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constellate

Definition: (verb) To form or cause to form a group or cluster.
Synonyms:cluster, flock, clump
Usage:The poets constellate in this town every summer. Discuss. Play

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Articles Used with Vowel Sounds vs. Consonant Sounds

We use the indefinite article "a" when it precedes a word beginning with a consonant sound. Which article do we use before a word beginning with a vowel sound? More... Discuss

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Stonefish

Found in the tropics of the Indian and Pacific oceans and in the Red Sea, the stonefish, Synanceia verrucosa, is the world's most venomous fish. Spines lining its dorsal area release a toxin that causes excruciating pain, local swelling, general paralysis, and, eventually, fatal respiratory paralysis. Using its resemblance to a piece of rock to camouflage itself, the carnivorous fish feeds on small fish, shrimp, and other crustaceans. A stonefish can survive out of water for how long? More... Discuss

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World Food Day (1981)

More than 150 countries celebrate World Food Day every year on October 16, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It has been observed since 1981 with different themes each year, such as "United against Hunger" and "The Right to Food." What was the theme of the first World Food Day? More... Discuss

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Oscar Wilde (1854)

Wilde was an Irish poet, novelist, and playwright who mocked social conventions and scandalized English society with his unorthodox ideas and conduct. He is best known for his sophisticated, witty plays, among them Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, about a handsome young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul. Why did Wilde spend his final years living abroad under an assumed name? More... Discuss

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A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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competition
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cooperation

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In which of the following sentences is need used as a semi-modal verb?




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n. A hard outer structure, such as the shell of an insect or crustacean, that provides protection or support for an organism
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concoct
break down
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Festa da Luz

The two-week Festival of Light held every year in Belém, Pará State, Brazil, honors Our Lady of Nazareth. Her image is carried through the streets to the cathedral on Saturday night in a berlinda or glass enclosure set upon wheels. Behind comes the "Miracle Car"—a heavy platform inscribed with images of the miracles performed by the Virgin—carried on the shoulders of strong men who perform this service as a form of penance. The pilgrimage that accompanies the Festival of Light dates back to the year 1700. More... Discuss

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soaked to the bone

Extremely or completely wet, especially through one's clothing. More... Discuss