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Call it Courage vocabulary words

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
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impending
about to happen
despairing
Hopeless, despondent, discouraged
islet
a small island
atoll
an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon
purau
shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament
jibes
teasing, taunting, mocking
bonitos
a makerel-like fish
pandanus
a palmlike plant whose fibers are used for weaving
buoyant
able to float
dismal
depressing; causing gloom or misery; causing bad feelings
idly
Not working or active; doing nothing; lazily; without purpose or direction
slatted
cut into thin, narrow strips of material
ominous
giving the impression that something bad is going to happen
cachalot
sperm whale
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
scudded
moved swiftly and smoothly
sennit
a cord formed by braiding plant fibers
tumult
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
droned
to make a dull, continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.
quailing
fearful
impulse
sudden desire to do something
tantalizing
adj. provoking or arousing expectation, interest, or desire
gusto
eager enjoyment; zest; enthusiasm
giddy
dizzy; lightheaded
cauterize
burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection
lianas
Rooted vines that grow up trunks of trees and hang off limbs to reach light in the upper canopy.
basalt
A dark, dense, igneous rock with a fine texture, found in oceanic crust
feat
an act or deed that shows daring, skill, or strength
adze
an ax-like tool used to cut and shape wood
taut
Pulled or drawn tight
extricated
to free or release from entanglement
irresolute
unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
lichens
small plants that consist of algae and fungi
deftly
quickly and skillfully
veritable
authentic; genuine
prodigious
immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree
rip-tide
a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore