Yesterday I played zorils and scored 54 points. It wasn't a mega-word (100 or more points), but it was substantial enough to give me a nice lead. I then looked up zoril.
1. zoril: a weaselike African animal, resembling a skunk in coloration and habits, also called an African polecat, zorille, or zorilla
Our night safari tour guide told us to beware of the zoril; The Guinness Book of Animal Records states that a zoril once kept nine lions at bay while it was scavenging their kill, due to its strong, putrid smell. (I smell a . . . zoril?)
I also "made up" the word jato. It was accepted as a word by Words with Friends. What on earth does jato mean?
2. jato: an acronym for jet-fuel assisted take off; an aircraft takeoff aided by an auxiliary jet or rocket; an auxiliary jet-producing unit providing additional thrust for a takeoff
Some of you probably already know that jato is a term used in engineering and aeronautics.
|America's first "rocket-assisted" take-off,|
performed at March Field, California, in 1941.
Apparently, jota is also a word. I could have played jota, but went with jato instead.
3. jota: a genre of music and the associated popular dance known throughout Spain, most likely originating in Aragon; the music to which the dance is set, normally of 3/4 or 6/8 time
The jota dancers wore colorful costumes and were quite energetic.
|Aragonese Jota Dancers|
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