The Shawl Glossary

The Shawl Glossary

alert

quick to notice any unusual and potentially dangerous or difficult circumstances

annihilate

destroy utterly

carrion

the decaying flesh of dead animals

crevice

a narrow opening or fissure, esp. in a rock or wall

devoid

entirely lacking or free from

devour

eat food or prey hungrily or quickly

elfin

delicate, typically with an attractively mischievous or strange charm

febrile

having or showing the symptoms of a fever

infant

a very young child or baby

moth

a chiefly nocturnal insect related to the butterflies

nourish

provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition

perilous

full of danger or risk

placid

not easily upset or excited

ravenous

extremely hungry

snatch

quickly seize something in a rude or eager way

teeter

sway back and forth

tumor

a swelling of any kind

urge

try earnestly or persistently to persuade someone to do something

viscous

having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid

whimper

make a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear, pain, or discontent

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