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Verb: Disport  (dih-SPORT) Definition: 1. Divert,  amuse 2. Frolic 3. Display Sample sentence: Dracula builds a five-stake resort for his monster friends to disport themselves unbothered on vacation, but his daughter falls in love with a somewhat dopey human.

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Noun: Pomander  (POH-man-der) Definition: 1. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a perforated bag or box and used to scent clothes and linens or formerly carried as a guard against infection;  also a clove-studded orange or apple used for the same purposes. 2. A box or hollow fruit-shaped ball for holding pomander. Sample sentence: […]

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It’s not necessarily the daily apple that staves off mental decline – it’s the ability to bite into one and chew it up, according to new research from Sweden. Investigators found that tooth loss that compromises the ability to chew is associated with loss of cognitive function and a higher than normal risk of dementia. […]

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Noun: Tamale   (tuh-MAH-lee) Definition: Cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed. Sample sentence: My favorite Mexican combination plate includes a moist tamale, a chicken enchilada and rice.

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A combination of regular physical exercise plus daily doses of melatonin could slow, and perhaps halt, the development of Alzheimier’s. So far, this combo has been tested only in mice, but with promising results. Researchers at the Barcelona Medical Research Institute in Spain reported that when their study began, the mice, which were bred to […]

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We’ve known for some time that eating tart cherries can help reduce the severity and duration of a gout attack – they have anti-inflammatory effects that seem to do the trick. Now a study from Boston University reveals that patients diagnosed with the disease who regularly consumed a half cup of cherries over a two […]

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Adjective: Nobby  (NAH-bee) Definition: cleverly stylish: chic, smart. Sample sentence: Sarah appeared at the party,  stunningly arrayed in a dark-blue dress, with a nobby hat to match.

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Here’s a behavioral strategy that may help you control your weight: make a habit of reading food labels. A new study authored by an international team of researchers showed that women who read food labels routinely weighed almost nine pounds less than women who didn’t. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Health Interview […]

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Verb: Connive  (kuh-NYVE) Definition: 1. To pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose. 2. To be indulgent or in secret sympathy: to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding. 3. To engage in secret scheming: conspire. Sample sentence: Co-workers will connive against each other if they think it […]

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Verb: Scumble   (SKUM-bul) Definition: 1. To make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush. 2. To soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly Sample sentence: The artist is known for his ability to scumble […]

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