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"From the Ted Talk by Edith Widder: The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence"

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This is a golden coral, a bush. It grows very slwoly. In fact, it's thought that some of these are as much as 3,000 years old, which is one reason that bottom tinawlrg should not be allowed. The other reason is this aazinmg bush glows. So if you busrh up against it, any place you brushed against it, you get this twinkling blue-green light that's just breathtaking. And you see things like this. This looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book — just all manner of creatures all over this thing. And these are flytrap anemones. Now if you poke it, it pluls in its tentacles. But if you keep pnkoig it, it starts to produce light. And it actually ends up looking like a galaxy. It produces these strings of light, presumably as some form of defense.

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This is a golden coral, a bush. It grows very ______. In fact, it's thought that some of these are as much as 3,000 years old, which is one reason that bottom ________ should not be allowed. The other reason is this _______ bush glows. So if you _____ up against it, any place you brushed against it, you get this twinkling blue-green light that's just breathtaking. And you see things like this. This looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book — just all manner of creatures all over this thing. And these are flytrap anemones. Now if you poke it, it _____ in its tentacles. But if you keep ______ it, it starts to produce light. And it actually ends up looking like a galaxy. It produces these strings of light, presumably as some form of defense.

Solution

  1. poking
  2. amazing
  3. slowly
  4. brush
  5. pulls
  6. trawling

Original Text

This is a golden coral, a bush. It grows very slowly. In fact, it's thought that some of these are as much as 3,000 years old, which is one reason that bottom trawling should not be allowed. The other reason is this amazing bush glows. So if you brush up against it, any place you brushed against it, you get this twinkling blue-green light that's just breathtaking. And you see things like this. This looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book — just all manner of creatures all over this thing. And these are flytrap anemones. Now if you poke it, it pulls in its tentacles. But if you keep poking it, it starts to produce light. And it actually ends up looking like a galaxy. It produces these strings of light, presumably as some form of defense.

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collocation frequency
light organs 3
electronic jellyfish 3
deep sea 3
burglar alarm 3

Important Words

  1. allowed
  2. amazing
  3. anemones
  4. book
  5. bottom
  6. breathtaking
  7. brush
  8. brushed
  9. bush
  10. coral
  11. creatures
  12. defense
  13. dr
  14. ends
  15. fact
  16. flytrap
  17. form
  18. galaxy
  19. glows
  20. golden
  21. grows
  22. light
  23. manner
  24. place
  25. poke
  26. poking
  27. produce
  28. produces
  29. pulls
  30. reason
  31. seuss
  32. slowly
  33. starts
  34. strings
  35. tentacles
  36. thought
  37. trawling
  38. twinkling
  39. years