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Verb: Transmogrify  (trans- MOH-gruh-fahy) Definition: To change in appearance or form, especially strangely and grotesquely: transform. Example sentence: My grandson’s favorite part of the movie was when the main character would transmogrify to a really scary entity before battle and then turn to a mild-mannered person afterwards.

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Adjective: Licit  (LISS-it) Definition: Conforming to the requirements of the law: not forbidden by law: permissible. Example sentence: The program subsidizes farmers growing licit crops, such as rubber, cassava, and cocoa.

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Noun: Jactitation  (jak-tuh-TAY-shun) Definition: A tossing to and fro or jerking and twitching of the body. Example sentence: Jason was very glad that soon after the first dose of medicine, the jactitation of his body ceased and the seizure appeared to be over.

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Verb: Extirpate  (EK-ster-payt) Definition: 1: To destroy completely or wipe out. 2: To pull out from the root. 3: To remove by surgery. Example sentence: Norma was a little nervous as she waited for the anesthesia to take affect so the dentist could extirpate her wisdom teeth.

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Adjective: Crackerjack  (CRACK-er-jack) Definition: Of striking ability or excellence. Example sentence: Katie is a crackerjack athlete who excels in soccer and softball.

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Adjective: Hermetic  (her-MET-ik) Definition: 1: Relating to or characterized by occultism or abstruseness. 2: Airtight or impervious to external influence. 3: Recluse, solitary. Example sentence: The infomercial claimed that the new containers used modern technology to guarantee a hermetic seal that would keep food fresh for months.

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Verb: Kvell  (KVEL) Definition: To be extraordinarily proud: rejoice. Example sentence: My brother had every reason to kvell over his son’s achievements in high school, as he graduated with highest honors.  

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Noun: Sniglet  (SNIG-let) Definition: Any word coined for something that has no specific name. Example sentence: The sniglet “anticiparcellate” means waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not to appear too anxious.

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Noun: Heliolatry  (hee-lee-AH-luh-tree) Definition: Sun worship. Example sentence: Archeologists believe that the members of many ancient civilizations practiced heliolatry because each of their temples faced east, toward the rising sun.

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Noun: Zeitgeber  (TSAHYT-gey-bur) Definition: An environmental cue, as the length of daylight or the degree of temperature, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism’s biological clock. Example sentence: In nearly every land animal, light is the major zeitgeber, with temperature a distant second.

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