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    polygamy

    the custom of having more than one husband or wife at the same time in societies where this is legal

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    sponge cake

    a very light type of cake made with flour, eggs, and sugar

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    amputee

    someone who has had a part of their body amputated

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    upsurge

    a sudden increase in something

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    mane

    the long hair on the neck of a horse or lion

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    prose

    written language in its ordinary form, as opposed to poetry

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    defibrillator

    a piece of equipment for giving the heart an electric shock to make it start to beat normally again

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    gloop

    a sticky unpleasant substance

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    baste

    to cover meat with hot fat or its own juices while it cooks

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"The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive." - John Sladek