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Week 4

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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
aegis protection
aquifers a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel
august marked by majestic dignity or grandeur
Basque a member of a people inhabiting the western Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay
brio enthusiastic vigor
cacique a native Indian chief in areas dominated primarily by a Spanish culture
candelillas a shrubby spurge native to southwest Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield the multipurpose Candelilla wax
catatonia catatonic schizophrenia
chonchon a mythical bird creature in Chilean folk myth
colocolo a small striped cat native to the western central South America
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
doleful full of grief
ecclesiastical of or relating to a church especially as an established institution
eugenics a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed
ex-votos a votive offering
factotum a general servant
ideologue an impractical idealist
incubi evil spirits that lie on persons in their sleep; especially : one that has sexual intercourse with women while they are sleeping
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
larch any of a genus (Larix) of northern hemisphere trees of the pine family with short fascicled deciduous leaves
majolica earthenware covered with an opaque tin glaze and decorated on the glaze before firing
malheureux unhappy; miserable
mendicants beggar
merendero picnic spot
metawe jar of 1 to 3 liters
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
nimbus a luminous vapor, cloud, or atmosphere
occluded closed up or blocked off
ocher an earthy usually red or yellow and often impure iron ore used as a pigment
ontological relating to or based upon being or existence
osteology a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones
patina a superficial covering or exterior
ranchera Mexican folk song
succubi demons assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep
unvanquished undefeated
unwonted being out of the ordinary : rare, unusual

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