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Memorable words from National Spelling Bee semifinals

Cole Shafer-Ray, 14, of Oklahoma City, Okla., left, and Ankita Vadiala, 13, of Manassas, Va., sit on stage during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Memorable words and definitions from the semifinals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee:

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ROLLMOPS: Pickled fillets of herring rolled into a cylindrical shape, often around a savory filling. Monisha Mahadevan, 14, of Atlanta, got this wrong.

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ARCOLOGY: A city intended to be contained in a single structure. Four-time participant Dylan O’Connor, 14, of Alexandria Bay, New York, got it wrong.

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APIVOROUS: Bee-eating. Marcus Behling, 13, of Chandler, Arizona, got this one right after acknowledging his brother, who just graduated from high school as the valedictorian of his class.

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GIBUS: A man’s collapsible top hat, also called an opera hat. Snehaa Kumar, 12, of Folsom, California, went down to her last 30 seconds and let out a big sigh of relief after getting this one right. She went on to make the finals.

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NARANJILLA: An herb cultivated in northern South America for its edible bright orange fruits. Dev Jaiswal, 13, of Louisville, Mississippi, spelled this right to make the finals.

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CIMEX: A bedbug. The sample sentence: “Chloe burned her entire house down after finding a single cimex on her pillow.” Smrithi Upadhyayula, 12, of Coppell, Texas, got this wrong.

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RECHAUFFE: A dish of food that has been warmed over. Lipika Narisetti, 12, of Hilliard, Ohio, got this wrong.

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