2015 Spelling Bee - Words from the Semifinals

Words from the semifinal rounds of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Full lists here and here.)

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definitions & notes only words
  1. apivorous
    feeding on bees
  2. Glaswegian
    an inhabitant of Glasgow
  3. vinaceous
    of or relating to wine
  4. camarilla
    a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  5. rollmops
    a pickled herring filet that has been rolled or wrapped around a pickle
  6. agaric
    a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside
  7. vilipend
  8. nictitate
    briefly shut the eyes
  9. cataphyll
    a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development
  10. barbellate
    having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
  11. frangipane
    pastry with a creamy almond-flavored filling
  12. piolet
    an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
  13. mulct
    money extracted as a penalty
  14. morphallaxis
    regeneration on a reduced scale of a body part
  15. realpolitik
    politics based on practical rather than moral considerations
  16. emmetropia
    (ophthalmology) the normal refractive condition of the eye in which there is clear focus of light on the retina
  17. naranjilla
    small perennial shrub cultivated in uplands of South America for its edible bright orange fruits resembling tomatoes or oranges
  18. fauces
    the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx
  19. nomothetic
    relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles
  20. rechauffe
    warmed leftovers
  21. sinciput
    the front part of the head or skull (including the forehead)

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