The Secret Life of Bees

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acrimonious; acrimony

marked by resentment, bitterness or unresolved disagreement

to affirm; an affirmation

the act of declaring something to be true

ambrosia

something especially delicious to taste or smell

an amnesiac

a person with a brain condition or injury that prevents recall of memories; one with amnesia

to anoint

apply oil or ointment for religious purposes. Or, select for and raise to a position of stature, authority or power.

antsy

unable to sit quietly or stand still; fidgety; having many small random and undirected movements

an apprentice

a person who works for another in order to learn a trade or master a specific skill

an aptitude

capability; natural talent; an inborn or acquired ability or skill for performing or doing something

to ascribe

to attribute or credit to; to assign cause or origin

to assault; an assault

to attack; an attack

auspicious

favorable; implying good fortune or good luck

benign

pleasant, positive or neutral in influence or effect

berserk

violently or destructively frenzied; random uncontrolled or wild actions; crazy or deranged

to beseech

to beg, implore, ask or request with serious intensity

to billow

to be moved by the wind or air currents, or when fabric puffs or swells out

to blaspheme; blasphemy

to speak impiously , disrespectfully or irreverently of sacred things

boll weevil

a beetle, that attacks the bolls of cotton. An insect destructive to a cotton grower's crop.

bona fide

authentic; true; certified

brazen

shameless, unabashed, without apology or impudent. To speak or behave without regard for the more conservative judgement of others

to brood; a brood

to be in a pensive, downcast mood with unproductive negative thoughts. Or, noun- a breeding female (brood mare, brood hen). Many variable definitions & uses of the word brood.

to browbeat

to intimidate; to bully (esp. with words) (-)

to burrow; a burrow

to make a hole or passage or pocket in or under something

to carouse

loud socializing, to be rowdy; partying

catacombs

an underground cemetery, esp. with tunnels and rooms with recesses for coffins, crypts or tombs

a catcall

a shrill, whistlelike sound or loud rude shout

ceramics

objects of clay and similar materials hardened by high heat called "firing".

cicada

a large insect, the male produces a shrill drone or sharp buzzing sound by vibrating its abdomen

to coax

persuade

cobblers

A fruit filled pie with rich crust

condescension

conveying belief in one's own superiority; displaying arrogance by patronizing or demeaning those considered inferior

conjure

cause to appear as if by magic

a consolation

the act of consoling; to give comfort. Or, a token compensation for a competitive loss

consternation

confusion,anxiety, dismay, amazement or dread

to contemplate

to consider with thoughtful attention; to observe or study thoughtfully

a convulsion

violent agitation or disturbance; commotion; uncontrolled movement

to corroborate; a collaboration

confirming; verifying

a cowlick

hair that grows in a direction different from the rest of the hair

Crepe Myrtle

a tall Chinese shrub with clusters of crinkled red, pink, purple, or white flowers imported and grown in southern and western U.S.

to crinkle; a crinkle

to make wrinkles, tiny folds or creases in a smooth surface

cunning

sly, tricky, shrewd or skilled in deception

to decapitate

to cut off the head of

delinquent

to neglect duty or obligation; failure to pay a debt on time or to appear to an appointment in time

to demoralize

to have one's spirit or morale damage, deflated; to "lose heart" courage, discipline; to lose confidence or belief in ability to achieve the motivating goal; to lose hope

denomination

a designated grouping of people or things identified by a specific name or label.

desolated

barren or laid waste, abandoned, remote and without resources for comfortable existence

diligent

constant in effort to accomplish something; having attentive and persistent follow though

discreet

cautious

disjointed

lacking orderly continuity

a dollop

a lump or blob of some substance, may suggest a casually determined portion delivered by spoon

to douse; a dousing

to cover, coat, saturate or immerse

a duffel bag

a large, cylindrical bag for carrying personal belongings, orginally used by military personnel

dumbfounded

so bewildered, amazed, surprised or shocked that one is unable to speak

elucidate

explain, clarify; give light to

exertion

vigorous action or an effort that strains the limits of one's strength or abilities (physical or mental)

far-fetched

unlikely; without evidence; improbable; not credible; drawing a thin or flimsy connection between a given set of people, events or ideas. A conclusion requiring a stretch of imagination, hard to "reach" - far to "fetch"

Forsythia

a hardy shrub with early-blooming bright yellow flowers

to fray

threads of woven fabric coming apart at the edges; Or, of a person - losing self containment, feeling "worn down" by anxieties, beginning to feel defeated though not completely undone

a frock

a dress worn by a girl or woman, often referring a casual or inexpensive dress worn at home

gawky

a lack of gracefulness; awkward, ungainly, clumsy; often a young person growing into unaccustomed longer limbs - also then "coltish"

a gizzard

a thick muscular pouch in the stomach of many birds and reptiles that grinds food, often with the aid of ingested stones or grit

to griddle; a griddle

to cook on a griddle, usually to fry or grill. Or, noun- a hot metal cooking surface (as on top of a stove)

groggy

not fully awake, unsteady, dazed, confused, sluggish, or dizzy, as from lack of sleep, drunkenness or head injury

herringbone

a pattern of diagonal lines forming "V" shapes, refers to similar look of the ribs of a fish.

to hibernate

sleep during winter;inactive or dormant

highbrow

a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes

to hightail

to go away or leave rapidly

Hydrangeas

a shrub with large, showy globe like flower clusters of white, pink, or blue

an imbecile

foolish or stupid

immunity

the condition that permits either natural or acquired resistance to disease. Or, protection from legal prosecution

impudent

rude, marked by casual disrespect, bold

indignation

strong displeasure at something considered unjust, rude or insulting; righteous distain.

an inferno

a place or region that resembles hell; a very hot fire

ingenious

clever, inventive, innovative, characterized by originality in construction or approach

an intrusion

entering without invitation - referring to mental space, personal privacy , physical space or property.

irascible

quick to anger; irritable or easily irritated

iridescent

lustrous variable colors that seem to shift shine differently with movement of the object or a changing angle of light

to jangle; a jangle

making a harsh, sharp or tinkling sound, as when small pieces of metal hit together in a close, randomly repeated sequence, or when items are jiggled

Jasmine

a shrub or vine, of the olive family, with fragrant flowers used in perfume

to jilt

to be rejected or cast aside contrary to an expressed or implied commitment

kudzu

a hardy, fast-growing Asian climbing vine, an invasive species when growing in the US

lathered; a lather

foam, thick suds or froth made by a detergent or soap when rubbed in water

lattice work

narrow and thin strips of wood usually crossed in a diagonal pattern with open spaces

linoleum

a hard, washable floor covering popular before plastics and polymer floor coverings

Madonna

the Virgin Mary

magnitude

the size, volume, amount of something; or the extent, range, impact or reach of event or idea

marrow

the soft core of a bone, a rich and nutritious when eaten

a Mason jar

a glass jar with a wide mouth and an airtight screw top, originally used in home canning (pickling and preserving foods at home).

to meander

wander; take a less than direct route; to walk about without specific destination

mercantile

pertaining to merchants or trade; commercial

miniscule

Very small; tiny

a mishap

an accident or unluckily event

to mitigate

to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity

to mourn; to be in mourning

feeling sorrow or grief due to loss; the act of a person who mourns or "is in mourning"

to muddle

to mix in a confused, disorderly or unclear manner

a muumuu

a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn esp. by Hawaiian women. Similar - kaftan.

oblivious

unmindful; unconscious; unaware

okra

a vegetable particularly popular in the southern US

organdy

a fine, thin fabric with a crisp finish: used for blouses, dresses, curtains, ribbon, etc.

ornery; orneriness

disagreeable or unpleasant in disposition or temper; stubborn

outlandish

very strange, unconventional, unlikely, unusual or absurd

a parsonage

the residence of a member of the clergy, as provided by the parish or church

peculiar

markedly different from the usual

a percolator

a coffeepot filtering boiling water through a sieve containing ground coffee, then brewed

a perimeter

the border or outer boundary of a territory or specific area

pious

very religious; one who is strict in observing religious traditions and maintaining strong belief

plaited; a plait

braided, especially of the hair or straw

a pomade

a scented ointment, esp. one used for dressing the hair

to ponder

to consider something deeply and thoroughly; to meditate, consider, give thought to

to presume; presumptuous

arrogant, bold, assuming, assuming or exercising access or authority that has not been granted

to purloin

to take dishonestly; theft; acquire without the permission needed

rayon

a type of fabric used in clothing and home goods; semisynthetic viscose made from cellulose fibers

to reenact; a reenactment

repeating an act; reproducing an act to demonstrate or re-experience; to induce a past event, mental or emotional experience

a remnant

a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists; a "leftover" fragment of the whole

righteous

honorable or moral in character. Or, to act as if one has superior morals, while judging the acts of others to be of lesser quality or value

rouge

a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.

salvation

saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction. In religion - to save the soul from punishment or doom

to saunter

to walk at a leisurely pace; stroll

to scold; a scolding

to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand. To express displeasure with another's actions, as in correcting a child

a scorcher

an extremely hot day

scraggy

having unattractive thinness; so lean as to be boney

Scuppernong

a southern variety of grape

to serenade; a serenade

a performance of vocal or instrumental music

to shackle; a shackle

to secure wrist or ankle with a ring or other binding, as of metal. Also, nonliteral references to being bound, as in "shackled by debt"

to sidle

to move sideways or move in from the side; to shift weight a little at a time, casually moving foot-to-foot sideways, often to approach another in a less than direct or overt manner

silver

a color, a pale gray white metal. Or reference to coins or money. Or reference to tableware or other goods minted in silver (metal)

to simulate; a simulation

to reenact a behavior as to portray it. Or, to create a similar physical likeness that represents but is not a full reproduction of the original

slew

past tense of verb: to slay. To slay is to kill.
OR- noun: a slew is a rough counting reference to a large amount of something, ex. "He picked a slew of apples."

to slit; a slit

to cut apart or open along a line, to make a single thin cut into something; a fissure, or a small slim opening "a slit in the fence"

to smirk; a smirk

a sarcastic smile or grin

smithereens

very small broken pieces, fragments

solace

comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble

sordid

dishonest

spellbound

having your attention fixated as though by a spell, enchanted; too interested to move or divide attention; fascinated

to sprawl; a sprawl

to be stretched or spread out in an ungraceful manner, taking more space than needed, not contained by reasonable boundaries

a sprig

a shoot, twig, or small branch

spurious

intended to deceive not genuine, not true, not valid; Or an argument that seems sound but proves to be false

a stethoscope

an instrument used to listen sounds in the chest - especially to check heart and lungs.

stifling

suffocating; oppressive; hot, stale or unmoving air. Also, to stop or shut off ideas or self expression. (from verb- to stifle)

studious

concentrated and diligent study; interested in learning by study

submerged

hidden, covered, or unknown; to be beneath the water or other substance. Nonliteral uses apply similarly to what's hidden mentally or emotionally (from verb- to submerge)

taciturn

reserved, habitually silent or quiet, uncommunicative. Not talkative

to taunt; a taunt

provoke, ridicule, or tease someone in a hurtful or mocking way

temerity

rash or bold, fearless daring

a trough

a long, narrow, open receptacle, like a large sink, used to hold water or food for animals

turpentine

a volatile oil distilled from pine tree sap or resins

umpteenth

last in an indefinitely numerous series, a large unspecified number

unmitigated

absolute; unlimited (from verb -to mitigate)

unperturbed

calm and serene; unruffled

unruffled

calm, not upset or agitated, unflustered; imperturbable

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