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Verb: Stridulate  (STRIJ-uh-layt) Definition: To make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing body parts together. Sample sentence: We sat on the porch in the late summer evening, listening to the crickets as they began to strijulate their song in the moonlight.

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Noun: Cryptozooology  (krip-toh-zoh-OL-uh-jee) Definition: The study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved, as the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness monster. Sample sentence: The tales from the cryptozoology continue, naturally, because why not let our sense of wonder be wound up by the […]

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Noun: Oxter  (OK-ster) Definition: The armpit. Sample sentence: The easiest way to get the baby to laugh is to tickle him in his oxter.

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Noun: Jiggery-pokery  (JIG-uh-ree-POH-kuh-ree) Definition: (chiefly British) 1. Trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; hum-bug. 2. Sly, underhanded action. 3. Manipulation. Sample sentence: After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.

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Adjective: Agog  (uh-GOG) Definition: 1. Highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc. 2. In a state of eager desire: excitedly. Sample sentence: Brenda was all agog when she stepped into the auditorium to see her favorite rock group perform.

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Adjective: Middling  (MID-ling) Definition: 1. Mediocre: ordinary: commonplace. 2. Medium, moderate, or average in size, quality or quantity. Sample sentence: The restaurant’s entrees are no better than middling.

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Noun: Callithump  (KAL-uh-thump) Definition: A noisy, boisterous band or parade. Sample sentence: Anyone who want to participate in the Fourth of July callithump should be at the elementary school by 10 a.m.

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Adverb: Yestreen  (yeh-STREEN) Definition: 1. During yesterday evening. 2. Yesterday evening: last evening. Sample sentence: Late yestreen, I saw the new moon.

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Adjective: Prudent  (PROO-dunt) Definition: 1. Marked by wisdom or judiciousness. 2. Shrewd in the management of practical affairs. 3. Cautious: discreet. 4. Thrifty: frugal. Sample sentence: The couple’s financial advisor helped them devise a prudent investment strategy.

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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.

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