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VOCABULARY #17

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paterfamilias
"father of the family" name for the father as head of the household in ancient Rome.
rhetoric
public speaking
fowl
any bird raised or hunted for food; the meat of that bird
wielding
handling with skill and ease
gaped
stared with the mouth open, as in wonder or surprise
quills
stiff, sharp hairs or spines like the pointed end of a feather.
hospitality
kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
ramshackle
in deplorable condition
disintegrated
deteriorated or separated into small particles
gilded
made from or covered with gold
preening
The activity in which a bird uses its beak to spread oil on its feathers
plague
disease that spreads quickly and kills many people
inflation
period of rapidly increasing prices
barter
to exchange goods without using money
reform
change that tries to bring about an improvement
mosaic
picture made from many bits of colored glass, tile, or stone
saint
Christian holy person
regent
person who acts as a temporary ruler
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