7th Grade Word List - Literature

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 THE SHOES OF FORTUNE by Hans Christian Andersen   
magnify
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v. increase in size, volume or significance
shrug
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v. raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
stereotype
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n. a conventional or formulaic conception or image
preliminary
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a. denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important
crystallise
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v. make or become definite and clear
scanty
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a. lacking in amplitude or quantity
sober
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a. completely lacking in playfulness
eloquence
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n. powerful and effective language
antechamber
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n. small room leading to main one
handmaiden
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n. a personal maid or female attendant
lesser
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a. of less size or importance
a. smaller in size or amount or value
bonnet
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n. a hat tied under the chin
galosh
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n. a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
entrust
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v. to give someone a thing or duty for which they are responsible
caparison
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v. be decked out in rich decorative coverings
mingle
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v. to bring or combine together or with something else
votive
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n. a short thick candle used especially as a prayer offering or for decoration
fife
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n. a small high-pitched flute
halberdier
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n. a man armed with a weapon that is combined spear and battleax
mummery
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n. performance by actors in a traditional masked mime, especially of a type associated with Christmas
droll
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a. comical in an odd or whimsical manner
anecdote
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n. a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
nocturnal
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a. belonging to or active during the night
a. of or relating to or occurring in the night
to and fro
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ad. back and forth
morass
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n. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
grumble
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v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
desolate
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a. devoid of inhabitants and visitors
hovel
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n. small crude shelter used as a dwelling
fata morgana
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n. mirage, an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert
tipsy
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a. unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated
anew
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ad. again but in a new or different way
thatched
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a. covered with straw or similar material;
punch
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n. a hot or cold drink that is usually a combination of hard liquor, wine, or beer and nonalcoholic beverages
chink
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n. a small slit or fissure
hostelry
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n. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
resemblance
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n. similarity in appearance or external or superficial details
burgher
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n. a member of the middle class
pewter
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n. any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
bustling
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a. full of activity
pitcher
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n. a large container, typically earthenware, glass, or plastic, with a handle and a lip
reverence
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n. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
writhing
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a. making twisting, squirming movements or contortions of body
vassal
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n. a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance
pestilence
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n. a fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague
cholera
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n. an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food
roadstead
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n. a sheltered stretch of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor
rascal
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n. one who is playfully mischievous
n. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
pluck
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v. pull or pick off or out
gesticulation
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n. a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
procure
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v. arrange for sexual partners for others
v. get by special effort
heathen
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n. a person who does not acknowledge your god
stoop
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v. debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
slumber
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n. a dormant or quiescent state
supple
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a. bending or able to be bent easily; not stiff
saunter
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v. walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
infirm
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a. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
lyrical
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a. suitable for or suggestive of singing
a. expressing deep emotion
plume
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n. material that is worn as an ornament
stagnant
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a. not growing or changing; without force or vitality
poignantly
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ad. in way that evokes keen sense of sadness or regret
privation
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n. a state of extreme poverty
pilgrimage
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n. a journey to a sacred place
metamorphosis
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n. a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
firmament
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n. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
sloth
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n. a mammal that moves slowly and lives in trees
circumjacent
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a. surrounding
caldron
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n. a very large pot that is used for boiling
fiery
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a. characterized by intense emotion
a. like or suggestive of fire
arabesque
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n. position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
germinate
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v. cause to grow or sprout
enchantment
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n. a very attractive and pleasing quality
every inch a
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ad. fully and completely something; something in every detail
bestir
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v. make physical or mental effort
bout
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n. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
oblige
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v. provide a service or favor for someone
v. cause to be indebted
stout
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a. fat and solid-looking, especially around the waist
avail
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v. take or use
v. be of use to, be useful to
irrevocable
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a. incapable of being retracted or revoked
booth
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n. a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
pillory
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n. a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck
paroxysm
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n. a sudden uncontrollable attack
suffocation
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n. the condition of being deprived of oxygen
n. killing by depriving of oxygen
peep
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n. a quick look
exhortation
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n. a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
unerringly
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ad. without making errors
motley
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a. consisting of many different types that do not appear to go together
phantasmagoria
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n. a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images, as in a dream
oracular
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a. of or relating to an oracle
lurid
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a. horrible in fierceness or savagery
a. ghastly pale
revelation
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n. act of making something known that was secret, or a fact that is made known
yonder
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ad. at or in an indicated, usually distant, place
milliner
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n. someone who makes and sells hats
spruce
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a. tidy and clean in appearance
amiss
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a. not functioning properly
ad. in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
cue
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n. a signal for someone to do something
fane
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n. temple or shrine
peal
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n. a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
v. ring recurrently
sanctuary
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n. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
n. a shelter from danger or hardship
garret
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n. floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
pious
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a. strongly believing in religion, and living in a way that shows this belief
nought
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n. the number 0 or zero
dilapidated
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a. in deplorable condition
moulder
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v. break down
boudoir
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n. a lady's bedroom or private sitting room
scalding
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a. very hot;
blister
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n. swelling on a plant similar to that on the skin
beast of burden
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n. an animal, such as a mule or donkey, that is used for carrying loads
gnaw
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v. become ground down or deteriorate
v. bite or chew on with the teeth
excursion
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n. wandering from the main path of a journey
n. a journey taken for pleasure
sedentary
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a. requiring sitting or little activity
soliloquize
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v. speak one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers
methinks
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v. it seems to me;
buoyant
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a. tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
insipid
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a. lacking taste or flavor or tang
a. lacking interest or significance or impact
boast
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v. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
breakneck
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a. dangerously or extremely fast
endow
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v. give qualities or abilities to
twig
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n. a small branch or division of a branch
shoot
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n. a young branch or sucker springing from the main stock of a tree or other plant
vista
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n. a pleasing view, especially one seen through a long, narrow opening
hurrah
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n. a victory cheer
asunder
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a. widely separated especially in space
ad. into parts or pieces
torrent
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n. an overwhelming number or amount
stem
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v. stop or restrict
consoling
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a. serving to comfort someone
vaudeville
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n. a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
slyly
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ad. in cunning manner;
epistle
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n. a specially long, formal letter
botanist
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n. a biologist specializing in the study of plants
incense
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n. perfume or a similar fragrance
manifold
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n. a collection of points forming a certain kind of set
emulation
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n. effort or ambition to match or surpass person or achievement;
ephemera
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n. something transitory; lasting a day
dispel
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v. force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
subterranean
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a. being or operating under the surface of the earth
withered
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a. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
innate
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a. being talented through inherited qualities
freak
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n. a very unusual and unexpected event or situation
pliant
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a. able to adjust readily to different conditions
chastisement
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n. verbal punishment
accursed
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a. under a curse
proprietor
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n. (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
dame
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n. informal terms for a (young) woman
n. a woman of refinement
benignant
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a. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
condescension
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n. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
embroider
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v. decorate with needlework
v. add details to
bawl
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v. shout loudly and without restraint
paroquet
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n. any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrots
uncouth
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a. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
discretion
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n. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
bower
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n. a pleasant shady place under trees
pendent
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n. branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling
bough
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n. any of the larger branches of a tree
elegiac
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a. expressing sorrow often for something past
infallible
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a. incapable of failure or error
witticism
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n. a remark that is both clever and humorous
ajar
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a. slightly open
creak
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v. make a high noise, usually caused by a stiff material such as wood or metal that is made to move slightly
tomcat
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n. male domestic cat
powder-magazine
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n. a compartment for the storage of ammunition and explosives
pinch
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v. grip something tightly and sharply between finger and thumb
imbibe
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v. receive into the mind and retain
crag
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n. a steep rugged rock or cliff
tuft
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n. a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
heather
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n. a low, spreading bush, usually with small pink, purple, or white flowers
tend
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v. have care of or look after
v. manage or run
gnat
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n. mosquito
audacious
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a. disposed to venture or take risks
sore
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a. painful or aching
ravenous
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a. extremely hungry
pervade
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v. spread or diffuse through
horrid
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a. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
a. exceedingly bad
profuse
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a. produced or growing in extreme abundance
resemble
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v. appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
filthy
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a. disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
sallow
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a. unhealthy looking
whine
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n. a long, high-pitched complaining cry
laudatory
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a. expressing praise and commendation
repast
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n. the food served and eaten at one time
rickety
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a. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
sentry
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n. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
whither
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ad. to what place or state;
insatiable
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a. impossible to satisfy
apothegm
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n. a short pithy instructive saying
emissary
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n. someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
slumber
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n. a dormant or quiescent state
ordain
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v. make (someone) a priest or minister; confer holy orders on
imperishable
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a. enduring forever
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