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adjective sparkling pronunciation in British English /ˈspɑː(r)k(ə)lɪŋ/

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  1. 1
    shining with small points of reflected light
    a region of sparkling lakes, rushing streams, and dense forests
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  2. 2
    very lively and interesting
    sparkling wit/conversation
    a sparkling performance
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  3. 3
    sparkling drinks are full of bubbles
    sparkling wine/water


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the buying and selling of human organs

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