Twelve Years a Slave (2013 film)

Twelve Years a Slave (2013 film) Glossary

shuck (verb)

Remove the husk or shell from a vegetable or a shellfish.

cane (noun)

the hollow jointed stem of a tall grass, especially bamboo or sugar cane, or the stem of a slender palm such as rattan.

plantation (noun)

an estate on which crops such as coffee, sugar, and tobacco are cultivated by resident labor.

The Orient (proper noun)

A dated literary term for the countries of Asia, especially eastern Asia.

thither (adverb)

An archaic way of saying to or toward that place.

libations (noun)

a drink.

pattyroller (noun)

organized groups of armed white men who monitored and enforced discipline upon black slaves in the antebellum U.S. southern states.

bayou (noun)

(in the southern U.S.) a marshy outlet of a lake or river.

traverse (verb)

travel across or through.

millstone (noun)

each of two circular stones used for grinding grain.

yearling (noun)

an animal (especially a sheep, calf, or foal) that is a year old or that is in its second year.

merriment (noun)

gaiety and fun.

sundries (noun)

various items not important enough to be mentioned individually.

consternation (noun)

feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.

lothario (noun)

a man who behaves selfishly and irresponsibly in his sexual relationships with women.

insolence (noun)

rude and disrespectful behavior.

eunuch (noun)

a man who has been castrated, especially (in the past) one employed to guard the women's living areas at an oriental court. Metaphorically, an ineffectual person.

picayune (noun)

a small coin of little value, especially a five-cent piece.

mortgage (noun)

a legal agreement by which a bank or other creditor lends money at interest in exchange for taking title of the debtor's property, with the condition that the conveyance of title becomes void upon the payment of the debt.

lynch (verb)

kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial.