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bower

a pleasant shady place under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood.

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nether

situated down or below : lower

3

playa

an area of flat, dried-up land, especially a desert basin from which water evaporates quickly

4

chaparral

An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs, especially in central and southern California

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lea

an open area of grassy or arable land; a field

6

littoral

Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore

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brae

a steep bank or hillside

8

medina

1. the old Arab quarter of a North African city 2. It is considered by Muslims to be the second most holy city after Mecca, and a visit to the prophet's tomb at Medina often forms a sequel to the formal pilgrimage to Mecca

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acropolis

the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city. 2. the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon

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netherworld

1 : the world of the dead; hell. 2 : a hidden underworld or ill-defined area

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promontory

a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water; a headland

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rivulet

a small stream

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refectory

dining hall; room where meals are served

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necropolis

a cemetery, esp. a large one belonging to an ancient city

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confluence, -nt (n)

A stream that unites with another

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crevasse

A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier

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levee

1. raised bank of a river; 2. morning reception held by a monarch

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cataract

1. a large waterfall 2. a medical condition in which the lens of the eye become progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision

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sylvan

pertaining to the woods or the country

20

ria

a long narrow inlet formed by the partial submergence of a river valley

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austral

relating to the south, in particular, the southern hemisphere

22

creche

a place where babies are looked after while their parents work, shop, etc.; Go down the Green Avenue and you will find a string of crèches and day-care centres.

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esplanade

An esplanade or promenade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls to provide clear fields of fire for the fortress' guns

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favela

a Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum

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riparian

related to situated or dwelling on the bank of a river or other body of water

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whence

from what place or source

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recursive

lying, flat, horizontal,

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Rialto

an island in Venice containing the old mercantile quarter of medieval Venice

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recumbent

(esp. of a person) lying down

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sanatorium, sanitarium

an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, esp. for convalescence; health resort