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Play: The Curse of King Tut · Skill: Vocabulary acquisition, page 1 of 2

Vocabulary:

The Curse of King Tut

1. debris (duh-BREE) noun; the remains of anything broken or destroyed; rubble

example: The earthquake cracked the giant statue, causing debris to rain down onto the city square.

2. desecrate (DES-ih-kreyt) verb; to damage or treat a holy place or object with disrespect

example: The Hopi chief was buried on sacred ground. His tribespeople did not want the area desecrated by developers who wanted to build a road there.

3. euphoric (yoo-FOR-ik) adjective; intensely happy or excited

example: The children were euphoric when they saw the puppy in their dad's arms on Christmas morning.

4. excavate (EKS-kuh-veyt) verb; to uncover something by digging away and removing the earth,

or other material, that covers it. example: The archaeologists excavated fossils of a mysterious prehistoric animal.

5. gilded (GIL-did) adjective; covered with a thin layer of gold

example: We found a beautiful gilded chest on the abandoned ship; it was full of treasure.

6. hieroglyphics (hahy-eruh-GLIF-iks) noun; a system of writing with pictures or symbols that

represent words, objects, concepts, or sounds example: My brother likes ancient languages; that's why he's learning Egyptian hieroglyphics.

7. incur (in-KUR) verb; to cause yourself to have or experience something unpleasant or unwanted

example: If I don't practice piano for an hour each day, I incur the disapproval of my teacher.

8. laborious (luh-BOR-ee-uhs) adjective; requiring a lot of time and effort

example: Cleaning out my grandma's jam-packed garage is going to be a laborious task.

9. robust (roh-BUHST) adjective; strong and healthy

example: Exercising every day and eating well will give you a robust body and mind.

10. sarcophagus (sahr-KAWF-uh-guhs) noun; an ancient stone coffin, usually bearing inscriptions

example: I brought a shoebox into school today because we are each making a model of an Egyptian sarcophagus--complete with hieroglyphics.

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Vocabulary Practice:

The Curse of King Tut

Directions: for each row of words, circle the word that does not belong.

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grieving simple weak abuse uncover avoid gilded pictures rubble coffin

euphoric laborious athletic violate fill incur ornate writing debris casket

sorrowful effortless robust desecrate excavate escape plain statue orderliness mummy

miserable easy powerful honor dig shun golden hieroglyphics pieces sarcophagus

Directions: Complete each unfinished sentence in a way that makes clear the meaning of the boldfaced word.

11. Audrey was euphoric when she saw the cast list for The Wizard of Oz. The look on her face was

one of __________________________________________________________________________________.

12. I was surprised at how robust some of the dogs were at the animal shelter. I thought they'd all be

________________________________________________________________________________________.

13. "If you want to borrow my hockey stick," Evan said, "I'm going to have to excavate it from my

closet. I think it's ________________________________________________________________________.

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