2015 Spelling Bee - Words from Round 3

Words from Round 3 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Full list is here.
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  1. escritoire
    a desk used for writing
  2. rutabaga
    a cruciferous plant with a thick bulbous edible yellow root
  3. longanimous
    showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment
  4. frijolillo
    shrub or small tree having pinnate leaves poisonous to livestock and dense racemes of intensely fragrant blue flowers and red beans
  5. vermicide
    an agent that kills worms
  6. apostasy
    rejection of religious beliefs, political party, or cause
  7. factitious
    not produced by natural forces; artificial or fake
  8. laconism
    terseness of expression
  9. odontiasis
    the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
  10. eutrophic
    (ecology) of a lake or other body of water rich in nutrients and subject to eutrophication
  11. ahimsa
    spiritual doctrine of nonviolence toward all living things
  12. syncytium
    a mass of cytoplasm containing several nuclei and enclosed in a membrane but no internal cell boundaries (as in muscle fibers)
  13. habiliment
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  14. ribaldry
    ribald humor
  15. guenon
    small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face
  16. chiliad
    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
  17. hyperpyrexia
    extremely high fever (especially in children)
  18. glyceraldehyde
    a sweet crystalline aldehyde formed by the breakdown of sugars
  19. acromion
    the outermost point of the spine of the shoulder blade
  20. asthenia
    an abnormal loss of strength
  21. hypsometry
    measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
  22. gallinule
    any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
  23. myrmidon
    a follower who carries out orders without question
  24. verisimilitude
    the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
  25. stomatitis
    inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth
  26. rhodochrosite
    a mineral consisting of manganese carbonate
  27. emolument
    compensation received by virtue of holding an office
  28. homiletic
    of or relating to homiletics
  29. amentia
    extreme mental retardation
  30. sortition
    making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
  31. antinomy
    a contradiction between two equally reasonable statements
  32. balletomane
    a ballet enthusiast
  33. psychosomatic
    used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis
  34. impresario
    a sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
  35. frigorific
    causing cold; cooling or chilling
  36. litotes
    understatement for rhetorical effect
  37. Pythagorean
    of or relating to Pythagoras or his geometry
  38. animalcule
    microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
  39. gegenschein
    a faint spot of light in the night sky that appears directly opposite the position of the sun; a reflection of sunlight by micrometeoric material in space
  40. intussusception
    the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface
  41. hamadryad
    the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
  42. Plantagenet
    the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485
  43. courgette
    marrow squash plant whose fruit are eaten when small
  44. budgerigar
    small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors
  45. seriema
    Brazilian Cariama; sole representative of the genus Cariama
  46. mascarpone
    soft mild Italian cream cheese
  47. naupathia
    motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
  48. sumpsimus
    a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression
  49. nonpareil
    model of excellence or perfection of a kind
  50. hyoscyamine
    a poisonous crystalline alkaloid
  51. gastronome
    a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment
  52. aniseikonia
    visual defect in which the shape and size of an ocular image differ in the two eyes
  53. zabaglione
    light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
  54. jacaranda
    an important Brazilian timber tree yielding a heavy hard dark-colored wood streaked with black
  55. lauhala
    Polynesian screw pine
  56. minniebush
    low shrub of the eastern United States with downy twigs
  57. osteomalacia
    abnormal softening of bones caused by deficiencies of phosphorus or calcium or vitamin D
  58. quaternion
    the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
  59. amphictyony
    an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center
  60. telamon
    a figure of a man used as a supporting column
  61. philologist
    a humanist specializing in classical scholarship
  62. hanuman
    langur of southern Asia; regarded as sacred in India
  63. alastrim
    a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
  64. phalanx
    any closely ranked crowd of people
  65. rathskeller
    a tavern below street level featuring beer
  66. diplopia
    visual impairment in which an object is seen as two objects
  67. acariasis
    infestation with itch mites
  68. elytron
    either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings
  69. mesomorph
    a person with a well-developed muscular body
  70. isentropic
    with unchanging entropy; at constant entropy
  71. pasquinade
    a composition that humorously imitates somebody's style
  72. eisegesis
    personal interpretation of a text using your own ideas
  73. denouement
    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
  74. triskelion
    a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
  75. fortissimo
    a direction in music; to be played very loudly
  76. pileus
    a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella or a cone that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom
  77. agama
    small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World
  78. bacteriophage
    a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
  79. amygdala
    an almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and emotional behavior
  80. tarantella
    a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
  81. oenomel
    wine mixed with honey
  82. caryopsis
    dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
  83. wasteweir
    a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
  84. dysplasia
    abnormal development (of organs or cells) or an abnormal structure resulting from such growth
  85. Olmec
    a member of an early Mesoamerican civilization centered around Veracruz that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC
  86. trebuchet
    a heavy war engine for hurling projectiles such as stones
  87. gerenuk
    slender East African antelope with slim neck and backward-curving horns
  88. haberdasher
    a merchant who sells clothing designed for men
  89. effleurage
    a rhythmic stroking
  90. execrable
    unequivocally detestable
  91. enthalpy
    (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity equal to the internal energy of a system plus the product of its volume and pressure
  92. interferon
    an antiviral protein produced by cells that have been invaded by a virus; inhibits replication of the virus
  93. lacustrine
    of or relating to or living near lakes
  94. demiglace
    sauce Espagnole with extra beef stock simmered down and seasoned with dry wine or sherry
  95. angiitis
    inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph duct
  96. nainsook
    a soft lightweight muslin used especially for babies
  97. bialy
    flat crusty-bottomed onion roll
  98. damson
    dark purple plum of the damson tree
  99. golem
    an artificial human that is given life by supernatural means
  100. cardiomegaly
    an abnormal enlargement of the heart
  101. coccygeal
    of or relating to or near the coccyx
  102. mendelevium
    a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding einsteinium with alpha particles (Md is the current symbol for mendelevium but Mv was formerly the symbol)
  103. gamboge
    a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
  104. microfiche
    small sheet of microfilm on which many pages of material have been photographed; a magnification system is used to read the material
  105. carcinogenic
    causing or tending to cause cancer
  106. yeomanry
    class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
Created on May 27, 2015

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