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Adjective: Piebald  (PYE-bawld) Definition: 1: Composed of incongruous parts. 2: Of different colors; especially, spotted or blotched with black and white. Example sentence: The horse she most enjoys riding is a sleek, leggy piebald mare.

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Verb: Fossick  (FAH-sik) Definition: 1: To search about especially for gold or gemstones. 2: To search about: rummage. Example sentence: As teenagers, the girls liked to fossick for opals in the old mine.

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Noun: Canaille  (kuh-NYE) Definition: 1: Rabble, riffraff. 2: Proletarian. Example sentence: I noticed that wherever the rich and famous go, the canaille from the tabloids are close by.

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Adjective: Unctuous  (UNK-chuh-wus) Definition: 1: Fatty, oily, or smooth and greasy in texture or appearance. 2: Plastic. 3. Insincerely smooth in speech and manner. Example sentence: Anna was thankful that the unctuous man who first greeted her at the modeling agency would not be the person she would be working with.

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Noun: Wafflestompers  (WAHF-uhl-stom-perz) Definition: Ankle boots with ridged soles, used especially for hiking. Example sentence: Dressed in his checkered flannel shirt, jeans, and wafflestompers, Ted looked like he was about to embark on a trek in the backwoods.

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Verb: Hobnob  (HAHB-nahb) Definition: To associate familiarly. Example sentence: The Spring Fling at the country club was a chance to hobnob with the pros before the start of the golf season.

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Verb: Batten  (BAT-un) Definition: 1: To grow or make fat: to feed gluttonously. 2: To grow prosperous especially at the expense of another. Example sentence: There have always been unscrupulous individuals who batten on the misfortunes of others.  

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Adjective: Twee  (TWEE) Definition: Affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. Example sentence: The cutesy knickknacks sold in that shop are a bit twee for my taste.

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Noun: Mash  (MASH) Definition: An intense and usually passing infatuation; also, the object of infatuation. Example sentence: You’d think Henry had a mash on Sylvia from the way he lights up whenever she walks into the room.

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Noun: Declension  (dih-KLEN-shun) Definition: 1: The inflectional forms of a noun, pronoun, or adjective. 2: A falling off or away: deterioration. 3: Descent, slope. Example sentence: The most common declension in modern English is the set of plural nouns marked as plural with a simple “s.”

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