Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, Vocabulary List Chapters 11-15

Learn Island of the Blue Dolphins vocabulary words for chapters 11-15

  1. bellow | see definition»

    a loud deep sound

    Far off I could hear the bellow of a sea elephant.

  2. clamor | see definition»

    a loud continuous noise (such as the noise made when many people are talking or shouting)

    At dawn when the clamor started again I left and went back to the headland.

  3. clever | see definition»

    intelligent and able to learn things quickly

    They were clever thieves and nothing I stored would be safe until I had built a fence.

  4. deafening | see definition»

    extremely loud

    On this morning the tide was low and most of the animals were far out, just hundreds of specks against the waves, yet the noise they made was deafening.

  5. determination | see definition»

    a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult

    Yet the more I thought about it, the greater was my determination to try, for there was nothing to be found on the island that made such good spear points as the tusklike teeth of the bull sea elephant.

  6. displease | see definition»

    to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed

    Some distance separated the bulls from each other, for they are bad-tempered, very jealous by nature and quick to fight over anything that displeases them.

  7. favorable | see definition»

    tending to help

    If I stopped it, they would surely fight again, perhaps at some other place less favorable to him.

  8. gash | see definition»

    a long, deep cut

    Rontu had a gash on his nose from the giant’s beak, and I had many cuts and bruises.

  9. gnaw | see definition»

    to bite or chew (something) repeatedly

    I would have used seal sinew to bind the ribs together, for this is stronger than kelp, but wild animals like it and soon would have gnawed the fence down.

  10. heal | see definition»

    to make (someone or something) healthy or well again

    This bush has poisonous berries, yet its wood often heals wounds that nothing else will.

  11. jealous | see definition»

    feeling a mean anger toward someone because he or she is more successful

    Some distance separated the bulls from each other, for they are bad-tempered, very jealous by nature and quick to fight over anything that displeases them.

  12. mend | see definition»

    to put into good shape or working order again

    Nothing had been harmed except the fence, which I mended, and in a few days the house was the same as before.

  13. numerous | see definition»

    existing in large numbers

    He was either sleeping in the shade of the canoe or running up and down the sandspit chasing the pelicans that roost there in great numbers because there are numerous fish nearby.

  14. odor | see definition»

    a particular smell

    Sweet odors came from the wild grasses in the ravines and from the sand plants on the dunes.

  15. prowl | see definition»

    to move quietly through an area while hunting

    It went there early in the morning to sleep after it had spent the night prowling.

  16. quarrel | see definition»

    to argue about or disagree with something

    The two gods quarreled about many things.

  17. quiver | see definition»

    to shake because of fear, cold, nervousness, etc.

    I was so close to him that I could see his nose quivering, but he did not see me until I raised my bow.

  18. rival | see definition»

    a person or thing that tries to defeat or be more successful than another

    Quickly he overtook his rival and with a single thrust of his shoulders overturned him.

  19. shelter | see definition»

    the state of being covered and protected from danger, bad weather, etc.

    This part of the shore was sheltered from the wind and I found the canoes just as they had been left.

  20. venture | see definition»

    to go somewhere that is unknown, dangerous, etc.

    I knew the wild dogs would come back and they did as night fell, stalking around in the brush until morning, but not venturing close.

  21. waddle | see definition»

    to walk with short steps while moving from side to side like a duck

    The sea elephant moves fast in spite of his size, waddling along on his great flippers which he uses like hands.

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