Vocabulary for "The Hearth and the Salamander"

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hearthaudio_icon.gif1. the floor of a fireplace, usually made out of brick or stone; 2. family life; the home
salamanderaudio_icon.gif451_salamander.jpga mythical creature, generally resembling a lizard, believed capable of living in or withstanding fire.
keroseneaudio_icon.gifa flammable oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters
luxuriouslyaudio_icon.gifin a rich manner
prioraudio_icon.gifpreceding in time or order
compressto make more compact by or as if by pressing
hypnotizeaudio_icon.gifto spellbind; enthrall; to put into a sleeplike state
marionetteaudio_icon.gif451_marionette.jpga jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs
thimbleaudio_icon.gif451_thimble.jpga small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
distillpurify; extract; condense
gushto flow forth suddenly in great volume
exoticaudio_icon.gif1. from another part of the world; foreign; 2. excitingly strange
phoenixaudio_icon.gifa bird in Egyptian mythology that lived in the desert for 500 years and then consumed itself by fire, later to rise renewed from its ashes.
capillaryaudio_icon.gifhaving a very small internal diameter
proclivityaudio_icon.gifa natural inclination, or tendency; predisposition
cellophaneaudio_icon.giftransparent paper-like product that is impervious to moisture and used to wrap candy or cigarettes
asylumaudio_icon.gifan institution for the care of people
odiousaudio_icon.gifhateful; meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
flourishaudio_icon.gifto grow well or luxuriantly; thrive
cacophonyaudio_icon.gifharsh, jarring sound; dissonance
pantomimeaudio_icon.gifcommunication by means of gesture and facial expression
centrifugeaudio_icon.gif451_Centrifuge.jpgan apparatus in which humans or animals are enclosed and which is revolved to simulate the effects of acceleration in a spacecraft
incineratoraudio_icon.gifone that incinerates, especially an apparatus, such as a furnace, for burning waste