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Sarah, Plain and Tall Vocabulary

words from the book Sarah, Plain and Tall to learn from reading the book
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braid
made by intertwining three or more strands of rope, fabric, ribbon or hair.
pesky
annoying or troublesome
pitchfork
a long-handled hand tool with sharp widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay
bonnet
a hat, a covering for the head with a ribbon to tie under the chin worn by girls or ladies
bedding
coverings that are used on a bed
suspenders
two straps that pass over the shoulders to hold up pants
hearthstones
stones for flooring in front of the fireplace
dough
a soft, thick mixture that is shaped and baked
slab
a broad, flat, somewhat thick piece of stone, wood, or other solid material
homely
plain or unattractive in appearance
horrid
dreadful, horrible
wretched
very miserable or unhappy, of poor quality
advertisement
public notice (often in newspapers and magazines) or announcement recommending some product or service
fetch
go or come after and bring or take back
windbreak
hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion
clattered
made a loud rattling noise.
roamer
one who wanders about; to go from place to place without purpose or direction
scallop
something like a clam, with a rounded fan shaped shell
oyster
a type of shellfish that can be eaten cooked or uncooked and produces a jewel called a pearl
conch
a large spiral shell of a mollusk, often used as a horn
paddock
fenced in piece of land usually used for grazing horses
rustle
the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
coarse
rough in texture or mannerisms
dune
a hill of sand shaped by wind
canvas
heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
buzzards
large birds that eat dead animals.
lantern
a lamp with a cover to protect the light from wind and rain; it is made so that it can be carried or hung from something
charcoal
a stick of black carbon material used for drawing,or a carboneous material when lit it burns hot and can be used to cook food on a grill
mica
silicate mineral that readily splits into thin, shiny sheets
reins
leather straps, fastened to each end of the bit of a bridle, by which the rider or driver controls a horse or other animal
sums
the answers to addition problems
gullies
deep ditches formed after heavy rainfall
collapsed
fell down suddenly
killdeer
American plover (bird) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
sputtering
emitting or making sporadic spitting or popping sounds
whickering
whinnying or neighing (like a horse)
primly
in a precise and proper manner
squawk
a loud, harsh, screeching sound
zinnias
a garden plant grown for its showy flowers of many colors
marigolds
a garden plant with yellow, orange, or red flowers
wild feverfew
a wild flower that looks a lot like a daisy, white petals and yellow centers
dahlias
a tall plant with large, showy flowers that bloom in the fall
columbine
a plant related to the buttercups that has leaves with three parts and showy flowers usually
nasturtiums
plants with sharp smell and bright red, yellow or orange flowers with edible leaves
tansy
plants having yellow flowers in flat topped clusters and formerly used in medcine and for seasoning
squall
sudden violent winds
pungent
having a sharply strong taste or smell
eerie
weird; mysterious; strange and frightening
hail
precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
hailstones
transparent or partially opaque particles of ice that range in size from that of a pea to that of golf balls
scuttling
to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry
nudged
to push or poke something gently
wailed
made a long and sad cry, especially to show grief or pain
dusk
the time of day immediately following sunset
feisty
irritable; quarrelsome; full of spirit
rascal
one who is playfully mischievous, a mean or dishonest person
tumbleweed
any plant that breaks away from its roots in autumn and is driven by the wind as a light rolling mass
milled
grinding grain into flour or meal; often done in a building equipped with machinery for milling grain
housekeeper
maid; someone who is employed to manage the cleaning, cooking etc. in a house or hotel
historical fiction
real events, places, or people from the past are incorporated into a fictional, or made-up, story.
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