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First-round word for six-year-old Spelling Bee contestant

Inviscate spiked on May 25th, following the correct spelling of the word by Akash Vukoti, a six-year-old contestant at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The word, which is defined as “to encase in a sticky substance:  make viscid,” has been in use in English since the beginning of the 15th century.

Six-year-old Akash Vukoti, the youngest competitor in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Inviscate is from the Late Latin word inviscatus, which is the past participle of inviscare (“to snare as with birdlime”). It is related through its etymology to a couple of other sticky words in English, such as viscid and viscosity.

Vukoti was given inviscate to spell in the first round of the competition on this day. After spelling it he made it to the next round, where he failed to provide the correct spelling for bacteriolytic (“of, belonging to, or producing bacteriolysis (the destruction or dissolution of bacterial cells.)”)

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