acrobat n : one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body (acrobatic adj)
appropriate adj : especially suitable or fitting : PROPER (appropriately adv)
bib n 1 : a cloth or plastic shield tied under a child's chin to protect the clothes 2 : the upper part of an apron or of overalls
brood n : a family of young animals or children
crest n : a showy tuft on the head of a bird
drab adj 1 : of the color drab 2 : being dull or monotonous : CHEERLESS
energetic adj : having or showing energy : ACTIVE, FORCEFUL (energetically adv)
environment n : the conditions and surroundings that have an effect on the development of a person, animal, or plant
epaulet n : a shoulder ornament, as on military uniforms
hemp n : a tall plant with small green flowers
herbicides n : agents used to destroy or inhibit plant growth
incubate vb : to sit on and hatch (eggs)
inquisitive adj : given to inquiry : CURIOUS, QUESTIONING
larvae n, pl : the immature, wingless, and often wormlike form that hatches from the egg of many insects
melody n : a pleasing succession of sounds (melodious adj)
migrate vb : to move from one place to another
millet n : the seeds of a grass grown in the U.S. for use as hay
molt vb : to shed hair, feathers, outer skin, or horns with the cast-off parts being replaced by a new growth
parasite n : an organism living in or on another organism (parasitic adj)
pesticides n : chemicals used to kill pests such as insects
plumage n : the entire clothing of feathers of a bird
preen vb : to clean and arrange feathers with a beak
rival n : one of two or more striving to reach or obtain that which only one can possess
sheen n : subdued shininess of surface
shrieks vb : utters a loud shrill sound
strut vb : to walk with a stiff proud gait
suet n : the hard fat from beef and mutton (deer meat) which birds like to eat
tapered adj :made gradually smaller towards one end
Sources: The HBJ School Dictionary, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1977.
Webster's Intermediate Dictionary, New York: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1972.
Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1983.
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