13 May 2014

Vocab 5/13/14

burgeon (v) -- to put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout

sterile (adj.) -- 1. not producing or incapable of producing offspring 2. free from live bacteria or other microorganisms


bumptious (adj.) -- crudely or loudly assertive; pushy


lazaretto (n) -- a hospital treating contagious diseases


widdershins (adv.) -- in a contrary or counterclockwise direction


coracle (n) -- a small rounded boat made of waterproof material stretched over a wicker or wooden frame

Usage Note: still used in some parts of Great Britain, the coracle is often made of animal hides stretched over a wicker frame.

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