Spelling Enthusiast, Part II

Continuing my previous post regarding my fondness with words, and spelling them, I am sharing to you another list of words that is part of the word bank I consolidated for my Academic Team.

This list I am sharing to you consists of words that originated from different countries around the globe. These words give us a glimpse of the cultures they come from, and I hope they will expand your vocabulary, too.

ATLATL
Pronunciation: /ˌätˈlätl/
Noun: A stick used by Eskimos and early American Indians to propel a spear or dart.

AYAHUASCA
Pronunciation: \ˌī-yə-ˈhwäs-kə, -ˈwäs-\
Noun: A hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine.

BABUSHKA
Pronunciation: /bəˈbo͝oSHkə/
Noun: (In Poland and Russia) An old woman or grandmother. A headscarf tied under the chin, typical of those worn by Polish and Russian women.

BARDIGLIO
Pronunciation: (bär`dēl´yō)
Noun: An Italian marble of which the principal varieties occur in the neighborhood of Carrara and in Corsica. It commonly shows a dark gray or bluish ground traversed by veins.

DHOTI
Pronunciation: \ˈdō-tē\
Noun: A loincloth worn by men in some parts of India.

DYBBUK
Pronunciation: \ˈdi-bək\
Noun: A wandering soul believed in Jewish folklore to enter and control a living body until exorcised by a religious rite.

EISWEIN
Pronunciation: \ˈīs-ˌwīn, -ˌvīn\
Noun: A sweet German wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine.

EISTEDDFOD
Pronunciation: \ī-ˈsteth-ˌvȯd, ā-\
Noun: A usually Welsh competitive festival of the arts especially in poetry and singing.

KIEKIE
Pronunciation: /ˈkiːkiː/
Noun: A New Zealand climbing plant with edible bracts, and leaves which are used for basket-making and weaving.

KLEPHT
Pronunciation: \ˈkleft\
Noun: A Greek belonging to any of several independent guerrilla communities formed after the Turkish conquest of Greece.

KWAKIUTL
Pronunciation: /ˌkwäkēˈo͞odl/
Noun: (plural same or Kwakiutls) A member of an American Indian people of the north western Pacific coast, living mainly on Vancouver Island.

MATSUTAKE
Pronunciation: \ˌmät-su̇-ˈtä-kē, -kā\
Noun: A large brownish edible Japanese mushroom having firm flesh and a spicy aroma.

MUZJIK
Pronunciation: [moo-zhik, moo-zhik]
Noun: A Russian peasant.

NYNORSK
Pronunciation: \nü-ˈnȯrsk, nyü-, nue-\
Noun: A literary form of Norwegian based on the spoken dialects of Norway.

OUD
Pronunciation: \ˈüd\
Noun: A musical instrument of the lute family used in southwest Asia and northern Africa.

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