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environ - enclose; surround; N. environs: surrounding area (as of a city)
disperse - scatter; Ex. disperse the cloud/crowd
institution - instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, or relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriage
virulent - (of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
vituperative - abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
rebus - representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
indigenous - native; Ex. plant indigenous to the New World
contumacious - stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
coy - shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
resilient - elastic; having the power of springing back; able to recover quickly (as from misfortune)