The championship trophy sits in front of spellers as they await the start of the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to start in this file photo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Every year a group of students enters the national spotlight as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to impress the rest of the country with their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious spelling abilities. How would you do if you were asked to spell obscure, typically multi-syllabic words. Here are 12 of the winning National Spelling Bee words since 1925. We posted this quiz last year, but added the two winning 2015 words to the test. See if you can spell them correctly. (Definitions below are from Merriam-Webster Dictionary.)

1

This noun of German origin means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. It was one of the winning words in 2015. 



Sheranschnid

Scheranscnit

Scherenschnitte

Scherenshnitte

2

A noun of Inuit origin meaning a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice


nunatack

Nunatacke

Nunatach

Nunatak!

3

This noun of Latin origin is a plant with long, stiff leaves and brightly colored flowers. It was the winning word in 1925. 

gladiolus
gladyolus
gladiolas
gladyolas

4

This noun of French origin is a lightweight plain-woven or twilled silk, usually decorated with a printed pattern. It was the winning word in 1931. 

folarrde
foularde
foulard
foolard

5

This adjective of Latin and English origin is of or relating to the group of books, plays, poems, etc., that are traditionally considered to be very important. It was the winning word in 1939. 


cannonical
canonical
cannonicle
canonicale

6

This adjective of Latin and Greek origin means of or relating to emeralds. It was the winning word in 1961. 

smaragdine
smaragdin
smaragdin
smaragdinue

7

This medical term of Greek origin is a skin disease that causes areas of your skin to become red and rough and to fall off. It was the winning word in 1982. 

psoriasis
sorayisis
soriasis
csoryisis

8

This noun of Greek and Latin origin is any of a group of round bacteria that cause various diseases (as food poisoning and skin infections) and that occur especially in irregular clusters. It was the winning word in 1987.

pstaphylococci
staphlococci
pstaphylococcie
staphylococci

9

This noun of Latin origin means excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness. It was the winning word in 1999. 

logorrea
loggorhea
logorrhea
logorhea

10

This noun of Italian origin is an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size.It was the winning word in 2005. 

apoggiatura
appoggiatura
appoggatura
apoggatura

11

This noun, of German-derived Yiddish origins, is a small mass of leavened dough cooked by boiling or steaming, or a dumpling. It was the winning word in 2013. 

knaidel
kanaydle
knaydle
kanidel

12

This noun of French origins is a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader, or a features section. This was one of the winning words in 2014. 

feurelletone
feuilletone
feuilleton
feurilleton

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