Spelling List for Spelling Competition

The following are the words for the GYC spelling competition. If you are entered in this event please study the words diligently.

They are also available on the downloadable PDF version of the academics guidelines on pages 6 – 19. 

A

aardvark

abacus

abalone

abattoir

abbacy

aberrance

abeyance

abiogenesis

abomasum

abscissa

abstemious

abyssal

accidie

acerbity

acetaldehyde

achene

acoustic

acquiesce

acrylonitrile

adagio

addle

administratrix

adolescence

aedile

aesthete

agglomerate

aggrandize

agouti

aikido

albumin

alkyne

allophone

alluvium

alpaca

amanuensis

ambivalence

ameliorative

ampoule

anacoluthon

androgynous

anesthesiology

ankylosis

antediluvian

antepenultimate

antimacassar

antithesis

antonym

apocryphal

appoggiatura

aqueous

arabesque

archaeologist

architect

argosy

armoire

arrhythmia

arteriosclerosis

artiodactyl

ascetic

askance

asphyxia

assay

assuage

asthma

asymptote

atoll

attest

auger

auriferous

aurochs

auxiliary

avaricious

aviary

awn

axil

B

baccalaureate

bacteriophage

bagatelle

bailiff

baldachin

baleen

ballad

ballade

baluster

bamboozle

bandeau

banns

banquette

barbette

bargello

barouche

basilica

batik

bauble

bauxite

bayonet

beau

begonia

beignet

bellwether

beneficiary

bereavement

besiege

betwixt

bibelot

bibliophile

bifurcate

binoculars

bioluminescence

bisque

blasphemy

blitzkrieg

bloc

blowzy

boatel

bobbin

bole

boll

bonsai

boomerang

botanize

bough

boutonniere

brachiate

braggadocio

bray

breve

briny

brioche

bristle

broccoli

brusque

bryophyte

budgerigar

buffoonery

buhl

bullion

buoyancy

bureau

bursar

butte

byte

C

cacciatore

cachinnation

cacique

cacomistle

cacophonous

cadaver

caitiff

caldron

calligrapher

calliope

calumny

camaraderie

camouflage

campanile

cannelloni

cantaloupe or

cantaloup

cappuccino

capriole

captious

carcinogen

cardiopulmonary

careen

cartilaginous

casque

casuistry

catachresis

cataclysm

catafalque

catechetical

causerie

cavalcade

cavalier

celiac

cello

cenotaph

cephalic

cephalothorax

cerulean

chagrin

chaise

chamomile

chancellor

chaos

charlatan

chartreuse

chasseur

chauffeur

chemurgy

chicle

chigoe

chintz

chiropractor

chivalrous

cholla

chough

chrysanthemum

chyle

cicatrize

circinate

circumambient

cirque

citronella

cladophyll

claustrophobia

clientele

cloche

cloistered

coalescence

coaming

codicil

coelacanth

coeval

coincidence

collage

collegium

colliery

colloquial

colloquy

colporteur

comedienne

commissariat

commodious

commutator

compartmentalize

compendium

compote

comrade

concerto

concussion

concussion

condescend

condolence

confetti

confrere

congener

conglomerate

congratulate

connive

connoisseur

consanguineous

consequential

consignee

consortium

constituency

constrictor

contagious

conterminous

contrail

contretemps

contrivance

contumacy

convalescence

conveyancer

cony

copal

coquina

cordial

cordoba

cornice

corps

correspondence

corroborate

coruscate

coryza

cosine

cosset

cote

coterie

coulee

coup

coupe

couplet

couture

cozenage

crag

crampon

cravat

creosote

crescendo

crevasse

crevice

crocodile

crucifixion

crustacean

cryptographer

cumulonimbus

cumulostratus

curmudgeon

cyanocobalamin

cygnet

cyme

czarina

D

dalsegno

dashiki

dawdle

decalcomania

decemvir

decistere

decoction

decussate

defibrillate

dehisce

deleterious

delicatessen

deliquesce

demagoguery

demitasse

demurrage

dentifrice

derailleur

derrick

descry

desiccant

deteriorate

detrop

dextrorotatory

dhow

dialogue

diatomaceous

dichotomy

dichroic

dieldrin

dihedral

dihybrid

dinar

dinghy

dirndl

disastrous

disconsolate

disguise

disoblige

disputatious

dissent

dissonance

divertimento

dobbin

dodecahedron

dojo

dolichocephalic

domicile

donee

doubloon

dowager

doyen

drawl

drogue

drollery

drumlin

dulcet

durra

dyne

dyslexia

dyspepsia

dyspnea

E

eavesdrop

ebullient

ecclesiastical

ecdysis

echelon

eclectic

edelweiss

efface

effendi

effervescence

efficacy

effloresce

effluvium

egalitarian

egregious

eke

ekistics

Electrocardiogram

electroencephalograph

electroluminescent

electrolyte

eleemosynary

eloquence

emaciate

embarrassing

embryo

emcee

emergent

emeritus

emigration

emollient

emphysema

enchilada

encomium

encyclopedia

enigma

ennui

ensconce

entente

entrepreneur

envisage

eolith

eolithic

ephah

ephemeral

epiglottis

epistemology

epitaph

epithalamium

epitome

eponym

equestrienne

equipage

eremite

ersatz

escadrille

escutcheon

esker

espalier

estancia

ethereal

eucalyptus

euphonium

eutrophication

evanescence

evince

ewer

exchequer

executrix

exhume

expeditious

expiable

exponentiation

exquisite

extirpate

extraordinaire

exurbia

F

facetious

facsimile

faille

falchion

fallacious

farinaceous

fascicle

fatigue

fauna

febrifuge

fecund

fedayeen

feign

felicitate

felicitous

fellah

felly

felucca

fenny

ferocious

ferruginous

festoon

feudalism

fichu

fiduciary

fiesta

filbert

fillip

financier

fiord

firkin

fissure

fistula

flaccid

flagellant

flocculent

flotsam

flummox

fluorescence

fluxion

foehn

foliaceous

fondue

foraminiferous

foreigner

forint

forsythia

fortissimo

fortuitous

fosse

fracas

fractious

franc

frangipani

frankincense

fraudulent

fraught

frequentative

fresco

frieze

frijol

frippery

frittata

frontispiece

fumarole

fundamentalism

funicular

furuncle

fuselage

G

gabbro

gaffe

galactose

galantine

galleon

gallinaceous

gallium

gambol

gangrenous

garrulous

gasconade

gastrocnemius

gazpacho

gendarme

gentian

geopolitics

gerontology

gittern

glasphalt

glengarry

glockenspiel

glomerulus

gloxinia

glycolysis

gnotobiote

gonfalon

grandiloquence

granulocyte

granum

gravamen

grotto

guanine

guarantee

guileful

gurnard

gyroscope

H

hacienda

hackamore

hahnium

handkerchief

harangue

harpsichord

haughty

haustorium

hegemony

herbaceous

herbivore

heretical

heritage

heterodyne

heterotroph

hideous

hippopotamus

hireling

histamine

histology

hoatzin

holiness

homograph

honorarium

horologe

horrendous

hostelry

howdah

hubris

hullabaloo

humanitarianism

humbuggery

humectant

humoresque

hurtle

hybridize

hydrocephalus

hydrofoil

hydrolysis

hydrometry

hydroquinone

hydrotropic

hygiene

hyperbole

hypocotyl

hypotenuse

hypothalamus

hypotonic

hysteresis

I

ichneumon

ideate

igneous

illusionist

ilmenite

imitable

immedicable

immigrate

impartial

impious

impolitic

importunate

impressive

impudence

inalienable

incandesce

incapacitant

incessant

incidentally

incipience

incognito

incongruent

inconsonance

inculcate

indecipherable

indemnity

indices

indiscriminately

indomitable

indubitable

infrasonic

infusorian

inglenook

ingratiate

inherent

innuendo

inordinate

insalubrious

insipidity

insolent

insurmountable

insurrectionary

intaglio

intelligentsia

interatomic

intercalary

intercostal

interdigitate

interferometer

interlunar

interneuron

interstellar

intervocalic

intrados

introrse

intumesce

inveigh

inveteracy

iodopsin

ionosphere

iridium

irredentist

irremediable

ischemia

isogamete

isthmus

istle

J

jacaranda

jacquard

jaeger

jaialai

jalousie

jambalaya

jardiniere

jejune

jennet or genet

jeopardize

jeremiad

jerkin

jess

jetsam

jettison

jocose

jocundity

jojoba

jongleur

jonquil

jostle

journalese

judicious

juridical

jurisprudence

juxtapose

K

kaleidoscope

kamikaze

kaon

karyokinesis

kayak

keelson

keloid

khedive

kilohertz

kindergarten

kinkajou

knave

knish

knout

knurl

kohlrabi

koruna

krait

krimmer

kurchatovium

kwashiorkor

L

labellum

laburnum

lagomorph

laity

lanai

lanolin

laparoscope

laryngitis

laud

lazaretto

lea

lecture

legato

lenitive

lenticular

leone

lepidopteran

lepidopterist

leucocyte

leviathan

lexical

lexicography

liana

libration

lictor

lieutenant

ligneous

lilangeni

limerick

lineage

linnet

lira

litchi

literati

litharge

litigious

littoral

llano

loblolly

locution

longitudinal

loquacious

loquat

lorgnette

louver

lugubrious

luminescence

lunette

luxuriance

lyceum

lyricism

lysine

lysozyme

M

macadamize

macaque

macerate

machicolation

macrobiotic

macrocephalic

macula

maestro

maglev

magnanimity

magniloquent

maguey

mahout

malachite

malaise

malapropism

malihini

malleable

malleus

mammalian

mangosteen

maniple

mannequin

mansard

manteau

mantilla

manumission

manzanita

maraud

marjoram

marmoreal

marquee

marseilles

marshalcy

martyr

masquerade

massif

masticatory

matriarch

matriculate

matrilineal

mattock

matutinal

meander

mechanism

mechanoreceptor

medico

mediocrity

medlar

medusan

megalith

memsahib

mendacity

meniscus

mensch

mephitic

meridional

meringue

mesocarp

mesquite

metalliferous

metastasis

metazoan

metonymy

micrometeorite

miffed

mignonette

millionaire

milo

minatory

minestrone

minion

ministrant

minutiae

miraculous

miscreant

misfeasance

misnomer

mitosis

mitzvah

mnemonic

mogul

moiety

mollify

monaural

moneran

monetarism

monocular

monoecious

monolith

monotonous

monstrosity

moraine

moratorium

moribund

morion

morpheme

mosquito

mostaccioli

motet

motif

mottle

mountainous

mousse

mouton

mucilage

mufti

mugwump

mukhtar

mukluk

mulct

mulligatawny

mullion

multifarious

munificence

mutability

myelitis

N

naira

narwhal

nascent

natatorial

natty

nebula

necessitate

necessitous

necrology

nefarious

negligible

neocolonialism

neuralgia

nevus

newt

niche

nihilism

nimbostratus

nitrogenize

nocturnal

nodulose

nomenclature

nonagon

nonce

nonsequitur

nostalgia

notarial

nouveau

noxious

nuclease

numismatics

O

oakum

obdurate

obeisance

obelisk

obfuscate

objurgate

obligato

oblige

oblique

obloquy

obscurantism

obsequies

obsolescence

obstinacy

obtrude

ocelot

octillion

octogenarian

odoriferous

officialdom

ohmmeter

oleaginous

olio

omnipotence

omnipresence

omniscience

onomatopoeia

onyx

oolite

opalescence

opaque

ophidian

ophthalmologist

opprobrious

opulent

orchestrate

organelle

oriel

origami

ornithological

orotund

orthodox

orthorhombic

osculum

osier

ostentatious

otiose

outrageous

ouzel

overachieve

overnice

overt

oxygenate

oxymoron

ozoniferous

ozonosphere

P

pacifist

padrone

pageantry

pagoda

paisa

paisano

paisley

palazzo

paleozoology

palisade

pallor

palsied

pandemonium

panegyric

pannier

panocha

parabola

parachutist

paraffin

parallax

parallelepiped

parfait

parhelion

parliamentarian

parquet

parquetry

parsimonious

parterre

parvenu

paschal

passacaglia

pasteurization

pastiche

patchouli or patchouly

patriarch

pavilion

peat

peccary

peculiarity

pedestrianism

peduncle

peen

pelisse

pellucidity

penultimate

pepo

perambulator

percipience

peremptory

perestroika

perfidy

pericardial

perihelion

peripheral

peristyle

perjurer

perpendicularity

perquisite

persiflage

perspicacious

peruke

peseta

pharmaceutics

pharynx

phenomenon

philately

phlox

phosphorescence

photosynthesis

photovoltaics

phthisis

physique

picayune

piccolo

picot

piffle

pileus

pillage

pillion

pimiento

pinnacle

pinyin

piquancy

pique

pirogue

pistachio

pizzicato

placebo

plaintiff

plait

plateau

platitudinous

plebiscite

plenipotentiary

pleonasm

plethora

pliable

plumule

plunge

plutocracy

pluvial

pneumonia

poignant

pointillism

polemic

politick

poltroonery

polymorphous

polyphony

polysaccharide

pompadour

pongee

porcelain

porcupine

porphyry

portcullis

portmanteau

posit

potentate

potentiometer

potpourri

praetor

prattle

precedent

precipice

precursory

predecessor

predilection

predominantly

preen

premier

premiere

preponderance

presidio

prestigious

pretermit

prevalence

prevaricate

principal

principle

prism

proboscis

proclivity

professorial

prognathous

proletariat

prolix

promenade

pronunciamento

propellant

propinquity

proprietary

prorogue

proscenium

proselyte

protocol

protrusile

proverbial

proviso

psaltery

pseudonym

psoriasis

psychologically

pteridophyte

ptomaine

pueblo

puerile

pukka

punctilious

pungent

punkah

purlieu

pursuivant

putsch

pyramid

pyretic

pyrotechnic

Q

quadrangular

quadrennial

quaestor

quaggy

qualm

quartan

quasar

quay

quell

querulous

questionnaire

queue

quiescence

quinquennial

quintessence

quixotism

quotidian

R

rachis

radiosonde

raglan

ragout

rallentando

rambunctious

rancor

rapacious

rapport

ratchet

raucous

raze

reagent

rebec

recalcitrance

recapitulation

reciprocate

recitative

recondite

reconnoiter

redingote

redivivus

redolent

redound

regalia

registrar

rejuvenate

reliant

reminiscence

remonstrance

remora

rennin

repatriate

repertoire

repossess

repudiate

reserpine

resonant

respire

resume

resuscitate

reticular

retributive

reveille

revenue

reverie

rhenium

rheology

rhodopsin

rhythm

riboflavin

ringgit

riposte

ritardando

rivulet

rotifer

rouse

rubicund

ruinous

rumen

runcinate

russet

rutabaga

rutile

S

saccule

sacrilegious

sagacious

sagittate

salubrious

salve

samisen

sanctimonious

sanguinary

sapience

sarcophagus

sartorius

sateen

satiable

sauger

scabbard

scalar

scalpel

scandalous

scapular

scarp

scavenger

schematic

schizocarp

schizophrenia

sciatic

sclera

scrimmage

scrivener

scythe

secede

segue

seiche

seigneur

semantic

semipermeable

senescence

sequela

sequester

sequin

serviette

sesquipedalian

setaceous

settee

sforzando

shako

shallot

shellac

shoji

shoran

shrewd

siccative

silage

siliceous

simile

simultaneous

singe

sinistrorse

skein

skeletal

skirl

skittish

skulk

slalom

sleuth

sluice

smilax

snaffle

snivel

socialize

sodden

soffit

solecism

soliloquy

solipsism

somersault

somnambulistic

sonneteer

sonorous

sophomore

soporiferous

sorghum

sortie

sostenuto

soubrette

sovereignty

spaghetti

spectacular

sphenoid

spherical

sphinx

sphygmomanometer

spikenard

spinnaker

spiracle

spirituality

spirochete

spleenful

splendent

spontaneity

sporangial

squabble

squalid

squama

squeamish

staid

stalactite

stamen

stanchion

statuesque

stentorian

stevedore

stipendiary

strabismus

straiten

stratum

strenuous

streptomycin

striated

strident

strobile

stroboscopic

stroganoff

strontium

studious

subaqueous

subluxation

subpoena

subsidize

subterfuge

succumb

sucre

suffragette

sundae

supercilious

supersede

surcease

surplice

surreal

surveillance

sustenance

suzerain

swale

sybarite

syllabary

syllogism

symbiont

synonym

systole

T

tableau

tachometer

tachyon

taciturn

taconite

tallow

tannin

tapioca

tapir

tarpaulin

tartan

tatami

tautological

tawdry

teak

technicality

tectonic

tedious

tektite

teleological

telephony

telephotographic

telescopic

tellurium

temperature

tendinitis

tentacle

tepid

teratogen

tergiversate

terminological

terrapin

territoriality

testatrix

tetanus

tetrachloride

tetrarch

tetroxide

thalassic

theca

theocracy

thermodynamic

thesaurus

thiosulfate

thorium

threnody

thrombosis

thyme

thyrsus

timorous

timpani

tincture

titanium

toccata

tocopherol

tokamak

tonneau

tonsillitis

topee

topiary

torero

torii

torrential

tortoise

totalitarian

toucan

toupee

tourniquet

toxemia

trachomatous

tranquilize or

tranquillize

translucent

trapezoid

trauma

treachery

tremolo

trepidation

triage

trifocal

triglyceride

trimaran

triticale

triune

trochee

troubadour

trough

trousseau

truncheon

trypanosomiasis

tsunami

tugrik

tularemia

tumultuous

tureen

turgescence

tutelage

tyranny

tyro

U

ukulele

umbrage

unaffected

unbelievable

uncial

unctuous

unequivocal

unfeignedly

unguent

unicameral

unintentional

univocal

unmitigated

unparalleled

unscrupulous

unveil

upas

upholster

uproarious

uracil

uranium

ursine

urticaria

utilitarianism

uvula

V

vacuity

vagarious

valedictorian

valet

valetudinarian

validity

valorization

vanillin

vanitory

vapidity

vaporous

varicella

variegated

varistor

vegetarianism

vehemence

velocipede

venomous

ventricle

ventriloquist

ventriloquy

venue

veracious

verdurous

vertical

vertiginous

vespine

vestee

vestibule

viand

vibrato

vicarage

vicinage

videlicet

vignette

villi

vinculum

vinyl

viricidal

virtuoso

viscidity

vitreous

vitriol

vituperate

vociferant

vogue

volubility

vortices

voussoir

voyageur

vying

W

wadi

wainscot

wan

wapiti

wattle

weal

weaponry

weasand

weasel

weir

wharf

wherry

whew

whey

whilom

whimsicality

whorled

wickiup

williwaw

winnow

wisteria

worrisome

wren

wring

wrought

wry

X

xanthous

xebec or zebec

xenon

xenophobe

xerography

xerophyte

xylem

xylene

xylitol

xylose

Y

yacht

yammer

yarmulke

yaw

yeanling

yearn

yeoman

ytterbium

yuan

yurt

Z

zealous

zenith

zeolite

zephyr

zinnia

zircalloy

zirconia

zither

zoophyte

zowie

zoysia

zucchini

zwieback

zymase

zymogen

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