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Noun: Waddy  (WAH-dee) Definition: Cowboy. Sample sentence: The young waddy, a long-faced lad in an oversized black hat, amazed the crowd at the rodeo with his roping skills.

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Noun: Cybrarian  (sye-BRAIR-ee-un) Definition: A person whose job is to find, collect, and manage information that is available on the World Wide Web. Sample sentence: The university’s head cybrarian and her team maintain libraries of web sites pertaining to specific fields of study.

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Noun: Disinformation  (dis-in-fer-MAY-shun) Definition: False information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth. Sample sentence: The writer’s latest book examines the effects of propaganda and disinformation during the Cold War.

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Adjective: Piebald  (PAHY-bawld) Definition: 1. Having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored. 2. A piebald animal, especially a horse. Sample sentence: Of all the horses in the paddock, the piebald was the prettiest.

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Noun: Swashbuckler  (SWAWSH-buhk-ler) Definition: A swaggering swordman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil. Sample sentence: I love a good movie with a damsel in distress who gets rescued by a handsome swashbuckler.

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Noun: Hobbit  (HOB-it) Definition: A member of a fictitious peaceful and genial race of small humanlike creatures that dwell underground. Sample sentence: Anthony attended the science-fiction and fantasy convention dressed like a hobbit.

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Noun: Roustabout  (ROWSS-tuh-bowt) Definition: 1. A deckhand or a person who loads and unloads ships at a seaport. 2. An unskilled or semiskilled laborer, especially in an oil field or refinery. 3. A circus worker who erects and dismantles tents, cares for the grounds, and handles animals and equipment. 4. A person with no permanent […]

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Noun: Unreality  (uhn-ree-AL-i-tee) Definition: 1. Something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary or illusionary. 2. Lack of reality: quality of being unreal. 3. Incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters. Sample sentence: In Iceland, a nation where 54 percent of the population believes in elves, the line dividing reality and unreality can be elusive.

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Noun: Caparison  (kuh-PAIR-uh-sun) Definition: 1. a: An ornamental covering for a horse. b: Decorative trappings and harness. 2. Rich clothing: adornment. Sample sentence: A group of horses outfitted in medieval caparison were standing near the area where the festival’s jousting would begin.

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Verb: Parse  (PARSS) Definition: 1. To resolve (as a sentence) into component parts of speech and describe them grammatically. Also, to describe grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection and syntactical relationships. 2. To examine in a minute way: analyze critically. Sample sentence: The lawyer tried to meticulously parse the wording […]

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