Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Word Power -

1. cochleate—[C] shaped like a snail shell; as, A sin­gle, small cochleate charm hung on a chain around Hu­rit’s neck.

2. aero­dy­namic—[B] with a shape that re­duces drag from air mov­ing past; as, With its sharply pointed wing tips, the swift is one of the world’s most aero­dy­namic birds.

3. stel­late—[A] star-shaped; as, The red, stel­late flow­ers stood out against the drab fence.

4. he­lix—[A] some­thing spi­ral in form; as, Crick and Wat­son dis­cov­ered the dou­ble he­lix struc­ture of DNA in 1953.

5. asym­met­ri­cal—[C] lop­sided; as, Dana’s new sculp­tures were asym­met­ri­cal, and Bernie feared they would top­ple over.

6. fab­i­form—[A] bean-shaped; as, Pro­fes­sor Khalid tried to iden­tify the tree from its large, fab­i­form leaves.

7. ob­long—[C] elon­gated; as, Gena did not like the ob­long cush­ions be­cause they took up so much space on the sofa.

8. cor­date—[B] shaped like a heart; as, Hisham’s colour­ful ta­pes­try hung on the wall, a cor­date tribute to his late wife. 9. ta­pered—[C] nar­rower at one end; as, To ease in­stal­la­tion, the metal pins were ta­pered.

10. toroidal—[B] donut-shaped; as, Some physi­cists be­lieve that black holes can tem­po­rar­ily take on a toroidal form.

11. cor­ru­gated—[A] bent into par­al­lel folds; as, The shed’s cor­ru­gated walls added strength to the struc­ture.

12. scu­ti­form—[B] shield-shaped; as, At the re­union, Harry held high the scu­ti­form sign he had made dis­play­ing his family’s crest.

13. nav­ic­u­lar—[C] with a boat-like form; as, The nav­ic­u­lar bone in the an­kle was named for its scoope­d­out ap­pear­ance.

14. lozenge—[B] some­thing di­a­mond-shaped; as, Dur­ing the road-sign test, the driv­ing stu­dent strug­gled to re­mem­ber the sig­nif­i­cance of the yel­low lozenge.

15. bul­bous—[A] fat and round; as, The faucet was equipped with two bul­bous han­dles for easy use. VO­CAB­U­LARY RAT­INGS 7–10: fair 11–12: good 13–15: ex­cel­lent

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