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TOEFL. Part II


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shrub
A woody plant smaller than a tree, with several main stems arising at or near the ground.
prune
Trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, esp. to increase fruitfulness and growth.
dabble
Immerse (one's hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently.
wean
Accustom (an infant or other young mammal) to food other than its mother's milk.
balthazar
A very large wine bottle, with a capacity of 12 liters, equivalent to that of 16 ordinary wine bottles.
dugout
A shelter that is dug in the ground and roofed over, esp. one used by troops in warfare.
ivory
A hard creamy-white substance composing the main part of the tusks of an elephant, walrus, or narwhal.
poach
Illegally hunt or catch (game or fish) on land that is not one's own or is under official protection.
hoof
The horny part of the foot of an ungulate animal, esp. a horse.
maize
Corn: tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties.
forerunner
A person or thing that precedes the coming or development of someone or something else.
iridescent
Showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.
stalwart
Loyal, reliable, and hardworking: "he remained a *** supporter of the cause".
confer
Grant or bestow (a title, degree, benefit, or right).
detour
A long or roundabout route taken to avoid something or to make a visit along the way.
ductility
Ability of a material (such as a metal or asphalt cement) to undergo permanent deformation through elongation (reduction in cross-sectional area) or bending at room temperature without fracturing.
brittleness
Tendency of a material to fracture or fail upon the application of a relatively small amount of force, impact, or shock.
malleable
Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure
pertain
Be appropriate, related, or applicable.
tarnish
Dullness of color; loss of brightness.
spruce
A widespread coniferous tree (genus Picea) of the pine family that has a distinctive conical shape and hanging cones.
annexation
Incorporation by joining or uniting.
newsprint
Cheap, low-quality, absorbent printing paper made from coarse wood pulp and used chiefly for newspapers.
conjecture
An opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.