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::: herpetologist - one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
::: elicit - draw out fact or information (by discussion or from someone)
::: shard - fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup)
::: taper - very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
::: regent - a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or still a child; ADJ. Ex. the Prince regent
::: nicety - precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
::: supplicate - petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
::: scholarly - full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. scholarly journal
::: obstetrician - physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife
::: libel - defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous