The Hindu Editorial (Safe forests, safe people) – Apr 03, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Safe forests, safe people) – Apr 03, 2020

The rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus across the world has focused attention on the seemingly invisible processes that help pathogens… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Safe forests, safe people) – Apr 03, 2020.

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  1. deadly (adverb) – fatal, lethal, life-threatening.
  2. novel coronavirus (nCoV) (SARS-CoV-2) (noun) – a new strain (type/variety) coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. (Courtesy: WHO)
  3. seemingly (adverb) – apparently, allegedly, supposedly, evidently, reportedly.
  4. invisible (adjective) – unnoticeable, indistinguishable, indiscernible.
  5. pathogen (noun) – bacteria/virus that causes disease.
  6. leap (noun) – a sudden/quick jump; change, move.
  7. Ebola (noun) – Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. (Courtesy: WHO)
  8. severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (noun) – SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is thought to be an animal virus from an as-yet-uncertain animal reservoir, perhaps bats, that spread to other animals (civet cats). It is a viral (human-to-human transmission) that can cause severe respiratory illness or death.
  9. bird flu (noun) – it is also known as influenza A or the avian flu. It primarily infects birds, but can pose health risks to people.
  10. swine flu (noun) – H1N1 flu; Swine influenza/flu is a highly contagious disease caused by a strain (type) of the influenza type A virus called H1N1. Swine flu used to only affect pigs and rarely, be passed to humans.
  11. alarm (noun) – warning sound, danger/distress signal, alert.
  12. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  13. COVID-19 (noun) – coronavirus disease 2019.
  14. contagion (noun) – the spreading of a dangerous disease.
  15. point to (verb) – indicate, suggest, denote.
  16. underlying (adjective) – fundamental, basic, primary.
  17. trapping (noun) – confining, catching, cornering (animals with a trap).
  18. species (noun) – a group/breed/family of living organisms (animals & plants) with the individual having the same quality & can breed.
  19. harbour (verb) – give shelter to (an organism- virus/bacteria).
  20. host (noun) – an animal/plant on which a parasite or commensal organism lives.
  21. dimension (noun) – aspect, feature, element.
  22. pup (noun) – a young (wolf).
  23. civet (noun) – a small cat-like mammal.
  24. Nipah virus (noun) – a zoonotic virus (it is transmitted from animals to humans) and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people.
  25. Hendra virus (noun) – a rare emerging zoonosis (zoonosis means a disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals) that causes severe and often fatal disease in both infected horses and humans.
  26. underscore (verb) – underline, emphasize, highlight.
  27. viable (adjective) – manageable, feasible, effective.
  28. ecosystem (noun) – living things and their environment.
  29. colonize (verb) – settle in, populate; occupy, take over.
  30. biodiversity (noun) – the existence of a number and variety of species (plants & animals) in a particular geographic region/environment.
  31. pool (noun) – a group of something (kept as a reserve/stock).
  32. phenomenon (noun) – occurrence, event, happening.
  33. impediment (noun) – hindrance, obstacle, obstruction.
  34. trajectory (noun) – course, route, path.
  35. come to an halt (phrase) – to stop moving/working.
  36. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless, incautious/heedless.
  37. exploitation (noun) – taking advantage, making use, misuse, ill/unfair treatment.
  38. crippling (adjective) – weakening, damaging, impairing, destroying, spoiling, paralyzing.
  39. sit/wait in the wings (phrase) – someone who is not active at this time, but ready to do something very soon.
  40. pay attention (phrase) – listen/heed, attend, concentrate on.
  41. novel (adjective) – new, different, unfamiliar/unusual.
  42. reservoir (noun) – source of something.
  43. staggering (adjective) – astonishing, shocking, surprising.
  44. toll (noun) – number, count, sum total (of deaths/casualties).
  45. lockdown (noun) – a state of isolation; confinement, restraint, encirclement.
  46. devastation (noun) – destruction, damage, havoc/wreckage.
  47. dire (adjective) – terrible, awful, distressing.
  48. hasty (adjective) – rash, reckless, impulsive.
  49. enfeebled (adjective) – weaken, debilitated, crippled, disabled.
  50. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, set free.
  51. scourge (noun) – plague, affliction, misfortune, suffering.
  52. roll back (phrasal verb) – reverse the progress of something.
  53. dilution (noun) – reduction in value/power/force of something.
  54. mounting (adjective) – increasing, growing, escalating.
  55. confer (verb) – grant, bestow, present/give.
  56. pristine (adjective) – pure, spotless, clean and fresh.
  57. diverse (adjective) – various, multiple, different.
  58. virtually (adverb) – effectively, nearly.
  59. bottle up (phrasal verb) – keep something contained; keep something trapped.
  60. keep out of one’s way (phrase) – avoid, do not block or get involved in someone’s route.


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