Half of a Yellow Sun Glossary

Half of a Yellow Sun Glossary

lustrous

shining

balmy

pleasantly warm

errand

a short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, often on someone else's behalf

sonorous

sound imposingly deep and full

shorthand

a method of rapid writing by means of abbreviations and symbols

dismissive

feeling or showing that something is unworthy of consideration

lurk

be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something

taut

stretched or pulled tight

stammer

speak with sudden involuntary pauses and a tendency to repeat the initial letters of words

shard

a piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, typically having sharp edges

Igbo

a member of a people of southeastern Nigeria

rinse

with clean water to remove soap, detergent, dirt, or impurities

exhilarate

feel very happy, animated, or elated

thrust

push suddenly or violently in the specified direction

nauseate

make someone feel sick

dim

not shining brightly or clearly

incongruous

not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something

malice

the intention or desire to do evil

lucid

easy to understand

effervescent

giving off bubbles, fizzy

taint

a trace of a bad or undesirable quality or substance

lineage

lineal descent from an ancestor

chivalrous

courteous and gallant, esp. toward women

nudge

prod someone gently, typically with one's elbow, in order to draw their attention to something

interior

situated within or inside

coalesce

come together and form one mass or whole

covet

yearn to possess or have something

androgynous

partly male and partly female in appearance

infidelity

the action or state of being unfaithful to a spouse or other sexual partner

regal

resembling, or fit for a monarch, esp. in being magnificent or dignified

insincere

not expressing genuine feelings

non sequitur

a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement

bamboo

a giant woody grass that grows chiefly in the tropics, where it is widely cultivated

get along

have a harmonious or friendly relationship

discern

perceive or recognize

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