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Word of the Day – May 22 – Bucolic

Adjective: Bucolic  (byoo-KOL-ik) Definition: 1. Of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life. 2. Of or pertaining to shepherds: pastoral. 3. A pastoral poem. Sample sentence: Despite the fact it was in a city, Blaine loved the bucolic view from her apartment window.

Adjective: Umpteen  (UMP-teen) Definition: Very many: indefinitely numerous. Sample sentence: By midmorning, Ellie had already phoned her sister umpteen times.

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Noun: Schism  (SKIZ-uhm) Definition: 1. Division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties. 2. The parties so formed. Sample sentence: Already the students were lining up into two groups that would define the great schism among postwar American intellectuals.

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Adjective: Tatterdemalion  (tat-er-dih-MEYL-yuhn) Definition: 1. Ragged; unkempt or dilapidated. 2. A person in tattered clothing: a shabby person. Sample sentence: He seemed to fit the tatterdemalion apartment perfectly, with his dark clothes threadbare, his beard unkempt, and his shoes cracked.

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Noun: Whodunit  (hoo-DUN-it) Definition: A detective story or mystery story. Sample sentence: Betsy packed a great whodunit and a couple of romance novels to read at the beach.

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Verb: Scroop  (SKROOP) Definition: 1. To emit a harsh, grating sound. 2. A scrooping sound. 3. Ability to make a rustling sound added to silk or rayon fabrics during finishing by treating them with certain acids. Sample sentence: I need to oil the hinges on the gate or it will continue to scroop every time […]

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Adjective: Hidebound  (HAHYD-bound) Definition: 1. Narrow and rigid in opinion: inflexible. 2. Oriented toward or confined to the past: extremely conservative. 3. Having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide (such as in animals.) Sample sentence: Although the students tried to get their music teacher to allow them to play more modern music, […]

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Adverb: Askance  (uh-SKANSS) Definition: 1. With a side-glance: obliquely. 2. With disapproval or distrust: scornfully. Sample sentence: Rebecca’s children looked askance at her when she suggested they turn off their electronic devices and go play outside in the nice weather.

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Noun: Bibliomania  (bib-lee-oh-MEY-nee-uh) Definition: Excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books. Sample sentence: My aunt’s bibliomania is very obvious when you step into her home and find floor to ceiling bookcases in almost every room, and every one of them is full.

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Adjective: Frabjous  (FRAB-juhs) Definition: Wonderful, elegant, superb. Sample sentence: Miss Withers had long looked forward to the frabjous day when she could retire from teaching.    

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