House of the Scorpion Vocabulary

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pilaging

to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city

vanity

excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements

ecology

the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment

penance

a sacrament, as in the Roman Catholic Church, consisting in a confession of sin, made with sorrow and with the intention of amendment, followed by the forgiveness of the sin

sham

something that is not what it purports to be; a spurious imitation; fraud or hoax

DNA

A nucleic acid that carries the genetic information in the cell and is capable of self-replication and synthesis of RNA. DNA consists of two long chains of nucleotides twisted into a double helix and joined by hydrogen bonds between the complementary bases adenine and thymine or cytosine and guanine. The sequence of nucleotides determines individual hereditary characteristics.

disssmisive

indicating a lack of interest or approbation; scornful; disdainful

foxglove

pinkish-purple flowers and leaves that are the source of the drug digitalis

mercenary

a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army

grotto

a cave or cavern

plankton

microscopic animal or plant life found floating in the ocean; food for fish

earnest

showing depth and sincerity of feeling

communal

used or shared in common by everyone in a group

purgatory

any condition or place of temporary punishment, suffering

rancid

having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste

crestfallen

dejected; dispirited; discouraged

drone

a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer; the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey

lackey

a servile follower; a footman or liveried manservant.

exhorting

to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently

euphoria

a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being

mausoleum

a burial place for the bodies or remains of many individuals, often of a single family, usually in the form of a small building

copal

any of several brittle aromatic yellow to red resins of recent or fossil origin, obtained from various tropical trees and used in certain varnishes

holographic

related to hologram, a truethree-dimensional image of the subject

mutiny

rebellion against any authority

squalid

foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy

capitalist

a person who has capital, especially extensive money, invested in business enterprises

opium

the dried, condensed juice of a poppy that has a narcotic effect; a narcotic substance, poisonous in large doses

fervor

great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor

domain

the territory governed by a single ruler or government; realm

furtively

done surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance

enraptured

to move to rapture; delight beyond measure: We were enraptured by her singing.

oblivion

the state of being completely forgotten or unknown: a former movie star now in oblivion

aristocrat

a member of a class or group of people considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige

harangue

a member of a class or group of people considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige

ensconced

to settle securely or snugly: I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair.

ashen

- extremely pale; drained of color; pallid: His face was ashen.

jovial

characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host

mewling

crying, as a baby, young child, or the like; whimpering

cravenly

cowardly; contemptibly timid

servile

slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers.

grovel

to crawl with the face downward and beg, especially in abject humility, fear

laudanum

any liquid in which opium is the chief ingredient

rasping

harsh; grating: a rasping voice

paranoid

suffering from excessive suspicion of the motives of others

theological

related to the study of divine things or religious truth; divinity

indignation

strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger

abomination

anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred

wraith

a visible spirit or ghost

decamped

to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously: The band of thieves decamped in the night.

malevolence

ill will; malice; hatred

nationalists

a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence

ethics

moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.

array

any multi cellular animal in a developmental stage preceding birth or hatching

embryo

any multi cellular animal in a developmental stage preceding birth or hatching

chupacabra

Spanish for 'goat-sucker', from its attacks and draining the blood of the victims; said to exist in parts of Mexico and on Puerto Rico. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the Chupacabra as a contemporary legend.

Aztalan

the American Southwest, specifically the territory of northern Mexico ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848; the term is used especially by Chicano-rights activists

consternation

a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay

shard

a fragment, esp. of broken earthenware

rivulet

a small stream; brook

scorpion

an arachnid widely found in warmer parts of the world, having a long, narrow, segmented tail that terminates in a venomous sting

clone

a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived

warren

a building or area containing many tenants in crowded quarters

tetanus

an infectious, often fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds and characterized by respiratory paralysis

La Llorona

is Spanish for "the weeping woman," and is a popular legend in Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas, with many versions. The basic version is that La Llorona was a beautiful woman who killed her children to be with the man that she loved and was subsequently rejected by him. He might have been the children's father, and left their mother for another woman, or he might have been a man she loved, but who was uninterested in a relationship with a woman with children, and whom she thought she could win if the children were out of the way. She drowned the children then killed herself, and is doomed to wander, searching for her children, always weeping. In some cases, according to the tale, she will kidnap wandering children.

covey

a group, set, or company

senile

showing a decline or deterioration of physical strength or mental functioning, esp. short-term memory and alertness, as a result of old age or disease

disconsolate

hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable

bleating

the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf

taut

tightly drawn; tense; not slack

cower

to crouch, as in fear or shame

trundle

to roll along

cache

anything so hidden: The enemy never found our cache of food.

disarray

disorder; confusion

retching

to vomit

delusion

a false belief or opinion

burly

large in bodily size; stout; sturdy

typhoid

an infectious, often fatal, disease, usually of the summer months, characterized by intestinal inflammation and ulceration, caused by the typhoid bacillus, which is usually introduced with food or drink

revulsion

a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike

loathing

strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion

lout

an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf

guieless

sincere; honest; straightforward; frank

weevil

a beetle which has the head prolonged into a snout and which is destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc.

wheedle

to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts

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