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yeoman

a farm owner; a clerk in the navy; a dependable hard-worker

winnow

to sift out unwanted material; to clean wheat

weather

to survive; to endure

waft

something carried through the air; to drift

vicissitude

unexpected change in life or nature

vernal

relating to the spring; youthful

verdant

green with vegetation

vegetation

plant life; plant growth; inactivity

undulate

to move up and down gently, like waves

underbrush

smaller plants in a forest

trough

long, narrow ditch or gutter; container for animal food

trek

long journey

torrent

flood; extremely heavy downpour

till

to prepare land to grow crops

tillable

able to grow crops

untillable

barren; not fertile

tideland

land overflowed by high tide

thicket

a group of bushes

tempest

violent storm or disturbance

tempestuous

stormy; violently passionate

symbiosis

a relationship that helps both its members

swelter

to be extremely hot

surf

waves hitting a shore

subterranean

underground

streambed

a grove created by a stream of water

stoke

to stir up and feed fuel (to a fire); to kindle

snowdrift

snow piled up by wind

species

a specific kind

slough

swamp; muddy hole; to shed

serpentine

snakelike; curving

smolder

to burn slowly

rustic

rural; relating to country life; unsophisticated; simple

rooted

based on

uproot

to force to leave

rind

outer skin or covering

resin

a sticky substance from plants

quarry

something hunted; prey; place where stone is mined

quagmire

a swamp; a difficult situation

prune

to trim, as in a tree or bush; a dried plum

predatory

hunting; taking advantage

plume

a decorative feather

plumage

bird feathers

pinion

to hold down; wing

petrify

to harden like stone; to terrify

pestilence

widespread disease

penumbra

partial shadow; unclear area

pastoral

relating to the countryside; not urban

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