First and Second Marking Periods
Abstinence (noun): To refrain from taking part in certain pleasures. Abstinence is often a religious practice and is most commonly referring to refraining from sexual intercourse, usually until marriage.
Abysmal (adjective): Extremely or hopelessly bad.
Blathers (verb): To talk endlessly; usually about an unimportant subject.
Conjugate (verb): To inflect a verb or change it’s form to comply with grammar rules.
Forestry (noun): The branch of science pertaining to forests.
Dryad (noun): A female tree spirit; from Greek myth.
Errant (adjective): Behaving improperly.
Gelatinous (adjective): Resembling jelly; particularly in terms of texture.
Harried (adjective): To be harassed and repeatedly annoyed; often to the point of being flustered.
Hypothalamus (noun): The part of the brain that controls the production and release of hormones.
Inconspicuous (adjective): Not noticeable. Something that does not draw attention to itself.
Indoctrination (noun): To teach an ideology. Often used in a religious context.
Integral (adjective): Crucial; necessary to the existence of a thing.
Laryngitis (noun): An inflammation of the vocal cords that makes speaking difficult to impossible; caused by a virus.
Overbearing (adjective): To be arrogant in a rude and intrusive manner.
Pistils (noun): The female reproductive parts of the flower.
Reconstituted (adjective): To be remade. References food that was fresh, has been preserved, and has been made “fresh” again.
Stamens (noun): The male reproductive parts of the flower.
Suburbia (noun): Social and cultural aspects of life in the suburbs.
Tubercular (adjective): Relating to the condition of tuberculosis. Refers specifically to the sickly grey colour skin turns when infected with the disease.
Vermillion (noun): A naturally occurring substance used as a bright, vibrant, red dye. Used to refer to the colour of Mr. Neck’s skin when he gets angry.
Wan (adjective): To be of an unnaturally pale or sickly colour.
Xenophobic (adjective): Relating to the fear or hatred of foreigners or people from different cultures.