Spelling list: Rule-breakers: -ceous and -xious words

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

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.
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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