4. A sweet liquid that is secreted by the nectaries of a plant and is the chief raw material of honey Sample sentence: After working for hours in the […]

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Researchers from John’s Hopkins and Arizona State University discovered fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, in samples of feather meal, a product made from chicken feathers that is routinely added to feed for chicken, swine, cattle and fish. The FDA banned use of these antibiotics in poultry production in 2005 principally because they can accelerate the […]

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Adjective: A-go-go  (ah-GOH-goh) Definition: 1.  Of, relating to, or being a disco or the music or dances performed there 2. Being in a whirl of motion 3. Being up-to-date — often used postpositively Sample sentence: The shop is chock-full of the latest in fashionable home decor, it’s decorating trends a-go-go.

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If you have ever heard that a crease in the earlobes – specifically one that runs diagonally – indicates an increased risk of heart disease, you aren’t alone. More than 30 studies over the past few decades have examined whether an earlobe crease is a sign of heart disease, indicative of cholesterol deposits in arteries, […]

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Adjective: Bloviate  (BLOH-vee-ayt) Definition:  To speak or write verbosely and windily Sample sentence: Mitchell spent his Sunday morning listening to talk show pundits who all tended to bloviate about world affairs.

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