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Canto - Chameleon

Canto division of a long poem
Canvass to solicit votes; to examine carefully
Capacious spacious
Capacity mental or physical ability; role; ability to accommodate
Capillary having a very fine bore
Capitulate to surrender
Caprice whim
Capricious unpredictable; fickle
Caption title; chapter heading; text under illustration
Captious faultfinding
Carafe glass water bottle; decanter
Carapace shell covering the back (of turtle, crab)
Carat unit of weight for precious stones; measure of fineness of gold
Carcinogenic causing cancer
Cardinal chief
Cardiologist doctor specializing in ailments of the heart
Careen to lurch; sway from side to side
Caricature distortion; burlesque
Carillon a set of bells capable of being played
Carnage destruction of life
Carnal fleshly
Carnivorous meat-eating
Carousal drunken revel
Carping petty criticism; fault-finding
Carrion rotting flesh of a dead body
Cartographer map-maker
Cascade small waterfall
Caste one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
Castigation punishment; severe criticism
Casualty serious or fatal accident
Cataclysm deluge; upheaval
Catalyst agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
Catapult slingshot; hurling machine
Cataract great waterfall; eye abnormality
Catastrophe calamity; disaster
Catcall shout of disapproval; boo
Catechism book for religious instruction
Categorical without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
Catharsis purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
Cathartic purgative
Catholic universal; wide-ranging liberal
Caucus private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
Caulk to make watertight (by plugging seams)
Causal implying a cause-and-effect relationship
Caustic burning; sarcastically biting
Cauterize to burn with hot iron or caustic
Cavalcade procession; parade
Cavalier casual and offhand; arrogant
Cavil to make frivolous objections
Cede yield to; surrender formally
Celerity speed; rapidity
Celestial heavenly
Celibate abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried
Censor overseer of morals; person who eliminates inappropriate matter
Censorious critical
Censure to blame; to criticize
Centaur mythical figure, half man half horse
Centigrade denoting a widely used temperature scale
Centrifuge machine that separates substances by whirling them
Centripetal tending toward the center
Centurion Roman army officer
Cerebral pertaining to the brain or intellect
Cerebration thought
Ceremonious marked by formality
Certitude certainty
Cessation stoppage
Cession yielding to another; ceding
Chafe to warm by rubbing <chafe cold hands>; to wear or abrade by rubbing; make sore by rubbing
Chaff worthless matter; refuse
Chaffing bantering; joking
Chagrin distress caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
Chalice goblet; consecrated cup
Chameleon lizard that changes color in different situations
Created by: triwaingle