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Bean Trees Vocabulary

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amputation
n. the cutting off of all of part of a limb by surgery
aggravate
v. make worse or more sever, intensify (do not confuse with irritate)
ramshackle
adj. loosely made or held together, in a state of severe disrepair
homeostasis
n. tendency of interdependent elements to remain stable, esp. as maintained by physiological processes.
sanctuary
n. sacred place where fugitives are entitled to immunity from arrest, safe place, place of refuge
prim
adj. formal, precise or proper
phobia
n. a persistent, irrational fear
asylum
n refuge, sanctuary, haven, shelter, retreat
conspiracy
n. secret plot or plan by two or more persons
flotsam and jetsam
n. odds and ends useless items (part of wreckage of ship)
dormant
adj. inactive, lying asleep or as if asleep
pungent
adj. having a sharply strong taste or smell
cicada
n. insect, about one inch long, male produces shrill sound by vibrating membranes on underside of abdomen
catatonic
adj. of or in an immobile or unresponsive stupor
noncommittal
adj. vague, guarded, indefinite, evasive
wisteria
n. climbing shrub related to legume family with showy, pendant clusters of blue-violet flowers
catharsis
n. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
legume
n. any plant of the legume family (fruit in form of pod) (bean)
horticulture
n. science and art of cultivating plants
rhizobia
n. plural, rod-shaped bacteria that fix or adhere nitrogen in nodules on the roots of bean plants, clover, etc.