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Verb: Inspissate  ( in-SPISS-ayt) Definition: To make or become thick or thicker. The recipe said the stew would begin to inspissate after it simmered for about an hour.

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Snopes.com, a rumor-investigating site, recently reprinted a piece titled “Star Fruit Can Kill” that has circulated on the Internet since at least May of 2008. The piece asserts that a kidney patient in Malaysia went into a coma and died after eating carambola, popularly known as star fruit due to the star-shaped cross sections it […]

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Verb: Wend  (WEND) Definition: To direct one’s course: travel, proceed Sample sentence: The hikers decided to wend through the forest trails on the beautiful summer day.    

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The daunting variety of vitamins and other supplements on the market today can make choices difficult. Alongside traditional multivitamins and single-nutrient pills (such as vitamins C or E, or individual minerals such as zinc) there are also condition-specific supplement formula combinations, high-potency versions of the classics, and vitamin-infused waters. Which of these do you need […]

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Adverb: Aborning  (uh-BOR-ning) Definition: While being born or produced. Sample sentence:  The bill was introduced in the Senate last year, but it died aborning.

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Corn on the cob is a traditional summertime treat that can add some positive nutritional value to typically less-than-healthful BBQ fare. Corn has been cultivated for hundreds of years and was (and still is) a staple in many parts of the world. A good source of vitamins B1, B5 and C, corn also provides many […]

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Noun: Caduceus  (kuh-DOO-see-us) Definition: 1. The symbolic staff of a herald; specifically: a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top. 2. An insignia bearing a caduceus and symbolizing a physician. Sample sentence: The U.S. Army Medical Corps chose the caduceus as its symbol in 1902.

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Reconsider what you throw away: An old bulky computer monitor, dead batteries, unused paint … we have all had something environmentally unfriendly to toss. Unfortunately, landfills aren’t usually equipped to handle this type of toxic trash. Thoughtless dumping can lead to mercury, lead and other substances leaching into the ground – and into groundwater. Next […]

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Tai  chi,  a traditional Chinese martial art, may do more than keep seniors strong, flexible and mobile. A new study from China found that practicing tai chi three times a week can increase brain volume and improve both memory and cognitive function. Researchers at Shanghai’s Fudan University and a team from the University of South […]

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Adjective: Jocose  (joh-KOHSS) Definition: 1. Given to joking: merry 2. Characterized by joking: humorous Sample sentence: Rachel has the kind of jocose personality that can liven up even the dullest of parties.

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