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1. Synonyms and Antonyms

Sometimes you have to read several sentences before or after the sentence you're reading to locate different word which shares similar meaning to the new words you're reading. In contrary, you may also identify the word which is just opposite to the meaning of new word you don't know its meaning. Knowing synonyms and antonyms is the best way to increase your word bank.
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Reading: The insect- eater found in Cuba
A Cuban farmer's discovery of a strangely ugly creature rooting around his plantation has erased one rodent's name from a list of animals believed to be extinct. The last time someone saw the small, rate-like almiqui was in 1999, a quarter century after the last previous sighting, so experts feared that all the almiqui had died. Almiqui look as if they've been assembled from left-over parts: They have a long, anteater-like snout and a narrow, scaly tale. The animal is covered in long, shaggy brown-to-black hair. It emerges from underground burrows at night to feed primarily on spiders and insects, subduing its prey with a poison secreted from glands above its teeth.
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Explanation:
What is almiqui? Obviously, almiqui is such an endangered species found in Cuba. Words related to almiqui are "rodent" and "rate- like". Rat is a common word for everyone. Rat belongs to the family of rodents. The apparent part of the body of a rat or rodent is its sharp teeth. Another world also helps you to know this animal is "anteater-like". Anteater is made of two words: "ant" and "eater". So you know almiqui must look like ~. Unlike anteaters, almiqui feed on spiders and insects. So almiqui are ~.
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