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USA Update Know what 'campestral' means? National Spelling Bee introduces a vocab test.

For the first time in its 86-year history, the National Spelling Bee, to begin May 28, is taking account not only of whether participants can spell the words, but also whether they know what they mean.

By Correspondent / April 9, 2013

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Not only will National Spelling Bee participants stand on stage to spell words like “defibrillation” and “indocile,” but this year they will also have to know what those words mean.