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Study the word list: Rule-breakers: -ceous and -xious words

In a few words the sound /sh´s/ is spelled either ceous or -xious.

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cretaceous
The Cretaceous era was when dinosaurs died out.
curvaceous
The film star has a curvaceous figure.
herbaceous
We have a herbaceous border in our garden.
sebaceous
Sebaceous glands provide oil for skin and hair.
righteous

anxious
Mum's illness has made the family very anxious.
noxious
The factory fire produced noxious smoke.
obnoxious
His rowdy drunken behaviour was obnoxious.

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Learn about these words in Unit 30. Words with ci and ti e.g. ancient, special, initial, gracious


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