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Martian Chronicles Durso Vocab

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Calipers
an instrument consisting of two curved legs used to measure a thickness or distance
Conscription
compulsory enrollment, especially for the armed forces; a draft
Leviathan
something unusually large of its kind
Rococo
a style of art marked by elaborate decorations
Cupola
a domed or roof or ceiling
Newel
a post that supports a handrail at the bottom of a staircase
Chronometer
an extremely precise timepiece
Incredulity
disbelief
Hydroponic
cultivation of plants in a nutrient solution rather than in soil
Elixir
a substance or medicine believed to have power to cure all ills
Scintilla
a small amount; a spark or flash
Plangent
loud; expressing or suggesting sadness
Turgid
swollen or distended ; bloated
Spicules
a small needlelike part
Tarn
a small mountain lake, especially one formed by glaciers
Sedge
any of numerous grass-like plants
Innocuous
not harmful; harmless; not likely to offend
Cache
a hiding place for storing provisions; a place for concealment
Garish
loud and flashy; gaudy
Flinders
bits, fragments, or splinders
Viands
an item of food; a very choice delicacy
Warren
a space of limited area in which rabbits breed or are
Okapi
an African animal related to a giraffe but having a much shorter neck
Titanic
very large, huge
Marrow
the soft fatty tissue that fills the cavity of most bones
Dappled
a spotted condition; an animal whose skin is spotted