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Basil is an herb that is a part of the mint family. It is considered to be the King of Herbs”, and this rightfully so as basil translates to king in Greek. It closely resembles peppermint in appearance. It is characterized by silky, green pointed leaves which are accented with white flowers. It is characterized […]

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Adverb: Mutatis Mutandis (myoo-TAH-tis-myoo-TAHN-dis) Definition: 1. With the necessary changes having been made 2. With the respective differences having been considered Sample sentence: The points that the author of the study makes about the town’s roads and bridges also apply, mutatis mutandis, to its schools and municipal buildings.

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Instead of expecting everything in your life to go smoothly — some things will, and some definitely won’t — or worrying about what will happen to you if things go wrong, plan for potential problems. Some problems blindside us, but others are more predictable. If you think you may have to get up in the […]

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Adjective: Uncouth (un-KOOTH) Definition: 1. Strange or clumsy in shape or appearance; outlandish 2. Lacking in polish and grace; rugged 3. Awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner or behavior; rude Sample sentence: Sue realized it would be uncouth to show up at the party without a gift, so she picked up a bottle of wine […]

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Keep young children safe from poisoning by being prepared. Put the poison control number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight in a […]

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Verb: Reciprocate (rih-SIP-ruh-kayt) Definition: 1. To move backward and forward alternately 2. To give and take mutually 3. To make a return for something done or given. Sample sentence: It was kind of Jake to give us a ride to the airport, and we would like to find a way to reciprocate the favor.

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Appetite is an emotional reaction to the stimulus of an empty stomach, and hunger is the physical response. When the stomach is empty, it is shrunken, and the contracted muscles of its wall irritate the nerve endings, causing the sensation of hunger. After eating, the walls of the stomach are stretched and its nerves are […]

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Also tagged as water aerobics, aqua aerobics is a form of aerobic exercise that is usually performed in shallow water like in a swimming pool. The exercise uses water as a form of resistance especially for exercises that are commonly performed on land, such as jumping jacks or running. Aqua aerobics may give equal benefits […]

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Adjective: Pomaceous (poh-MAY-shus) Definition: of or relating to apples Sample sentence: The back porch held a sweet, pomaceous aroma, and immediately I knew Grandma had baked an apple pie for dessert.

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Noun: Banshee (Ban-shee) Definition: A female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die. Sample sentence: Barbara screamed like a banshee when she saw the spider slowly crawling up her leg.

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