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A wildlife officer with a pangolin in Amritsar, India. A wildlife officer with a pangolin in Amritsar, India. (Sanjeev Chawla/ AFP/ File 2001)
By Emma Rose Johnson
Globe Correspondent / March 22, 2009
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Here's just a sample of the words the students had to grapple with at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Spelling Bee:

Scenario (the winning word) (noun): a sketch, outline, or description of an imagined situation or sequence of events.

Vulcanize (verb): to treat crude India rubber with sulfur and subject it to intense heat.

Pangolin (noun): animal of southern Asia and Africa that has a body covered with large thorny scales, a small head with an elongated snout, a long, sticky tongue for catching ants and termites, and a tapering tail.

Geta (noun): wooden shoes worn by the Japanese, with thongs between the big toe and the small toes.

Boswell (noun): a constant companion or attendant who witnesses and records what a person does.

Roughhewn (adjective): roughly hewn or shaped out, roughly wrought; lacking the finishing process.

Acme (noun): the highest point or culmination.

Definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary

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