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abhor
3 uses
I abhor briers, yeller jackets and such.
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11.
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amble
1 use
...he ambles acrost the road to the feller's car.
ambles = walks leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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arbor
4 uses
She said she got the Holy Ghost once at a bush arbor meetin' and got saved.
arbor = a shady rest area in a garden (in this case, made by bushes)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of arbor means:
a framework that supports climbing plants; or a shady rest area made by such a framework or by trees and shrubs
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11.
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begrudge
1 use
Granpa didn't begrudge the money.
begrudge = give unwillingly
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15.
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bushel
4 uses
We pulled the wild onions from the ground and just a handful would carry more flavor than a bushel of tame onions.
bushel = a large amount (filling an 8 gallon container)
DefinitionGenerally bushel means:
a unit of measure used for dry goods (filling an 8 gallon container)

or:

a large amount — as in "bushels of fun"
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9.
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
...shadows that jumped and contracted, only to leap up again, making the walls come alive with fantastic etchings appearing and disappearing, growing and receding.
contracted = shrank

(editor's note: This is a less common sense of contracted; though not uncommon generally and very common in engineering or physiology.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.
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cumbersome
1 use
It was big and cumbersome where the minnie ball had chewed it in passing.
cumbersome = difficult to handle and not graceful
DefinitionGenerally cumbersome means:
difficult to handle — especially because of size or shape or weight

or:

not elegant or graceful in expression
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1st useChapter 6.
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denomination
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the Baptist denomination
He stood up and said his Denomination believed in being kind to everybody; kind to animals and such.
denomination = group of associated churches
DefinitionGenerally this sense of denomination means:
a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization

or more rarely (and less formally):  any categorization of people
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19.
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ingenious
1 use
When a fox wants to den up, he will use ingenious tricks to throw off the hounds.
ingenious = inventive and skillful
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing cleverness and originality
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.
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inquiry
2 uses
She said she reckined most everybody had a secret place, but she couldn't be certain, as she had never made inquiries of it.
inquiries = investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.
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meander
2 uses
Ol' Sam would meander off a little to the left and I would holler, "Gee!"; but he was hard of hearing and...
meander = slowly wander (off of a direct course)
DefinitionGenerally meander means:
to move slowly in a winding or indefinite direction — (often said of a river, or path, or conversation)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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mollify
1 use
Coon Jack set down, total mollified and contented, as was everybody else.
mollified = calmed
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
Nettles make the best greens, but have little tiny hairs on them that sting you all over when you're picking.
nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12.
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nostalgia
1 use
Some folks called it nostalgia and sadness.
nostalgia = longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8.
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obligation
2 uses
Paid his obligations, didn't he?
obligations = bills (that he had a duty to pay)
DefinitionGenerally obligation means:
a duty
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18.
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prevail
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reason will prevail
But praise God, right will prevail.
prevail = prove superior or win
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19.
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recollect
13 uses
I told him I didn't recollect my Pa; that I lived here with Granpa and Granma.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12.
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repentance
2 uses
You can't repent... but you shall cry out!
repent = feel regret for having done something wrong and resolve to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19.
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tedious
2 uses
We never worked so long or hard that it got tedious.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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testify
5 uses
...when folks would stand up, as they felt the Lord called on them, and testify as to their sins and...
testify = make a statement as evidence
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.
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