Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Vocabulary List Chapters 7-9

Bayou Magic Vocabulary List

  1. anxious | see definition»

    afraid or nervous especially about what may happen

    Anxious, me and Bear glance at each other.

  2. cascade | see definition»

    to flow or fall rapidly and in large quantity

    Yellow light cascades.

  3. chortle | see definition»

    to laugh because you are amused or pleased by something

    "Look who's here — Queenie's come," chortles Mister Cochon.

  4. despair | see definition»

    loss of hope : a feeling of complete hopelessness

    "But, for Membe, joy became despair."

  5. gleeful | see definition»

    a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction

    Gleeful, he smacks his plump lips.

  6. infuse | see definition»

    to put in as if by pouring

    "Who infused it with love."

  7. intuition | see definition»

    the ability to know something without having proof

    If you're lucky, when you need them most, feelings, dreams become intuition."

  8. marvel | see definition»

    to feel astonishment or wonder

    I marvel Mister Cochon doesn't run out of food.

  9. mournful | see definition»

    full of sorrow or sadness

    I don't understand the French; I only know her mournful sounds make me cry.

  10. perch | see definition»

    to sit or rest on a raised seat or position

    A firefly, light as silk, perches on my shoulder.

  11. peter | see definition»

    to gradually become smaller, weaker, or less before stopping or ending

    Grandmère's song fades, petering out like she's lost air.

  12. regal | see definition»

    relating to or suitable for a king or queen : ROYAL

    On the porch, she stands regal, strong.

  13. reside | see definition»

    to live permanently and continuously : DWELL

    "Since the beginning of mankind, people from the top of the world to its bottom have sworn magical creatures reside in oceans, rivers, and streams."

  14. scavenge | see definition»

    to collect usable things from what has been discarded

    Birds — even the buzzards that scavenge dead things — joined herons, pelicans, and crows, squawking until the sky shook.

  15. slew | see definition»

    a large number of people or things

    It's like he knew a slew of folks were going to share his pot.

  16. superstition | see definition»

    a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, or trust in magic or chance

    "Some say: 'Mami Wata? Nothing but superstition.'"

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