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Storytime: Stig of the Dump

Chapter 1 The Ground Gives Way.mp3

bric-à-brac = different objects and ornaments of little value (first used in the Victorian era)

niche = a crevice (narrow opening in rock or a wall), especially an ornamental one to hold a statue or urn

bracken = a large, rough fern (foliage plant), or a thick growth of fern

Chapter 2: Digging with Stig

copse - a small group of trees

linoleum - a hard floor covering, thickly coated with a preparation of linseed oil and powdered cork

dwindle - to gradually become less, smaller, or lower in level

tousled - make (something, especially a person's hair) untidy

corrugated - (of a material or surface) shaped into a series of parallel ridges and grooves so as to give added rigidity and strength (like cardboard)

toiled - to work hard (remember this word from our Victorian work?)

Chapter 3: It warms you twice

Chapter 4: Gone A-hunting

mackintosh  - a type of coat

sou'wester - a type of hat, typically associated with fishermen

harpoon - a long spear-like instrument used in fishing, whaling, sealing, and other marine hunting to catch large fish or marine mammals such as whales

gorging - eat a large amount greedily

lolloped - moving clumsily in bounds

glade - an open space in a wood or forest

thicket - a dense (thick) group of bushes or trees

mare - a female horse

commotion - confused and noisy disturbance


Chapter 5: The Snargets

reverently - showing, or feeling great respect and awe mingled with love

solemn - serious in appearance, sound, or mood

feebly - without strength; weak in body or mind

oath - a serious promise

Chapter 6: Skinned and Buried

plucky - spirited and courageous in the face of difficulty

Chapter 7: Party Manners

puma - a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to greyish coat

hurtling - to move at high speed, typically in an uncontrolled way

squaw - a North American Indian woman or wife

hartebeest - a large African antelope with a long head and sloping back, related to the gnus

gnus - a large dark antelope with a long head, a beard and mane, and a sloping back

assegais - a slender, iron-tipped, hardwood spear used mainly by southern African people

parapet - a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony

haft - the handle of a knife, axe, or spear

Chapter 8: Midsummer Night

poised - a state or position of balance OR the ability to act in a calm and confident manner

paddock - a field surrounded by a fence, near a barn

savagesnot tamed; wild

husks - the dry outer covering of some seeds and fruits

bough - a main branch of a tree

thatched - straw, palm leaves, or other dried plant material used as a roof covering

jeer - to remark in a loud, mocking, abusive manner


Chapter 9: The Standing Stones

merely - simply

ushered - to lead, escort, or show

turf - the surface layer of the soil that is held together in a thick mat by grass and other plant roots

cluster - a small group of similar things that are close together or are attached to each other

procession - the act of moving forward in a formal, orderly way

contortion - to twist into an unusual or unnatural shape

jabberwock - a creature from the nineteenth-century poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, which contains many nonsense words

declaimed - to speak in a formal manner; deliver a speech

champing - to bite down on impatiently; grind against with the teeth

taut - tightly drawn, pulled, or stretched; not loose

oast - a kiln used for drying hops

weathered - worn by long exposure to the air; weather-beaten

lichen - a simple slow-growing plant that usually forms a low crusty, leaf-like, or branching growth on rocks, walls, and trees.

midsummer - the middle part of summer; the summer solstice (the longest day and shortest night of the year)

hauling - to pull or carry with force

gaped - to stare in surprise, awe, or wonder, especially with the mouth open