The youngest contestant ever in the National Spelling Bee, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Woodbridge, Va., was foiled by a word most of us have probably never heard of before.

Ingluvies.Definition: "The crop, or craw, of birds."

Lori Anne, as we reported earlier this week, is a precocious young girl who started reading at the age of 2 and was in her first spelling bee at the age of 3. Wednesday at the National Bee, she successfully spelled the first word she was given — dirigible. But in the next round, she began ingluvies with an "e" instead of an "i." That was enough to knock her out of the competition.

She had quite a day at the Bee, though. As recounts:

"ESPN reporter Samantha Steele was offered a chance to spell a word once the second round closed. ...[Pronouncer Jacques] Bailly, the 1980 Scripps champion himself, gave Steele a word she was convinced was a nonsense word [slobberhannes]. Taken aback, she decided to enlist her fellow blond contestant. 'Lori Anne, could you help me out?' Steele said with a laugh. 'I can get a shout out, right?' ..." I think it's a joke," Lori Anne told her, getting a chuckle from everyone . Steele, holding Lori Anne's hand, didn't get very far with the word, guessing 'S-C-H-L-A-U-B-E-R- ...' before her time was up."

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