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Adrenaline a hormone, known as epinephrine, that is secreted during times of stress

Anna Karenina Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy

Babe the Pig title character of a 1995 movie about a pig that wants to be a sheepdog

Beethoven German composer of the early 1800s

Bob Marley Jamaican reggae singer

Bottle rockets a type of firework

Carnegie Hall a famous concert hall in New York that was named for and endowed by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

Chemotherapy the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a specific toxic effect cancerous tissue

Cipher a person of no influence; a nonentity

Columbia New York's oldest university and member of the Ivy League

Concerto a composition for one or more principal instruments with orchestral accompaniment

Condone to give tacit approval to

Cruella d Vil fictional villain from 101 Dalmatians

Cumulous relating to a cloud of a class characterized by dense individual elements in the form of puffs, mounds, or towers, with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower

Demure affecting modesty, prim, coy

Edvard Grieg Norwegian composer/pianist of the Romantic period

Elks members of a fraternal organization (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) that supports or contributes to various charitable causes

Elvira fictional 1980s character who is a horror hostess

Empathy intellectually identifying the feelings or thoughts of others; not feeling what others feel but being able to understand their feelings

Eroica the popular title of Beethoven's third symphony

Fort Fisher Confederate fort during the Civil War that protected trading routes

Freemasons members of a widely distributed secret order (Free and Accepted Masons), having for its object mutual assistance and the promotion of brotherly love among its members

Grieg Norwegian composer and pianist of the Romantic period

Hospice a healthcare facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family

Juilliard one of the most prestigious performing arts conservatories in the world, located in New York City

Letterman late night television host

Loggerhead a large-headed sea turtle, now greatly reduced in number

The Lost Boys a 1980s film about a group of vampires living near a California amusement park town

Malignant a tumor that invades surrounding tissues, is usually capable of producing metastases, may recur after attempted removal, and is likely to cause death unless adequately treated

Metastasized to have spread to other parts of the body

Michael Jordan one of the most famous and one of the best players in the history of the NBA; he played for the University of North Carolina and the Chicago Bulls

Mojave desert in the southwest United States

Mozart a prolific and influential Austrian composer, considered by many to be the best of all classical composers

Oncologist a specialist in the study and treatment of cancer

Osprey a large hawk that preys on fish; aka a fish hawk

Pasty pale and unhealthy in appearance

Placated appeased through concessions

Pod the name for a small herd, or group, of dolphins

Portending signifying

Prada an Italian fashion label that specializes in luxury goods, often leather

Primordial existing from the very beginning

Psychopathic those having antisocial behavior who were most likely born with temperamental differences such as impulsivity and fearlessness that leads to risk-seeking behavior and an inability to internalize social norms

Ritchie Valens Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the 1950s

Sahara the world's largest desert, found in Northern Africa

Saint-Sa‘ns French composer and pianist

Scapular a loose, sleeveless monastic garment, hanging from the shoulders

Schumann German composer and music critic of the Romantic period

Shriners members of a fraternal order that is dedicated to good fellowship, health programs, charitable works

small red drum a large edible Atlantic coastal fish

Sociopathic those having an anti-social personality disorder yet have a relatively normal temperament with erratic criminal behavior

Solder to join metal objects with any of various alloys fused and applied to the joint between them without heating the objects to the melting point

sonata a composition for one or two instruments, typically in three or four movements in contrasted forms and keys

Stoic of or pertaining to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity

Sultan of Brunei the head of state and head of government of the sovereign state of Brunei, which is on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia

Tchaikovsky Russian composer of the Romantic era

The Terminator the title character of a 1984 movie about a cyborg killer from the future sent back in time to kill a woman before she is able to give birth

Texas hold 'em a form of poker in which each player can use any or all of five shared cards in combination with either or both of two private cards to form the best possible hand of five cards

trawler vessel used for fishing with a trawl net, a strong fishing net for dragging along the sea bottom

Twilight Zone a television series that was a mixture of science fiction and fantasy that usually had an unexpected ending

Vampira fictional 1950s character who is a horror hostess