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									                                              The Secret Life of Bees
                                                       Vocabulary

Chapter One
chrome – silver                                                       magnitude – large size
seep – to leak                                                        smirking – smiling smugly
paradise – heaven                                                     gouged – cut out
insomniac – a person who has problems                                 abdomen – the stomach
                  sleeping                                            grits – a type of grain
orneriness – bad temper                                               pining – longing
pulsating – throbbing                                                 lure – to entice
herringbone – a pattern like fish bones                               snuff – powdered tobacco
conjure – to create                                                   scalded – burned
disjointed – unconnected                                              agitation – worry; excitement
impersonating – pretending to be                                      motes – spots
tailspin – a spinning crash                                           sashaying – walking with style
dollops – small piles                                                 unperturbed – unworried
imbecile – an idiot                                                   recoil – to draw back
carousing – partying
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Chapter Two
vapor – steam                                                         mangy – like the disease that causes hair to
decapitate – to cut off the head                                                   fall out
brazen – shameless                                                    hysterical – wildly upset
tremor – a shaking                                                    accommodate – to make room for
beseeching – begging                                                  levee – a dam
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Chapter Three
elusive – hard to find                                                situated – placed
iridescent – sparkling                                                barricade – a wall
salvation – an act of saving, usually from sin                        speculating – thinking about
anointed – holy                                                       Madonna – Mary, the mother of Jesus
biding – waiting                                                      consternation – alarmed amazement
pesticides – bug killers
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Chapter Four
mute – unable to speak                                                flounced – walk angrily
portal – a doorway                                                    cultured –polite and civilized
feeble – weak                                                         kin – relatives
simultaneously – at the same time                                     sweltering – very hot
precisely – exactly                                                   paranoid – crazy
corrugated – ridged                                                   meander – wander
pathetic – sad
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Chapter Five
consolation – comfort                                                 bona fide – genuine
dabs – puts, places                                                   ambrosia – a drink of the gods
swabbed – cleaned                                                     serenade – to sing a song for


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bristled – angry                                                 outlandish – strange
revelation – a sudden knowledge, usually                         etiquette – proper manners
from a spiritual source                                          immunity – could not be hurt
righteous indignation – anger in a good                          sedative – a sleeping pill
                              cause                              wailing – crying
integration – combining white and black                          willies – shivers
vigilante – self-appointed police                                ricocheted – echoed
orthodox – traditional                                           inkblot – a type of psychiatric test
eclectic – many and different
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Chapter Six
percolator – a coffee maker                                      deliverance – rescue
jilted – rejected by a lover                                     constant – reliable
ingenious – clever                                               hibernate – a long sleep
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Chapter Seven
cloister – a convent                                             hilarious – extremely funny
bordello – a whorehouse                                          keel over – fall down
intrusion – an interruption                                      deciduous – trees that lose their leaves in
horde – a crowd                                                                  fall
incessantly – non-stop                                           membrane – a thin covering
fidgeted – nervously moved around                                crystallizing – becoming crusty
hightailed – ran                                                 remnants – the remains
excursion – a trip
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Chapter Eight
isolate – separate                                               caress – pet
high-caliber – high quality                                      plagues – horrible inflictions
peculiar – strange                                               pigment – color
groggy – sleepy                                                  gawky – awkward
mortician – one who takes car of dead                            intrude – break in on
                bodies                                           intensity – close attention
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Chapter Nine
initiated – started                                              unraveling – coming apart
miniscule – tiny                                                 excruciating – extreme
berserk – crazy                                                  oblivious – unaware
nymphs – fairies                                                 limbo – a waiting place
inferno – a big fire                                             crevice – a deep crack
geyser – water spouts                                            moping – feeling sorry for oneself
convulsions – fits
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Chapter Ten
saturated – soaked through                                       mourning – to miss someone who has died
concoct – to create                                              ensure – to make certain
vigil – time to watch                                            carcass – dead body
evaporated – dried up                                            catacombs – caves where people hid
ritual – ceremony                                                resurrected – raised from the dead


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spectacular – amazing                                                  contemplating – thinking
manna – food from heaven                                               disoriented – confused
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Chapter Eleven
scallops – decorative curves                                           pulsed – appeared and disappeared
wafted – drifted                                                       meditating – thinking
assumption – Mary’s rise to heaven                                     shackled – chained
sauntered – strolled                                                   reenactment – to act out a drama from
exceptional – far above average                                                            history
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Chapter Twelve
bolstered – propped                                                    amnesiac – unable to remember
monogrammed – sewn on initials                                         cooed – baby talked
taunting – hassling                                                    unruffled – unbothered
despite – in spite of                                                  specimen – example
genuinely – truly                                                      institution – hospital for mentally ill
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Chapter Thirteen
lacquer – shiny coating                                              intimacy – close personal contact
commode – toilet                                                     churned – stirred
linoleum – flooring                                                  excessive – far too much
dumbfounded – amazed                                                 rhinestone – artificial jewel
spatula – cooking utensil with a flat blade                          mercantile – store
uncoiled – unwound                                                   configuration – shape
contemptible – worthless                                             tarnished – discolored
muck – mess                                                          gorgeous – beautiful
preservative – substance which prevents harm
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Chapter Fourteen
tended – took care of                                                  drone – worker
griddle – stove top                                                    ho-hum – casual
sizzled – baked                                                        immobilized – motionless
stupefied – immobilized                                                skittish – uneasy
psychiatric – mental                                                   nauseating – sickening
peculiar – very strange                                                voodoo – magic
commissioned – given the job                                           involuntarily – unintentionally
plaited – braided                                                      trolling – fishing
full-blown – complete                                                  apprentice – assistant learning the job
eighth wonder – one of the amazing things                              forfeited – given up
demoralized – spiritless                                               absurdities – strange things
melancholy – very sad                                                  French Provincial – style of furniture
lamenting – mourning                                                   crocheted – made with needlework
unfertilized – unable to reproduce                                     ignoramuses – idiots

								
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