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1. Acquire (uh-cuh-wire) To get to have, to gain; obtain.
2. Amphibian (am-fib-E-un) an animal that spends part of its live in water and part on land.
3. Anti-cancer (ant-I-can-ser) A plant that has a cancer fighting ability.
4. Arachnid (uh-rack-nid) A group of animals that look like insects , except they have eight legs; and have a body with 2 parts instead of 3.
5. Biologically (by-O-lodge-ick-lee) The act of effecting living things.
6. Bore (boar) A wall of water made by the ocean tide that over-powers the river current and is 15 feet high and moves up stream.
7. Boto (bo-toe) The Indian word for the Amazonian River Dolphin.
8. Boycott (bo-E-cott) Refusal to buy or use a product as means of protesting.
9. Brazil Nut (Bruh-zill-nut) Edible nuts of an Amazonian tree.
10. Breast (bre-st) The gland in which usually a female possesses in which she feeds her offspring milk. The upper part of the frontal body extending from the neck to the abdomen.
11. Brutally (brew-tuh-lee) Like a brute; cruel; harsh.
12. Camouflage (cam-I-flajh) A disguise that helps something hide. Sometimes it is used as a form of self-protection.
13. Cancer (can-ser) A usually fatal disease where cells grow in an abnormal way, often spreading through out the body.
14. Canopy (can-I-pee) The layer above the forest floor and understory but underneath the emergent layer. The third layer in which the treetops grow so close together it lets in little sunlight.
15. Chlorophyll (clore-uh-fill) The substance that makes a plant green.
16. Circulatory (ser-kewl-uh-tore-E) of or involving circulation. Of the circulatory system.
17. Consumption (con-sum-shun) The act of eating or drinking.
18. Crocodilian (crock-O-dill-E-in) Any crocodile or related species; a crocodile, alligator, or caiman.
19. Crisis (cry-sis) An unstable condition in political, international, or economic affairs; a time of danger.
20. Classify (class-if-I) To arrange in classes or assign to a class; organize; sort.
21. Culture extinction (coal-cher-al-ex-sting-shun) When a culture is going extinct.
22. Curare (kew-ray-er) Substances we get from certain trees in the Amazon used as muscle-relaxing agents. Some Indian tribes use them as poison.
23. Diarrhea (die-uh-ree-uh) When intestine movements occur often and watery.
24. Diverse (di-verse) Many different kinds.
25. Deforestation (dee-forest-A-shun) The act of cutting down trees.
26. Destruction (dee-struck-shun) To make heavy damage; to destroy.
27. Ecological (E-co-lodge-I-coal) having a relationship between living things and their environment.
28. Ecosystem (E-co-sis-tem) The plants and animals of an ecological community.
29. Emergent (M-er-jent) The top layer in the rainforest above the forest floor, the canopy, and the understory. Often where birds that desire higher altitudes perch. Also, the tallest trees grow here that are about 200 ft. tall.
30. Emerging (E-mer-j-ing) To come into existence or eye-range.
31. Enslave ( en-slay-vv) To make a slave or force into slavery.
32. Eventually (E-ven-chew-uh-lee) Occurring at an unspecified future time.
33. Extinct (X-tink-tt) To leave forever; to be destroyed of all.
34. Exquisite (X-scwiz-it) Extremely beautiful; ravishing.
35. Fahrenheit (fay-er-in-hi-tt) A way of measuring the temperature.
36. Fig (fig) A sweet, pear-shaped fruit.
37. Food chain (food-ch-ay-nn) The food chain is a way of simply stating how animals live off of each other. (See predator)
38. Forest floor (fore-est-fl-ore) The layer on the bottom of the four tropical layers under the canopy, understory, and emergent layer. This is the ground level and most animals live here. Also, the shrubbery and smallest trees grow here.
39. Generation (jen-er-a-shun) A group of people who live at the same time.
40. Global climate (glo-bel-cli-maite) The weather around the entire world.
41. Grass roots ( gras-roots) A rainforest saving program available in most communities.
42. Herbs (erbs) A plant with leaves used to flavor food or as medicine.
43. Indigenous (in-dij-in-us) A kind of species originally living in a region.
44. Influenza (in-flew-en-zuh) Another, non-abbreviated word for the flu.
45. Instinct (in-stink-tt) A natural talent or ability.
46. Invest (in-vest) to devote, spend, or use for future advantage or benefit.
47. Malaria (mole-A-ria) A severe disease whose symptoms are chills, fever, and sweating.
48. Mimic (mim-ick) To copy or imitate closely.
49. Mosquito (ma-skee-toe) A winged insect that sucks blood from animals and humans. Some may transmit diseases like malaria and yellow fever.
50. Nature preservers (nay-chew-rr- pre-zer-vv-erz) A job to help preserve nature.
51. New World (nn-ew-wer-eld) A phrase referring to the continents in the Western Hemisphere.
52. OFF! (off) A brand of insect repellant.
53. Offspring (Off-spring) The young of an animal. A child or children of a particular parent or parents. Something that results from something else.
54. Palm (pol-m) The part of your hand between your wrist and your fingers.
55. Pharmaceutical (farm-uh-kew-tuh-cul) Used in a pharmacy.
56. Pharmacy (farm-uh-C) A place where medicine is sold.
57. Plantain (plan-tayn) A tree-like tropical plant related to the banana. The fruit resembles a banana but instead of growing down like a banana it grows up.
58. Pollinate (paul-in-A-tt) To fertilize by carrying to the female part of the flower.
59. Poisonous (po-E-zun-us) A plant or animal that uses poison as a defense.
60. Predator (pred-uh-ter) An animal that lives by capturing and eating on other animals.
61. Preserve (pre-zerv) To protect.
62. Reduce (ree-doo-ss) To make smaller; lessen something.
63. Regulate (ray-gewl-ate) To control or adjust.
64. Rely (ree-ll-I) To depend upon.
65. Spaniards (span-E-ards) Spanish people.
66. Species (spee-sees) Animals that belong to a certain group.
67. Tributary (trib-U-tair-E) Small streams or rivers flowing into another, larger river.
68. Tuatara (too-A-tar-A) A lizard-like reptile of New Zealand that is the only living member of a group that flourished during the time of the dinosaurs. It looks slightly like an Iguana.
69. Ultra-violet (O-el-truh-vv-I-O-let) of electromagnetic radiation having wavelengths between 4,000 angstroms, just shorter than those of visible light, and 40 angstroms just longer than those of x-rays. Ultraviolet light or ultraviolet part of the spectrum.
70. Unique (U-neek) Being the only one; sole. Having no equal or equivalent; being the only one in kind, excellence.
71. Understory (un-der-store-E) The layer above the forest floor, and under the canopy, and emergent layer. This is where the shortest trees grow.
72. Vegetation (vej-E-tay-shun) plants or plant life.
73. Vertebrate (ver-tuh-brayt) Something with a backbone. Usually an animal.
74. Wasp (wosp) A type of bee that can give a very painful sting.
75. Zoologist (zoo-all-uh-jist) Someone who studies animals.
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