cockatoo- [kok-uh-too, kok-uh-too]-noun- any of numerous large, noisy, crested parrots of the genera Cacatua, Callocephalon, Calyptorhynchus, etc., of the Australasian region, having chiefly white plumage tinged with yellow, pink, or red: popular as a pet. Cockatoos will eat certain people foods including rice, oranges, cheese, corn, pasta and some types of meat.
keelhaul- [keel-hawl]-verb- Nautical-to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment. The captain had to keelhaul the mutineers to restore order.
harpoon-[hahr-poon]-noun- a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown byhand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish. The Harpoon was rigged with a hot wire that electrocutes the fish.
furlough- [fur-loh]-noun- Military. A vacation or leave of absence granted to an enlisted person. The forced furlough has meant the new regulations will not be available until the spring.
bowery- [bou-uh-ree]-adjective- leafy; shady: a bowery maze. Once upon a time, the Bowery was all flophouses, whiskey joints, and legendary bums.
easel- [ee-zuhl]-noun-a stand or frame for supporting or displaying at an angle an artist’s canvas, a blackboard, a china plate, etc. Mounted on rails, the camera faced a railmounted easel holding the print paper.
holster- [hohl-ster]-noun- a sheath like carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle. You get to wear gear on your belt-hooks a holster for tools.
freebooter- [free-boo-ter]-noun- a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer. These men were notorious freebooters, famed for their cunning and bravery, and often for their generosity.
waffle- [wof-uhl]-noun- a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the grid like design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance in which the cake is baked. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold and cooked in a waffle -iron.
trawl- [trawl]-noun- a strong fishing net for dragging along the sea bottom. Fish have been snared by gill and trawl nets with only a few hundred surviving.
uproar- [uhp-rawr, -rohr]-noun- a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude. Keep pushing the boundaries on privacy until an uproar is provoked.
beleaguer- [bih-lee-ger]-verb- a surround with military forces. The many pests and diseases that beleaguer commercial growers are not likely to plague home gardeners.
cruller- [kruhl-er]-noun- a rich, light cake cut from a rolled dough and deep-fried, usually having a twisted oblong shape and sometimes topped with sugar or icing. They made war upon the dark hall in the double-decker, and upon the cruller bakery.
yacht- [yot]-noun- a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes. No vessel seems safe, be it a supertanker or a private yacht.
wiseacre- [wahyz-ey-ker]-noun- a person who possesses or affects to possess great wisdom. Baby Bob is a strange and, I think, wildly unpleasant sitcom about a baby that talks like an wiseacre adult.
brackish- [brak-ish]-adjective- slightly salt; having a salty or briny flavor. Each morning, brackish water is pumped from them into pans on the surface.
decoy- [dee-koi]-noun- a person who entices or lures another person or thing, as into danger, a trap, or the like. Decoy weapons are a time-honored military tradition.
caboose- [kuh-boos]-noun- a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of a train. Kids can enjoy a working video arcade inside a train caboose on the campgrounds.
buckwheat- [buhk-hweet]-noun- a plant, especially Fagopyrum esculentum, cultivated for its triangular seeds, which are used as a feed for animals or made into a flour for human consumption, as in pancakes or cereal. Soba is a kind of thin noodle made of buckwheat flour, served hot or cold.
walrus- [wawl-ruhs]-noun-a large marine mammal, Odobenus nosmarus, of arctic seas, related to the seals, and having flippers, a pair of large tusks, and tough, wrinkled skin.
Walrus tusk ivory comes from two modified upper canines.
howitzer- [hou-it-ser]-noun- a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used
especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench. Two gun embrasures and one howitzer embrasure were closed later on to make room for a torpedo casemate.
crimp- [krimp]-verb- to press into small regular folds; make wavy. Fold overhang under and press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively.
bluff- [bluhf]-adjective- good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken:
a big,bluff, generous man. The government, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed to call their bluff.
stipple- [stip-uhl]-noun- to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches. Abandonments may be indicated by stipple or crosshatch shading.
floss- [flaws, flos]-noun- the cottony fiber yielded by the silk-cotton tree. Children should never floss without an adult's help.
cruiser- [kroo-zer]-noun- a person or thing that cruises. The beach cruiser bike comes fully loaded with helmet, basket, and total adorableness.
hustle- [huhs-uhl]-verb-to proceed or work rapidly or energetically. People hustle to put each animal on a clean towel in a cardboard box that once held bananas.
klompen-[klopmn]-noun- a full-size wooden shoe worn in the low countries of the Netherlands. Approximately 3 million pairs of klompen are made each year.
polder- [pohl-der]-noun-a tract of low land, especially in the Netherlands, reclaimed from the sea or other body of water and protected by dikes. Few things are more beautiful than one of the narrow roads that run along the polder dikes.
bundle- [buhn-dl]-noun-several objects or a quantity of material gathered or boundtogether: a bundle of hay. The objection maintains that language causes confusion that supports bundle theory.
catkin- [kat-kin]-noun-a spike of unisexual, a petalous flowers having scaly, usually
deciduous bracts, as of a willow or birch. Fall treatment is effective during catkin development.
splice- [splahys]-verb- to join together or unite (two ropes or parts of a rope) by the interweaving of strands. Only now can both ends of the cable be brought aboard the ship at the same time and the final splice made.
flemish- [flem-ish]-adjective- of or pertaining to Flanders, its people, or their language.
Exhibition of works on paper that explores the Flemish master's debt to Italian Renaissance painting.
grabble- [grab-uhl]-verb- to feel or search with the hands; grope. Every time the lights went out he had to grabble around for a flashlight.
huckster- [huhk-ster]-noun-a retailer of small articles, especially a peddler of fruits and vegetables; hawker. But as a rogue, huckster and progressive, he is extraordinary.
frolic-[frol-ik]-noun- merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun. Visitors can frolic in the snow and bring snowballs back down the mountain.
ravel- [rav-uh l]-verb- to tangle or entangle. The sailors began to ravel the twine together to make a rope.
tattle- [tat-l]-verb- to let out secrets. She wanted to tattle on her older sister for sneaking out.
scum- [skuhm]-noun- a film or layer of foul or extraneous matter that forms on the surface of a liquid. Soap scum is formed when a calcium ion from hard water binds to the soap.
trek- [trek]-verb- to travel or migrate, especially slowly or with difficulty. The pioneers made the long trek to the west from Nauvoo.
scrabble- [skrab-uh l]-verb- to jostle or struggle for possession of something; grab or collect something in a disorderly way; scramble. Preventive health care has already become neglected as the township hospitals scrabble to make ends meet.
clapboard- [klab-erd, klap-bawrd, ‐bohrd]-noun- Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a long, thin board, thicker along one edge than the other, used in covering the outer walls of buildings, being laid horizontally, the thick edge of each board overlapping the thin edge of the board below it. There is a cluster of quaint yellow and blue rustic clapboard buildings.
gruff- [gruhf]-adj.- low and harsh; hoarse. Today, he chose to be brief and gruff in his comments.
isinglass- [ahy-zuh n-glas, -glahs, ahy-zing-]-noun- a pure, transparent or translucent form of gelatin, obtained from the air bladders of certain fish, especially the sturgeon: used in glue and jellies and as a clarifying agent. Isinglass is used in clarifying wine and beer and making glues and cement.
excise- [ek-sahyz, -sahys]-noun- an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country. Perez said, levies an excise tax on gasoline, but amounts vary.
blister-[blis-ter]-noun- a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury. Warm or cold compresses can relieve pain and swelling and may keep a blister from forming.
rabbit- [rab-it]-noun-any of several soft-furred, large-eared, rodentlike burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, allied with the hares and pikas in the order Lagomorpha, having a divided upper lip and long hind legs, usually smaller than the hares and mainly distinguished from them by bearing blind and furless young in nests rather than fully developed young in the open. It may be the end of the road for an endangered species of rabbit. package- [pak-ij]-noun- a container, as a box or case, in which something is or may be packed. It arrived in a plain brown package by registered mail, insured for one million dollars.
muddle- [muhd-l]-verb- to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble. Marijuana is infamous for its ability to muddle thoughts and dull reactions.
handsome- [han-suh m]-adj.- having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking. He was a handsome gentleman, and the ladies liked him.
foist- [foist]-verb- to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon ). This is the single most unpopular, unwanted nanny state legislation ever foisted upon the Scottish nation.
staple- [stey-puh l]-noun- a short piece of wire bent so as to bind together papers, sections of a book, or the like, by driving the ends through the sheets and clinching them on the other side. Repeat on remaining two sides, then staple all around the edges, pulling cloth tight.
gulden- [gool-dn]-noun- the former standard monetary unit of the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents; replaced by the euro in 2002. The Netherlands formerly used the gulden, in 2002 they switched to the euro.
mart- [mahrt]-noun- market; trading center; trade center. At a nearby grocery mart, bags of organic carrots sat right next to the non-organic ones.
screen- [skreen]-noun- a movable or fixed device, usually consisting of a covered frame, that provides shelter, serves as a partition, etc. They brought in many screens to partition off sections of the office for workspaces.
guilder- [gil-der]-noun- a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 cents; florin. The guilder is another name for gulden.
etch- [ech]-verb- to cut, bite, or corrode with an acid or the like; engrave with an acid or the like, as to form a design in furrows that when charged with ink will give an impression on paper. Braided dried rivulets etch white patterns over the surface as well.
Netherlands- [neth-er-luh ndz]-noun- a kingdom in W Europe, bordering on the North Sea, Germany, and Belgium. 13,433 sq. mi. (34,790 sq. km). Capitals: Amsterdam and The Hague. They visited the beautiful windmill in the Netherlands.
dune- [doon, dyoon]-noun- a sand hill or sand ridge formed by the wind, usually in desert regions or near lakes and oceans. We trudge down the dune, surprising the lady who lives in the valley.
croon- [kroon]-verb- to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice. Entertainment is provided at the piano bar, where locals and tourists have also been known to croon their favorites.
ticket- [tik-it]-noun- a slip, usually of paper or cardboard, serving as evidence that the holder has paid a fare or admission or is entitled to some service, right, or the like. He does not ask for a round-trip ticket, but for a return ticket.
buckwagon-[buk-wagn]-noun- a large strong wagon with the frame projecting over the wheels that is used in southern Africa for hauling loads. We took a hayride on the buckwagon.
hock- [hok]-noun- the joint in the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., above the fetlock joint, corresponding anatomically to the ankle in humans. The strength of the hocks are very important as this is the most active joint in the horse hind legs.
boodle- [bood-l]-noun- stolen goods; loot; booty; swag. They are supposed to have a pile of boodle stashed away.
guy- [gahy]-noun- Informal- a man or boy. Knowing human resources, they will probably find an excuse to fire the guy.
daffodil- [daf-uh-dil]-noun- a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring. Burton incorporated the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock into the lace.
loiter- [loi-ter]-verb- to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place. Residents are asked to move along if they loiter on streets at night.
potash- [pot-ash]-noun- potassium carbonate, especially the crude impure form obtained from wood ashes. Potash is a mineral which is an essential ingredient in fertilizer.
scow- [skou]-noun- any of various vessels having a flat-bottomed rectangular hull with sloping ends, built in various sizes with or without means of propulsion, as barges, punts, rowboats, or sailboats. The trouble begins when the husband decides to move the scow to a better location.
wintergreen- [win-ter-green]-noun- a small, creeping, evergreen shrub, Gaultheria procumbens, of the heath family, common in eastern North America, having white, nodding, bell-shaped flowers, a bright-red, berrylike fruit, and aromatic leaves that yield a volatile wintergreen oil. The wintergreen shrub further adapts to its short growing season by retaining its leaves year-round.
trigger- [trig-er]-noun- a small projecting tongue in a firearm that, when pressed by the finger, actuates the mechanism that discharges the weapon. He removed his finger from the trigger on advice from the police.
stripe- [strahyp]-noun- a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing. There stood a beautiful zebra with their magnificent stripes.
bruin- [broo-in]-noun- a bear, especially a European brown bear. A bruin is another name for a brown bear.
skipper- [skip-er]-noun- the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel. When a skipper dies or retires, his quota goes back into a pool to be re-allocated.
waywiser-[way-wiyz-r]-noun- An instrument for measuring the distance which one has traveled on the road; an odometer, pedometer, or perambulator. She used a waywiser to measure the distance she ran.
spoor- [spoor, spawr, spohr]-noun- a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game. They are looking for their dinner and sooner or later they'll catch our spoor.
mizzle- [miz-uh l]-verb- to rain in fine drops; drizzle; mist. Mizzle is a very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower.
school- [skool]-noun- an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age. Dinosaurs regularly popped up during my early elementary school education.
pickle- [pik-uh l]-noun- a cucumber that has been preserved in brine, vinegar, or the like.
Patrons can also order box lunches that include fruit, homemade chips, a pickle and a cookie.
snuff- [snuhf]-verb- to draw in through the nose by inhaling. The English aristocracy had a habit of snuffing powder-like tobacco.
mynheer- [mahyn-hair, -heer]-noun- the term of address and title of respect corresponding to sir and Mr. A Dutch title of address equivalent to Sir when used alone or to Mr. when placed before a name.
waterzooi-[vah-tuhr-zoi]-noun- a stew of fish or chicken and vegetables in a seasoned stock thickened with cream and egg yolks. Some modern waterzooi versions feature chicken and fish.
flense-[flens]-verb- to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.). To flense is a whaling term that describes the removal of the blubber from the carcass of the dead whale.
muishond- [mīs-hänt, ˈmās-]-noun- either of two southern African weasels that are black with white stripes and that emit a fetid odor when disturbed. There is small slender burrowing muishond with white top of the head.
witloof- [wit-lohf]-noun- widely cultivated herb with leaves valued as salad green; either curly serrated leaves or broad flat ones that are usually blanched. Another word for witloof is endive.
springbok- [spring-bok]-noun- a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when alarmed. Gazelles and springbok are known for their speed and leaping abilities.
maelstrom- [meyl-struh m]-noun- a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool. A maelstrom is a powerful circular current of water usually the result of conflicting tides.
bobbejaan-[bob-buh-yahn]-noun- a baboon. They had many bobbejaan at the South African zoo.
keeshond- [keys-hond, kees-]-noun- one of a Dutch breed of small dogs having thick, silver-gray hair tipped with black and a tail carried over the back. The Keeshond is lively, alert, and intelligent, qualities that won him status as the most beloved dog in Holland.
voortrekker-[for-trek-ker]-noun- a So. African pioneer; esp : one of the Boers who took part in the trek from Cape Colony to the Transvaal in 1834–37. The South African voortrekkers were just like our American pioneers.
uitlander- [ahyt-lan-der, oit-]-noun- a foreigner, especially a British settler in the Boer republics prior to the formation of the Union of South Africa. The prospect of gold lured large numbers of uitlanders to Johannesburg.
hollandaise-[ha-luhn-dayz]-noun- a rich sauce made basically of butter, egg yolks, and lemon juice or vinegar. Hollandaise sauce is always served with ‘Eggs Benedict’.
galjoen-[gal-yuh n]-noun- a compressed deep-bodied percoid food and sport fish (Dichistius capensis) common in shallow water and surf along the coasts of southern Africa; also : any of several related fishes —often used with a qualifying term. The galjoen is the national fish of South Africa.
schipperke- [skip-er-kee, -kuh]-noun- one of a Belgian breed of small dogs having erect ears and a thick, black coat, originally used as a watchdog on boats in the Netherlands and Belgium. Schipperke in Dutch literally means little boatman.
apartheid- [uh-pahrt-heyt, -hahyt]-noun- (in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the nonwhite population. Apartheid, which means apartness in Afrikaans, started in 1948 in South Africa as a political movement of the National Party.
hartebeest- [hahr-tuh-beest, hahrt-beest]-noun- any large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus, having ringed horns that curve backward: some species are endangered. The hartebeest can digest a larger quantity of food than other bovids.
keest-[keest]-noun- inner vital substance : marrow. She needed a keest transplant soon.
wainscot- [weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht]-noun- wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls. Paralelling the stair is a handsomely paneled wainscot with a rounded chair rail.
roodebok-[roo-duh-bahk]-noun-an impala. They had many roodeboks at the national reserve.