10. Serendipity (n.)

The chance occurrence of events in a beneficial way.

Example: We all have experienced the serendipity of important information arriving just when we were least expecting it.

9. Petrichor (n.)

The pleasant, earthy smell after rain.

Example: Although I do love the pleasant, dewy petrichor of the post-rain afternoon, I still hope the weather stays sunny.

8. Supine (adj.)

Lying face upwards

Example: She was lying supine on the beach chair looking at the sky.

7. Solitude (n.)

A state of seclusion or isolation.

Example: We enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the quiet beach more than ever.

6 . Aurora (n.)

The dawn in the early morning.

Example: The aurora over the skyline was too beautiful not to photograph.

5. Idyllic (adj.)

Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

Example: The blossom growing in the courtyard created such an idyllic setting.

4 . Clinomania (n.)

Excessive desire to stay in bed.

Example: I definitely have clinomania; I love sleeping, making mornings a struggle for me.

3 . Pluviophile (n.)

A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Example: My sister is a real pluviophile; she really enjoys the weather in the rainy season.

2 . Euphoria (n.)

A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

Example: The euphoria of passing my final exam is a feeling I will never forget.

1 . Sequoia (n.)

(A seven-letter word that has the letter Q and all five vowels)

A redwood tree, especially the California redwood.

Example: I love visiting forests where you can see a sequoia.

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