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chromium a shiny, silver-gray metal that is one of the chemical elements. Chromium does not rust easily. It is used on surfaces, such as the metal trim on cars, because it stays shiny. It can be combined with other metals to form alloys. (symbol: Cr)
chromosome a part found in the cells of all plants and animals. Chromosomes contain genes which pass on physical characteristics from parent to offspring.
chronic tending to a certain behavior or illness over a long time or without stopping. [2 definitions]
chronological according to the order in which things happen.
chrysalis the hard outside covering on a moth or butterfly while it is a pupa, the stage before it becomes an adult with wings. Many kinds of moths and butterflies make a chrysalis instead of a cocoon. Chrysalis is also sometimes used as another name for the pupa itself.
chrysanthemum a type of plant grown for its flowers that bloom in autumn. Some species are grown for a compound that kills insects on crop plants. [2 definitions]
chubby plump and round.
chuck1 to touch or pat lightly with affection. [5 definitions]
chuckle to laugh softly or in a quiet manner. [2 definitions]
chug a short, steady sound. [2 definitions]
chum1 (informal) a close friend; pal.
chunk a thick lump or piece of any material.
church a building used for public Christian religious services. [3 definitions]
churn a container in which cream or milk is beaten or shaken to form butter. [4 definitions]
chute1 a passage down which things may slide in order to be moved from one area to another.
cicada a large insect with a stout body and two pairs of thin, clear wings. The male cicada makes a loud, shrill noise.
cider the juice pressed out of apples, used for drinking.
cigar a thin, tight roll of tobacco leaves prepared for smoking.
cigarette a short, narrow tube of thin paper that contains cut tobacco for smoking.
cinder a small piece of partly burned wood or coal that can continue to burn but without a flame.
cinema the art or business of making movies. [2 definitions]