1. bamboo curtain an ideological barrier around communist China especially in the 1950s and 1960s
  2. importance the quality of being significant or worthy of note
  3. Pamir Mountains a mountain range in central Asia that is centered in Tajikistan but extends into Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and Pakistan and western China
  4. drop curtain a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
  5. bamboo fern fast-growing sturdy Japanese fern
  6. bombardon a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
  7. Muscardinus a genus of Gliridae
  8. backwardness lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
  9. compactness the consistency of a compact solid
  10. iron curtain the barrier between communist and democratic countries
  11. ascertain learn or discover with confidence
  12. safety curtain a fireproof theater curtain to be dropped in case of fire
  13. temperateness moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
  14. mobocracy a political system in which a mob is the source of control
  15. Cabomba caroliniana common aquatic plant of eastern North America having floating and submerged leaves and white yellow-spotted flowers
  16. Hippocrates medical practitioner who is regarded as the father of medicine; author of the Hippocratic oath (circa 460-377 BC)
  17. concordance a harmonious state of things and of their properties
  18. Bitis arietans large African viper that inflates its body when alarmed
  19. imprudence a lack of caution in practical affairs
  20. accordance concurrence or agreement of opinion