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Aggregated Vocabulary List

This list covers all vocabulary through Week 6, p 349 of 2666
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abstruse difficult to comprehend
abyss an immeasurably deep gulf or great space
acacia any of a large genus (Acacia) of leguminous shrubs and trees of warm regions with leaves pinnate or reduced to phyllodes and white or yellow flower clusters
acolytes one who attends or assists
aegis protection
agua fresca a combination of either fruits, cereals, or seeds, and sugar and water, blended together to make a refreshing beverage
aide mémoire an aid to the memory
albinos an organism exhibiting deficient pigmentation
amorphous having no definite form : shapeless
anodyne not likely to offend or arouse tensions
aquifers a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel
archetypes the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies
ardently characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity
ascetic practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
ascribed acquired or assigned arbitrarily
atrophied decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue
au pair a usually young foreign person who cares for children and does domestic work for a family in return for room and board and the opportunity to learn the family’s language
au revoir Goodbye till we meet again (french)
august marked by majestic dignity or grandeur
basalt a dark gray to black dense to fine-grained igneous rock that consists of basic plagioclase, augite, and usually magnetite
Basque a member of a people inhabiting the western Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay
brevity shortness of duration; especially : shortness or conciseness of expression
brio enthusiastic vigor
bucolic relating to or typical of rural life
bureaucratic of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a bureaucracy:  government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority
cacique a native Indian chief in areas dominated primarily by a Spanish culture
cajoles to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance
candelillas a shrubby spurge native to southwest Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield the multipurpose Candelilla wax
capricious governed or characterized by caprice : impulsive, unpredictable
captious calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument
catatonia catatonic schizophrenia
chaise a long reclining chair
charcuterie dressed meats and meat dishes
charreada the original rodeo developed in Mexico based on the working practices of charros or working hands
Chicano an American and especially a man or boy of Mexican descent
chilaquiles a traditional Mexican dish of tortillas, salsa, eggs or chicken, cheese, sour cream, and refried beans
chonchon a mythical bird creature in Chilean folk myth
cirrhosis widespread disruption of normal liver structure by fibrosis and the formation of regenerative nodules
climacteric critical, crucial
colocolo a small striped cat native to the western central South America
colophon an identifying mark, emblem, or device used by a printer or a publisher
comrade a fellow soldier
concatenation to link together in a series or chain
conflagration fire; especially : a large disastrous fire
coprophagy feeding on dung
coquetry a flirtatious act or attitude
corrido a popular narrative song and poetry form, a ballad, of Mexico
coyote A person who smuggles immigrants into America and they come from any given country for a small fee to cross into the United States
creole of or relating to Creoles or their language:a person of mixed French or Spanish and black descent speaking a dialect of French or Spanish
Cuba Libres is a highball made of Cola, lime, and white rum
cumulonimbus cumulus cloud having a low base and often spread out in the shape of an anvil extending to great heights
desultory marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose
dialectic logic
diatribe : a bitter and abusive speech or writing
Dionysian characteristic of Dionysus or the cult of worship of Dionysus; especially : being of a frenzied or orgiastic character
doleful full of grief
doublet a man’s close-fitting jacket worn in Europe especially during the Renaissance
ecclesiastical of or relating to a church especially as an established institution
effigy an image or representation especially of a person
effusive marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm
effusively marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm
enigmas an obscure speech or writing
epileptic relating to, affected with, or having the characteristics of epilepsy: any of various disorders marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain and typically manifested by sudden brief episodes of altered or diminished consciousness, involuntary movements, or convulsions
epistolary contained in or carried on by letters
eugenics a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed
Eurylochus second-in-command of Odysseus’ ship
ex-votos a votive offering
factotum a general servant
faire l’amour to make love, to have sex (french)
fait accompli a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible
feigned fictitious
flacking providing publicity
flagellants a person who scourges himself or herself as a public penance
flamenco a vigorous rhythmic dance style of the Andalusian Gypsies; also : a dance in flamenco style
Fury any of the avenging deities in Greek mythology who torment criminals and inflict plagues
gall brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence
galvanized to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock
garb outward form
garde du corps bodyguard
gastronomic the art or science of good eating
gaucho a cowboy of the South American pampas
gesticulating to make gestures especially when speaking
goulash a stew made with meat (as beef), assorted vegetables, and paprika
grandiloquently a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
grappa a dry colorless brandy distilled from fermented grape pomace
heady tending to intoxicate or make giddy or elated
Hecate a Greek goddess associated especially with the underworld, night, and witchcraft
hindrance impediment
Huguenot a member of the French Reformed communion especially of the 16th and 17th centuries
ideologue an impractical idealist
imbroglio an intricate or complicated situation
implausible provoking disbelief
incubi evil spirits that lie on persons in their sleep; especially : one that has sexual intercourse with women while they are sleeping
insularity characteristic of an isolated people; especially : being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint
interregnum a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended
inviolable secure from assault or trespass
jig black (usually offensive)
junta a council or committee for political or governmental purposes; especially : a group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power
labyrinths something extremely complex or tortuous in structure, arrangement, or character
lacuna a blank space or a missing part
languor listless indolence or inertia
larch any of a genus (Larix) of northern hemisphere trees of the pine family with short fascicled deciduous leaves
lassitude a condition of weariness or debility : fatigue
lethargy abnormal drowsiness
licentious lacking legal or moral restraints
Lilliputian small, miniature
limpet one that clings tenaciously to someone or something
lintel a horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening
lyceé a French public secondary school that prepares students for the university
macerated to cause to become soft or separated into constituent elements by or as if by steeping in fluid
maestro a master usually in an art
majolica earthenware covered with an opaque tin glaze and decorated on the glaze before firing
malheureux unhappy; miserable
maquiladores a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export
marginal located at the fringe of consciousness
masochist a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation
mendicants beggar
merci thank you (french)
merendero picnic spot
mesa an isolated relatively flat-topped natural elevation usually more extensive than a butte and less extensive than a plateau
mestizos a person of mixed blood; specifically : a person of mixed European and American Indian ancestry
metawe jar of 1 to 3 liters
mezcal a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey or agave plant that is native to Mexico
misanthropic marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind
mise-en-scene the physical setting of an action
misogynistic a hatred of women
Mnemosyne the Greek goddess of memory and mother of the Muses by Zeus
mongrel an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains
monograph a learned treatise on a small area of learning
Morphology a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plants
mote con huesillos a traditional Chilean summer-time drink consisting of a sweet liquid syrup made with dried peaches (huesillo) and mixed with fresh cooked husked wheat
munificent characterized by great liberality or generosity
narcos drug dealer
Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French poet, essayist and translator Gérard Labrunie
nimbus a luminous vapor, cloud, or atmosphere
oblique neither perpendicular nor parallel : inclined
occluded closed up or blocked off
ocher an earthy usually red or yellow and often impure iron ore used as a pigment
oeuvre a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer
omertà conspiracy of silence
oneiric of or relating to dreams
onomatpoeic the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)
ontological relating to or based upon being or existence
orography a branch of physical geography that deals with mountains
osmosis a usually effortless often unconscious assimilation
osseous bony
osteology a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones
paean a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute
paltry inferior, trashy
paradoxically not being the normal or usual kind
pastoral portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country people especially in an idealized and conventionalized manner
patina a superficial covering or exterior
penitence sorrow for sins or faults
penultimate next to the last
peremptorily characterized by often imperious or arrogant self-assurance
pergola a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters
petit comite small group,
peyote a hallucinogenic drug containing mescaline that is derived from peyote buttons and used especially in the religious ceremonies of some American Indian peoples
phosphorescent exhibiting phosphorescence : luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations
placid serenely free of interruption or disturbance
pollero A very hated and notorious person that smuggles Mexicans into the United States of America. Pollero literally means chicken hearder
polyglot speaking or writing several languages : multilingual
Promethean daringly original or creative
proscenium the part of a modern stage in front of the curtain
prosody the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language
pulqueria a place that serves Pulque, a milk-colored, somewhat viscous alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant
purloined to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust
quadrangle a 4-sided enclosure especially when surrounded by buildings
ranchera Mexican folk song
redoubtable causing fear or alarm : formidable
relegating to send into exile
reportage writing intended to give an account of observed or documented events
sadism a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others
salient standing out conspicuously : prominent; especially : of notable significance
sardonic disdainfully or skeptically humorous
scatology interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature
semblance a phantasmal form : apparition
serape a colorful woolen shawl worn over the shoulders especially by Mexican men
simulacrum image, representation
socratic of or relating to Socrates, his followers, or his philosophical method of systematic doubt and questioning of another to elicit a clear expression of a truth supposed to be knowable by all rational beings
solicitude attentive care and protectiveness
solipsism a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing
soporific causing or tending to cause sleep
sordid marked by baseness or grossness : vile
spleen feelings of anger or ill will often suppressed
structuralism psychology concerned especially with resolution of the mind into structural elements
succubi demons assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep
surreptitiously done, made, or acquired by stealth
symbiosis a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups)
tacitly expressed or carried on without words or speech
tenuously having little substance or strength
thrall a state of servitude or submission
tramps vagrant
transmuted to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature and especially to a higher form
trattoria restaurant; specifically : a usually small Italian restaurant
tumult disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices
Ulysses Odysseus : a king of Ithaca and Greek leader in the Trojan War who after the war wanders 10 years before reaching home
unvanquished undefeated
unwonted being out of the ordinary : rare, unusual
virile energetic, vigorous
volition the power of choosing or determining
voulez-vous coucher avec moi Would you like to sleep with me (french)
xenophobic one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin
Zapatista The Liberation Army of the South was an armed group formed and led by Emiliano Zapata which took part in the Mexican Revolution.
zoetrope a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures


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