July's People

July's People Glossary

Confront

To come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent

Encumbered

Restrict (someone or something) in such a way that free action or movement is difficult

Dismay

Concern and distress caused by something

Simultaneous

When two things occur at the same time

Summon

To order someone to be present

Deduce

To come to a conclusion about something/someone

Linger

To stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave

Alias

Used to indicate that a named person is also known or more familiar under another specified name

Amiable

To be friendly

Ally

A friend or supporter

Bakkie

The nickname of the "back road" vehicle that the Smales family brings to July's land

Jakkalsbessie

An Afrikaans word for a type of gelatenous fruit that grows on trees in South Africa

Doek

A square of cloth worn mainly by South African women to cover their head, especially to indicate married status

Paraffin

A flammable whitish solid distilled from petroleum, used in candles, cosmetics, and sealants.

Dropsical

A condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body

Non Sequitur

A conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous statement

Dictum

A formal pronouncement from an authoritative source

Insignia

A badge or distinguished mark

Taciturn

Reserved or uncommunicative in speech

Desiccated

Having all moisture removed