20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Vocabulary Foreward-4

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meticulous

paying attention to every detail

plausible

more likely to happen

whet

to stimulate

incidental

occured casually, not planned

diligent

hard-working

"nose to the grindstone"

working hard

lionized

to treat as a celebrity

hobnob

to hang out with

epitaph

what is said on your tombstone

phosphorescent

glows by itself

endow

to come with a package

cetacean

large sea mammal

kraken

mythical sea monster

adjure

to charge or command solemnly

lucubration

laborious work, study, or thought

starboard

right side of a boat

imminent

about to happen

isosceles triangle

triangle with two equal sides

prodigious

talented worthy

"doubting Thomas"

a person who doubts everything

obscure

very uncommon, unusual

peroration

a concluding part of a speech, summarization

halberd

axe-like weapon

phenomenon

extraordinary, unusual, amazing

purge

to get rid of

redoubtable

respected fearfully

formidable

worthy

phlegmatic

not easily excited, calm

zealous

enthusiastic

agility

move around easily

menagerie

a collection of animals (non-human)

evasive

to dodge something, avoid

besieged

surrounded by hostile forces

poop

raised stern (back of ship)

frigate

a battleship

incredulity

a feeling of amazement

tenders

small ships that are used to carry people between the main ship and the shore

mizzen

3rd mast from the front

leeward

side away from the wind

crosstrees

where the beams from the sails cross each other; where the crow's nest is

blunderbuss

a type of rifle

forecastle

a super structure right behind the bow

recount

relate, narrate, tell in detail

scrutiny

to give close attention to

mollusk

shellfish

vertebrate

an animal with a backbone

imp

mischievious (in a cute way)

strata

layers

obstinate

stubborn

elucidate

to make clear

antediluvian

before Noah's flood, old

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