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amputation

n. the cutting off of all of part of a limb by surgery

aggravate

v. make worse or more sever, intensify (do not confuse with irritate)

ramshackle

adj. loosely made or held together, in a state of severe disrepair

homeostasis

n. tendency of interdependent elements to remain stable, esp. as maintained by physiological processes.

sanctuary

n. sacred place where fugitives are entitled to immunity from arrest, safe place, place of refuge

prim

adj. formal, precise or proper

phobia

n. a persistent, irrational fear

asylum

n refuge, sanctuary, haven, shelter, retreat

conspiracy

n. secret plot or plan by two or more persons

flotsam and jetsam

n. odds and ends useless items (part of wreckage of ship)

dormant

adj. inactive, lying asleep or as if asleep

pungent

adj. having a sharply strong taste or smell

cicada

n. insect, about one inch long, male produces shrill sound by vibrating membranes on underside of abdomen

catatonic

adj. of or in an immobile or unresponsive stupor

noncommittal

adj. vague, guarded, indefinite, evasive

wisteria

n. climbing shrub related to legume family with showy, pendant clusters of blue-violet flowers

catharsis

n. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

legume

n. any plant of the legume family (fruit in form of pod) (bean)

horticulture

n. science and art of cultivating plants

rhizobia

n. plural, rod-shaped bacteria that fix or adhere nitrogen in nodules on the roots of bean plants, clover, etc.

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