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PART IV.

THE PRACTICE OF SPELLING,

OR

DICTATION LESSONS.

VOCABULARY I.

Words pronounced alike, but differing in spelling and signification. This may be made useful for Home lessons in several ways. The pupil might be required either to copy out neatly from twenty to forty words, with their meanings; or to commit to memory from ten to twenty; or to compose short sentences containing either one or both of the words in each pair.

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aunt, n. a father or mother's An'nalist, n. historian, a writer

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Ball, n. a globe, a dancing | bight, n. a coil of rope, a bay.

entertainment.

bawl, v. to cry or shout out. Base, a. low, mean; n. the lowest part.

bass, n. the lowest part in music.

Bays, pl. of bay, the laurel tree. baize, n. a kind of woollen cloth.

Bey, n. a Turkish governor. bay, n. a color; a part of the

sea.

Blanche, n. a woman's name. blanch, n. to make white. Bait, n. enticement, a lure for fishes.

bate, v. to diminish or lessen. Been, v. participle of To be. bean, n. a kind of pulse. Beet, n. a sweet succulent root. beat, v. to strike, to throb. Bee, n. the insect which forms honey.

be, v. to exist. Beer, n. malt liquor. bier, n. a frame for carrying the dead to the grave. Bell, n. a metal vessel for ringing.

Belle, n. a fashionably dressed

young lady.

Beach, n. the shore, the strand. beech, n. a well-known forest tree.

Berry, n. a small fruit. bury, v. to inter; to conceal in the ground.

Berth, n. a sleeping place in a ship.

birth, n. a coming into life, origin.

Bite, v. to seize with the teeth.

Beau, n. a fashionably dressed

young man.

bow, n. to shoot arrows with, a knot. Blew, v. did blow. blue, a. or n. a color. Boar, n. the male of swine. bore, v. did boar, to make a hole in.

Bow, v. to bend, stoop. bough, n. a branch of a tree. Borne, v. carried or supported. bourn, n. a limit or boundary. Brake, 2. a thicket of brambles.

break, v. to part or burst by force.

Bred, v. brought up. bread, n. food made of ground

corn.

Brays, v. as an ass; pounds in a mortar.

braze, v. to solder with brass. Brood, n. the number hatched at once; offspring. brewed, v. did brew. Bard, n. a poet. barred, v. shut out. Bar'ren, a. unfruitful. bar'on, n. a title of nobility,

a peer.

Bow, v. does bow, bends. boughs, n. branches of trees. bowse, v. to pull hard. (A seaman's term.) Board, n. a table; food, diet; a committee.

bored, v. pierced, perforated. Bowl, n. a cup, goblet, basin. bole, n. the trunk of a tree. boll, n. the pod of a plant, as of flax.

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