Vocabulary for "The Hearth and the Salamander"

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1. the floor of a fireplace, usually made out of brick or stone; 2. family life; the homehearthaudio_icon.gif
451_salamander.jpga mythical creature, generally resembling a lizard, believed capable of living in or withstanding fire.salamanderaudio_icon.gif
a flammable oil used as fuel in lamps and heaterskeroseneaudio_icon.gif
in a rich mannerluxuriouslyaudio_icon.gif
preceding in time or orderprioraudio_icon.gif
to make more compact by or as if by pressingcompress
to spellbind; enthrall; to put into a sleeplike statehypnotizeaudio_icon.gif
451_marionette.jpga jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbsmarionetteaudio_icon.gif
451_thimble.jpga small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small containerthimbleaudio_icon.gif
purify; extract; condensedistill
to flow forth suddenly in great volumegush
1. from another part of the world; foreign; 2. excitingly strangeexoticaudio_icon.gif
a 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.
having a very small internal diametercapillaryaudio_icon.gif
a natural inclination, or tendency; predispositionproclivityaudio_icon.gif
transparent paper-like product that is impervious to moisture and used to wrap candy or cigarettescellophaneaudio_icon.gif
an institution for the care of peopleasylumaudio_icon.gif
hateful; meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasureodiousaudio_icon.gif
to grow well or luxuriantly; thriveflourishaudio_icon.gif
harsh, jarring sound; dissonancecacophonyaudio_icon.gif
communication by means of gesture and facial expressionpantomimeaudio_icon.gif
451_Centrifuge.jpgan apparatus in which humans or animals are enclosed and which is revolved to simulate the effects of acceleration in a spacecraftcentrifugeaudio_icon.gif
one that incinerates, especially an apparatus, such as a furnace, for burning wasteincineratoraudio_icon.gif