Sign of the Beaver - Chapter 9 to 12

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Vocabulary

dumfounded

confused and unable to speak. (Chap. 9).

stooped

bent forward and down. (Chap. 9).

saplings

a young tree.(Chap.9).

nonchalantly

in a way that shows casual indifference.(Chap.9).

grunt

(n) the short low gruff noise of the kind made by pigs.(Chap.9).

cannibal

A person who eats the flesh of other human beings, man eater.(Chap.9).

horrid

horrible, nasty, frightening, disgusting.(Chap.9).

beckoned

to signal by a gesture.(Chap.9).

suspicion

distrust.(Chap.10).

thickheaded

stubborn; having a thick skull so information cannot pass through.(Chap.10).

overtake

overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli.(Chap.10).

studded

dotted or adorned with or as with studs or nail-heads.(Chap.10).

spear

a long pole with a sharp, pointed blade at one end.(Chap10).

darted

moved swiftly.(Chap.10).

incomprehensible

difficult to understand.(Chap.10).

spite

petty anger or intent to annoy.(Chap.10).

sloshed

splashed through slush, mud, or water.(Chap.10).

snatched

seized suddenly.(Chap.10).

groove

a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record).(Chap.10).

slit

make a clean cut through.(Chap.10.).

tramp

walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud.(Chap.10).

muskrat

beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur.(Chap.10).

flint

a hard kind of stone.(Chap.10).

gutted

To take the insides out.(Chap.10).

resentment

restrained, slow-burning anger.(Chap.10).

tassels

decorations made of threads tied at the top and hanging freely at the other end.(Chap.10).

Squaw

An American Indian woman.(Chap.10).

retorted

replied especially in a quick manner(Chap.11).

coarse

rough in texture.(Chap.11).

mangy

shabby and dirty.(Chap.11).

bristles

a stiff hair.(Chap.11).

cuffed

slapped.(Chap.11).

scruffy

messy and dirty.(Chap.11).

prowled

To roam around an area stealthily in search of prey, food, or opportunity..(Chap.11).

prancing

moving in a happy way.(Chap.11).

yapping

high-pitched barking (p. 143).(Chap.11).

scrawny

very thin.(Chap.11).

birch

A tree with smooth, white bark..(Chap.11).

aspen

a type of tree with leaves attached by flattened leaf stalks so they flutter readily in the wind.(Chap.11).

jagged

notched, rough.(Chap.11).

trickled

(past tense verb) to run slowly in a series of drops or a thin stream.(Chap.11).

cascades

a waterfall that flows over steep rocks.(Chap.11).

wigwam

A round, bark-covered shelter. (Chap. 11)

stern

hard; severe; unyielding; strict. (Chap. 11)

blazes

a mark or cut on a tree to indicate a trail.(Chap.11).

plodded

to walk slowly and heavily.(Chap.11).

strode

walked.(chap.11).

disgruntled

(adj., part) in bad humor, discontented, annoyed.(Chap.11).

spruce

light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees.(Chap.11).

chaw

eat(Chap.11).

gingerely

Cautious; very careful.(Chap.11).

gob

a lump of slimy stuff.(chap.11).

blunt

make less sharp.(Chap.12).

whittled

carved wood with a knife.(Chap.12).

chagrined

embarrassed.(Chap.12).

paring

a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something.(Chap.12).

skimmed

scooped something from the top.(Chap.12).

frayed

worn away or tattered along the edges.(Chap.12)

strands

long strips.(Chap.12).

grimly

in a cruel and pitiless manner; sternly; harshly.(Chapter 12).

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