Vocabulary Set 3


Jan 14

Señor Denby

Vocabulary: Set 3

Roots (or suffixes and prefixes)

  1. habit – to live
  2. nov – new
  3. vor – eat


Words, definitions and questions

Answer the questions using the vocabulary word in a complete sentence.

1.  inhabit VERB : to live in or occupy a place

“What kind of person could inhabit a disgusting room like this?”

“I cannot inhabit this slime filled room because it is my FROG’S room.

2.  inhabitant NOUN: someone who lives in a certain location

“What did the inhabitants of Angkor Wat do for fun?”

“I think the inhabitants of Angkor Wat play tag for fun.”

3.  uninhabitable ADJECTIVE:  unsuitable for living in

Why is Jupiter uninhabitable for humans?

Jupiter is uninhabitable for humans because of the poisonous air and the lack of oxygen, making it unsustainable for life.

4.  habitable ADJECTIVE: capable of being inhabited

What can we do to make this house habitable after the storm?

We can start by putting up a roof on the remains so that it is a bit habitable.

5.  innovative ADJECTIVE: tending to introduce something new or to create something new

What innovative ideas do you have about school uniforms?

One of my innovative idea of school uniforms is that we should have more alternate-dress-days.

6.  renovate VERB: to restore to good condition

How should we renovate the house?

We can renovate this house by cleaning out all the unnecessary junk.

7.  novice NOUN: someone who is new to doing something; not a professional

If you are a novice using a computer, what should you do?

I should see Daiki for help since I am a novice at computers. He is a professional at it.

8.    novel ADJECTIVE:  of a new kind (note, this is not the same as the book)

This is a difficult math problem; how can we solve it with a novel method?

To solve this problem with a novel method, we should try to solve it backwards. We haven’t tried that yet.

 9.  carnivore NOUN:  an animal that eats meat

Are zebras carnivores?

Zebras are not carnivores because they eat plants, not meat.

10. omnivorous ADJECTIVE:  describing an animal that eats both meat and plants

Why do you think most humans are omnivores?

This is so because we eat both meat and plants. This proves that we are omnivorous.

11. herbivore NOUN:  an animal that eats only plants

If hippos are herbivores, how do they kill so many people?

Hippos kill people because we go into their territory, but they do not eat us, so they are herbivores. (killer herbivores)

12. devour VERB:  to eat hungrily

Did you see how fast he devoured that pizza?

I think he should compete for speed-eating after seeing him devour the pizza so fast.

13. voracious ADJECTIVE:  craving large amounts of food; eager

How can we satisfy his voracious appetite for reading?

Maybe we can send him to a library to satisfy his voracious appetite for reading.

14. habitat  NOUN: natural home or environment for a species

What types of habitats are most threatened?

The rainforest habitats are the most threatened because of the demand for wood.

15. novelty NOUN: a new or unfamiliar thing or experience

Do you think Grade 6 students are still excited about the computers?  Or do you think the novelty has worn off?

I think the novelty still stays for most, especially after the winter break.



2.  Explain the meaning of these two idioms:


a.  on thin ice – “Watch it, kid.  You’re on thin ice right now,” said Mr. BT to Tee.

You are in an uncertain condition, or that you are in a risky situation. 

b.  scratch the surface –  ”His presentation just scratched the surface of the problem,” moaned his mother sadly.

You reveal or show a little part, or that you deal with a small part of the whole problem. (not enough effort or research.)

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