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Flashcards in A Walk in the Woods Vocab Deck (105):
1

Milieu

Environment or surroundings

2

Magnanimous

Very generous or forgiving
Takes the "high road"

3

Comely

Pleasing in appearance

4

amble

To walk slowly

5

Beguiling

Tricky or seductive

6

John Muir

Naturalist during the romantic movement

7

Dissipate

To gradually disappear

8

Pallor

Unhealthily pale

9

Hoovered

Sucked up

10

Deferential

Respectful

11

Lap felled

Sean where excess material is folded over and sown down

12

Spindrift

Sea or sand spray

13

Occipital

The back of something

14

Vale

Valley

15

Sherpas

People who guide mountain climbers

16

Foray

Attack

17

Rent

Rip or tear

18

Accoutrements

Extras

19

Cudgel

Heavy stick

20

Pique

Extreme irritation

21

Salient

Most important

22

Stratagem

Plan or scheme

23

Adroit

Skillful, right handed

24

Dubiety

Skepticism

25

Door-cum-stairway

Door being used as a stairway

26

Rectitude

Morally upright

27

Apace

Fast

28

Epigram

Witty saying

29

Acrimonious

Bitter

30

Aerie

High eagles nest

31

Aplomb

Self confidence

32

Portentous

Evil omen

33

Gneiss

Metamorphic rock

34

Cataleptic

Sudden attack of confusion

35

Rime

Frost

36

Equanimity

Calmness

37

Commissary

Food supplies

38

Orifice

A mouth or opening

39

Petulant

impatient or irritable

40

ineffable

unable to be expressed in words

41

primeval

of the earliest time

42

cataclysm

great upheaval causing violent changes

43

preternatural

abnormal

44

banal

dull or ordinary

45

malapropism

misuse of words when they sound alike but have very different meanings

46

escarpment

cliff formed by erosion

47

forbearance

self-control, restraint

48

negligible

insignificant

49

lassitude

weariness

50

voluble

very loud

51

chortling

combination of chuckle and snort

52

superannuated

retired, outdated

53

desultory

disconnected, random

54

pugnacious

combative, ready to fight

55

mesophytic

temperate plant

56

depredation

robbing or plundering

57

gimlet

a small tool used for cutting holes

58

demur

to object or hesitate

59

comestible

food

60

scopes trial

1925 trial in TN over evolution taught in schools

61

promulgate

to publish or make known

62

Xanadu

an idealized place of magnificent beauty

63

grazier

person who watches over grazing cattle or sheep

64

fiat

official degree

65

fortuitous

accidental, fortunate

66

recluse

a hermit

67

privation

lacking in ordinary necessities

68

peregrination

wandering

69

seminal

crucial or critical

70

cossetted

pampered

71

venerable

old and respected

72

temerity

foolhardiness, recklessness

73

capacious

roomy, spacious

74

surfeit

excess

75

insipid

dull or lifeless

76

leonine

lion-like

77

frisson

shiver of fear or excitement

78

Harper's Ferry

place in Virginia where john brown revolted in 1959

79

john brown

white man who believed in abolition

80

disingenuous

not straightforward, insincere

81

whorl

anything coiled or spiraled

82

acrid

sharp or bitter, sarcastic

83

officious

offering unwanted advice, meddlesome

84

Pangaea

original supercontinent

85

ineluctable

unavoidable, certain

86

transitory

not lasting very long

87

canted

sloping or slanted

88

cant

meaningless talk

89

sere

dry and withered

90

noisome

harmful, foul-smelling

91

till

glacial gravel

92

catamount

mountain lion or cougar

93

cadre

a small, uniform group

94

paroxysm

sudden attack or spasm

95

insidious

sly and treacherous

96

anachromism

something put out of place in time

97

parvenu

someone with new wealth or power that is not accepted by their new social class

98

cataract

waterfall

99

plaudit

expression of approval or praise

100

droll

amusing in an odd way

101

ungainly

awkward or clumsy

102

cull

to select and gather

103

commensurate

equal in measure and size

104

inane

lacking sense or meaning, foolish

105

tarn

a small lake