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All of the Food Words from the National Spelling Bee 2015

Plus, a peek at what the contestants ate before the competition.

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Food plays a major part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Not only is what the competitors eat important — USA Today notes that many prefer a diet of "brain foods" like fish and nuts — but having a strong knowledge of food could even help someone win. As in years pastmany of the words in the preliminary rounds of the Spelling Bee — which ended yesterday — were "exotic foods" like sukiyaki and zabaglione. In round two of the event, 25 out of the 285 words given were foods. In round three, 30 of the 285 words were food or cooking terms.

There has never been a better excuse to watch hours of Food Network, future spelling bee hopefuls. Check out the list below:

Round 2

Marzipan
Pumpernickel
Sevruga: "A light to dark gray caviar from the sturgeon of a genus found in the Caspian Sea that has very small roe.
Empanada
Sukiyaki: " Meat, soybean curd, onions, bamboo shoots and other vegetables cooked in soy sauce, sugar and sake."
Pistachio
Fennel
Kishke: "Beef or fowl casing stuffed with a savory filling and roasted."
Oolong
Clementine
Persimmon
Cruller
Kasha
Praline
Tortoni: "An ice cream made of heavy cream, sometimes with minced almonds, chopped maraschino cherries, or other flavorings."
Oregano
Knish
Strudel
Mahimahi
Antipasto
Mayonnaise
Parfait
Miso

Round 3

Rutabaga
Wensleydale: "A white cheese eaten fresh before curing."
Frijolillo: "Any of several leguminous herbs or trees."
Buisson: "A fruit tree with a very short stem and a closely pruned head."
Nockerl: " A rich, light dumpling."
Pirarucu: "A very large edible bony fish of the rivers of the northern South America."
Xiphias: "A very large... oceanic fish that has the bones of the upper jaw consolidated into a long rigid swordlike beak."
Dragée: "A sweetmeat in the form of a sugar-coated nut."
Yosenabe: "A soup consisted especially of seafood and vegetables cooked in a broth."
Kokopu: "Any of the various New Zealandfishes that resemble the trout."
Ohelo: "An endemic Hawaiian blueberry with a shining fleshy red or yellow berry."
Pappardelle
Sopapilla
Courgette
Colocynth: "A spongy fruit which is related to the watermelon."
Avgolemono: "A soup or sauce made of chicken stock, egg yolks and lemon juice."
Marscapone
Frumentaceious: "Made of or resembling wheat or another grain."
Gastronome
Zabaglione: "A mixture of eggs, sugar and wine or fruit juice beaten over hot water until thick and light and served in a glass."
Leberwurst: " A sausage consisting of cooked ground liver and lean pork trimmings."
Oleiculture: "The production, processing and marketing of olives."
Béchamel
Oenomel: "An ancient Greek beverage of wine and honey."
Caryopsis: "A simple, one-seeded fruit like wheat, barley and corn."
Demiglace
Etouffée: " A Cajun stew of chicken of seafood served over rice."
Bialy
Damson: "The fruit of a small compact plum that has small dark purple fruits and is native to Asia minor."
Pâtissier

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