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The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Graduate
by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries

The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Graduate
The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Graduate

The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Graduate offers an entertaining way to help high school students and graduates become vocabulary masters. Written by the editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries, this book will encourage students and parents alike to energize their word power. The book has two parts—a challenge section and an answers section. Each question in the challenge section consists of a definition along with four candidate words, of which only one is correct. The answers section gives the correct answer and shows that word in an example sentence. It also provides word histories and quotations by respected authors. All the candidate words are defined, and there is a separate list of the correct answers for quick look-up. The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Graduate offers a fun and easy way for anyone who enjoys language to get on good terms with some useful new words and to appreciate the importance of a strong vocabulary.



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Define-a-Thon Word Challenge Revealed
5. basilisk

A legendary serpent or dragon that could kill with its breath and glance.

According to legend, one can kill a basilisk by holding a mirror up to its face so that it is slain by the reflection of its own glance.

[From Middle English, from Old French basilisc, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos, kinglet, basilisk (said to have a crownlike mark on its head), from basileus, king.]

WHAT THE OTHER WORDS MEAN

* moa: Any of various flightless ostrichlike birds of the family Dinornithidae, native to New Zealand and extinct for over a century.
* ptarmigan: Any of various grouses inhabiting arctic, subarctic, and alpine regions of the Northern Hemisphere and having feathered legs and feet and plumage that is brown or gray in summer and white in winter.
* roc: A mythical bird of prey having enormous size and strength.