Fathom (n.): An unit of measurement which is equivalent to 6 feet (usually measures depth of water).

Synonyms: none

Example Sentence: Most of the fish were about three fathoms under the surface.

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Grotto (n.): A small picturesque cave.

Synonyms: cave, hollow

Example Sentence: Many tourists travel to Utah to see the spectacular canyons and grottoes created by water.

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Percolate (v.): filter gradually through a porous surface or substance.

Synonyms: filter, drip

Example Sentence: A classic way to make coffee is to percolate water though a filter full of coffee grinds.

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Paucity (n.): the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.

Synonyms: shortage, poverty

Example Sentence: The paucity of water in California is projected to be somewhat replenished due to the snow buildup in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Pastoral (adj.): used for or related to the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle.

Synonyms: rural, rustic

Example Sentence: Some pastoral areas in South Carolina recently experienced severe flooding.

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Grotto (n.): A small picturesque cave.

Synonyms: cave, hollow

Example Sentence: Many tourists travel to Utah to see the spectacular canyons and grottoes created by water.

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Circumscribe (v.): to restrict (something) within limits.

Synonyms: restrict, limit

Example Sentence: Due to the drought in California, the state has circumscribed water usage for farmers.

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Sporadic (adj.): occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.

Synonyms: irregular, periodic

Example Sentence: California’s sporadic rainfall is making the population worry about future water sources.

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Fetid (adj.): smelling extremely unpleasant.

Synonyms: stinky, smelly

Example Sentence: The fetid tap water in my area made me sick, so I started to drink bottled water.

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Lap (v.): to take up liquid with the tongue in order to drink.

Synonyms: drink, slurp

Example Sentence: My dog was lapping up some water so fast that he got my kitchen floor all wet!

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