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fluctuate - waver; shift; rise and fall as if in waves; change or vary irregularly
rancid - having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank
etymology - study of word parts; study of the origins of words
ethnology - study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
veneer - thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
gape - open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
brook - tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream
glaze - cover with a thin and shiny surface; apply a glaze to; N: thin, smooth, shiny coating (as for pottery); Ex. unglazed pottery
gadfly - animal-biting fly; irritating person
discriminate - distinguish; make distinctions on the basis of preference