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bushel

a unit of dry measuring equal to 32 quarts

erosion

a gradual wearing away

infallible

never wrong

manacles

handcuffs

neat

unmixed with anything, such as water or soda, straight

taut

tightly stretched

akimbo

hands on hips and elbows bent outwards

eccentricity

oddity, idiosyncracy

elucidate

explain

fey

strange; eccentric

formidable

impressive

ruddy

reddish

subtle

not openly obvious; quiet

sundry

various

acrimonious

sarcastic; bitter; nasty

affirmative

"yes" or positive

cast

...in one's eye means that a particular eye tends to veer or turn off into another direction

complacent

in a self-satisfied way

congenital

a condition that is inexistence from birth

contempt

open disrespect

corroborating

helping to strengthen a position

counsel

lawyer

crepe

a thin, wrinkled cloth

dogged

stubborn determination

genial

in a friendly manner

import

importance

kindling

dry twigs and branches; materials useful for starting a fire

namesakes

the person one is named after

quell

to quiet or calm

refuse

garbage

supplement

add to

tenet

a principle or belief generally held to be true

title dispute

a legal fight over the ownership of a particular piece of property

turbulent

stormy, unruly

warrant

to give a reason or indicate the need for

arid

dry; without expression

chiffarobe

a large cabinet with drawers and a place for hanging clothes

constructionalist

a person who interprets aspects of the law in a specified way

dusk

the time just before nightfall

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