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Unit IV Vocabulary

1. Agribusiness - an industry engaged in the producing


operations of a farm, the manufacture and distribution of
farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage,
and distribution of farm commodities (oranges, milk, etc.)
2. Amendment The process of formally altering or adding to a
document or record.
3. Bicameral Composed of or based on two legislative
chambers or branches: a bicameral legislature.
4. Bilingual speaking two languages; having two official
languages.
5. Cabinet - A body of persons appointed by a head of state or a
prime minister to head the executive departments of the
government and to act as official advisers.
6. Cash crop A crop, such as tobacco, grown for direct sale
rather than for livestock feed.
7. Constitution the system of fundamental principles according
to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed,
the document embodying these principles. The fundamental
law of the United States, framed in 1787, ratified in 1789,
and variously amended since then.
8. Continental Divide continental divide is a drainage divide
on a continent such that the drainage basin on one side of the
divide feeds into one ocean or sea, and the basin on the other
side either feeds into a different ocean or sea.
9. Cultural diversity ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic
variety in a situation, institution, or group; the coexistence of

different ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic groups


within one social unit
10.
Cultural exchange - an exchange of students, artists,
athletes, etc., between two countries to promote mutual
understanding.
11.
Dry farming A type of farming practiced in arid areas
without irrigation by planting drought-resistant crops.
12.
Immigrant a person who moves to a new country in
order to settle there.
13.

Industrialization the development of large industries.

14.
Interdependent - mutually dependent; depending on
each other.
15.

Inuit The native people that live in Northern Canada.

16.
Maritime - connected with the sea in relation to
navigation, shipping, etc.
17.
Megalopolis a number of cities and suburbs that blend
into one very large urban area.
18.
Metropolitan area a large population center consisting
of a large central city.
19.
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement,
signed in 1994 by Canada, the United States, and Mexico to
establish mutual free trade.
20.
Referendum A vote by the general public, rather than
by politicians, on a bill or some other important issue.
(Quebec)

21.
Separatist - a person who separates, withdraws, or
secedes, an advocate of separation (Quebec)
22.

Suburbs The residential region around a major city.

23.
Sunbelt area of the United States stretching from the
southern Atlantic Coast to the coast of California; known for
its warm weather.
24.
Unicameral Having or consisting of a single
legislative chamber.