Spelling Team Family Potluck Practice: 
NEW Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 6 pm
Cullen Library, Higgins Middle School

Team Practice: Starting in January
Spellers are encouraged to attend either practice whenever possible.
Tues., 2:30 - 3:15 pm, Cullen Library Lab
Weds., 2:30 - 3:15 pm, Cullen Library Lab

Spellers - With your teachers' approval, use your Higgins Spelling Team Button as a pass to come to the Library to practice during Academic Support or Reach!

Spelling Team Pizza Party Practice: Northshore Mall
Wed., Feb. 12, 2014, 5 pm

Championship Bee: Northshore Mall
Wed., Feb. 12, 2014, 6 pm

4th Annual Higgins/PEF Spelling Bee
Congratulations ANDEEMAE SIMS, BECCA DUNN and LYDIA SORPOL
Thank you NORTHSHORE MALL and PEABODY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Bee Winners 2014
Top Ten Spellers
Andeemae
Looking down on the bee at the Mall
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Our Customized Visual Thesaurus Spelling Activities to Practice for the Championship Bee, Feb. 12, 2014

The Cullen Library received a Best Bet Grant in November 2013 from the 
Peabody Education Foundation to renew our subscription to Visual Thesaurus
Visual Thesaurus Sign-in Instructions:  
Enter the user name higgins in the  e-mail address box. The password is h _ _ _ s.

 
Words from Dutch

Words from Old English

Words from New World Languages

Words from Japanese

Words from Greek

Words from Italian

Words from Spanish

Words from Latin

Words from Arabic

Words from Asian Languages

Words from French

Eponyms

Words from German

There are some words on the Spell It 2014 Word List that are not in Visual Thesaurus.  At our request, Visual Thesaurusis working on adding the following words to their database.  These words are:

Borzoi

Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun

Definition:
:  any of abreed of large dogs developed in Russia especially for pursuing wolves thathave a long silky usually white coat with darker markings —called also Russianwolfhound

Sentence:

The _____ is a graceful,strong and swift animal.

gopak
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a high-leaping Russian peasant dance for men
Sentence:  The _____ has no fixed patternof steps.

Cheka
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: the state secret-police organization in the Soviet Union
Sentence: The ______ were set up in 1917 by the Bolshevik government.

sevruga
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a species of sturgeon of the Caspian and Black seas, the roe ofwhich is often used to make a gray caviar
Sentence:  The Duchess served only thebest ________ to her guests.

purga
Language of origin:Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: an intense artic snowstorm occurring usually in flat open countryand characterized by severe cold and wind-driven snow
Sentence:  There were deep snowdrifts dueto the intense _____.

trepak
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: to brake, beat or tap
Sentence: The ______ created by the audience indicated their pleasure at theperformance.

Cossack
Language of origin: Polish, Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a person belonging to any of certain groups of Slavs living chieflyin the southern part of Russia in Europe and forming an elite corps of horseman
Sentence: The _______  rode a magnificentstallion.


nelma

Language of origin:Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: of or from the provincial district of Nelson, New Zealand.
Sentence: The nelmas of New Zealand turned out in great numbers to supporttheir team.


lokshen  

Language of origin:Yiddish, Russian
Part of speech: Noun
Definition: noodles
Sentence:  My grandmother made the bestlokshen.

feldsher
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech; noun
Definition: a Russian doctor’s medical assistant
Sentence:  It was Olga’s goal to become afeldsher.

barabara
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition:  an Alaskan or north Siberiansemi-subterranean house built of sod or turf
Sentence:  Only part of the barabara wasvisible from a distance.

aul
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a desert settlement or village
Sentence:  The caravan was moving towardsthe aul.

kielbasa
Language of origin: Russian, Polish
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a smoked sausage of coarsely chopped beef and pork, flavored withgarlic and spices
Sentence:  The family settled down to ameal of kielbasa and cabbage.

barukhzy
Laanguage of origin:Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: an type of dog known as a n Afghan hound
Sentence:  Maria walked the barukhzyregularly at the park.

taiga
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vastareas of northern North America and Eurasia
Sentence: The northern part of the country was primarily taiga.

beetewek
Language of origin: Russian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a Russian breed of heavy draft horses
Sentence: The beetewek was snorting loudly and breathing heavily.


keelhaul
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: verb
Definition: to haul an offender under the bottom of a ship and up on the otherside as a punishment
Sentence: Keelhaul was the punished for the wayward sailor.

klompen
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: A Dutch folk dance performed in wooden shoes
Sentence: Hugo was the champion klompen dancer in the area.

grabble
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: verb
Definition: to feel or search with the hands; grope
Sentence:  The blindfolded girl has tograbble around the room to find the door.

buckwagon
Language of origin: Afrikaan, Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a large strong wagon with the frame projecting over the wheels thatis used in Southern Africa for hauling loads
Sentence:  The men loaded the buckwagonwith wood.

waywiser
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: an instrument (as an odometer or pedometer) for measuring thedistance traversed by a walker, vehicle or ship
Sentence:  The waywiser indicated thatthe hiker had covered five miles.

Mynheer
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a Dutch title of address equivalent to Sir when used alone or to Mr.when placed before a name
Sentence: The teacher demanded his students address him as Mynheer.

flense
Language of origin: Danish or Dutch
Part of speech: verb
Definition: to strip the blubber or the skin from a whale, seal, etc.
Sentence:  The young sailor signed on toflense the seals once caught.

bobbejaan
Language of origin: Dutch, Afrikaans
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a baboon
Sentence:  The star of the local zoo wasa great bobbejaan.

Voortrekker
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a member of the Afrikaner youth movement founded in 1931
Sentence:  Helmut was very proud of hisVoortrekker membership.

uitlander
Language of origin: Dutch, Afrikaans
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a foreigner, especially a British settler in the Boer republicsprior to the formation of the Union of South Africa
Sentence:  Michael was a descendant of auitlander who arrived at the turn of the century.

keest
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: inner vital substance; marrow
Sentence: The doctor examined the patient suspecting a keest was the problem.

roodebok
Language of origin: Dutch
Part of speech: noun
Definition: an impala, a large African antelope
Sentence:  The government established areserve for the roodebok.

nosiest
Language of origin
Part of speech: adjective
Definition: unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome
Sentence: Mark was one of the nosiest people he ever knew.

mootable
Language of origin: English
Part of speech: adjective
Definition: debatable
Sentence: The mootable topic of conversation preoccupied the group.

folksiness
Language of origin: American
Part of speech: noun
Definition: very informal; familiar; unceremonious
The politician could not exhibit more folksiness.

yieldable
Language of origin: Old English
Part of speech: adjective
Definition: or or relating to an amount, product, profit or result
Sentence: The peasants estimated the yieldable crops to be more than expected.

shrieval
Language of origin: Old English
Part of speech: adjective
Definition: of or relating to a sheriff
Sentence:  The shrieval badge wasmissing.

kahuna
Language of origin: Hawaiian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a native medicine man or priest
Sentence: The natives were determined to see the old kahuna.

kona
Language of origin: Hawaiian
Part of speech: noun
Definition: a southwesterly winter wind in Hawaii, often strong and bringingrain
Sentence:  The island businesses boardedthe windows in advance of the kona.

malihini
Language of origin: Hawaiian
Part fo speech: noun
Definition: a newcomer to Hawaii
Sentence:  It was expected that themalihini would want a lei to wear.

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