10 Winning Words from the Scripps Spelling Bee

  • 2008 Winning Word: Guerdon

    Guerdon – (n) a reward or recompense; (v) to reward (The Free Dictionary)   Champion: Sameer Mishra

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  • 2009 Winning Word: Laodicean

    Laodicean – (n) a person with a halfhearted attitude toward religion or politics; (adj) lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea (   Champion: Kavya Shivashankar

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  • 2010 Winning Word: Stromuhr

    Stromuhr - (n) a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery (Merriam-Webster)   Champion: Anamika Veeramani

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  • 2011 Winning Word: Cymotrichous

    Cymotrichous - (adj) having wavy hair (   Champion: Sukanya Roy

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  • 2012 Winning Word: Guetapens

    Guetapens - (n) ambush, snare or trap  (Merriam-Webster)   Champion: Snigdha Nandipati

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  • 2013 Winning Word: Knaidel

    Knaidel - (n) a small dumpling–or ball of matzo meal–commonly eaten in Jewish households and usually served in soup (   Champion: Arvind Mahankali

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  • 2014 Winning Words: Feuilleton & Stichomythia

    Feuilleton - (n) a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader (Merriam-Webster)   Stichomythia - (n) dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered by two actors in alternating lines, as in classical Greek drama (Merriam-Webster)   Champions: Ansun Sujoe (feuilleton) and Sriram Hathwar (stichomythia) 

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  • 2015 Winning Words: Scherenschnitte & Nunatak

    Scherenschnitte – (n) the art of cutting paper into decorative designs (Merriam-Webster)   Nunatak – (n) hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice (Merriam-Webster
    Champions: Vanya Shivashankar (scherenschnitte) and Gokul Venkatachalam (nunatak)

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