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lunar - pertaining to the moon
detrimental - harmful; damaging; N. detriment
coddle - treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
furtive - stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance
prosper - become successful (esp. financially); thrive; grow well; Ex. children prospering under his care
atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
burgeon - grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
mangle - tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies
touchstone - stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
degenerate - become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person