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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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Also known as the Chinese gooseberry, kiwifruit is a very delicious fruit that is known for its appearance and flavor. Kiwis are about egg size and have a brown fuzzy-like surface. When cut open a bright lime green flesh is revealed. Within the bright lime green flesh are black seeds which can be eaten. The […]

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Verb: Nictitate (NIK-tuh-tayt) Definition: Wink Sample sentence: Timothy developed a tic in his eyelid that caused it to nictitate on occasion.

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It’s that time of year and we are out and about in the sun. While most of us remember to put sunscreen on our faces, arms, legs and back, we sometimes neglect our feet. Your feet have been sheltered inside your shoes for the entire winter, but now you are letting those lily-white tootsies hang […]

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Adjective: Lambent (LAM-bunt) Definition: 1. Playing lightly on of over a surface: flowing 2. Softly bright or radiant 3. Marked by lightness or brilliance especially of expression Sample Sentence: The forest floor was dappled with lambent flecks of golden sunlight filtering down through the leafy branches.

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Local honey does the body good! You can overcome many of the problems of spring and summer allergies by eating local honey. Basically, you are building up your system’s defenses against allergens in your environment, since you’re taking it in after the bees have processed it–kind of like a hive-made vaccine. If you can’t find […]

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Noun: Iota (eye-OH-tuh) Definition: 1. 9th letter of the Greek alphabet 2. An infinitesimal amount: jot Sample sentence: The prosecution made an aggressive case against the defendant, but they did not present even an iota of solid evidence that proved he was guilty of the murder.

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