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Welcome to the dictionary! I'm in charge of taking care of the dictionary here at the Kid's Corner. I make sure all the words stay in line and none of them get dusty. Oh, I forget to introduce myself! My name is Omar the Oyster.

Let me explain how the dictionary works... Here in the dictionary there are the definitions of some of the harder words that are found in the Kid's Corner text. The words are listed in alphabetical order so they are easy to find.

Omar the Oyster

Dictionary

agriculture - the science of working the ground, such as the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and care of live stock (animals on a farm)

Army Corps of Engineers - a group of designers working together to help solve problems that affect large groups of people by building things

benthic organism - an animal that lives on the bottom of a body of water

canal - an artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc.

core - a tube of sediment that has been removed from the ground

dike - a barrier constructed to contain the flow or water

ecosystem - a system formed by the interaction of a community of animals with their environment

endangered - in immediate danger of extinction; "an endangered species"

environment - the area in which something exists or lives

Everglades - a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife

Everglades Drainage District - a region where all of the water eventually flows into the Everglades

extinct - no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives; "an extinct species of fish"

foraminifera - an amoeba-like animal which grows a shell (very tiny)

habitat - the type of environment in which an organism or group of organisms normally lives: "a marine habitat"

mollusk - an invertebrate (a class of organisms have no spine or backbone) having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell (clams, snails, and octopuses are examples)

nutrient - any substance which nourishes or promotes growth

organism - a living body, either vegetable or animal, made up of different organs or parts with functions which are separate, but mutually dependent, and essential to the life of the individual

ostracode - tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans (a class of organism noted for their crustlike shell that they are covered with) with a shrimp-like body enclosed in two shells which open and shut

peat - partially converted carbon residue soaked with water, usually formed by decaying plants

restore - to bring back to its former state; to bring back from a state of ruin, decay, disease, or the like; to repair; to renew; to recover

runoff - water that does not get soaked into the ground when it rains, which pools and eventually 'runs' into other bodies of water

species - a permanent group of existing organisms associated with one another according to attributes, or characteristics

threatened - likely in the near future to become endangered

urban - of or belonging to a city or town

Omar the Oyster


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