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Adjective: Teleological  (tel-ee-uh-LAH-jih-kul) Definition: Exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature. Sample sentence: At dinner, Sandra and Miguel debated whether or not the complex structure of the human eye implied a teleological origin.

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Noun: Aphelion   (a-FEEL-yun) Definition: The point in the path of a celestial body (such as a planet) that is farthest from the sun. Sample sentence: The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now.

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Adjective: Esurient  (ih-SUR-ee-unt) Definition: Hungry, greedy. Sample sentence: No one was surprised when the  esurient media mogul expanded his business into the social media marketplace.

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Adjective: Aleatory  (AY-lee-uh-tor-ee) Definition: Characterized by chance of random elements. Sample sentence: A sudden rainstorm was the aleatory beginning of Tom and Renee’s romance, as it led to their introduction beneath a shop’s awning as they sought shelter from the downpour.

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Adverb: Pell-mell  (pel-MEL) Definition: 1. In mingled confusion or disorder. 2. In confused haste. Sample sentence: After the final bell of the day rang, the pupils bolted from their desks and ran pell-mell out the door into the schoolyard.

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Adjective: Olfactory  (ahl-FAK-tuh-ree) Definition: Of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell. Sample sentence: The aroma of cinnamon rolls coming from the kitchen served as an enticing olfactory clue that breakfast was almost ready.

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Verb: Grubstake (GRUB-stayk) Definition: To provide with material assistance (as a loan) for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances. Sample sentence: Online donations from friends and supporters were able to grubstake the production of Zachary’s short film.

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Noun: Divarication  (dye-vair-uh-KAY-shun) Definition: 1. The action, process, or fact of spreading apart. 2. A divergence of opinion. Sample sentence: The team of botanists studied the growth patterns of the trees, including the divarication of their branches.

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Noun: Lido  (LEE-doh) Definition: A fashionable beach resort. Sample sentence: Sharon bought a new bathing suit in anticipation of her upcoming vacation at a luxurious lido.

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Adjective: Tantamount  (TAN-tuh-mount) Definition: Equivalent in value, significance, or effect. Sample sentence: The boss had told Morris that he was being reassigned to the shipping department, and he knew that it was tantamount to a demotion.

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